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Old 06-10-2012, 05:41 AM   #1
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I just bought (yesterday) a new Kimber Ultra Crimson Carry II.

Then I see a post somewhere on that Chip McCormick supplier of Kimber magazines has a faulty follower and will end up damaging allumium frames. I have cancelled my range trip tomorrow pending word from some senior advisors.

Is this promblem known by anybody here?

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Old 06-10-2012, 06:04 AM   #2
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I just bought (yesterday) a new Kimber Ultra Crimson Carry II.

Then I see a post somewhere on that Chip McCormick supplier of Kimber magazines has a faulty follower and will end up damaging allumium frames. I have cancelled my range trip tomorrow pending word from some senior advisors.

Is this promblem known by anybody here?

Thanks in advance
Apparently McCormick PowerMags have a metal follower that tilts forward when it engages the slide stop and MAY make contact with the aluminum feed ramp causing scratches to develop. PowerMag+ style mags have a follower that does not tilt forward eliminating the problem...not sure what ships with a Kimber. Have you checked the website or called their customer service?

http://www.cmcmags.com/FAQs.html#anchor_297
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I'm not positive what comes with a Kimber either, but I've heard that they started making their own mags. I just unloaded mine & the follower just has a patent number on it. If it was a McCormick, I'd suspect it'd have their logo on it. Also, it's follower has a skirt on the front of it so it cannot go forward.

My Chip McCormicks followers do not have that 'skirt' so could certainly dip forward when the last round is pushed out of the mag. Look at the mags you have & see if the front of the mag extends down into the mag, past the upper front rim of the tube. If so, it can not dip forward.

I'm glad you brought this up. I hve already replaced the internals of my McCormick mags, but it's good info to know as my future 1911 purchases will include alloy framed pistols.

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Jpyle, gollygee, thanks for the replys.

Looks like I spoke a lil to soon. The trouble with Kimber mags was solved about 2006! LOL, my bad!

The 1 magazine that came with 1150.00 KImber has a skirted follower. That, in case you are lost like I once was, is GOOD.

So to put this at rest and help somebody from over reacting like I did I am posting some pics. Hope these help. #1 is a pic of a magazine with a unskirted follower. When the last round goes bye bye, the follower will go forward and damage an aluminum frame.
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Pic #2 is of a 1911 magazine with a skirted follower. When the last round is fired, the bent down skirt will prevent the follower from going forward into the aluminum frame and nicking it up.
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One last thing to remember, this only affected aluminum frame 1911s.

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Yeah, the pic #1 is like the Chip McCormicks I have, I think they are the 'Shooting Star' series. I've changed the internals in all of them to Tripp Research follower & spring, but now have another issue with them. They sit a tad lower in the well than Tripp mags do & now the Tripp followers don't come up high enough to always lock the slide back on last round.

Anyway, glad your deal turned out okay. I guess 2006 was when Kimber started making their own mags. I bought mine in 2007 & it's mag has the skirted follower. I bought a couple of Kimpro mags, not knowing any better at the time, & they have followers like the pic #1 & I've changed them out also.

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If anything I hope this will save somebody new to Kimber from buying up a bunch of the unskirted mags. Hell it could have been me if I didn't run across that old thread.

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At roughly 20 bucks a mag, they are pricey but I have ran Wilson combat's in my custom TLE RL II since it come out of the case. Polymer/ plastic follower. I have yet to have a failure to feed or a failure of an empty mag to drop freely from the mag well. Definitely worth a look for long term problem free usage. And yeah my factory mags were kimber made as rated earlier they started in 2006 or so

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Ditto on the Wilson mags

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Okay, what am I missing?
You bought a Kimber, posted a pic of a Kimber, and are wondering about problems with Kimber.

Something keeps yelling "Ya shoulda bought a Colt!"

(Just yanking the chain.)

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Yeah, the pic #1 is like the Chip McCormicks I have, I think they are the 'Shooting Star' series. I've changed the internals in all of them to Tripp Research follower & spring, but now have another issue with them. They sit a tad lower in the well than Tripp mags do & now the Tripp followers don't come up high enough to always lock the slide back on last round.
There's an app for that gollygee!

EGW HD Higher Mag Catch

You shoulda just bought the Tripps.
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