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    Quote Originally Posted by Sledzep01 View Post
    This is a true statement for ALL Manufacturers.

    In the 6 months of intensive research I did before my first purchase what I learned is that
    (insert any name here) SUCK!
    Just ask around.
    I also heard
    (insert name here) are GREAT!
    Just ask around.

    My next pistol will be a Kimber Ultra (something) Unless I ever get to touch an EMP in person, then maybe there will be a competition. Sled

    That's a very true statement. Check around on gun boards and all you read is this brand or that brand is junk. I have three makes of 1911's Kimbers, S&W, and RIA's.
    Kimbers a Team Match II 8,000rds not one problem. A CDP II 3,500rds not one problem.
    S&W Government 10,000rds 2 FTF when bought. Commander 4,000rds no problems.
    RIA Compack. Needed mag springs and a recoil spring and it has about 2,000rds without any more problems.

    The biggest problem I find with a new 1911 is the extractor is not set right. Springs are the second weak spot as the RIA was proof of that. I hear all the time to never buy a external extractor. Well that's funny as it seems S&W and Sig can make them work OK.

    You bought a awful fine pistol there. Now learn a little about the 1911 platforum and enjoy your new gun. Forget what all these guys say. Good luck.

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    If you like the 1911 platform - Kimber is one of the best to own.

    My Kimber never had any problems.

    They are fine guns.


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    Cool

    Have had my Kimber now for 8 months, Not one problem at all. Great gun. Like it so much I Got the rig below for her recently. Holster can be worn inside or out as you can see from the loops on the backside. Black Sharkskin on outside, with Silver Caimon Gator Trim.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Josser View Post
    Have had my Kimber now for 8 months, Not one problem at all. Great gun. Like it so much I Got the rig below for her recently. Holster can be worn inside or out as you can see from the loops on the backside. Black Sharkskin on outside, with Silver Caimon Gator Trim.



    Now that's a top notch carry outfit. Nothing like having function and furry in the same package. About like driving a Ferrari down the road.

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    Kimbers

    My old SS Classic Target Needed no break in when she was new. The only FTF issues are all from a CM Shooting Star mag. With Wilson's she's been running 100%. Don' know about other Kimbers/1911s as I stopped looking when I got this 'un

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    If you want the utmost realiability, stay with the 5" Kimber. John Browning designed the 1911 around that length, and when you reduce barrel length, reliability suffers.
    My pre-series 2 full size Kimber has about 60,000 rnds thru it with exactly zero malfunctions of any kind.
    At the firearms Academy training center here in oregon the Kimbers have proven much more reliable then even the very expensive Les Baer's, Wilson's, and Ed Brown's, as these finely built guns are just too tight for proper function all the time. My business partner is a senior instructor at the Academy, and see's all the issue's with these guns. He shoots a full size Kimber.
    The Swartz style safeties are the only issue I see in these guns. Though I have not seen problems with these in a Kimber, I have in a Colt pistol. My shooting buddie has one that locked up so tightly when he shot it, that we had to beat it open with a hunk of wood, and pull the broken safety out of the slide with a pare of pliers to get it back in the game. So, it can happen!
    To be totaly fair, we have had many more Glock failure's then with the 1911s.
    Our data shows that the best of the best are the guns my instructor friend and myself use.
    The full size, all steel frame, plain Jane, absolutely no frills, Kimber .45 acp's.

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    Very nice rig. You made the best choice within the brand purchasing the Raptor.

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    In 1999 I bought a Kimber Ultra elite and an Ultra Carry. My son now has the Ultra Carry and I still use the Ultra Elite as one of my carry guns. I have used each at differant times to qualify for my CCW. No problems, but I do use only Wilson Mags. The only time I have had problems was going to the range early on with a mixed bag of Mags, some probably needing new springs. The only 1911 Mags that I own now are all Wilson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rbohno View Post
    I have 2 Kimbers: 1 - Kimber Heritage I bought in 2000 and CDP Custom I bought in 2001. I have shot 5k plus rounds through the CDP in a 2 year period and have done very well in many IDPA competitions with it during that time frame without any problems.
    Bottom line I love my Kimbers and would reccomend them to anyone that asks.

    One other thing to consider, I don't recall the numbers off the top of my head but if you figure out how many Kimbers are sold in comparison to how many have problems I bet that percentage is very low compared to other 1911's. Also how many people troll around on these boards that own Kimbers and never post because they "don't" have any complaints/problems . Analogy would be going out to eat and you love the service and or food, how many times do you ask for the manager to tell them about your excellent experience at their establishment, if you are like most not very often. Then the same scenario where your food and/or service is bad you tell the server,manager and friends in conversation about your bad experience when talking about restaraunts.

    Shoot one and you will be hooked.

    Just my .02
    I'm considering purchasing my first 1911 and Kimber (Covert Carry II) is what I'm considering. Here is what I have deduced from my research: If 100,000 of a partcular gun are sold, and 20 of them have problems, those are the 20 owners who will be making the most noise on the internet. The other 99,980 owners will be happily shooting their guns. The other thing is that you can find good and bad reports on most every gun out there. I'm not doubting that here are problem Kimbers, just questioning whether those instances are a reason to disregard the entire line. One of my first guns was the SA XD40. I had a wonderful time with it and it shoots well, but I know a guy who has had 2 of them and says they are trouble. I take into account everything that is said about Kimbers (after all, I don't have that kind of money to spend all willy nilly), but I know that the nature of internet forums is such that people will come and post when they are not please, and those that are pleased will spend more time enjoying their purchase than posting on forums.

