Kimber 1911's


June 1, 2010, 07:03 PM
Curious because I don't see much on Kimber. Will confess haven't read through all threads, posts, etc. Anyone relate, because it is my new pride and joy and need tro discuss it or Kimber in general. Got Glocks, etc, but this 3" barrel compact called the "Aegis Ultra 11" is the most reliable gun I could think of for carry and fits the Milt Sparks Summer Special 2 well, Would have gooten a Veramax 2 3" barrel , but as you may know they can't keep up with demand so backordered from Milt. Never shot more accuractely. If this is what a 3" barrel on a Kimber can do, I eventually when I'm out of hock must buy a full size piece. I can understand noe why there are many in pro matches, not to say that many other guns can't compete they can. Thanks , Mike

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June 1, 2010, 07:24 PM
You'll find a lot of negative info on the Internet about Kimber, however that hasn't been my experience at all. I've got the 3", 4", and 5" lengths and they all function extremely well. The 3" shoots is very accurate and is extremely manageable to say the least. The 5" is a dream to shoot. Reliability on all three is excellent. You can check out the forum for more information. They have a Kimber section. Best of luck and enjoy.

June 1, 2010, 07:25 PM
Hey Mike,
I own 2 Kimbers-Ultra Carry II and a Pro Crimson Carry. These are two of the finest handguns I have ever owned. They were super accurate out of the box and have the smoothest trigger for a production gun.
I would not trade them for any other 45 on the market.
I have read many negative comments about Kimbers and problems forum members have had with them.
One negative about the Kimber is the cheap magazines that the gun is sold with. I did have some failure to feed with these magazines but once I ordered Wilson Combat Magazines, I have not had any FTF or FTE. They have functioned flawlessly.

June 1, 2010, 07:47 PM
I carry an Ultra Carry II, great little pistol! Enjoy yours, and welcome to THR!:)

June 1, 2010, 08:01 PM
Kimber's track record hasn't been perfect. But this Classic Custom is the standard of comparison for me. Nearly 14 years old, silky smooth, still tight, and can cut clover leaf groups @ 25 yards.

June 1, 2010, 08:12 PM
i have a 2 pro carry 1 .45 1 9mm love my .45 the only problem i had is that it didnt like the mag it came with. after switching mags it has been perfect. just bought the 9mm so i cant comment on it yet. it is verry accurate.

The Bushmaster
June 2, 2010, 09:30 AM
Out of three carry options my Kimber Ultra Crimson Carry II is my primary carry weapon...

June 2, 2010, 10:31 AM
I own a Warrior and a Pro Raptor, the Raptor is my carry gun most of the time and the Warrior is on my hip whenever I am in the woods hunting. Both are great guns and perfom flawlessly.

June 2, 2010, 10:37 AM
My only real complaint with Kimbers is that thier KimPro finish wears very quickly, but they shoot great and are pretty to look at.

Ala Dan
June 2, 2010, 01:01 PM
I currently own one Kimber, a 3" stainless Ultra Carry II .45 ACP; which is my
EDC piece. I've had it now, close too three years; and nairy a problem thus
far~! ;) :D

June 2, 2010, 01:22 PM
A new pro carry II was the first pistol i bought. A friend had an ultra carry II with night sights that was awesome to shoot. I had to have one! Unfortunately the pro carry II turned out to be a lemon that i had to sell at a show.

That was two years and 16 or so gun purchases ago and i havent had a kimber since. I have considered getting a Custom II Target... To me it is about the perfect balance of cost and utility in a gov sized 1911. Assuming its not a lemon ;)

June 2, 2010, 01:25 PM
The only problem I've had with my Kimber Custom II is getting it to eat American Eagle ammo. Otherwise, it has been flawless.

The missus is looking to buy her own soon, too.

June 2, 2010, 01:46 PM
My Kimber Ultra Crimson Carry II is a fine piece. It's a completely different animal than is my Colt MkIV Series 70 Govt. model... but, that's to be expected. The Kimber is my primary carry piece. I've also got a Colt MkIV Series 80 Officer's in stainless... I prefer the Kimber.

June 2, 2010, 02:36 PM
Kimber Pro CDP II with no issues regarding reliability. Close to 3000 rounds through it. From the cheap stuff to self defense. I even ran some hand loads that a friend gave me through it before discovering they were way too hot. I ran about 100 rounds of it through the kimber without issue, but the extractor and ejector on a para p12 I previously had broke after about 10 rounds of the "+p+holycow!" ammo.

