I AM PISSED!!!!! (rust on my Kimber barrel)

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by SGT-MILLER, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. SGT-MILLER

    SGT-MILLER New Member

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    I've owned the Kimber for just about a week now, and I have shot it once. I gave it a real detailed cleaning, and I know how to clean firearms (I do it all the time at work and at home).

    I take the Kimber out of the case, and there's rust on the f*cking barrel!!!!!! WTF!!!!!

    I went online and did a search, and noticed that this is a common problem with Kimber. Google "Rust on Kimber" and check out the myriad of responses.

    I'm about two seconds away from taking the pistol back, getting my money back and purchasing something like a Springfield XD-45. At least, I know for a fact the XD line won't let me down!!!!!!

    WTF is wrong with Kimber making people pay 700 dollars or more for a 1911 that will rust in a week or less if you don't keep it in a super moisture free chamber, and only handle it with gloves????


    A 1911 is supposed to be tough, and last forever. My RIA did better than this!!!!


    :mad: :mad: :mad:
     
  2. cpttango30

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    Mine has it too.

    Doesn't affect how it shoots. and no one sees the barrel. just keep it oiled up and you'll be ok.

    I guess a little rust and the fact that they forget to finish the frame I would send it back too.....
     

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    This is not good. What are you going to do?
     
  4. SGT-MILLER

    SGT-MILLER New Member

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    I could see this on an entry-level 1911, but for cryin out loud, I have found reports of people spending over 1000 dollars on their Kimber, just to discover some rust a couple of days later.

    Maybe I'm alone on this, but I feel a firearm should not rust before the fist week of ownership is done. I liked to think of my Kimber as my investment piece, and something I could rely on if the SHTF.

    Now I can't do that, because as long as I keep it, I will be worrying that if I take it out in the elements for 2 seconds, I'll have to spend and hour dunking it in oil to keep the rust away.......

    When I had my RIA 1911, it didn't rust, and I kinda treated that one like sh*t for a little bit....lol.

    I'm thinking the Kimber is going away with a quickness, and I'm going to get another .45 to replace it. It may be a Springfield XD .45 Tactical, I'm not sure.
     
  5. NGIB

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    I hear this a lot sorry to say. It won't affect the function as Tango said but it sucks that a $700 gun has these "weaknesses". My only Kimber is a 1st series, from 97, that does not have these issues...
     
  6. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Call the factory and see what they say. I am telling you you won't be disappointed by keeping that kimber.

    Guns are made to be used not sit around and look pretty.
     
  7. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    This is not good news....I am a concerned by this information.
     
  8. SGT-MILLER

    SGT-MILLER New Member

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    That is absolutely correct. They aren't supposed to rust in record time either....

    I figured it out. My Kimber developed a rusted barrel in three, that's right, three days!!! That's in dry conditions, and being maintained and cleaned very well!!!

    I wasted 700 dollars on a pretty 1911 that rusts with a quickness. The last thing I want is a gun that I have to take care of like a child.

    I called around and one store has an XD 45 tactical with all the bells and whistles for 550 dollars. I may be switching out .45s here shortly.


    Kimber is an EPIC FAIL to me!!!!!!!!

    I don't care what brand it is. Rust like that is unacceptable, especially in a 700 dollar weapon.
     
  9. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    I have taken my Kimbers all over the US and never had the issues you are talking about. :eek:

    My .460 Rowland is built on the very first Kimber I ever purchased, so that is close to 8 years old.

    Sorry to hear about this - this is the first I have heard, or seen. I was never out googling for a condition that I didn't know existed.

    I would contact Kimber and see what their response is. Perhaps it was a line of steel / contractor / whatever they no longer use and there is a warranty recall or something already in place?? *shrug*

    I don't know - I clean all my pistols with an Ultrasonic tank, maybe that is why I never had an issue.

    When not on my person, they are kept in a climate controlled safe, but I only had the plastic case and the room safe when I was traveling on the road for all those years.

    Maybe I got three lucky models??

    Sorry to hear Sarge - Contact Kimber and see what they say....

    JD
     
  10. NGIB

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    Just so you don't feel any worse, it happens on the higher $$$ Kimber's as well. Here's a thread from my "home" forum on an identical issue with a Desert Warrior.

    Firearm Discussion • View topic - How to fix this rust?

    BTW, the fellow with Sheriff in his handle is actually the Sheriff of Oconee County GA and his SWAT team uses Kimbers. He and his Chief Deputy (Legacy38) are Kimber certified armorers...
     
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  11. dunerunner

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    BTW, Sarge; Just givin' ya a poke!! I'm sure Kimber will make it right. Let us know what they decide to do for you.
     
  12. CA357

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    Sarge, if you're set on getting rid of it, take a look at a Springfield "Loaded" 1911 before you buy the XD.
     
  13. NGIB

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    Sarge, take a minute to go look at the thread I posted a link to. When you get back, consider this:

    Even though the Sheriff and his Chief Deputy are aware of the rust issues - they still chose Kimber 1911s to arm their SWAT team...
     
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  14. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Does it look like this?

    This happened in Northern CA humidity hovers around 5 to 10% most of the year. It has sinced moved to VA where our humidity hovers around 60 to 90% most of the year.

    SD530202.jpg
     
  15. General_lee

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    For around the same price as your kimber, you can get a springfield mil spec stainless 1911.
    Thats what i'm getting, i'll have it paid off in a couple weeks.
     
  16. NGIB

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    Quite a functional difference between a target grade Kimber and a Mil-Spec though - and I have both...
     
  17. IGETEVEN

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    Cough.....cough.....Ahhhh....I never had that problem with my COLT Commander 1911. :confused:

    Jack............
     
  18. Caliche

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    First, I think that rust on a 3 day old NIB firearm is unacceptable. That should not happen and it should be addressed. I would be just as pissed as you are.

    However, I would hate to think that you felt like you had to ditch a firearm you seem to be very accurate with and have enjoyed pretty thoroughly until this unfortunate setback. While it shouldn't have to be done, barrel refinishing is rather simple and relatively inexpensive. I wasn't happy with the finish on the barrel of my recently purchased pistol and this is the route I took.

    I'd recommend Robar, and I know at least one other person on this forum would probably support that recommendation. They were friendly and turnaround was much quicker than listed on their website. Refinishing my barrel definitely made me more pleased overall with my firearm.

    In a perfect world this wouldn't be necessary, but sometimes work has to be done on new firearms.
     
  19. SGT-MILLER

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    Ok.

    Crisis averted.

    I went back to the dealer and spole with a professional individual that is very knowledgeable in the world of Kimbers. He owns several, and he is very familiar with this issue.

    It is due to how the barrels are produced at the factory. When they are done, the very top finish of the barrel is a little prone to surface rust. It only affects the very outer layer of the barrel, so it's not too much of an issue.

    He offered me this great polishing/protecting compound for the Kimber, and my barrel is back to a nice shine. All I have to do is apply this every 5-6 months while I'm cleaning the weapon, and I shouldn't have any further issues. The rust issue is common, and so is this fix. The factory does the same thing when people send the barrels back to them.

    I am happy and satisfied. My barrel actually looks better than when I first got it. Plus, it's protectedf ro the time being. I also bought some dessicant to keep moisture out of the case it's in.

    I reacted with emotion first instead of logic, and I apologize for that. Once I looked into the issue, and resolved it, it's really a non-issue. Just a quirk with the brand.

    Everything is good to go. :)