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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by tcsnake, Feb 13, 2012.

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  1. Coop45

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    Mine is a stainless series 1 and my wife knows how I feel about it. LOL!
     
  2. J.R.W.

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    My Tactical Pro II has been flawless. I bought it used in '08 and stopped counting after 7k rounds. The slide to frame fit has loosened a bit but the reliability has not. I bought a Springfield Loaded Champion to replace it a couple years back but ended up selling the SA because I couldn't shoot it as well. I can't comment on the customer service as I've never needed it.
     
  3. orionengnr

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    Well, I (we) have had eight so far (I'm a serial owner--can't afford to own them all...at least, not at the same time). The oldest ones were a pre-Series II Stainless LE and a pre-Series II Ultra CDP (one of the very few guns I actually regret selling).

    We currently own two, a well-worn, well-used Ecllipse Pro II and the wife's Ultra CDP II. Just like the six before them, they work perfectly. I wouldn't keep buying them if they didn't. I would trust any of them with my life. As a matter of fact, I do...daily. :)
     
  4. RoboDuck

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    My Royal II and CDP have both ran flawless. I have over 3500 rounds through the Royal .

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  5. Vern Humphrey

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    Same here. I've put literally tens of thousands of handloads through mine since I got it around '95.
     
  6. Blue68f100

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    I have a SS Ultra Carry II TLE w/CT that has been flawless from day one. Has a very nice 4.25# trigger. Have put almost 3k rounds through it in 1 1/2 years. Very accurate gun.
     
  7. 76shuvlinoff

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    My nightstand guardian Raptor II, never a hiccup. I also have the Kimber .22 conversion for it that is simply a ball punching paper, tin cans or thinning the over abundant bunny population around here.

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  8. mljdeckard

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    My Custom II is the best handgun I have ever owned. I would carry it to war tomorrow. I might be buried with it. I don't dare say it has NEVER malfunctioned, but it's been so long I can't remember when or how. Several of my close friends and family members bought them and have never had a serious problem. My best friend's wife shot his, and immediately demanded that he get her a stainless one. (Which he did.) My dad bought a Springfield Mil-Spec, because he wanted to go cheap, and was upset when I pointed out to him that by the time he cut a dovetail for better sights and had it reblued, and got better magazines, he would be in Kimber price range anyway. He wished he had bought the Kimber.

    I also have a Para I bought as a commemorative for my deployment, and I'm still tweaking it to make it run right.
     
  9. nortncom

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    I too love my Kimber. This gun has been flawless in operation since I acquired it two years ago as a Christmas present. It is a series 1 Gold Combat. Here are some pictures.

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  10. Rinspeed

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    Both my Kimbers are very accurate and 100% reliable, they were both made in the 90's.



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  11. Rittmeister

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    I have a Classic Custom bought in 2001. Not a Clackamas gun, I think it's got a Yonkers stamp on it.

    It's my favorite gun. I've had a few other 1911s and sold them all but kept this one. I use it with McCormick mags and have basically had no issues. It doesn't jam and it's more accurate than I am...
     
  12. AZGlock13

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    I really like my two Kimbers. They are keepers for sure.


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  13. TheFineLine

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    First post here! Many more to come.

    I bought a Kimber Ultra Carry II stainless in '07. It was my first firearm. It had a FTF about once every other magazine. I read that they had a break-in period of 500rds so I bought 3 other mags (wilson, colt, kimber) and 500 rounds of various ammo and had a day at the range. The failures stopped at about the 400th round. I've put 4,000+ more rounds through it since then and it has performed flawlessly. I just did my CHL renewal and had a perfect score with it. I'm as accurate with it as I am with 5 inch barrels. I got the gun bug and after getting a Springfield XDM 45, a Glock 40, a S&W629, LCP, Rossi 68, Kahr 45, and a Bersa 380, the Kimber is still my favorite handgun. The XDM a close second, followed by the 629, and the LCP sees alot of use since it's so light but the Kimber, well, she was my first!

