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Old 01-16-2012, 14:59   #1
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Kimber TLE II to the range today

I got a chance to take my new TLE II to the range today after field stripping it and cleaning it. Probably about 24 degrees out with a little breeze not bad. I only had time to put 50 rounds through it but it shot great no hiccups. I was just shooting pmc 230 ball ammo. Very accurate. I would like to make this my if SHTF gun. Thought I would ask the experts what they would change on a kimber TLE II to make it bullet proof so to speak. Maybe send itb to wilson combat and have some upgrades down.
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Old 01-16-2012, 15:53   #2
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Congrats on the new Kimber!

Throw the Kimber mags in the trash & get some Wilson Combat 47D mags.
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Old 01-16-2012, 16:12   #3
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+1 on the 47D's.
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Old 01-16-2012, 16:13   #4
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Old 01-16-2012, 16:15   #5
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Wilson mags

I have the bases covered on the mags. I have 6 wilson mags so far and more to come. What else should I do? I have mep night sights so I am good to go with sights for now.
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Old 01-16-2012, 16:34   #6
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Buy 300 rounds of what ever hollow point ammo you plan to use.
Take it to the range and blast away,.....
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Old 01-16-2012, 16:39   #7
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I use 230g HST and Gold Dots in my TLE

No issues
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Old 01-16-2012, 17:12   #8
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I'm still stuck on the 24 degrees with a little breeze part.
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Old 01-16-2012, 21:11   #9
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Congrats on the new Kimber!

Throw the Kimber mags in the trash & get some Wilson Combat 47D mags.
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+1 on the 47D's.
Agree to ditch the Kimber mags....but I will put on my flame retardant suit and disagree on the 47D's. They are good mags, do not get me wrong, but can be difficult to seat in a slide closed pistol when loaded with 8 rounds. The 7 round 47's seem to bit a bit more reliable. If you insist on an 8 round mag, look at Wilson's new ETM. I had an opportunity to use one this weekend. It has enough extra play to assure seating when fully loaded into a slide closed pistol. They are pricey...but I think they will be worth it.

I had a TLE II and kind of miss it.....the mods I would do would be to ditch the FLGR and replace with a standard GI length guide rod and spring plug from Ed Brown, mag release from 10-8 Performance, Heinie "Ledge" rear sight and a Wilson Bulletproof slide stop/release. That part takes a pounding. Last but not least, ditch the plastic mainspring housing and replace with a flat checkered model with integral lanyard loop from Gun Crafter.
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Old 01-17-2012, 03:20   #10
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Kimber TLE

Thanks Guys some great ideas
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Old 01-17-2012, 13:54   #11
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I have been rocking a TLE II for 4 years now. Very accurate and no jams at all.

Your TLE II needs three things: a good holster, good mags and plenty of ammo.

Seriously...if it runs 100%, hits where you want ... don't go messing with it.

Some 1911 owners LOVE to "mess with it until it is unreliable" but that is not my bag.

If it runs well, is 100% and hits where I want....I leave it alone.

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Old 01-17-2012, 15:56   #12
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I'm still stuck on the 24 degrees with a little breeze part.
Weather for the big Magnums. Keeps the barrel from getting hot.
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Old 01-17-2012, 17:16   #13
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Congrats on the new Kimber!

Throw the Kimber mags in the trash & get some Wilson Combat 47D mags.

Why throw away perfectly good mags??
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Old 01-17-2012, 17:35   #14
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My Kimber mag has never had a single failure. Agreed on buying Wilson mags though.
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Old 01-19-2012, 20:13   #15
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Congrats on the new Kimber!

Throw the Kimber mags in the trash & get some Wilson Combat 47D mags.
Definately!
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Old 01-19-2012, 20:47   #16
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You have to be a true 1911-Operator to start 'throwing away' perfectly good mags and using only Wilson Combat mags!
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Old 01-19-2012, 20:51   #17
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I agree on 7 round mags, I prefer them as well to the 8 rounders. Plenty of folks love the 8 rounders so I am in the minority here I guess

I like the Ed Brown mags with a regular baseplate on them for my carry 1911s. I like the flush fit with the gun better. Wilson mags are good as are the Brown mags, I also use and like mags from Mec Gar. The Kimber Pro mags are pretty good as well IMO. The Kimber base mags are not trash IMO but there are better mags out there.

The only thing I changed on my TLE was the plastic Main Spring Housing to a metal one. Not needed but I felt it was something I wanted to do.

Congrats on the new 1911, I have said before on here and still think the TLE is the best "bang for the buck" 1911 on the market all things considered.

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Old 01-20-2012, 14:23   #18
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Congrats on the TLE II! I've had mine for about five years and have NEVER had a problem with it...or the stock Kimber mags.
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Old 01-24-2012, 09:38   #19
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Hope your TLE luck is better than mine.

Brought mine to my CCW class, was getting light primer strikes then had a failure to feed where a WWB 230grn FMJ round came 1/2 way out of the Novak mag and locked itself into the feed ramp.

Couldn't clear it by pulling the slide back. Couldn't get the mag out and a normal slap to the back the slide didn't solve it either.

Took banging the slide on the bench to finally clear it.

Tightened the screw on the trigger stop, that looks to have solved the light primer strike issue.

Cleaned the hell out the gun, ran a couple 5 (recently purchased) Ed Brown mags through it with only 1 easily clearable failure to feed (it was cold and I was wearing gloves).

I pulled the FGR a long time ago but after the CCW class fuster cluck, replaced my no name GI guide rod & plug with Ed Brown ones.

Next mod will be to take off the rear sight and remove the Kimber Swartz mechanism.

Not quite ready to ditch the TLE yet but seriously looking at the TRP.

I've lost confidence in my Kimber. For CCW I carry a Glock 26 or 19.
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Old 01-28-2012, 03:06   #21
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congrats on the new kimber!

Throw the kimber mags in the trash & get some wilson combat 47d mags.
agreed!
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Old 01-28-2012, 03:09   #22
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Why throw away perfectly good mags??
Okay, then I would donate them to my enemy!
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Old 01-28-2012, 03:17   #23
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1911 mods.

I bought a Kimber Warrior and was all ready to go and trick it out even more! My wise gunsmith told to go shoot the thing first then come see him. I did and was very happy with the results. Crisp glass breaking trigger, only a little off to the left (probably my fault), and had that lonely light rail....
So, he did a trigger pull test. It came to a factory 1.92 lbs. WOW!!! I have stubby fingers so he added a Wilson Combat extended slide release, and then I purchased 9 Wilson Combat Magazines ( 47d I believe ), and for the Gucci factor bought a Streamlight TLR-2 light/laser to keep that rail company when I deem fit. Have fun!
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Old 01-28-2012, 03:19   #24
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Let me know what you do to it and how you like it!
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Old 01-28-2012, 04:09   #25
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I have been rocking a TLE II for 4 years now. Very accurate and no jams at all.

Your TLE II needs three things: a good holster, good mags and plenty of ammo.

Seriously...if it runs 100%, hits where you want ... don't go messing with it.

Some 1911 owners LOVE to "mess with it until it is unreliable" but that is not my bag.

If it runs well, is 100% and hits where I want....I leave it alone.

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I agree. If your TLE works well out of the box I'd leave it alone unless something breaks. Reminds me of the saying "if it works, don't fix it".
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