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Old 08-30-2013, 05:20 PM   #1
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Made the leap

I just made the leap to a Kimber Ultra carry. I requested some opinions, on another forum, from people who have or have had a Kimber. The jury was pretty evenly divided on the value or quality of the guns. I'm hoping some infor here can help me prevent any ill thoughts of my purchase.
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:23 PM   #2
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I also just purchased an Ultra Carry II, have not received it yet but have shot two different Kimbers and all I can say are they are butter smooth and extremely accurate. Ive been shooting for 35 years and theres not much I cant shoot fairly well, but the Kimbers are more accurate than ill ever be. Good luck and put a few hundred rounds through it before you garner an opinion of your weapon. Happy shooting!
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:05 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by pbsdaddy View Post
I'm hoping some infor here can help me prevent any ill thoughts of my purchase.
Follow the instructions in your owners manual, strip and clean the firearm before you break it in, get to know it. Shoot 400-500 rounds of Quality Factory Ball (230g. FMJ) ammunition, cleaning and lubricating the gun every 100-150 rounds. Don't worry about what other people think, your opinion is the only one that counts, enjoy it.
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:16 PM   #4
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I have or have owned production 1911s from Colt,SW,Springfield and Kimber. I have never felt under gunned with Kimber and prefer them for a number of reasons for out of the box guns. I do not and will not own one their alloy frame guns of new production with KimPro finish in lieu of hard anodizing however. Of 12 1911s in my safe, I rarely shoot anything but Kimber.

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Old 09-01-2013, 08:22 AM   #5
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I do not and will not own one their alloy frame guns of new production with KimPro finish in lieu of hard anodizing .
Mike, I guess that description would fit my new Aegis. Did I just spend a bunch of coin on potential trouble?
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:58 AM   #6
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Mike, I guess that description would fit my new Aegis. Did I just spend a bunch of coin on potential trouble?
I didn't mean to try to bash those that buy them. Many seem to have issue with the KimPro adhering to alloy well. Also anodizing add surface hardness even after the color has worn off. Kimber did it at one time. Anodizing is the way to go on alloy for durability. And on the Pro models in 45 they are not ramped barrels. Without the hardness of Type III anodizing the frames feed ramp tends to take a lot of abuse. Especially with hollow point bullets.
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:05 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info Mike. I appreciate you sharing your knowledge.
Dang if my other Kimber isn't a Pro model 45----and I load hollow points for it

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Old 09-01-2013, 12:23 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info Mike. I appreciate you sharing your knowledge.
Dang if my other Kimber isn't a Pro model 45----and I load hollow points for it
If its a steel Pro. No issues. If its an alloy Pro you may be fine. You may see issues with time. If alloy, keep an eye on the frames feed ramp for damage. Use mags with polymer followers. We have seen some that ran good for a long time and some that showed signs early. Depends on angles of feed ramp, type of projectiles etc. not try to cause panic.
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It's a Pro Carry II, aluminum frame.
I'm starting to feel like I'm hijacking the op's thread---sorry.
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:37 PM   #10
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No problem Rooster. It's all about the same product.
I took it for a spin on the range yesterday. Right out of the box, (well, I did polish the ramp), she performed like a champ.
I am having some minor problems with the take down, for cleaning. Just a matter of adjusting to the piece. While this is not my first 1911, I don't think I'll ever figure, after all these years, why someone hasn't borrowed the "takedown notch" idea from the Browning HP. I much prefer not having to hold the slide open when removing or replacing the slide lever
That said, everything else is fine. Although, I will be replacing the slide release lever with a more serviceable piece. Any suggestions?
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