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Posted: 11/24/2022 2:48:20 PM EST
[Last Edit: Aimless]
brownells
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 2:49:25 PM EST
[#1]
My TLE/RL II is an absolute tack driver that has never once failed me, but it's also circa 2002
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 2:51:27 PM EST
[#2]
not sure about the fullsize models... my Micro 9 runs fine.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 2:52:41 PM EST
[#3]
I've never had a problem with a Kimber.

Seems like a good price.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 2:53:10 PM EST
[#4]
I think it would fit your collection nicely
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 2:54:05 PM EST
[#5]
They never didn’t suck but their 5” 45s are somewhat decent.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 2:54:08 PM EST
[#6]
A penguin buying an Arctic pistol? Shouldn't it be Antarctic?
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 2:54:09 PM EST
[#7]
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 2:54:12 PM EST
[#8]
I had a Kimber Carry II, it ran fine.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 2:55:01 PM EST
[#9]
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Link Posted: 11/24/2022 2:56:02 PM EST
[#10]
Don't really know anything about them. A friend has one and has had good luck with it.

I like the one in the picture in the OP. Nice sights, nice trigger, hammer.

I need to get a Kimber and try it for myself.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:02:02 PM EST
[#11]
They make some good looking guns but in my sample size of 1 I wouldn't buy one again. I did just jump on that $299 tisas deal but I wouldn't trust a kimber.

Nice price and it looks pretty sweet though.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:04:27 PM EST
[#12]
I'm not a Kimber hater. Have two in the house. That thing just screams "eeww"
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:05:24 PM EST
[#13]
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Originally Posted By BabaYaga777:
My TLE/RL II is an absolute tack driver that has never once failed me, but it's also circa 2002
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My dad has the same model and for me anyways,  it was the most accurate pistol I've ever shot.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:08:36 PM EST
[#14]
Pretty, if I were you I would buy it just for a larf. That said I've never even shot a Kimber. I have no dog in this fight.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:10:32 PM EST
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Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:12:57 PM EST
[#16]
These are back again?  They came out about two years ago IIRC.  Usually slightly sub-$600.  Alloy frame, no fp safety.  Seemed like one run and not around retail very long.

I considered one when I learned about them for a build, but missed the good deals then they got silly priced.  Cheaper ones new again would not be bad.  I’ve researched them a bit and they seem to have a solid rep. - not as hit and miss as Kimber a few years back.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:13:03 PM EST
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Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:13:48 PM EST
[#18]
Kimber is junk. I’ve still never seen one complete a match without choking at least once.

Ever.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:14:29 PM EST
[#19]
I use collect 1911s and had a few Kimbers along with some other brands. Fit and finish of all the Kimbers that I came into possession were all excellent and they all shot straight. When I got out of the 1911 game I sold them all, but kept one, a 5 in plain jane Kimber. It’s actually the most beat up and scratched up 1911 in the group which was acquired thru a trade. Kept is because it worked and I knew I wasn’t going to get much for it.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:14:31 PM EST
[Last Edit: Hesperus] [#20]
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Originally Posted By Aimless:
I have that Tisas. The hammer chews up my hands and the sights are small. It seems reliable and accurate for the literal it's been shot
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Now I did own a Tisas 1911! Very nearly my worst firearms experience. Only beaten out by a CZ-52.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:14:48 PM EST
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Originally Posted By TheQuadfather:
They never didn’t suck.
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Stupidly wrong.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:16:19 PM EST
[#22]
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Originally Posted By 45-Seventy:
Kimber is junk. I’ve still never seen one complete a match without choking at least once.

Ever.
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Don't currently own one, but I have owned four and never had a single jam from any of them through thousands of rounds.  My son still owns the last one I had...gave it to him for his 21st birthday.  He hasn't had a jam out of it, either.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:18:43 PM EST
[#23]
White is hard to keep clean with the wrong hygiene.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:19:19 PM EST
[#24]
I’d be willing to try one without the shwartz but the barrel is not stainless. I think you’d be money ahead with something else.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:19:59 PM EST
[#25]
Only problem with my Kimbers (2 fullsize, one micro 9) is my early stainless fullsize chamber is a little tighter and is finicky about which ammo will feed.  Bulge where the bullet goes into the brass.  Early Kimbers were made like that for accuracy.  I think they later opened them up a bit.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:22:03 PM EST
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Stupidly wrong.
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Originally Posted By RikWriter:
Originally Posted By TheQuadfather:
They never didn’t suck.



Stupidly wrong.


They’ve always been exactly the same as they are now except that brief period when they tried external extractors.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:22:08 PM EST
[#27]
I don't hate it.  Seems like the white would blend in nicely with a penguin's belly.  I've only shot one Kimber, many years ago.  It was a range rental, and not only did it run like a Swiss watch, it was insane how well I could shoot it.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:22:58 PM EST
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Originally Posted By glazer1972:
I’d be willing to try one without the shwartz but the barrel is not stainless. I think you’d be money ahead with something else.
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That’s a good point, but you can get the barrel nitrided cheaply.  My plan was a marine build, and I was going to cerakote it and nitride the barrel anyway. You would still need to replace the frame pins, bushing, etc. as I don’t think they are stainless, either.  Kind of stupid a gun spec, of course.  I got the impression these were a “parts bin build” to push out a new model cheaply, not a really well-thought out gun.

