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    Field stripping new kimber...

    I just finished field stripping and cleaning my new Kimber for the first time. I can't believe how dirty it was... You would think after taking a quick look that 500 rds had been put through it. I've only put about 75 rounds through it. Anyway, when putting it back together I had a hell of a time... The slide actually locked up and it took me forever to get it to move into place so I could put the release arm back through it...I think it had something to do with holding the grip safety while trying to rack the slide back...Anyone else experience this..?

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    That shouldn't matter. It just takes time to get the hang of it. After you've had 1911s a while, U get pretty adapt and doing the reassembly thing.

    As for the dirt, it all depends on the ammo U use. WWB is VERY dirty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck
    That shouldn't matter. It just takes time to get the hang of it. After you've had 1911s a while, U get pretty adapt and doing the reassembly thing.

    As for the dirt, it all depends on the ammo U use. WWB is VERY dirty.
    That's what I thought... I was starting get a little worried after about 15 min. of trying to get the slide "unlocked". Took many deep breaths...

    Anyway, I used American Federal 230gr ammo. I bought a 50rd box of Magtech 230gr today that I'm going to try out. I picked up a box WWB last week, but haven't used it and I most likely will not use it. I may just give it away to someone or something.

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    Be careful!!!! If your kimber is a series II it has the swartz grip activated firing pin safety and forcing the slide while gripping the safety can shear the lever pin and jam the slide or make the gun useless because it wont release the firing pin to travel to the primer.NEVER force the slide off or onto the rails while gripping the safety :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooter
    Be careful!!!! If your kimber is a series II it has the swartz grip activated firing pin safety and forcing the slide while gripping the safety can shear the lever pin and jam the slide or make the gun useless because it wont release the firing pin to travel to the primer.NEVER force the slide off or onto the rails while gripping the safety :-D
    That's it then... I didn't force it... Just took my hand off the grip and jiggled the slide back and forth alittle and it continued on it's way.

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    It also has no return spring so sometimes (after a lot of shooting) it gets dirty inside and can kinda stick up.I just flip the grip safety a couple of times and it usally falls out of the way :wink:

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