12-20-2016, 07:41 PM
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Florida Heartland
Catastrophic Micro .380 failure. I'm done.
This is the second time the gun is going back to Yonkers. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Once it's back, it's up for sale or trade or whatever way I can get rid of it the fastest. No more Kimbers in this house. Stupid me had designs on a Kimber Hunter rifle in .308. No more. The first time it came back with the new guide rod and recoil spring. Apparently, that wasn't enough.
I haven't posted in a while as I have been holding my breath, hoping the gun I was carrying every day would continue to be the marvelous shooter it is when it works. After installing night sights I wasn't able to get to the range for a couple weeks. But I was carrying the Micro every day. When I finally got to the range I sent a pistol target with a one inch bullseye out to seven yards. First shot, dead center bullseye. Next pull of the trigger, "click." Cleared the round. Click. Cleared the round. Bang. Then click... and maybe another dozen failed attempts later I gave up. I'm sure you can well imagine my frustration and anger when I realized I'd been carrying around a defective firearm for at least two weeks.
Back home at the bench I broke down the gun. But I couldn't depress the firing pin far enough to get the back plate off... and the plunger for the firing pin block seemed frozen as well. Any fix was obviously beyond my skill set. Luckily I've found a local gunsmith with 30 years experience and who is very accommodating. I took the gun to him and watched as he was able to extract the firing pin and then the extractor. There was a piece of something in the extractor channel and some galling on the frame at the back end of the extractor. But even after clearing everything it was not obvious that the gun was working. He asked to keep it to make sure and I said yes. I heard from him the next day to say he was having problems. I said take whatever time you need.
He worked on it all day Sunday and most of Monday. After calling Kimber and searching the web and perhaps even this forum for answers he had to give up and asked if he could send it back to Kimber. I, of course, said yes.
Parenthetically I should note he was able to get the gun to fire if he held it upside down while pulling the trigger. So there's that.
I'm sure I'll get no argument about abandoning Kimber. But here's the other factor. I picked up a Ruger SR1911 in 9mm with an alloy frame, 9+1, commander size. To date 400 rounds without so much as a burp. It just works. As does my Glock 43. With guns I have personally proven as reliable as these, I don't need to hold my breath and hope my carry gun is going to go bang.
Kimber has built a reputation for high end guns. I'm afraid my opinion is that the high end only relates to the price.
I've also learned the benefits of a series 70 1911 (like Rugers). So that's where I'm headed.
Thanks all for your help early on with my Micro. I'll post again if anything interesting happens with Kimber and my defective Micro. And yes, I am very angry.
NRA Life Member
Last edited by John316; 12-20-2016 at 07:50 PM.
Reason: Added detail.