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New Kimber Custom II

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by bandit99, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. bandit99

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    I just picked up a new Kimber Custom II. It's my first full size 1911. I've got a few questions. How hard is it to swap the grip screw bushings out for slimline bushings? Are they held in with loctite? Kimber and Wilson seem to be the only companies making ambi safeties without the little retainer that hides under the right grip. Are there any others out there and is the wilson worth twice as much? I'm going to the range today and I'll give a report later on. Thanks.

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  2. RCP

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    Nice gun hope you like it as much as I like mine! (Kimber Pro Carry series 1)


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  3. Cerebrus

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    Kimber is kinda hit and miss with the loc-tite on the grip screw bushings..first time I took the grips off on my UC II, I had one bushing on each side come out with the screw.. now I have em secured.. but what a PITA..
     
  4. dnuggett

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    Is the Wilson worth twice as much? To some, yes. It all depends on how well you can appreciate the craftsmanship and quality.
     
  5. okie

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    Many congrats on the new pistol my friend:thumbsup:
     
  6. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Congrats on the Custom II......great value for the money!

    Just a helpful hint on the bushings,.......
    Place a hot soldering iron on the bushing for about 45 seconds then imediately remove it.

    The heat will break the bond of the LockTite, if used when installed.
     
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  7. bandit99

    bandit99

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    Back from the range. The pistol shoots great and the big holes make me smile. I only shot 100 rounds of 230 fmj. On the last 3 magazines I had failure to feed the first round. I ejected the magazine, racked the slide, reloaded the bullet in the magazine, put the magazine back in, and racked the slide. All the other rounds fed fine. I'm going to order some wilson magazines before I run any more ammo. The kimber magazine also has a little nub right on the top center of the follower that seems to catch the first round loaded into each magazine.
     
  8. Kara's HoPE

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    Brownells also sells a tool for properly removing/ replacing the grip screw bushings. If you're already ordering grips and slim bushings, have them throw that tool in the box. You'll be glad you had it when the new bushings go back in... Agreed on the soldiering iron trick too. (Much better than a Bic lighter :rofl:)
     
  9. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    It's a tad easier on the thumb! :rofl:
     
  10. Kara's HoPE

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  12. bac1023

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    Yes..
     
  13. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Ditto.
     
  14. bac1023

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    The problem is that a Wilson is about three times the price. ;)
     
  15. nastytrigger

    nastytrigger Mediocre Member

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    I usually push the follower down when I'm loading the first round in a mag to get over the nub. Truthfully, I'm not sure what the nub does. I do the opposite when unloading too. I push the follower down to let the round go over the nub without hanging up.
     
  16. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    True. :)