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asiparks
11-09-2010, 02:51
Just picked this up this afternoon...

http://gallery.me.com/asiparks/100347/DSCN0592/web.jpg

the price was right, gently used with just one box through it, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

I do like the idea of a full sized, bobtailed, alloy framed 1911. On paper I'd say this is the most "right" Kimber that's come out of Yonkers lately.
No Schwartz safety, GI recoil system, nightsites with a "ledge" on the rear and an attractive 2 tone finish.

http://gallery.me.com/asiparks/100347/DSCN0583/web.jpg

The nightsites are very well executed, possibly my favorite 3 dots in terms of day and night visibility.

The slide stop pin cut and frame countersinking is very nicely done, the end of the pin is rounded instead of cut flat (Springfield !!), so it slides back through the frame and barrel link with ease.

http://gallery.me.com/asiparks/100347/DSCN0586/web.jpg

The wood grips are nicely checkered and offer very good traction. Which is a good thing, as the frontstrap treatment, whatever it's called, is purely decorative. ( '99 Elite Pro on top, SC underneath )

http://gallery.me.com/asiparks/100347/DSCN0612/web.jpg

seriously it's rubbish, might as well be made out of greased eel soap. It offers no resistance in any direction. Thankfully the slide serrations are of a more traditional, ( how times have changed !), scale pattern, that's deep and offers good grip.

The bobtail appears more rounded than that on my CBOB or Wilson, but the difference is minimal, a fair bit of the "roundness"is an illusion from the cut of the grips, the bit that sticks in your hand is very similar. The fit is not though. Both my Wilson (well, yeah) and my DW had the bobtail MSH blended nicely with the frame... the Kimber, not so much....and the grip safety is the familiar MIM one with all its familiar gaps...

http://gallery.me.com/asiparks/100347/DSCN0601/web.jpg

asiparks
11-09-2010, 03:16
In pieces

http://gallery.me.com/asiparks/100347/DSCN0614/web.jpg

It comes apart and goes back together very easily, thanks to the GI plug 'n' spring guide.

And no Schwartz. Yay !

The bushing turns easily and pops out without tools. There's a little front to back play in it.

I'll take it completely apart soon. The disconnecter feels very "sprung", there's a lot of interference running just the slide back and forth on the frame, way more than I've felt on other 1911's. The exterior of the barrel is also rougher than a badgers arse

http://gallery.me.com/asiparks/100347/DSCN0616/web.jpg

but it seems to all work ok.

Except the extractor. 50 rounds downrange at 7yrds left a single 3"hole plus about 20 red dings in my forehead.

I'll put another couple of boxes through and then decide whether to keep it.
If Kimber made this gun with proper checkering and (rear only ) slide serrations, it would be about 5X better. If someone else made this gun, (with proper checkering and rear only slide serrations), and put a bit of time into each one, then it could be a perfect 5" carry gun. And yes, I know Wilson does. But I was thinking for about $1600 :supergrin:

Other bobtails and LWT Kimber brethren:

http://gallery.me.com/asiparks/100347/DSCN0580/web.jpg

bac1023
11-09-2010, 05:21
Very nice.

I handled one not long ago and was impressed.

Russ424
11-09-2010, 05:26
When these came out I was seriously loosing sleep about getting one. I finally found a commander at a local shop and went to check it out. I couldn't get past the checkering on the gun. It looked horrible and I also felt it wasn't very gripy. Other then the checkering the gun as a whole is great and almost perfect. I for one am glad to see kimber making a step in the right direction. :cool:

glock2740
11-09-2010, 06:40
Congrats!

airflyer
11-09-2010, 08:38
Very nice I like my pro carry, runs great been 100 percent reliable and carries well. Kimpro finish will scratch up but I don't care it's not a safe queen

Tactical black
11-09-2010, 10:07
I've looked at a few of these and they feel real nice. Congrats on the new Kimber...

Sarge43
11-09-2010, 14:24
This is the first time I've seen someone do a write up on it past "I like it" or "I don't like it", so thanks for doing it!
I don't see one in my future, but they seem to be selling well for Kimber, so there is a demand out there for them.
Looking forward to your thoughts after you've had it a little longer.
Thanks again!
Sarge

handyman
11-09-2010, 18:27
Looks very nice.

rsxr22
11-09-2010, 19:30
very purtty

den888
11-16-2010, 22:45
Very nice !

asiparks
11-17-2010, 17:03
so I've not had a chance to shoot it since that first box but I have been extensively dry firing at TV zombies, (AMC's the Walking Dead), and i managed to get most of them with clean head shots...anyway....
The trigger is very good. Grit free and crisp. The action is still rough when hand cycled and the front strap scales are still utterly useless.
From a distance, it is, much like an Englishwoman, nice looking. But then she gets up close and smiles......

Frankly and IMHO, anyone who pays full retail for one of these without thoroughly exploring other new and used options is absolutely potty.