09-07-2016, 03:22 PM
Join Date: May 2015
Super Carry Pro Short Range Report
You may remember I posted some time ago about my safety becoming disconnected from my Super Carry Pro? After many long weeks I finally got it back. The upshot of the repair was that I got a new frame, along with a new serial number which required return via an FFL.
So you know, this weapon has approximately 8K rounds through it, was purchased new be me in early 2013 and has been an EDC for the last two to two and a half years. In spite of being well out of warranty, the customer service rep immediately sent UPS shipping labels along with instructions for returning. The gun was returned to me on Kimbers nickel as well. My out of pocket expense was the fee charged by my LGS.
I had read remarks that Kimber test fired guns but did not clean them before returning but, when I broke mine down for cleaning, I was surprised to see that it had been cleaned to some extent. I suspect they use some sort of 'bath' to accomplish this prior to shipping? I cleaned it anyway and lubed it as I think a new frame should be treated as a new gun?
When I got to the range I fired two magazines with no failures to feed and none to eject! Note that feeding and ejecting have not been problems since somewhere around 400 rounds but I feared a new break in period may be in order?
But (there's always one of those) on the third magazine, near the last four rounds, the gun double fired! I mean I pulled the trigger once and sent two rounds down range, one after the other. This happened very quickly and was quite a surprise! I immediately thought that I was not maintaining a firm grip and tightened up. My thought was that I had forgotten how to fire my own pistol!
Unfortunately this continued throughout the 150 rounds I put through it for a total of 6 times.
I eMailed my contact at Kimber, Allan Stipe and he was at a loss but offered to send shipping labels to get it back for another look. I told Allan that I did not want to send it back for a problem that was 'Operator Error' and took it back to the range. This time I took the WC flat wire kit w/full length guide rod. When I got the same double fire, I replaced the factory guide rod with the WC kit. Unfortunately that had no effect.
So my gun is on its way back to Kimber and I am back to carrying my S&W 3913. Hopefully this will not take a long time?
I will say that I am still impressed with the customer service of the Kimber team! This weapon has been out of warranty for something around three and a half years and has been an EDC that has been shot often. It would have been very easy for Kimber to fall back on age but they have stepped up each time!
I own other guns but prefer to train with what I carry however the next gun I acquire, regardless of the outcome of this episode, will be a Kimber.
Now, which one .....
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