Rimfire Target (Kimber)


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Kodiak
July 1, 2003, 02:17 AM
Today, my local shop had fifteen of the new Kimber 1911 style rimfire Targets when I stopped in to do a little paper punching at their range. It's an interesting firearm. The frame and slide are aluminum. It's a very light 1911, I'd guess in the low 20s. I'd really like to try it out. The claim by the shop sales guy was that one of their customers that bought one was getting one inch groups off hand at 50 feet using CCI stingers. That seems it might be a bit of a tall tale but you never know.

A 1911 that's cheap to practice with is an interesting idea.

The only thing that worries me is the all aluminum part.

I wonder if you'd have to be careful with the chemicals you use to clean it?

They wanted $639 for either the black or silver finish.

Anyone fired one yet?

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railroader
July 1, 2003, 02:46 AM
I think they are basicly a ciener top end on a kimber frame. For that kind of money you could get a ruger and a buckmark plus a bunch of ammo. The reason I say that is I had a ciener top end for my kimber and it was a lot of fun but my buckmark was probably a hair more accurate and more reliable. Now if you already have a 1911 I can see buying a conversion but not $630 for the kimber 22. Mark

Sactown
July 1, 2003, 02:49 AM
I'm sorry, did you say $639?!?!?!:eek: For that much, I'd get a Marvel .22 upper and a whole lotta ammo!! Wow...Kimber seems to be getting quite full of themselves.

10-Ring
July 1, 2003, 11:38 AM
$639? :eek: Seems kinda steep! I'd get a conversion kit for my favorie 1911 & lots of ammo. Then when I practiced, I could use a trigger I was already familiar with ;)

JohnBT
July 1, 2003, 12:09 PM
The one I've seen was more $$. :uhoh:

I didn't like the look of the finish on the slide either. (finish, metalwork, whatever it was...I didn't like it.)

John

Kharn
July 1, 2003, 12:56 PM
Dang, thats a lot of loot.
I just recieved an EAA/Tanfoglio kit from CDNN, $181 to my door with 2 extra mags (kit was $139 w/ 1 mag, extra mags were $20 each, $20-$30 more for adjustable sights) and cant wait to take it out to the range and give it a shot.

Kharn

Kodiak
July 1, 2003, 01:36 PM
It definitely is a huge amount of money. It's just the first purpose built 1911 in 22lr I've seen. I've shot a 1911 with a 22lr conversion kit. It fell apart in my hands four times in 200 rounds so I've been a little cautious about conversion kits. What's the best 1911 and conversion kit combo?

The silver finished pistol did have an odd finish, yet the black didn't appear that bad.

JohnBT
July 1, 2003, 04:11 PM
Well, thinking about it some more, I guess what I didn't like about the finish was that it wasn't as shiny as my Stainless Gold Match. But then, what is?

JT

Kharn
July 1, 2003, 04:23 PM
Might it have been clear-coat anodized?

Kharn

Kodiak
July 1, 2003, 07:22 PM
That's exactly what the sales guy said. It definitely wasn't as shiny as stainless steel which is probably why it look 'odd'.

Anyone know if there are other aluminum slide pistols? Most I've seen are steel but I tend to shoot 9mm and 45s. I wonder what the reliability will be after tens of thousands of rounds. You could shoot 'alot' with 22lr ammo being so cheap.

jarhead
July 1, 2003, 09:10 PM
I couldn't resist and I bought a Kimber Rimfire Target and overall have been happy with it... it needed a little tlc at first, but it is an extremely smooth and well built piece of equipment.

I got the.... hmmm... "blued" version. Has a black "gunkote" type finish on the frame, the slide is a deep deep bluish... seems to be anodizing, but may just be thin "gunkote" type...

Very reliable, very accurate... lotsa fun...

digex
July 1, 2003, 09:16 PM
It's just the first purpose built 1911 in 22lr I've seen.

I was doing some work at a customer's house last week and he showed me an old Llama (sp) that was a 1911 style .22 pistol. I thought it was pretty nice, looked like it was well made too. Anyone else seen one like that?
Tommy

Kodiak
July 2, 2003, 12:09 AM
Jarhead, what kind of tlc?

Sactown
July 2, 2003, 12:44 AM
What's the best 1911 and conversion kit combo?

The best conversion kit would be a Marvel kit. Best 1911...that's a whole other can of worms and I've misplaced my can opener.

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