Kimber disappoints me

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by spittinfire, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    So we all know i got my Kimber home last week. I thoroghly cleaned the weapon, oiled it and wiped it down with an oiled patch before putting it away. I was going by my parents house the next day so I took it along to show to my dad. So of course when I get there we handle the weapon a little bit but again, I make sure to wipe it down before putting it in the case. It spent the rest of the day in my truck as I was working at the 200 acre, 4 man hunting club I'm a part of, plowing and planting food plots and generally dressing it up. I got home very late and dicided I would oil the gun again in the morning before putting it away. Next morning I opened the case and what did I see? My Kimber was covered in surface rust!!! Slide and barrel. I WAS PISSED!!!
    What gives?? I showed my wife...She says, didn't you buy that to carry? Didn't you get it for function? Isn't that the most expensive gun you have? Yes is the answer to all of those questions.
    I haven't even fired the weapon and I'm thinking about selling it. I'm not going to carry a weapon I have to constantly battle rust. Whats going to happen when it's against my skin and I start to sweat a little?
    Could I get it coated? Sure but why should I spend more money on a nearly new weapon? An expensive weapon at that. I'm done ranting now.
     
  2. SGT-MILLER

    SGT-MILLER New Member

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    Same thing happened to me. After I cleaned all of the rust off, and gave the barrel a good polishing with a non-abrasive polishing compound, I haven't seen any further rust anywhere.

    My Kimber is not a carry piece, though. To me, it's more of an investment piece, so I tend to "baby" it slightly more. I'll be getting a different 1911 for carry in the future sometime.
     

  3. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I ended up soaking the slide, barrel, guide rod and spring in oil, putting them in individual bags and leaving them there so they don't rust. I could deal with the barrel issue, but the entire slide? That is unacceptable in my book. I bet I could go swimming with my XD and it wouldn't rust.
     
  4. truevil1313

    truevil1313 New Member

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    I have had my Kimber for 4 years now, and it has been carried almost daily for that time. I have never seen even a spot of rust on it. I dont know what to tell you, maybe call Kimber and see what they say.
     
  5. hawkman1

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    Same here, I have been carrying my Kimber for about 2 months almost everyday. I have not oiled it since I have shot it and I have not had any problem with rust. I have been checking the parts to look out for rust since problems have been posted but none seen.
     
  6. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Blue or stainless? Mine is blue.
     
  7. Southern6er

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    I have a blued Pro Carry II and a stainless II. Neither shows signs of rust.

    However, I plan to send my Pro Carry II to a gunsmith for some other mods (bobtail, frontstrap, barrel work, slide work) and it'll have to be recoated. I'm having them do it and taking the opportunity to make it a bit more unique, especially since my wife gave it to me (and it's my first pistol).

    There are coatings out there that are FAR better than the dark coatings Kimber uses, IMO. So, I'll be getting mods on my Pro Carry AND getting better coatings on it too.
     
  8. Moss99

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    My brother got a stainless Kimber a few years back. Turns out the slide wasn't very "Stainless". He called up Kimber and they asked to have it sent back, he marked it with a scribe inside the slide to see if they were just going to send him back a new one and sure enough, that's what they did. Great service though, only took about 3 weeks.
     
  9. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    I wonder if kimber puts something unique on their pistols or is just the materials they are made of? :confused:

    Never had any rust on any pistols I own. Ruger's, beretta's, taurus's, smith and wesson's, xd's, and a browning. No rust,ever. I shot all of them regularly and cleaned them after the range trip. Most stay loaded at home, some with round in the pipe.

    I did have rust on my mossberg 500 after neglecting it for a few months. :eek: Came right off though.

    Maybe my first 1911 should be a cbob or smith? :confused:
     
  10. truevil1313

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    I have the Kimber Tactical Pro II, so the slide is blued or coated. After 4 years of daily carry, it is showing some holster wear, but it has never had even a spec of rust on it. I do wipe it down in Rem oil, whenever it seems to be in need.
     

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  11. hogger129

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    Sorry to hear about this. I'm a Colt man through and through, but I always regarded Kimber as a top-notch firearm.
     
  12. SGT-MILLER

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    I got rid of mine. Kimber puts out a substandard product. I would recommend that you try to get your money back for the Kimber if you can. Get a 1911 from a different brand.

    This SIG came into unprotected contact with an ill-minded Kimber, and the result was very unfortunate. It's like the STD of the firearm world.......

    [​IMG]
     
  13. cpttango30

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    I don't know what you guys are doing but mine has had one spot of rust because my dad put it away and didn't clean it or oil it for over a year.

    Maybe they changed coatings and the new one is not as good. Have you guys called kimber and see what they say about it?
     
  14. IGETEVEN

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    LMAO....Miller, that there is funny, I don't care who ya are. I like Colts! :D :D
     

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  15. hawkman1

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    I got no problems here with my Kimber. I carry it most of the time and have shot it in the rain. No signs of rust and no problems with malfunctions.

    That Sig looks like it was in a fire.
     
  16. canebrake

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    Or maybe a [​IMG]

    I carry in sub-tropical conditions. (14 years)

    I have NEVER had rust on my Colts! NEVER!

    I will not knock the Dan Wesson but the S&W isn't a 1911 pattern pistol. It has an external extractor.
     
  17. Gojubrian

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    Ahhhh, the external extractor hold up. I don't care about the external extractor. If it functions good and is reliable, who cares?

    I was at the Springdale,AR gunshow today and saw alot of nice 1911's for sale. I thought of you every time I saw a colt. i did see some nice colts too including several 1911a1's. The prices weren't bad either, but I'm still saving.
     
  18. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    My Kimber has an external exctractor.
     
  19. Dillinger

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    I have composed an e-mail I going to send to Kimber to see if they would like to send someone by the site here to talk about these issues and make their position publicly known.

    It might fall on deaf ears, but at least I am going to offer them a platform to talk and defend themselves.

    JD
     
  20. Gojubrian

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