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Posted: 10 August 2017 at 3:52pm | IP Logged Quote M700

My old friend Lefty got me to thinking about maybe retiring my faithful Kimber... And today I ran into a deal I couldn't resist. The twenty year old Kimber, with roughly 85,000 rounds through it, has been officially retired. Cleaned, lubed, and set in a place of honor in my gun safe. Ready as ever.

In my holster, as I type this, is a lightly used .45 Kimber Eclipse Custom.

Twenty year old Kimber atop, and the new pistol below:


I put 75 rounds through the new Kimber today. This target was shot with my 185 grain handloads, from 7 yards, Weaver stance:


Equally impressive were the groups produced by Federal 230 grain FMJ "hardball" ammo:


And not just one target:


At this point, I'm extremely pleased with the new Kimber!    

The torch has been passed.

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Posted: 10 August 2017 at 6:39pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

The only auto one SHOULD have among any others is a 1911 in .45ACP. All the others are still catching up.

Guy, it's time to let your old 45 rest. That's a lot of rounds in one piece. New one appears to be dead on the money. Looking good!

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Posted: 10 August 2017 at 8:50pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Thanks! The old one was and is a great pistol.

The new one appears to be at least equal, and in some ways superior.

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Posted: 10 August 2017 at 10:14pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

My Kimber Pro Carry II does not get shot that much.
Nice 1911 guy!

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Posted: 11 August 2017 at 3:06am | IP Logged Quote REM1875

Love the looks of the gripes on the new one - how do you
like them?

Who says ya don't need two of the same?

85,000 rounds is very impressive....

Edited by REM1875 on 11 August 2017 at 3:07am


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The grips on the new one are a little thicker than I'm accustomed to - but they're very "grippy" for lack of a better word. Very pronounced "tread" on them, providing a great grip.

Interesting little relief trough milled into the grip, giving easy access to the magazine release.

Also, the front strap of my old Kimber was always smooth.

The front strap of the new one is checkered at 30 lines per inch. Very nice. The gun felt very secure in hand.

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Posted: 11 August 2017 at 4:03am | IP Logged Quote M700

Also - out of those 75 rounds I fired, the pistol functioned perfectly with all factory ammo, 185 and 230 grain.

With some of my 185 gr handloads though, it occasionally failed to return to battery.

I think those loads are just a little light, for the tight, new pistol. The old gun gobbled 'em up just fine.

I'll monitor that as I get more rounds through it. Might need to put a bit more Bullseye in my .45 loads until the new pistol is well and truly broken in.

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Posted: 11 August 2017 at 7:10am | IP Logged Quote The_Shadow

Nice shooting Guy! Was the POA the same as POI. That
target seem to indicate that...

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Noticed those grips as well. Appear to be as you described in being well designed for function first. I like the looks of some smooth grips, but checkering or other methods employed for better grip is far more practical. Yours is a working gun. Meant for business and not show. Shucks, with all the single actions I have my bedside pistol is a plain old 1911A1 with checkered walnut grips. When I pick it up it naturally just falls in place. Just feels right. Like shaking hands with an old friend that will never let you down.

I agree with your assessment on further break in. I'll bet when about 500 or better has run through that piece it'll settle down and purr like it's predecessor.

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The_Shadow wrote:
Nice shooting Guy! Was the POA the same as POI. That
target seem to indicate that...


Yes!

I'll stretch the range more next time, take it out to 25 yards or more. I suspect the fixed sights will be just fine as they are.

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The first 80,000 are the roughest

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Posted: 11 August 2017 at 1:46pm | IP Logged Quote M700

REM1875 wrote:
The first 80,000 are the roughest


A fair chunk of those were government/taxpayer ammo. Thank you!

It's all been fun & interesting. Now I enjoy the heck out of passing on the knowledge & skills.

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Posted: 11 August 2017 at 5:02pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Things I learned today:

1. Kimbers are very likely worth the money you pay for them.

2. I miss having a full sized .45

3. Don't make Guy angry

Seriously, amazing story, two amazing guns, and fantastic shooting!

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Posted: 11 August 2017 at 8:12pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Ha! Thanks. Those targets were slow-fire for sure. Was trying to stack the bullets into little groups.

What do you guys think? Elk antler grips? I think that would look nice. Or ivory...

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M700 wrote:
Ha! Thanks. Those targets were slow-fire for sure. Was trying to stack the bullets into little groups.

What do you guys think? Elk antler grips? I think that would look nice. Or ivory...

Guy


Hmmm... Tough one. I sure do like the look of ivory, but putting on elk antler from a elk I harvested would have a lot more meaning.

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Posted: 13 August 2017 at 1:20pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Taught a self-defense/shooting class this morning and used the new Kimber. Only fired 230 gr factory FMJ ammo. No bobbles, no problems. All was well.

Sure is a nice pistol. Very glad I got it!

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Posted: 13 August 2017 at 2:14pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Outstanding!
Ain't it great when ya got a new weapon that's got your confidence and let's ya cut loose and shoot without a doubt that everything is 100%?!

That deserves a Ranger "Hoo-ah!"

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Maybe some smooth buffalo horn.



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