The Kimber Super Carry Custom HD – what a pleasure to shoot!!!
First a promo for Kimber CS. I traded for this gun sometime back and found it shot 2Ē low at 10 yards. I called Kimber and before I could blink, a UPS shipping label was headed my way via email!!!
I donít remember how long it took for the round trip but it wasnít long, and at no cost to me at all. I put it in the safe because I was going through my Glock phase. I really like Glocks!
Before I go on, let me share another CS experience. I got a brand new Sig P229R E2 and it did the same thing Ė shot two inches low Ė starting to sound like the problem is me isnít it! Well Sig CS says I have to remove the slide and send the slide, barrel and recoil spring to them Ė I have to pay for shipping! I never did send it. I was pretty miffed that I paid what I did for a brand new Sig and then was expected to pay for shipping to fix a sight indexing problem that was their fault. Grrrrr!
But back to Kimber. The other day I decided I needed to shoot the Super Carry and see if the problem was fixed. You can decide for yourself:
10-Aug-2012, std eval drill Ė off-hand, slow fire, 4 shots each @ 3, 5, 7, 10, 15 yds:
11-Aug-2012 Ė same drill but backwards, 15, 10, 7, 5, 3 yds
I say Kimber fixed the sight issue just right! IIRC, thatís the first of my six Kimbers Iíve had any problems with that didnít clear up after the 500 round break in period. And Kimber CS is simply top notch!
What doesnít show up in the pics is that it just seemed effortless. Well, not really effortless, but easier than I was expecting.
I measured the trigger pull weight on a Lyman Digital Trigger Scale and it was breaking at about 5 lbs 14 oz average. Thatís a bit high. After 250 rounds (400 total) the trigger pull was down to 4 lbs 15 oz average Ė thatís more like it. I expect it will stay about there.
Another thing I did was compare shooting 185 gn against 230 gn. The 185 gn simply won my heart! What sweet shooting! Plus, Iím pretty much carrying Hornady Critical Defense now and that only comes in 185 gn for the .45 ACP. Kind of strange, but I like it! So, itís good that my range ammo is 185 gns I guess.
Oh, I did have one failure to feed with the 185 gn within the first 250 rounds through the gun. I expect the 185 gn is a bit marginal prior to the 500 round mark. Kimber recommends 230 gn for the first 500 rounds but I couldnít resist the 185 gn.
From the 250 count to the 400 round count, I had no other failures to feed with the 185 gn. Apparently itís lapping in and handling the lighter bullet reliably now.
I'm using KimPro Tac mags exclusively now in all my Kimbers - they've proven to be very dependable and reliable and they're quite competitively priced.
I enjoyed the shootability, accuracy, handling, and reliability of the Kimber so much, it has now become my carry gun.
I say this reluctantly, but just today I added up the sacrifices I would have to make to acquire a Kimber Custom TLE/RL; I decided the Kimber was worth it and made the deal. I was really after a Kimber Desert Warrior, but I discovered it doesnít have front strap checkering and the TLE/RL does, but then thatís another thread.
Also coming in another thread is the installation and performance of a Fulcrum trigger kit in a Glock!