I’ve developed a love/hate thing on Kimber last couple of years. But lately it’s been more hating than loving. I have my reasons. So I have some serious criticisms for Kimber.
Kimber needs to worry more about their quality control and less about their cosmetics. For example, I really want to like their new Super Pro Carry HD. But I just can’t bring myself to like them, let alone like them enough to actually buy one. They need to forget all the fancy milling and machining of all the cosmetic touches and just do some good old fashioned checkering.
Your full length guide rods… get rid of them. Use the original Browning designed guide rods and bushings and stop being too fancy.
The “II” in the names of everything. Isn’t it time to stop that? All your guns are “Juniors”. Time for them to grow up.
Your Warrior series guns. The finish is too bloody slick and your grips flat out suck.
Here’s a Pro-Tip for you. Serious shooters don’t consider laser grips as a replacement for tritium night sights. Real shooters will want both. Which is why serious shooters are actually turned off by your Crimson Carry guns.
Your Aegis series guns. Just do some normal slide serrations on those things. Your looking like Taurus. Come on. And those grips? They don’t have any grip.
Make all of your 1911’s available in 9mm. All of them. Yes, even those. A 9mm Tac Custom Junior would sell like hotcakes. Some .40 cal options would be great too.
I’d like to see a “GI” model from Kimber. Simple, basic, with a regular blued finish, not any spray and bake applications. Maybe even a Parked finish. Something that would qualify for the Wild Bunch competitions (A new branch of the Cowboy Action stuff) or those guys that want a traditional/classic style from Kimber.
I like your rifles. Every one of them. I don’t have any items to criticize with your rifles. I’ve sold a bunch, but I can’t quite bring myself to buy one. I’d be most interested in buying one that you could be making, but your not. I want a version of the Montana with a blued action and barrel, in .308, with an 18″ barrel, and a rail up top for mounting a scout scope. Keep the weight under 5 pounds. Call it the Kimber Montana Scout. I’d buy one in a heart beat.
Reasons for Kimber Hate:
1. Some time ago we got in a number Tactical Custom II’s. We opened each box to inspect them, and each one in the batch had serious flaws. The slide release, safety lever, and on some the beaver-tail safety all those parts looked like they had been kicked around the factory floor, swept up after a few months of being stepped on, then assembled into new guns. We had to ship all the guns back.
2. Now, this happened on several guns, but one case in particular involved a customer. I sold a Kimber 1911 Custom, I don’t remember which model. The customer came back the next day and showed me his barrel. I admit I don’t normally look down the barrel of ever new gun I get in. The barrel had these waves inside. These waves matched the locking grooves on the outside of the barrel/chamber. The customer was not happy. Neither was I. We inspected some other guns, and they too had these waves inside. What irked me the most was that Kimber insisted that “this is normal” and later that “this will not effect accuracy”. So instead of being straight up and taking care of it – they were making excuses and brushing it off. Eventually we got the issue sorted out, but I’ve not purchased a Kimber since. And neither has the customer in question.