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Old 03-10-2017, 03:02 PM   #1
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Failure to Fire

Took my new Ultra CDP II to the range today. Wanted to add it to my EDC list. Thought I'd also work on my trigger control. However, about 2 rounds per magazine failed to fire. If I was aggressive in pulling back the trigger, it always fired. If I smoothly pulled it back, I'd get the miss fire. It would just put a small dent in the primer.
Took it apart, removed the firing pin, cleaned the channel, spring and pin. All looked normal. Tried different ammo and mags. No change. I know most of us are starting our drinking ritual but any ideas? The bar is open. 🥃🥂
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Old 03-10-2017, 04:34 PM   #2
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check your sear
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Old 03-10-2017, 04:40 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Hawker800 View Post
I know most of us are starting our drinking ritual but any ideas?
Yep....just drink more.

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This is brand new?
Your frame looks black, so this has the firing pin block, right? I think it's only the 2017 grey framed CDP's that don't have the firing pin safety. I could be wrong.

We just had a good discussion on the Swartz safety. Is it possible you aren't releasing the firing pin block all the way every time you fire? That maybe the firing pin is dragging along the block?
Or, heaven forbid, you didn't put it together and run the slide into the frame safety lever sticking up, did you? If so you might have disfigured it a little bit and maybe it isn't pushing up like it should. Look for a mark on it where the slide might have nicked it on reassembly.

If you don't have the FP safety, ignore the above

You can always check it by using a wood pencil with an erasure. See if it will shoot that pencil with authority when dry firing.
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Just reread your post.
I'll bet when you were more aggressive pulling back the trigger you were also more aggressive with your grip. Meaning the grip safety was fully depressed and pushing that block further out of the way.
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Originally Posted by pacanis View Post
This is brand new?
Your frame looks black, so this has the firing pin block, right? I think it's only the 2017 grey framed CDP's that don't have the firing pin safety. I could be wrong.

We just had a good discussion on the Swartz safety. Is it possible you aren't releasing the firing pin block all the way every time you fire? That maybe the firing pin is dragging along the block?
Or, heaven forbid, you didn't put it together and run the slide into the frame safety lever sticking up, did you? If so you might have disfigured it a little bit and maybe it isn't pushing up like it should. Look for a mark on it where the slide might have nicked it on reassembly.

If you don't have the FP safety, ignore the above

You can always check it by using a wood pencil with an erasure. See if it will shoot that pencil with authority when dry firing.
Just FYI, there are a few other Kimber pistols that do not have a Swartz safety. You can tell because they will not have "II" after whatever model name it happens to be.
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Originally Posted by pacanis View Post
Just reread your post.
I'll bet when you were more aggressive pulling back the trigger you were also more aggressive with your grip. Meaning the grip safety was fully depressed and pushing that block further out of the way.
...wish I understood your reply.
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Thanks 2Sharp2.
I've got CDP on the brain. Maybe because I just picked mine up tonight
Go grey or go home, lol.
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Originally Posted by pacanis View Post
Thanks 2Sharp2.
I've got CDP on the brain. Maybe because I just picked mine up tonight
Go grey or go home, lol.

Yeah, I just have the plain Jane old black frame CDP from I don't know what year, never called to check.

Maybe Kimber is kicking back old school. The new "Grey Frame" CDP
reminds me of my SIS Ultra also sans Swartz safety.
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It's new. Did the pencil 1st thing. Works every time. Looking into the sear tonight.
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