Kimber Custom II

This is a discussion on Kimber Custom II within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Hey Everyone, I've been gone a little while, it's nice to be back. Anywho, I added the shotgun I was looking for (which I tore ...

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 25

Thread: Kimber Custom II

  1. #1
    Senior Member Array gdm320's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    571

    Kimber Custom II

    Hey Everyone,

    I've been gone a little while, it's nice to be back.

    Anywho, I added the shotgun I was looking for (which I tore up the trap range last weekend with ) so I'm back looking for my next gun.

    I've narrowed it down to the SIG P238 and the Kimber Custom II. I've already had a really good P238 discussion here, so I'm ready to have a good one on the Custom II.

    So, who has one? What do you like or dislike about it? Would you recommend it? I'm interested in any thoughts that anyone has to offer.

    Thanks in advance everyone!

    Greg
    "Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death." -- General Omar Bradley

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #2
    JD
    JD is online now
    Administrator
    Array JD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Central Iowa
    Posts
    19,195
    Of all the 1911s I've had, Kimber is one of two makers that I would not purchase from again.

    Don't Shoot the Messenger, Why I Don't Endorse Kimber

    Don't Shoot the Messenger: Another Reason to Not Endorse Kimber...

    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    While there are many happy Kimber owners out there, I think it just shows the level of hit/miss with their QC. A Kimber that runs, runs very well. One that doesn't run will make you want to slit your wrists. For what Kimber charges I'm not willing to risk purchasing from them anymore.

    Rust prone barrels, improperly cut feed ramps, some questionable MIM parts history, varying reports on customer service etc...no thanks, for the money give me a Springfield or Colt.

  4. #3
    Moderator
    Array buckeye .45's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    7,610
    Is there a certain niche you are trying to fill in your collection? Those firearms have significantly different roles.

    I personally prefer Springfield to Kimber.
    Fortes Fortuna Juvat

    Former, USMC 0311, OIF/OEF vet
    NRA Pistol/Rifle/Shotgun/Reloading Instructor, RSO, Ohio CHL Instructor

  5. #4
    Senior Member Array gdm320's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    571
    Interesting information there. So you'd say something like the SA 1911 for the similar price?
    "Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death." -- General Omar Bradley

  6. #5
    Senior Member Array gdm320's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    571
    Quote Originally Posted by buckeyeLCPL View Post
    Is there a certain niche you are trying to fill in your collection? Those firearms have significantly different roles.

    I personally prefer Springfield to Kimber.
    Funny that you mention the wildly different weapons. Truth is I don't need either gun. The P238 would give me a smaller carry option than my P239, which would be nice during the summer. The 1911 is a classic American weapon that I would just love to own. Not only could I carry it, but I hear they're amazingly fun to shoot.

    Eventually I'll get both, for those particular reasons. I'm hashing out which to actually by on my own, just trying to settle on which 1911 to consider vs. the P238.
    "Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death." -- General Omar Bradley

  7. #6
    Moderator
    Array buckeye .45's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    7,610
    This is just my personal opinion, and I sound like a broken record in 1911 threads. But I think the Springfield Armory Loaded models are one of the best values when it comes to non-custom 1911's.

    It has all the upgrades most people want on 1911's anyways, and the price point isn't too bad. They tend to be accurate, and reliable, and are backed up with Springfield's awesome customer service.

    The only thing I don't like about them is the full-length guide rod, but that is an easy fix.

    EDIT: I honestly don't need half the guns I own, but I like owning them. But sometimes I am still looking for something to fulfill a very specific role in my collection, thats the only reason I asked. JD said at SHOT show it looked like Colt may be bringing back their Mustang, if I was looking at a 238, and didn't need it right now, I'd wait for the new Mustangs to come out, and then compare the two.
    Fortes Fortuna Juvat

    Former, USMC 0311, OIF/OEF vet
    NRA Pistol/Rifle/Shotgun/Reloading Instructor, RSO, Ohio CHL Instructor

  8. #7
    Member Array Sleipnir's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Georgia, USA
    Posts
    429
    Quote Originally Posted by buckeyeLCPL View Post
    This is just my personal opinion, and I sound like a broken record in 1911 threads. But I think the Springfield Armory Loaded models are one of the best values when it comes to non-custom 1911's.

    It has all the upgrades most people want on 1911's anyways, and the price point isn't too bad. They tend to be accurate, and reliable, and are backed up with Springfield's awesome customer service.

    The only thing I don't like about them is the full-length guide rod, but that is an easy fix.

    EDIT: I honestly don't need half the guns I own, but I like owning them. But sometimes I am still looking for something to fulfill a very specific role in my collection, thats the only reason I asked. JD said at SHOT show it looked like Colt may be bringing back their Mustang, if I was looking at a 238, and didn't need it right now, I'd wait for the new Mustangs to come out, and then compare the two.
    I'll second buckeye's motion on the SA Loaded model, and I personally own a SA Mil-Spec which I absolutely love!

