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Old 11-17-2012, 17:57   #1
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Kimber report -

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.

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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?
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:54   #2
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I have three Kimbers and they have all been 100%. That includes a Custom II.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:49   #3
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Congrats, nice setup you have there.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:46   #4
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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!
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Old 11-19-2012, 18:25   #5
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Thanks for the post. I'm in the process of deciding my first 1911.
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Old 11-19-2012, 19:50   #6
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I was considering a Kimber until I read the other 1911 board. Looking at the Sigs now.
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Old 11-19-2012, 19:56   #7
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It sounds like my Cust II, it runs on everything after thousands of rounds. Even has the dreaded EE.
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Old 11-19-2012, 20:28   #8
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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
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Old 11-19-2012, 20:31   #9
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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.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:35   #10
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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
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:43   #11
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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.

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Old 11-20-2012, 08:20   #12
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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!!!
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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.





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Old 11-20-2012, 09:47   #14
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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.
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I love all the Kimber hate. It keeps the prices down a bit on the Classic Customs. :whistling
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Old 11-26-2012, 21:51   #16
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I've had a TLE II for several years and I have been VERY happy with it. I would definitely buy another Kimber.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!!

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