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Old 02-22-2018, 11:38 AM   #1
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Kimber 22LR Conversion Kit

After a couple trips to the range with my 45 Master Carry Iíve quickly realized the my shooting skills have perished. LOL. So I started looking at 22 pistols but after doing some research I thought what could be better than shooting my Kimber while I work on sights and trigger squeeze using 22 ammo. I picked up the Kimber 1911 compact conversion kit, cleaned and installed it, some CCI mini mag 22lr 40 grain ammo and off to the range. I fired 150 rounds and had a failure to extract or not cock the hammer about once or twice per mag. Iím thinking a little more lubricant and break in might help. My question is does CCI make a more powerful round as I think this would make a big difference. I did find the conversion to be fairly accurate but Iím thinking that I should of bought the full size conversion with the adjustable sights. Anyway, any day at the range is a good day
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Old 02-22-2018, 01:15 PM   #2
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I looked at the conversion kits but couldn't bring myself to spend the $$. I got lucky and stumbled across a Sig 1911-22. I has about the same weight and feel as my Kimber, plus I got it for about half the cost of the conversion(like I said I got lucky).
As far as I know CCI mini mag as powerful as they make. I would say it just needs some more break in time. Being from Kimber it wouldn't surprise me if it takes a good 500 rounds to get running right.
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Old 02-22-2018, 01:24 PM   #3
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For what it’s worth Glock conversation kit works the same a couple failed to feed per mag, used the recommended ammo Remington Gold also tried CCI same thing. Appreciate your feed back on the Kimber saved me the $ to find out myself
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I've have both the compact and the target conversion kits and between me and the grandchildren have shot thousands of rounds through them. I prefer CCI Mini Mags but found Remington Thunder Bolts and Winchester Super X work as well.
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I've have both the compact and the target conversion kits and between me and the grandchildren have shot thousands of rounds through them. I prefer CCI Mini Mags but found Remington Thunder Bolts and Winchester Super X work as well.
Hate thunderbolts, after about 100 rounds through my sr22 they start leading the barrel. all the other types run fine.
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I've looked hard at the Kimber .22 conversion and a few others out there. And while having a 1911/.22 is very appealing I just balk at the $339.00 price tag for half a gun. Some others are even higher. I seem to always come back to fact for another $100.00 bill I can buy a really nice .22 pistol ... the whole gun.

Kimber runs their kit on sale about twice a year for $289.00 ... maybe next time they'll catch me in a weak moment and I'll get one. But I'm thinking I might like a MK4 with a threaded barrel even better... we'll see.
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I have other .22's I could shoot but with the conversion kit I can work with the frame and trigger of my carry gun.
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I have other .22's I could shoot but with the conversion kit I can work with the frame and trigger of my carry gun.
I couldnít agree more. I really enjoyed shooting my Kimber with the conversion kit. After just 150 rounds I could already see some improvement with sights and trigger control. The gun feels exactly the same in your hand but less recoil and way cheaper to shoot than with the stock 45 slide.
When I was cleaning the gun today I noticed some heavy wear on the slide that pushes down on the disconnect plunger. I cleaned it up with a stone so Iím hoping for better results next week.
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I don't have the kit, but do have the Rimfire Super, and had the same issues with it on the first range trip. Was shooting Federal Automatch for 110 rds. Next trip ran it wetter, still had issues with another 100 rds of CCI Velocitor and the Federal ammo. Next trip, ran very wet and 50 rds. CCI Stinger (1640 fps, I believe) and 50 rds. CCI Velocitor; no issues. Last trip so far, ran wet, 10 rds. Federal had FTF, FTE; 50 rds. Velocitor had no issues.

I did cycle the slide a couple hundred times between range trips. If you can find it, the CCI Stinger should solve the break-in issues, but at least around here, that stuff is expensive. I've got about 60-70 rds. of the Stinger left; may burn those the next trip, which will put me close to 450 through the gun. The weapon is still very tight, but I think I'm almost there.

I guess a question would be how many rds. do you have through the frame you're using?
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Old 02-22-2018, 06:05 PM   #10
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The kit is also great for starting out new shooters. I used it to introduce a lady to shooting, she never shot a gun before. I taught her the basics in my family room using a laser bullet and target then took her to the range using the .22 kit. After a couple of range sessions with the kit I reinstalled the 9mm slide on my Ultra CDP and she shot it like a pro.
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