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Post by Paper-Puncher on 11/18/2011, 3:26 pm

Well now that the kimber story has ended and a sale is on the horizon......Can anyone speak honestly about the SA Range Officer ? Will it hold for a short course 25yds.......Ive heard some good of them and alot of guys use their frames and slides for later builds .....So that could be a win win for me.......Have something to shoot @ 25yds and just enjoy till my skills improve then build as time and cash flow permit.......I wish I would have asked this same ?? here before I got the loosy K word.....Embarassed

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Post by Rob Kovach on 11/18/2011, 7:23 pm

I've shot 2 of them with good success right out of the box. Nice trigger and parts. I'll shoot my buddie's RO off of a rest after we get it back from getting a scope rail installed and let you know the group size.

If I remember correctly, my Springfield shot sub 2" 50 yard groups out of the box. That RO will do what you need.
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Post by Founder on 11/18/2011, 8:05 pm

The Springfield PI 9132 LP that I sold you Rob shot sub 2" groups at 50 yards with 4.0gr BE under 200gr Zero SWC. with the factory barrel and no additional fitting required. I only swapped in some trigger components on that one.

I would not hesitate picking up one of those for a couple hundred more than a RO. I have heard good things about the range officer and it has an excellent platform to build on. The 9132 needs nothing more than a scope rail if you decide to use one.
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Post by JLK on 11/19/2011, 4:38 am

I bet I missed something.
What does it mean "now that the Kimber story has ended"?
Thanks!
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Post by Rob Kovach on 11/19/2011, 8:32 am

Kieth, (Paper Puncher) Bought a Brand New Kimber Target model that had a poorly fitted barrel. When the gun was in battery there was play between the slide stop pin and the barrel legs. For the barrel to lock up he had to force the slide forward. The gun was only good for 3" groups at 50feet. Kimber had him send it in for "repairs" but they sent it back to him stating it was "within their specifications". He found someone that wants to buy the Kimber regardless of its problem. For Kieth, that's the end of his Kimber story. There are some other posts in other threads about the full story if you want all the gory details.
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Post by DavidR on 11/19/2011, 9:03 am

My son has the RO, slide to frame fit is the best of any non custom shop production true 1911, and i am a gun dealer for the past 23 years so ive seen them all. His will shoot one hole at 25 yds using a 185 swc and 3.9 br of bullseye, and it feeds them fine but not with the mags that come with the gun. I gave him 2 wilson combat 7 round mags and they feed anything he puts in it. Go to you tube and watch the videos on people shooting them, ver impressive. His had a nice feeling 5-6 lb trigger, but i adjusted it back to 4, IMO you can not buy a new true 1911 mil spec type gun that is more accurate or better fitted gun than them anywhere for under 1500.00. Guess thats why they have jumped in price and are hard to find.
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Post by scrum derringer on 11/19/2011, 12:35 pm

Well yous guys inspired me. I have a kimber team match 2 which is probably good enough for what i need(50' indoor) however, i made the fortunate mistake of going to The local Gander Mountain, now Gander Mountain GUN WORLD, where they happened to have a RO for sale. That stuck in my mind the past few days and after reading this post this morning i went in to see if it was still there. It sure was and at a price that couldn't be beat... anywhere $699.00 on sale ($850 normally) and there were at least a couple of them in stock. That slide to frame was amazing tight. I compared it to a 1911 a1 springer and could really appreciate the tightness. You may say by the A1 its cheaper and you can build on it, well it was the exact same price as the RO. I felt like i was stealing it, even the lady cashier went...WOW good price.

So if you are in the Milwaukee area go to the Gander Gun World in Germantown.
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Post by DavidR on 11/20/2011, 10:18 am

keep us posted about how it does.
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Post by Founder on 11/20/2011, 9:08 pm

I went as far as calling Gun World and verifying inventory and thought about driving up to get a RO today. The $699 price is real tempting for a ball gun!

Cut in some adjustable sights and checker the front strap, it's good to go!

Decided I need to hang on to my $$ right now. And my wrist needs to heal before I shoot ball again Sad
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Post by DavidR on 11/21/2011, 1:27 pm

Joe Fobes wrote:I went as far as calling Gun World and verifying inventory and thought about driving up to get a RO today. The $699 price is real tempting for a ball gun!

Cut in some adjustable sights and checker the front strap, it's good to go!

Decided I need to hang on to my $$ right now. And my wrist needs to heal before I shoot ball again Sad

No cant use it for a ball gun unless you work it over first, but It comes with great adjustable sights already but it would need the hammer and grip safety changed out to be ball gun legal. Not even sure then if with the frame cut out for the extended grip safety if you can even find a GI type replacement and if that would allow it to pass inspection.
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Post by Founder on 11/21/2011, 2:41 pm

My bad for some reason I thought the RO had a standard grip safety and spur hammer. Glad I did not make the trip then! Laughing
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