unreliable kimber 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by 13starz, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. 13starz

    13starz New Member

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    i just recently purchased a kimber custom II 1911. i fired 9 rounds out of it and it jammed twice. when i try to chamber a round it jams as well. kimber told me that this is normal for "high end guns". i tried different ammo and different clips, with the same results. kimber told me the bugs will work themselves out. is this customary for a high end gun. a gun that doesn't fire is a worthless gun. a brand new $800 gun should not malfunction. how do you "break in" a gun that doesn't chamber a round, aand since when is this normal???
     
  2. dicky0331

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    my springfield A1 loaded model did this as well. mine functioned properly after about a hundered rounds or so.... and I haven't had a problem with it since. when a 1911 is stiff from the factory they tend to need to be shot to cycle right. come to think of it my othe three did as well....
     

  3. Dillinger

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    Used? Or new? Caliber? Bought it directly from Kimber, or from a dealer?

    Normally, no, you should not have to "break in" a new gun of this quality.

    Kimber should have a return policy, and a repair policy, both of which you should be able to take advantage of if you purchased it new.

    Either way, I have owned 3 and have never had the problems you have described.

    JD
     
  4. 13starz

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    i bought it brand new from a dealer. its a .45 acp. i called kimber and they gave me the run around, so did my dealer. i posted this elsewhere and people are telling me this is normal, but i dont see how. im no gun expert by any means and this is my first 1911.
     
  5. Dillinger

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    I have bought 3 Kimbers, brand new, and two of which were .45 caliber. I have never had, nor have I heard of, anyone with this problem.

    There are multiple owners here on the board who have never posted such a problem.

    When you say Kimber has given you the run around, as has the person who sold you the weapon - I am skeptical. I would recommend personally visiting the store that you bought the weapon from and making them test it.
     
  6. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    Return it. Kimber's firearms are second to none. There is the occasional POS and that's why Kimber has a 1 year warranty. Fire the requisite 100 rounds, then take it back. There is no reason to have to deal with an $800 dollar piece of garbage.
     
  7. hillbilly68

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    Just two questions, what type of ammo (brand and bullet) and what type of mags are you using?

    There are indeed lemons in the gun world, so it may be a return to Kimber deal for you. Get a few more rounds through her. This is by no means an insult to you at all, but as you are a self-described semi-new 1911 man, I would take an experienced friend with you to shoot it as well. It could be how you are shooting it (again this is not meant as an insult).

    Good luck, I know that is so frustrating having a weapon that doesn't act right. Let us know how it goes!
     
  8. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    Mine has functioned flawlessly from day one, even with hollow points. I was getting Fiocchi 230 gr. HP for $6/box for a while, so that's what I fed it for the better part of a year. My personal defense ammo is a mixed bag of 195 gr. and 230 gr. Hydrashocks and it cycles them without a problem.

    I'm still running Kimber magazines that are 10 years old and have held rounds for the whole 10 years. They feed ammo to the pistol just fine and have never caused a problem.

    My one concern is how you're holding it, but it doesn't sound like that's the issue. Maybe take some pictures of the pistol while it's jammed and it would better help us diagnose the problem.
     
  9. 13starz

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    i have a factory mag, and kimber is sending me a new one. the clip that came with the gun was acting up. the gun dealer i bought my gun from suggested a wilson clip. i purchased that clip and it didn't fit. i got so many responses on what type of ammo to shoot, but there are so many opinions out there
     
  10. matt g

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    I've run damn near everything on the market through mine, including SWC in both cast and FMJ flavors. It got a little sluggish with the SWCs, but it fed them. The SWCs were given to me by a friend because they wouldn't run in his Glock.
     
  11. cpttango30

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    Kimber and many other high end 1911 clones are going to do this for the first 1000 rounds. It is normal. The reason behind this is these are brnad new and the tollerances are very tight. You need to work them in and get some of the small (To small to see) burrs and everything running smooth.

    Did you bring it home and strip is and clean and lube it properly? What kind of ammo is it not chambering? If you are using some low end reman junk it will happen because it is lowend junk ammo.

    The worse thing about the kimber is the fact that they send you junk mags. I bought the Wislon combat 8rd with the polmer follower it feeds like water off a ducks back.

    There are lemons hat make it out from time to time. I woul jsut say don't give up on it yet.

    Field strip it and clean it real good then lub the heck out of it.

    These guns are not going to shoot like the old used military 1911. My first 1911 was a mil issue that had seen combat in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and many years of qualifications as well. it was so lose it would rattle like a diamond back. but no mater what you did to it, it would always fire.
     
  12. matt g

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    Again, I had no problem with mine out of the box. The only difference that I noticed after a few hundred rounds was that the trigger became lighter and crisper.
     
  13. 13starz

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    i did break it down and lube it up. i bought a wilson mag (47D) that the gun dealer recommended and it will not fit all the way into the gun. it sticks out of the handle about an 1/8".
     
  14. hillbilly68

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    Just the bump pad, right?
     
  15. 13starz

    13starz New Member

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    thats what i thought so i took it off and tried it, still didn't fit
     
  16. h8dirt

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    A Wilson mag' should work like a charm -- they work in all of mine interchangably, Colt, Wilson and Kimber. Are you using factory hardball or reloads? Something sounds fishy to me.
     
  17. sweet45

    sweet45 New Member

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    Just get out the saw and cut it down, then duck tape the bottom.
     
  18. sweet45

    sweet45 New Member

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    REALLY, The Wilson mag will stick out past the grip. I have a couple 1911's and I wouldn't trade e'm for any other gun. Some folks who have no basic mechanical knowledge and understand how a gun functions, just might be better off with a Glock.
     
  19. 13starz

    13starz New Member

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    listen, im not stupid, the base pad that comes with that clip does not fit. i understand it will stick out of the handle a little, but not so far that it wont chamber a round. don't jump to conclusions 45.
     
  20. SGT-MILLER

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    I would take the pistol back to the dealer and show them first hand what's going on.

    It sounds like you may have a 1 in 1000 "dud" gun. Kimbers should feed with any type of 1911 magazine as long as your not trying to fit a small 7 round compact magazine into a big , full size 1911 frame. It doesn't sound like that's what you're trying to do.

    Best of luck to ya. I hope you get your pistol runnin right for ya.