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klmmicro
11-17-2012, 18:57
Well, just thought I would post my experience with Kimber that I have had for a while now. It is a Custom II with Novak "Combat Wedge" night sights installed. The only other mod is the wooden grip panels.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/73371079/Kimber_C2_1911.jpg

So far, nothing bad to report. In the first month, it had a couple of issues that turned out to be magazine related. I have five WC 47D's and apparently two had weak springs. I had one of my magazines that would cause a occasional feed malfunction and another that caused the slide to lock back with the last round laying atop the mag lips. Wilson made good on my claim and all five magazines run perfectly.

I have heard plenty of "Kimber bad" rumors, stories, threads and opinions. My experience has been positive for over 4000 rounds of factory and reload ammunition. This pistol has fed every hollow point I have tried so far. It eats LRN, JHP, FMJ and plated bullets without error or issue. Maybe I got a defective one that works fine out of the box?

bac1023
11-18-2012, 06:54
I have three Kimbers and they have all been 100%. That includes a Custom II.

ca survivor
11-19-2012, 06:49
Congrats, nice setup you have there.

alwaysshootin
11-19-2012, 07:46
Considering the way it looks, and your description of how well it runs, might just be the perfect 1911. What more could one ask for? I've owned multiple Colts, Kimbers and a Springfield. All my Kimbers have run flawlessly! Wish I could say that about the Colts, but I can't. When it comes to 1911's, my pick is Kimber!

happy seal
11-19-2012, 19:25
Thanks for the post. I'm in the process of deciding my first 1911. :dunno: :faint: :embarassed:

skeeter1959
11-19-2012, 20:50
I was considering a Kimber until I read the other 1911 board. Looking at the Sigs now.

Berto
11-19-2012, 20:56
It sounds like my Cust II, it runs on everything after thousands of rounds. Even has the dreaded EE.

Ruggles
11-19-2012, 21:28
I think the 5" and 4" Kimbers are good to go. The 3" ones in my experience can be hit or miss..

I think the Kimber TLE II is one of the best values in 1911s under $1000

janice6
11-19-2012, 21:31
My Custom II was my best 1911 many years ago. It has had no failures or issues of any kind. I would trust my life to it. I think it is an excellent pistol and would recommend it to anyone. It also has thousands of rounds of Wolf too. Never a failure.

happy seal
11-20-2012, 06:35
I read the same things about Kimber. I was looking at a tactical entry II but sort of leaned toward Sig because of what I've read. Always wanted a Kimber but a lot of hate

Nakanokalronin
11-20-2012, 08:43
Congrats! Did Wilson replace your mags or springs? The 47Ds have weak springs to begin with and when 2 of mine were going bad, WC just told me I need to buy new springs. Since then I haven't bothered with WC mags although their ETMs are a major improvement over the 47Ds.

alwaysshootin
11-20-2012, 09:20
I read the same things about Kimber. I was looking at a tactical entry II but sort of leaned toward Sig because of what I've read. Always wanted a Kimber but a lot of hate

Not going to say there isn't any hate, that is apparent! I will go out on a limb, and say, the love, is ten fold!!!

Rinspeed
11-20-2012, 10:40
I read the same things about Kimber. I was looking at a tactical entry II but sort of leaned toward Sig because of what I've read. Always wanted a Kimber but a lot of hate





I love all the Kimber hate. It keeps the prices down a bit on the Classic Customs. :whistling:





http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y29/Rinspeed/Kimber-9.jpg

SpringerTGO
11-20-2012, 10:47
I don't know about "Kimber hate". It is kind of funny that when someone gets one that works it's worth starting a thread over.:rofl:

alwaysshootin
11-20-2012, 11:11
I love all the Kimber hate. It keeps the prices down a bit on the Classic Customs. :whistling

Statement of the year!!!!!

jwreck
11-26-2012, 22:51
I've had a TLE II for several years and I have been VERY happy with it. I would definitely buy another Kimber.

