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Got an eclipse and really love it, it's a great pistol. I was wanting to polish it up and bit in order for it to be smoother. I racked a Taurus 1911 of a buddies yesterday and it was so smooth...he said he had sent it to a guy to have it polished and whatnot. I have his name but hesitate sending a $1500 gun to a local guy in his garage...any thoughts on a reputable smith I can send my gun to and have it come back smooth as butter? Thanks!!
 

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I would shoot it for at least 500 rounds before I did anything to it, It will smooth out a lot by that time as well if any problems show up they can be address by Kimber before any mods are made.
 
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Welcome from NY. send it back to the kimber custom shop.
 

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Welcome to the forum hecklerxkoch, is your eclipse new? How many rounds have you run through it? After the initial break in all of my Kimbers are butter smooth, what helps is that I like to sit in front of the TV at night and rack the slide and dry fire my guns. I wouldn't let anyone do anything to your Kimber, if it's already broken and you feel it isn't right then contact Kimber.
 

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I agree with others above, wait until you have broken it in. By that time you can do some research on a qualified pistol smith.

I live in a smaller town (45000 pop). I like many, am intrigued by the thought that someone from out of town or far away, certainly would be more knowledgeable and suited to working on any of MY guns.

There was a local guy that I have known to exist for decades. But surely someone from several hundreds of miles away would be better. After doing an exhaustive search both on this forum and others, low and behold the local guy I new of came as one of the most notable and recommended gunsmiths and even doing work for some Navy seals on a personal basis. So do your research and you might be surprised at what you find.

However for warranty sake, I think it would be smart to wait until the break in period is over.
 

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Thanks for all the info! How many rounds should I fire through it before it is broken in? I have tons of guns, but never had a 1911, mostly heckler and koch... I was always turned off by the 8 round mag of the 1911...lol, after getting this Kimber I can't believe I turned them away for polymer for so long!

Maybe I need to get info on proper cleaning and lubing...any suggestions on a good place to get pretty detailed information besides simply googling it and wasting time on people that don't know what they're talking about?

Would it help to rack the slide back and forth? I'd like to get the butter soft feeling without a ton of lube which is why I looked into polishing, but like I said I'm pretty new to 1911's

Thanks again for the info!
 

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Every question you have asked is in the owners manual.That being said,my 3 Kimbers started racking much smoother around the 50 round mark.You can also rack your slide while sitting on the couch and speed up the process.I always clean and lube my firearms right out of the box and never have had a problem with them.Just follow the manual on correct break-in procedure and proper ammo...Be patient and the "butter"slide will come natural.
 

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Break in

I have a SS ultra raptor that's been flawless through 2 hundred
Rounds so far,cleaned her up and just waiting to put the other 3 hundred
Through it.I've herd a lot of talk about how bad the stock mags were
But mine has worked fine,I have a new Kim-pro mag that I haven't
Tried yet but I hear good reports on them
 

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You should also ask the guy with the Taurus what springs he has in his pistol. Just because a pistol is "butter" smooth doesn't mean anything. He could have simply put a lighter guide rod spring and main spring in his pistol. That alone would make the pistol feel very smooth but, depending on what loads he is shooting, he could be hurting his slide and barrel link badly.

I own several Baer's, a Wilson, and a Custom Chambers. They are so tight that they literally feel like something is wrong with them (we are talking about 3K-8k pistols).... and they definitely are NOT "Butter" smooth like my Pardini GT45 or my CZ CTS Custom are. The CZ is made for competition where accuracy is not the main goal (speed is) and the Pardini's slide,frame and internals are FAR different than the 1911. This allows it to get more smooth. Those pistols are not able to shoot under 1.5" at 50 either.

Your Kimber probably will not hit that 10X mark (Kimber only guaranties the Super Match II to be able to achieve that). And in all likely hood you would not be able to do that anyway.

