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PlayLoud
04-29-2010, 7:28 PM
Purchased a Kimber Tactical Custom II today (my first gun!)

Slightly used (he said about 200 rounds have gone through it) for $900.

I was looking for my first firearm to be a Kimber Custom TLE II, but those are going for $1050 around here. I don't think I will put more than about 1000-1500 rounds per year into the gun, so I don't think aluminum should be a problem. I don't know what the recoil will be compared to a steel frame (which I have shot), but most people say the difference is very minor. I guess I will know after the 10 day waiting period.

It sounds like a good deal, or at least I hope it is.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/playloud/KimberTacticalCustomII.jpg

CSACANNONEER
04-29-2010, 7:33 PM
I've got between 25K and 30K through my Pro CDPII and it is still running strong.

Sajedene
04-29-2010, 7:33 PM
Congratulations! That is a lovely gun. Let us know when you break that baby in!

Richie Caketown
04-29-2010, 7:35 PM
shes purdy ....:)

davhed
04-29-2010, 7:54 PM
That's a great looking piece. Congrats!

localguy
04-29-2010, 8:12 PM
Congrats! That's the 1911 I'm still looking to pick up. :)

Shady
04-29-2010, 8:15 PM
kimbers are sweet lovin

JohnnyCrash
04-29-2010, 9:16 PM
Nice!

In 10 days I too will no longer have to rent... mine is not as cool as yours though :(

Very cool gun!

Bill Carson
04-29-2010, 10:12 PM
Damn that is just sexy

Just-in
04-29-2010, 10:47 PM
That gun right there is what sold me on Kimber 1911's
That grip is so beautiful in person good choice.

trickyvic
04-29-2010, 10:51 PM
Awesome choice for your first gun, Congrats!

Ducman
04-29-2010, 11:18 PM
Congrats and have fun.

cyclenut
04-29-2010, 11:45 PM
Congrats. I like the two tone finish.

bsg
04-30-2010, 2:06 AM
congratulations on getting a very nice handgun... and welcome to the forum.

-Brady

Jicko
04-30-2010, 2:12 AM
Purchased a Kimber Tactical Custom II today (my first gun!)

Nice one!



Slightly used (he said about 200 rounds have gone through it) for $900.

BTW, don't you know that EVERY used gun only have 200 rounds gone thru it..... lol


Welcome to the forum.... :)

nosuchagency
04-30-2010, 5:26 AM
good lookin' pistola, bro. now go out and get a quality leather rig and you'll be set.

plankowner
04-30-2010, 5:31 AM
I really enjoy my Kimber you should be fine and will enjoy it

den888
04-30-2010, 6:21 AM
Congrats, very nice...

Preacher
04-30-2010, 6:24 AM
Nice first piece..Very Very clean....I think one day soon I may such a beautiful piece of art.....but until then..it will be DRASTIC PLASTIC FOR ME!!! :43: MUHUUUHUHHAAAHAHAHAHAHAH!!
Welcome to the boards!

PlayLoud
04-30-2010, 6:55 AM
BTW, don't you know that EVERY used gun only have 200 rounds gone thru it..... lol
Is that something like everybody a cop pulls over for drunk driving has only had 2 beers?

I was nervous about buying used, but the price seemed good. I decided to take a chance. Hopefully she shoots as good as she looks =)

sd1023x
04-30-2010, 7:32 AM
BTW, don't you know that EVERY used gun only have 200 rounds gone thru it..... lol


Welcome to the forum.... :)

Yup! +1 Only 200 rounds.....yeah right.

PlayLoud
04-30-2010, 8:09 AM
Yup! +1 Only 200 rounds.....yeah right.

Hmm. Now I am starting to worry.

JTROKS
04-30-2010, 9:14 AM
She's not even broken in yet even if you double the 200 round claim! That's a good deal you got there. Steel frame 1911s will last for a very long time under constant range/match use. I had one in 38super that went over 50K rounds of major power loads of the old USPSA power factor days of 175. Had another upper built on it and she's back to shooting 3" groups at 50 yards.

PlayLoud
04-30-2010, 11:01 AM
... Steel frame 1911s will last for a very long time under constant range/match use. .
This one is aluminum.

wsmc27
04-30-2010, 11:08 AM
Looks great! CONGRATS!

eccvets
04-30-2010, 12:33 PM
200 = 2000+ in real life. thats not that much though

wamphyri13
04-30-2010, 12:49 PM
I wouldn't worry too much about the round count. I traded mine (same gun) last year for an AR. I only put 300 rounds through. Some people actually keep a good count on how many rounds they've fired. The 300 rounds was one range session. Recoil difference is negligible. You probably won't notice it. Where you will notice the difference, (I've been told) is in holster carry. That's really where ounces make the difference. I traded mine because I wanted my first AR, and I really didn't want to part with any of my other 1911's. I have 11. It was also the newest with the lowest round count for higher trade value.

