Jamming Kimber


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biggunfan68
August 18, 2004, 11:32 PM
I have a Pro Carry HD II that until this week functioned perfectly. Now it hangs after almost every shot. It ejects fine but it's like the slide isnt going far enough back to chamber the next round. I can pull back on the slide and it feeds the next round OK but does it again about 85% of the time. I tried changing magazines but still the same problem. Maybe it just needs some lube on the rails or ? This is driving me crazy. Up until now it was one of my favorite guns to shoot. Any suggestions?

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Highland Ranger
August 18, 2004, 11:43 PM
How many rounds through it? COuld it be something silly like the spring?

(filling in until tuner gets here)

45 Fu
August 19, 2004, 12:15 AM
Sounds like the recoil spring to me.

Lennyjoe
August 19, 2004, 12:23 AM
When was the last time you changed springs?

Majic
August 19, 2004, 12:30 AM
If I remember correctly Kimber doesn't recommend a lot of mileage out of the recoil springs on their shorter barrel pistols.

1911Tuner
August 19, 2004, 07:52 AM
Studyin' on this one a little...:scrutiny:

I'm thinkin' that the tired recoil spring is related...but it's not the real problem. The gun ran fine until recently, and when the spring started to
lose some of its "oomph" the failure to go to battery started.

I'm thinkin' maybe a little stem bind that the fresh recoil spring was able to overcome early on. Try this test the next time it happens.

Take a small length of wood to the range. When the pistol hangs up...
use the stick to push backward on the barrel. If it's a stem bind, the
slide should go to battery. Push gradually instead of forcefully or quickly.
My bet is that just a tiny amount of push will do the trick.

If it doesn't go to battery smartly, you've got other problems, but none are
complicated. The gun ran fine before. If it's got an external extractor,
spray some WD40 on, under, around in the extractor area and see if it cures the problem. If it does, it needs a good cleanin'. An internal extractor should be removed and the channel cleaned.

The mag spring may be too tired or weak to help get the rim started under the extractor hook. Not likely...just a possibility. Take the magazine apart and clean it. LIGHTLY oil the spring with an oil-dampened rag.

The short pistols need oil to run unless they've been slickered up with the
slurry treatment. Clean the gun up and get some oil in the rails and on the barrel OD. A drop on the disconnector rail and on the link too. Put a drop
on top of the disconnect and let it trickle in. Anything to reduce resistance
to the slide.

Try these things and get back to us.

Standin' by...

cerberus
August 19, 2004, 11:44 AM
You mail your spring Assy. to Kimber and they install new springs then lock tight the Assy. All you pay is shipping oneway. I bet that solves the problem.:)

TarpleyG
August 19, 2004, 12:38 PM
Just get a new recoil spring from Brownell's. Wolff is the one I'd get. In fact, get a few. Replace every 800 rounds.

http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/ProductDetail.aspx?p=16569

Greg

Kruzr
August 19, 2004, 01:49 PM
You mail your spring Assy. to Kimber and they install new springs then lock tight the Assy. All you pay is shipping oneway. I bet that solves the problem.

That's for an Ultra, not a Pro. The Pro has a single 22# full diameter Officer's spring. Kimber recommends changing the Pro springs at 800 rounds. I usually change at about 1100 or so.

biggunfan68
August 19, 2004, 03:21 PM
Thanks a bunch guys. I'm going to try the wood thing that Tuner mentioned today along with a good clean and oil. Maybe it is the spring so if neither of those work then I'll buy a new wolf spring for it. May get one anyway just for general principle :)

biggunfan68
August 22, 2004, 02:12 AM
Once again you Tuner comes to the rescue. I took it apart cleaned the extractor and oiled the rails. It seems to be working fine now. One other thing was that the bushing for the guide rod had somehow gotten a burr on the edge next to the rod and seemed to be hanging a little on it. Some polishing and it's back to new again.

1911Tuner
August 22, 2004, 06:59 AM
Ahhh...Another satisfied customer!

It's usually somethin' simple...:cool:

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