Kimber Owners Speak Up

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by CA357, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I just bought a stainless Pro Carry II and I'm stoked about it. But, I really don't know much about Kimbers other than they're a decent brand and they're manufactured in the USA.

    I'd like to know how your Kimbers have held up for you and any issues they may have had. How has customer support been? Talk to me fella's.
     
  2. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    I bought a NIB pro carry for my first 1911. It had a couple of issues feeding hollow points before it was broken in and using factory mags.
    The manual said to break it using 500rds of fmj ammo first and foremost, that's expensive, but fun.
    I ended up buying Wilson mags and racking the slide a couple hundred times at home. After that it ran smooth the rest of the time I had it.
    For some reason I became uncomfortable with the alloy frame. That, and that dang take down pin was annoying.
    I sold it and bought this one,another Kimber, from J.D. I couldn't be happier!!

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  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Yeah, the bull barrel and recoil spring set up is a bit weird to me.

    That's a nice looking pistol. Has that one been Robar'd?
     
  4. Dillinger

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    I've owned two Kimbers in my time. My first ever 1911 was a certain, black, Custom Target that is floating around with another member currently. I think his name is Brian. :rolleyes::cool:

    That thing was carried everywhere and I shot it as much as I could. Dry fired the hell out of it all the time.

    My second was a Raptor II that I sold after carrying it for over a year for about the same price I paid for it.

    Both weapons were top notch in my opnion. The Raptor came through the "Custom Shop" so it was tuned, I didn't have anything extra to do with it. The trigger was great and it was accurate as all get out.

    The Custom Target I had a trigger job done, but after that the only thing I had done was send it off to Robar during the .460 Build Off with Cane.

    The C.T. was flawless the whole time I had it. Stock mags for most of the time, but I upgraded them after a couple of years.

    I never personally had a problem that required Kimber's customer service for help. I did call and talk to them about running +P ammo and they recommended upgrading the springs in both weapons, which I did, wth stock springs from Kimber.

    I never had a problem with rust, FTF, FTE or anything else. Both of them were rock solid. I can't honestly say one bad thing about my experiences with them other than I know that their low line models do use MIM parts which I don't personally believe in for my carry weapons.

    YMMV.

    For me, I don't believe in them for long term, high pressure use like weapons that will see a diet of +P ammo.

    Other than that? The Kimbers I have had were top notch. Slides were tight, guns shot straight, and their custom shop Raptor had a baby butt sweet trigger.

    I would recommend them to familly or FTF Members without hesitation, but I would caution either party against the low end, entry level guns.

    Perhaps the owner of my former Custom will stop by and post his views of the weapon. :cool:

    JD
     
  5. Dillinger

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    Now THAT is sexy as hell! Love the grips. :D

    Is that a Tripp's 8 rounder I see locked and loaded? :cool:

    JD
     
  6. spittinfire

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    I had a Pro Carry 2 for a little over a year and loved it. I actually just got rid of it last week but only so I could replace it with it's all stainless counterpart....Pro carry HD. It's scheduled to be here on Wednesday. I got the internal extractor with the HD which I wanted as well.

    I personally don't have an issue with the bull barrel and after you take it apart a couple of times the little pin is easy. Mine was reliable as a rock from day one, no matter what the ammo was. I would suggest getting an extra recoil spring and keeping one on hand. When they wear out, you'll know it instantly and putting a fresh one in makes it like new again. NGIB turned me on to extra power springs and I would highly recommend one from Wolf.
     
  7. Gatekeeper

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    Bought my SIS Custom (Series 1 Frame) slightly used at a decent discount about 15 months ago.
    Got into shooting Action Pistol competitions last year (USPSA) and have put 10K rounds through the SIS in the last year. It has loosened up a little bit but still shoots great and is absolutely reliable.

