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What are the Reliable and Well Built Kimber 1911s?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by CDR_Glock, Aug 8, 2012.

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  1. CDR_Glock


    Apr 1, 2010
    I was just curious which models in full size, Pro and Ultra that work flawlessly.

    I see a high volume in the shops and they cannot keep them in stock. I had two Kimbers, bother Raptor IIs: Ultra and Pro. They didn't work out for me.
  2. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    All 9 Kimbers I have owned have been 100%. Still own 7 of them, including all 3 sizes of the Raptor. :dunno:

  3. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    I only own an old Kimber custom Stainless and it has never had a hicup in 15 years I have had it.

    I love this gun and it is my standard reference for what a sweet shooting gun should be. Never even gave a thought to what ammo I used, it just always worked.

    Buy and old one.
  4. rock185


    Dec 5, 2001
    Hello CDR, I've owned five full-sized Kimbers over a period of several years. Four of the five worked from day one. One had an easily correctable issue. I wouldn't know how to predict that any partucular gun would work flawlessly, but the four Target IIs I've had worked 100% for me. I still have one Kimber, a Target II in 9MM, that has performed flawlessly since day one...
  5. matt_lowry123


    Nov 23, 2008
    owensboro KY
    I have a full size target 2, and a ultra carry 2. I've never had a problem with either.
  6. SigFTW


    Nov 4, 2010
    I have the Stainless II full size and never had a problem, it's about 4+ years old. It is one fine shooting pistol!!
  7. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    I own three Kimbers, including their least and most expensive. They all run like champs.
  8. GiveMeLiberty


    Jun 14, 2011
    The only one I've owned was a Tactical Custom II (5" barrel). I sold it last week for financial reasons, but in shooting 1300 rounds through it (various weights & manufacturers, including +P) I never had any problems. It was my primary carry gun for 2 years. The only malfunctions were 2 or 3 in the first 200 rounds (break in period). Also, I had a 10 round Wilson Combat mag that often induced feeding problems. When sticking to standard 8-round Wilson Combat mags or 8-round KimPro Tac mags it worked flawlessly.

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  9. SpringerTGO


    Jul 30, 2011
    Kimber sells their most reliable models under a different name. They call them Springfields.:rofl:
  10. glock_19guy1983


    Sep 8, 2002
    yeah cause we all know third world ****holes like brazil produce the best gunsmiths.
  11. Ruggles


    Jun 13, 2005
    I have owned the following;

    Ultra Raptor II
    TLE II
    Custom II

    All were great 1911s except the UCII which was a horrid POS, worst 1911 I have ever owned. That being said I still think Kimber builds a fine 1911 and would think the TLE II is one of the best "bang for the buck" 1911s out there. I do not currently own any Kimbers but would buy one again without a second thought.
  12. cowboy85306


    Aug 3, 2012
    Howdy- Have a Stainless Target II in 9mm- this one even feeds 9mm rounds from a few 38 Super mags I still have around. Trigger pull was easily adjusted to just under 4 pounds. Except for a PLASTIC mainspring housing (NOT what I'd expect on a gun costing this much, but what do I know after shooting since the 1970's ) and those all the mass production rage MIM internals, it IS reliable with a huge variety of 9mm rounds.
  13. SpringerTGO


    Jul 30, 2011
    Well, we all know the best gunsmiths live in New York,the most gun loving state in the country.
  14. glock_19guy1983


    Sep 8, 2002
    at least it is still a state here in the US. Keep sending your money to brazil if you want to. I could care less, but dont knock kimbers while carrying a south american springer.
  15. Glock_en_speil


    Jan 12, 2011
    CDR Glock,

    While Kimber does build some very good looking guns a significant number of their recent production has been troubled. Go check out the Kimber sub-forum at and see for yourself. If you absolutely have your heart set on a Kimber then I would stick to a full size (5") gun because those have fewer issues regardless of manufacturer. I would also follow the Kimber break-in instructions to the letter keeping the gun well lubricated and shooting 300-500 rounds of 230g FMJ through it before you fully trust the gun. Kimber builds very tight fitting guns and although the word "custom" appears in the name of their models they are anything but. The slide to frame fit is not hand lapped as it would be if it were a true custom. The break-in Kimber suggests helps the slide to frame fit. Finally, I would also consider purchasing Kimber Kim Pro or Wilson Combat magazines as the stock Kimber magazines aren't very high quality and in some cases are the source of the issues.

    Now all that being said I would also consider other 1911 makers who are putting out better products at the moment. One such offering is the Range Officer from Springfield Armory. These are one of the best value 1911's on the market right now for under 1K. They are exceptionally accurate and most will run well straight out of the box. Springfield Armory left off some features to keep the price reasonable. For instance there is no checkering on the front strap and the front sight is plain black which of course can be changed to a fiber optic or tritium site quite easily if you prefer. If you want something with a few more features straight from the box then I'd suggest the Springfield TRP which features front strap checkering, an ambi-safety, night sights and an upgraded finish. This model will set you back about 1.5K. While it's true that Springfield Armory has many of their 1911 models produced by Imbel in Brazil, both the Range Officer and TRP are made in the USA.

    Good luck with whatever you decide.
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  16. ancient_serpent


    Jun 6, 2008
    +1 on the Wilson mags, not a fan of the Kimber ones. That said, my Warrior has been a great gun, and my Pro CDP II is my EDC gun. No problems to speak of.
  17. SpringerTGO


    Jul 30, 2011
    My experience with Kimber was horrible. Their American service sucked. The gun was a pos out of the box and when I got it back (after 6 weeks) from repair.
    My Springfield TGO1 is a better 1911 than ANYTHING Kimber makes. Springfields service is also in another class. Not only is their service faster and personal, they went so far as to recommend and get Wilson parts for my application. Try that with Kimber.
  18. clancy


    Feb 16, 2011
    You, too? My Taurus PT1911 is a far better pistol than my Kimber was. Of course, I had no experience at all with Taurus' customer service, but I had a lot of experience with Kimber's, and will never own another Kimber.
  19. I've owned three Kimbers, Custom, and TLE) and never had a problem. In fact, the TLE is one of my favorite 1911s for range practice.
  20. fasteddie565

    fasteddie565 Combat Diver

    A Raptor Pro was my first NEW Kimber. I had problems with it and developed this patented method for breaking in new Kimber 1911's.

    Its patented so don't tell anyone. :whistling:

    Disassemble and coat the rails and the slide with cheap white colgate toothpaste. Reassemble and cycle the action 200 times or until the toothpaste gets grey and sludgy.

    Clean, recoat, 200 more cycles, clean thoroughly and lubricate. You will see, especially on blues guns or coated guns, areas that are shiny or at least where the coating has worn away. These are the high spots they want you to wear down with 300 rds of break in ammo.

    I just did it to my new Gold Combat and shot 200 rds of reloads with no issues.

    Remember its patented so keep it to yourself.......

    My TLE II SS is one of my favorites

    I shoot Kim Pro mags exclusively in my Kimbers.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2012
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