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    +1 Illusive Man

    Very true.


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    My son just bought a ss target II we werent happy with the trigger, creep and rough . Sent it back. waiting for it to come back. I am sure it will be good after it is checked out. I was just at a store with a gold match II and a Team match II. The sales person and I both found the saet trigger "feel" as my son's target II. The gold match however was clean and sneaky crisp. I hope my son's gun come's home like this one is. We were told that it wuild go through the custom shop to be fitted. Anyone know if this is what to expect? I liked the Gold Match II so well.. I traded for it... I get to bring it home Thursday

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    Thumbs up Kimber quality

    I have the Kimber Stainless Ultra Raptor, and it's a beautiful and reliable 1911. Don't believe EVERYTHING that others say or post. You have to take in account all the variables, when rating a firearm. The type of ammunition used, condition of weapon, grip on the weapon etc. That's why opinions vary.
    I also purchased 3 Wilson Combat magazines for my Ultra. Many magazines, no matter what brand, are just basic, and have had problems with the followers. I still don't understand the concept of making a $1000 pistol, and selling it with lower grade magazines.. Other than saving a little money in the overall selling price.
    Having a top-notch mag makes a big difference, in reliability and shooter satisfaction.
    Kimbers are not for everyone .... those who want simplicity buy a Glock ...

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    Gee, I've had as many problems with my Kimber Pro Carry II as I've had with my Glock 17 and my Sig 226 9mm -- none.

    I would feel just as safe carrying any one of those pistols.

    One nice thing about Kimber is that they are made in the USA -- doesn't that alone give them a leg up on some other 1911's?

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    I would not purchase a Kimber Solo. You can't shoot the cheap 115 gr ammo without it jamming. If you are looking for a pocket single stack I would wait to see if the Beretta Nano is worth purchasing. I almost purchased the Kimber Solo but after shooting and jamming multiple times I went with the Kahr CM 9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonja View Post

    One nice thing about Kimber is that they are made in the USA -- doesn't that alone give them a leg up on some other 1911's?
    made in the usa means nothing anymore.... could mean assembled from imported parts, could mean finished in the usa from sub assemblies made elsewhere.... and even if its made entirely within the united states doesnt mean the quality will be above average, it does however mean the cost will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TedDeBearFrmHell View Post
    made in the usa means nothing anymore.... could mean assembled from imported parts, could mean finished in the usa from sub assemblies made elsewhere.... and even if its made entirely within the united states doesnt mean the quality will be above average, it does however mean the cost will.
    That's very true - but, we know the pistol is more than assembled in America.

    This direct from Kimber -- "Kimber builds the world's finest 1911 pistols right here in America—something that makes sense, as few things are as American as a 1911 .45 ACP. Virtually every critical component of every pistol is manufactured inside the Kimber factory. The finest raw materials come through the front gate and Kimber does the rest, the only way to ensure that every part meets unequaled standards."

    Look, I have no problem with foreign made pistols - own both Glocks and Sigs - but, it's nice to own something that is made in the USA, that pays skilled American workers, and that works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonja View Post
    "Kimber builds the world's finest 1911 pistols right here in America—something that makes sense, as few things are as American as a 1911 .45 ACP. Virtually every critical component of every pistol is manufactured inside the Kimber factory.The finest raw materials come through the front gate and Kimber does the rest, the only way to ensure that every part meets unequaled standards."
    lets take a look at kimbers statement here .....
    Kimber builds the world's finest 1911 pistols right here in America

    this is not a fact, it is a slogan, a statement about kimber BY kimber

    something that makes sense, as few things are as American as a 1911 .45 ACP.

    yep, COLT 1911, an american tradition..... kimber is kind of a new comer.

    Virtually every critical component of every pistol is manufactured inside the Kimber factory.


    websters defines Virtually as almost all, nearly .... so not ALL or every critical component but a lot or most are made by kimber. yep way to go kimber, american tradition nearly made in america..... oh wait, that just the CRITICAL components..... that means all the other stuff is probably made elsewhere since they dont brag about it. so actually some of the parts are made by kimber!

    The finest raw materials come through the front gate and Kimber does the rest, the only way to ensure that every part meets unequaled standards.

    again, slogans and opinions, no data or fact.... just marketing

    Kimber, Almost made in the USA!

    they are no different than anyone else, marketing a FEELING, not a fact

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    Save your money and buy a wilson product.

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    I purchased a stainless Kimber Ultra Carry some years back. I love the gun. It is very concealable, and the 45 ACP is the best defensive cartridge, period. I have had no issues with reliability. The only issue that I have is with the Crimson Trace laser grip. It loses it's zero after several rounds. But that is an issue with the grip, not the pistol. I have heard others say that they had issues, but I did not. I have now put hundreds of rounds through it, of various loads, from GI surplus to Federal Hydrashock to Cor-Bon. They all have fed and ejected with no malfunctions.

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    I have shot the Kimber Solo and watched the Beretta Nano 1,000 shots fired with no lube with zero problems. I am not even going to hesitate. Kimber is $250 more than Beretta and there is no way you could fire 1,000 rounds through a solo even if you lube it until it was dripping without problems. I speak from experience the Solo is flat out junk.

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    I've come to believe that with guns, motorcycles, and other mechanical things I've used over the years, that when being used where there isn't any room for error, one should be completely familiar with them, and they should be in good shape BUT NOT BRAND NEW. The idea is more than mechanical break in; it's getting our minds around them as well.

    I don't own a Kimber, but I know people who love them. I'd say if you want one, get it, but get to feeling at home with it before you use it for carry purposes.

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