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Old 11-29-2014, 18:14   #1
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Kimber Stainless Target II 10 mm. Bought and shot today. Pics...

Reluctantly bought my first Kimber today. Was up till 0300 this morning reading online. Lots of fanboys and naysayers. Makes it tough for folks relatively new to this platform like myself. So many complaints about new 1911's needing extractor adjustments, magazine changes, magic bullets, polished feeding ramps, blah, blah, blah. I had to trade in a gun to buy this one, a rare thing for me. I was worried I would be one of the horror stories when I took my $1000 pistol out for a spin.


Negatory Batman. This sucker shoots lights out. I am not a great shot, I still don't have a good grip (literally) on 1911's. This is my 4th, bought my first, a Delta Elite, two years back. Rarely shoot it for various reasons, namely a lack of beavertail that results in my hand bleeding. I'm 6'6 325lb so it happens. Cars don't fit, plastic lawn chairs don't stand a chance, and sometimes things like guns just don't fit either. I also own a Rock Island Tac II in 10 mm. A fantastic gun that was $400 less expensive than its Colt and Kimber counterparts. I've also got a Glock 20 with KKM barrel, XS big dot sights, trigger job, and CP II slide finish from the good folks at Cummings Custom Refinishing. She goes with me on many of my yearly trips to Alaska.

Back to this stainless Kimber Target II. It is clearly the nicest 1911 I own. Nothing to think about. I was impressed how tight everything fit together. I saw the little plastic bushing wrench included in the swag box and thought, great, they market this gun for wusses. No wonder all the negative crap online. Then five minutes later with sweat on my brow sitting in parking lot of LGS, it occurred to me. What a great idea including a bushing wrench. Humbling. So I use the provided single use pack of Shooters Choice oil, wipe this gun down, and have it assembled. Looks great. Smells right. Wonder how it shoots...

A 786 minute hour later, we got our baby at grandmas and reach the range. I got pressure in the bleachers as wife and two year old are ear muffed up and watching. I've already told the wife about some of the negative Kimber, 1911, etc reviews online. I was subconsciously softening the blow in case I was soon to be among the unfortunate few. I am already fighting and cussing with my somehow still admired Delta Elite, so she knows the drill. But I have picked the absolute worst time in my 41 years to buy a pricey pistol. And she is well aware of this I assure you.

First shot goes bang! Whew. Second shot went bang. Looking good. 5 shots later and I have by my standards one jagged hole at 10 yards using a crude elbow rest. This is late day light with all black sights on a black shoot n see target. To make matters worse, had some grit in my right eye all day. Reddened, almost went to Urgent Care for a flush. Seriously. Guess we all have a little Jerry Miculek in us after all. Save your blind squirrel jokes. I am aware, and concede that the stars lined up for a few moments today over North Carolina. I used the stock Kimber mag and two Delta Elite mags and ran 50-60 flawlessly fed reloads through this Kimber today.

My only concern at this point is what to name her. BMF seems appropriate. Thank god I didn't listen to all the crap on the internet. I would have missed out on purchasing the nicest pistol I own had that been the case. At any rate, I'm happy as a queer in a pecker tree. Thanks for all the information here. I appreciate it.



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Old 11-29-2014, 19:23   #2
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My Delta Elite from the late 80s shot like that. It was just one of those guns I couldn't miss with. Sadly the place I worked at during that time said I couldn't carry it on or off duty, so I traded it for a 1006. It is nice when you get a gun that shoots like that.
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Old 11-30-2014, 10:39   #3
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Love my 10mm Kimber Eclipse! I've owned several Kimbers and the only problem I've ever had was a 9mm Pro Carry. The extractor lost tension after about 1200rds and wouldn't hold after retensioning. Kimber sent me a new one and no issues over 5,000rds later. Thinking of picking up a 10mm TLE this next year but may wait for SIG's P220 in 10mm instead.
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Old 11-30-2014, 11:18   #4
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Congratulations Dan, sounds like you got a good one. My ST II in 10mm is similarly accurate.

Not trying to be Debbie Downer, but I have had it happen where the best day I ever had (accuracy wise) with a particular gun, was the first time I shot it. My first G20SF was like that, not sure why, maybe just concentrating more, don't know. Probably won't be the case with your Kimber though, they are good shooters.
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Old 11-30-2014, 21:51   #5
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There is nothing wrong with Kimbers at all. However, you're right. People either love them or hate them. A lot of the hate comes from die hard Colt fans who believe that the only true 1911 is a Colt.

The only problem I had with my Kimber STII in 10mm was in the beginning. After 3 fired rounds, regardless of the magazine, it would lock open. I found out that this was from two things. The first being, Kimber put a standard 45 ACP slide lock in my pistol, and the round was pushing the slide lock up after every shot I fired. It took exactly two shots before it pushed it all the way up. After getting the new "10mm" slide lock from Kimber it worked flawlessly for several weeks.

