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ns3v3n
02-24-2007, 3:33 PM
just picked up my kimber today, it's a compact aluminum, really good shape, i'll post some pictures when i get home, but i have a question.

It's really hard to pull the slide all the way back. is that normal??

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there you go, see i'm not lying! hehe

sorry for the crappy pic, i only have a camera phone.

mike100
02-24-2007, 3:49 PM
compacts have lighter, smaller slides, so the springs are stiff on shorty models.

you'll need to run some break in rounds and maybe clean off the packing/assembly oil and put a lighter gun oil on it. springs also take a set after a few hundred cycles.

ns3v3n
02-24-2007, 3:53 PM
i see, yeah the first owner told me he hasnt shot the gun in 3 years, so we'll see how it goes when i run some rounds through it. :). i'm excited .

ghost
02-24-2007, 3:53 PM
kimbers usually need the 500 round break-in period.

capitol
02-24-2007, 3:58 PM
a pic is a must by the way :D

SnWnMe
02-24-2007, 4:01 PM
Liar.

boogak
02-24-2007, 4:40 PM
Liar.
who and why?

Kruzr
02-24-2007, 8:37 PM
Kimber Compacts have a 22# spring (or should have.) If it's hard to rack, cock the hammer first.

indetrucks
02-25-2007, 11:48 AM
nice pic...

SnWnMe
02-25-2007, 11:49 AM
who and why?


ns3v3n is. He hasn't proven that he has a new gun.

What's rule #1 of "New gun" posts?:p

Franksremote
02-25-2007, 12:11 PM
Kimber Compacts have a 22# spring (or should have.) If it's hard to rack, cock the hammer first.

+1 It'll settle in after a coupla hundred rounds.

How you're racking will make a difference too; pinch n pull vs pinch n push.

ns3v3n
02-25-2007, 2:37 PM
ok so correction, it's not hard to pull the slide back, it's hard to pull it all the way back so i can latch it on the slide stop lever.

Franksremote
02-25-2007, 3:07 PM
ok so correction, it's not hard to pull the slide back, it's hard to pull it all the way back so i can latch it on the slide stop lever.

Same deal, just use the pinch n push method, just watch out for muzzle sweep, especially if loaded. :eek:

If still experiencing difficulty, spinach may be in order :p

SnWnMe
02-25-2007, 3:15 PM
24 hour Fitness

Kruzr
02-25-2007, 6:09 PM
ok so correction, it's not hard to pull the slide back, it's hard to pull it all the way back so i can latch it on the slide stop lever.

Cheat, put an empty mag in the gun and let it lock itself back. Hold the slide with your "weak" hand and push the frame forward with your strong hand.

ns3v3n
02-25-2007, 6:34 PM
yeah with the magazine, the slide release lever is really hard to press once the slide is lock. i guess that's normal.

Kruzr
02-25-2007, 7:24 PM
yeah with the magazine, the slide release lever is really hard to press once the slide is lock. i guess that's normal.

That's the magazine spring and follower. It shouldn't be hard if the mag is loaded. Different mags will be easier. You may also want to try slingshotting the slide to battery to chamber the first round.

ns3v3n
02-25-2007, 8:58 PM
i've tried that, it seems like there's no more slack once you lock up the slide, and you know if you release the magazine, once you pull the slide back, the slide lock should go down on it's own, this one doesnt do that. is there something wrong with my pistol?

ns3v3n
02-25-2007, 9:17 PM
i think i got it able to work, i'll give a range report soon. thanks for all your help guys, 1911's are alot different to les say a USP compact that i had.

Kruzr
02-25-2007, 9:26 PM
i've tried that, it seems like there's no more slack once you lock up the slide, and you know if you release the magazine, once you pull the slide back, the slide lock should go down on it's own, this one doesnt do that. is there something wrong with my pistol?

Not with a magazine in the gun it won't. It's not a good idea to drop the slide full speed without loading a round. Hold the slide to let it down if you aren't stripping a round (or a snap cap) off a mag.

Lube the gun well and put some rounds through it.

Justang
02-25-2007, 10:55 PM
My Kimber Custom II is still tough to pull the slide back. It's just a tight gun. Shoots great too. Took me about 300rds until I quit having FTF's or FTE's.

threadcrapper
02-25-2007, 11:29 PM
That's nice! Kimbers rock

Franksremote
02-25-2007, 11:32 PM
yeah with the magazine, the slide release lever is really hard to press once the slide is lock. i guess that's normal.

Yes it is. I'm probably heading to TMW tomorrow, if you want to meet up, PM me, I'm sure we can work through whatever issues you're having with your Pro Carry. I've got to finish breaking in my Pro Eclipse and start breaking in my Ultra Compact. I can bring my well used PC for reference ;)

Franksremote
02-25-2007, 11:33 PM
My Kimber Custom II is still tough to pull the slide back. It's just a tight gun. Shoots great too. Took me about 300rds until I quit having FTF's or FTE's.

Was it a Custom Shop job? Even my CS Kimbers aren't that tight...

arfan66
02-25-2007, 11:51 PM
Congrats on the new (to you) Pro Carry. She looks good! I've love mine.....five years and +3K rounds with no FTF or FTE's (after break-in that is) and still keeps 'em in the 9x-10x rings out to around 15-20 yds.

Good Luck and have fun with your new Kimber. :cool: