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Old 02-18-2018, 05:37 PM   #1
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Kimber Ultra CDP 45....FTF

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I am new to a Kimber weapon and never owned a 1911. I now own the Ultra CDP 45 3000257 (I introduced myself in the new member section earlier). I bought it brand new 2 days ago and today I shot it for the first time putting around 150-200 rounds through it. It was a blast to shoot but frustrating/embarrassing at times which is why I want to ask about FTF...Failure to Feed (at least that's what I think it was). This happened many times but mostly on the first round. I think I had one maybe two FTF like 3 or 4 rounds in but really mostly and mainly on the first round. Sometimes 5,6,7 clips in a row. The FTF round basically made it mostly up into the barrel but the slide would not go all the way forward. I dropped the mag and it was very easy to clear. Is this a known issue and if so whats the fix? or ....Is it simply the break in period which Kimber manual suggests? One thing of note and maybe this is not good or incorrect but I shot this weapon brand new right out of the box. No tear down, lube, or nothing. Thanks in Advance !
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The first thing is to break the gun down and clean and lube it, that alone could be the cause of your problem. The second thing is what ammo were you shooting? Your break in rounds should be 230 gr FMJ. Read your owners manual it will direct you to clean and lube the gun before making your first range visit, the points to lube and the type ammo to shoot.
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Old 02-18-2018, 05:52 PM   #3
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Chuck43,

Thanks for answering...I ran Federal FMJ 230 grain through it.
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As Chuck mentioned, the initial tear-down and oiling is very important. These guns are pretty tight from the factory, so the phrase “run it wet” is used often. Also keep in mind, Kimber recommends 500 rounds to get the gun broken in. My wife had a couple of ultras that we always had dripping with oil at the range, still had FTF and failure to return to battery, but the more rounds, the looser it got and all sorted itself out. Sometimes its just patience during the breakin period, as frustrating as it can be.
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You're using the right type of ammo. To help with the breaking in after you clean and lube the gun try racking the slide a couple of hundred times while your sitting watching TV.
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Old 02-18-2018, 06:11 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies....I will give an update when I go back to the range after I clean and lube it. By not doing this before my first range visit I just knew I was doing wrong. It just seemed so lubed up and pretty I didn't want to touch it. Live and learn...but most importantly be safe. Thanks again !
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I'm looking forward to your next range report, good luck.
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Clean it up well and then run that sucker wet. I always run mine a little wetter when breaking them in and never have issues.
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I had the same problem with my Ultra CDP II. My Ultra II never had issues. I did all the above including complete disassemble. I also switched to the Kim-Pro Tac-Mags. After about 500, its been flawless. 🤷*♂️
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Good luck on your next outing.
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