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Old 02-20-2014, 03:11 PM   #1
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Break In Process

I'm still relatively new to the forum but have noticed a trend. I have recently purchased my first two Kimbers. A Warrior SOC (with 200 flawless rounds of Remington UMC 230 grain MC so far) and an Eclipse Custom II 10mm (which I haven't shot yet). I did a significant amount of due diligence before jumping in to my first purchase. Now I'm just flat hooked!

Anyway, I've notice so many questions and concerns from people who haven't gone through the basic break in process. Now don't get me wrong, I never ask for directions when I'm lost, but I do read the owners manual of every gun I purchase (I have a modestl gathering if guns).

Many of the Kimber criticisms I read about are from people with "friends" that have less than 500 rounds down range. With my limited experience I believe Kimber's tolerances are so tight they need the break in period. I've read many threads on this forum asking questions before the break in period.

To digress even more, when I picked up my Eclipse last week my local FFL told me they don't sell Kimber because he has too many problems. He told me too many people have FTE or FTF after just 150 or 200 rounds. I asked if he ever read the owners manual. He looked at me like I had three heads. At that point I wasn't going to argue with ignorance.

So.... I'd be curious to hear the seasoned Kimber owner's thoughts from this forum. Is it just me or is it a common problem? Do peiople assume they don't have to read the manual? Does Kimber need to do a better job of educating people? Does Kimber need to do a better job of educating their dealers? Does Kimber need to put a big red sticker (got that from a thread on this forum) that makes sure people know to "break in" their new machine?

Please give me your thoughts. The break in period seems to be more critical to Kimber than other manufacturers. If so, they need to market accordingly.

I'm not doing anything to my Kimbers before I run 500 rounds of MC through them. I've enjoyed learning from all of you and will continue to absorb your knowledge and experience. Kimber needs to spread Break In word in my opinion!
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Old 02-20-2014, 03:18 PM   #2
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I don't have a answer for why people don't think they have to brake in a new Kimber and I have known of some who did not and got ride of the gun before it was properly cleaned and lubed, I also know of some Ruger SR9 that did not run before 2 to 3 hundred rounds.
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I agree. The break in period for Kimbers is more intense than other more common 45's. However, when compared to higher dollar custom pieces, the break in is relatively short. It's all in the built in tolerances. Every gun is machined, to some degree. If the tolerances are close, as with the Kimber, the break in will be longer. Bottom line, tolerance equals accuracy. The closer they tolerance the better the accuracy. When it comes to auto loaders, there is no truer statement.
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Old 02-20-2014, 03:29 PM   #4
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Well as I always say. When all else fails read the instructions! I've found over the years that gun shop employees and a lot of owners really don't know squat about their products. Kimber dealers are no exception!
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I was one of the guys who looked squirly at the guy shooting a Kimber at the range until the first time I was offered to shoot one.It was love at first sight feeling that 45 in my hands and popping a mag down range.I was so impressed with it that I almost broke wood and stretched the ole zipper out.That was a year ago and 4 Kimbers later.Maybe the marketing plan can be improved but until then it will take people like us to spread the word.I can't tell you how much ammo I have used letting others try out my Kimbers,but I like watching the same guys walk back into the range weeks later showing me their first new one.
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One of the most common problems with Kimbers is the owner that fails to read or believe the owners manual. (Do a forum search and find the story about how I bought a new $1200.00 gun for $500.00.) Kimber isn't the only manufacture that recommends breaking in a gun. Most quality handguns state somewhere in their owners manual that a prescribed a break in procedure should be followed. So to answer your question yes, I believe in following the recommended factory break in procedure.

As for Kimber spreading the word on breaking in their guns, they do, it's in every owners manual that's included with every gun they sell.
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I don't believe ... I bought a new Kimber Ultra no less
I cleaned it brought 4 different kinds of ammo and shot the heck out of it
No problems at all... Folks worry to much
Funny funny.. Do you drive 35 breaking in a new car. Haha
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Originally Posted by azdeuce View Post
I don't believe ... I bought a new Kimber Ultra no less
I cleaned it brought 4 different kinds of ammo and shot the heck out of it
No problems at all... Folks worry to much
Funny funny.. Do you drive 35 breaking in a new car. Haha
I'm not sure I understand. You cleaned and lubed your gun and shot a lot. That is what Kimber tells you to do. What don't you believe and what's funny?
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Originally Posted by Chuck43 View Post
One of the most common problems with Kimbers is the owner that fails to read or believe the owners manual. (Do a forum search and find the story about how I bought a new $1200.00 gun for $500.00.) Kimber isn't the only manufacture that recommends breaking in a gun. Most quality handguns state somewhere in their owners manual that a prescribed a break in procedure should be followed. So to answer your question yes, I believe in following the recommended factory break in procedure.

As for Kimber spreading the word on breaking in their guns, they do, it's in every owners manual that's included with every gun they sell.
That's my point... It is in the manual, but it appears too many people don't read the manual and go out and complain. Kimber does their job by including it, but I'm wondering if they need to go further to help the brand by educating dealers and the like.
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That's my point... It is in the manual, but it appears too many people don't read the manual and go out and complain. Kimber does their job by including it, but I'm wondering if they need to go further to help the brand by educating dealers and the like.
Well, I guess they could put a big bright colored card in with every gun that says, "WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!!!"
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