Wyoming
11-26-2012, 22:54
I don't know about "Kimber hate". It is kind of funny that when someone gets one that works it's worth starting a thread over.:rofl:

Well the hate continues in a good way.

About a month ago I bought a Kimber Classic Custom Heritage Edition. Best I can tell it was made in about 2000. the opening bid was $675 so I bid on it . No one else ever bid on it. It showed bluing wear from holster.

Now this gun has everything on a 1911 that I like and more. I'm left handed so ambidextrous safety is a must. Plain black sights, checkered front strap and most of all a great trigger just under four pounds.

Just over a week ago the weather was nice. I was able to hit a one inch square dot the first three shoots at 25 yards. My next two opened up to two inches. That is about as good as I can see with my 59 years old eyes. The ammo I was using was Federal 45 auto 230 grain HST.

This Kimber is another keeper. (I have six Kimbers) As for the minor bluing wear, I might send this pistol out to be hard chromed.

Berto
11-26-2012, 23:16
Usually people *****ing about Kimber occupy the 1% who have a problem and go to forums to whine. The rest of us just keep shooting our guns and enjoying them.

Wyoming
11-26-2012, 23:30
Usually people *****ing about Kimber occupy the 1% who have a problem and go to forums to whine. The rest of us just keep shooting our guns and enjoying them.

Berto,

I have noticed that people that been shooting for a long time don't seem to have a many "problems" as new shooters do.

Rinspeed
11-27-2012, 05:22
Usually people *****ing about Kimber occupy the 1% who have a problem and go to forums to whine.





Simple fact is some people are not smart enough to own a 1911.

SigFTW
11-27-2012, 09:16
My first and only 1911 is a Kimber Stainless II, 5". It is tight, accurate and eats all loads. It evens runs my bunny fart SWC loads. I'm very happy with this 1911!!

http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/KimberStainlessII-01.jpg

SpringerTGO
11-27-2012, 09:56
Simple fact is some people are not smart enough to own a 1911.

Simple fact is some people are too smart to own a Kimber.

alwaysshootin
11-27-2012, 12:09
Simple fact is some people are too smart to own a Kimber.

All that I can say, from my experience, is, I'm so sorry others haven't had the same experience I've had with Kimbers! I've had seven, and, all have been better than my five Colts. From just about every perspective. As far as quality, fit, and, finish, reliability, and accuracy, can't imagine any mass produced 1911 being better. I've only had the fortune to date to own one Springfield, and have no complaints, but the tolerances, are much looser than Kimbers. Kind of reminds me of my stainless 80 series Colt. Runs perfectly, not a tack driver, but accurate enough, but man does it rattle when shaken.

I've said it before, and it's just my opinion. The Kimber is the best value going on a 1911, and wish, all others, had my experience with them!

vtducrider
11-27-2012, 15:43
I had a gold match in the late 90's. Good enough gun, don't remember ever had problems with it. Probably should have kept it. But it was a time at which I was going through guns. I have had 2 Kimbers in the last 3 years:

Raptor: the trigger pull was variable, between 5.5 pounds to just over 11 pounds. Local gun smith couldn't fix it without a complete overhaul. Decided not to bother with it.

Tactical Entry: Hammer kept dropping on the return cycle of the slide. Gun smith adjusted it, at the expense of the trigger pull. Got it back with a 7 pound trigger, and the problem was still there, just not as frequent. Decided it was enough.

I am sure Kimber makes more good guns than bad. Otherwise they would have gone out a long time ago. But for me, no more Kimbers...

Rinspeed
11-27-2012, 21:11
Raptor: the trigger pull was variable, between 5.5 pounds to just over 11 pounds. Local gun smith couldn't fix it without a complete overhaul. Decided not to bother with it.

Tactical Entry: Hammer kept dropping on the return cycle of the slide. Gun smith adjusted it, at the expense of the trigger pull. Got it back with a 7 pound trigger, and the problem was still there, just not as frequent. Decided it was enough.



