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    life of a 1911?

    Hey guys, need some quick advice. I have an opportunity to pick up a used Kimber from another forum member. So far, it's been a great conversation. I was told the gun had around 950 rounds put through it thus far. It's an Ultra Carry II. How many rounds should one expect to put through one of these before things stop working? I would expect it would be thousands upon thousands...but was just curious. Any input would be welcome.
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    If taken care of properly, it should outlast you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jualdeaux View Post
    If taken care of properly, it should outlast you.
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    A friend has over 50,000 rounds through his. He's debating replacing the barrel, but the danged thing is soooo accurate! He did, however, replace the recoil spring. Everything else is factory and performing great!
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    excellent. thanks for the input. i figured it'd be something along those lines...just wanted to make sure.
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    This handy little guide not only answers your question, but should give you some guidelines as to how often you should replace certain parts or have work done to your 1911. You can go longer on some parts than the suggestions but you may start to see some performance degradation. Reliability, Round Counts, and Longevity in 1911s

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    A decent 1911 will outlive many owners. Like all things mechanical they do need service now and then,some more than others. I would look for one that offers a lifetime warranty and hope the company is still around when my great grandson passes the gun along to one of his grandchild.

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    As others have posted, the gun should last a lifetime (or more) with proper care. I will add that, the UCII should have the recoil springs replaced at around 1800 rds. The complete spring assembly is about 45 bux. Good luck with your purchase.
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    Plan on replacing springs and mags along the way, but the gun itself will still be going strong long after you and I are dust.

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