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Old 02-13-2016, 01:36 PM   #1
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Bushing 1911 vs Non Bushing.

Which do you all prefer a Kimber with bushing or a Kimber without the bushing. Can a Kimber without the bushing be changed over to a KImber with the bushing. Which one is better. Pros and Cons of these two pistols. Thanks
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Old 02-13-2016, 02:14 PM   #2
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I don't know. I have both and they both shoot great. The slide for the bull barrel (non-bushing model) is designed to lock up around the barrel. The Custom 5" models have a bushing insert. I can't conceive any benefit from trying to convert one to another. It would take some serious metal work on the slide and barrel.
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Old 02-13-2016, 03:24 PM   #3
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I prefer a bushing, own both. Nothing wrong with a bull barrel, but in a 5" 1911 I'll always take the bushing model over the bull barrel.
When you get down to the Pro size models, you have to go bull(all Kimber makes in that size and smaller)now that I've switched both my Pro's over to the Wilson flatwire recoil spring system they don't bother me as much as they use to. But I still would reather they had a .25 longer barrel and a bushing like an Ed Brown or Dan Wesson. But that said both my Bull barreled Pro's run flawlessly, so no complaints just prefer the more standard bushing.
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I own both and really have no preference.
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I'm a purist so I prefer bushings on my 1911's.John Moses Browning intended his .45's to be built with bushings and that's good enough for me.
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Old 02-13-2016, 06:10 PM   #6
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I don't mind bushings, but I hate having to use a bushing tool for disassembly. After replacing the recoil spring and guide with the WC flat wire kit, I also replace the spring cap (it that the correct term) with a WC cap that doesn't have a hole in the end. Makes it easier to disassemble just with my hands.
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Gary, it's called a "spring plug" and with a little bit of practice it's not hard to break a 1911 down without using a bushing wrench.
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Gary, it's called a "spring plug" and with a little bit of practice it's not hard to break a 1911 down without using a bushing wrench.
It can be done.........If Marshall can do it anyone can...
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I can do it with the solid end spring plug, but the standard one that comes on a Kimber with a full length guide rod hurts my tender little fingers.
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Old 02-14-2016, 06:33 AM   #10
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I like the bushing better, but only because I can take it apart without any tools, and the bull barrel requires a paper clip or some tool. ( which I have in my cleaning kits anyway)
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