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Gloves 05-22-2010 04:16 AM

My first Pistol/1911/Kimber
Finally pulled the trigger. After going back and fourth between trying to
decide between a Rock Island to Kimber to Para to the new Remmington to
Para... I ended up buying a Kimber Custom II !!!

Really excited. I'm able to pick it up on the 30th.
This is my first pistol
Now a proud owner of a 1911 (provided my background test comes out okay - knock on wood)

  1. The Kimber comes with only 1 - 7round mag. Is that right? I thought I would get at least 2
  2. Where do I get great quality mags for the gun? I want at least 4 more. I've heard it's critical
    what mag you use with a Kimber and that the mag they give you isn't that great.

Also, .22 LR conversion worth it?

Mostly preparing for the coming zombie apocalypse, some target shooting and I might join a league.

My ammo arrived today (day after bought the Kimber) That's some 520 rounds.

danf_fl 05-22-2010 10:07 AM

Congrats on your purchase. Don't go cheap on mags! Buy the best you can afford. Brownells has a good reputation to deal with. I would also look at CDNN, but only at "name" mags. Avoid the deals of "cheap original 1911 mags".

spittinfire 05-22-2010 11:09 AM

Welcome to the world of 1911s. Unfortunately Kimbers only come with one mag which gets old fast if you spend any time at the range. I haven't had any problems with any ammo out of my factory mag but if you ask Canebrake, he'll tell you to check out Tripp Reasearch for some great mags....I've got 3 of them and they've been flawless so far.
Don't drop your load on a bunch of pricey mags without testing them first. What works in my gun may not work in yours, even if it's the best mag on the planet.

NGIB 05-22-2010 11:19 AM

I use Chip McCormicks and Wilsons in my 1911s and have had no problems. I echo the others in saying - do not buy cheap no-name mags. I see you bought a bunch of Armscor ammo. While I haven't shot any myself, I've heard the quality can really vary from batch to batch. If your gun is cranky with the Armscor ammo, make sure to try out some normal factory stuff (Winchester, Blazer, etc) before you decide the gun is broke...

canebrake 05-22-2010 12:37 PM

Do yourself a favor and read this:

Then buy one Tripp Gen II Cobra Mag and run the snot out of it. Mix up your ammo and when you become enlightened, buy six more!

Road_Hogg2XL 05-22-2010 01:08 PM

I have 2 Kimbers, A Combat Ultra Carry II 7 with a shot Mag. and a STD. Size SIS Model with an 8 Shot Mag.

I purvhased Stainless Steel Wilson combat Mags. I think they were $29.00 @ the local gun shop. Quality stuff, better than the originals.

CA357 05-22-2010 03:12 PM

I'm with Dave. I use Chip McCormick and Wilson Combat magazines.

suprdave 05-22-2010 06:01 PM


Originally Posted by CA357 (Post 288691)
I'm with Dave. I use Chip McCormick and Wilson Combat magazines.

Same here...47D's all the way. I still haven't tried Tripps, but thats coming!

russ 05-23-2010 12:37 AM

So far I've had no problems with my factory Para's or the Chip McCormick mags I bought.

Wambli 05-23-2010 06:32 PM

I have a Kimber Custom and I love that gun. I know you'll be happy with your gun. It's not just Kimbers. Nothing wil put ANY auto pistol out of the race faster than a cheap mag.

I run 8 rd Wilson and Chip McCormik Match mags with absolutely no issues at all and I run them HARD. My next 1911 is coming with Tripp mags.

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