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Kimber question

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by M.Link, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. M.Link

    M.Link Guest

    I got a Kimber the other day through a trade and it has a 5" barrel. I'm wondering if I can put a 4" slide on my frame for carry? If so, how much is a new slide and where do I get them? I would like the entire 'upper' so I can quickly swap them.
     
  2. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    Seems like a big expense to lose .75-1"

    Carry it IWB and you won't even notice the difference, IMHO.
     
  3. magnum

    magnum Springfield American....'nuff said

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    Yes, you can switch uppers to a commander length assembly. As for pricing, I'm not sure but safe to say 300.00 and up. Check brownells and midway for slides and barrels.
     
  4. magnum

    magnum Springfield American....'nuff said

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    I just got a kimber a couple of weeks ago and just remembered that you need to look for a fully supported barrel when shopping. That's what kimber uses and their frames are cut for it. They aren't rare or hard to find, all the major brands offer one.
     
  5. M.Link

    M.Link Guest

    I hate IWB carry. I think if its that much I might just buy a second one!
     
  6. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    The frames on a Gov and Commander are not the same.

    The forward ends of the frame (slide) rails and the "frame abutment surface" (the small step or ledge that the flange of the recoil spring guide seats against) is set back approximately .10" in the Commander compared to a Government frame.

    Sometimes switching the slides work, sometimes they don't. Can't explain it, you'll just have to try it.
     
  7. magnum

    magnum Springfield American....'nuff said

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    I stand corrected, you learn something new every day. :D
     
  8. M.Link

    M.Link Guest

    Thanks for the info! I'm not even going to screw around with it. Ill just save for another month and buy a 3 or 4" gun. Thanks.
     
  9. mortre

    mortre Yelm, WA Active Member

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    I have a friend that called Kimber and asked them that question directly and they said no. Of course I am sure there is a lot of liability talking there. I'd call my local gunsmith and ask them. Of course buying a second 1911 is always a good option. I know my CQB compact uses a different type of guide rod setup than my full size CQB, and I don't know if the frame might not need to be cut a little different for the different types of guide rod assembly's. I know the slides are cut differently.