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Old 03-31-2017, 02:26 PM   #1
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New to KT, and new to 1911s

Hi... I am new to Kimber Talk. And even though I own several handguns and a shotgun, I am still somewhat of a novice gun enthusiast. I found this forum after I purchased my first 1911, a Raptor II. I fell in love with it at first sight about 4 months ago, but did a lot of research and found a lot of negative publicity. However, after all my research, I obviously decided to purchase it anyway. I haven't had a chance to take it to the range yet, because I've only had it 1 day, but I am eager to get out there.

I found a lot of recommendations about replacing the mag. My Raptor II came with a Chip McCormick mag (not a Power Mag and definitely not a Power Mag +), but I purchased a KimPro Tac and a Wilson Combat 47D from a local shop. Just loading and otherwise handling the mags, I actually prefer the KimPro Tac. I hope I still feel the same after I return from the range.

Any advice about specific ammo I should use to break it in?

Thanks everyone for creating this forum. I look forward to many years of participation.
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Old 03-31-2017, 03:36 PM   #2
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Welcome from Northeast, Pa.
My Raptor is the best gun I own, I hope you enjoy yours. A lot of us use 1911 magazines from Joe's Mag Mania.
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Old 03-31-2017, 03:39 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum from Ohio! Read your manual and use only quality factory ammo during your break in. Good luck and be safe
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Old 03-31-2017, 03:47 PM   #4
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Welcome to the site from Tennessee. I second JC's advice on Joes1911 magazines, many of us use them. A lot of us use Freedom Munitions 230gr hard ball, for break in and general range use.

Was your Raptor "Used"? All my Kimber's have shipped with a magazine that says Kimber on the bottom. I have never had a problem with the factory supplied magazines.

Don't believe all the trash talk about Kimber's that you read in the internet.

I have these two Raptors.
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Old 03-31-2017, 05:17 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum from northern Illinois and congratulations on the Raptor II. I'm a fan of Freedom Munitions 230 gr reloads and Joes magazines as well. I should say that I have 20 something Kimber KimPro Tac-Mags and never had a problem with one of them. Clean and lube the Raptor before your first range visit and remember that magazines and holsters also need an occasional cleaning.
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Old 03-31-2017, 05:38 PM   #6
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Welcome. Kimber's are great. The only ones that don't like them, don't have them.
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Old 03-31-2017, 06:25 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forum T-sta from North Carolina
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Old 03-31-2017, 07:39 PM   #8
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Welcome to the forum from southern CA.!!
I have a Raptor II myself I love the way it shoots. I did put the Wilson combat flat wire recoil spring kit in mine. They are suppose to last 7-10 times longer than stock springs. I know I like the smooth feel of the slide when I rack it!
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Welcome from Ohio and you just bought yourself the prettiest shooter in the Kimber line-up.
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Old 04-01-2017, 11:34 AM   #10
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Thank you everyone for the feedback and for welcoming me.
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