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Old 08-21-2009, 04:07 PM   #11
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Just so you don't feel any worse, it happens on the higher $$$ Kimber's as well. Here's a thread from my "home" forum on an identical issue with a Desert Warrior.

Firearm Discussion • View topic - How to fix this rust?

BTW, the fellow with Sheriff in his handle is actually the Sheriff of Oconee County GA and his SWAT team uses Kimbers. He and his Chief Deputy (Legacy38) are Kimber certified armorers...

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BTW, Sarge; Just givin' ya a poke!! I'm sure Kimber will make it right. Let us know what they decide to do for you.

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Sarge, if you're set on getting rid of it, take a look at a Springfield "Loaded" 1911 before you buy the XD.

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Sarge, take a minute to go look at the thread I posted a link to. When you get back, consider this:

Even though the Sheriff and his Chief Deputy are aware of the rust issues - they still chose Kimber 1911s to arm their SWAT team...

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Does it look like this?

This happened in Northern CA humidity hovers around 5 to 10% most of the year. It has sinced moved to VA where our humidity hovers around 60 to 90% most of the year.

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For around the same price as your kimber, you can get a springfield mil spec stainless 1911.
Thats what i'm getting, i'll have it paid off in a couple weeks.

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For around the same price as your kimber, you can get a springfield mil spec stainless 1911.
Thats what i'm getting, i'll have it paid off in a couple weeks.
Quite a functional difference between a target grade Kimber and a Mil-Spec though - and I have both...
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Cough.....cough.....Ahhhh....I never had that problem with my COLT Commander 1911.

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First, I think that rust on a 3 day old NIB firearm is unacceptable. That should not happen and it should be addressed. I would be just as pissed as you are.

However, I would hate to think that you felt like you had to ditch a firearm you seem to be very accurate with and have enjoyed pretty thoroughly until this unfortunate setback. While it shouldn't have to be done, barrel refinishing is rather simple and relatively inexpensive. I wasn't happy with the finish on the barrel of my recently purchased pistol and this is the route I took.

I'd recommend Robar, and I know at least one other person on this forum would probably support that recommendation. They were friendly and turnaround was much quicker than listed on their website. Refinishing my barrel definitely made me more pleased overall with my firearm.

In a perfect world this wouldn't be necessary, but sometimes work has to be done on new firearms.

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Ok.

Crisis averted.

I went back to the dealer and spole with a professional individual that is very knowledgeable in the world of Kimbers. He owns several, and he is very familiar with this issue.

It is due to how the barrels are produced at the factory. When they are done, the very top finish of the barrel is a little prone to surface rust. It only affects the very outer layer of the barrel, so it's not too much of an issue.

He offered me this great polishing/protecting compound for the Kimber, and my barrel is back to a nice shine. All I have to do is apply this every 5-6 months while I'm cleaning the weapon, and I shouldn't have any further issues. The rust issue is common, and so is this fix. The factory does the same thing when people send the barrels back to them.

I am happy and satisfied. My barrel actually looks better than when I first got it. Plus, it's protectedf ro the time being. I also bought some dessicant to keep moisture out of the case it's in.

I reacted with emotion first instead of logic, and I apologize for that. Once I looked into the issue, and resolved it, it's really a non-issue. Just a quirk with the brand.

Everything is good to go.

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