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Old 12-04-2019, 08:44 AM   #1
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Did I buy a bad gun?

Ok so I'm new to 1911s and kimbers. I've done shotguns all life growing up and only handguns I've owned was a glock and ruger mark 4 I got 2 years ago. About a week ago I purchased a kimber custom light weight nightstar as my first 1911 because it was both cheap at 609 bucks new and have heard amazing things about kimbers. I took it to range and ran 50 rounds through it no problems. When I got home I realized there was a crack in the grip. It's a small crack but being brand new I'm worried I messed up by getting one of kimbers cheaper 1911s. Is this a sign of a gun that wont last? Should I have purchased a different gun? How is kimbers warranty? Will swapping out the side grips for cheap rubber ones from the kimber website invalidate the warranty. I like the current grips look just hate that there cracked on one side. Did I buy a bad gun getting a 609 over a 1000 plus?
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Old 12-04-2019, 09:04 AM   #2
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I would think your first inquiry would have been with Kimber. They are known for great customer service, so I suggest you call them.
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I would think your first inquiry would have been with Kimber. They are known for great customer service, so I suggest you call them.
yea that's plan but I'm curious if I made a mistake getting a 600 dollar one and if i should sell and get a higher end one. Worried about the guns quality if noticing wear this early
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Swyvel: I would not fret about the cracked wooden grip. Heck, it's a piece of wood, has nothing at all to do with the overall quality of the pistol itself. Wood can crack, and does on occasion. Seen it myself.

Kimber overall quality is really pretty darn good. You can't judge a pistols condition by a cracked wooden grip; chances are it's the only flaw with the gun.

Call Kimber, explain the problem, email them a pic of the crack, and they will most likely send you some new grips of your choice. It's no big deal, really. I have a lifetime of over 50 years with the 1911, and a cracked grip is about the smallest problem you could have....it just needs replacing. This is a "problem" not worth considering as real issue.
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Swyvel: I would not fret about the cracked wooden grip. Heck, it's a piece of wood, has nothing at all to do with the overall quality of the pistol itself. Wood can crack, and does on occasion. Seen it myself. <img src="https://www.kimbertalk.com/forums/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />

Kimber overall quality is really pretty darn good. You can't judge a pistols condition by a cracked wooden grip; chances are it's the only flaw with the gun.

Call Kimber, explain the problem, email them a pic of the crack, and they will most likely send you some new grips of your choice. It's no big deal, really. I have a lifetime of over 50 years with the 1911, and a cracked grip is about the smallest problem you could have....it just needs replacing. This is a "problem" not worth considering as real issue.
Seems promising. What are your thoughts on such a low price kimber bought at 609 being bought new? Its light weight model with aluminium so hoping it's not gonna wear out fast. Oddly theres really no reviews on my specific model. Maybe cause it's so new since the clerk mentioned it being the holiday special for 2019. Also lotta the ranger people and some other gun shop kinda scoffed that I bought a kimber of all brands and woudlnt give me definitive answer on the quality of the gun
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You did good, it's a new model for Kimber, so not much out there, but you'll find most Kimber bashing is from internet keyboard commando's with absolutely no personal experience with the brand.

I've got many alloy-framed Kimbers, all shoot well, no worries whatever with the alloy frame, as it's heat-treated alloy that will last your lifetime if cared for properly.

I think over time you will find that new Kimber not only shoots well, but looks good doing it.
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A crack in wood isn't indicative of anything else with the gun, so the answer to your question is 'no'. Kimber sells serval different firearm platforms. Their 1911 platform has a good reputation. Other Kimber platforms... not always.

Relax. Call Kimber and explain. They'll make it right. Enjoy your new 1911.

By the way... good job explaining and providing a good pic. A refreshing change from a lot of posters asking questions but lacking content.
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Originally Posted by Rick in Oregon View Post
You did good, it's a new model for Kimber, so not much out there, but you'll find most Kimber bashing is from internet keyboard commando's with absolutely no personal experience with the brand.

I've got many alloy-framed Kimbers, all shoot well, no worries whatever with the alloy frame, as it's heat-treated alloy that will last your lifetime if cared for properly.

I think over time you will find that new Kimber not only shoots well, but looks good doing it. <img src="https://www.kimbertalk.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
good good. Some internet snobs and even one gun store mocked that I got the 600 dollar kimber instead of a 1200 dollar kimber. Am noticing a lot of the gun community seems pretentious to fact that I'm not wealthy. Hell some seem to be joking about me being a boomer for wanting a 1911 despite being in 20s with anime shirts. Personally I love guns of all kinds and like talking to shooters of all ages and just tired of all this pretentious behavior to shooters without tons of money or if they prefer a different style.
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It looks to me like there might have have been a burr or something under the grip when it was tightened down. Shooting it may have caused the final failure because of the stress.

Since it's new and you have a picture to show Kimber I would call them and explain it. Even if they might not help, it appears to be mainly cosmetic and an easy fix. Just don't hesitate to call them. Just be factual and courteous when you do. They might surprise you with a solution.
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Swivel, our resident Forum guru is going to make an appearance soon asking you to go to the new member forum and introduce yourself. Might as well do it now.
As far as snobs on this Forum forget about it, there are none here. This Forum is extremely knowledgeable about everything Kimber and are always willing to help anyone.
Rick is right in that you’ll find most of the keyboard Kimber bashers have never held one never mind ever owning one. Whether it’s a $600 or a $1000, a Kimber is one of the finest 1911s made. Wait until you have a few hundred rounds through it and then report back please.
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