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Old 12-24-2018, 04:07 PM   #1
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New Stainless Target II 9mm, first impressions.

Years ago I had a Springer 9mm loaded 1911, super accurate, but unreliable right out of the box and it stayed that way. That kept me away from 9mm 1911s for a decade or more.

Now I'm older and getting more recoil sensitive, and I don't feel like cranking on the reloading press for my 357 and 45 auto each time I want to go to the range, so I figure a 9mm 1911 is the way to go. I can buy factory ammo at at reasonable prices.

My LGS guys and the other customers there steered me twords Kimber, so I pulled the trigger on a new Target II 9mm.

First impression was the smooth feel. Very nicely de-horned and well rounded at the grip safety and thumb safety, two things that can rub me the wrong way on a 1911.

The seconds was looks. It's a plain jane gun to be honest. I think it's going to need some black trim. I need an arched MSH, I'm thinking old school GI w/lanyard loop. Eventually it will get a blued slide stop and short blue GI style trigger.

Third, trigger. Very, very nice at the LGS. Even better at the range.

Shoot the darn thing already! Loaded up some old Speer Lawman 124 FMJ. Shot 5 rounds at 25 yards standing, 4 on the edge of the paper, one off, but looked promising. Took quite a few clicks to get the groups to the middle of the paper, very fine windage adjustments. But I thought the 5" groups were good considering the weather (17). OK, that's a start.

Then I shot some old handloads from 2011. Win brass, 4.5 grains HP-38, Hornady 124 XTP @ 1.095 (loaded long for an old Glock). Bingo! 5 shots into 3". Now I'm really exited. Been a long time since I've shot that well in cold weather, or any weather lately.

The best part? 100% reliability so far. The last round of the mag tends to dribble out with the handloads, or come back at me with the Lawman ammo, but hey, no embarrassing jams. Pretty happy about that.

The grips are a bit thick, they are getting replaced with rubber wrap around for the winter. The front sight seems wide, but it's bright and doesn't interfere with precision shooting.

Recoil is a bit stiffer that with other 9mm 1911s I've shot. Feels just like my buddy's Springer GI 45 with light 185 loads. The muzzle feels light, I think the slide must have been lightened. That's OK, I'll take the reliability, and it should leave room for lighter loads or stiffer springs.

Can't wait to start handloading for this gun, can't wait for warmer weather.

I'll give this new gun 4 stars.

Merry Christmas!
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Merry Christmas. Congrats on the new 9mm.
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Congratulations, I love my 45s but there’s nothing wrong with a 9mm 1911. They are fun and cheap to shoot.
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Welcome to the Forum. Glad you’re enjoying your new gun. I’m always thinking about a 9mm only because I don’t have one.
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Old 12-25-2018, 10:21 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forum from Northern Illinois. I'm sure, once you get a few hundred rounds through it, you will find this new Target to be a very reliable pistol. Changing out the springs may be just the ticket at that point.
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Old 12-25-2018, 04:55 PM   #7
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Congrats ! I have the Stainless Target II LS in 10mm. Totally happy with the Kimber, I had some initial feeding issues but after testing a couple different bullet profiles, and 600 grit wet sanding the rails, feed ramp and the inside mag feed lips my Target II is running excellent. I have about 450 rounds and the gun is breaking in very nicely. I already have a Springfiled RO 1911 in 9mm , hence I went with a 6" bbl 10mm as I wanted something different for longer 25 yd precision target shooting. I also already handload .40 S&W for the wife's Glock G22 so transitioning to 10mm made practical sense.
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Old 12-25-2018, 05:33 PM   #8
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Nice choice. I have the same gun and I really love it. You must have been a very good boy this year! Just remember to keep it well lubed and well fed and it will treat you to years of being broke from buying ammo by the case.

Shown here (top) in dress uniform with it's adopted brother from Colt. (also 9mm)
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Old 12-26-2018, 05:30 AM   #9
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Congrats on new piece.Nice report.
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Thanks all. I think I'm going to just smooth the mag lips, the rails are a little rough, but no cycling issues so I just keep the rails greased with Slide Glide Lite and the lockwork wet with light oil.
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