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  • Finally got the Kimber!

    After more than two years of drooling, I picked up my Kimber Compact CDP yesterday. Beautiful! Pretty and fits the hand. I'm in heaven.

    I made a brief trip to the range...A couple of errors, but I'm well within the breakin period, so I'm not worrying about it until I put more than fifty rounds through it. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    Pictures when I can.
    I haven't felt this good since we stole the 2000 elections!--Ned Flanders

  • #2
    Congrats on the Kimber I had a custom untill about 6 months ago and loved it. I'm shure you'll enjoy it. Let me know how the CDP rates for accuracy everything I've read says they are tack drivrs like all the other Kimbers.


    • #3
      I'm jealous!!!! I've been looking at the Kimber Custom TLE and can not wait to get it!!! Let us know how you like/love it!!
      Murphy's Law of Combat - 'If the enemy is in range .. So are you!'


      • #4
        Way to go!! Mine has never given me a problem on or off duty. (Well to more acurate I've only had to use it once on duty to take out a tire.)

        Best damn gun I've ever carried, and I'm thankful I work for a Chief that lets us carry whatever we want to.

        Edit: 7 of the 20 of us carry Kimbers, a few S&W's, HK, couple of Sigs, and only ONE!!!! Glock.

        <small>[ 06-28-2003, 12:27 PM: Message edited by: GA-Cop ]</small>


        • #5
          Eh, right now I'm somewhat dissapointed. I shouldn't be, but I am.

          Keep in mind, my background is with a Beretta 92. I took it out of the box, loaded it up, and it worked flawlessly. I never even HEARD of a gun that wouldn't go bang every-time you pulled the trigger.

          I knew that 1911s (from any manufacturer) were not going to be that way. Heck, the manual for the Kimber even calls for a 500 round break-in. I knew that when I bought it...but at the same time, I was really hoping that I'd get lucky and it would work perfectly the first time.

          At this point I have about 250 rounds through it, of S&B and Winchester White Box. All of it ball. The first box or so of ammo the primary error I ran into was a failure to return completely to battery; the slide would stop and not return completely.

          That error has mostly dissapeared, to be replaced by the slide locking back with rounds still in the magazine.

          At this point, I'm blaming the mag. I've been using the stock Kimber, and my wife's had the same problem with the slide locking back until she got a Wilson.

          On the other hand, it's accurate, easy shooting, fit and finish are awesome, and small and light enough that I'm really looking forward to carrying it. I love the trigger; it's perfect out of the boxm and I'm a better shot with it. OTOH, for $900.00, I'd very much like to be able to trust it.

          Will advise when I get my next paycheck. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
          I haven't felt this good since we stole the 2000 elections!--Ned Flanders


          • #6
            im deciding on kimber ultra carry or springfield 1911 compact for off duty use,which one is better.
            We can do this the easy way or the hard way...


            • #7
              I've owned Colts, Springfields and Kimbers. Personally, I DETEST firing pin safeties and prefer Springfields.

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              -Commanding General, 1st Marine Division


              • #8
                Firing-pin safety? What firing-pin safety? For whatever reason, installing a series 70 firing pin seemed to have disabled that little feature...hmm... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

                I looked at Springfield, liked the looks of the Kimber better. It just seemed better made.*shrug*

                FWIW, my wife loves her ultra-carry. Personally, I don't see the point in taking that much off the barrel, but to each his own. I do know that the Kimbers have a different (better?) spring design that makes it easier to pull back the slide, which is a plus for her. *shrug*
                I haven't felt this good since we stole the 2000 elections!--Ned Flanders


                • #9
                  Rock on with the Kimber! I'm still loving my Custom Eclipse II. Next purchase for me will be the Pro Carry.

                  Men discovered fire women learnt to play with.


                  • #10
                    I have an original Clackamas, Oregon Kimber full size custom royal about 1996 vintage. I absolutely love this weapon although it is only a range and house gun now since not on dept's approved list. I've heard about changing the safety mechanisms on the Kimber IIs to help with some of the problems but a complete break in usually solves most slide to frame fit issues. I've used a variety of lubricants and mine seems to function best with FP-10 (tight yet slippery). Let us know how you make out after break in.

                    Oh, I've also had problems with S&B ammo and misfires in several calibers. As I understand, they use harder than usual box primers. I don't mind training with them though so we can duplicate tap, rack, ready drills.



                    • #11
                      You will find that the compact 45acp pistol is a hit or miss proposition.
                      The design works best as it was originally intended a 5 inch barrel.
                      the smaller you go the more changes and sacrifices have to be made.
                      You will find that slide velocity of the smaller guns require dual springs and extra stiff magazine springs.
                      Try some extra power springs from wolff for a Colt officers model in your magazines.
                      It may never be 100% for you, I'm sorry to rain on your parade but that's the facts.
                      The smaller guns have to be made with funky spring rates in the hammer spring and dual recoil springs and it is a big compromise in reliability.
                      Good luck!
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