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Dent in bearing surface of slide on Kimber 1911. Should I be concerned?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by brekneb, Feb 12, 2011.

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  1. brekneb

    brekneb Member

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    Here is a picture of a dent/tooling mark in the slide of this Kimber Warrior II. It's definitely a dent, not a burr. The mark is concave, not convex. :) If you drag your fingernail across the slide, it will catch in this dent/mark.

    I purchased this only two days ago. I have not fired it yet and this was not put there by me. You can clearly see the mark is underneath the finish. The mark is on the right side/ejection port side, just forward of the slide serrations by about 1/4"



    Should I or would you be concerned about this? Or would you just forget about it and just shoot the snot out of it?

    I do not care if it's only a cosmetic issue, I'm only concerned over whether there might be any problems that will arise later on down the line. (Excessive or unusual wear, reliability issues, etc.)


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  2. DasFriek

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    Id say its a flaw, But one that wont hurt anything. Its just purely cosmetic.
    As long as steel is flat around it then id say it will affect nothing.
    Of course i wouldn't want it their myself, Id know it wont hurt anything and the only one who will ever see it will be your when cleaning it.
     
  3. xr1200

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    Thats a simple manufacturing mark, most pistols are full of them in places you normally don't look. Nothing is wrong with the gun, if you took it to a gun smith and asked them if it was a dent or flaw, they would laugh at you.
     
  4. Mad Magyar

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    When you pay top-dollar, you don't expect or want this....Regardless of what we say on the forum, evidently it bothers you. I'd take it back for another one...
     
  5. xr1200

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    Like I said the factory,dealer or any smith will laugh at you if you try and send it back for replacement, most pistols even high end guns will have any where from 3-10 such marks on them, you would only see most of them if the gun was stripped of its finish, like bead blasting, note blueing and painted finishes hide a lot tooling and assembly marks
     
  6. The Real Wyatt

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    That Gun is Dangerous!

    Absolutely, you need to be concerned. Send that gun to me and I'll see to it that it gets ground into little pieces before it seriously hurts someone.

    PM me for my FFL address and I'll take care of it.
     
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    That flaw does not represent any form of latent defect that will cause issues later. If you try to get Kimber to replace the slide, they will probably not do so - that sort of mark is simply not a functional issue that they will likely cover under warranty.
     
  8. JDGray

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    Kimbers are hardly top dollar.:cool:
     
  9. brekneb

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    Yep, it's smooth/flat around the edges. And yes it's difficult to notice, so you are indeed correct that mostly it'll only ever be seen when the gun is taken down. It is possible to see the mark however with the gun fully assembled but even so, it's not easy to see it.

    And since you're saying it's purely cosmetic then that is perfectly fine with me. My only concern was with function. :)




    I actually kind of prefer the imperfection, gives it some character... I am glad the question is a laughable one, that is a relief to me. I'm not much of an expert on firearms so I figured this question had the potential to seem silly to a lot of people. But I thought it would be better to play it on the safe side and ask about it.


    My only concern came out of the fear that it might perhaps be something that would cause problems with function. And since everyone (you included) indicate that this is not something that would cause an issue function wise, and that it's purely a matter of aesthetics, I do not mind it at all.


    Thanks! That puts a smile on my face. I am relieved to hear I was concerned over nothing.


    That is good news to my ears!..... Or, erm, my eyes..... I suppose would be the more accurate way to put it. :D


    I bought this gun as a shooter/high use-age range gun. $1,200 is the most I ever want to spend for a handgun. I don't even like paying that much for a rifle! :)






    THANKS EVERYBODY! I can't tell you how much I appreciate that everyone is always so willing to lend some advice!

    I will go ahead and start sending rounds (many rounds) downrange with it soon.
     
  10. JDGray

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    I hear you!

    Kimbers and most 1911s aren't cheap, but they aren't Wilsons, Les Baers, or Nighthawks;)

    You'll get good service out of your Kimber, Enjoy!!:)
     
  11. 340PD

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    No problem at all. Enjoy your new firearm.
     
  12. gym

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    As mentioned by several members, it's nothing to be concerned with, enjoy your gun.
     
  13. HKGuns

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    Ignore it.
     
  14. Mad Magyar

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    When that slide hole (lousy casting) starts to get bigger as time goes on...keep us posted....If you want to know why---I'll let my Metal Shop 101 & 102 background tell you why...Until then, good shooting.....:)
     
  15. brekneb

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    Well sure, let me know what you're thinking?

     
  16. QUICK_DRAW_McGRAW

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    welcome to owner a Kimber
     
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