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Old 04-26-2014, 10:33 AM   #11
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I like Kimber's or I wouldn't have three of them. Others will trash talk them, mostly reliability problems and bad customer service and warranty issues. As I have never had a problem with mine, I have no dealings with their CS or Warranty department. Almost everyone is making 1911's now days, and they are pretty much all good. The only 1911's I had problems with were Colt's from the 1970's and 80's. I have not heard any issues with newer Colt's.


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Sandog - nice lookin' pistols you have there...... but,
what's to hate about a Kimber. It's a solid gun, shoots great, and the manufacturer is located 30 minutes away from me. I wasn't even looking for a new 1911 but, I came across the Kimber and was impressed by how well fit it was. No play in it anywhere. There were some S&W "E" series in the next rack for more money and they were sloppy as can be. Even some of the other Kimbers weren't put together as well as this one.

I just couldn't let someone else have it. It had to be mine.

I don't think it's the pistol itself everyone has an issue with, more the short 1 year warranty and that some have had issue with customer service during that 1 year. I have a Gold Combat (pre series II) that I really like. I've been fortunate and never had a single problem with it so I do not have any first hand experience with their customer service. I really liked it from the moment I picked it up at the LGS so purchased it without looking into their warranty (naively just assumed everyone had similar warranties!). While I've had no issues, now that I know they have just a 1 year warranty, it has stopped me from buying another from them which sucks because they make a lot of really nice pistols!


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I love the looks of the new Kimber Carry specials. Beautiful.
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Agreed. Since I have a nice stable group of firearms now I could roll the dice and try a Kimber next time. They sure are good looking guns. Maybe they should move out of NY so they could more ably afford a lifetime warranty. 😜


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I wasn't aware of the warranty. All of my other guns have lifetime warranties, so I guess I just assumed. I think Les Bear only offers a 1 year as well. Funny how the more you pay for the gun the less service you get. I could see how some would be put off by that. Either way, they do have some really nice guns. Hopefully I never have to deal with their customer service.
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I'm glad you got a good one. Kimbers always look so nice. Maybe some day I'll grab one. My buddy has a Solo and I want to shoot it BAD. Dry firing it was nice. And the size is great.
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Your Kimber Custom Target looks like a fine shooter,Congrats!!
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I'm a newbie when it comes to Kimber my wife of nearly 50 yrs. (Nov. 26 2014) bought me a Kimber crimson carry Pro for Christmas and I must confess I was shocked!
As many have stated the warranty seems inadequate for a pistol in this price range and only one mag is unacceptable IMPO. That being said and after a breaking-in period
this lightweight Commander style .45 acp has become a favorite of mine. After a couple hundred rounds it suddenly eats anything I feed it and I tend to be a tightwad with practice ammo.
Currently shooting 185 grn. hollow-points and so far so good! Recoil with the Plus-P stuff can be a bit stout with a .27 oz pistol but in a stressful situation it would not be noticed.
I am very comfortable carrying this piece in my "go to meeting" attire!
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Very nice, you can't go wrong with Kimber.

I must say lately there has been a lot of 1911's bought from people on this forum. Is something going on that I don't know about, or are you people just a bunch of gun nuts?
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I wasn't aware of the warranty. All of my other guns have lifetime warranties, so I guess I just assumed. I think Les Bear only offers a 1 year as well. Funny how the more you pay for the gun the less service you get. I could see how some would be put off by that. Either way, they do have some really nice guns. Hopefully I never have to deal with their customer service.
I'm pretty sure Les Baer doesn't have any written warranty, just like Ruger. However, both companies have a very good track record of quality customer service. Dan Wesson has a 5 year, but again, good track record of keeping customers happy beyond the 5 years. My concern isn't with Kimbers one year warranty, but the many things I've read about their customer service during and after the one year.

I like the Kimbers I have, may or may not get another, but in my opinion they don't have a warranty problem they have an image problem. Lots of shiny ads don't mean much if the buying public doesn't trust the company producing those pretty pictures.


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