Nice gun! Enjoy!
This is a discussion on 150 rounds into the break-in and within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Whoowhoo, Perfect! I wont even try to go into all the trigger and action involved as I'm totally new to the platform and have nothing ...
I wont even try to go into all the trigger and action involved as I'm totally new to the platform and have nothing to compare it to, but I do know that outa 150 rounds I had one malfunction and I'm 99.99% sure it was operator error and not the pistol. The slide stop locked back middle of the 8 round mag I had and it still had four rounds left in the mag. I didn't feel my thumb hit it, but when it locked back I looked at my grip and sure enough my big sausage was sticking up giving the thumbs high signal.
I was hoping for a 100% run and ended up with the one, but again I'm sure I somehow hit the thing with my thumb cause it never happened again. Like I said earlier, I'm new to the 1911 platform and can't really speak intelligently about all the intricacies of the weapon, but I can shoot and man this thing is as accurate as any pistol I've ever shot or owned. The trigger was awesome and I'm sure the match grade barrel helped my aim tremendously. I did some research over the weekend and did find a lot of hit or miss posting regarding the Kimber short barreled pistols being ammo finicky, but I plan on just running FMJ's as both range and carry and so far I'm confident it'll spit the FMJ's out as fast as I can pull the trigger. As a side note, I know some are gonna scoff at the thought of using FMJs as a defense load but IMO, a round that measures .45 and traveling at around 900 FPS will do the job period.
Right now I have my G36 and my Kimber Ultra C 2 are my only .45s and as it stands right now I like my Kimber way more than my G36. The trigger and accuracy are just that impressive; to me anyway. I kept one 50 round target to put in the box the pistol came in and I'll post the pics here to show. It took me a few rounds to get used to the trigger and sights. Mine has the flat black sights no white dots to help line up, but after a few rounds I was hitting what I was aiming at. Anyway, once again I guess I got a good one cause this thing felt like I could've run another box or two through it, but it was getting kinda hot. I was trying to stress the pistol with fast reloads and multiple mags but again the only problem was the slide locking back that one time, other than that, I'd say hellofa pistol!
As far as the 1911 platform. I'm sold! IMO, they're just more fun to shoot and just feel better in my mitts for what ever reason. I know for a fact I'll be adding more to my inventory and would encourage anyone on the fence to jump off and take the plunge. It's an awesome pistol design and just feels good to shoot. Here's some pics of one of my 50 round target. Outa 50, 49 were hits and one flyer. Most shots were from 4 & 5 round loaded mags.
Target info: Distance was 21' Range Temp. HOT! felt like 95, I don't like going to this range, but @ $10 an hour, I'll deal with the heat.
Here's another pic of the pistol.
Nice gun! Enjoy!
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You have a beautiful gun there; glad you enjoy it
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Nice looking Kimber, they are great shooters...enjoy!
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Thanks guys! I'm very happy it performed well during it's inaugural outing. When I was finished at the range I ask the guy to show me some higher end 1911 pistols. He ask me what I had, I told him and he said, "You got top of the line right there" I said, huh? from my research they're widely considered to be mid level pistol. He said, oh no Kimbers are top notch pistols.
After my first range session with it and not having anything to compare it to, I'll just say that I'm very happy with the purchase and the performance. As to the 1911 being a good choice of sidearm in a fighting situation. I can honestly say I'm just a comfortable with eight rounds of .45 as I am with eleven 9mm and I do carry a BUG in the event I had to run it dry.
So far, so good!
Seems your luck is holding out.
Good luck on the rest of the break-in!
(but I still think you should carry your G26...)
The number of people killed because they didn't have "enough gun" is dwarfed by those who had none at all. Get a gun you will always carry, and add more capability as you grow.
I know what ya mean about the G26 and trust me, nothing will ever fully take the place of my G26, or my G23 for that matter. But for now, this thing is just a pleasure to carry and the .45 is about as good as it gets with the exception of a couple other carry rounds. I'm just gonna carry a good FMJ as my carry round. The ballistics and size of the hole alone are very respectable IMO, not to mention taking all that kinetic energy to COM should serve anyone well. The grip on the Kimber is very comfortable and having shot my G26 last week with my new Sig gave me a good comparison between the two. I'll give the 26 the attention it deserves, but for now I'm sliding over to the 1911 side for a bit.
Anyway, thanks again.
I love my little Kimber Glad to see you're enjoying yours as well
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150 rounds is not a break in. It is confirmation your gun has most of the parts, and that they are probably installed by a semi-trained monkey.
Talk to us when you reach 1,500...Oh, wait. You have a 3 inch Kimber.
I had one of those. Don't worry. You won't make it to 1,500 with that weapon...
Nib and 1 bobble in 150 from a 3" 1911
sounds pretty good to me.
And he did say INTO the breakin.
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Congrats, I love the 1911 platform. Glad you are happy.
the 1911 platform is just top drawer.
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Numbers for the 230gr FMJ .45. FPS around 900, FPE around 365. I've never been shot before, but I'll bet any and everything that no one will be standing after taking a couple of those in any vital area. I'd say most if not all autoloaders run better with FMJs and can be considered very reliable using that load. IMO, when you get to the big bore calibers the HPs are just gravy to a already awesome amount of stopping power. I'll run some HP through it later in the break in, and might even carry um from time to time, but not even worried about this weapons ability to put some nut job down. But I do appreciate your concern.
I'll be sure to post at the 1500 round mark and let ya know how it's going, but on the serious side; I'll run another three or four hundred rounds through it and carry it until I find another 1911 and start all over again.
Cheers to ya