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? about kimbers finish

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by dc2integra, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. dc2integra

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    ive been looking into the kimber custom 2 but a friend of mine has one he bought back in 99 and it looks purple. do all the ones with black finish eventually turn that way?
     
  2. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    I've only had one blued model, and I had it hardchromed. My other 8 Kimbers are all stainless, except the CDP Pro, which has a stainless slide, but the KimPro finish. That finish is nothing to write home about IMO. I am having Chuck Rogers bobtail it and refinish the slide in a stainless Cerakote as we speak. Kimber makes a solid gun, especially in their price range.
     


  3. Chonny

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    I wouldn't hesitate to check out a Custom II. I've never seen a series I or II turn purple. I have seen them very worn but not purple.
     
  4. Monte#2

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    Carried a Custom II/TLE for years on duty...never had anything but good well deserved finish wear! No purple at all! Great gun!
     
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  5. CA_DUDE

    CA_DUDE Dude here.

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    As I understand it there have been certain guns that have turned plum. But other manufacturers also have let guns go that are that way. It has to do with the temperatures used during the finishing process. It is definitely not just a Kimber issue. Haven't seen any Kimbers like that in a long time. I just bought a Custom II and I'm not concerned at all.
     
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  6. Rinspeed

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    I too have heard if the temps get a little high while bluing it can cause the pistols to get a plum look after some time. I think it also has to do with the quality, hardness and alloy composition of the part. HK P7s and Baers are known for it as well as Kimbers.
     
  7. Jason D

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    It never bothered me much.

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    This gun was built in 1998, and was one of the few that came with the STI carbon fiber trigger. While there are Kimbers made now that have a nicer finish, this gun is more than an equal in the accuracy department. Even being able to out shoot a Gold Match Target II. The only other Kimber I've ever had that could beat it, was a Super Match.
     
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  8. dc2integra

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    k thanks guys i just found out his is a kimber classic and yea its got a plum color look to it
     
  9. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

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    I don't know if there were ever any Series 2 guns that were like that.
    They seem to all be very early Kimbers.

    If you happen to see an early Kimber, buy it.
    A lot of people seem to think the very first ones were the best.
     
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  10. Rinspeed

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    Night and day difference in the fit and finish as far as I can tell. I sold my Custom II when I bought my Baer. I believe it was made around 2003 and was a very nice 1911 for the money but didn't quite measure up to my Clacky in any way. This was made in January, 1997.





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  11. Monte#2

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    Very nice Clacky Kimber!
     
  12. Spiffums

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    I know people who pay extra for plum colored AKs. Now they can have matching 1911s.
     
  13. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

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    I had a Super Match years ago that I ended up having to sell.
    It was a series one gun, and by far the nicest Kimber I had ever laid hands on.

    I picked up a Gold Target II a few years back. The finish it top notch, and the gun is accurate. Just not as good as the older Kimber Target.
    Hell, I have been shooting the Target I since 1998, and I still have to use a bushing wrench to get it a part.


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    Series I Target. It's a 33K serial number, and is all original except for the altamont grips. The purple is really noticeable under direct sunlight, or florescent lights.

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    Series II Gold Target.