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Kimber TLE II to the range today

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by mainegunner, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. mainegunner


    Mar 5, 2005
    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.
  2. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Congrats on the new Kimber!

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

  3. Rally Vincent

    Rally Vincent Bipolar

    Feb 16, 2003
    The Bar.
  4. mainegunner


    Mar 5, 2005
    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.
  5. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Buy 300 rounds of what ever hollow point ammo you plan to use.
    Take it to the range and blast away,.....:supergrin:
  6. I use 230g HST and Gold Dots in my TLE

    No issues
  7. Gunshine


    Jan 3, 2011
    I'm still stuck on the 24 degrees with a little breeze part.
  8. 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.
  9. mainegunner


    Mar 5, 2005
    Thanks Guys some great ideas
  10. 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.

    - brickboy240
  11. gator378

    gator378 Gator378

    Jan 22, 2001
    St. Peters, Mo, USA
    Weather for the big Magnums. Keeps the barrel from getting hot.
  12. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    Bend Oregon

    Why throw away perfectly good mags??
  13. jaklcrow


    Feb 12, 2010
    My Kimber mag has never had a single failure. Agreed on buying Wilson mags though.
  14. barnettbill


    Apr 6, 2003
    Abilene TX
  15. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    Bend Oregon
    You have to be a true 1911-Operator to start 'throwing away' perfectly good mags and using only Wilson Combat mags!
  16. Ruggles


    Jun 13, 2005
    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.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2012
  17. Badger1911


    Dec 21, 2010
    North Carolina
    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.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2012
  18. drobs


    Jan 21, 2012
    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.
  19. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004