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Anyone know if there are any Kimber counterfeits being made? I carry a Kimber Ultra Carry II i aquired on a trade a year or so ago and am suspecting it may not be an original. The craftsmanship and finish on several parts looks very cheap and i just can't imagine this being the quality of an expensive gun.
 

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It's a real Kimber. Looks like the previous owner coated the slide with something. Machining marks look normal. Can't tell if the AL frame was abused???
 

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It's a real Kimber. Looks like the previous owner coated the slide with something. Machining marks look normal. Can't tell if the AL frame was abused???
It looks like it was used a lot. If you have questions, best deal would be to call Kimber and check serial number and maybe send it back to be refurb'd.
 

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I agree with the others. It looks like someone did a home kitchen spray a bake, or just spray, finish job on it, and used the hell out of it. The barrel won't be polished smooth and shiny.

The finish is easy to fix, have a good finish done, or if you want it original, send it to Kimber.
 

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I would call Kimber (914-964-0742) with the serial number and ask them.... They might be able to tell you what dealer received it from the factory and it might help you validate its authenticity. At the same time, you could ask them if they have heard of any knockoffs.
 

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It's a Kimber with a very bad spray painted finish. You can have the gun bead blasted and refinished.

The roughness on the lower lugs is nothing to be concerned about. You can smooth it out but you would just be taking material off the lugs for no reason.

(Keep in mind that a Kimber is a mid priced production1911 not an "expensive" semi custom or custom gun.)
 

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I noticed the lack of hand etched serial #'s on the underside of the slide but they may have been worn/buffed off. They etch the slide w/matching #'s to the frame to keep them together during manufacture.
 

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I noticed the lack of hand etched serial #'s on the underside of the slide but they may have been worn/buffed off. They etch the slide w/matching #'s to the frame to keep them together during manufacture.
Not always. Most do but I've seen some without it.
 

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I noticed the lack of hand etched serial #'s on the underside of the slide but they may have been worn/buffed off. They etch the slide w/matching #'s to the frame to keep them together during manufacture.
The last two new Kimbers I bought in '08 didn't have the ser# on the slide FWIW
 
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