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Looked at a Kimber today

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by stans, Jun 22, 2004.

  1. stans

    stans Senior Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    central Virginia
    So today I stopped by the local sporting goods and pawn shop. There has been a used Kimber 1911-A1 in the case for a while, so today I decided to have a look. The clerk said the story behind this gun was that it spent a lot of time under the seat of a car. Well, it looked it! The clerk also said it looks great compared to how it looked when it came into the shop.

    The pistol in question is a Kimber, series I, Custom Target, blued. Why someone would buy a Custom Target and stick it under a car seat is beyond me. Anyway, the slide has turned a nice plum color, the receiver is still black. Nearly all of the edges have to finish worn off and some nicks are apparent around the front of the slide. There are some scratches on the flat surfaces of the gun. A number of small surface rust spots on the out side. The barrel locks up tight, but there is a little fore and aft play between the barrel and slide, but no vertical play or play at the muzzle. The barrel looks a little strange. The bore is mostly shiney, but there appear to be some dark spots. The side of the barrel shows what appears to be surface rust, it was a little rough feeling and the muzzle has nicks and rust. The stocks are not original and contain a small laser.

    Well, the gun looks rough, but the chamber and feed ramps are pristine. The price? A mere $600.00. I asked if this was a consignment gun and the clerk said "no". The shop bought this gun and they want $600. I said it was in rough shape and not worth $600 to me. The clerk promptly put the gun back in the case. I dunno, but the local shop just seems to be out to lunch on some guns. They occasionally have a good deal, like the S&W 439 I got for $300 out the door and it was in about 98% condition. But other guns just seem rediculous. I am thinking this Kimber is more of a $450 gun, or am I mistaken?
  2. Rival

    Rival Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Wow. I have a full sized stainless Springfield Loaded with ambi safety in 99% condition. 99% because I shot it. There are no scratches on the gun and it is in like new condition. Even the box and manual are still with it. It is all stock, shoots right where you aim it, and has a nice trigger. The only reason that I wanted to sell it is so I could afford another gun... I was thinking about selling it through consignment - the salesman told me it would sell for no more than $400 (plus they would keep $100 for selling it), just because they have a brand new Springer Mil-Spec going for a little more than $450.

    I kept the 1911, and bought the Hi Power I wanted anyway. I think I would have regretted trading my 1911 in, so I am pretty happy that everything worked out the way it did. But it is funny to hear that someone wants $600 for Kimber in such a bad shape, when my practically brand new Springer was going for mere $400...
  3. Black Majik

    Black Majik Mentor

    Sep 13, 2003
    Orange County, California
    Wow! $600 for a slightly rusted, missing finish Series I Kimber.

    Though I cant say this surprises me all that much, but damn... to tell ya the honest truth I wouldn't even pay $450 for the gun in the condition you stated.

    A Series I Kimber is great, I love mine... but sometimes a gun in that condition is better off passed than bought.
  4. cerberus

    cerberus member

    Mar 29, 2004
    Kimber Country
    Keep looking

    I am sure with some hunting around you can find a really nice Kimber.
  5. Monkeyleg

    Monkeyleg Mentor

    Dec 25, 2002
    Decatur, AL
    If it even functions right, $400 to $450 is probably right. $650+ will get you a new one.

    Besides, if the previous owner did all that just with storage, what did he do with it otherwise? Use it as a hammer or pry bar?
  6. nemesis

    nemesis Active Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Texas, On The Border
    I recently purchased a new Kimber Classic Target II for $550 from a nationally known, reputable dealer. I know, it's a Mark II and it was "old stock" but it's a good gun and the price was fair.
  7. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Mentor

    May 29, 2003
    $600 for a gun in that shape!!

    And the store owners wonder why customers don't come back.
  8. Amish_Bill

    Amish_Bill Participating Member

    Nov 29, 2003
    atl ga
    Uh, who else missed the part where it had Crimson Trace laser grips? Don't those normally add a few hundred to the price of a gun?

    I'm not saying they make it a wonderfull deal, but they would at least make the price fair, wouldn't they?

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