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So, what's up with Kimber?

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by carbuncle, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. carbuncle

    carbuncle is not cool.

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    I know I'm opening a can of worms here, but I'm curious: I grabbed a new Kimber catalog at Outdoor Emporium last weekend and some of their 1911 models look pretty sweet. I've heard some muttering about Kimber from various sources, is there something inherently wrong with them? Crappy QC or designs or something?
     
  2. Bucky89

    Bucky89

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    For the money, they're pretty good - Especially if you're just getting into the 1911 scene.
     

  3. cowboy1964

    cowboy1964

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    My take on them (never having owned one however) is that they are kind of like Kahr... work great if they work but the chances of getting a lemon are higher than normal. Not as bad as Taurus though.

    I'd get one if the right deal came along.
     
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    itstime

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    I just picked up a Pro Carry that I like a lot. I don't think they are as bad as some people go on about on the Internet. They do sell a Ron of them. Whenever I'm in a gun shop and someone is looking at 1911's, it's a Kimber garanteed.
     
  5. cciman

    cciman

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    People like to badmouth because of MIM parts, and they are not mainstream (like Taurus which make fine 1911's in my opinion).

    Just like an AR, there is always some who will complaint that they are not Colts.
     
  6. xXGearheadXx

    xXGearheadXx

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    IMO, great guns. I shot a lot of ammo through mine.
     
  7. mrsurfboard

    mrsurfboard The Anti-Glock

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    I own one, they are nothing like Kahr. Kimber is a high quality 1911. Mine has been 100% after the break in and recoil spring change.
     
  8. mrsurfboard

    mrsurfboard The Anti-Glock

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    Most guns on the market today use MIM parts. And Kimber isn't mainstream, but Taurus is?? What you smoking?
     
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    Rodman24

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    I have Tac Ultra II that's been flawless. It was my first and only Kimber. I've been pleased.
     
  10. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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    The Kimbers with the external extractors did not always work so well.

    :cool:
     
  11. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    9 Kimbers. 0 problems. Nuff said. :cool:
     
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    I'm very happy with my Custom II. I think a lot of people just like to bash Kimber so they can be one of the cool kids.
     
  13. East River Guide

    East River Guide Glockaholic

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    Mine has been 100% from day one. Have never had a malfunction of any kind.
     
  14. glock_19guy1983

    glock_19guy1983

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    4 kimbers here.
    TLE II over 15k rnds 0 malfunctions
    Pro carry II 1k rnds 0 malfunctions
    Stanless II in 38super Sold it but put over 3k rnds through it with 0 malfunctions
    CDP II with external extractor 800 rnds 1 stove pipe in the 1st box of ammo.

    The front night sight on the TLE quit glowing about 3 years ago. Kimber replaced it no questions asked and had the gun back to me a week and a half after i sent it in.

    I would definately buy another one
     
  15. Batesmotel

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    I have an early Pro Carry. I love it. It is my most carried full size gun. A Colt Mustang is with me almost all the time.

    That said...I have had to have the following work done to get it reliable enough to trust it for daily carry.

    Rear sight reset because it was always drifting to the right.

    Plunger Tube replaced and re-staked when it came loose.

    Ramp polished, chamber honed.

    Grip screw inserts re-threaded and replaced with over sized ones because 2 of them were cross threaded at the factory.

    I think they are great guns but CQ has been spotty at times.
     
  16. Stevekozak

    Stevekozak Returning video

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    Kimbers are good guns. I never understand the folks on interweb that like to disparage them. Mine has been great, and I would definately buy Kimber again. With all the negative stuff on the net, no one that I have known in real life has ever gotten a lemon from Kimber.
     
  17. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    There's others in the price range that I'd rather have.
     
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    I have owned a dozen or so over the years. All of them have been excellent.
     
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    I have a 3 and a 5 inch, and will eventually get 4 for my stable. Accurate as they get in a stock 1911.
     
  20. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    <---- savagely burned on a TLE II a few years back. Wouldn't feed, even after a trip back to Yonkers where they "fixed" it. Basically, it looked like they took a rat-tail file to the feed ramp. :steamed: It failed to feed slightly less, but it still had a rate of stoppage of about 2%. I tried different ammo, tried different mags. It was a turd, and I got nothing but attitude from their customer service folks. Shame. The gun was really accurate and the finish on it was great. It just didn't run.

    Just my personal experience with Kimber... it wasn't my first 1911, and since then I bought a Springfield, then a Brown and I've never looked back.

    As far as the MIM parts thing... you'll know in the first thousand rounds if they'll hold up or not. The parts I have seen break were usually in the first 200-300 rounds.

    I don't particularly care for MIM parts, but the TRP I shoot in USPSA all the time is loaded with them, and I haven't had any problems yet (easily over 10k rounds). It's not a carry gun, so I'll run it until it breaks.