1911 Buyer's Reference Guide - Revised 2009-12-26(Long) - Page 2

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    1. #21
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      For the record, I am one of those Kimber owners who would NOT buy another one. My Kimber Gold Match II jammed constantly when trying to chamber the last or next to last round from every clip. The gun is just over one year old but has had approximately 300 rounds fired through it (all Federal and Remington, no reloads). Long story short I brought down and took it to a well known gunsmith in my are (LA) and had the following work done:
      COLT 1911: LEVEL ONE *** RELIABILITY PACKAGE *** $195
      INCLUDES: THROAT & POLISH THE BARREL AND FEED RAMP TO ENSURE FEEDING RELIABILITY, FIT & POLISH THE EXTRACTOR (RECUT HOOK - ADJUST TENSION - BEVEL & POLISH FACE TO HELP PREVENT BREAKAGE), A CUSTOM EXTENDED AND ANGLED EJECTOR, MILLING THE EJECTION PORT LOWER TO ALLOW SPENT CASES TO EXIT UNRESTRICTED, SMOOTH BREECH FACE, AND CHECK ALL FUNCTIONING RELIABILITY.
      POLISH ALL 7 ANGLES VEIWED THROUGH EJECTION PORT—SMOOTHES SLIDE FUNCTION $25
      Gun shoots okay now but I find it INCREDIBLE that a gun the price of a Kimber Gold Match could leave the factory jamming. My buddy has a Kimber TLE that also jammed but he had work donw and it okay now. I am in the process of selling ym Gold Match and going back to a SIG. I think Kimber is a victim of their own success and are just selling guns faster than they can build them reliably.

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      I've gotten a lot of positive feedback on this series, both here and elsewhere so I went ahead and made some needed updates. Enjoy.

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      ...carried a Combat Commander for 7 years, and NEVER knew this much about the 1911...appreciate the effort to help us oldies and the newbies!!!

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      Thank you, this was very informative for me. Since I'm a newbie to 1911's this helped a lot.

      Went to range last Monday and after shooting at their range downstairs, my friend wanted to go upstairs and he purchased a SA 1911A 5" with adjustable trigger ($900) .45 . We were shooting my XDm 9mm and I rented a 22/45 and MKIII Hunter to test out.

      His SA shot so well and felt so balanced, now I want one (in 9mm). I always thought that the 1911's grips were too big (why I got XDm for interchangeable back-straps and sold my Glock). Never shot one before even though have owned handguns for 9 years

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      VAMarine, thank you. You've been giving me a lot of information in my "first gun" thread, so thank you for this and the help!

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      I carried a standard military issue 1911 from time to time when I was in the Navy In the late 60's. I enjoyed this weapon very much. I wish I could find one of those today. Nothing fancy just an old 1911. ftd

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