Withdrawls

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by levelcross, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. levelcross

    levelcross New Member

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    I had to send my Kimber in to have some warranty work done ( no I'm not surprised ) and it's been almost 3 weeks. I have been getting moody lately and have been having to go out back and run thru a few mags just to get thru the week. I never minded having a gun worked on before but this one seems to bug the snot out of me. Nieenteenelevenitis strikes again.

    I called them today and found out it is finished,:) they just have to do a total clean and oil before sending it back. It should be here Thursday, I told the wife that she needs to meet me at the range so we can work out some of this grumpiness that I have been experiencing. She just laughed and came home with 200 rounds of ammo, yeah I gave her a kiss.
     
  2. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    WHAT! you knew when you bought a Mimber That you stood a 50 50 chance of sending it back. I think the real # is around 46%.
     

  3. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    You should have bought two -
    One to keep while the other is being repaired (hopefully within they're 1 yr warranty) :rolleyes:
     
  4. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Ahaa...levelcross, u need a hug? :(

    Or you could jump in your car, drive down here and shoot my Colt. :cool:
     
  5. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    Three measley weeks? Three pistols sent in for warranty (none of them Kimbers) with one of them being sent in 3 times! Shortest time gone 5 weeks, longest time gone 7 months!
     
  6. levelcross

    levelcross New Member

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    Cane I will message you the next time I head that far south, I would like to buy a few at the very least and pick your brain. The offer to shoot your Colt might be taken up on LOL. If I had known what I know now I would have bought the Colt, I love the Kimber but I still want a few Colts.

    I just have to get thru my Daughter's wedding first, "I'm the father of the Bride, I write checks", sooooo true.
     
  7. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    I'm just outside of Ft Lauderdale.

    Come-on-down, got plenty of room to garrison you and yours and we can do a safe dump.

    I always need to exercise my pony's! You really need to shoot my 460 Rowland. ;):cool:

    [​IMG]

    When you get your daughter married off, give me a shout.
     
  8. mes227

    mes227 New Member

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    Well, I guess I defy stats. I have 2 Kimbers, my cousin one and a close friend one. Three bought in 2011 and 1 in 2010. None have had even an hint of trouble, certainly none have needed warrantee work, and all get significant range time.
     
  9. mes227

    mes227 New Member

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    Here's my Kimber Tactical Entry II with .460 Rowland conversion.
     

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  10. levelcross

    levelcross New Member

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    Thanks Cane will keep that in mind.

    As for the Kimber, I really love the gun but haven't been able to get my hands on any other 1911's long enough to make a honest comparison. So I'm not sure if it is the 1911 format or the gun itself that just works for me. I rent everyone that the local range gets, but they sell them off pretty quick. Lately all they have had is Kimbers. As for the work on mine it was just needing some feed ramp work as the brass was catching on the bottom edge. Being how it was still under warranty I decided to let them do the work and see what and how they did it. It was going to take more than a polish job, but I blame this on the CCW frenzy. Gum manufacturers are producing all that they can to sell as many guns as possible before the rush tapers off. This always seems to lead to production quality issues, just not hand fit and finished anymore.
     
  11. levelcross

    levelcross New Member

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    Checked the email and saw the tracking # so my Kimber is on it's way home:) I can't wait to tear it down and see what all they did to it...then get it really dirty.
     
  12. levelcross

    levelcross New Member

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    Nice supprise UPS delivered early. I got my gun back from Kimber and they stated the following,
    1) Extractor Adjusted??? Never a problem extracting spent rounds
    2) Slide Stop Replaced...with Long Slide Stop..with the factory mag the slide would fail to lock back on the last round every 3-5 mags, with the Wilson Combat mags this was never a problem, ran 4 stock mags and the slide locked every time:cool:
    3) Test fired with 3 mags of 124g FMJ Federal American Eagle
    1 mag of 115g FMJ Remington MC
    2 mags of 147g JHP Federal Hydra Shok
    4) Replaced recoil spring and guide rod??? not sure why

    What they did not state was reworking the feed ramp and polishing the radius at the top of the feed ramp...this was the initial complaint. The feed ramp extended too far during recoil allowing the edge of the brass casing to catch the leading edge of the feed ramp, clearly evident by the burr raised on the leading edge of the feed ramp.:eek:

    I went out back of the shop and ran 5 mags as fast as I could with out a hiccup. Now to get 450 more rounds thru the pipe so I can start carrying it again and trust it. Heading to the range shortly.
     
  13. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    Hope it all works out for you brother.
     
  14. levelcross

    levelcross New Member

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    Thanks for the encouragement, I have got it cleaned up after running 500 rounds thru it using every mag I have for it. I ran Winchester WB, Remington JHP, Hydro Shok and Hornady CD thru it. Glad to say everything ran great and it seems my problems are fixed. I did do a total breakdown and oil and clean last night and the only thing I can see is where they cut the feed ramp back about .030-.060 and smoothed out the radius a little.

    So I have to give Kimber +1 for customer service and -1 for quality control.

    Now for a question, does anyone besides Les Baer hand fit their guns anymore?