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GVFlyer
01-19-2010, 20:06
I am deeply conflicted. I have the opportunity to purchase a Kimber, any Kimber, at a deep discount. I have been a very vocal critic of Kimber .45s after having a less than desirable experience with a Raptor - but I hate to miss out on an exceptional deal.

Sooo, I think that I want to take advantage of this opportunity, but use absolute reliability as the sole determinant for pistol selection. Which model is the most reliable Kimber?

curriek
01-19-2010, 20:27
I'm sure there have been people that have had issues with every model, but I've heard good things about their plain Kimber Custom II model. I owned a Warrior not too long ago and I really liked it. No malfunctions or problems and very accurate. Kinda wish I hadn't gotten rid of it.

Short Cut
01-19-2010, 20:37
I'd pick my favorite 5" model then throw out the magazine that it comes with and replace with a Wilson or round metal follower mag by Metalform.

What are you interested in?

The CDP is a really well setup lightweight carry gun.

The Eclipse 10MM is an awesome platform for that versatile cartridge.

The TLE or TLE/RL is a great value with a nice set of features.


Anyway those are a few that I like and own personally.

AZ Husker
01-19-2010, 20:42
Most reliable are the 5" guns.

Brass Nazi
01-19-2010, 20:43
I have experience with two. One was a very nice shooting gold match that was reliable and accurate. The other was a CDP that was a complete POS. The only thing nice about it was the frontstrap checkering. It jammed a lot was reasonably accurate but I could not shoot 10 shot groups because the POS kept jamming. I thought I might be limp wristing or something but I shot a Colt lightweight commander without any problems.

That is my limited experience with them as after a 50% success rate I determined that I would prefer a real 1911 instead a highly marketed but poorly made pistol.

Jason D
01-19-2010, 20:44
It would probably be the standard kimber.

glock2740
01-19-2010, 21:07
I've had good luck with all 8 of my Kimbers, ranging from Ultras, Pro and Customs. Pick one you like, and get some Wilson or especially some Tripp Cobra mags and you'll be set. I've had the best luck using Tripp mags in many different 1911's.

flynlead
01-19-2010, 21:28
Take this for what it's worth but I have spent the last few months researching and talking to a lot of people on 1911's and I would say 90% of the people I talked to said the 5" will be more reliable and the custom II kept being recomended over and over so that is what I came home with. So far I love it and will probably go back and get a 3" as well. Every gun manufacture has had an issue of some sort at one time or another. I had a Colt which left a bad taste in my mouth so now I'm trying Kimber but I would not hesitate in buying another Colt if a deal came along.

decibels5
01-19-2010, 21:31
kimber ultra carry. 150 rds no hickups. I know its not alot, but the first 100 rds lets me know how reliable a gun is probably gonna be.

GVFlyer
01-19-2010, 21:45
I just got back from looking at Kimbers. The Compact CDP II looked well executed, but breaks my prime directive of never buying a smaller than Commander size 1911. The barrel on the brand new Custom II I looked at was rusting - I don't know what to make of that. I liked the look and feel of the Eclipse Target II.

samuse
01-19-2010, 21:55
I'd go with a CustomII. Have [reputable] gunsmith remove all the Swartz safety stuff and do a little reliability tune with your mags and ammo. I wouldn't toss the Kimber mag either. I had a CustomII that went about a thousand rounds without a malfunction through the one 7 round mag it came with. Sold it to a buddy. Had to have a retro 1911.

bac1023
01-19-2010, 22:09
All three of mine have been perfect. Beautiful guns too. :)


http://i660.photobucket.com/albums/uu324/cutillo_2009/000_2542.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n5/bac1023/000_2245.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n5/bac1023/000_1752.jpg

Screaming .357G
01-19-2010, 22:51
TLE or Warrior

GVFlyer
01-20-2010, 00:49
All three of mine have been perfect. Beautiful guns too. :)


Beautiful is right.

MD357
01-20-2010, 00:52
Personally I'd get the Warrior b/c it is the only one built correctly. :supergrin:

I think the goofy SIS Super duper ultra operator one is too but I just couldn't bear those cocking serrations.

coal
01-20-2010, 01:25
Most reliable are the 5" guns.

Agreed. My Kimber Compact I runs great. But, my Kimber Target II ran even better with SWC.

Dump the cheap stock Kimber mags and run Wilson 47D, CMC Power Mags or Tripp. Novak/ACT mags have always run 100% for me as well. My Kimber KimPro mags, too.

paul45
01-20-2010, 06:18
I am deeply conflicted. I have the opportunity to purchase a Kimber, any Kimber, at a deep discount. I have been a very vocal critic of Kimber .45s after having a less than desirable experience with a Raptor - but I hate to miss out on an exceptional deal.

If you are so vocally critical of Kimber, why suddenly have a change of heart......because of a few dollars?

