The external extractors worked well on many of Kimber's pistols. On many others, they didn't. You have been fortunate. No amount of cleaning or newly designed extractor claws would solve the problems I had with mine.
I made a mistake on equating Schwartz's work with the extractor. Just mixing two pet peeves...Kruzr said:Swartz designed the firing pin block for Colt, he had nothing to do with Kimber's external extractor.
There have been problems with some of the external extractors on the shorter guns, I don't think that can be doubted. But, what most people who post about their problems can't seem to accept is that they are in a minority and the majority of new out of the box Kimbers are just fine. Every gun maker puts out guns that have problems.........no matter how much you pay.
How about sharing a pic of those fine weapons...Pat Couteaux said:I own 5 Kimbers: all four of the Raptor set (man, they are beautiful, and whoa, do they shoot...!), as well as a Team Match II USA.
Will do tomorrow. My wife is the photog.Huevos said:How about sharing a pic of those fine weapons...
My first 1911 was the Kimber UCIIe. Initially I was, erm I'll use the word upset, with it but it has come along nicely. I received the newest version extractor for it, and have educated myself on 1911 functionality etc etc... At this point I am back up to 300 rounds with no FTE's with approximately 1500 rounds through the weapon.Pat Couteaux said:Truth be told, I have been reading some of these threads with growing irritation. Kimber’s design and functionality of the external extractor is extremely robust. The only way I could imagine an individual shooter screwing this thing up would be to either over lubricate the extractor mechanism (should leave dry), or to just let the thing get way too dirty. Otherwise, this dude will grab onto the shell casing like nobody’s biz.
That one fits too . I have had some FTE's myself where I attributed it to my getting sloppy with the weapon :mummy: . That UCIIe has definitely taught me the fine art of pistol gripping discipline.mitrod3 said:i have owned/own five full sized (Kimbers or S&Ws) with external extractors. the only time i ever saw one of those guns have a FTE was when i let another guy at the range shoot my Kimber TLE II. he had one FTE right after another.:scratch: the gun had never failed before that day and as soon as i took the gun back into my hands it functioned 100%. some factor was coming into play in relation to how he shot my 1911 with an external extractor that i never saw or experienced myself.