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Thread: Couple New Kimbers

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    jjfitch, the only one of my 1911s that specified a 500 round break-in is my Les Baer. Specifically the 500 rounds were to be all factory hardball ammo. They did not specify a brand of ammo.
    i sold all my handguns. . . . . . . . . . except for the 1911 style pistols in .45 ACP.

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    In my opinion the only thing the 200+ round break in did for my Kimbers and Wilson Combat was eliminate a small bit of trigger creep. Other than that, no malfunctions from right out of the box.

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    I’ve also owned 5 Kimbers, all very good guns. One Ultra had some hiccups but did in fact smooth out nicely after the first 500 rounds. My 5” Raptor consistently outshot my Gold Cup.
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    So I had a thought during the drought of 08, if you cycled the slide by hand racking several hundred times, wouldn’t that accomplish “nearly” the same objective? You don’t get the full value of firing but metal to metal contact would exist and help “break in”. I did this on my pro and didn’t have any issues once I found ammo. Anybody else ever tried this in the past?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WV1911 View Post
    So I had a thought during the drought of 08, if you cycled the slide by hand racking several hundred times, wouldn’t that accomplish “nearly” the same objective? You don’t get the full value of firing but metal to metal contact would exist and help “break in”. I did this on my pro and didn’t have any issues once I found ammo. Anybody else ever tried this in the past?
    I did this with a different 1911, and it was effective as I haven't had any problems with that one either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WV1911 View Post
    So I had a thought during the drought of 08, if you cycled the slide by hand racking several hundred times, wouldn’t that accomplish “nearly” the same objective? You don’t get the full value of firing but metal to metal contact would exist and help “break in”. I did this on my pro and didn’t have any issues once I found ammo. Anybody else ever tried this in the past?
    Yes, it does. In fact, many people who build their own 1911s and hand-fit the slide to the frame stop cutting on the frame rails when the slide just barely fits onto the frame. Then they coat the rails with a slurry of fine cutting compound (like J-B Bore Bright mixed with light oil), clamp the frame in a padded vise, and run the slide back and forth by hand until it slides as slick as glass.
    Hawkmoon
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    As far as firearms are concerned I think that I've owned so much of everything, and every time I bought a brand new firearm I've always thought that break-in period is useful, for rifles in particular.
    Although some companies advise to shoot a minimum of 300/500 rounds of full charge ammunition through a pistol prior to disassembly and cleaning for the first time, I've always preferred to clean and lube any gun before storing it in the safe or take it to the range for the first time.
    Originality can't be restored and a good piece of free advice is to put "originality" at the top of a priority list. I've never seen a 1911 I didn't like.
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