Let the interweb Kimber bashing begin!!

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by spittinfire, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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  2. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    I have owned 4, still own 1 and have not had problems with any of them. Like everything else on the interwebz, 1 person with a grudge will press the issue and post bad stuff everywhere & often.

    Now I will caveat my comments by saying I do not shoot much JHP ammo in my 1911s - some of them have had nothing but 230gr ball in their diet...
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I have never owned a Kimber, but people seem to be please with theirs.
     
  4. DoyleTheDog

    DoyleTheDog New Member

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    I've never had any trouble with my Kimber... Maybe a few issues during the break-in period.
     
  5. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    I have owned 3. Still own one in .22lr the others were .45's. I have never experienced any of the problems that I have seen reported all over the Interwebz.

    I shot everything through mine. JHP, ball, dirty-nasty-range only ammo. Sometimes as much as 300 or 400 rounds at a time for my Raptor II without cleaning. I believe my 5" is still roaming around here in the hands of Goju who hasn't told me of any problems he has encountered.

    And I even used factory mags. :eek:

    I haven't purchased a Kimber in a few years, so I can't speak for their most recent stuff, but I did handle them at SHOT this past year and they still seemed like a quality product from the fit and finish category.

    JD
     
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  6. freefall

    freefall New Member

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    I like my Kimber Compact to the point that I bought The Lovely Mrs one to replace her Colt Officers ACP.
     
  7. Jesse17

    Jesse17 New Member

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    What happened JD? When I first found FTF you were like all die hard nuts-o about how great Kimber 1911s were. Now you only have a .22? What did you replace them with, and why? If I may ask.
     
  8. Dillinger

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    At the time Kimber was making great guns, but they have suffered some quality control issues sense then. They still make a very good product if you get a good one. Some of their offerings have been less then stellar and they are using MIM parts on some of their low end guns which for me is a no thank you. I still believe they are a good gun for the price, but their prices have gone up and the quality has not gone up with them.

    I sold my two .45's and bought Nighthawks. A few years ago I met 3 of the founders of Nighthawk Customs at SHOT and spent about an hour talking 1911's with them.

    They are an all US based company, using only the best US of A parts, and they have a great passion for the platform. I was VERY impressed with the people behind the product and bought one. Once I bought one, I was hooked.

    Now I own 4 of them :eek:
     
  9. cpttango30

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    JD became a 1911 SNOB and now only buys $3k Nighthawks.

    What is sounds like to be is. The old guy ordered a bunch of Kimbers because he knew they were good they had a few minor problems (Then again it says COLLECTOR grade) and now the new wonder boy who is Joe Tacticool wants new Glocks so to justify spending more money of unneeded firearms he will say the are so unreliable that we can't trust them. Here we can but all these glocks for that much and I will be saveing the state money because of the repair bills for the Kimbers.
     
  10. Dillinger

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    That's not entirely true.

    Only one of them was over $3K for your information. :p

    And I am currently working on a Taurus PT 1911. Tuning it and making it a JD Certified 1911 that already has another S/M interested in purchasing.

    So there..... *PffffffffffT* :D:cool:
     
  11. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i first remember kimber entering the 1911 scene long time back. they made a few really superb sample guns handed em out to gun rags and immediately started producing schlock pistols once they got the good writeups. kimber has been a constant roller coaster of varrying quality.

    when they feel their rep has slid a bit too far they produce a run of really good shooters, then slide right back to schlock. they are far far far better at selling an image in my opinion than consistantly producing quality firearms.

    i havent owned but one centerfire and one of their 22lr kits. had nothing but trouble with their customer support. sold both of em. the kimber 45 i had during the mid 90's had a lot of issues with reliable feeding and stove piping. never could get it to run multiple mags well.

    i just have the same opinion of kimber as i do of taurus. get a good one it will run fine. but with kimber your gonna pay a lot more than what the gun is really worth to own one. there are higher quality pieces you can get for the money your spending.
     
  12. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    The 2 I have owned were built in 2003 and ran like champs.
     
  13. jismail

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    My Series 1 has never given me any issues, and is very tolerant of range ammo, and can put up some very nice groups....
     
  14. canebrake

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  15. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Yeah I offers as soon as you posted. But, somehow someone else had dibs on it. But hey the way I have been treated here over the last few month I can understand that man really I can.
     
  16. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Need a hug Brett?
     

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  17. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Yeah, I thought that might come up. I bought a used Kimber, cleaned it in my normal fashion and 4 hours later it was covered in surface rust. I got the worst possible customer service from Kimber and I was pissed. I called back and got a wonderful lady who was very helpful. I cleaned the Kimber again and the rust never came back. After that and my second range trip with the pistol it was nothing but gold.

    Please note the last post of that thread.
     
  18. stag1

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    Spittinfire, thank you for being man enough to admit your made the original thread while being mad and admitting you actually do like it now.

    To you sir, I tip my hat too.

    Now if we could get Canebrake and Dillinger to quit sparking emotions here :rolleyes::D:eek:
     
  19. NGIB

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    Many will disagree with me but I think a lot of the bad press Kimber gets (most 1911s actually) is from noobs that expect 1911s to be just like Glocks. You know what I'm saying - buy it, never clean or lube it properly, using crap factory mags, and trying to use the "flying ashtray" style of ammo. Also, folks buy tight target guns and expect them to be as forgiving as the old military 1911 - which they are not. I think Kimber catches the most flak simply because they sell so many guns.

    BTW, even though it's "not required" - I cleaned and lubed the Glock I picked up yesterday...
     
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  20. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I've never had an issue when using the factory mags but I do carry Tripps.

    NGIB, I thought if you cleaned a glock they melted.