  9. #8
    Senior Member Array Hydrashok Glock's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Location...Location. Ohio
    Posts
    564
    I actually just bought a Kimber Custom II. I can not wait to shoot it but as far as where the fit and finish comes i am more than impressed.
    The choices you make today define you of who you are tommorow

    When you see the light at the end of the tunnel your life is not over..... it is just about to begin

    COPS Protective Services

  10. #9
    Senior Member Array gdm320's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    571
    Buckeye, when you mention "upgrades" what sort of things are you referring to?
    "Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death." -- General Omar Bradley

  11. #10
    Moderator
    Array buckeye .45's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    7,610
    Quote Originally Posted by gdm320 View Post
    Buckeye, when you mention "upgrades" what sort of things are you referring to?
    All the things that make the Custom 2 or Loaded stand out from a GI model. Beavertail safety, commander hammer, better sights, lowered and flared ejection port, and flat main spring housing are the first ones that come to mind.

    Nothing wrong with GI models either, I carried one for several years before switching over to a Loaded. But, each of those things above makes a 1911 a little more user friendly for me, and a lot of other people seem to think so too.
    Fortes Fortuna Juvat

    Former, USMC 0311, OIF/OEF vet
    NRA Pistol/Rifle/Shotgun/Reloading Instructor, RSO, Ohio CHL Instructor

  12. #11
    Senior Member Array gdm320's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    571
    Quote Originally Posted by buckeyeLCPL View Post
    All the things that make the Custom 2 or Loaded stand out from a GI model. Beavertail safety, commander hammer, better sights, lowered and flared ejection port, and flat main spring housing are the first ones that come to mind.

    Nothing wrong with GI models either, I carried one for several years before switching over to a Loaded. But, each of those things above makes a 1911 a little more user friendly for me, and a lot of other people seem to think so too.
    Oh, okay Buckeye that makes sense. Thanks for the information. I'm the type of person that likes to buy quality, so if it improves performance and ease of use then I'll go for it. Looking at the price differences from my preferred retailer, it seems to make sense to go for the upgrades.
    "Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death." -- General Omar Bradley

  13. #12
    VIP Member
    Array C hawk Glock's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    W. Washington
    Posts
    3,552
    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    Of all the 1911s I've had, Kimber is one of two makers that I would not purchase from again.

    Don't Shoot the Messenger, Why I Don't Endorse Kimber

    Don't Shoot the Messenger: Another Reason to Not Endorse Kimber...
    Listen to JD, he is not being rude, but trying to show you the light......
    Ccccccc what? Ccccccccccc Hawks!

  14. #13
    Moderator
    Array buckeye .45's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    7,610
    Another option for you, is the new Springfield Range Officer: http://www.springfield-armory.com/ar...hp?version=154

    It has a lot of the same options (I don't know how you feel about adjustable target sights on yours), and from what I have seen they are a fair bit less expensive than the Loadeds.
    Fortes Fortuna Juvat

    Former, USMC 0311, OIF/OEF vet
    NRA Pistol/Rifle/Shotgun/Reloading Instructor, RSO, Ohio CHL Instructor

  15. #14
    Senior Member Array gdm320's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    571
    I'm not sure how I'd feel about adjustable target sights, would they present an issue being "accidentally" adjusted?
    "Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death." -- General Omar Bradley

  16. #15
    JD
    JD is online now
    Administrator
    Array JD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Central Iowa
    Posts
    19,195
    Quote Originally Posted by gdm320 View Post
    Interesting information there. So you'd say something like the SA 1911 for the similar price?
    Yep, Colt, Springfield and S&W any day of the week over a Kimber. I generally prefer Springfield to Colt, but the 2011 guns from Colt are very nicely equipped and will probably get my nod in the future.

    Quote Originally Posted by gdm320 View Post
    Funny that you mention the wildly different weapons. Truth is I don't need either gun. The P238 would give me a smaller carry option than my P239, which would be nice during the summer. The 1911 is a classic American weapon that I would just love to own. Not only could I carry it, but I hear they're amazingly fun to shoot.

    Eventually I'll get both, for those particular reasons. I'm hashing out which to actually by on my own, just trying to settle on which 1911 to consider vs. the P238.
    As Buckeye pointed out, Colt is bringing back the Mustang and if you're not in a rush I'd wait and see how the new Mustangs perform.

    My original Mustangs are a little rougher than the 238 as far as fit and materials go, but they have a better track record.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. WTS: Kimber Custom II (TX)
    By jonconsiglio in forum Member Buy, Sell & Trade
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: July 6th, 2009, 01:36 PM
  2. New Kimber Custom II
    By jonconsiglio in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: February 8th, 2009, 10:09 AM
  3. Kimber Classic Custom
    By bigbren in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: October 4th, 2008, 02:08 PM
  4. Kimber Custom II?
    By cockedlocked01 in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: February 21st, 2007, 11:39 PM
  5. Kimber Custom Tactical ll
    By gunsavey in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: June 18th, 2006, 02:44 PM

Search tags for this page

kimber custom 2
,
kimber custom 2 rust
,
kimber custom carry 2
,

kimber custom ii

,
kimber custom ii rust
,
kimber custom ii vs
,
kimber custom ii vs range officer
,
kimber custom ii vs springfield loaded
,

kimber custom ii vs springfield range officer

,
kimber custom target ii vs springfield armory range officer
,
range officer vs kimber
,
springfield range officer vs kimber custom ii
Click on a term to search for related topics.