From zero 1911's to ....

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by bleak23, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. bleak23

    bleak23 New Member

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    This one. A Kimber CDP II.

    I went to the store today, looking for 9mm ammo and walked out with this.

    To say I'm a little overwhelmed would be an understatement. But I sure is happy. :D

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    My apologies for the bad crackberry photos. I will try to take some descent photos soon. I think this gun really deserves it.
     
  2. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Woot!!! Great snag, welcome to the 1911 world from another Kimber fan. :cool:
     

  3. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    Nice...hope you didn't forget the ammo. You'll have to go back...:eek:
     
  4. IGETEVEN

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    Congrats! :D Nice one to start out with as your very first and no doubt, not your last, 1911 addiction. :cool:
     
  5. bleak23

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    Thanks guys! Uh, I have a couple of questions...

    The manual says to field strip and clean it first. I'm guessing this is a good idea?

    How much should I spend on ammo? Should I only use the good stuff or can I buy some from wally mart?

    What is the small hole in the trigger for? I didn't notice it at the store. Seems kind of out of place. :confused:
    EDIT: I really set myself up for ridicule here. Go ahead; do your worst.

    Yeah, I've got to go back there for ammo. I bought a box of Hornady Critical Defense bullets but I won't be using them unless it's critical. :rolleyes:
    EDIT: OH, the 9mm ammo. I got sidetracked on that. Maybe tomorrow.

    Lucky for me the gun store is also a range. I got a membership there today as well.
     
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  6. bleak23

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    Here's the trigger...

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  7. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Field strip it and clean and lube it before you shoot it. It won't need much of a cleaning.

    My suggestion is to take it to the shop when you go back to buy ammunition and have someone there demonstrate the proper takedown & reassembly procedure. It's quite simple, but can seem daunting at first. If you learn how to do it properly, you will avoid the dreaded "Idiot Scratch".
     
  8. CA357

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    The hole in the face of the hammer is for an Allen wrench to adjust trigger overtravel and take-up.

    The slots are there to lighten the weight of the trigger. Frankly, I think they were possibly originally done for that, but now I think they're mostly for looking cool. ;)

    As far as ammunition for breaking it in, Winchester White Box, American Eagle, Fiocchi, Blazer or Blazer Brass, Magtech will all work. Just use 230gr. FMJ (ball) ammunition for the break in process.

    1911's seem have a lore and legend about them and that's part of the attraction. Don't be intimidated. Just learn your pistol and treat it right and it will outlast you.
     
  9. bleak23

    bleak23 New Member

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    OK, thanks for that info CA. :cool:
     
  10. CA357

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    Other 230gr. FMJ ammo will work, those are just some that my tired brain could think of right now. ;)
     
  11. Jay

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    Great way to start your 1911 collection. There are no meds to prevent further attacks in the future. Ask me how I know. :)

    Lots of choices for ammo, as has been posted. CA's suggestion about having someone show you how to field strip and re-assemble is excellent advice...
     
  12. kyleytxrialover

    kyleytxrialover New Member

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    VERY NICE HEATER and welcome to the 1911 family
     
  13. canebrake

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    And the journey begins! Your first of many, and quite a nice start IMHO.

    Run a jag down the bore and go shoot the snot out of it!

    Get 300-500 rounds of WWB 230 gr FMJ and shoot her up!

    Overtravel adjustment.
     
  14. bleak23

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    I fired "Kimberly" for the first time today. The guys at the range were very helpful and showed me how to field strip her. A little more complicated than I thought but I'll get the hang of it. I oiled her up and ran a patch through the barrel.

    Pretty damn accurate even for me. I was getting about 3-4 inch groups at 7 yards and much the same at 10...

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    I only fired 100 rounds of .45 (I shot some 9mm also). Ammo is damn expensive at the range. Waiting for the next gun show. There were no FTF's(?) or FTE's which I am pretty happy about. :D
     
  15. CA357

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    Uh oh! Now you're gonna' be hooked.
     
  16. bleak23

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    Yes, this could be a problem monetarily speaking. I ordered some Sarge grips yesterday and looking for extra mags. Where is the best place to buy extra mags?

    I guess once you've started, there's no going back. ;)
     
  17. bleak23

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    OK, where the hell does the "dreaded idiot scratch" occur? I'm surprised I didn't get it yet. :eek:
     
  18. canebrake

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  19. bleak23

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  20. canebrake

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    The Crescent of Shame

    And post # 12 shows you how to prevent it!