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Problem with Kimber 1911

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by twoclones, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. twoclones

    twoclones Tri-Cities, WA Well-Known Member

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    I've just acquired a used Kimber 1911 Tactical Pro II. It has obvious carry wear and the customary Idiot Scratch.

    While cleaning it, I noticed one of the grips was loose. On trying to tighten it, I discovered the threaded stud is turning freely in the frame :( One does the same for the grip on the other side as well.

    1. Has anyone else had this problem?
    2. Is Kimber pretty good about taking care of this kind of problem?
     
  2. twoclones

    twoclones Tri-Cities, WA Well-Known Member

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    Google led me to a 1911 forum. Apparently this is a common problem with the aluminum frame Kimber. Most of the recommendations are to use loctite (everyone has a favorite color) to hold the 'bushing' in place and a #60 o-ring on the grip screws so they won't loosen. :)
     
  3. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Brownells sells a repair kit for this. It comes with a set of oversized bushings and the tap. Any gunsmith can do it for you!
     
  4. Tim K

    Tim K Colorado Member

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    Loctite.

    Or, remove the other panel and keep it from spinning while you tighten it.
     
  5. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like Velzey nailed it- sounds like a stripped grip screw bushing.
     
  6. twoclones

    twoclones Tri-Cities, WA Well-Known Member

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    Yes. Bushing is stripped. Loctite will work after threading in an oversize bushing.

    Pretty disappointing to see how many people have this problem :( I might be looking to trade this Kimber for a S&W revolver soon.
     
  7. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    That particular problem usually happens when you use the original grip screw with custom grips.
    The original screw is most likely longer then needed and when screwed down it bottoms out and contacts the bushing, which then turns on the frame. Resulting in a stripped bushing.
     
  8. gunjunky

    gunjunky Arlington, WA Active Member

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    The over size kit from Brownells is an excellent fix if the easy way (loctite) dees not do the trick. If you decide you just can't live with the problem an want a different gun I will be glad to cash you out of the Kimber for a S&W revolver or just some cash.
     
  9. lcb97269

    lcb97269 Milwaukie, OR Life Member Lifetime Supporter

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    twoclones


    "Pretty disappointing to see how many people have this problem I might be looking to trade this Kimber for a S&W revolver soon."

    Or cash? A very fixable defect is no reason to get rid of one of the best 1911's ever made for an affordable price, unless you want to sell it to me.
     
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  10. twoclones

    twoclones Tri-Cities, WA Well-Known Member

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    I got the bushing kit from Brownell's and installed it today. It was very easy but I'd recommend using/making a machinist tapping block for re-tapping the holes for the new bushings.

    I also tried putting #60 o-rings on the screw but didn't care for how that made the screw heads protrude from my grip. It was minor but I'd prefer they not protrude at all.
     
  11. estate10mm

    estate10mm Hillsboro Member

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    good to hear. I acquired a kimber in a trade and like you I had a stripped bushing which was very disapointing. I used red (hightest) loctite and it worked. 150 rounds later its still tight. I'm going to get the oversized busing kit if it comes out again. Glad to hear your fix worked, and I can relate with the frustation and disapointment. Stainless and aluminum is just dumb....