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Old 03-22-2003, 03:45 PM   #1
 
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Bought one anyway

Actually, I bought an Eclipse Pro Target on Thursday and then found this forum on Friday. I spent a couple hours reading thru pertinent posts. The weather finally got warm enough to shot Saturday (backyard range).

It is such a beautiful gun I (except for the arc shaped scratch below the slide stop) :cry: I have a Colt 1911 so I have no good excuse for not knowing what is involved in getting the stop past the little plunger. I started to use a nail clipper file to hold the plunger back but it slipped once and I lucked out that it didn't touch the frame but still got THE scratch.

Shot 150 rnds of Blazer to start the break-in and even with that ammo I was shooting 2 1/2 in groups at 9 yds. I think I'm going to like this gun.

Ordered a Covert 1 holster from Horseshoe Leather. Anyone dealt with Andy before? He has a great website. I hope that's an indication of his work.

I am watching for answers to Guardian's post below. Even though I have already bought the gun, I would like to know if there are still quality issues with the safety and other problem areas. I became a bit concerned after reading all the other posts. I still think it was a good decision. It's the most I have ever paid for a pistol but I can sure see the difference in the workmanship.

Dave
 
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Old 03-22-2003, 06:43 PM   #2
 
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I have an Eclipse II also. I have never had any of the problems that some others have had with the series II. Mine shoots very nice and the workmanship is excellent. As far as the series II problems go, if you are going to have a problem with it you will have them from the start.
Myself I dont worry about it, I cant think of any firearms manufacturer that doesnt have some problems now and then. There are lemons in every item ever made Kimber is not exempt from this. Just enjoy it .
 
Old 03-23-2003, 09:52 AM   #3
 
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Congratulations on your new gun. You will not have any problems with the safety (you would already have had them). The new series II safety has had so much bad press, and so few documented problems that it is totally out of context. Your gun should have came with an L shaped tool to hold the plunger back during disassembly. You can make on out of a paper clip, but call Kimber and they will send you one. Have fun with it!
 
 
Old 03-23-2003, 02:05 PM   #4
 
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Re: Bought one anyway

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Originally Posted by DFBeck
It is such a beautiful gun I (except for the arc shaped scratch below the slide stop) :cry: I have a Colt 1911 so I have no good excuse for not knowing what is involved in getting the stop past the little plunger. I started to use a nail clipper file to hold the plunger back but it slipped once and I lucked out that it didn't touch the frame but still got THE scratch.


Dave
I have the same problem on both my Kimber and Colt.

I have no problem disassembling the weapons but can't figure out how to get the slide stop back in without scratching the finish either.

Little noob help please?
 
Old 03-23-2003, 02:35 PM   #5
 
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I'm sorry, I misread your post. I also scratched my first 1911 in the same manner. Now I very carefully hold the spring plunger back with a small screwdriver while I install the slide stop. The key here is very carefully. If there is a better way I'd like to hear it as well.
 
Old 03-23-2003, 04:44 PM   #6
 
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Reparing that scratch on the frame

I did the same thing when I got mine. It's a common "screw up" 1911 owners have done for a long time. I have found you can repair the scratch by simply removing the slide and maybe the grips to where you have good access. Use some green Scotch Brite with a little WD-40 as a lubricant and carefully rub it lightly fore & aft (the same direction as the grain already there) and you will make it no lomger visable. Some people have reported similar success with fine wet ot dry type fine emery cloth. That's the beauty of any unblued type finish. When you are re-assembling the gun. just try to hold the slide release with both hands with the gun laying on it's side on a soft surface, and slowly push it staight in, instead of trying to rotate it up, just go staight down and it will go in. Kimber has done a good job of making the slide releases with a slight chamfer on them, which helps to get the plunger to move and let the slide release drop in. By the way. Kimber will try to tell you the scratch can't be removed, except by them.
 
Old 12-21-2003, 08:35 AM   #7
 
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slide stop installation

When you put the slide stop in place it just under the plunger and push up and into the frame, it should snap in without scratching the frame. :wink:
 
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