Congrats on the new 1911 and welcome to the forum.
Ryan

Longshot37
04-30-2010, 12:59 PM
Very nice!!!! I just got the same one a month ago i love it

Federalist
04-30-2010, 1:43 PM
Great lookin' gun. Very nice purchase for your first.

Be sure to keep it locked up when you aren't watching it. I hear they have a tendency to breed when you aren't looking. Then you find yourself with lots of little Glocks, Sigs, Rugers and (especially) EBRs running all over the place. :eek:

SoCalRandy
04-30-2010, 1:54 PM
Great lookin' gun. Very nice purchase for your first.

Be sure to keep it locked up when you aren't watching it. I hear they have a tendency to breed when you aren't looking. Then you find yourself with lots of little Glocks, Sigs, Rugers and (especially) EBRs running all over the place. :eek:

^^^^This is true! Don't say you haven't been warned! :p

PlayLoud
05-01-2010, 2:02 PM
8 more days! Grrr!

stormvet
05-01-2010, 4:26 PM
congrats, great gun. I have owned one for about a year and a half. A little over 1100 rounds fired. Outstanding trigger and the most accurate handgun I own, the Mepro sights are outstanding. With alloy frames it is pretty easy to see if the gun has been fired a bunch, wear marks are pretty noticable. But evan if that gun has two to five thousand rounds fired it has alot of life left in it. Kimber test's thier alloy frames up to 20,000 rounds. You may want to replace the recoil spring just to be sure.

My gun did not care for Wilson 8 round mags, I would have a FTE on the 7th round every 4th or 5th mag (I own 7 wilson mags, so it was not just one mag) But never had a problem with the stock 7 round mag. I ended up buying five 8 round Tripp cobra mags for it and no more FTE problems. I highly recommend Tripp mags.

Hope the waiting time fly's by, here's a teaser pic of mine while you waite.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z207/2814V/8-14-0945007.jpg

PlayLoud
05-01-2010, 6:04 PM
Hmm. I bought 2 Wilson ETMs.

I think I am going to take a camera down to the shop on Monday so I can post some pics of the gun. I thought it looked a little worn inside, though the guy who sold it to me described it as "hardly any wear". Since I don't even know what to look for in that matter, I really don't know if I got ripped or not.

tiko
05-01-2010, 9:32 PM
The aluminum alloy use on Kimbers are modern and optimum, they can last well over 50 k rds with good oil. Some alloy even got harder than cheap steel.

PlayLoud
05-01-2010, 9:39 PM
Ok. I have found a forum post with similar wear to what I recall seeing. They said it was normal, and does not affect reliability.

Here is an example (not my gun, but similar wear on the feed ramp).

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/playloud/IMG_0477small1.jpg


I will still go down there Monday with a camera, and see if I can get some pictures.

PlayLoud
05-02-2010, 2:04 PM
My gun did not care for Wilson 8 round mags, I would have a FTE on the 7th round every 4th or 5th mag (I own 7 wilson mags, so it was not just one mag) But never had a problem with the stock 7 round mag. I ended up buying five 8 round Tripp cobra mags for it and no more FTE problems. I highly recommend Tripp mags.
Out of curiosity, were those 47d mags, or ETMs?

Bizcuits
05-02-2010, 3:50 PM
Waaay to rich for my blood, but congratulations.

Legasat
05-02-2010, 3:52 PM
Nice pistol! Enjoy!!!

stormvet
05-02-2010, 9:11 PM
Out of curiosity, were those 47d mags, or ETMs?

4-47d and 3-ETMs. But I would not worry about it. One thing I have learned from owning and shooting 1911s is that they all are different when it comes to mags. Some guns just dont like a particular mag design for whatever reason. I also have a Kimber CDP-PRO that runs great with the Wilson mags.
There's a very good chance yours will be fine with them. But if not just find out what it likes and stick with them. That is the price we pay for having so many aftermarket company's making different mags.

