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Old 07-28-2005, 07:45 PM   #11
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My Kimber TLE RL/II has been 100% reliable so far.But I only have 700 rounds through it so far.
 
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Old 07-29-2005, 12:36 PM   #12
 
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Kimber Custom Stainless 2 internal extractor. Over 2500 rounds of all varieties and no problem. Everyday carry pistol. Couldn't be happier.
 
Old 07-31-2005, 07:37 PM   #13
 
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I've got a NIB Kimber Raptor II, with 'bout 200 rounds thru it and
have not had the least bit of a problem.
 
 
Old 08-23-2005, 06:44 PM   #14
 
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I think Kimber attracts a lot of first time 1911 owners who either have not owned a handgun before, or have has something like a glock, sig, or hk. This may because kimber is the most stocked 1911 brand in the stores and is the brand that is pushed the most. When one doesn't run as flawless as the plastic wonder gun, people will complain (after all, the spent $800....) Like others, Kimber was my first 1911 purchase, a "Series I" Stainless Gold Match. When I bought it I thought it was the end all. However, I could not go more than 50 rounds without a failure to feed. Later the rear site came apart. I've never complained on line about it, and this is the first time I'm mentioned the problems I had. I realized both these problems were easily correctable. However, with the Gold Match, I soon also grew tired of the polished slide and frame (pimpish IMO), the dipped in plastic looking grips, the front slide serrations, etc (it did have an awsome trigger however). Since then I've bought two new Colt 1911s and have found them much more to my likeing. The have the character I was looking for in a 1911. They have also both run flawless with no failures of any kind after about 1000 rounds total. Of course they are not perfect and I expect to get them customized to my liking. Who knows, in a few years I may tire of them as well. In any case, I think overall Kimber is a good gun, but given their high volume, the fact that there will be some problems, and also owner's expectations, you just tend to hear about them more.
 
Old 08-24-2005, 01:57 PM   #15
 
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My Kimber 3" and 4" Range Report

I took my Kimber Ultra Carry II and Tac Pro II to the local range and fired 200 rounds through each 1911. I used 300 230gr FMJ Win.White box and 100 Blazer 230gr FMJ Ammo. I had no FTF or FTE problems. I did have my thumb push the safety on a few times. I need to keep better track of that thumb. This makes four trips that I have had no problems with my 3" and 4" Kimbers both have Ext.Extractors.
 
Old 08-27-2005, 03:32 PM   #16
 
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"I think Kimber attracts a lot of first time 1911 owners who either have not owned a handgun before, or have has something like a glock, sig, or hk."
Maybe, maybe not.
Here is my daily carry gun.

Here are some of my "safe queens".



Got some more, but you know, why bragg.
The Kimber is lighter, more compact, reliable and disposable(?).
Hope these images show up. They don't always.
tom
 
Old 08-27-2005, 07:58 PM   #17
 
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I have only one Kimber, it's a series 2 with internal extractor. It's been 100% wonderful and does everything I would ask of it. I remember when I worked for ATT they told us that if we did 110% fantastic service for people we would probably never even get a 'thank you' but if we annoy even one person they will tell a minimum of 11 people the first day and probably 7 within the hour. I have the opinion (don't we all have at least one?) that we hear a lot more from the people that have a problem than the ones that have great & perfect functioning guns. A friend of mine has several and all his are gems. Kimber sells a lot of 1911's, if everyone that bought one posted, we wouldn't have enough time in the day to read all the stuff.
 
Old 08-28-2005, 09:10 AM   #18
 
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Custome TLE II

I bought my Custom TLE II used, When I bought the pistol, the first thing I did was purchase 5 Wilson and 3 CM mags. I have fired somewhere around 1500 rounds without any malfunction. So far I have been very happy, I'm glad I didn't read the forums first it might have changed my decision.
 
Old 08-28-2005, 04:26 PM   #19
 
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I bought a used Custom Classic 1 a few years ago and it was the most accurate and reliable 1911-type model I've ever owned (outstripping even a customized Series 70 Colt. It's my only .45, and I used to be a Colt aficionado! I've never understood, however, why Kimber felt constrained to "improve" the product. I read that it was because safety/legal considerations. Is it because that the safety was not considered "beefy" enough? Did people complain of ADs perhaps? Dunno. Maybe it was just a question of not heeding the old admonition: "If it ain't broke don't fix it."
 
Old 09-27-2005, 12:05 PM   #20
 
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I'll split the issue here and say that both my series I Custom Target and Gold Match 45 guns were outstanding in everyway. Currently love my Series I 40 Stainless Target.

BUT.........and as if the the Series II safety and external extractor issues were not enough, when I found out my 9mm Stainless Target II came nicely equiped with a 40 slide (with 9mm extractor and ejector)....that was the last staw for me.

TR..........New models Kimber Cry baby :wink:
 
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