Happy new Kimber owner

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Budasac, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. Budasac

    Budasac New Member

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    I just picked up a new 1911 this weekend. A Kimber Custom Target. I took it to my club Sat and yesterday to test it out. First three shots from a rest were touching each other in the 10 ring. I was a little disappointed by the 5.5lb trigger on Sat but I got it down to 3.5lbs now which is right where my SR1911 is. Ran some reloads through it last night and it performed flawlessly. Everything is tight and well fitted. She's a keeper for sure.

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    And I have to show some love to the Ruger as well. Don't want him to be jealous of the new baby:

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  2. Boyerracing343

    Boyerracing343 New Member Supporter

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    Great looking pistol. Thanks for sharing
     

  3. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Thats a good looking pistol, I have a buddy that got one here just a while back, it is a sweet shooter !.............
     
  4. Budasac

    Budasac New Member

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    Thanks guys. It's a great gun. Very accurate right out of the box. Now I need to start reloading so I can afford to feed these things. Man are they hungry!
     
  5. sandog

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    Great find. You'll find a lot of Kimber haters on this and other forums, but mine have been a joy to own and shoot and no problems whatsoever. I used my Custom Target as a "project gun", Cylinder and Slide internals, coyote brown and o.d. green finish and a Brownell's rail and a Kart barrel. The .22 conversion slide has been a blast and now has it's own frame so I don't have to keep switching it back and forth. And the 4" CPD II has been my carry gun for 15 years now. Accurate, dependable and light weight.
     

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  6. Budasac

    Budasac New Member

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    Sandog - nice lookin' pistols you have there...... but,
    what's to hate about a Kimber. It's a solid gun, shoots great, and the manufacturer is located 30 minutes away from me. I wasn't even looking for a new 1911 but, I came across the Kimber and was impressed by how well fit it was. No play in it anywhere. There were some S&W "E" series in the next rack for more money and they were sloppy as can be. Even some of the other Kimbers weren't put together as well as this one.

    I just couldn't let someone else have it. It had to be mine.
     
  7. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    Your 30 mins from where they make em? I Grew up there...


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  8. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Good guns. I had two of the stainless target models. I replaced both of the sear springs worn reduced pull sears from Cylinder and Slide. Really drops the trigger pull. Congrats on the new gun.
     
  9. Budasac

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    Yeah, I'm in NJ just over the bridge. The Henry factory is just up the road as well.




    Thanks. I messed with the trigger after the first trip to the range. It was a little over 5 from the factory. I got it down to 3.5 lbs and it feels pretty crisp. Most of my other guns are in the 3-3.5 range so I'll probably leave it alone now.
     
  10. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    Bronx Born and Raised! The Kimber Factory is On A Hill Across The NYS Thruway from a Correctional Facility, and Near a Stew Lenoards and a Cosco...


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  11. sandog

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    I like Kimber's or I wouldn't have three of them. Others will trash talk them, mostly reliability problems and bad customer service and warranty issues. As I have never had a problem with mine, I have no dealings with their CS or Warranty department. Almost everyone is making 1911's now days, and they are pretty much all good. The only 1911's I had problems with were Colt's from the 1970's and 80's. I have not heard any issues with newer Colt's.
     
  12. emo

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    I don't think it's the pistol itself everyone has an issue with, more the short 1 year warranty and that some have had issue with customer service during that 1 year. I have a Gold Combat (pre series II) that I really like. I've been fortunate and never had a single problem with it so I do not have any first hand experience with their customer service. I really liked it from the moment I picked it up at the LGS so purchased it without looking into their warranty (naively just assumed everyone had similar warranties!). While I've had no issues, now that I know they have just a 1 year warranty, it has stopped me from buying another from them which sucks because they make a lot of really nice pistols!


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  13. wittmeba

    wittmeba New Member

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    I love the looks of the new Kimber Carry specials. Beautiful.
     
  14. CardiacColt68

    CardiacColt68 New Member

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    Agreed. Since I have a nice stable group of firearms now I could roll the dice and try a Kimber next time. They sure are good looking guns. Maybe they should move out of NY so they could more ably afford a lifetime warranty.


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  15. Budasac

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    I wasn't aware of the warranty. All of my other guns have lifetime warranties, so I guess I just assumed. I think Les Bear only offers a 1 year as well. Funny how the more you pay for the gun the less service you get. I could see how some would be put off by that. Either way, they do have some really nice guns. Hopefully I never have to deal with their customer service.
     
  16. sparky80

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    I'm glad you got a good one. Kimbers always look so nice. Maybe some day I'll grab one. My buddy has a Solo and I want to shoot it BAD. Dry firing it was nice. And the size is great.
     
  17. MOshooter

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    Your Kimber Custom Target looks like a fine shooter,Congrats!! :cool:
     
  18. Pasquanel

    Pasquanel Proud to be an American Supporter

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    I'm a newbie when it comes to Kimber my wife of nearly 50 yrs. (Nov. 26 2014) bought me a Kimber crimson carry Pro for Christmas and I must confess I was shocked!
    As many have stated the warranty seems inadequate for a pistol in this price range and only one mag is unacceptable IMPO. That being said and after a breaking-in period
    this lightweight Commander style .45 acp has become a favorite of mine. After a couple hundred rounds it suddenly eats anything I feed it and I tend to be a tightwad with practice ammo.
    Currently shooting 185 grn. hollow-points and so far so good! Recoil with the Plus-P stuff can be a bit stout with a .27 oz pistol but in a stressful situation it would not be noticed.
    I am very comfortable carrying this piece in my "go to meeting" attire!
     
  19. Eagle1803

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    Very nice, you can't go wrong with Kimber.

    I must say lately there has been a lot of 1911's bought from people on this forum. Is something going on that I don't know about, or are you people just a bunch of gun nuts?:D :)
     
  20. otisthecat

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    I'm pretty sure Les Baer doesn't have any written warranty, just like Ruger. However, both companies have a very good track record of quality customer service. Dan Wesson has a 5 year, but again, good track record of keeping customers happy beyond the 5 years. My concern isn't with Kimbers one year warranty, but the many things I've read about their customer service during and after the one year.

    I like the Kimbers I have, may or may not get another, but in my opinion they don't have a warranty problem they have an image problem. Lots of shiny ads don't mean much if the buying public doesn't trust the company producing those pretty pictures.