Possible Kimber purchase - advice needed!


December 24, 2003, 05:50 PM
Hi guys. It is possible that I am going to do some trading and might end up with a brand new Kimber Target Stainless II. In 9mm. I really WANT it in 9mm, because I already got plenty of 1911 45s.
Does anybody here have one? If so, what are the experiences? Good gun? I handled it today and just from looking at it, I must say I was impressed with the general quality and finish, but of course I haven't fired it. I have plenty experience with 1911s ( Colt, Para, Springfield, Llama, Norinco) but I never had a Kimber. Is there a reason I should not buy it?


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December 25, 2003, 10:37 AM

December 25, 2003, 10:55 AM

I have a Kimber Stainless Target II in 9mm (also have the same pistol in .38 Super, 10mm and .45).

Mine's been a good solid performer.

Good luck.

December 25, 2003, 11:27 AM
Hopefully your gun will work well from the start, if it doesn't send it to a gunsmith to get it working, and not back to Kimber, because their customer service really really really really is BAAAAD.

December 25, 2003, 12:13 PM
9x19, what kinds of magazines do you use? I know that the Kimber comes with only 1 magazine. Will the standard Colt 9mm Mags and clones fit?

December 25, 2003, 11:24 PM
I have a kimber that has digested over 10,000 rounds in the last 4-5 years and has never jammed except for the time I tryed to feed it some bad handloads.

December 25, 2003, 11:35 PM

The kimber supplied mag is identical to a MetalForm mag. I have used those, plus Colt factory 9mm mags, and Pachmayr stainless mags (followers needed to be tweaked) without problems, and even Wilson .38 Super mags feed in mine.

December 25, 2003, 11:43 PM
My Kimber Tac. Custom II (in .45) came with a mag nearly identical to a McCormick. Bought in November '02.

December 26, 2003, 10:25 AM
I was just browsing around on gunbroker.com and found this:

Kimber 9mm (http://www.gunbroker.com/auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=14665619)

In the description it says that this is a Limited Edition of only 500 made. Is this true? I am almost sure that this is exactly the same model that I looked at. Didn't know they made only 500.

December 26, 2003, 11:17 AM
FWIW, I just sold my 2 1911 Para 9mm's (SA and DA). After handloading the .45, I saw no real need for 2 9's on a 1911 platform. Sure I got the big mags that hold 21 rounds of 9mm. Other than that I see no real purpose for the 9 in a full sized 1911. That said, the guys I sold the 9's to are going to use it for CCW carry.

I figure can handload the .45 for cheap and get the performance I want from super light to super hot. I am however considering a compact 9mm, but if I was you, I wouldn't do it. But I'm not you, so if it is something you will shoot a lot or you don't reload - so 9's are cheap - I'd consider it.

That probably didn't help you a lot!:D

December 26, 2003, 11:25 AM
I do reload, mainly for revolvers but also 45 ACP. I thought it would be nice to shoot a 1911 and not have to chase my brass once in a while.

December 26, 2003, 12:02 PM
I hear you about chasing brass.

Exactly why I was considering picking up the Kimber Rimfire. So I guess I see your point about the 9. If you get it, let us know how it shoots!

December 26, 2003, 12:03 PM
This seems obvious to me, but I haven't seen it mentioned. If you're so used to the 1911 format, why not step down in size to the "same" gun in 9mm, and go with a Browning HP? As someone else said, a full-sized 1911 in 9mm seems unnecessary and impractical (for CCW). While the Kimber may be a nice gun, if it is acknowledged that the product has a failure rate (of any significant percentage), I'd suggest BHP. I've never experienced, heard of, nor read of an FTF, FTE, or FTRB in a new BHP. Their prices are at least competitive with Kimbers.

In my opinion there is one reason to steer clear of a Kimber 9mm purchase/trade. I doubt very much if the Kimber 9 will hold it's resale value as well as a Kimber 45, and comparatively, a BHP should hold its' value better also. They both have a much smaller market of course, than the 1911 45acp's.

December 27, 2003, 10:23 AM
[quote]...why not ... the "same" gun in 9mm... a Browning HP?[/quuote]

Well, as much as a BHP might be a nice gun... it is certainly NOT the same as a 1911.

Why not enjoy different calibers on the same platform?

Man cannot live by .45ACP alone. :D

December 27, 2003, 11:51 AM
I did buy it yesterday. Immediately changed the grips when I came home.




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