Long time lurker of the board, and why not start my first post off with a rant!
A couple months ago I bought a new Kimber Target Rimfire, after hearing the glowing self-promotion on Guntalk about Kimber making a dedicated 1911 style .22. Sounded so cool I got stupid and went straight to the store and bought one. Oops.
Well, it didn't run right from the first shot. On a full mag, the first 3 or 4 rounds jam, FTF, with the round going into the chamber at a severe upwards angle. After those first few rounds, it usually runs ok with any hotter ammo (minimags, super max, wildcat, etc.). I thought it might be break-in, so I put 1200 rounds through it, loading only 5 rounds in a mag. After that break in, it still didn't work. The only ammo I could find that would cycle it was Stinger (which stings your wallet too!). Even it jammed up occasionally, but was vastly better than any other brand, and I tried over 30 different hi velocities.
Called Kimber, they thought it might be a mag, so they sent me a new one. Didn't make a bit of dif, so back to the factory it went with a very detailed letter and both mags. They turned it around fast and I got it back with a receipt saying "replaced barrel" (?) and two Wildcat box lids. Had high hopes so I loaded up some mags and headed to the range. Same problem, jamomatic. The only ammo that still worked the gun was Stinger. The Wildcat didn't work either, which makes me really question if they tested it, or if they did they probably didn't use full 10 rounds in the mag. Dunno what on earth the barrel was replaced for, I guess it's conceivable that a ramp issue might cause this but clearly it wasn't the barrel.
So, I call Kimber again, politely relating that the gun was still a mess. They sent UPS to pick it up, and as we speak it's at Kimber for repair #2.
At this stage, I think zilch of the design. I didn't know when I bought it it was nothing better than a Ciener conversion - the Kimber guy on guntalk made it sound like it was a brand new design, purpose-built and reliable .22. Ha! Well, even if it is a Ciener some people have good luck with them so obviously it's my gun that's FUBAR, but it's awfully disheartening when a $600+ gun won't run, and the cheapest pistol I ever owned (a $50 Jennings) still runs like a champ.
Kimber sounds willing to make it right, but my Spidey-sense says it will come back as finicky as ever. If that should happen, I will have to be not-so-nicee when I send it back for a replacement....fool me twice, you know the rest.
In any case, having read of others problems with these guns here and elsewhere, I'll order a Ciener aluminum mag and see if that alleviates something when it comes back, and pray that between that and Kimber's repair work the thing shoots at all. Ugh.
Anyway, glad to be aboard, I've learned a lot just by reading the forum, and now I'm a poster!