Then, I found myself holding it like I do my striker fired guns. My left thumb would occasionally bump the slide lock on random occasions. I compared this to my other 1911s (Nighthawk Customs LS, Dan Wesson Razorback, and STI Nitro 10). What I found was that the slide lock on the Kimber was just a smidge lower and further back that my other 1911s. This caused me to thumb the slide lock everytime I would fire the gun, and on random occasions it would lock open. After I became aware of the issue, I adjusted my grip accordingly, and never had another problem in over 400+ rounds through that 1911.

Overall, I give the Kimber STII a 9.5 out of 10. Good guns, and an excellent price point for the 'Entry Level' custom 1911 fan. I think you did good!
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Old 12-01-2014, 11:28   #6
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...The only problem I had with my Kimber STII in 10mm was in the beginning. After 3 fired rounds, regardless of the magazine, it would lock open. I found out that this was from two things. The first being, Kimber put a standard 45 ACP slide lock in my pistol, and the round was pushing the slide lock up after every shot I fired. It took exactly two shots before it pushed it all the way up...
One of the minor issues I had on my new Kimber STII was the inside of the slide stop projecting too far in, contact the ogive of the bullet feeding up in the magazine. I took a Dremel to the triangle shaped facet cut to clear the bullet and with the slightest amount removed, the premature lock back was fixed. I didn't realize they used different slide tops for 10mm, learn something every day.
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Old 12-04-2014, 02:38   #7
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Congrats and that's some good shootin!
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Old 12-05-2014, 11:46   #8
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The gun made me look good. In full disclosure, that's only 7 shots. Got giddy and snapped a pic then shot last round. An inch or so high. Ha ha. Wife laughed at me. I deserved it.
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Old 12-05-2014, 21:33   #9
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Very beautiful gun. Should be my next. I have a G29 when I want to get nitty gritty. I would like the Kimber for class and pinpoint accuracy. Have a good time with it.
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Very nice

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I have a Kimber STII 10mm as well. It is very nicely built, completely reliable and very accurate. I'm glad I didn't listen to the naysayers.
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Reluctantly bought my first Kimber today. Was up till 0300 this morning reading online. Lots of fanboys and naysayers. Makes it tough for folks relatively new to this platform like myself. So many complaints about new 1911's needing extractor adjustments, magazine changes, magic bullets, polished feeding ramps, blah, blah, blah. I had to trade in a gun to buy this one, a rare thing for me. I was worried I would be one of the horror stories when I took my $1000 pistol out for a spin.


Negatory Batman. This sucker shoots lights out. I am not a great shot, I still don't have a good grip (literally) on 1911's. This is my 4th, bought my first, a Delta Elite, two years back. Rarely shoot it for various reasons, namely a lack of beavertail that results in my hand bleeding. I'm 6'6 325lb so it happens. Cars don't fit, plastic lawn chairs don't stand a chance, and sometimes things like guns just don't fit either. I also own a Rock Island Tac II in 10 mm. A fantastic gun that was $400 less expensive than its Colt and Kimber counterparts. I've also got a Glock 20 with KKM barrel, XS big dot sights, trigger job, and CP II slide finish from the good folks at Cummings Custom Refinishing. She goes with me on many of my yearly trips to Alaska.

Back to this stainless Kimber Target II. It is clearly the nicest 1911 I own. Nothing to think about. I was impressed how tight everything fit together. I saw the little plastic bushing wrench included in the swag box and thought, great, they market this gun for wusses. No wonder all the negative crap online. Then five minutes later with sweat on my brow sitting in parking lot of LGS, it occurred to me. What a great idea including a bushing wrench. Humbling. So I use the provided single use pack of Shooters Choice oil, wipe this gun down, and have it assembled. Looks great. Smells right. Wonder how it shoots...

A 786 minute hour later, we got our baby at grandmas and reach the range. I got pressure in the bleachers as wife and two year old are ear muffed up and watching. I've already told the wife about some of the negative Kimber, 1911, etc reviews online. I was subconsciously softening the blow in case I was soon to be among the unfortunate few. I am already fighting and cussing with my somehow still admired Delta Elite, so she knows the drill. But I have picked the absolute worst time in my 41 years to buy a pricey pistol. And she is well aware of this I assure you.

First shot goes bang! Whew. Second shot went bang. Looking good. 5 shots later and I have by my standards one jagged hole at 10 yards using a crude elbow rest. This is late day light with all black sights on a black shoot n see target. To make matters worse, had some grit in my right eye all day. Reddened, almost went to Urgent Care for a flush. Seriously. Guess we all have a little Jerry Miculek in us after all. Save your blind squirrel jokes. I am aware, and concede that the stars lined up for a few moments today over North Carolina. I used the stock Kimber mag and two Delta Elite mags and ran 50-60 flawlessly fed reloads through this Kimber today.

My only concern at this point is what to name her. BMF seems appropriate. Thank god I didn't listen to all the crap on the internet. I would have missed out on purchasing the nicest pistol I own had that been the case. At any rate, I'm happy as a queer in a pecker tree. Thanks for all the information here. I appreciate it.



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