I would not worry about the smoothness of your pistol man. I would take it to the range and practice... Shoot it until you know the feel of that pistol! Here is the biggest thing, the shooting ability of your Kimber and your friends Taurus may not be that noticeable in either of your hands. Most folks who are not avid shooters think that buying a higher end pistol will automatically give them better accuracy than that of a cheaper pistol. Thats just not true This is definitely something that often times leads to a let down, leading to the impression that the cheaper pistols shoot just as good as the higher end ones. Accuracy is in the hand of the shooter... not the pistol (to a point). A poor shooter will shoot a $400 dollar pistol the exact same as a $5000 dollar pistol. Only a refined shooter will be able to tell you the differences in the pistol.

I am not lumping you in there but, I will just say this, most folks are not nearly as good as they think they are.

I can personally attest to this as I get in arguments all the time with shooters telling me that they shot their Rock Island just as well as there buddies Baer or Kimber or whatever and that these $1200+ pistols are over priced and a scam. It makes me laugh:)

You have a great pistol. Leave it just as it came... Kimber sent it to you how it was meant to be set up. Unless you start changing materials on the slide etc leave the springs how they are, dont "polish" anything, just shoot the thing man. There is a reason you paid $XXXX for it. It wasnt to start changing and polishing shit on it. Tell you buddy with the buttery smooth Taurus that you are happy his pistol is buttery smooth, and just be happy that you don't own it... You have a Kimber.
 
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One more thing, You could always ask your friend if he would like to trade? If he does, of course back out quick, if he says no, that speaks volumes in itself. You have a very fine pistol, just keep practicing and maintaining it.
 

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You should also ask the guy with the Taurus what springs he has in his pistol. Just because a pistol is "butter" smooth doesn't mean anything. He could have simply put a lighter guide rod spring and main spring in his pistol. That alone would make the pistol feel very smooth but, depending on what loads he is shooting, he could be hurting his slide and barrel link badly.

I own several Baer's, a Wilson, and a Custom Chambers. They are so tight that they literally feel like something is wrong with them (we are talking about 3K-8k pistols).... and they definitely are NOT "Butter" smooth like my Pardini GT45 or my CZ CTS Custom are. The CZ is made for competition where accuracy is not the main goal (speed is) and the Pardini's slide,frame and internals are FAR different than the 1911. This allows it to get more smooth. Those pistols are not able to shoot under 1.5" at 50 either.

Your Kimber probably will not hit that 10X mark (Kimber only guaranties the Super Match II to be able to achieve that). And in all likely hood you would not be able to do that anyway.

I would not worry about the smoothness of your pistol man. I would take it to the range and practice... Shoot it until you know the feel of that pistol! Here is the biggest thing, the shooting ability of your Kimber and your friends Taurus may not be that noticeable in either of your hands. Most folks who are not avid shooters think that buying a higher end pistol will automatically give them better accuracy than that of a cheaper pistol. Thats just not true This is definitely something that often times leads to a let down, leading to the impression that the cheaper pistols shoot just as good as the higher end ones. Accuracy is in the hand of the shooter... not the pistol (to a point). A poor shooter will shoot a $400 dollar pistol the exact same as a $5000 dollar pistol. Only a refined shooter will be able to tell you the differences in the pistol.

I am not lumping you in there but, I will just say this, most folks are not nearly as good as they think they are.

I can personally attest to this as I get in arguments all the time with shooters telling me that they shot their Rock Island just as well as there buddies Baer or Kimber or whatever and that these $1200+ pistols are over priced and a scam. It makes me laugh:)

You have a great pistol. Leave it just as it came... Kimber sent it to you how it was meant to be set up. Unless you start changing materials on the slide etc leave the springs how they are, dont "polish" anything, just shoot the thing man. There is a reason you paid $XXXX for it. It wasnt to start changing and polishing shit on it. Tell you buddy with the buttery smooth Taurus that you are happy his pistol is buttery smooth, and just be happy that you don't own it... You have a Kimber.
Dude thanks so much for taking the time to write that! I really appreciate your words and will definitely take your advice...honestly I guess I knew all along that I paid the price I paid for a great pistol, Kimber wouldn't have the name they have if I had to do other crap to it once I got it...thanks for that reminder and thanks again for the time!
 
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