I just bought my first Kimber, a SS Raptor II - Kimber Forum

Kimber


Go Back   Kimber Forum > Kimber Forum News > New Member Introduction

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-16-2013, 10:58 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 2
I just bought my first Kimber, a SS Raptor II

Hello,

I've been shooting guns for less than a year, here's my circuitous route to how, on my lunch break today, I go pick up my Kimber Raptor.

It started out with me just wanting to get an M1 Garand to hang on the wall in respect for my late dad who fought in Leyte and Okinawa in WWII. I realized it would be ridiculous to just hang it on the wall so I decided to get some training in gun safety. I found out about a shooting school here in Los Angeles taught by active LAPD SWAT team members called ITTS.

Their Handgun I class is the prerequisite for all the other classes they teach so I took it. Wow, I realized I like shooting semiautomatic pistols, and with the finger control from a lifetime of playing guitar, finding my way around trigger press, while challenging, felt pretty natural, I'd imagine other guitar players here know just what I'm talking about. Anyway, the class was so much fun I ended up over the last year also taking the ITTS Handgun II and III and now signed up for Advanced Handgun.

Early on I bought a rental range gun from the range I go to, Oaktree. This is a S&W 1911 that shoots great and I got it cheap, but because it's got S&W specific target sights I couldn't put standard night sights on it so decided to look around for a better 1911. I seriously considered several others, but after Handgun III I realized that all these SWAT guys were shooting Kimbers so decided to go that route, I wanted something in stainless steel frame and slide, ambi thumb safety, and night sights. I considered the TLE but would have to have someone install an ambi thumb safety, so I figured I might as well go for the Raptor II. Today at noon on my lunch break I go in to pick it up after the ten day hold, I can't wait! My next class, Advance Handgun, isn't until early November, so I have months to polish my skills with this Kimber.

Oh, and I did end up getting an M1 Garand.

I almost forgot to ask. Given that this is a Custom Shop Kimber, it's my understanding that there is a lot more hand fitting than something like the TLE. The guys at ITTS like sending their Kimbers to Robar to really get them dialed in. So my question is, given the attention given by Kimber's Custom Shop, would it be unnecessary for me to send the gun to Robar for the final touch of mojo? I hope not.

Thanks,
Plexibreath
plexibreath is offline   Reply With Quote
Remove Ads
Old 07-17-2013, 06:24 PM   #2
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 8
From what I understand, the "Custom Shop" at Kimber is just a siding off the main assembly line where the gun gets some bells and whistles added. It is not a true or full custom shop that does any additional hand fitting.

I would still send it out to Robar if you're not satisfied with the out of box performance.

Congrats on the Kimber and on the commitment to learning as much as you can about this fine sport!
ProCarryII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2013, 10:23 AM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 2
So the night I picked it up I was so inspired by this sweet 1911 that I practiced my dry fire for three hours straight. I just couldn't help myself.
That was a mistake, The next morning my right shoulder was in extreme pain, over the next couple days it got worse, I went to have it x-rayed and this revealed tendinitis and arthritis (I'm 56 years old). So bummer, I couldn't shoot for a week.

The following week I was finally able to shoot it, a hundred rounds of flawless shooting, no failures whatsoever. Took it home, field stripped it, cleaned it and oiled her up for the next weekend, which was yesterday. Yesterday I sent another hundred rounds through it, again it performed flawlessly.

This gun is severely accurate, like it's reading my mind, at Oaktree Gun range, I was hitting about five shots out of every seven round magazine, a 20" wide circular steel target at 75 yards. I have not been able to do that before, maybe it was the gun, maybe it was the 3 hours of dry firing I did that layed me out for a week, I suspect it was both. I love this gun!

Plexibreath
plexibreath is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 08-05-2013, 01:12 PM   #4
Super Moderator
 
Chuck43's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Northern Illinois
Posts: 32,694
First off let me welcome you to the world of shooting sports and second to the forum.

If I'm reading your second post right I think you've already answered your question about sending it off to Robar for their mojo. It's functioning 100% and shooting very accurately.
__________________
WE DON'T SHOOT TO KILL, WE SHOOT TO SAVE A LIFE.
Chuck43 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Search tags for this page

bought my first kimber

,

kimber pro raptor ii

,

kimber raptor 11 forum

,

kimber raptor forums

,

kimber raptor slide cant release thumb

,

kimbertalk.com break in

,

what do i get with my kimber raptor ii

Click on a term to search for related topics.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Kimber Pro Raptor II Jose.nievesjr Kimber Talk 9 06-19-2014 07:21 PM
My new Kimber Raptor Pro II! b1gted Kimber 1911 Forum 5 04-20-2013 10:10 AM