For 1911 owners-Kimber 1911 Pro Carry II?
I recently started a thread where I indicated that I had become interested in a 1911 resulting from a tactical training class I had recently attended, where many in the class shot a 1911, and seeking advice on what to consider buying. I got a lot of good feedback, which is appreciated.
This is a follow-up thread to that one. After doing a lot of research, on line, based on the advice given, my perception is that the 1911 Model in general is plagued with malfunction problems of one kind or another. It appears as though it is expected that the gun will not function properly out of the box and will have to be sent back to the factory for repair. My experience with other guns I have bought is that they have been good out of the box, with little, if any, malfunction problems.
So, one of my questions is whether my perception about the problems with the 1911 is correct? I would really love to buy a 1911, but not if it is going to cause me a lot of grief.
I am considering buying a Kimber Pro Carry II in black or stainless because it seems to be within my price range, and suitable for carry. I realize that the Compact and Pro Carry models are not top of the line Kimber models, and wonder whether I will be making a mistake?
I think you are on the right track...
In my opinion the issues with the 1911's have been manufacturers trying to "tighten them up" too much for target work. Having said that I will say there are some issues out there but the 1911 is one of the best selling guns on the market. They are very appealing to people.
I will say that I am a HUGE 1911 fan. I don't believe in adding a bunch of after-market junk to mine and doing all the "tuning" for target work. I'm more the out-of-the-box kinda owner. I have owned many 1911's over the years and the only problematic one I ever had was a Curtis Lemay .45 years and years ago. It ended up sold.
Right now I own (4) 1911's and two of those are Kimbers. The ProCarry II and the Compact along with the Colt Officers ACP and Springfield Armory Loaded. My Kimbers are the best shooting 1911's I have ever had the pleasure to shoot. They are a permanent part of my collection and I even carry them when I don't have the little M&P or Glock 27 deep concealed. I can HIGHLY recommend the Compact and ProCarry to you as viable options for a 1911. Here's an often seen pic of my 1911's for your viewing pleasure. Good luck with your choices ! :smile:
Also wanted to add that Kimber does recommend a break-in period but mine have been 100% reliable all the way through. I only had one issue in my ProCarry and that was with a junk, aftermarket mag. It is gone and my ProCarry and Compact run like cadillacs ! I would suggest if you get the ProCarry, don't use standard split-follower type mags due to the alloy frame. I bought Wilson's (7-round for reliability). What a combo ! The Compact is ok with standard mags.