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Kimber 1911's

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by JoshuaC, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. JoshuaC

    JoshuaC

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    After much consideration and a few close calls, I'm finally ready to pick up my first 1911.

    I really wouldn't mind a Dan Wesson 1911, but they aren't sold locally. All I can find around here are RIA's (Really appealing) SW's, Kimbers, and some ugly PT1911's. (No offense to those who like them)

    I like what the Kimber had to offer, and really wasn't put off by the $850 price point, but I've always heard of sketchy guns coming from them.

    So what do you guys have to say about the new Kimbers?
     
  2. bac1023

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    Never a problem.

    The Custom II is their entry level model and a good gun for the price.


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  3. mkmckinley

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    I had a really good Custom II and I can fully recommend that pistol to anyone looking to get into 1911's without breaking the bank. It had very solid lockup, was unfailingly reliable, and accurate as all get-out.
     
  4. Brass Nazi

    Brass Nazi NO BRASS FOR U!

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    I have had experience with two of them. One was a complete POS that did not work the other was excellent. I will never own another.
     
  5. JoshuaC

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    That's the exact model I'm looking at. The more I read the more I get a little worried. There's some pretty bad Kimber horror stories out there.

    I know every manufacturer goes through problems, and that's fine. But have these cleared up?
     
  6. bac1023

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    I have two other recent Kimbers and none of them have given me any trouble.




    Pro CDP II-which I carry nearly everyday

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    Super Match II-Kimber's current top of the line model

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  7. JK-linux

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    I'd buy one in a second if they ditched the front serrations.
     
  8. PHB

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    If this is your first 1911 I would suggest you get the RIA these guns are a reliable entry level gun and perform very well and for the price you can not go wrong, you may find that a 1911 is not for you this way you are not out a big chunk of change to find that you do not like the platform. I have 2 RIAs one 5" and one Officer model and both perform very well.IMHO

    Good luck stay safe
     
  9. JoshuaC

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    I personally like the front serrations. I'll let a few more people weigh in, but one way or another I'm gonna be heading home with a 1911 of some make tomorrow, or Monday.

    @bac1023, did you keep the plastic MSH on your Kimbers?
     
  10. bac1023

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    Yes, they aren't an issue.

    The Super Match comes with a steel MSH, but it retails over $2K.

    Kimber isn't the only 1911 builder to use them. Colt, STI, and some others use them on their less expensive models.
     
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    zdragon23c s&w&me

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    kimber customII....my all time favorite 1911
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  12. Glock Swabbie

    Glock Swabbie Gun Tradin' Foo

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    Thousands of failure free rounds through my Kimber Custom II, I recently installed some Novak Night Sights... its one of my favorite range plinkin carry guns!
    My Custom II loves wilson combat 8 round mags too.
     
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    Glock Swabbie Gun Tradin' Foo

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    Also.... and I could be wrong, but much of the Kimber problems stemmed from the EXTERNAL extractor models. My custom II has the internal extractor and I think that is why it is so reliable. It eats all kinds of factory and reloads with no probelms. I can also credit my success with this gun to properly breaking in this gun per Kimbers instructions.
     
  14. JoshuaC

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    That is absolutely beautiful! If I do end up with the Kimber, I really wouldn't mind putting a set of grips like that on it.

    Are the stock Custom 2 grips plain plastic?
     
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    zdragon23c s&w&me

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    Thanks.....
    base Kimber comes with factory rubber grips.
     
  16. JoshuaC

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    I really enjoy a rubber grip on a handgun. Tough choice!
     
  17. HAIL CAESAR

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    The Custom II's should sell in the lower $700's. At 850 your getting stole from.
     
  18. PlasticGuy

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    I have had two Series I Kimbers, and three Series II Kimbers. I've never had a problem with any of them. I've also trained with Tacoma PD a bit, and they love their Kimber Pro Carry II's.

    I will say that I've always had internal extractor models, and run them almost exclusively with Wilson 47d magazines. That might be a factor in my success. Their external extractor was a bad idea (which is why they don't make them anymore), and a lot of guys use really crappy magazines with predictable results.
     
  19. JoshuaC

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    I've been spectating the different 1911 forums and haven't seen any abnormal amounts of complaints about the newer Kimbers being bought. I'll definitely keep the magazine tip in mind when I buy it.

    Now I just got to hope my local shop is open tomorrow.
     
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    Do yourself a favor and buy a DW online and have it shipped. MUCH better gun, better fitting and better parts.