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Old 07-28-2008, 08:31 PM   #1
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Just thought I would show off my new Kimber Compact Stainless. My first 1911 and damn I now have the 1911 bug. Lol.

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Old 07-28-2008, 08:41 PM   #2
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Is that grip tape on the front strap?

Muzzle flip on the little suckers can be a bit much when you're doing quick follow ups. If the tape starts to peel or chew your hand up, you might want to try some Hogue Combats. At $20-$25, you're not out a whole lot of money if you don't like them. I found that they really helped me keep the muzzle down and get my front sight back on target much quicker.

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Even after close to 10 years and well over 10k rds, she's is still nice and tight. I've only ever seen the pistol misfeed twice and both were at the hands of my wife who was limp wristing the pistol very badly. I didn't know why they called it stove piping until I watched one shell go down her shirt and the next stick straight up out of the top of the ejection port.

Since it's your first 1911, you may want to do some reading on the ergonomics of the beasts. Google Massad Ayoob, a few article from him can be found online. He goes into great detail about what he found to be the proper hold for a 1911. It has worked out very well for me. I'm able to hit silhouette within 25 feet without aiming, just pointing. At greater distances, his hold provides a rock solid platform to shoot from.

Your poor Glock is going to be lonely sitting in the safe while your new piece will see a lot of range time. They're an absolute dream to shoot, even with the shortened barrel.

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Really nice choice Bro! I had a Kimber 4.25" that carried for two years and loved it. That thing ate everything I threw at it and never had a hiccup. Here's hoping your performance is just as good.

I look forward to a full range report!

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Is that grip tape on the front strap?

Muzzle flip on the little suckers can be a bit much when you're doing quick follow ups. If the tape starts to peel or chew your hand up, you might want to try some Hogue Combats. At $20-$25, you're not out a whole lot of money if you don't like them. I found that they really helped me keep the muzzle down and get my front sight back on target much quicker.

Here's mine:



Even after close to 10 years and well over 10k rds, she's is still nice and tight. I've only ever seen the pistol misfeed twice and both were at the hands of my wife who was limp wristing the pistol very badly. I didn't know why they called it stove piping until I watched one shell go down her shirt and the next stick straight up out of the top of the ejection port.

Since it's your first 1911, you may want to do some reading on the ergonomics of the beasts. Google Massad Ayoob, a few article from him can be found online. He goes into great detail about what he found to be the proper hold for a 1911. It has worked out very well for me. I'm able to hit silhouette within 25 feet without aiming, just pointing. At greater distances, his hold provides a rock solid platform to shoot from.

Your poor Glock is going to be lonely sitting in the safe while your new piece will see a lot of range time. They're an absolute dream to shoot, even with the shortened barrel.
Thanks for the heads up. Yes grip tape. Lol was a quick fix yesterday when I was at the range. I like the hogue grips though and will hopefully try and get some this week. I love the kimber shoots very nice, but my glock 19 was there too. The 19 will never get lonely. The G30 might though. Lol. Thanks Matt G.
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Really nice choice Bro! I had a Kimber 4.25" that carried for two years and loved it. That thing ate everything I threw at it and never had a hiccup. Here's hoping your performance is just as good.

I look forward to a full range report!

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I have 3kids, a 4 yr old, a 2 yr old and a almost 4 month old. So my range and your range probably differ, lol. But if you want to know if I hit the pop cans and milk jugs I was aiming at , then hell yeah I blew the crap out of them. What a nice shooting gun. Like I said I now have the 1911 bug.
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MattG is there an extended slide lock I can get? I have short thumbs. Lol. Thanks

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Your slide lock should be operated with your left thumb. Look for that Massad Ayoob article.

There are extended slide locks. Wilson makes one that sells for about $30 that drops in with minimal fitting. http://www.wilsoncombat.com/a_slide_releases.asp
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Matt's right, with the 1911, your reloading hand thumb should hit the mag release if you prefer to do that.

Most pistol trainers will tell you the best way to dump the slide forward is to use the over the top / pinch & pull method.

I have done both, and don't have a preference, but slide release is under tension when the slide is back, so there is less pressure ( wear and tear could be said, though I don't necessarily agree ) to pull the slide back and release it.

Several companies make extended mag releases. Brownell's has the one that Matt is talking about for $30. Less if you have a membership.

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I've trained myself to always release the slide by pulling the slide back hard and releasing. The only reason I do this is so if I have a malfunction where I have to T,R,& R, (tap, rack, ready)it comes as second nature. Just my $.02

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