KIMBER 1911s


February 26, 2009, 11:14 PM
Are the Kimber 1911s reliable performers? I am considering buying a 1911 style semi in 45 (of course) and like the looks of the Kimber line (in their catalog they look great). What is your experience with them?

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February 26, 2009, 11:39 PM
i have shot/and or trained with/ ran alot of rounds through many of thier models, and when i mean alot of rounds i don't mean less than 500rds, many models more than that.

i have had great realibility and accuracy in the custom 2, the tle, pro tle, grand raptor, warrior, covert, tactical 2, pro tactical etc.

they have had some issues in the past and the majority of the issues are worked out if not all of them. i do know that kimber has a great customer service and they take care of you if there is an issue.

February 26, 2009, 11:44 PM
I always had a fairly high opinion on Kimber, My uncle owns a few and they seemed to be on par with the modern colts but i have noticed a lot of people on THR bashing them...

It seems that the older ones were better...

But what do I know... I never owned one

February 26, 2009, 11:52 PM
Are the Kimber 1911s reliable performers?

What is your experience with them?
I have 5 1911's and all are Kimbers. I have 3 Custom Shop Raptors the Ultra, Pro, and Full Size. All are tac drivers. One Pro Carry II and one Custon Carry II. Only issue I have had was with the Pro Carry II, sent it back returned in 10 days and has run flawlessly since.

Would I buy another?

February 27, 2009, 12:41 AM
That said, I shoot a Kimber Stainless II, series 1 with external extractor in Bullseye competition. Essentially the model that gave Kimber a bit of a bad rep. Flawless gun! I bought it used right here on THR. I've got thousands of SWC through it. (ya think it might feed ball or HP ammo reliably? You bet!) Just ask anyone that shoots to my right; It extracts and ejects cases with fury. Sure I've changed springs for the loads I shoot. Sure, I've fit a tight bushing to the slide. Nothing I wouldn't do with a different brand 1911. Just like putting mag wheels and bigger tires on my SuperDuty pickup. I've changed the rear sight too. Fit and finish is great. I also own at least one other Colt 1911 that'll feed rocks and spit out shards of cases and bullets at equal velocity. Love the reliablity of that one too. There are JMB purists that feel that the Colt or SA mil spec are the only true 1911's. SoBeIt. No MIM parts in them! What do I want in my next 1911? I'd like something built by Roddy Toyota or Ed Masaki. Springer? Colt? Dunno. I'd like a Colt Gold Cup National Match series 70. But until then, I'm quite happy with my very reliable Kimber. Would I buy another? If the right one comes along, yes.


February 27, 2009, 11:04 AM
I have a Kimber Ultra Crimson Carry II and I love it. Had some problems very early on with it feeding hollow points, but after a couple hundred rounds it has been flawless, a joy to shoot, and very accurate. It's the handgun I used to qualify as 'Distinguished Expert' on handguns with the NRA. It's the smallest 1911 Kimber makes and, based on my experience with it, I would love to try one of Kimber's larger 1911s.

February 27, 2009, 11:26 AM
I have the custom II and have no problems with it so far. I have over 500 rounds through it and it seems to get better the more I shoot it. I will purchase another Kimber in the future.

February 27, 2009, 11:44 AM
Wow, the Kimber bashers must not have seen this thread yet.

I have 2 currently, a first generation Gold Match and a Tactical Pro II and both are well built reliable guns. Will you get a great one? Odds are - yes...

Ol` Joe
February 27, 2009, 12:25 PM
I`m another with a Kimber that hasn`t fumbled. Mines a old Custom Target series I. Don`t know how may rounds I`ve fired but it is a bunch.

February 27, 2009, 02:05 PM
As long as it has an internal extractor I do not think you will be disappointed with a Kimber.

Also as long as you don't mind a firing pin safety then I would be hard pressed to recommend a better pistol for a similar price.

February 27, 2009, 03:00 PM
don't want to hi-jack the thread but why is the external extractor such a problem for Kimber ?? jwr

Hk Dan
February 27, 2009, 03:46 PM
It caused a lot of problems on the competition circuit, and was generally accepted as the cause of many malfunctions in the Kimber models. I'd attribute some of those to having a new gun, bad reloads, and inexperienced shooters too.

February 27, 2009, 03:50 PM
I have a TLE with an external extractor that I use for IDPA. Never had a problem with it.

My three kimbers all work... :D

February 27, 2009, 04:08 PM
over a 1,000 rounds through my custom II family Warrior and not one mis-fire or jam. perfect performance. I don't think I'll ever need to consider a different brand for a second 1911.

February 27, 2009, 05:19 PM
Mine wasn't perfect, but I'd buy another in a heartbeat! The minor issues I fixed myself, out of spec slide stop needed trimming, firing pin safety needed loosing. Alls well, Now:cool:

February 27, 2009, 07:47 PM
Now I admit this is completely from what I have read. The only experience that I have with a Kimber is one of their newer ones with an internal extractor.

Apparently the external extractors were hit or miss. If it worked... perfect it worked. If it didn't it seemed no matter what, Kimber couldn't get it to work 100%. With an internal extractor you could just replace it with a good one, shape the hook and tension it correctly and you are in business. I personally really like user serviceable products.

Though I do wonder if putting a Colt Hybrid mag in those troublesome externals would have corrected the problems? I love those mags.

February 27, 2009, 09:14 PM
My very first gun is a Kimber stainless II that has has been very sweet to shoot. With the Hogue grips and the nightsights, I'm enjoying the hell out of it. About 800 rounds so far.

The fit and finish are first rate for a gun in this price range.

February 27, 2009, 09:28 PM
Another happy Kimber owner here (Stainless II). It will feed anything and could care less what kind of magazine it is feeding from. The only malfunction was when one of my daughters limp wristed it and it stove piped. I tried like heck to recreate the malfunction, for fun, but couldn't get the darn thing to malfunction again regardless how much it flopped around in my hand. :)

Wesson Smith
February 27, 2009, 09:34 PM
I have two of 'em and love 'em both. And it does seem to be
true that they improve with age/number of rounds. Both of
mine really 'smoothed out' after the initial 4-500 rounds.

February 27, 2009, 10:00 PM
One very happy Kimber owner. My superb Classic Custom.

February 28, 2009, 09:06 AM
Nice looking gun. There is just something about the 1911 shape that seems so classic, so appropriate for self defense. I see them on the hip of a number of police officers in the area where I live. Yes, they carry them cocked and locked.

Thanks for the feedback. I will be checking them out at a local shop soon. Can't wait to get my hands on one.

February 28, 2009, 09:55 AM
I would not buy another Kimber. I have owned 4 or 5 over the years and none were 100 % reliable. I am either very unlucky, or Kimber has a major QC problem. In addition, their customer service is the worst of any company I know. They cannot fix their own product.

I would rather defend myself with a board with nail in the end of it than with a Kimber.

If you want a 1911 that works, get a S&W or Colt.

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