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Kimber mags, why the bad rap??

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by FLIPPER 348, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    Bend Oregon
    I asked on another thread why a poster called the Kimber magus crap but there was no reply. He is not the only one I've seen bash the Kimber mags.

    I've never had any issues with Kimber mags so why the bad rap??
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2010
  2. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    I've never had issues with any of mine either.

    That said, I don't have thousands and thousands of rounds through them either.

  3. rsxr22


    Feb 25, 2009
    Youngstown, OH
    I call em crap because thats exactly how theyve ran in all the 4 Kimber's ive owned. I got rid of all them, magazines and guns, but still kept one of the kimpro's just to use as a barney mag for competition.

    There really isnt any logic behind it, they just didnt work! I bought a SIS and got a WC mag as well. Took the gun to the range and forgot to bring the WC mag in... Through 4 mags, I had FTF's in every single magazine. Remembered that i bought the WC at the shop, ran back to the car to grab it, and loaded it up and it was like magic--the gun worked the rest of the time the whole way through! A lot of people have always commented on how poorly functioning Kimber's are.. I personally never had issues with functioning as long as i was running wilson, cmc, tripp, or dawson. The reason i stop buying and sold mine were because they were lacking of attention to detail and HORRIBLE customer service
  4. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

    Jan 7, 2002
    NE Ohio
    my Kimber mags work well, but the springs have worn out fairly quickly. i need to get new springs because it fails to feed the round every so often when shooting.

    BTW these are the .22LR mags ;)
  5. Glock30fan

    Glock30fan Cmbt Tupperware

    Mar 11, 2001
    Where the buffalo roam.
    Had a couple of problems with standard Kimber mags, but their KimPro TacMags (I use the 8rnd stainless) are great! I have about 10 of them and never had a single problem.
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2010
  6. MD357


    Jul 13, 2008
    That member was me. :cool: :wavey:

    I've seen significantly more problems with their mags than any other manufacturer. I dunno how many times I've seen a CMC PM, Wilson, or Tripp mag "fix" a kimber. You'd figure if you're paying $1000 for a MIM filled 1911 they'd at least throw in a $30 (Quality) mag.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2010
  7. AZ Husker

    AZ Husker

    Mar 25, 2003
    I think the new Kimpro mags today are fine. I've been collecting original Kimbers since they first came out. The old McCormick mags that used to come stock were trouble. The followers would actually drift out in front of the mag body. This caused some serious trouble with alloy frames when the pointy follower would actually hit the feed ramp.
  8. cole

    cole Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Tac-Pro Mags are great IMO. A great "value" mag and as such one of the better kept 1911 mag secrets IMO. All mine have always been perfect.

    Stock mags that come with the gun not so much. No quite so always perfect.

    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    In my shop
    I agree.
  10. tx787


    Feb 11, 2010
    I only have experience with one, the stock magazine that came with my Stainless II. When using that magazine I usually experience a failure of some nature, typically FTE about every other time the magazine is loaded and used. The same pistol, when using Wilson magazines, has had zero failures of any kind for 900 rounds. I may have received an unusually bad magazine, however I do not have a problem spending a few dollars more for a magazine that I know will work without issue.
  11. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

    Feb 28, 2001
    I'm pretty sure the Kimber mags are made by MIM like their barrels and frames. :dunno:
  12. CAcop


    Jul 21, 2002
    They send out a cheap mag with good gun for the same reason why some high end gun makers send out one mag. They figure the new owners ar going to buy other more expensive mags as soon as they get the gun. Why bother putting anything good in the case or handing out more than one mag if it is just going to sit in a safe unused anyway.

    Does anyone here actually use the mags that were sent with their guns?

    I don't.
  13. okie

    okie GT Mayor

    Oct 28, 2001
    Muskogee Ok.
    I also have had bad luck with Kimber mags. I was having feeding problems, assumed it was the gun, put in a differnt brand mag ad the gun was flawless:supergrin:
  14. rsxr22


    Feb 25, 2009
    Youngstown, OH
    Yup!! My first semi custom is on its way, but i will definitely be using the crap outta those cheapo wilson mags that come with mine. I'll probably even get as bold to use the ACT mags that come with the Nighthawk
  15. Hokie1911

    Hokie1911 >

    Dec 26, 2003
    NE Ohio
    So the mag Ed Brown is sending with my Kobra Carry is junk? And I really wasted my money buying a 2nd one? :dunno:
  16. On a Rock Island i expect that the mags might be cheap. On a gun that I pay twice the money you bet your ass I am going to use the mag that it came with. I work hard for my money and when I purchase a gun that can cost 800 or more I expect to get my monies worth. That is ridiculous to spend that kind of money and not run correctly because of a simple mag issue. When I finish paying off my Wilson I am going to use the hell out of the mags supplied with it. I rather use the money to buy a nice holster instead of mags that should of been right from the get go. Think about it it's like going to buy a brand spanking new car and the radio doesn't work. Are you going to say "oh that's ok I am going to change it out anyways?"
  17. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    I use the Kimber Tac-Pro Mags in my Eclipse Pro II for SD, carry... no problems with them at all.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2010
  18. zhix


    Jan 31, 2010
    In 2 Kimbers I have owned the supplied mags were not as reliable as Wilsons or CMCs.
  19. maslin


    Oct 27, 2008
    My KimPro Tac Mags have all been flawless. Stock (old) Springfield mags... Not so much.