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Old 08-13-2011, 08:10 PM   #1
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Our local gun shop is finally back up and running after an unfortunate fire last year, and they now have gun rentals again. My wife and I tried out a couple of different guns today, one of which was a Kimber Carry II. I had a problem with that gun that I've never run into with anything else I shot (which admittedly isn't that much). On average about 1 in 4 rounds the ejected shell casing would fly straight back and smack me in the forehead. I don't know if it was the gun, or if I was doing something wrong or what, but now I have 3 nice crescent-shaped burn marks on my head.

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Old 08-13-2011, 08:22 PM   #2
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i'm glade I can say I have never the same experience with any of my Kimbers,(3) I have nothing but good things to say.I average about 7-800 rounds a week. however, I'm sure that someone will be allong shortly to offer some help, as for me I would tend to look at the ejector , but luckly it was a rental.

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Very common thing with new 1911s. The issue is the extractor is slightly out of tune. Just Google "1911 Extractor Tuning" and you'll find all kinds of posts and articles on how to tune your extractor. Another option would be to just keep shooting it. Wear eye protection and it will likely smooth itself out in a couple hundred rounds or so. Third option is call Kimber and have it sent back for warranty work.

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see, I told you someone would come by...... EXTRACTOR not ejector as I stated.

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Our local gun shop is finally back up and running after an unfortunate fire last year, and they now have gun rentals again. My wife and I tried out a couple of different guns today, one of which was a Kimber Carry II. I had a problem with that gun that I've never run into with anything else I shot (which admittedly isn't that much). On average about 1 in 4 rounds the ejected shell casing would fly straight back and smack me in the forehead. I don't know if it was the gun, or if I was doing something wrong or what, but now I have 3 nice crescent-shaped burn marks on my head.
We have several Kimber 1911s in the house for both my wife and I and have no such issues. Have you shot many 1911s? The reason I ask is that many new shooters will just let the recoil of a 1911 ride high instead of controling it and that puts the ejected shells right by/at your head.

BTW the problem is exagerated with the Pro Carry II and other aluminum framed 1911s because of the light frame and heavy steel slide. I would bet on operator error.
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We have several Kimber 1911s in the house for both my wife and I and have no such issues. Have you shot many 1911s? The reason I ask is that many new shooters will just let the recoil of a 1911 ride high instead of controling it and that puts the ejected shells right by/at your head.

BTW the problem is exagerated with the Pro Carry II and other aluminum framed 1911s because of the light frame and heavy steel slide. I would bet on operator error.
That was the first 1911 I had fired. Now that I think about it, it did seem to happen more towards the end of the magazine. Maybe my hands/arms were getting tired and I wasn't controlling the recoil quite as much.

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That was the first 1911 I had fired. Now that I think about it, it did seem to happen more towards the end of the magazine. Maybe my hands/arms were getting tired and I wasn't controlling the recoil quite as much.
That's probably about right. Next time try an all steel 1911 and try controlling recoil a little more. The right grip and stance makes all the difference in the world. Good luck!
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