I would find a new gunsmith. :dunno:

vtducrider
11-27-2012, 22:44
I would find a new gunsmith. :dunno:

Maybe. But I thought we were talking about Kimber. I have never encountered problems like that with any other pistols.

When I was shooting the Raptor, the trigger felt funny. But I had no idea why. The gunsmith measured the trigger pull right in front of me, about a dozen times. Every measurement was different with a wide range. I thought that was pretty nutty.

BobCZ
11-28-2012, 10:28
My personal reliability experience is:
My TLE > MY Glock 17
tle = mY g19 AND cz75b

tle is the night stand hand gun.

SpringerTGO
11-28-2012, 10:37
It doesn't seem to matter if it's guns or anything else. Lots of people who have had good luck with a product seem to have some kind of need to discredit people who haven't been so fortunate. It's like you believe that if you tell us how great your Kimbers are, ours never had a problem.
Whether you guys with working Kimbers like it or not, lots of us have had bad experience with the company.
My Kimber Ultra was garbage. Blame it on the short size all you want, but if Kimber can't make it reliable, they shouldn't sell it. Their service was slow, and they didn't fix the problems. The fact they make you waste 500 rounds of ammunition before they even begin to talk to you is wrong.

Go ahead and hate me for posting the truth about my experience.

Wyoming
11-28-2012, 19:36
It doesn't seem to matter if it's guns or anything else. Lots of people who have had good luck with a product seem to have some kind of need to discredit people who haven't been so fortunate. It's like you believe that if you tell us how great your Kimbers are, ours never had a problem.
Whether you guys with working Kimbers like it or not, lots of us have had bad experience with the company.
My Kimber Ultra was garbage. Blame it on the short size all you want, but if Kimber can't make it reliable, they shouldn't sell it. Their service was slow, and they didn't fix the problems. The fact they make you waste 500 rounds of ammunition before they even begin to talk to you is wrong.

Go ahead and hate me for posting the truth about my experience.

I don't need to discredit someone to feel better. I have owned several hundred firearms in my life time. I have had or knew someone that brought me their gun because of minor troubles that for me were easy to fix.

I have told people when they explain a problem that they should call the manufacture and make arrangement to have them repair the gun. Most of todays gun manufactures go out of their way to fix their products. My experiences also includes other gun related manufactures such as scopes.

I always said that if the U.S. automobile industry treated it customers as well as the gun industry treats its customers there would no foreign cars in the U.S.

Why take a Kimber to a gunsmith when you can send it to Kimber? At least call them first.

If you were to take a pole of experienced 1911 owners most would not be impressed with the quality of the work of the mentioned gunsmith.

It just doesn't add up.

jwreck
11-29-2012, 09:24
It doesn't seem to matter if it's guns or anything else. Lots of people who have had good luck with a product seem to have some kind of need to discredit people who haven't been so fortunate. It's like you believe that if you tell us how great your Kimbers are, ours never had a problem.
Whether you guys with working Kimbers like it or not, lots of us have had bad experience with the company.
My Kimber Ultra was garbage. Blame it on the short size all you want, but if Kimber can't make it reliable, they shouldn't sell it. Their service was slow, and they didn't fix the problems. The fact they make you waste 500 rounds of ammunition before they even begin to talk to you is wrong.

Go ahead and hate me for posting the truth about my experience.How is it discrediting someone to say you've had a different experience? Are you trying to discredit everyone who say's they've had a positive experience with Kimber?

klmmicro
11-29-2012, 09:37
I don't know about "Kimber hate". It is kind of funny that when someone gets one that works it's worth starting a thread over.:rofl:

Same as people posting their good experiences with Springfield, Colt and such I guess. Just wanted to post what I have...

Why is it bad to post something positive?

HollywoodG23
11-30-2012, 17:27
I bought my new kimber custom II brand new in the box for 699 a few months ago...Added factory kimber tactical grips and nighties and love it!!! I have only run through 200 rounds...But that was without one hiccup!!!