Do you happen to be in public office and reside in Washington? :supergrin:

Boost_Junkie
01-20-2010, 06:33
My vote is for the Ultra Covert.


Manny

silversport
01-20-2010, 06:40
If you are so vocally critical of Kimber, why suddenly have a change of heart......because of a few dollars?

Do you happen to be in public office and reside in Washington? :supergrin:

choked on my coffee...:rofl:
Bill

cyberiad
01-20-2010, 08:59
If you think the Kimber might not run well or you hate MIM or hate the company or whatever it is get a Custom II if you still decide to spend the money.

If I were in your position I wouldn't put more money in to one of the more costly models, even at a discount, and I don't think most of the features are necessary or worth the money, personally. Obviously, that's just an opinion. If you want a magwell, for example, you can always add it later. The pistol will probably work well; if it doesn't, it doesn't. There is no way to tell in advance no matter how many other people have put hundreds of rounds through theirs with no issues.

Based on what I have personally owned I think the Custom II is a higher quality pistol than, say, the SA "loaded." I sold my Custom II but still have a Kimber 9mm that actually does what I expect it to do. I'm not interested in arguing about MIM and related crap because for 99.999% of pistol owners it just doesn't matter.

Rinspeed
01-20-2010, 13:14
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y29/Rinspeed/8-28.jpg

LEAD
01-20-2010, 13:17
I am deeply conflicted. I have the opportunity to purchase a Kimber, any Kimber, at a deep discount. I have been a very vocal critic of Kimber .45s after having a less than desirable experience with a Raptor - but I hate to miss out on an exceptional deal.



Was it a compact model like the ultra or pro, or was it regular length?

MPJC
01-20-2010, 13:45
My Raptor Pro 4" is 100% reliable and extremely accurate- WON'T ever give up this shooter!

RetailNinja
01-20-2010, 13:48
Which model is the most reliable Kimber?

None of them

All of them

txgolfer45
01-20-2010, 21:25
My Raptor Pro 4" is 100% reliable and extremely accurate- WON'T ever give up this shooter!


Mine has performed the same.

GVFlyer
01-20-2010, 21:40
If you are so vocally critical of Kimber, why suddenly have a change of heart......because of a few dollars?

Do you happen to be in public office and reside in Washington? :supergrin:

Nope, if I was I'd have Gallup or Rassmussen Reports conduct a public opinion poll before I took a position on buying a Kimber.

In any event, I didn't do it; I bought a Dan Wesson Valor instead.

http://i444.photobucket.com/albums/qq166/GVFlyer/004-3.jpg?t=1264045064

GVFlyer
01-20-2010, 21:52
Was it a compact model like the ultra or pro, or was it regular length?

It was a shorty - a Pro Raptor II.

GVFlyer
01-20-2010, 21:57
Thanks to all who responded - I was able to get an equally good deal on a Dan Wesson Valor - over a third less than their new retail of $1913. I think that at that price it was a unique buying opportunity because: A. No body has them and B. When they become available they are only going to be more expensive. So no Kimber for now, but I got my first Dan Wesson.

:cool:

bac1023
01-20-2010, 22:55
Personally I'd get the Warrior b/c it is the only one built correctly. :supergrin:

I think the goofy SIS Super duper ultra operator one is too but I just couldn't bear those cocking serrations.

Well, they're the Series I models. :cool:


...can't stand the SIS either. In addition to looking ridiculous, those serrations are very slippery.

faawrenchbndr
01-20-2010, 22:59
....In any event, I didn't do it; I bought a Dan Wesson Valor instead.

http://i444.photobucket.com/albums/qq166/GVFlyer/004-3.jpg?t=1264045064

SWEET,........very good decision! CONGRATS!

bac1023
01-21-2010, 20:32
Congrats again on the Valor. :thumbsup:

Brigrat
01-21-2010, 20:42
I had a Kimber Warrior that was problematic, and a Crimson Ultra Carry II that is flawless...just like most 1911 makers they are hit and miss, find one you like, bring it in the fold, then pay to have it tweaked if it isn't perfect out of the box.

LEAD
01-22-2010, 12:20
It was a shorty - a Pro Raptor II.

People tend to have more problems in the smaller versions, like yours. Many have found that by working on stance and grip failures can be vitrually eliminated. The inheirent problem with the smaller versions is that they lack the extra weight that helps ensure correct cylcling in the bigger versions.

This may not be your problem, but could be.

jerryd
01-22-2010, 13:34
Have 3 of them, no problems so far! TGT 11 which is my Duty weapon almost 7k, CDP Pro about 5.5 k, and my wifes Ultra 1 almost 3k. As with any pistol i get, i usually shoot about 500 - 1k before i will carry it. It seems that most or all of the bugs work themselves out or get worst, so i guess i been lucky. Same goes for my Colts & DWs. Good luck and have fun burning up the ammo!!!