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    Interesting article re: Kimber 1911 pistols

    "ALE's pricey guns prove unreliable"

    Front page of our local newspaper:

    ALE's pricey guns prove unreliable - Local - NewsObserver.com

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    It is hard to see that from a Kimber unless people were not cleaning them or something

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    I have a Kimber Ultra Carry II and it has been outstanding. The "ultra" series are 3" barreled guns that are said to be touchy on reliability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaysonindaytona View Post
    It is hard to see that from a Kimber unless people were not cleaning them or something
    I don't know if you actually read the article, but the writer's point was that the leadership of ALE has a history of buying premium firearms, keeping them for a very short service life, then selling them at bargain prices to agency personnel.

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    I can't say I'm very surprised. Kimbers have received a lot of votes in various "Worst POS gun you've owned" threads on various websites that I visit. I've never owned a Kimber so I can only go on what I read. A lot of Kimber owners love theirs but I've seen an alarming number of Kimber owners who think otherwise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billwot View Post
    I don't know if you actually read the article, but the writer's point was that the leadership of ALE has a history of buying premium firearms, keeping them for a very short service life, then selling them at bargain prices to agency personnel.
    The article says that the Kimbers were traded to a dealer for Sigs so apparently they weren't sold to the agents at a discount price as had been done previously with their service pistols.

    289 documented malfunctions out of 150 pistols. Yikes.
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    So what gun shop has all these used kimbers??? I'm betting it was a combination of the shooters the ammo and the maintenance. I wonder how much their being sold for.

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    I understand that most of the Kimbers have many of the race gun bells and whistles installed. I know they have match barrels but does anyone know if they also have match chambers? I have a Caspian 45 made with a Quadralock match barrel which has a tight match chamber. Factory/military ammo will not fit in the chamber and all rounds have to have a tight taper crimp to function. The factory rounds will almost always have a FTF unless I run them throught the taper crimp die. Being finicky with ammo is a major difference between a service pistol and a accurized pistol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billwot View Post
    I don't know if you actually read the article, but the writer's point was that the leadership of ALE has a history of buying premium firearms, keeping them for a very short service life, then selling them at bargain prices to agency personnel.
    I read it all... I was just trying to twist my mind around that part... well I couldn't it is just crazy...

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    I own and shoot a Kimber Ultra carry II

    No issues yet, I shoot what ever ammo I can find on sale.

    I clean my weapon after every range day regardless of the quantity or quality of rounds I used. I usually shoot 2 or 3 hundred rounds each range visit so I must have a few thousand rounds down range by now. (haven't kept track)

    No issues what so ever.

    It's my daily concealed carry weapon. I just bought an XDm .45 and have a crossbreed IWB holster on order so I might switch to it for my daily carry.

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