    As far as reliability, I had one feed ramp stall from slide lock within the first 100 rounds I fired through it, and some magazine related feed issues traced down to one 10rd mag I had bought but otherwise have had no malfunctions. Its been 100% reliable through 10K rounds using Tripp 8rd mags
     
  8. Gojubrian

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    Yes, J.D. Didn't know it at the time, but he had all that work done for me! :D
     
  9. PTsouthpaw

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    My first, and until I can afford a revolver, only handgun, is my Kimber Warrior. I absolutely love it!

    I spent a month or so before my 21st birthday visiting the local shop where I buy most of my firearms at least once a week, checking out what they had, what I liked, and what they recommended. I decided on the Kimber because they are American made, have a good reputation, and this particular gun just felt "right" in my hands.(I know a lot of people think that a rail on a 1911 is sacrilegious, but I absolutely love the way the extra weight balances in my hand. I have yet to even use the rail, though I may add a light for when it is on bedside duty.)

    I followed the break-in directions (500 rds 230gr ball) and only had a few jams that I recall, all in my first 100 rds. Since the break in period I have run probably 2000rds of 230gr ball and 200 rds of various defense (hp) rounds through it, with zero failures. I have the factory 7rd magazine as well as 2 Wilson Combat 8 round mags.

    I have not needed to use the Kimber customer service, so I cannot comment on that. I did read one horror story when I was researching about somebody's KimPro finish flaking off, as if it had been improperly applied. This may have been on this forum, I do not remember. When the firearm was sent to Kimber they said that it was holster wear, which may have been the case, but it was definitely more wear than should have occurred with the few times the owner had carried it. I believe they eventually refinished the gun for him, but still claimed that it was the customer's fault, not theirs. I still bought the Warrior, which is finished with KimPro, and I haven't experienced any problems.
     
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  10. Gojubrian

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    It's a Wilson, but it works great. This is my bedside gun now. I am more accurate with it than any other centerfired pistol I have shot.

    Someone could offer me twice what I paid for it and I wouldn't take it. My grand kids will be shooting this one!
     
  11. Dillinger

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    How can you argue with that folks?? :D

    Glad you are happy with your purchase my friend.

    JD
     
  12. lonyaeger

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    I've had three Kimbers, Don, two with the conical bull barrel, and the takedown is just as easy as with a barrel bushing once you get used to it. You can easily make extra takedown pins from paper clips. You're gonna love that pistol!
     
  13. spittinfire

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    My favorite version of the 1911 is the 4", I just think they have great balance. I will add a full size to the collection shortly though.

    Don, shoot it and have fun.
     
  14. mach1337

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    I have a kimber custom 2. black on black. well had sold it to my buddy but its still at my house. I love it. He has trouble cause he is southpaw and can seem to hit what hes aiming at... i had no problems tho. wierd
     
  15. Jpyle

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    I technically own a Kimber Custom II but have yet to take posession of it since I am still waiting for NJ State Police to get off their collective arses and issue my permits. While I cannot offer any first hand knowledge yet, I am glad to be reading all the positive comments I see posted...:)
     
  16. Jpyle

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    You should offer to buy it back for half of what you sold it to him for since he obviously broke it and now you have to get it shooting straight again...:p
     
  17. CA357

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    This is all very heartening to hear. :cool:
     
  18. NGIB

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    Like just about everything else, I've owned a few Kimbers as well. My only real complaint is that the non stainless guns have a finish that is best described by the word fragile. The Ultra Carry I got from silentghost doesn't look good at all and the finish is heavily worn in a lot of places - I also know this gun was very well cared for and never abused. For the prices they charge you'd think they could put a lot tougher finish on them...
     
  19. spittinfire

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    NGIB did bring up an interesting fact about the finish that I can only echo with my own experience. I doubt I'll ever buy a non stainless Kimber again unless the deal was just awesome.

    When can we expect a range report?
     
  20. Jay

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    I have two Kimbers.... both are pre-series II guns, and neither have given me any problems at all. 10's of thousands of rounds each, on the way to new recoil springs, and I've carried OWB the CDP for over 10 years, trouble free.... A few years ago, Kimber had some issues with external extractors, but lately those issues have been resloved. Excellent choice, as far as I'm concerned.

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