A Nurse with a Gun

Monday, August 04, 2008

Pawn Shop Circuit: Missed Punishment

As I walked into Neil's pawn shop this afternoon, I noticed that he still had a Glock for $419, but several of the other handguns that had been in his case were gone. I broke out my wallet to place some more money on my SW1911 and get ahead of the curve on picking it up. I put $340 on it. Next payment due in November.

Neil smiled, and told me I had missed the prize he placed on the shelf this morning. "A Kimber Custom II. Didn't last two hours. It had those Punisher skull grips," he said proudly.

I tried to look disappointed. I didn't tell him I would likely have passed anyway. I don't care for the Series II Kimbers, and I would not want comic book grips. Unless of course, they were Shang Chi grips.



Blogger nature223 said...

I will never own a Kimber of any stripe.A friend of mine almost lost a TOE,due to an loading and going into battery AD,the gun loaded,then FIRED a round.
the only good thiung to come from it was my friend as a long time gun guy HAD it pointed in a safe direction,and the floor was wood.
in dissection,the FIRING PIN SPRING,and the FIRING PIN itself were defective.I have heard OTHERS complain of shoddy quality control and just plain shitty execution of these pistols.I'd pass on that one and just get a Government configuration by;SPRINGFIELD ARMORY,TAURUS,SIG,OR COLT,for new purchase...Mine??
Colt 1911 Dated 1918,and Norinco 1911...both work as well as the ammo they are fed,and have NEVER exibited that kind of malfunction.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

I will never own a Kimber too I've heard so many complaints I can't believe no one has forced an investigation of their safety yet

9:44 AM  
Blogger Cybrludite said...

Can't imagine having those grips on a carry piece. Can you just imagine what a DA could make of it if you used them in a defensive shooting?

12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Accidental discharges of this nature are not all that uncommon when ammo using soft primers is used. Its not generally the fault of the gun. Colt tried to resolve this issue by implementing a firing pin safety block in their series 80 govt pistols, but many shooters favor the traditional series 70 govt 1911 as less moving parts means less to break and more reliability. Also many think the trigger pull is smoother because you don't have the additional pull force being used as leverage to lift the block. You'll find it quite common in competition pistols and very high end custom 1911's that are hand built to not be modeled after the series 80 and lack the firing pin safety block.

I have had nothing but many favorable experiences with various models of Kimber 1911's. I've had more problems with Colts and Springfields than I ever had with a Kimber.

4:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just received a Kimber Tactical Pro II as a plainclothes duty weapon. I have been in law enforcement,a tactical team officer and tactical/firearms instructor since 1988. I have carried S&W, Sig Sauer and Walther handguns. I had heard some grumbling about Kimbers in general, which concerned me at first. After 300 rounds through the gun as preliminary "break in" right out of the box, head shots at 25 yards without sight adjustment, with ZERO issues it appears to be a nice balance of features, firepower and concealability. May 2010.

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kimber was the gun of choice for the US olympic team to train with and the rapid fire team to train with as well as the preffered weapon of choice by LAPD SWAT and the US Marines operations comand team... now im no expert but that might be worth something.

6:48 PM  
Blogger Dave Ellis said...

Kimber Tactical Pro ll
After about 1oo rounds Mag release fractured in two pieces. Returned to Kimber. Received it back. A few hundred rounds later the right side of the safety selector fractured in two pieces. Sent it back Received it back racked the slide to make sure it was clear. Left side of the safety selector fell off In my hand. Called Robert Bentiz at Kimber. He said it probably vibrated loose during shipping. What a load of bull. Jumped out of C130s with 1911s and they did not fall apart. Bottom line is stay away from this model. When it returns it will be for sale.

5:57 PM  

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