New Kimber


April 26, 2011, 07:25 AM
All the bad post about kimber had me worried about my resent purchase of a ultra carry ll....but after my trip to the range yesterday im happy with it..... i put the first 100 rounds of 230gr ball though it without any problems at all....i dont know about thare CS but i think thay make one fine handgun.

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April 26, 2011, 07:37 AM
Congrats, I have had just about every model Kimber makes and onlt had 1 problem with one of them. When I bought my 2nd tac pro 9mm the feed ramp on the barrel had a big gouge out of it. I emailed Dennis at the Custom Shop, sent the pistol in, and he put a new barrel in it for me.
I have always heard of all the problems people have with their Kimbers, I have just been fortunate to not have any problems with any of mine. Good luck with your new 1911.

The Bushmaster
April 26, 2011, 09:41 AM
I carry a Kimber UCC II (.45 ACP). I trust it or I wouldn't carry it concealed.

April 26, 2011, 03:35 PM
Some people have had good luck with Kimbers others have not. If you get a good one you'll love it. If you get a bad one and can't get the damn thing repaired and working right after multiple trips to Kimber (my experience) you will be very p.o.'ed. The point is if you give +/- $1000.00 for a gun it should work. If not it should be repaired promptly. When it doesn't happen and you get hosed on trading it in it leaves you pretty upset. Both things happen. One of them shouldn't.

April 26, 2011, 03:53 PM
I've had nothing but good luck with my Tactical Pro II and I love it. And I just picked up an SIS Custom. I love the way they feel and shoot, plus they are a great looking gun! To each his/her own I always say. Same goes with any gun, I've had horrible luck with Bersa, won't ever own or shoot another one as long as I live, but there are people out there who swear by them. It all boils down to what you think, that's the only opinion that matters. Good luck with it!

April 26, 2011, 05:32 PM
My kimber needed a feed ramp polish and it's picky about hollowpoints but other than that it's great. I keep critical defense in it because gold dots and such are too flat and tend to nose dive causing FTF. Threw the CD in it and it hasn't jammed once.

April 26, 2011, 05:35 PM
I'm carrying my Kimber Ultra Crimson Carry II right now. When I first got it, it failed to eject a hollow point shell. So I fired about 200 round shells through it and, since then, it has cycled perfectly no matter what I put in it. Great gun.

April 27, 2011, 11:11 AM
I'm glad I bought an older model (2003) Kimber. Could be it had any possible problems already worked out. I haven't a clue. But I do know I have no plans to ever sell it. Picked it up for $500 at my local shop. A good buy imo. Everyone I personally know (only 4 people I admit) with Kimbers love them and have had only minor problems easily fixed. Mine doesn't like a couple of brands of HP's either...but eats Hornady's like candy. I will possibly buy another one when I can affort it. IF I get over my dream of owning a STI.

April 27, 2011, 01:21 PM
I've got a Kimber Pro Carry on my hip now. It's an awesome firearm.

April 27, 2011, 02:00 PM
Kimber makes good 1911s and I'll freely admit that even though my experience with them has been less than ideal. Of the three Kimbers I've had, all have had their little quirks. My Eclipse Target II just flat out wouldn't run consistently regardless of mags, ammo, springs, or technique adjustments. The Royal II had two issues, not reliably feeding JHP ammo and the push-rod on the Series II safety wasn't disengaging the firing pin block all the time, and then there's the Desert Warrior. It ran FMJ ammo 100% of the time and ran certain JHP ammo okay but not others...and I flat out didn't like the super slippery/difficult to grasp feel of the Kim Pro II finish which lacked front strap checkering to boot...not good.

April 27, 2011, 02:06 PM
You fell for it. You bought a pretty 1911 filled with parts made of compressed rust which are designed to fail. This will happen........sometime after the first 10,000 rounds or so. (In my experience.) Welcome to hell, kid. :)

April 28, 2011, 07:28 AM
I picked up an Pro CDP 2 last week and have not fired it yet. I hope it is not a lemon. My biggest question is why do they use a plastic mainspring cover and a plastic ambi safety on a $1200 pistol. And why can't the barrel be stainless..

I think it will be my first and last Kimber purchase.

April 28, 2011, 10:52 AM
I have a follow-up question. Have you ever heard of a plastic MSH breaking?

April 28, 2011, 11:31 AM
No, I have never heard of one breaking. Good Point I guess.

April 28, 2011, 12:24 PM
My biggest question is why do they use a plastic mainspring cover and a plastic ambi safety on a $1200 pistol.
What's this about a plastic ambi safety?

I think it will be my first and last Kimber purchase.
I'm curious: if you haven't fired it yet, why would you say that?


April 28, 2011, 03:08 PM
Don't worry about, what a lot of the kimber bashers say all the time. They were some feeding issues when kimber went with the external extractor, but that stopped after they went back to the internal extractor.

Just shoot the gun and don't worry about it. For the amount that you are going to shoot thru the gun per year you shouldn't have any problems.

There are some ppl that will shoot 2000 to 3000 rounds per year out of a 45 by that is really excessive and they experience some failures with their guns at the 3000 plus round count and the guns start needing parts replacement or adjustment.

Most military service pistols are only rated at a 10,000 round life expectancy, after which they are returned to the armorer for evaluation and service.

PPl will also claim that the MIN parts that are used are junk, they are wrong, if the parts are made right they will hold up just as long as forged or cast parts.

So if you shoot your kimber and only fire the normal rate of about 500 rounds a year thru it , then you will have no problems.

The key thing to do is to fire you gun enough to make sure that it will function reliably and get familar with it to shoot it accurately.

If you want to blast a lot of rounds thru a pistol a good 22lr target auto is that way to go ruger mark 3 or browning buckmark.

When I buy a new carry gun I will fire at least 100 -150 rounds thru it and if it functions at least 98-99% then I will consider it fine for defense and carry use.

I will then clean the gun and use it for ccw, clean every 30 days and try and fire at least 50-100 round per year thru it to make sure it is still functioning fine. firing at least one full click thru the gun each month, this will use up the old carry ammo and also verify the guns function.

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