Experiences with Kimber Custom II?


February 11, 2003, 02:27 PM
I'm thinking of getting a 1911 style .45. A friend recommends Kimber. Any experiences with the Custom II?


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February 11, 2003, 02:32 PM
Kimber's basic full-size pistol. Probably the best value available for the upgrades and workmanship that come stock. It's also available in stainless and/or with night sights. Folks have spent more cash to upgrade the pistols they already own than you will spend on the whole thing, and you're getting a fine weapon! Check over on 1911forum.com for a ton of info!

February 11, 2003, 03:05 PM
I bought one a few weeks ago and couldn't be happier. I've put close to 600 rounds through it so far, all but 50 were reloads and it's digested everything I've fed it.
Nice crisp trigger, tight groups at 30'. Haven't tried hard at groups beyond that distance yet.

February 11, 2003, 03:07 PM
One of the ranges I frequent has had a Custom I & now a Custom II as range guns. Both seem fine & assuming they don't get treated any differently than any other range gun, they're pretty tough. I've had occassion to rent the II and it was a smooth accurate shooter.

February 11, 2003, 03:26 PM
IMHO, the best value in a full size 1911 on the market. And, based on my own experience only, their customer service puts Springfield to shame.

You won't be sorry if you get one.

February 11, 2003, 03:28 PM
There's a reason so many folks are switching to Kimber!!!

February 11, 2003, 03:30 PM
I agree with the others. Get one and you won't regret it. The only thing that I've noted from the 1911 forum is that some people have had problems with Kimber's adjustable sights.

February 11, 2003, 04:17 PM
Wow, I can't believe someone hasn't chimed in w/the usual series II safety bashing?

I own a Kimber Stainless Target II and it has been flawless in 700ish rnds. I would definately buy Kimber again and don't care whether it is series I or II. Very good quality gun.

FWIW my friend and I tried to grip the gun as weakly as we could to disengage the safety just enough to drop the hammer but not release the safety. The click no bang thing that was buzzing around for awhile on the internet about series II's. Not only were we NEVER able to acheive this we found that it took a more pronounced grip to disengage the beavertail safety on my buds Charles Daily than the Kimber II. The Kimber would disengage the beavertail w/a relatively light grip.

Now go get yourself one!!

February 11, 2003, 04:26 PM
I have the basic black Custom fixed sight model. Had it about a year, bought it just after they came out with series II safety thing.

It's a good deal if you want a gun with some upgrades, but not custom. It also makes a great platform on which to build.

I've since relegated mine to range use only and have done the following to it. Added MMC elevation adjustable rear outline sight; MMC windage adjustable dot front sight; Wilson SS extended slide stop; Wilson flat SS MSH and Speed Chute Magwell; Pearce front finger grips; Sprinco recoil guide rod system.

Some might call this excessive, or maybe even unnecessary; but hey, I'ts mine and I like the way it shoots.

I only use ball ammo and CMC mags. If I do my part, it dosen't fail, and makes nice overlapping holes.


February 11, 2003, 05:02 PM
Keep those recommendations coming , I’m looking at a 1911 also and am considering the Kimber Custom II .

February 11, 2003, 06:08 PM
I agree with the others. Get one and you won't regret it. The only thing that I've noted from the 1911 forum is that some people have had problems with Kimber's adjustable sights.

The windage screw on my Kimber (LPA) adjustable sight on my Stainless Target II broke with about 1200 rounds through it. I sent the slide to Kimber on a Monday, and on Wednesday night I was shooting the gun again with a new sight on it. This Kimber sight has lasted 10K rounds so far with no problems.

February 11, 2003, 06:22 PM
I bought a new Custom I Target in January. It is a pleasure to shoot.


February 11, 2003, 06:23 PM
I also have a basic black Kimber Custom, five-inch, fixed sights. The only thing I've done to mine is install a set of factory wooden grips that came off an Eclipse II. This is one fantastic pistol that just runs and runs and runs with whatever ammo I've fired through it. I will say that I've never even tried the factory mag that came with the pistol, I've been using only Wilson Combat 7- and 8-rounders.

I had perhaps three failures-to-go-completely-into-battery in the first couple of hundred rounds that I attribute to the brand-newness of the gun at the time...or even to my own "newness" with the gun! That was easily over 1,000 rounds ago. NO failures of any kind since then.

Now I want a Custom II to match up to it! :)

February 11, 2003, 06:27 PM
My Kimbers are Series I, some have adjustable sights, only problem I have is shooting them enough ;)

Gunsmith and some instructors have some Series II's , In particular some 4 " models ( whatever they're called) some are two toned, some are aluminm and steel. 1 k rds first day out of the box -ok a few need a drop of oil from 600 -700 rds, expected since literally out of the box.

Cleaned and smoothed the triggers to crisp 3.5 -4.0 # , I personally ran 500 rds the next day through my gunsmiths. Since that day he and another have NEVER cleaned them...drop of oil from time to time, and I personally have run a thousand through each of these as range guns... a drop of oil on slide...had to use crankcase oil once or twice...duh...none in range bag.

'course the ol Mil-Spec series 80 still ticking too...wonder if anyone cleaned the mud from the last time I used it? Hey I at least wiped the rain off...

Still Learning
February 11, 2003, 08:07 PM
I didn't think anything would ever get between my and my Kimber Compact I but I bought the Custom II 5 inch in a weak moment (preceded by saving for it) and just can't get enough of it. This coming weekend will see it digest its 2000th round and, barring a failure of some kind, it will mark 2000 rounds without a hiccup (I don't count the handload that somehow failed to get any gunpowder.)

My only changes to this handgun have been a set of double diamond checkered grips and Heinie straight eight night sights.

In my opinion this is the best value 1911 on the market.

Standing Wolf
February 11, 2003, 10:20 PM
My Kimber is everything my Colt model 1911s weren't: reliable, accurate, well finished, and accurate.

February 12, 2003, 09:19 PM
My Kimber Custom Classic II has always been reliable and accurate. I've had over 2k rounds through it. My only complaint is that .45 is kinda expensive to shoot on a regular basis. It is a big gun, and a heavy gun. I prefer my Sig 228 for Self defense, but the Kimber is a great "Fun Gun" for me. Try it out, if it fits your hand, go for it

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