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Old 02-14-2011, 02:39 AM   #11
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Default Tle ?

The designation "TLE" stands for "Tactical Law Enforcement".
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:28 PM   #12
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I see a lot of Kimber hate on line. I will agree that they have had some highs and lows to quality, but I believe that if you pay for one of their higher end models, you are getting a quality product for the money.

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Any brand, new 1911 I have ever owned needed break-in and or tweaking
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:37 AM   #13
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Default Brass ejection issues?

Finished my break-in period tonight, shooting 200 more FMJ rounds:

100 Blazer Brass 230gr (This round absolutely SUCKS in its non-accuracy)
50 Speer Lawman 230gr (This is one of my favorite plinking rounds!)
50 Speer Lawman 200gr flat-nose (I had one bullet that never seemed to want to load. After 3 tries in different magazines I just tossed the round in the bucket.)

I then fired 60 rounds of Winchester Ranger 230gr HP, first in mags with 2 rounds, then full mags. They loaded perfectly and fired with predictable accuracy.

I noticed one thing that may or may not be a problem: BRASS EJECTION

During the FMJ rounds there seemed to be no rhyme or reason when it ejected strongly forward/right, strongly backward/right, right into my head, or very lightly straight up (like 5"). There were never any malfunctions during my range trip, but the ejection seemed somewhat erratic.

During my self-defense loads I wasn't really paying attention to the brass so I don't know about that, but during the FMJ loads I noticed this "problem."

What are the odds that this is an ammo issue (inconsistent bulk ammo) or a gun issue?

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Have you taken it apart yet to clean? What do you think of having to use that wire instead of the ol fashion way?

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Oh sure, I've cleaned it twice now. I haven't cleaned it yet after tonight's trip, but I've wiped it down pretty good so it doesn't leave soot all over my pistol safe.

I have no problems with the wire thing for take-down. The only tough part is putting the wire thing back into the recoil assembly after cleaning and prior to reassembly. Pulling down the tension with just my fingers is a little rough. I don't have any beef with their take-down system. I think it is a nice trade-off for being bushing-less.

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Oh sure, I've cleaned it twice now. I haven't cleaned it yet after tonight's trip, but I've wiped it down pretty good so it doesn't leave soot all over my pistol safe.

I have no problems with the wire thing for take-down. The only tough part is putting the wire thing back into the recoil assembly after cleaning and prior to reassembly. Pulling down the tension with just my fingers is a little rough. I don't have any beef with their take-down system. I think it is a nice trade-off for being bushing-less.

Ok cool, I haven't disassembled one with the wire yet so i was wondering what another person thought. I like the bushing-less look though not that its super noticeable.
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Immortal, is this your first 1911? If not, once you get into the guts you will have absolutely NO problem finding your way around the Kimber. In fact it is the guts of my Kimber that convinced me of its quality!

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I have an important question a few posts up about my ejection issues. I'm having unpredictable ejections.

HELP!!!

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I have an important question a few posts up about my ejection issues. I'm having unpredictable ejections.

HELP!!!
I would love to help but my Kimber basically throws everything to my far right, my Colt Combat Elite tosses them up and right, and my Defender smashes me in the forehead 3 out of 5 rounds. But their all pretty consistent in their ejection patterns.
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That's what makes me think this is an ammo issue. 500 rounds isn't enough to determine a consistent pattern. Maybe I'll just wait for another 1500 rounds before I make a federal case of it. And those 500 rounds have been 6 different kinds of ammo, too!

I hate that smack in the forehead. It's a little tough to stay focused. That would be crappy if that happened with carry ammo. So far that hasn't happened with ammo I'd actually be carrying in a critical situation.

Thanks for the help!

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