May Leave the Dark Side....Kimber???

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Gatekeeper, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    Recently found a Kimber SIS Custom for sale at a local shop.
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    Model:SIS Custom™ .45 ACP Caliber:.45 ACPFeatures:
    • Match grade frame, slide, barrel, bushing and chamber.
    • Match grade barrel is machined from a single piece of solid steel for accuracy and long life.
    • All Kimber pistols feature a polished breech face for flawless feeding and extraction.
    Specifications:Height (inches) 90° to barrel: 5.25
    Weight (ounces) with empty magazine: 38
    Length (inches): 8.7
    Magazine capacity: 8
    Ambidextrous thumb safety
    Service melt
    Recoil spring (pounds): 16.0
    Standard military length guide rod
    Frame:Material: Stainless steel
    Finish: Matte gray
    KimPro II™ frame finish
    Width (inches): 1.28
    Frontstrap checkering
    Slide:Material: Stainless steel
    Finish: Matte gray
    KimPro II™ slide finish
    Front serrations
    Flat top
    Barrel:Length (inches): 5
    Steel, match grade
    Stainless steel match grade bushing
    Twist rate (left hand): 16
    Sights:SIS Night Sights™ Tritium fixed
    Radius (inches): 6.8
    Grips:Laminated
    Trigger:Solid Aluminum Match Grade
    Factory setting (approx. pounds): 4.0 - 5.0
    Suggested
    Retail Price:$1427.00 SIS Custom™ .45 ACP




    It is used,barely from the looks of it and from what my buddy who works there has told me. The guy who traded it in has bought a $h1tload of pistols there in the last couple years. He buys them, plays with them for a month or two then trades them in for new pistols. Probly has less than a couple hundred rds through it. They are asking $900.

    Can any of you 1911 guys tell me anything about this model? Good used price? I know they are +$1200 new.
    Good shooters? Reliable?
    What are your opinions on this model. I searched the forum and couldn't find any.

    Thinking about trading my Glock 21 in on it. Wanted to give the 1911 a chance. See if they live up to the hype:D
    If I dont like I can always re-sell and buy the G21SF i was thinking about anyways.
    Thanks for the input ----Ken
     
  2. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Okay, the SIS Custom has come thru Kimber's Pro Shop, so it has all the bells and whistles.

    I owned one Pro Shop pistol in a 4.25 Raptor II and it was a GREAT effing pistol. I never had one problem with it, and the only reason I sold it, was to upgrade to my T3 ( sad loss there, boating accident at all ).

    I never had any of the "rusting" problems that two members here have had and those Kimbers that I have owned ( I had 2 originals until the boating accident ) were tackdrivers.

    $900 is a bit more than I would spend, not much, but the weapon is WAY over-priced from the get go.

    Given the quality of the weapon, and the coolness of the slide ( I like that look ), I DARE YOU to make the deal and see what YOU think about the 1911 platform...

    But, you really need to shoot a 1911 before you sink that kind of money into a pistol you are not completely sold on. Go rent ANY 5" 1911 and see how you shoot with it. I am betting by the first 8 round mag, you will have found your new Holy Grail pistol...

    JD
     

  3. feedsasquatch

    feedsasquatch New Member

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    What Dillinger said x2:D Find a 1911, go shoot it, and if you aren't in love after 8 rounds, well, you WILL be in LOVE after 8 rounds;) After I fired my first 1911 (a Colt Gov't Model) I knew from immediately that I would never purchase another pistol that wasn't a 1911. I now own a Colt Combat Commander that I purchased used for $850.

    I have heard a LOT of good things about Kimber, and as long as you're going with a full-size one, you shouldn't have any reliability issues with it.
     
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    It's the pistol for the high speed, low drag, Tactical guys in L.A. It's supposed to be a really hot pistol. Here in the Peoples Democratic Republic of California, only law enforcement can buy them. :rolleyes:
     
  5. Hot Sauce NARC

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    A few months back i found a kimber warrior in a local shop slightly used for 900.00 and i bought it without ever really firing a 1911. Luckly i instantly fell in love with it. The warrior is very similar to the SIS, same pistol except for the sights and the serrations on the slide are different. I really like the kim pro finish it makes cleaning easy. You will find the trigger a bit different to get used to, it took me about 300 rounds to transition from the glock trigger to the 1911. I agree with the others, shoot someone else's gun before you drop the cash, trust me your going to want it more. if you do buy it polish the feed ramp into a mirror, it will save you some hassles:D
     
  6. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Screw around looking for a 1911 to "test drive" and someone else will own your SIS!

    Experience the lure of the 1911 with your own gun.

    You will not regret the plunge!
     
  7. Highpower

    Highpower New Member

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    HYPE? :confused:

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  8. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    Thanks for the replies!
    I just wanted to know that this was a quality piece I was looking at. Sounds like it is.
    Wanted to see if price was decent. Its not the steal of the century but sounds reasonable.

    I dont know of any ranges in my area that rent pistols, He11 I dont know any indoor ranges around here:D
    Ive been working alot of overtime lately and got a nice check coming tomorrow.
    Going to "take the plunge" tomorrow evening, if they still have it (Cane mite have jinxed me):eek:

    Thanks again for the help---Ken
     
  9. Slawth

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    Didja get it? Didja Didja? Huh? :D
     
  10. Gatekeeper

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  11. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Well?!?!?!?! Where is the gun pr0n man???? Make with the goods you selfish bastard.... :cool:
     
  12. lonyaeger

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    Well???

    I think you did well. I've owned a few Kimbers, still have two, and I'm very happy with them. I don't think that was a bad price at all and, if you don't like it, you should be able to easily find someone who will give you what you paid for it.

    How does it feel in your hand compared to your Glock? Let me guess......
     
  13. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    Sorry----Best pics I got right now---cellphone :-(
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  14. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    Snuck out of work early to make it to the shop before they closed.
    Came home and got a quick box through it before dark.
    Going to take a while to transition from shooting the glock. However, slowfire was way more accurate than any time ever Ive shot my G21. Had one group going about the size of a quarter @ 10yds until I did an inadvertant double tap, only threw the shot out of the group by 1 1/2" :D
    It has a flat or straight trigger, dont know if that was factory option or aftermarket.
    Trigger had a slight amount of takeup then super smooth and crisp with no overtravel. Very nice coming from a glock trigger.
    The point of aim/impact was dead on. I just need to get used to the sights sitting higher than my G.
    Did a couple dbl tap/rapid fire mags, even with not being used to the sight setup my targets were comparable to the groups I shoot with my glock and I've been using it for years!
    Try to borrow a decent camera and get a range report this weekend
    Aftefr I get accustomed to the trigger, grip and sights Im sure it will be lights out better.
     
  15. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    Came with 1 KimPro mag. Bought a Wilson Combat mag for a spare, hope they're good.
    Need to get leather, going to do a search
    Also I didnt get a manual, need to find a guide for field stripping and maintainence. Any Ideas were to look?
    Thanks again---Ken
     
  16. lonyaeger

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    Not a lot of difference in stripping and cleaning from other 1911s, you can find a video on YouTube or elsewhere in this forum I would think. Just be especially careful reassembling when it comes to putting the slide stop back in. Be patient and don't force it...you can scar the pistol if you do it the wrong way. I learned that the hard way.
     
  17. Highpower

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    ktmboyz New Member

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    You god D*& mu&^% fu^%& A&^ ho&%^$ I've been wanting one of those for a while. They are sweet looking guns. Congrats on seeing the light :cool:
     
  20. Slawth

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    Very nice. [​IMG]

    It looks like there is an awful lot of lube on the slide rails in those pics...