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Old 07-07-2011, 11:09 AM   #1
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Plastic Mainspring Housing on Custom II

Hello Everyone:

Does it bother anybody else that this pistol comes with a plastic mainspring housing? I have replaced it with one of steel that looks exactly the same. It bothered me that a steel pistol would have a plastic part.

Am I nutz? You should meet the rest of my family, then it would be a given .

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Old 07-07-2011, 06:58 PM   #2
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Hello,

Yes, it bothers me badly - and ironically, I just ordered a steel MSH today to replace the composite MSH on a recently purchased Government Model.
 
Old 07-07-2011, 10:09 PM   #3
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Well to nite I'm about three sheets in the wind , read Bob Reeds post about Steven Camp....this is the last one I'm gonna reply to tonite....got to marry up with a chain saw bout daylight and cut down a bunch of SWEET GUMS , DAMM I hate SWEETGUMS , some of these are big and leanin the wrong way.....Plastic MSH..????....played guitar for Nat Stucky some, He was a DJ on KWKH radio......Nat Had a song that covered this good enough....DON'T GIVE ME NO PLASTIC SADDLE,,,,,,LET ME FEEL THAT LEATHER WHEN I RIDE

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Old 07-08-2011, 07:16 AM   #4
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Yes, it bothers me badly -
While I usually don't care what something is made of as long as it works, I have to agree. I have seen one MSH break at the cap retaining pin hole from pressure. We all have to suffer the indignities of modern life with cost cutting from manufacturers. Cars are not made steel anymore, everything in our homes is plastic, glass has been replaced with it. Carry on Mr Reed.
 
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Bill and Sarge,

Excluding our Totally Corrupt Government and that Punk FROM Kenya, plastic-junk and stuff that's Made in CHINA will be the ruination of America.
 
Old 07-09-2011, 02:27 PM   #6
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Excluding our Totally Corrupt Government and that Punk FROM Kenya, plastic-junk and stuff that's Made in CHINA will be the ruination of America.
VERY well said, Bob. BTW Bob, is that MSH a part from (interchangeable with) the Kimber Polymer Gold Match ? ?

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Old 07-10-2011, 06:33 AM   #7
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Hello Joe,

This is a little embarrassing, but I didn't realize I was in the Kimber Section untill after I had posted (I just saw plastic MSH in the little menue on the home page and clicked on it).

To answer your question, I would assume that a steel MSH would work (if Kimber uses a standard dimensioned MSH on their polymer frame(s), but from what I understand - if it's a Series II Kimber with the Swartz safety, some non-Kimber-produced MSHs will drop in fine, and some need to be fitted in order to keep the Swartz push rod where it needs to be.
 
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Well...I guess I'll be the lone voice in the wilderness, but here goes.

I've had plastic housings in early Colt 1991A1s that have seen tens of thousands of rounds without a problem. Doesn't mean that I prefer plastic housings...just that they're not the work of the devil or anything.

Sarge...The housing that broke at the pin hole had somethin' out of spec. If the gun is in order, the cap never touches the pin unless the housing is removed.
 
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To answer your question, I would assume that a steel MSH would work (if Kimber uses a standard dimensioned MSH on their polymer frame(s), but from what I understand - if it's a Series II Kimber with the Swartz safety, some non-Kimber-produced MSHs will drop in fine, and some need to be fitted in order to keep the Swartz push rod where it needs to be.
Bob, I'm TOTALLY in the dark about Kimbers. They are eye pleasing, however. My question arose from seeing the polymer Kimber thread on our forum. I've NEVER owned or even shot anything other than a Colt 1911.......
 
Old 07-11-2011, 06:23 AM   #10
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I've had a couple of guns come with the plastic MSH's. Over time I've parts-swapped so that my lightweight 1911's, which get carried more than shot, have the plastic housings. And the full weight guns, which get fired more than carried, have the steel housings.

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