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Old 04-08-2019, 02:24 PM   #1
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Kimber barrels

I'm kind of new to Kimbers and 1911 in general so this was quite a surprise to me when my new gun finally arrived. I have newer seen this kind of barrel on a handgun. Is this a one piece or two separate parts welded together? I noticed it has some sharp edges and was wondering if it could be filed down or polished.
Kimber model is Pro Carry 9mm.
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Old 04-08-2019, 02:34 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by SpecCop View Post
I'm kind of new to Kimbers and 1911 in general so this was quite a surprise to me when my new gun finally arrived. I have newer seen this kind of barrel on a handgun. Is this a one piece or two separate parts welded together? I noticed it has some sharp edges and was wondering if it could be filed down or polished.
Kimber model is Pro Carry 9mm.
What you're seeing is the engineering required for "bushing-less" barrel systems on the Pro and Ultra Kimbers. It is indeed a one-piece barrel, and the step is required for the unique locking system for these short barrels. It's a real timing issue that is explained very well in the current magazine on the newsstand "The Complete Book of the 1911".

It is/was not easy to produce a bushing-less 1911 that functioned reliably, especially the 3" barreled Ultra's.

Nothing wrong with smoothing out sharp corners though that won't ever be seen outside the weapon.
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Seeing as you have a Pro model, a worthwhile upgrade would be the Wilson Combat flatwire spring kit. No takedown tool is required to fieldstrip with this spring kit, and the flatwire recoil spring will last many more rounds than the standard spring that comes in it.
https://shopwilsoncombat.com/mobile/...oductinfo/784/
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Yup, welcome to bull barrels! That's a significant part of the reason why your 1911 doesn't clack like a 1976 Winnebago when you shake it.
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Yup, welcome to bull barrels! That's a significant part of the reason why your 1911 doesn't clack like a 1976 Winnebago when you shake it.


The Winnebago thing got me laughing so hard I fell off my chair.


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Yeah, what they said! I was to slow.
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The Kimber bull barrels point/balance real nice, and are accurate too.
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Old 04-09-2019, 01:51 PM   #8
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Nothing wrong with smoothing out sharp corners though that won't ever be seen outside the weapon.
So there is no coating on the barrel that I have to worry about?

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Seeing as you have a Pro model, a worthwhile upgrade would be the Wilson Combat flatwire spring kit. No takedown tool is required to fieldstrip with this spring kit, and the flatwire recoil spring will last many more rounds than the standard spring that comes in it.
https://shopwilsoncombat.com/mobile/...oductinfo/784/
I already own that WC kit. Only around 350 bullets went through my Kimber so it's not broken in yet. As soon as I go over 600-700 rounds I'll put it in. Unfortunately I'm having some malfunctions. So far two FTE and three FTF.
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Try the Wilson Combat magazines.


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I have a number of Kimber Pro size guns and love them all. I wouldn't worry about a couple of FTF or FTE during the break in stage. Keep shooting FMJ ammo and using the magazines you have. 99% of the time the break process will correct any problems you're having. If they continue after the break in period then contact Kimbers Customer Service before you start buying stuff to fix it. People are quick to blame Kimbers magazine, I own over 25 Kimber magazines and have never had a problem that a simple cleaning couldn't fix.
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