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Old 01-05-2019, 08:39 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,

New to the forums, figured I would ask a few questions about my kimber TLE II TFS

I bought this handgun after my dad had such great luck with his stainless II, but he probably only shot his 300 times over the years.

Ever since I bought this thing it has done nothing but give me grief. I keep it meticulously cleaned and oiled, so there shouldn’t be a problem there. Current round count is 850 rounds, and I’m probably at 12 FTEs. To me, this is unacceptable and there is no way I could trust this gun enough to carry it. The issue is always a standard stovepipe, and I use nothing but Wilson Combat 47D mags. Issues have been with Winchester 230 grain FMJ, and also freedom munitions 230 grain FMJ.

My grandfather also has a crimson carry II that has jammed numerous times. I’m beginning to question the overall reliability of Kimber builds.

I typically carry and shoot a Glock 19, or a CZ75 compact. I am very confident in my ability to shoot the gun without causing malfunctions. I also spoke with an instructor at a training class I took recently and he says that he has never seen a Kimber come to class that has ran without multiple hiccups throughout the 1500 round, 2 day class. He advised I get a Dan Wesson.

I do not mean to come onto the forums and bash Kimber, I do own one. But, I’m beginning to wonder if I should give up on it. What would you guys ask for a like new Kimber TLE II TFS, doesn’t have any marks and no holster ware.


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Old 01-05-2019, 08:56 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, I just had a few issues with 2 out of the 8 WC mags at range yesterday, running Freedom. Not too concerned, left them aside to inspect. Have you tried other mags?
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Old 01-05-2019, 09:06 PM   #3
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I'd give CS a chance to check it out. Could be as easy as an extractor adjustment or a chamber ream/polish.
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Old 01-05-2019, 09:15 PM   #4
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...Yup, what Big Sky said. Send her up to NY and let them give tuning her up a go. It's not going to cost a dime.
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Old 01-05-2019, 09:24 PM   #5
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Kimber Customer service is the way to go. Also, I've had no issues with my KimPro Tac-mags.

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Old 01-06-2019, 12:28 AM   #6
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Hmm?...well... Stovepipes are usually caused by a soft grip or "limpwristing". A .45, 1911 is not a Glock or CZ ... whole different animal. Just sayin' ... And magazines really don't have much effect on a round that's already been fired. Mag issues usually cause feeding problems not ejection problems. But then I've never shot your gun so what do I know?😁
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Old 01-06-2019, 02:26 AM   #7
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Welcome to the forum. I would make the call like everyone else already stated. At 850 rounds it shouldn’t be a break in issue.
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Old 01-06-2019, 05:25 AM   #8
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Welcome to the forum Alex, as was already suggested give customer service a call.

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How about stopping by our "New Member Introduction" sub forum and introducing yourself to the membership?
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Hi Alex welcome from NY. you started out wanting to ask a couple of questions but only asked one. how much is my Kimber worth I will start the bidding at 500.00..
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I hate to say this because you will find this forum to be polite and helpful. I don't want that to change. But I have an idea, please consider it.

You mentioned that your dad shot this pistol 300 times. What was his success ratio?

If the pistol operated perfectly, it's either one of two things. One, the gun wants to fire only one brand of ammunition. Lots of .22LR firearms have this issue.

Then there's two, you mentioned "stovepipes." Is it possible that you're 'limp wristing' the piece? At the lower break-in amount, the slide fit to the frame, the ejector and the extractor are all trying to get to know each other.

This is called "slide timing." A window opens and the spent round is ejected, a fresh round must pop up under it, and the slide must be able feed the live round with no obstructions.

A stovepipe is a sign that the dancer is stomping on his suitor's toes.

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