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Just bought a new Kimber Classic Stainless today and noticed that the grip safety was rubbing and looked a little crooked. Well after taking it off and having a look, it became obvious what the problem is. The thing is completely warped if you look at it from the inside. I thought that MIM parts were supposed to be geometrically perfect - this thing looks like it melted. Left is the new part, right is an old one off of my compact aluminum. The pictures don't do it justice...
 

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I'm not surprised... I noticed a similar lack of quality on mine, so I put a Brown beavertail on... much nicer, and I like the lack of the HUGE pad on the Kimber stock part.
 

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I purchased a hammer, sear, disconector from McCormicks and installed them in my Springfield Armory. They resulted in a nice trigger pull however, after about 500 rounds the disconector came apart and gouged up the disconector raceway something fierce. I sent the disconector back to McCormicke and they sent me another disconetor! I threw out all the parts and bought a set from Cylinder and Slide which after 1500 rounds are just like new.

I was pretty disapointed in the McCormicks parts.

EJR
 

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I had the same problem earlier this year with an Ed Brown memory groove beavertail. It looked very much like your warped Kimber.
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Col132 - yes, the other beavertail fits in nicely without any excess rubbing or friction. I have noticed that both grip safeties have some side to side play, with more movement towards the thumb safety side of the frame. With everything else out of the frame except the two safeties, I can make the grip safety catch or rub on one side (thumb safety side) , but it cannot be made to rub or even touch the other. I see this is also the case in my aluminum frame as well - is this normal? I would think it is best to have this centered with equal play in each direction. In any case, I am hoping that Kimber will just send me another part so that I can fit it myself.
 

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Originally posted by David Joyal:
In any case, I am hoping that Kimber will just send me another part so that I can fit it myself.
I wouldn't count on that. I tried to buy a grip safety off Kimber recently and they refused to sell me one. The reasoning was that it was part of the safety mechanism and they would only sell one to a FFL or fit it for me. Needless to say I went elsewhere.

Kimbers turnaround is pretty good though and they have returned pistols to me in the past a couple of days after receiving them.
 

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after they squirt a "green" part the cook it to melt the binders all together. they probably do not rack the parts to cook them as they shring during the process. I guess the mattel oven was set a little high on this one


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Other than the frame and slides my motto for Kimber is garbage in garbage out, Mass production junk.When you by these pistols you are rolling the dice.OCG1911
 

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Don't you think you are painting with a wide brush here? Not all Kimbers are junk. I certainly don't have any meaningful statistics -- other than my brand new Custom Defender II -- which is quite smooth and sweet.

If Kimber was producing junk they would be out of business. Word of mouth is a killer in this retail arena.

As it has often been repeated, we hear more gripes in this type of forum than praises. I suggest you go to the Kimber forum and check out the stats.

Originally posted by OCG1911:
Other than the frame and slides my motto for Kimber is garbage in garbage out, Mass production junk.When you by these pistols you are rolling the dice.OCG1911
 
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