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  14. SwampWolf

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    Firstly, welcome to The High Road, TheFineLine! I'm sure you'll learn a lot and I'm looking forward to your inputs.
    In using the various magazines in your Kimber, have you found some brands to be more reliable than others? If so, which are your favorites?
     
  15. Ankeny

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    Had an early Gold Match. Had failure to go into battery issues. Sent it back to Kimber twice. The second time around they checkered the front strap for free as an apology. But, it still had feed problems. I sent the gun to the late Brian Bilby. Turned out the chamber was a bit out of spec and eccentric to the bore. He chucked it up and cleaned up the chamber.

    Second Kimber was a CDP Pro Carry II. Not a problem what-so-ever. Great gun.

    Third Kimber was a Pro Ageis. Gun ran great. Another good gun, or so I thought. Then hammer/sear issues reared their ugly head.

    There will not be a Kimber number four.
     
  16. TheFineLine

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    Well thank you Sir! I've really come to love shooting sports over the last few years. I've learned alot from surfing the online forums. I came across a guy mentioning TheHighRoad over on akfiles and how he would get better technical advice here. So I checked it out and signed up!!

    In contrast to what I've read about them the Kimber mags I have have worked just fine. The Wilson's haven't given me any problems, but I don't particularly like the extension on the bottom. The others are all flat but Wilson has that 1/4 inch piece sticking out past the bottom. For a carry gun I don't want anything sticking out that doesn't have to be there. The colt mag is terrible. The spring is way too strong and the slide has failed to push the round out of the mag a bunch. I ran 100 rounds thru it, and then left it loaded for 2 years, tried it again and same problem, so it just sits there now as a just in case mag. So I usually have a Kimber mag loaded with a Kimber and a wiison as a backup..
     
  17. 340PD

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    Ultra CDP II for a number of years. Never a problem. That 3" Kimber shoots right with my Ed Brown Cobra Karry. I even bought a replacement/backup recoil spring assembly and haven't needed it yet.

    One thing I did do, is replace all the mag followers with Wilson rounded ones. The early Kimber ones had steel followers that tended to chip the alloy frame of the gun. Rounded ones solved that issue. A low cost fix from Wilson Combat.

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  18. otasan56

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    I have NEVER heard a bad word about Kimber autopistols, and I have been shooting combat pistols since 1974. I have seen many things come and go, but the Kimbers stay near the top of my list.
     
  19. MrBill120

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    Is there a big carry difference between a 5" vs a 4" barrel?

    What about between the 4" and a 3"???
     
  20. Vern Humphrey

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    I've carried a full-size M1911 for many years, and never found the longer slide to be a disadvantage when carrying.
     
  21. The M

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    For me when I ride my motorcycle the longer guns poke into my seat, whereas the short model is perfect. I thought I would see an accuracy difference with the short sight radius, but nope it's still awesome.
     
  22. SwampWolf

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    Have you read this thread? Do a "search" on Kimber pistols if you want to hear about the good-and the bad. I have never owned one and have no position either way and though I've heard mostly good words regarding Kimber pistols, I have also heard plenty of bad words about them.
     
  23. BigWoolyBanjo

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    I have a Stainless Target II in 10mm. If I shoot anything besides American Eagle FMJ or HydraShoks, it will lock the slide back mid-magazine at least once in a 50 round box.

    Any ideas? I've got about 600 rounds in it so far. I hate to have to send it back to Kimber and be without it, but a brand new $1000+ gun should run flawlessly with most factory ammo, right?

    I love the gun, and was hoping this problem would work itself out after the 4-500 round break in period but it has not.
     
  24. Vern Humphrey

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    That sounds like a magazine problem -- does it do it with magazines from different manufacturers?
     
  25. BigWoolyBanjo

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    I've only used 2 Kimber mags, no other brands. I'll have see if anyone else makes one for this 10mm and try that. Thanks
     
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