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From the picture it looks like it could use a little finishing. Doe it shoot accurately? Send that same pic to Kimber CS and get their take on it.
I did send a picture to Kimber, and the reply was it is perfectly normal. It looks nothing like the Colt .45 barrel I had. I am still recovering from having a kidney removed, so I have not shot it yet. I was just curious what others thought about it.
 

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No. “Normal?”…unlikely. Uncommon, yes.
 

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No. “Normal?”…unlikely. Uncommon, yes.
I think it is more sloppy than anything else. Looks like the crown will probably ok though. Looks like where the grooves and lands end are the high and low spots. Hard to tell from the picture. Since you are recovering and it might be a couple of weeks before you can get to a range, send it back and say fix it. Maybe after the move some of the smiths could use a little fine tuning in the artistry of a 1911. Probably shoot ok though.
 

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When I sent my Kimber revolver in to have a wobly front sight fixed. I told them the trigger pull was not a lfht or smooth as I was expecting. I received the gun back from Kimber with the front sight fixed and the trigger as smooth as warm butter. I did not ask them to improve the trigger, just called their attention to it. They were super to me. Unlike another company whose initials are Sig Sauer. I sent my Sig back to them 3 times, then fixed it myself.
 

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I've seen worse examples of questonable factory QC, but those examples almost all shot well despite looking like someone used a pipe reamer to crown the muzzle. Once you're healed up, go out and shoot it, as you may also be happily surprised. Of course you could always take it to your smith for some fine polishing on the muzzle to make it more visually appealing to you. I've done some myself just using a lead .44 caliber ball intended for muzzleloaders with some Flitz or Semichrome metal polish and just lap it by hand. You could also use automotive valve lapping compound for faster results, but I'd do nothing until I shot it first.

But if you ever have to return it to the mothership and it looks "too purty", they may deny your warranty. They're a picky sort in that regard.
 

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When I sent my Kimber revolver in to have a wobly front sight fixed. I told them the trigger pull was not a lfht or smooth as I was expecting. I received the gun back from Kimber with the front sight fixed and the trigger as smooth as warm butter. I did not ask them to improve the trigger, just called their attention to it. They were super to me. Unlike another company whose initials are Sig Sauer. I sent my Sig back to them 3 times, then fixed it myself.
That seems to be Kimber's mantra. They tend to go through a returned firearm from stem to stern. Customer Service is what separates the wheat from the chaff.
 
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