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Old 07-16-2016, 06:50 PM   #1
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New Raptor II 5", I'm impressed.

Not mine unfortunately, one of my buddies just bought it. He's not all that knowledgeable of handguns, so I used the occasion of his first shoot with it to run some tests.
He did not disassemble the gun before, no precleaning or oiling. So new out of the box is accurate.
Of course the gun was beautiful, fit and finish was outstanding, trigger was nice felt right around 4-5 pounds and crisp. But all this I expected, what I wanted to see was how well it would run brand new out of the box.
But not with store bought ammo and a seven or eight round mag, but low cost training reloads and 10 round mags. Now they are my reloads and 10 round CMC mags, so I know they work and work well. But a brand new 1911 with reloads and 10 round mags is not always a good combination.
Also not taking it easy and plinking one shot a second, full ten round mag dumps as fast as the trigger could be pressed and I can press that trigger pretty darn fast.
I'll be honest I was expecting more then a few failures, but I'll be darn if that Raptor didn't feed and eject every round without issue.
What a sweet shooter it is, after working it hard shot it for accuracy and it was dead on POI = POA.
This particular friend of mine has a habit of buying and selling guns on a whim, I told him when he decides to sell the Raptor call me first.
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Old 07-16-2016, 07:28 PM   #2
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My raptor is the 5" version. It is my favorite Kimber so far.
I hope for you he sells it soon!
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Old 07-16-2016, 07:42 PM   #3
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I'm glad to hear everything worked out for you and your buddy. I'm not a fan of taking a new gun to the range without cleaning it and properly lubricating it first, especially an expensive gun like a Raptor.
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Old 07-16-2016, 08:20 PM   #4
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I hear you chuck, but he was gonna run that gun that way with or without me. So I took advantage of it and used it to test the gun. Matter of fact at the end of the day I told him, now go home and clean it. He said no, I won't clean it till it starts to malfunction I'll just give it a little oil. Sounds crazy right, not really.

When you buy a new gun from Wilson Combat, their brake in policy is not to take down the gun until 500 rounds have been fired, only add oil when necessary. My personal feeling it's not gonna hurt the gun one way or the other as long as it's got lube it will run until the fouling is so bad it actually slows the function of the gun. It actually takes at least a couple thousand rounds to really brake a gun in to wear all the various parts are smooth and in sync with each other.
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Old 07-16-2016, 11:44 PM   #5
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I bought my Raptor SS 5" for Christmas and I couldn't be happier with this gun for all the reasons you listed Tankgunner. It's just a great gun.
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Old 07-17-2016, 05:42 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Tankgunner View Post
I hear you chuck, but he was gonna run that gun that way with or without me. So I took advantage of it and used it to test the gun. Matter of fact at the end of the day I told him, now go home and clean it. He said no, I won't clean it till it starts to malfunction I'll just give it a little oil. Sounds crazy right, not really.

When you buy a new gun from Wilson Combat, their brake in policy is not to take down the gun until 500 rounds have been fired, only add oil when necessary. My personal feeling it's not gonna hurt the gun one way or the other as long as it's got lube it will run until the fouling is so bad it actually slows the function of the gun. It actually takes at least a couple thousand rounds to really brake a gun in to wear all the various parts are smooth and in sync with each other.
Comparing a WC to a Kimber is like comparing an apple to an orange. One is hand built with each piece being fitted to the gun the other is a production line gun. Wilson Combat may say to shoot 500 rounds before taking the gun down but Kimbers owners manual says to clean and lube the gun before shooting. I agree with it taking a couple of thousand rounds to really break a gun in. Call my a crazy old man but I swear something magical happens to a Kimber when it hits 3,000 rounds.
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