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Most Reliable Kimber?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by GVFlyer, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. GVFlyer

    GVFlyer Senior Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Somewhere in the air.
    I am deeply conflicted. I have the opportunity to purchase a Kimber, any Kimber, at a deep discount. I have been a very vocal critic of Kimber .45s after having a less than desirable experience with a Raptor - but I hate to miss out on an exceptional deal.

    Sooo, I think that I want to take advantage of this opportunity, but use absolute reliability as the sole determinant for pistol selection. Which model is the most reliable Kimber?
  2. curriek


    Feb 13, 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I'm sure there have been people that have had issues with every model, but I've heard good things about their plain Kimber Custom II model. I owned a Warrior not too long ago and I really liked it. No malfunctions or problems and very accurate. Kinda wish I hadn't gotten rid of it.

  3. Short Cut

    Short Cut PatrioticMember CLM

    Apr 28, 2002
    Above ground
    I'd pick my favorite 5" model then throw out the magazine that it comes with and replace with a Wilson or round metal follower mag by Metalform.

    What are you interested in?

    The CDP is a really well setup lightweight carry gun.

    The Eclipse 10MM is an awesome platform for that versatile cartridge.

    The TLE or TLE/RL is a great value with a nice set of features.

    Anyway those are a few that I like and own personally.
  4. AZ Husker

    AZ Husker

    Mar 25, 2003
    Most reliable are the 5" guns.
  5. Brass Nazi

    Brass Nazi NO BRASS FOR U!

    Jul 4, 2005
    I have experience with two. One was a very nice shooting gold match that was reliable and accurate. The other was a CDP that was a complete POS. The only thing nice about it was the frontstrap checkering. It jammed a lot was reasonably accurate but I could not shoot 10 shot groups because the POS kept jamming. I thought I might be limp wristing or something but I shot a Colt lightweight commander without any problems.

    That is my limited experience with them as after a 50% success rate I determined that I would prefer a real 1911 instead a highly marketed but poorly made pistol.
  6. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI
    It would probably be the standard kimber.
  7. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    I've had good luck with all 8 of my Kimbers, ranging from Ultras, Pro and Customs. Pick one you like, and get some Wilson or especially some Tripp Cobra mags and you'll be set. I've had the best luck using Tripp mags in many different 1911's.
  8. flynlead


    Jan 2, 2010
    Take this for what it's worth but I have spent the last few months researching and talking to a lot of people on 1911's and I would say 90% of the people I talked to said the 5" will be more reliable and the custom II kept being recomended over and over so that is what I came home with. So far I love it and will probably go back and get a 3" as well. Every gun manufacture has had an issue of some sort at one time or another. I had a Colt which left a bad taste in my mouth so now I'm trying Kimber but I would not hesitate in buying another Colt if a deal came along.
  9. decibels5


    Sep 14, 2009
    kimber ultra carry. 150 rds no hickups. I know its not alot, but the first 100 rds lets me know how reliable a gun is probably gonna be.
  10. GVFlyer

    GVFlyer Senior Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Somewhere in the air.
    I just got back from looking at Kimbers. The Compact CDP II looked well executed, but breaks my prime directive of never buying a smaller than Commander size 1911. The barrel on the brand new Custom II I looked at was rusting - I don't know what to make of that. I liked the look and feel of the Eclipse Target II.
  11. samuse


    Jul 30, 2008
    South TX
    I'd go with a CustomII. Have [reputable] gunsmith remove all the Swartz safety stuff and do a little reliability tune with your mags and ammo. I wouldn't toss the Kimber mag either. I had a CustomII that went about a thousand rounds without a malfunction through the one 7 round mag it came with. Sold it to a buddy. Had to have a retro 1911.
  12. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    All three of mine have been perfect. Beautiful guns too. :)



  13. Screaming .357G

    Screaming .357G 598ci big block

    Oct 16, 2001
  14. GVFlyer

    GVFlyer Senior Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Somewhere in the air.
    Beautiful is right.
  15. MD357


    Jul 13, 2008
    Personally I'd get the Warrior b/c it is the only one built correctly. :supergrin:

    I think the goofy SIS Super duper ultra operator one is too but I just couldn't bear those cocking serrations.
  16. coal


    Dec 20, 2009
    Agreed. My Kimber Compact I runs great. But, my Kimber Target II ran even better with SWC.

    Dump the cheap stock Kimber mags and run Wilson 47D, CMC Power Mags or Tripp. Novak/ACT mags have always run 100% for me as well. My Kimber KimPro mags, too.
  17. paul45


    Jul 18, 2004
    If you are so vocally critical of Kimber, why suddenly have a change of heart......because of a few dollars?

    Do you happen to be in public office and reside in Washington? :supergrin:
  18. Boost_Junkie

    Boost_Junkie Mike November

    Jan 30, 2009
    Tampa, Fl
    My vote is for the Ultra Covert.

  19. choked on my coffee...:rofl:
  20. cyberiad


    Feb 18, 2005
    Near RTP NC
    If you think the Kimber might not run well or you hate MIM or hate the company or whatever it is get a Custom II if you still decide to spend the money.

    If I were in your position I wouldn't put more money in to one of the more costly models, even at a discount, and I don't think most of the features are necessary or worth the money, personally. Obviously, that's just an opinion. If you want a magwell, for example, you can always add it later. The pistol will probably work well; if it doesn't, it doesn't. There is no way to tell in advance no matter how many other people have put hundreds of rounds through theirs with no issues.

    Based on what I have personally owned I think the Custom II is a higher quality pistol than, say, the SA "loaded." I sold my Custom II but still have a Kimber 9mm that actually does what I expect it to do. I'm not interested in arguing about MIM and related crap because for 99.999% of pistol owners it just doesn't matter.