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Old 02-16-2017, 09:04 AM   #1
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Bad day at the range...

I waited until I got my extended magazines before I fired the cricket. My first time out, I fired about 150 rounds and had a great time. Little sucker was dead on!!!

Then I received my new VZ Grips and polished the hammer and sear. I was excited to hit the range for ROUND #2.

I brought 200 rounds with me for the 9 and the 45.

I did notice after my first trip to the range that the front sight of the Micro 9 was off to the left a smidge. I couldn't remember if it was that far left when I purchased it. I figured this was done purposely by Kimber during test firing and dialing the sights in. And no way it moved while firing. I couldn't move the sight regardless of how hard I pushed, so I thought nothing more of it.

The range frowns upon drawing from a holster... so I loaded up my 4 extended magazines, popped one in, racked, hung the gun by my side and simulated drawing from my waistband.

I emptied the magazine and had a nice grouping with all 7 shots in a 3-inch radius from 10 yards. EXCEPT... all 7 shots were 3 inches to the right of the bulls eye. WTF!!!!!

I moved the target to 7.5 yards... slapped another magazine in... emptied it. All 7 shots were 4 inches right of the target. WTF!!!!! My friend laughed and asked if he should call 9-1-1 in case I was having a seizure. He knows I'm never off.

I looked at the front sight...



I pop another magazine in and empty it. 5 inches off the mark... DUE EAST!!!



I pop my last magazine in and empty it.



Yikes!!! That can't be good. The good news is... I shoot pretty well without a front sight. Better news... my trigger feels great and my new grips even better!!!

The best news... Kimber is taking care of it... including shipping.

The horrific news... I'll be without my cricket, worst case, for 5-7 weeks.
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Old 02-16-2017, 09:14 AM   #2
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Well, sadly this is turning into a pretty common issue.
Not surprised Kimber is taking care of it.
Sucks for people that only have one EDC pistol.
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Old 02-16-2017, 09:42 AM   #3
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I guess it's time to buy that second carry you want, ultra or even better a defender!
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Old 02-16-2017, 09:47 AM   #4
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LOL... seriously. I guess I should have hung on to the XDS.

Makes me hesitant to consider Kimber's Ultra Carry II now.
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Old 02-16-2017, 10:16 AM   #5
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Bummer.
I wonder if Kimber will fit a new sight or fix that one to work.

I just had a front post sight fall of an Uberti. I asked Cimarron if they'd just send me a new sight instead of me sending the gun back and they did.
I had only fired the pistol six times when I lost the front sight.
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The only time I had a factory installed sight problem was with a Henry Frontier. It was the rear sight in my case. Contacted them and they sent me (at my request instead of shipping it back) an upgraded sight...and a coffee mug...and a ball cap...and a knit winter hat...and a T-shirt...and a key ring...can't remember everything that was in that box...oh yeah...an apology handwritten by the owner for the faulty rear sight that made it past their QC department. Lesson here...crap happens and the manufacturer's "character" is demonstrated as to how they handle the matter with you.
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Old 02-16-2017, 10:34 AM   #7
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Wow. Awesome CS from Henry there.
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Pacanis, they told me they would send me a new sight if I desired.

But they recommended returning the ENTIRE pistol, which was my preference. They want to examine the slide and said they would replace it if necessary. They also said they need to fire the gun to adjust the sight as well. Not like half a gun will do me much good anyway.

I'll let them go through it. It could be a bad sight... or a bad slide.

So long as it is done PROPERLY... I'm fine with it. Would have loved if they offered a free night-sight upgrade... alas, no. Even a T-Shirt would have been nice.

I'll feel naked without my sidearm. I guess I'll have to lug my 1911 TRP around with me. Lord help the idiot who tries to jack me when carrying that cannon.

Little nonsense like this can cost a person their life. KIMBER has left a BAD taste in my mouth. Most likely my last Kimber. After all the hype... and high prices... I expected better.
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Originally Posted by djo_34 View Post
LOL... seriously. I guess I should have hung on to the XDS.

Makes me hesitant to consider Kimber's Ultra Carry II now.
I wouldn't hesitate for a second to buy an Ultra size Kimber. I carry one every day and have a couple in the safe (both 9mm & .45), never had a problem with any of them.
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Pacanis, they told me they would send me a new sight if I desired.

But they recommended returning the ENTIRE pistol, which was my preference. They want to examine the slide and said they would replace it if necessary. They also said they need to fire the gun to adjust the sight as well. Not like half a gun will do me much good anyway.

I'll let them go through it. It could be a bad sight... or a bad slide.

So long as it is done PROPERLY... I'm fine with it. Would have loved if they offered a free night-sight upgrade... alas, no. Even a T-Shirt would have been nice.

I'll feel naked without my sidearm. I guess I'll have to lug my 1911 TRP around with me. Lord help the idiot who tries to jack me when carrying that cannon.

Little nonsense like this can cost a person their life. KIMBER has left a BAD taste in my mouth. Most likely my last Kimber. After all the hype... and high prices... I expected better.
Seriously ? A sight fell off and you're done with Kimber ?

SMH........Shit happens all of the time with any product from a production line and if you have never had any product fail you then you will be the first one that has ever happened to..
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