Howdy Camaro45th (which by the way, I'm also a fan of all things Chevy) !!
To add to what Mr. Albert accurately described, some folks come to this forum to do research when considering a Kimber (like yourself). They get the information they need to make a decision and move on, never to be heard from again. I initially joined in November 2014 when I was considering the purchase of a Solo. Man, after a few days of reading posts, I high tailed it to a Sig dealer and bought a P938. Never visited the site again until last year around this time when I was considering a Micro 9. Ended up buying one, and then another Kimber (Micro 380), then a UCII and finally, this year bought that Solo (which I truly love !!!). After spending a bit of time on the site, I found there to be a truly great bunch of folks that hang around on a regular basis (maybe even hourly
) that have a plethora of knowledge about not only Kimbers, but many other gun makes and models.
If someone merely does a cursory cruise throught the various forums here, it is easy to see (and understand) how it would "appear" that Kimbers have issues. That is primarily due to folks that buy one, have an issue, or think they do, and are looking for guidance as to whether it truly is the gun or the operator, or the ammo... etc. I lost count of how many posts from new owners of the M9 that, upon their first field strip and reassembly ended up installing the slide stop back incorrectly and the slide would be stuck tighter than a duck's butt. Heck, one regular member even took the time to go over to a new member's house to help him get his slide unstuck !! In some cases, those members get the solution to their problem or information they sought and then move on, never to be heard from again either.
Then there are all the regular (aka Senior) members that came, liked with they saw and stayed. They offer up their view points (good and bad) in a manner (MOST of the time) that allows the OP to factor in all the angles and go forward. If you look past the forest to see the trees, you find an amazing library of information with which to utilize on a regular basis.
Then there's the Chatting Thread About Nothing in Particular where you can get real time, accurate weather reports from around the country. Starting on Friday afternoon/evening, someone opens "The Bar" and we all start bragging about the particular adult beverage we are enjoying. You can get "Jokes on the Fly" from our ongoing Joke thread. Where else could you get all that and some good ole fashion "gun talk" ??
What I'd like to tell the new members (and those just lurking); come for the initial information but stay for the knowledge, wisdom and best of all.... friendship from a great group of folks