From looking at the pic's you posted I can tell you why that feed ramp is so chewed up. He was using a mag with a steel pointed follower, Chip McCormick maybe. They are fine for a steel gun but will chew up an alloy frame. The steel point is driven into the soft alloy metal everytime a round is chambered.

stormvet
05-02-2010, 9:54 PM
My photo skills are truly lacking so bare with me. But here are some pics of a Wilson ETM, Tripp cobra and Chip McCormick(notice the pointy shape of the follower) followers.

Wison, Tripp, McCormick.
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z207/2814V/DSCN1302.jpg

Pic of my frame 1100 rounds, only 1 range tripp with McCormick mags.
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z207/2814V/DSCN1309-1.jpg

You can see that the pointed steel follower chiped away at the finnish and alloy beneath the polished feed ramp. This was only one range trip, after seeing this I only use the McCormicks with my steel guns.

PlayLoud
05-03-2010, 5:05 PM
Well, I was borrowing a camera, and it wasn't autofocusing very well (except the first shot), so I apologize for that.

In the last shot, you can see the wear on the feed ramp. I looked closely, and while my focusing problems make picture analysis difficult, there were no grooves that I could see. Only the anodized finish was removed. The ramp itself looked smooth.

Here are the pics of my gun...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/playloud/My%20gun/IMGP0482-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/playloud/My%20gun/IMGP0484-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/playloud/My%20gun/IMGP0485-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/playloud/My%20gun/IMGP0492-1.jpg

stormvet
05-03-2010, 6:01 PM
Hard to see but, if there is no damage to the feed ramp dont worry about it and enjoy the gun. But dont use that stock Kimber mag. It has the pointed steel follower, save it for when you buy a steel gun down the road. Use your Wilsons.

PlayLoud
05-03-2010, 6:14 PM
... But dont use that stock Kimber mag. It has the pointed steel follower, save it for when you buy a steel gun down the road. Use your Wilsons.

After your previous posts, that was definitely my plan. ;)

Oh, I forgot to mention that whoever the previous owner was, he replaced the slide stop with an extended version.

themailman
05-03-2010, 6:23 PM
everytime a seller says "200"rds, I estimate it to be 400. Anyways, great purchase for your first gun! Welcome to the gun club we call These United States.

Barkoff
05-03-2010, 6:41 PM
Very nice, what does it weigh?







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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/playloud/KimberTacticalCustomII.jpg

PlayLoud
05-03-2010, 6:47 PM
Very nice, what does it weigh?

31oz


Specifications:
Height (inches) 90 to barrel: 5.50
Weight (ounces) with empty magazine: 31
Length (inches): 8.7
Magazine capacity: 7
Magazine well
Ambidextrous thumb safety
Recoil spring (pounds): 16.0
Full length guide rod

Frame:
Material: Aluminum
Finish: Matte gray
KimPro II™ frame finish
Width (inches): 1.28
Front strap checkering
Checkering under trigger guard

Slide:
Material: Steel
Finish: Matte black
Front serrations

Barrel:
Length (inches): 5
Material: Steel, match grade
Stainless steel match grade bushing
Twist rate (left hand): 16

Sights:
Meprolight Tritium 3-dot night sight, fixed
Radius (inches): 6.8

Grips:
Laminated
Double diamond
Kimber logo

Trigger:
Premium Aluminum Match Grade
Factory setting (appx. pounds): 4.0 - 5.0

Barkoff
05-03-2010, 7:08 PM
Thank you.

G38xOC
05-03-2010, 9:54 PM
Congrats !

thats one nice pistol

hey , we only live once .. why not spoil our selfs

PlayLoud
05-04-2010, 6:21 PM
Picked up my mags today (I had left them in the gun box, as I didn't have a need for them until I got the gun anyway). I read you are supposed to break them in by loaded them up for a day or two, so I brought them home with a box of ammo. They are sitting loaded on my computer desk.

evidens83
05-04-2010, 8:03 PM
Looks real good excellent choice congrats! Keep us updated with a range report(with pics!)

resident-shooter
05-04-2010, 8:24 PM
Let me just say +1 on everything that has been said about "200 rounds", but don't let that upset you because guns can last for generations and generations if you maintain and take care of them. :)

PlayLoud
05-08-2010, 10:22 AM
Grrr. I could pick up my gun tomorrow, but I work 11am-8pm, and the range is open 11am-6pm!

I have to wait until Monday!

PlayLoud
05-10-2010, 9:24 PM
Range Report (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?p=4268542#post4268542)

PlayLoud
05-17-2010, 11:09 AM
Just called Kimber to see if they would tune the extractor under warranty. They told me the gun was shipped in 06, and came back in 07 because the previous owner had exploded the gun!