Originally Posted by matt g
This is what causes 95% of "problems" with any 1911. Without a rock solid platform, the action doesn't cycle properly. My Kimber is a "problematic" pistol in the clumsy hands of an inept shooter. When I'm firing it, it's a precision tool. It took me 3 or 4 years to perfect hold and stance.
In this day and age of cheap plastic DAOs, that take little or no skill to shoot, why would one bother to put for work to learn how to shoot a precision pistol?
It doesn't end there though, this mentality can be seen in inferior products all throughout our lives. Most vehicles now come standard with auto transmissions, when they used to be optional equipment. Microwaves have dulled our taste buds. Windows allows millions of people to use computers every day, but it runs poorly and eats a machines resources. It's all about instant gratification today.
To an inexperienced shooter, a 1911 will not deliver instant gratification. To someone who wants or needs a precision bullet delivery system and has or is willing to put forth the effort to better themselves and their technique, the 1911 is the platform.
Dollar for dollar, Kimber delivers more features in their 1911s than anyone else.
I think the issue is a little more KImber specific rather than 1911 specific. I can assure you that every recruit that I trained on the 1911 was "inexperienced". So, I differ with the basic premise of your comments. ON the contrary, the basic nature of the 1911 platform and it's user friendly controls and simplicity were the secret to success from a military / training perspective. Precision has its place, but not in the hands of the "average" soldier.
The series II Kimbers with the Swartz FPS require the grip safety to be completely -fully
- compressed/held down - before the firing pin is released. This has caused issues in matches, and, IMHO is a liability in a threat scenario.
Unlike most Colt (even series 80) or 1911 clones where partially depressed grip safeties will allow the pistol to fire. The Kimber FPS takes the grip safety into another realm, i.e., converting it by design from a device to prevent AD if the pistol is dropped on its muzzle, (John Browning), to an ENABLING device predicated by the position of the hand on the backstrap to allow the pistol to function. (I smell a product liability lawyer).
This could be what the OP is referring to. There have been many complaints and returns of KImber series II guns because of "lock up" due to improperly fitted Swartz FPS's from the factory, and the sensitivity of the aforementioned to "average" shooters not in the know.
I agree hole heartedly with your comments concerning the necessity of proper technique, especially when shooting Kimber series II guns. I own Kimbers myself, and I swear by them, but, I have removed the Swartz features by choice.