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Old 03-13-2013, 03:10 AM   #21
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a dowel rod that fits the contour and some jewelers rouge will usually do the trick. But I'd look at my mags before I advise any messing around with the feed ramp. And one should never fix things that are not broke.

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The Dremel requires a bit of caution. They have cotton buffing wheels and cones and jewelers rouge which will shine it up nicely. Absolutely no abrasive bit...ever ever. ...and if you must use one, practice on the silverware, not on your gun.

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Old 03-20-2013, 10:45 PM   #23
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Took my Kimber to a gunsmith for a feed ramp polish and he also shaved the slide stop slightly. He did both for free in about 5 mins or so. It fixed my reliability problems, that and about 1000 rounds through it. Runs solid now.

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Took my Kimber to a gunsmith for a feed ramp polish and he also shaved the slide stop slightly. He did both for free in about 5 mins or so. It fixed my reliability problems, that and about 1000 rounds through it. Runs solid now.
5 mins of work to get it to be reliable?
Why wasn't it reliable straight from the factory?

To have a small gun smith fix a firearm from major supplier of 1911s does not say too much for the supplier or their product.
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I got caught polishing the feed ramp and had to stop...

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I agree Dan. It was my first 1911, Kimber Compact Stainless II. Next time I will buy a Colt or the Springfield TRP/Professional. I had many FTEs, FTFs, and slide lock back with rounds still in the mag. The premature lock back was solved by shaving the slide stop. The feed ramp polishing cured most of the FTFs. After around 1000 or so rounds all probs were cleared up. It didn't make me happy and if it wasn't my first 1911 or I hadn't dumped so much money in it(ammo) I would sell it.

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1911love, I believe that the factory/supplier should have first chance to fix what is wrong.

This serves two purposes,
first, the warranty does not get voided,
and second, the supplier has a heads up that there could be a problem in their assembling process.

Now, if I had a firearm that was "fixed" or "built" by "Bubba", I would gladly go and have it corrected.

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Good point Dan, that is what I will do if there is a next time. I was not full of knowledge on the 1911 platform when I bought it. I've since corrected this, but I can't bring myself to sell it.

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Manufacturers want their firearms to be as reliable as possible. So the finish the feed ramp comes with be fine. If people think they know better than the pistol manufacturer then polish away.

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Manta: I know I know better bc my 1911 wasn't reliable. I didn't just buy a cheap 1911, I bought a reputable brand. I won't buy another Kimber bc of my experience with mine. Next time I'll buy a Colt, lesson learned.

Cutting corners is nothing new in any mass produced product, why would firearms be any different? Kimber cut corners, and I corrected them. Dan is right, I should've made them(Kimber) correct them, but I'm used to fixing my own problems. Again, lesson learned.

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