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Thread: Kimber 1911 3 inch barrel reliability

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    Question Kimber 1911 3 inch barrel reliability

    I keep hearing, reading an seeing a lot of people, some of whom are trainers, trashing 3 inch 1911s, particularly Kimbers . After break in, I personally have not had a reliability problem with my Kimber Ultra Covert. I would like to hear from some folks, who have carried, and shot their Kimber Ultras, a whole lot, and relate your experiences. Thanks.

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    I have not shot a real lot from my Ultra Carry but the 300 or better rounds all functioned.A mixture of ball ammo and Golden Saber in 185Gr and 230Gr-all fed properly using 2-Wilson Combat HD mags-2 Kimber Tac mags and 1 worn half way out Colt mag.
    KRUNCHNIK
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    I have an older Ultra (bought back in '06, made in '05) that I had to do a good bit of work on to make it reliable. It did make a trip back to kimber, when they "sort of fixed" one problem, but created another.

    I sold off all my other kimbers, but kept the Ultra CDP II, as it was an anniversary present from the wife.

    I don't frequent kimber forums much anymore, but there seem to be less complaints about them than there used to be.

    Good luck with yours!
    "Sights are for the unenlightened."

    Rick
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    Last edited by Rick McC.; 10th June 2017 at 18:48.


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    I have a nice Ultra CDP II I purchased in November 2016. The first ~300 rounds it would not completely go into battery when inserting a full magazine after firing close to 100 rounds. Usually a tap in the back of the slide would put it into battery. I figured a tight gun and residue from firing caused it to hang like described.

    Once I passed that magic 500 rounds that Kimber recommends for break in it's been fine. It's a quality piece in my opinion.

    Cheers,
    Pete
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    I bought a used Ultra RCP. The owner said it was a ! When racking the slide it felt like is was full of sand. It was! Detail stripped, lubed, reassembled (thank you Ultra tool!). It's been perfect since. The previous owner obviously didn't shoot it much. Still very tight. Maybe too tight for sand? It's been utterly reliable for 300+ rounds of assorted high dollar defense, cheap hardball and my home brew hand loads.

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    my ultra has had approx. 500 rounds through it using my reloads and factory hb. the only problem the gun has had is an occasional ftrb where a tap on the back of the slide will fix it. i have found this usually does not happen if the gun is well lubed.

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    I had a Kimber Ultra Carry II and a Colt Defender and was not lucky with .45 ACP 3" barrels. Both pistols I bought NIB. I found them to be very finicky. In my experience, I could have been not so lucky, they are not reliable. Accuracy? Yes! My 2 cents!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by edw794 View Post
    my ultra has had approx. 500 rounds through it using my reloads and factory hb. the only problem the gun has had is an occasional ftrb where a tap on the back of the slide will fix it. i have found this usually does not happen if the gun is well lubed.
    It sounds like the extractor tension may be a little too heavy. If the FTRB's get more frequent as the pistol gets dirtier with firing; that's an indicator.
    "Sights are for the unenlightened."

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