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Kimber 1911 Production start?

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Hi folks, writing a report on materials used in 1911 type pistol frames. Need to know when Kimber started production of 1911's?

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My September '95 issue of the Shooting Times has an article written by Sheriff Jim Wilson called 'Make Mine a 1911' In that article he said he examined some Kimber samples at the previous SHOT show and put his order in for a production gun to review and possibly buy. So I gather from this article that September of '95 was very close to the actual start date.

Hope that helps,
This is a quote off the official Kimber website:
"Kimber built a new factory in New York where manufacturing [of pistols and rifles] could be done under one roof and shipped the first Classic Pistol in 1996."

Hope this helps!

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Is that the date that they shipped the first pistol from their new facility? Their first pistols had Clackamas (sp?), OR, markings.

...Yeah...but didn't they start out in WA?


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I got my Custom Classic in July of 1996. It was the first one I had ever seen, and back then I was making the rounds of the local gunshops fairly frequently. It's marked "Clakamas, OR" and has a serial number below K001600. I'm not sure what number the serial numbers begin at. Anyone know?
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