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Old 04-03-2014, 05:41 PM   #1
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I guess this is my "Barbeque Gun".lol Some of you may have figured out I was wanting a Sapphire, went to three LGS they all said Kimber stopped making them, laughed at me and walked off. I went straight home got on the old laptop and what do you know I found about 8 or 10 for sale, still new in box. Some were priced way over MSRP. Sandy Springs Gun Range had one listed for $130.00 less than MSRP, paid up, pistol transfer was $40.00 at my LGS.
Range report asap. I did break it down and clean and lube today. I will see if I can get a pic for you guys, I know how you love them. Already had guys at the LGS say I bet your wife will love it. Good or bad bought it for myself, to shoot. Had to change Kimber "Want" priority list, Stainless Raptor will now have to be number 3.

Nobody owned up to having one. Now at least you can all say you know a guy that has one.
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Old 04-03-2014, 05:44 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by 2sharp2 View Post
I guess this is my "Barbeque Gun".lol Some of you may have figured out I was wanting a Sapphire, went to three LGS they all said Kimber stopped making them, laughed at me and walked off. I went straight home got on the old laptop and what do you know I found about 8 or 10 for sale, still new in box. Some were priced way over MSRP. Sandy Springs Gun Range had one listed for $130.00 less than MSRP, paid up, pistol transfer was $40.00 at my LGS.
Range report asap. I did break it down and clean and lube today. I will see if I can get a pic for you guys, I know how you love them. Already had guys at the LGS say I bet your wife will love it. Good or bad bought it for myself, to shoot. Had to change Kimber "Want" priority list, Stainless Raptor will now have to be number 3.

Nobody owned up to having one. Now at least you can all say you know a guy that has one.
Well, kidding aside, I like it. Love the detail work.

Besides, what a great deal. It came with it's own computer.
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Sweet Mother of Jesus...Now that's a purdy firearm..Showed it to GiGi and she gave two thumbs up brother...
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That sure is a purdy pistol. Congratulations!
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Old 04-03-2014, 07:08 PM   #6
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Well, kidding aside, I like it. Love the detail work.

Besides, what a great deal. It came with it's own computer.
"Came with computer"lol. Good one. Didn't want to just sit it on the ground for a pic. I got some pretty good pics of the Sapphire but it really is impressive in person. I had people coming up and looking over my shoulder to see it at Sandy Springs and my local store. Thanks guys and Gigi.
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Congratulations on the new Sapphire, DO NOT holster it, the finish is not very durable and Kimber will not refinish it.
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Old 04-03-2014, 07:43 PM   #8
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Congratulations on the new Sapphire, DO NOT holster it, the finish is not very durable and Kimber will not refinish it.
Thanks, I have been told about the finish a lot but have never seen photo proof from a actual owner. The Youtube video from the 2012 Shot Show of the Sapphire introduction claimed just the opposite Kimber claimed it is very durable. Going to shoot it but it will not become an EDC pistol. I hope I don't find out but it does look like it would be easy to scratch. May be hard to believe but this is my first 9mm firearm.
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Now when someone asks what type of finish is on the Sapphire you can tell them this...

Physical Vapor Deposition
Physical vapor deposition describes a variety of vacuum deposition methods used to deposit thin films by the condensation of a vaporized form of the desired film material onto various workpiece surfaces..

Practice this so it's stuck in your memory.....
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Originally Posted by 2sharp2 View Post
Thanks, I have been told about the finish a lot but have never seen photo proof from a actual owner. The Youtube video from the 2012 Shot Show of the Sapphire introduction claimed just the opposite Kimber claimed it is very durable. Going to shoot it but it will not become an EDC pistol. I hope I don't find out but it does look like it would be easy to scratch. May be hard to believe but this is my first 9mm firearm.
One of the main reasons Kimber stopped making the Sapphire was problems with the finish. Kimber makes a great gun but their weak spot is the finish they put on them. The Kimpro II finish is another another one that wears quickly.
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