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Old 10-26-2013, 02:38 AM   #21
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My EDC is a Super Carry Ultra. It took about 550 rounds before I had a high level of confidence due to periodic break-in FTF's. I still have the POS Kimber Mag in my parts box but use Wilson Mags exclusively.

It puts everything down range every pull of the trigger.

Holster is White Hat Max Tuck and Max Tuck 2 mag carrier. Both very comfortable in Texas hot and cold weather.

Two kinds of people in this world - those who like Kimber's; those who don't. I like mine just fine.

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Kimbers haters are like Glock haters.. Ppl ask for opinions from owners, which there is no shortage and ppl who've never owned one always step in to bash.. Love my Ultra CDP, far more accurate then I am, very well balanced and dependable. I carry it daily. It's had a ton of rounds through it and it's far better looking then most mass produced 1911's.

I also carry Wilson Mags, the oldest nearing 10 and performs flawless.

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I have a Compact Stainless II. Metalforms are junk in her. Kimber TAC Mags work. Next time I buy mags it will be Wilson, I've heard nothing but good about them.

If I had to do it over again I would've bought a Colt. Same price range with better value retention. I had numerous problems the first 1000-1200 rounds. FTFs, FTEs, stove pipes. I ended up shaving the slide stop and polishing the feed ramp. After many, many rounds she now runs like she's supposed to.

Like a dummy I never called CS to remedy the problems, so I have no first hand knowledge of their CS. Another point I didn't consider when I bought, they are made in Yonkers, NY. I don't like to support NY made goods if I can help it, although CT isn't much better. I'd buy a gently used Colt if I had the funds for another 1911. Good luck!

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My experience with Kimber has been negative.

Possible I got a lemon? Maybe.

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My brother is a kimber fan. I enjoy shooting his kimbers. I have never heard him complain that one of them has broke.

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Possible I got a lemon? Maybe.
More than likely!
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I own a kimber stainless tle.

Despite all of the negative comments I read, mine has worked flawlessly. I have almost 2,000 rounds and have yet experienced a single failure.

As far as the higher price tag is concerned, I can't really comment on that. I live in CA and firearms in general are typically priced much higher than anywhere else. The price difference between a kimber and other comparable 1911's were almost the same (give or take $50-100).

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As with any brand there are followers with excellent experiences. Kimber is no different. My experience with Kimber is limited to a shooting buddy's Stainless Pro Carry II in .45 ACP. At least for that pistol it's had multiple issues with FTFs and FTEs and, frankly, didn't compare well with my STI pistols in terms of fit, function, reliability, and accuracy. BUT, that's just one pistol. My preference is for STI and I'm sure you can find someone who had a poor experience with an STI pistol also.

The larger issue for me, as mentioned earlier, is with the one year limited warranty for pistols that range from $1000-$1800. At that price range I would expect more and it makes me question Kimber's commitment to their product and their customers. With many of STI's single stack 1911s in the same price range they offer a lifetime warranty that travels with the pistol whether you're the first owner or the fifth. Additionally, stories of CS that goes above and beyond are common among STI owners.

Just my opinion and I'm admittedly a fan of STI. I carry an STI, shoot them for recreation and in competition. I'm sure there are Kimber owners who feel the same way, and if they are happy that's what counts.

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As with any brand there are followers with excellent experiences. Kimber is no different. My experience with Kimber is limited to a shooting buddy's Stainless Pro Carry II in .45 ACP. At least for that pistol it's had multiple issues with FTFs and FTEs and, frankly, didn't compare well with my STI pistols in terms of fit, function, reliability, and accuracy. BUT, that's just one pistol. My preference is for STI and I'm sure you can find someone who had a poor experience with an STI pistol also.

The larger issue for me, as mentioned earlier, is with the one year limited warranty for pistols that range from $1000-$1800. At that price range I would expect more and it makes me question Kimber's commitment to their product and their customers. With many of STI's single stack 1911s in the same price range they offer a lifetime warranty that travels with the pistol whether you're the first owner or the fifth. Additionally, stories of CS that goes above and beyond are common among STI owners.

Just my opinion and I'm admittedly a fan of STI. I carry an STI, shoot them for recreation and in competition. I'm sure there are Kimber owners who feel the same way, and if they are happy that's what counts.
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I just sent my Kimber Compact CDP off for warranty work. Their system was down so I couldn't get an RMA for several days. It was locking open before it was empty, casings hitting me in the forehead, and my safety snapped off while shooting. Honestly I loved the gun when it shot right. Hopefully I'll have a better customer service experience than many. If it doesn't come back 100% working then I'm getting a Sig Ultra, RCP, or STI Escort. I've heard much better things about their reliability and customer service.

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