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Old 08-11-2011, 18:42   #1
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All PO'd now!!!

Hey guys,
I know I'm new to this forum, but my story has been out there on other forums for the last few months, so, to be short - I had a cancer scare a while a go and thought to myself (bucket listishly) that I'm not going to wait any longer for my first 1911. The prettiest ones in the magazines were the Kimbers - so off I went to get one. Who would have thought I couldn't fire twenty rounds without a jam. Anyway, after 600 rounds it's back in New York hoping to fix the feeding problems and a grip screw that stripped out of the aluminum frame.
So why am I pissed? Because I bought a brand new Rock Island Armory Compact Tactical as a back up with the Kimber being out of state. I'm pissed because my $500 dollar investment refuses to jam up. I brought it out to the range and put almost 300 rounds through it...Winchester White Box, Federal FMJ, Speer Gold Dots, Winchester PDX-1's, and Remington JHP's. EVERYTHING fed reliably and I put a 3" circle of all ammo at 30 ft off-hand. Why the hell did I waste $1200 on a Kimber with performance like this in a "budget" gun? Anyway - just venting. I've never heard a bad think about a RIA and I'm here now to peraonally espouse that!!!!!!!!

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Old 08-11-2011, 18:45   #2
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Welcome to the boards. Enjoy the Rock.. sorry to hear about the Kimber.. hopefully their CS will do ya right..

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Old 08-11-2011, 18:49   #3
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Sorry about your troubles but you made a mistake by sending it back to Kimber.
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Old 08-11-2011, 18:58   #4
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Rinspeed - why was that a mistake? I hear their CS is awesome...


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Old 08-11-2011, 18:58   #5
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Ahhhh the power of advertising.

Sucks your Kimber wouldn't run. My first 1911 was a Kimber as well, but I was lucky and had no problems with it. Hopefully they make it right. Congrats on the Rock. They are great guns for the money.

I lost my mom to cancer in January. Hope you are all clear bro. Thoughts and prayers.
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Old 08-11-2011, 19:03   #6
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I hope they get it all fixed up for you, but sounds like you got a nice one to hold you over.

How do you think Kimber pays for those pretty ads?

The price difference will be in what features are on the Kimber you have. What model did you send back in?
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Old 08-11-2011, 19:08   #7
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It was the CDP Ultra II. Designed for CCW - it's great, if I can get the ammo to feed.

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Old 08-11-2011, 19:12   #8
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Thanks Hokie - beginning stages...
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Old 08-11-2011, 19:15   #9
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Welcome Bob'

The first thing I learned about glocks and 1911's is this.

The farther you stray from a Gloak 17 or a Government Model 45,
the more problems with reliability you may encounter.

Kimber makes a good firearm, sux you got a "made on monday morning" model
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Old 08-11-2011, 19:16   #10
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I have the same gun, once I switched to the kimpro mags it has been flawless. The stock mag sucked.
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Old 08-11-2011, 19:32   #11
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Wilson Combat mag in an STI 1911 will solve your problem.


-- Keep fighting by the way....Hope you have better luck with the firearm.
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Old 08-11-2011, 19:37   #12
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I have a couple of Ultra IIs myself (Tactical and Crimson) and never have had a problem with them. So far, have had no problems with any of my 15 Kimbers. That said, I also have several RIAs. For the money, they are fantastic pistols at a bargain price.
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Old 08-11-2011, 19:43   #13
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I really like RIA 1911s.
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Old 08-11-2011, 20:15   #14
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I've had Kimbers, Springfields, RIA and a Norinco,......never had an issue out of any of them
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Old 08-11-2011, 20:30   #15
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Welcome Bob'

The first thing I learned about glocks and 1911's is this.

The farther you stray from a Gloak 17 or a Government Model 45,
the more problems with reliability you may encounter.

Kimber makes a good firearm, sux you got a "made on monday morning" model
Exactly my experience. I have never had a 1911 with a barrel shorter than 4" that I would trust with my life. The chopped models can be pretty finicky sometimes.

Kimber customer service is generally solid though. Hopefully they take care of things.
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I had a Kimber SIS UC that was 100%, sold it to a friend
I HAVE a Springfield EMP that is 100% reliable
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Old 08-12-2011, 06:36   #17
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My buddy bought a RIA 1911, and it was solid right out of the box. Everyone thought he was crazy to buy one until they saw how well it performed.

I bought my first Kimber in 2000, and it is still a tack driver. I have two others that are also nice, but one did go back for FTF's about two years ago. Kimber's CS took care of me promptly, and I received it back within 10 days, no cost to me. It's been 100% since then.

Good luck.
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Old 08-12-2011, 06:59   #18
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Welcome Bob. My RIA has been perfect.
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Old 08-12-2011, 16:39   #19
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My RIA GI model has been flawless. The fit and finish is superb. I did compare it to a Colt 1911 I saw at my LGS and I do see some differences. The finish is definitely a bit nicer on the Colt, but the RIA is great nonetheless.

Slide to frame fit is tight. All spring operated mechanisms work crisp and in the clear. It shoots very accurately, as a matter of fact it's the only gun I own that I can shoot dead center and have good groupings.

Love the Rock Island Armory 1911.
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Old 08-12-2011, 17:37   #20
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My Kimber Super Ultra was a POS. I sent it back to Kimber, and 6 weeks later it returned, still a POS. Actually, it was almost reliable enough to keep, if I could just predict the ftf's.
Traded it in on a Nighthawk, and that turned into a whole different saga. Nighthawk should take lessons from Springfield (or anyone) on customer service. One would think a new $3K 1911 would work properly out of the box, but believe it or not, after a trip back to Nighthawk it gets to go to a local gunsmith.

My Springfield has been amazing, and my 70's Gold Cup never had a hiccup.

I don't know what has changed over the years with 1911's. It used to be that if you wanted a reliable combat 1911 you would buy a basic Colt Government Model. And if you wanted more accuracy, you'd buy a Gold Cup. Now it seems like you have to spend a lot more money, and you are still throwing the dice.

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