I did have one user induced error. I fell while working out of the back of a truck. I landed against the curb. The entire weight of my body (180 or so then) landed on the ambi-safety and snapped it. I called Kimber and explained it, hoping to get a part number to order. Instead they sent me a brand new safety, completely free of charge despite explaining that it was my fault entirely.

I wouldn't hesitate to buy another Kimber. My friend has a plain jane Kimber Custom II. I think that is the most no frills model in their lineup. It works beautifully, too. For a sub $1000 1911 with many of features, my experience has been very positive. I paid under $900 for mine, but from what I've seen...the price has went way up for the exact same gun.

Buck Snort
June 2, 2010, 08:41 PM
My CDP II is in the shop right now having the R/H thumb safety lever bobbed so I can put CT Laser Grips on it. I've been really happy with it.

June 2, 2010, 09:17 PM
Very happy with this one. I need a new pic though.

June 2, 2010, 09:55 PM
My 5" Raptor II has been flawless.

June 2, 2010, 09:57 PM
My Custom II is the best handgun I have ever owned. Now all of my friends either have or want 1911s.

June 2, 2010, 10:32 PM
It helps to RTFM.... I didn't and had a few hiccups. I was then schooled on the 3" Kimber. Alls been well for a couple thousand rounds and is my EDC.

Top pic and it shows a little holster wear.

M2 Carbine
June 2, 2010, 10:46 PM
I have five.
I like the Compact Custom, my first Kimber, but I favor the shorter barrel Ultras.

Hk Dan
June 2, 2010, 11:00 PM
The external extracor models were hideous for reliability. Right now, for USPSA, S&W or Sig are ruling single stack in our area. Kimber is a no-no, built too tight.

Kimber in USPSA is the reason that I stopped carrying 1911s. If y'all haven't had problems, I have one pieve of advice: Don't sell it. You have the one gun, made from moon rock or some alien asteroid, in a long, sullied history of guns that don't perform flawlessly. If someone offers 100 grand,don't take it! <g>

Within USPSA circles, Kimber is a punchline. If your's hasn't jammed, you ain't pushin' it hard enough.


June 2, 2010, 11:12 PM
I have used my kimber 1911 for the last 13 or so years. The only problems I have had were related to my reloads. It loves wolf ammo and has eaten 10k or so of it. It has always been reliable except when I have done something wrong. People talk crap about Kimber but I dont know why. But if you have a first gen that you want to unload call me the check is in the mail

June 2, 2010, 11:20 PM
I have a Tactical Ultra Pro II with the dreaded external extractor, it's my primary carry piece, not a single issue since day one.
Also have a Raptor Ultra II as a back up carry.

My Kimbers have all performed well for me.

June 2, 2010, 11:33 PM
Just one for me a Gold Combat.

Perfect reliability, dead-on tack driving accurate, and a clean crisp trigger that breaks like a glass rod.

No complaints from me.

M2 Carbine
June 2, 2010, 11:43 PM
I have a Tactical Ultra Pro II with the dreaded external extractor, it's my primary carry piece, not a single issue since day one.
Same here, except mine isn't the Pro.

June 2, 2010, 11:45 PM
I'll give you my personal experience alone.

After doing much research before buying my first 1911. I did alot of reading on here as well as other forums. I read about reliability, ammo feeding problems, range reports, prices,etc....

At the time I was set on getting a Dan Wesson CBOB. Then DW discontinued that line and raised the prices,alot! I decided it wasn't worth it.

I read up on just about every sort of 1911 on the market. I saw threads griping about every 1911 I researched. I found that the number of kimbers made vs the number of problematic ones was not a big deal. There is no manufacturer of 1911's that every single purchaser is happy with. In fact, compare the number of 1911's DW makes ve the number kimber makes and you'll find that kimber's quality is better overall.

I decided on a pro carry 2. After several hundred rounds of wwb's I tried some winchester dpx's. I had two fail to feeds in 40rds. After going through all of those I fed it some more wwb's and bought two wilson 47d's. I swithced ammo to winchester rangers and gold dot, both 230gr +p. It feeds these reliably every time.

The kimber pro carry 2 is my carry gun and I plan on getting another kimber one day.

Now let's see em!

June 3, 2010, 02:15 AM
Strange, I'd stake my life on mine. If I wanted a cheap POS mass produced gun, I go and get a Glock (NOT) for competition.


June 3, 2010, 10:52 PM
I love mine!

June 4, 2010, 01:14 AM
i like the pro carry ss but all of the problems i've encountered with them have scared me off.....both on the internet and in real life from people i know. i've also shot a few problematic ones....just kind of cautious about spending money on them

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