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Old 01-10-2014, 02:33 PM   #1
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Considering a Kimber for self defence carry

Hello everyone, I currently carry a Walther PPKS 380, but I have had a real problem with the gun failing to fire a round every time you pull the trigger. Well No More! I have been looking on-line @ the Kimber CDP II LG in 45 ACP
as my next carry gun, but before I buy one has anyone had problems with this model? Is a totally reliable weapon to carry? Is there an owb holster that works really well? If you do have a problem does the factory seem interested in fixing it right the first time? Also does anyone have a suggestion on which factory loaded self defense round to buy? I want to purchase accurate ammo, not necessary to have the fastest fps type round, just one that works reliably. Any input anyone would like to give me would be appreciated BEFORE I buy another self defense weapon..
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:36 PM   #2
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Walthers are fine quality weapons. It would be interesting to find the cause of the problems with that gun.
That said, Kimbers also have great reputations, when handled properly. The weapon you are looking at will likely do anything and everything you ask of it. IF, a very, very big if, you do your part too. That is, break it in right, treat it right with the correct manufactures suggested rounds and lube it properly every time it needs to be done and clean it when and how it is supposed to be cleaned.
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I have the Ultra CDP II and love it no problems since I bought it close t o five years ago, and it eats anything you feed it.
Kimber's customer service is top notch as well.........
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Originally Posted by pbsdaddy View Post
... IF, a very, very big if, you do your part too. That is, break it in right, treat it right with the correct manufactures suggested rounds and lube it properly every time it needs to be done and clean it when and how it is supposed to be cleaned.
Bingo! That's true. Kimbers are 'tight'. They need to be broken in properly to loosen up a bit. Don't get the new Kimber and start EDC until you've put the recommended rounds down range. A new gun will give you stovepipes around 150-200 rnds. After that, not a one. As PBS said, do your part and it'll run fine.
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I have a pro cdpII that has been 100% right out of the box. That said I did clean and lube it before I shot it and every 100 rounds after until 500, I still clean it after each range session as you should with any carry firearm. As for carry ammo I have been using Hornadays Critical Defense.
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I too am new to Kimber. My wife and I each purchased a Kimber Custom Crimson Carry II .45 back in October. I've always admired Kimbers but wasn't in a position to acquire one. Anyway, long story short, I normally carry a Glock 23. Obviously the Kimber and the Glock are worlds apart in many ways. My question, relating back to this thread, is the trigger pull and carrying the Kimber on a daily basis. I find the match grade trigger to be ultra light, and I own may type of pistols. Is it normal for Kimbers to have such light triggers? Am I just being a sissy about being nervous about using the Kimber as a daily carry because of the lightness of the trigger?

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Originally Posted by Tom:Jefferson State XX View Post
Hello everyone, I currently carry a Walther PPKS 380, but I have had a real problem with the gun failing to fire a round every time you pull the trigger. Well No More! I have been looking on-line @ the Kimber CDP II LG in 45 ACP
as my next carry gun, but before I buy one has anyone had problems with this model? Is a totally reliable weapon to carry? Is there an owb holster that works really well? If you do have a problem does the factory seem interested in fixing it right the first time? Also does anyone have a suggestion on which factory loaded self defense round to buy? I want to purchase accurate ammo, not necessary to have the fastest fps type round, just one that works reliably. Any input anyone would like to give me would be appreciated BEFORE I buy another self defense weapon..
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Welcome to the forum from northern Illinois Jefferson State XX.

First off, I have to ask, why would you carry a gun that is known to have problems firing?

I don't think the pistol has been invented yet that hasn't had an occasional problem or two especially those that haven't been broken in properly. The important thing here is the manufactures willingness to correct them and Kimbers customer service is second to none.

I'm learning that holsters like women are a personal preference, they may all look good on the surface but what makes you happy won't necessarily work for someone else.

The best factory ammo for your individual gun is the one that performs best in your gun. I've found through testing that not all my .45's like the same rounds. Use the break in period to determine what works best in your gun.
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all Kimbers that I know of are 4 to 5 lbs, for a single action pistol that is not that light. remember that you have a safety to keep you from accidently pulling the trigger where on the Glock there is only a higher trigger pull. Also the Kimber is very smooth which makes it seam lighter.
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I too am new to Kimber. My wife and I each purchased a Kimber Custom Crimson Carry II .45 back in October. I've always admired Kimbers but wasn't in a position to acquire one. Anyway, long story short, I normally carry a Glock 23. Obviously the Kimber and the Glock are worlds apart in many ways. My question, relating back to this thread, is the trigger pull and carrying the Kimber on a daily basis. I find the match grade trigger to be ultra light, and I own may type of pistols. Is it normal for Kimbers to have such light triggers? Am I just being a sissy about being nervous about using the Kimber as a daily carry because of the lightness of the trigger?

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Welcome to the forum from northern Illinois Insta-Gator. I think you're mistaking Kimbers smooth clean breaking triggers for an ultra light one. Kimber sets their triggers at between 4 and 5 pounds and comparing them to a Glock they are going to feel even better. I wouldn't worry about carrying your Kimber, remember you have both a thumb and grip safety.
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Welcome to the forum from northern Illinois Insta-Gator. I think you're mistaking Kimbers smooth clean breaking triggers for an ultra light one. Kimber sets their triggers at between 4 and 5 pounds and comparing them to a Glock they are going to feel even better. I wouldn't worry about carrying your Kimber, remember you have both a thumb and grip safety.
Thanks Chuck43, I agree. Tools are tools, some are for gross adjustment, like a hammer or a Glock, and some are for fine adjustment, like a jewelers tool or a Kimber. Success is determined by selection of the right tool for the job, in the hand of someone who knows how to use it.

The Kimber is a sweet shooting gun.
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