Ok, back to finishing the filling for the egg nog pie.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:25:59 PM EST
[#29]
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Originally Posted By TheQuadfather:


They’ve always been exactly the same as they are now except that brief period when they tried external extractors.
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Originally Posted By TheQuadfather:
Originally Posted By RikWriter:
Originally Posted By TheQuadfather:
They never didn’t suck.



Stupidly wrong.


They’ve always been exactly the same as they are now except that brief period when they tried external extractors.



Nope.  They have not.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:27:20 PM EST
[#30]
My only Kimber was bought in 2000 but so long as I change out the recoil spring every 1K rounds, it's been 100%.  (Compact CDP)
I don't carry it much anymore but when I sold all my handguns in 2002 to get more money for a down payment on our house, this was the only one I kept.  It'll go to one of my kids before I die (or after if it's sudden).

Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:27:34 PM EST
[#31]
My Micro 9 works fine in my limited shooting.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:28:31 PM EST
[#32]
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Originally Posted By 45-Seventy:
Kimber is junk. I’ve still never seen one complete a match without choking at least once.

Ever.
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Maybe rather than spending all your waking hours playing COD in your mom’s basement you should get out and actually watch a match…
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:28:36 PM EST
[#33]
Mimber.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:36:25 PM EST
[#34]
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Stupidly wrong.
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Originally Posted By RikWriter:
Originally Posted By TheQuadfather:
They never didn't suck.



Stupidly wrong.
Yeah the Oregon and early NY guns with the plastic triggers were nice pistols.

After that through
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:39:58 PM EST
[#35]
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Maybe rather than spending all your waking hours playing COD in your mom’s basement you should get out and actually watch a match…
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Tag, because this just got fun...
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:46:13 PM EST
[#36]
They were Oregon “roll-marked” (because that’s where the FFL was licensed, while waiting the Yonkers ATF approval), but were in fact NY assembled.  No true “Oregon built” guns, but it’s widely thought that way.

The only real flaws those guns had was out-of-spec bushings and too-loose extractors. Every gun came that way.  $25 for a new bushing and tuning the extractor, and they were very solid.  Had a Royal from that period I deeply regret selling.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:50:08 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Jack67:
They were Oregon “roll-marked” (because that’s where the FFL was licensed, while waiting the Yonkers ATF approval), but were in fact NY assembled.  No true “Oregon built” guns, but it’s widely thought that way.

The only real flaws those guns had was out-of-spec bushings and too-loose extractors. Every gun came that way.  $25 for a new bushing and tuning the extractor, and they were very solid.  Had a Royal from that period I deeply regret selling.
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No, every gun did not come that way.  I never had a single Kimber with an out of spec bushing or a too-loose extractor.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:53:23 PM EST
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If only. Maybe someday I’ll actually make it to a match.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 3:53:28 PM EST
[#39]
Not sure when my Warrior was made, since I bought it used, but it’s been 100%
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 4:02:27 PM EST
[Last Edit: VaniB] [#40]
Kimbers have always been good looking guns with a lot of features at great prices.  I personally will not buy a defensive gun that out of the box may or may not work 100% of the time. Some folks will call a gun "reliable" or "fine" if it works a lot of the time, instead of all the time. And that's OK too if the buyer is happy with that.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 4:04:20 PM EST
[#41]
My 4" Eclipse II has been very good. Bought it 10 years or so ago. Most will say Kimber is bad.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 4:08:14 PM EST
[#42]
Kimber never sucked. Pure Internet troll stuff.

I carried one for years and it went thru many handgun courses. Never had a single failure. That gun had north of 10K  rounds thru it. I regret the day I sold it to fund a Wilson Combat. Should have kept it and shit the money another way.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 4:08:29 PM EST
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No, every gun did not come that way.  I never had a single Kimber with an out of spec bushing or a too-loose extractor.
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Have you actually mic’d and tested them? Because we did back then, and rarely got one under .003” or with the right tension.  Great guns once tuned properly. They would “run.”  Once tuned, they ran really well.  This is not new information, been out there for decades and well known.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 4:20:46 PM EST
[#44]
I don’t understand the Kimber hate. I’ve had 5 of them and only had an issue with one. It was a ultra carry and I replaced the extractor. It’s run fine ever since.

I used to carry a Kimber daily and shot dozens of idpa matches with them. So flame away.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 4:25:28 PM EST
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Originally Posted By 45-Seventy:
Kimber is junk. I’ve still never seen one complete a match without choking at least once.

Ever.
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No idea what kind of matches you are talking about ,but both my eclipse 45, and stainless target 2 9mm have made it through several uspsa seasons without issue.One of my  good friends shot a kimber for years in SS, and made grand Master with it.I own 3 kimbers myself, and they have been very good reliable pistols.My eclipse even has the external extractor that everyone seemed to have problems with.I own a 9mm,10mm, and a 45 acp.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 4:25:55 PM EST
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Originally Posted By mississippiflush:
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Link Posted: 11/24/2022 4:29:11 PM EST
[#47]
Shot my buddy's. It was a jam-o-matic
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 4:30:55 PM EST
[#48]
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Mimber.
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I know, next thing you know they will be making connecting rods and aerospace components that way.  Can you imagine the horror with 3d printed sintered metal!!  

Link Posted: 11/24/2022 4:32:57 PM EST
[Last Edit: Boomer] [#49]
What’s arctic about it?

I would probably rather have one of those $300 TISAs.
Link Posted: 11/24/2022 4:33:03 PM EST
[#50]
Ive had my custom II since 04-05 and its been a dang good one. There sure seems to be a lot of folks with a different experience than mine.
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