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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-26-2010, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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What's the deal on the external extractors on Kimbers?

I'm at work so more than likely most of the websites I would come up on a Google search will be blocked. I was talking to someone earlier and they said Kimber went with internal extractors due to jamming problems with external ones. I haven't had that issue with mine so I was wondering if this was due to a perceived problem or if there was a lot of people having issues with them. I don't have a whole of rounds through mine (probably around 6 or 7K) but I've yet to have one single issue with mine. Bought it back in 2004 I think.




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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-27-2010, 10:12 AM
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I have not owned one, but I do have a close friend that did. It was an officers size, the carry model I think. That thing was a jam a matic. He sent it off to Kimber two times and it still did not work right. It would jam with ball and carry ammo, swap mags and it would still jam. There was times when it would work for a few mags straight. He decided to sell it since it was becoming a money pit with just shipping. He did do the right thing and told the next guy about it, but ended up taking a huge hit on the price.

I dont think it was "problem" just a few of the external's would just not work out of the box. If you are looking at getting a new/used one see if you can test shoot it first.

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Sorry man, both my Kimbers have the internal extractor.
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It's true, they did go back to internal. Mine (purchased a few month's ago) has the internal, but I've had a few FTL and one stove pipe, but these were while still in the break in period (up to 800 rnds per Kimber).

I may consider some polishing if I get any more. I'm at the 800 rnd area now and shouldn't see any more issue - [hope].


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The intention was to run a beefier extractor, and they accomplished that. Stock 1911 ejectors are almost a wear part, lol. Unfortunately, the external ejecots didn't work out for Kimber. The SIG 1911 still has one, though. A friend of mine has one, and has no FTE's to date.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-27-2010, 11:54 PM
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I have one with the internal and one with the external. Both were acting up a little and tore the slides all the way down and found the internal extractor was all gummed up with the factory grease and gun powder. They both runs like a champ now that they are cleaned up. If you ever want to meet up again I can show you how to tear the slide down.

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I prefer the internal extractor. I generally take my gun down anyways after I fire it (Inspect the firing pin, and while I've got it down that far, I might as well take the extractor out and clean the bolt (Slide) face.

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Both of my Kimbers have external and I haven't had any problems. I also tear the slide down and clean the internal parts on a regular basis.

The first time I broke the gun down and removed the slide internals, there was a bunch of grease and powder residue built up on the extractor spring. It didn't interfere with operation but I cleaned it anyway. When I put it back together, I used oil instead of grease.

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Thanks for all the info everybody. Guess I've been pretty lucky with this Kimber never having had any failures with it.

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I have one with the internal and one with the external. Both were acting up a little and tore the slides all the way down and found the internal extractor was all gummed up with the factory grease and gun powder. They both runs like a champ now that they are cleaned up. If you ever want to meet up again I can show you how to tear the slide down.
Might have to do that soon Chris. And thanks for all the help before with showing me how to tear down the Kimber and AR. Got a few left over things from the R6 I'd like to give you anyway. I'll see what's up soon.




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