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Old 11-26-2013, 01:24 AM   #11
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Mouser,
According to the Kimber manual, page 7,
http://www.kimberamerica.com/uploads/manual-download/Compact.pdf

Because I don't want to void any warranty, I try to follow the user's manual in care and maintenance.

When the empties shoot to the next county, or drag marks on primers, or excessive kick.

On a full size 1911, compare the old spring to a new one. If the new spring is 1" or more longer than the old, it is time to swap out (normally about 5000 rounds).

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I have yet to wear out a recoil spring out...what is the symptoms I would expect to see when the spring is beginning to wear out?
I have a Colt Defender. The. 45 caliber is great little gun.
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I started with the 3" Kimber Ultra CDP, but now my EDC is a Springfield Armory EMP 40. The Kimber required considerable breakin (400+ rounds). But, was flawless beyond that, and surprisingly accurate for the size. The SA was flawless out of the box. Both are a great combination of looks and firepower.
I love my EMP 40 but my 4" Kimber CDP pro is about 6 oz lighter and carries the same number of rounds as my flush mag for the EMP. I find it hard to justify carrying the EMP. The weight is pretty noticeable.

The 3" 1911's tend to need a little tuning so make sure you get one with a good warranty and customer service. Sig is a good place to start, I hear their customer service is great and you can get one for $800 or less on gun broker. Recently I've had a great experience with Kimber customer service. STI has a great reputation too but if money is a factor I'd start with Sig.

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When the empties shoot to the next county, or drag marks on primers, or excessive kick.
What is a drag mark?
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What is a drag mark?
Look at a fired case from a Glock and compare to a 1911.

The 1911 firing pin strike should be round. If it looks like a Glock firing pin hit, then there is something wrong.
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Look at a fired case from a Glock and compare to a 1911.

The 1911 firing pin strike should be round. If it looks like a Glock firing pin hit, then there is something wrong.
Ok, I guess I've seen a tear drop shape from one of my guns. I forget which one. I guess if the spring is too light it means the slide is coming back before the firing pin gets out of the way?
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My brother has a Kimber Ultra II that I have run at least a 1000 rounds through it. The range near his home is only 15 yards. At 15 yards the Kimber is very accurate. It is heavy for pocket carry. You will need suspenders for pocket carry. It doesn't drag your britches off in a OWB holster.

I would buy a Kimber myself if I had other 45 acp pistols.

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Hey Brad,
Have you looked at this one yet?
I got one coming ,hopefully early enogh tomorrow to beat the ice storm.

I did a lot of research, and FINALLY decide on this one.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/74324


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Hey Brad,
Have you looked at this one yet?
I got one coming ,hopefully early enogh tomorrow to beat the ice storm.

I did a lot of research, and FINALLY decide on this one.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/74324


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Ya, I've considered the Sig Ultra Compact also. I like that it's a 3.25" barrel instead of 3". I decided on the STI Escort since it's 5 oz lighter (23oz vs 28 oz), and I've been wanting an STI anyway. Mine didn't come with night sights though, I like the finish better on the Sig, and it's still lighter than my 33oz EMP 40. Looks like a good choice to me. Sometimes gunbroker.com is cheaper than Bud's but it looks like you got a pretty good price too.
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I ordered the Sig from Georgia Gun Store ,for $830 ,no tax, + $29 shipping.
I wanted STI also, but a bills more than I got.

I was wandering if the 23 oz may be a recoil handful.
I have shot the SA XDS and recoil was easy.

Good choice on STI.


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