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Ya know, I love my Kimber. BUT, why do I need that BS plastic tool to depress the spring cap so I can turn the bushing to field strip/clean my Kimber? Why don't they make it solid on top so I can use my finger/thumb to push it down? The recess in front makes it act like a cookie cutter on my thumb when I try to depress it without that plastic thingy.

I can field strip my Glocks in about 5 seconds. No tools needed.

Is there a better spring cap, perhaps with a solid top, that will make this easier?
 

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I'm sure there are solutions to your problem, but the tool is needed for most 1911's. My Pro series is completely different though. They don't have a barrel bushing.
 

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Hmmm, guess I should have done some homework rather than buying on impulse. How do you strip the pro?
 

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Youtube is very helpful. :D :D
 

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I ran into similar issues with a Rock Island (RIA) 1911. The tool works well.

The Kimber Warrier I have has a solid spring cap. In my research I have found for my Rock Island is to take an old Remington Rand part and match the length to the RIA
The RIA has full length guide rail and the Remington has a GI (shorter guide rail.)

Food for though

It works perfectly. Sent a letter to ARMSCOR on this issue.
 

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I don't know if I can explain the process for the Pro, but it takes a tool as well. There is an L shaped tool that comes with the gun that is inserted into the guide rod and stops the recoil spring from fully extending allowing the removal of the slide. I'll bet there's a YouTube video that explains it much better then I can.
 

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I ran into similar issues with a Rock Island (RIA) 1911. The tool works well.

The Kimber Warrier I have has a solid spring cap. In my research I have found for my Rock Island is to take an old Remington Rand part and match the length to the RIA
The RIA has full length guide rail and the Remington has a GI (shorter guide rail.)

Food for though

It works perfectly. Sent a letter to ARMSCOR on this issue.
Good info. Welcome to the forum!!
 

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Thanks for the replies, guys. I suppose it's just part of my learning curve, to get used to the 1911 world.
 

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How long have you owned your Kimber?
Since October. It's my "special time" on the range firearm, not a EDC. I've cleaned it three times, including the initial after-purchase cleaning. It gets easier each time. I must be a slow learner, but the Kimber is the only firearm I've ever owned that required a tool just to field strip and clean.
 

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I have seen that. Have you done it? How's it work?
Been there done that, I installed a kit on my Super Carry Pro and love it. I can break the gun down without any tools of any kind. Initially you have to buy the 3 piece kit for $49.95 but once you have it installed you only need to buy the springs for about $10.95. You will go through many stock springs before you wear out a flat wire spring.
 

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You Pro guys could look at using the NDZperformance tool.

 

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I did consider the NDZ tool but all you're doing is substituting a bent wire tool for an expensive NDZ ($69.99) tool. Lose the bent wire tool and you can make a new one out of any paper clip you happen to find. Lose the NDZ tool and you're out some money. With the Wilson Flat Wire Kit ($49.95) not only are you getting a new recoil spring but you're eliminating the need for any tools.
 

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I totally agree. Just watched the WC flat wire video. Quite nice. I'm not at compact guy and new to 1911 style guns in general, so the NDZ just happened to be the first item I found. I like the flat wire solution much better.

Wish they had something like that for a full size 1911.
 

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Chuck how does the Wilson work without the take down tool? so that you don't have to use the l shaped pin. I made a tool for removing the spring from the recoil rod that makes it a lot easer.
 

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Never mind Chuck I watched the video and ordered one, Thanks for the info
 

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Kimber would be wise to adopt the Wilson spring design.
 
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Been there done that, I installed a kit on my Super Carry Pro and love it. I can break the gun down without any tools of any kind. Initially you have to buy the 3 piece kit for $49.95 but once you have it installed you only need to buy the springs for about $10.95. You will go through many stock springs before you wear out a flat wire spring.
Thanks Chuck. I need to look into this a little further. I don't have a problem with the factory tool, but easier is always good!
 
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