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Greetings!

I just picked up my new Super Carry Custom HD about a week and a half ago. Put 115 rounds through it the day I got it. Thrilled with the results. No issues, amazing trigger, dead accurate... everything!

Thinking about taking it back to the range in the next day or so. Picked it up last night, and noticed that the right grip is loose. I can tighten it down, no problem, but a quick check of some of the 1911 forums seems to suggest that this is a common issue. Recommendations range from replacing the grips to shortening the grip screws to getting some #60 "O" rings.

I still love the gun, but am wondering if this is something others have experienced, and if it will be a concern going forward.
 

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I too bought a new Super Carry Ultra + about a week and a half ago. Same issue for me yesterday. I put 132 rounds trough it yesterday and when I cleaned it last night the right grip bushing came out of the frame. I finnaly got it off the grip screw and clean the threads. I carefully replaced the bushing to the frame and re-attached the grip.

I remember reading on the 1911 forum that someone used "loctight" and used too much resulting in a magazine issue. I elected not to use the "LocTight" and just tightened the bushing until it felt snug.

I called Kimber CS this morning and was told that they have some type spacer available but Cody wanted me to try it again and then call if the problem re-appeared????????

The gun has about 250 rounds through it and I have experienced several FTF with JHP and slide failures to return to battery. After going back to 230 gr FMJ the gun worked well. I will give it the benefit of the doubt until after the recommended breaking in period and see how it preforms. I love this SCUP but am concerend about these issues.

I also purchased a SOLO last week and had a couple FTF with it using 115 grain ammo. I ran 100 124JHP through it yesterday and it worked fine with only 1 FTF. I own 3 Kimbers purchased within the last 9 months. The 5 inch Custom Crimson Carry II also had some issues but is now working fine.
Sorry for the long post. I guess I got carried away.
 

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No big deal I have a eclipse that the grip screws work loose a little after 200 rds or more. I tried the O-ring waste of time unless you don't mind screws sticking out to far just retighten when needed.
 

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Loose screws, scope rings, etc. are some of the things I check for every time i clean a gun. Not a big deal.
 

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Thanks for the feedback, folks. I tightened the screws and shot again yesterday. All is good for now, and I will keep an eye on the grips. Now over 200 rounds and not a single malfunction of any kind. Using 230 JHP and 230 FMJ. Of the dozens of pistols I have owned, this Super Carry Custom is so far the most accurate, comfortable shooter I have had my hands on. Definitely keeping it around. Besides, who among us doesn't have a few screws loose from time to time?
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Besides, who among us doesn't have a few screws loose from time to time?
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I have to agree with you on that. My Pro CDPII is way more accurate than I am. We were shooting at golf balls a couple of weeks ago and I was hitting at least 50% of my shots. Surprised the heck out of me. We had been shooting them with my .17HMR revolver, and I figured what the heck, I'll shoot "at" it with the .45. Imagine my surprise when the ball jumped about 20 yards.
 

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Loose grip screws...loose screws on firearms in general...is common, if not normal. The yoke retaining screw and sideplate screws on S&W revolvers often loosen, especially on heavy recoiling calibers. Loktite shouldn't be used in these areas...instead, develop a habit of checking screws during cleaning or after an extensive shooting session.

Having the grip screw bushings back out on a 1911 is not normal however and should be rectified. Allowing this to happen repeatedly can lead to stripping the threads in the frame, causing a major headache.

A small drop of blue Loctite will hold the bushings, yet allow removal if ever necessary. The Loctite should be allowed to cure before the grips and grip screws are reinstalled. If someone is so hamfisted as to use such an excessive amount of Loctite as to cause magazine problems...they shouldn't have a 1911 in the first place.

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+1 to what most have said. I bought my first kimber and first 1911 a few months ago and experienced the same loose screws. It worried me at first but i just put the correct size allen wrench in my gun kit and check screws during each cleaning. I love my super carry ultra!
 

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correct size allen wrench

I too am experiencing loosening of the grips. I have put 600 rounds through my SCPro HD. This gun makes me look like a marksman. Can anyone tell me the correct size allen wrench to tighten them. Seems none of my present sizes fit
 

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Can anyone tell me the correct size allen wrench to tighten them. Seems none of my present sizes fit
Your grip screws take a 3/32" Allen wrench.
 

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I have an Eclipse Custom II. After 500+ rounds I noticed the grip was loose. Lower screw was loose and the top screw on the same side had fallen out completely. I would certainly recommend checking the screws as part of your cleaning routine. To Kimbers credit - their customer support was outstanding. They shipped me a new screw, wrench, and bushing (just in case). The support folks were extremely helpful - goes a long way to ensuring I am a Kimber fan for life! Love the Eclipse II by the way - great gun.
 

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Welcome to the forum from northern Illinois dburlington, clean the threads and place a drop of either loctite or nail polish on them before reassembling a #60 o-ring will also work if you don't want to use the loctite or nail polish.

May I suggest you stop by our "new member introduction" sub forum and introduce yourself to the membership.
 

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My 2 Cents Worth!!

When I replaced the original grips on my Pro Carry II, with a set of Hogue Blue Lava G-10 grips, I used blue locktite on the screws. Have had no problem with the grips at all!!!:cool::cool::cool:

Hogue blue Lava Grips on Kimber PC II.JPG
 

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We have loctite on pretty much every grip screw in our collection. Never had any problems with them. You only need a small drop for each screw or bushing.
 

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That must what that guy meant when he said I had a screw loose.

Screws do come loose. When I was in my grip-a-day period, I had grip screws come loose once. I think it was because I feared torquing down too hard and cracking the wood. But I tightened them a little more and voila, problem solved.

I also noticed the set screw on the top of my recently installed rear sight coming out. I tightened that one too and have had no more sass from any screws.
 

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I have an Eclipse Custom II. After 500+ rounds I noticed the grip was loose. Lower screw was loose and the top screw on the same side had fallen out completely. I would certainly recommend checking the screws as part of your cleaning routine. To Kimbers credit - their customer support was outstanding. They shipped me a new screw, wrench, and bushing (just in case). The support folks were extremely helpful - goes a long way to ensuring I am a Kimber fan for life! Love the Eclipse II by the way - great gun.
Welcome to the forum from Ohio!!
 
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