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Poll for current and previous KIMBER owners only: Would you buy another Kimber?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Balrog, Feb 6, 2010.

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Current or previous Kimber owners only: Would you buy another Kimber 1911?

  1. YES

    163 vote(s)
    60.6%
  2. NO

    106 vote(s)
    39.4%
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  1. Balrog

    Balrog Member

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    Poll for current and previous KIMBER owners only: Would you buy another Kimber?

    Please answer ONLY if you have only owned a Kimber.
     
  2. mljdeckard

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    Would and did.
     
  3. f4t9r

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    Wow !!! another thread about Kimber.
    I like them and mine is great & I would buy another , now let the bashing begin for the 9,987,985th time. My count may be off slightly.
     
  4. Zerodefect

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    No.

    I won't buy another Kimber or any 1911 until they:
    -regain a reputation for reliability
    -come with better Tripp Cobra style mags
    -complete Melonite over stainless finish on everything. A $600 Glock deosn't rust, why deos a $1000-3000 1911???
    - no MIM
    -use a metal Mainspring housing
    -improve CS

    I like my custom CDPII 5", but it's obsolete.
     
  5. Balrog

    Balrog Member

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    Its a very simple poll. It does not ask a leading question, just a simple yes or no on whether or not people who have owned Kimbers would buy another. Why do you think it is bashing?
     
  6. f4t9r

    f4t9r Member

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    I think that is what it will become. Just like many other threads about Kimber.
    I understand the question and answered. I am just making a prediction. Many simple threads turn into something else.
    I will make another for you: Saints find a way to win !!
    (not that I care all that much)
     
  7. Balrog

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    Maybe it will become a bashing thread, no way to tell. But I think the poll answer will tell us whether the bashing is deserved or not.
     
  8. wally

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    I think the price has gone up way too much. Can't see myself ever buying another at current prices.

    --wally.
     
  9. WoofersInc

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    I have several of them and would buy more. I keep looking at the Grand Raptor.
     
  10. RH45

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    Even though I voted no, that was referring to buying a NEW Kimber. If I ran across an older one, at the right price, I might.
     
  11. forindooruseonly

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    No. Not for the same reasons as anyone else, though. I've had three, a Royal II, I think was the name, one of their high cap ones and the 22 version. I didn't like the polymer frame on the high cap, the 22 was way too light, making it feel totally different from a .45 1911, and I hated the horrible finish on the Royal one.

    All three functioned great, though, and the .45s were accurate out of the box with good triggers.

    I guess my gripe is mainly about the finish on the Kimbers. I just absolutely did not like the blue they use on their guns, I also dislike front serrations and so on and so forth. So in the end I don't hate or bash Kimbers, I recommend them regularly to friends who don't have the same hang ups as I do. I just wont buy another.
     
  12. Rexster

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    No. I expect a gun to work, as issued by the factory. I don't want projects, that require me to remove defective parts, and replace them with parts that work. I am not going to re-type my post from the other thread running right now.
     
  13. 03Shadowbob

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    Hopefully a lot of people will stop buying them so they might become more affordable so I can buy more of them. Mine has been 100%
     
  14. Balrog

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    It would appear that less than 50% of Kimber owners would agree with you, shadowbob.
     
  15. Eightball

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    Mine's been flawless, but then again I'm running a 5" version. The 4" and 3" have been known to have reliability issues (which don't seem to come up as often for Commanders with a bushing, rather than a bull barrel, oddly enough). Their finishes vary wildly from item to item, and some seem chintzy, some seem alright. They pack a ton of features and performance into one for the price. While I would have no problem buying another one, I'm not "brand loyal," and have very specific applications and roles to fill for each additional firearm I buy; if a Kimber fills my next 1911 need, then a Kimber it'll be, and if it's not, no big deal.

    To each their own, but mine's been great.
     
  16. txgolfer45

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    While i would buy another Kimber, there are others that are on my wish list ahead of another Kimber.

    Wish list includes

    Wilson Combat CQB
    Ed Brown Special Forces
    Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special
    Springfield Professional
     
  17. StorkPatrol

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    Good poll, man. It's looking real close to 50-50. I'm interested to see how this will play out.

    I voted No. Mine never was reliable even after a trip back to Kimber and a visit to a third-party 1911 smith.

    --Stork
     
  18. rklessdriver

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    My TAC Pro II took 3 trips back to their service dept and still FTE at least once per mag.... I'm thinking no.
    Will
     
  19. Zerodefect

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    50/50 is really bad though. Don't belive me, start a "would you but another Glock" poll.
     
  20. Ridgerunner665

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    I voted NO!

    I've had 4, all were junk.
     
  21. StorkPatrol

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    Sheesh...I'm not even a Glock guy, and I know it would have 90+% YES replies.
    --Stork
     
  22. silversport

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    if it were as reliable and well built as my 2002 Custom II, yes...
    Bill
     
  23. HorseSoldier

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    I've owned two Kimbers along the way -- Warrior and a Tac Pro -- and both worked fine. Zero drama, good reliability, nothing to complain about. Both mine pre-date some of the latest criticisms of Kimber like Hilton Yam's no-go'ing them on the 10-8 forum, so thing may have changed for the worse, but I'd give another Kimber a shot if I were in the market for a new production 1911.
     
  24. JellyJar

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    I had one of their compact 1911s in 40 S&W. I believe it was a CDPII. The mags were crap and there were no after market mags available.

    The follower would jump around the slide stop because it had so much room in the mag. Also the bases were welded shut so you could not change out the follower even if you could find any.

    Could not get my money back.
     
  25. StrikeFire83

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    NOPE.

    Kimber Custom II bought in 2005 was a $650 piece of junk. Bought the thing because I had a hankering for a 1911 and a 45. All i wanted the thing to do was put FMJ ball ammo downrange reliably. Two trips to Kimber later, paid shipping on the 1st one, and the thing still wasn't reliable.

    Disclosed the problem and sold the gun at a pretty big loss. Put me off Kimber forever, and 1911 for the time being.
     
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