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My new (and first) Kimber arrived exactly one week ago, and I finally had a chance to go to the range for a little break in time. Here's how it went...

I cleaned it thoroughly, light oil in the usual places, etc...

I used the 7 round black factory mag it came with and a new 8 round Kimpro TacMag (#1100721). I was hesitant about the 8 rounder after reading about the various results, but it was all they had when I went in (more on that later). The 7 rounder seems a little rough while loading it, the 8 rounder is smooth as butter.

I started out with 100 rounds of Sellier & Bellot 230gr FMJ, alternating between the factory and new magazines. The first round flipped and hit me on my head. On round 20, the slide locked back on the factory 7 rounder with 2 rounds remaining. I shot from 10 feet, 15 feet, 25 feet. No complaints on accuracy. Recoil is slightly more than a 5" barrel, but nothing to complain about. Both mags dropped freely. The 8 round mag did not easily load into the grip when a round was in the chamber (9 is better than 8, but 8 is better than a possible jam by forcing it, IMHO).

Next I ran 50 rounds of Remington UMC 230gr FMJ through both magazines. No issues. After rummaging in my bag, I found a box of PMC Bronze 185gr JHP. I was hesitant to start running hollow points this early in the break in period, but I couldn't resist. 8 rounds in the KimPro TacMag ran without a hitch.

I was rushed for time, so the barrel pretty much stayed hot the entire time. No jams. No FTE. One failure to load early on. The experience lived up to Kimber's reputation for quality products.

On my way out of the range, they had just dumped a shipment of magazines on the counter. Of course, I'm always a step behind and felt a little regret about buying the KimPro mag earlier. They has some Wilson and McCormick mags, which is rare in this gun shop. I ended walking out with a McCormick Power Mag for $27, and two Kimber mags that performed well during the range session.

Now it's time to break it down and clean it up. I hope this helped anyone on the fence wondering whether or not they should take the leap and buy one of these.
 

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Good report, glad you didn't have any problems.
 

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CK,

Sounds like the session was a raging success. I have found very few mags that, for whatever reason, will not run reliably in my Kimbers. I still prefer CM and Wilson, but have a bad full of all others.

That first cleaning session is always fun.

John
 

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Glad to hear the good news. I am very happy with mine.
 

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I really like the looks of the TLE. I could really get psyched about a Pro TLE with a steel frame.
 

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I really like the looks of the TLE. I could really get psyched about a Pro TLE with a steel frame.
I had a Kimber on my wish list for a long time. When the day came, I set out knowing exactly what I wanted. The second dealer I stopped at had a SS Pro TLE in the case (which was not my original choice), I had not seen one before and instantly liked it. After a lot of in-store handling and talking to myself, I switched to the Pro TLE and I am very happy with my decision.
 

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I had a Kimber on my wish list for a long time. When the day came, I set out knowing exactly what I wanted. The second dealer I stopped at had a SS Pro TLE in the case (which was not my original choice), I had not seen one before and instantly liked it. After a lot of in-store handling and talking to myself, I switched to the Pro TLE and I am very happy with my decision.
Sometimes you must buy "the bird in the hand"!!
 

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I have a Kimber Pro TLE II that I am still breaking in for carry. It is a great gun. We need pictures :)
 

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I'm still in the break in process with mine as well. On a budget, with other projects going on, but I'm halfway through the 500 rounds. No issues since the original post. I also went ahead and ordered two sets of Wolff recoil/firing pin springs. I carry it to and from work, and the occasional trip to town (I'm LEO, so I've got my duty gun 8 hours a day). I love it.
 

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Updated Range Report

After looking at my notes, it appears I didn't quite hit the 500 round break in period, but, close enough. I'll be taking it to the range at least once a month from now on, but here's how it went down.

I shot 12 rounds of Hornady Critical Defense 185gr FTX, as that's the self defense round I had lying around and what I've been carrying with. They ran flawlessly. Then I followed up with a box of Sellier & Bellot FMJ. Again, no issues. This was a few weeks ago.

Today was slow at work, so I grabbed 250 rounds and hit the range. I used the same magazines as before: Kimber Factory, KimPro, and Chip McCormick. The more I shoot, the more I dislike the Kimber factory mag. It's rough to load, and I had 3 Fail to Feeds and 1 Fail to Eject with it. It's going in the range bag, but I won't be carrying it. The other two mags fed FMJ with no issues.

I shot at 30 ft, 50 ft, 75 ft, and back to 30 feet. Groups were good up to 50. At 75 it wasn't pretty, but they stayed on the paper.

I got home, stripped it, cleaned it. At this point I noticed a circular groove/wear/scratch around the slide stop hole. Immediately, I searched the internet for causes, pretty much came up empty, and posted on KimberTalk. I got some good answers from you guys, and I appreciate it.

I'll be purchasing more magazines, experimenting between the McCormick and the Wilsons. I'll also start playing with self defense rounds to test for reliability. From what I've read online, there's not magic round for the Kimber, you just have to find what works for your gun. I'm always open to suggestions, though.

I replaced the Recoil and Firing Pin springs with Wolff Springs I'd ordered after I bought the Kimber. I'll be looking into upgrading the extractor and slide stop, but I need to see if it will void the warranty.

I love the gun, and don't regret spending the extra money on it. I could have bought another brand, spent hundreds less, and been happy with it as a range gun. But for every day off duty carry, I don't think I could put my faith in it to get me home at the end of the day. I'm hoping this is the only Kimber I end up buying, but you never know. :)
 
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