Kimber Warrior...anyone have one?

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    Kimber Warrior...anyone have one?

    I really want a Kimber Warrior. I would take a Desert Warrior but the Warrior is my top choice in a 1911. Apparently the Desert Warrior is easier to come by...anyone have either???

    details? pics? links?

    I searched btw...

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    I have one of the first 500 produced. Its debut was a tactical pistol course that fired about 2k in 3 days. I shot it through the course with no cleaning. A spot of lube (Miltec) was added here and there. There was one failure to feed that was corrected by a tap-roll-rack. No other problems were encountered. However, the Gunner Grip knock offs that Kimber makes ate a hole in the bottom of my hand right a the corner of the grip. There is also a ridge on the bottom of the left side thumb safety that put a similar hole in the side of my thumb. Now, this could be a result of the size and shape of my paws or it could be the grip that I use. I chose to junk the grips and replace with real GGs. The safety was replaced with an Ed Brown ambi. Problems solved. As far as cosmetics, the pistol is UGLY. But what the hell, so am I. Much of the finish has worn away particularly from repeated manipulations. This was a work gun and it spent a whole lot of time in and out of a leg holster and a lot of time being out in the elements. Being an early gun, it came with real Novak sights. No problems there. It likes any quality magazine and feeds just about anything that I have put through it with Speer Lawman 230 fmj being the exception. During the break in, it shot a bit high. That has corrected itself and now shoots point of aim to about 50m. All in all, a great out of the box 1911.

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    I bought a Desert Warrior new a bit over a year ago. Great pistol! It's my primary home defense handgun, with an Insight M3X mounted. Very accurate and altogether reliable. Choice between Warrior and Desert Warrior is just a matter of preference in appearance. You won't go wrong with either.

    I use Wilson Combat 47D 8-round mags, currently loaded with Winchester Ranger SXT 230gr JHP. I followed Kimber's recommendation to run 500 rounds of standard FMJ through before trying any hollow points. I haven't experienced problems with any ammo up to this point.

    If you're planning to use it for concealed carry, keep in mind that it's no lightweight, so you'll need a top-knotch holster and gunbelt. When I carry mine, it's in a Tucker HF1, OWB, though my usual carry weapon is a Kimber Ultra CDP II.

    The only change I've made to my Desert Warrior is a set of rosewood grips, not that I don't like the factory grips.

    With the M3X mounted.


    Closeup. I really like this light.


    With the rosewood grips.


    Alongside the Ultra CDP II.


    In the Tucker HF1.


    Out of the box accuracy. Results of the first 5 mags I fired through it (Weaver stance).
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    I've got one and carry it as my cooler-weather gun.

    Mine's been utterly reliable. Broken in with good old 230 gr ball.

    Carry load is Federal HST 230 - feeds them just fine, and the data seems to suggest it is an effective round.

    I did change the grips, though, to VZ 320s. The stock plastic "cheese graters" were fine for the range, but very irritating to carry IWB under a shirt.....

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    thanks for the info!
    It's tops on my wish list!



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    Always glad to be of service. Hope you can get yours soon. There's just nothing like a 1911!
    Cheers,
    Rod
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