I have few questions and I thought this would be the best place to address them. And yes, I am new to the forum
Sometime ago I decided to add a 1911 to my carry rotation. I wanted to have a Kimber and my initial intention was to buy a Carry Pro which I had already tried at the range, but I eventually decided for a Compact Stainless II because of the size of the grip. I thought that my ideal model would have been an 'HD' because of the added weight but my understanding is that the compact model is not available with a stainless steel frame. I have not done any modification other than having clear Cerakote applied to it when it was still new, so all parts are original and the trigger pull is as from the factory. So far I have shot exactly 500 rounds. Winchester white box, Blazer aluminum, PMC, Remington, Federal Champion brass and aluminum. All 230gr round nose. The pistol has functioned flawlessly. The only problems were a couple of FTF with Blazer but that was an 'operator error', so no blame on the pistols or on the ammo. During the last 300 rounds I had numerous cases sent directly to my head with the Federal and the PMC, but not with the Winchester and Blazer which I shot first and the Remington which I shot last, so I tend to think that it was an ammo issue, but I'll keep it monitored. At this point I have completed the break in period as per manual and so far I am very pleased with it. I think it was the right choice for both carrying and enjoying it at the range. Plus I think it is really a nice looking gun, even with the standard rubber grips. I have just purchased a holster, I am going to shoot at lest 100 hollow point 230gr Federal Hi Shok rounds and if they work I will start carrying it.
Here are my questions:
1) What regular maintenance would you recommend, if any? Ex: should I replace the recoil spring after x-thousands of rounds? Anything else I should keep in mind?
2) I am not (yet) concerned about the ammo being ejected directly to my head. I am not even sure if that is a problem that can show up during the break in period. Any thought?
3) I have four magazines. Two Kimber stainless and two Wilson Combat and I am not planning on adding more, but how do the Kimber magazines perform on the long run?
4) Any self defense ammo that it is well known for having issues with Kimber commander or officer sizes. I am asking in case I will want to “upgrade” from Federal Hi Shok.
Thanks in advance!