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bandit99
08-13-2011, 08:58
I just picked up a new Kimber Custom II. It's my first full size 1911. I've got a few questions. How hard is it to swap the grip screw bushings out for slimline bushings? Are they held in with loctite? Kimber and Wilson seem to be the only companies making ambi safeties without the little retainer that hides under the right grip. Are there any others out there and is the wilson worth twice as much? I'm going to the range today and I'll give a report later on. Thanks.

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c400/bandit1999/DSCN0195.jpg

RCP
08-13-2011, 09:14
Nice gun hope you like it as much as I like mine! (Kimber Pro Carry series 1)


http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa264/4heins/4462421d.jpg

Cerebrus
08-13-2011, 09:20
Kimber is kinda hit and miss with the loc-tite on the grip screw bushings..first time I took the grips off on my UC II, I had one bushing on each side come out with the screw.. now I have em secured.. but what a PITA..

dnuggett
08-13-2011, 09:20
Is the Wilson worth twice as much? To some, yes. It all depends on how well you can appreciate the craftsmanship and quality.

okie
08-13-2011, 09:25
Many congrats on the new pistol my friend:thumbsup:

faawrenchbndr
08-13-2011, 09:38
Congrats on the Custom II......great value for the money!

Just a helpful hint on the bushings,.......
Place a hot soldering iron on the bushing for about 45 seconds then imediately remove it.

The heat will break the bond of the LockTite, if used when installed.

bandit99
08-13-2011, 12:08
Back from the range. The pistol shoots great and the big holes make me smile. I only shot 100 rounds of 230 fmj. On the last 3 magazines I had failure to feed the first round. I ejected the magazine, racked the slide, reloaded the bullet in the magazine, put the magazine back in, and racked the slide. All the other rounds fed fine. I'm going to order some wilson magazines before I run any more ammo. The kimber magazine also has a little nub right on the top center of the follower that seems to catch the first round loaded into each magazine.

Kara's HoPE
08-13-2011, 12:17
Brownells also sells a tool for properly removing/ replacing the grip screw bushings. If you're already ordering grips and slim bushings, have them throw that tool in the box. You'll be glad you had it when the new bushings go back in... Agreed on the soldiering iron trick too. (Much better than a Bic lighter :rofl:)

faawrenchbndr
08-13-2011, 12:47
..... Agreed on the soldiering iron trick too. (Much better than a Bic lighter :rofl:)


It's a tad easier on the thumb! :rofl:

Kara's HoPE
08-13-2011, 13:15
Regarding the safety locks, try this one from Caspian:

http://www.caspianarms.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=CAL&Product_Code=R161AB&Category_Code=R16

It looks like it has a tab that could be removed by a gunsmith (or someone adept with a Dremel) and it still has the old Kings style of internal locking pin arrangement. I don't know why they included both, probably just a belt and suspenders thing...

CMG
08-13-2011, 14:11
Looks like a nice pistol, congrats.

djackson
08-13-2011, 14:29
congrats

bac1023
08-13-2011, 16:10
Congrats! :cool:

I've got one myself.

Gunshine
08-13-2011, 17:18
Very pretty. Congrats.

glock2740
08-13-2011, 17:55
Congrats! Great gun. :thumbsup:

bac1023
08-13-2011, 18:10
Are there any others out there and is the wilson worth twice as much?

Yes..

glock2740
08-13-2011, 18:16
Yes..
Ditto.

bac1023
08-13-2011, 18:19
Ditto.

The problem is that a Wilson is about three times the price. ;)

nastytrigger
08-13-2011, 18:43
The kimber magazine also has a little nub right on the top center of the follower that seems to catch the first round loaded into each magazine.

I usually push the follower down when I'm loading the first round in a mag to get over the nub. Truthfully, I'm not sure what the nub does. I do the opposite when unloading too. I push the follower down to let the round go over the nub without hanging up.

glock2740
08-13-2011, 19:27
The problem is that a Wilson is about three times the price. ;)
True. :)

bac1023
08-13-2011, 19:29
True. :)

...and that's the "entry level" CQB model. ;)


http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/000_1871.jpg



Here's my Custom II.

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/000_2542.jpg

denn1911
08-13-2011, 19:42
I have a Kimber Custom II in Stainless that I bought in 2000. It's been flawless since day one. Congrats and enjoy your new blaster!

djackson
08-13-2011, 19:43
...and that's the "entry level" CQB model. ;)


http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/000_1871.jpg

Well worth the money, see they even come with complementary carpet swabs

bac1023
08-13-2011, 19:45
Well worth the money, see they even come with complementary carpet swabs

:animlol:

thecableguy
08-13-2011, 19:45
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c400/bandit1999/DSCN0195.jpg

Very nice looking Kimber. Congrats bandit

djackson
08-13-2011, 19:54
:animlol:
:rofl:

SDGlock23
08-13-2011, 20:20
Congrats on the Kimber! I've had several and they've all been good pistols.

Z28ricer
08-13-2011, 22:28
He was asking about the wilson ambi safety, you wilson nuts.

bac1023
08-14-2011, 05:20
He was asking about the wilson ambi safety, you wilson nuts.

In that case, its certainly worth double the price.

bandit99
08-15-2011, 16:00
Ok guys. I ordered the kimber ambi safety and a set of vz grips. I'm going to order the meprolight sights next. Meprolight makes two versions. One is the tactical wedge and the othe is the fixed slant. The fixed slant is a little cheaper but looks nicer to me. Are the tritium vials any brighter on the more expensive wedge model or is it just a defferent shape sight? Thanks

http://store.kimberamerica.com/Products/tabid/67/CategoryID/7/Default.aspx

Cerebrus
08-15-2011, 16:23
The brightness should be the same, and the fixed slant should do ya fine.. altho you probably will need to sent the pistol off to have the rear sight mounted as I swear Kimber uses a 10 ton press to get those things in place..

Damon555
08-16-2011, 09:34
Congrats on the nice pistol! I'd slow down on the modifications until I was comfortable with the gun first. We all like to customize our weapons but just make sure the basic gun works before changing things out.

I have a Stainless Target II 9mm and an Eclipse Custom II 45.....both have been excellent with quality ammo.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y234/edlafond/Weapons/EDL_2043.jpg