Kimber Kimber Stainless 8rd 1911 magazines...opinions?

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Mikey421, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. Mikey421

    Mikey421 Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2014
    I just bought two of them to run in my 1911 Para after I bought and installed a Nighthawk one piece mainspring housing and magwell adapter.
    My factory Para mags have the ugly plastic flared baseplate, but these Kimbers have GI profile welded stainless floorplates.

    What kind of quality are they, and I apologize if there is a thread for this topic. My search skills suck almost as bad a my cooking.

    Thanks for any info. This website is a godsend.


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  2. azguy1911

    azguy1911 Screw it, I'm buying more 1911's

    Oct 22, 2015
    I was a Kimber "fan boy" in a previous life and I loved Kimber magazines and never had any issues with them :)
     

  3. xerts1191

    xerts1191 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2017
    Have never had a problem with them, some are at least ten yrs. old and untold numbers of rounds stuffed in them, I sold the Kimber (wish I hadn’t) but kept the mags.
     
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  4. Txgordo

    Txgordo Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2017
    I read a lot of comments about how crappy Kimber mags are but never had a issue with mine.

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  5. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    Nowadays, Kimber mags are made by checkmate. In fact, if you want to save some money, you can just buy the checkmate mags. They're identical, except for the omission of the Kimber logo.

    In regards to reliability, I've had great success with them. They're not as maintainable as, say, a WC 47D, which can be disassembled for cleaning and spring replacement. But, you're not paying as much for them either.
     
  6. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    I take my Kimber mags. apart to clean & spring all the time.
     
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  7. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    Ah yes, there are a couple of different "Kimber" mags. The KimPro Tac-Mag has a removable floor plate. I forgot about those. I was thinking of regular/standard Kimber mags, which have a welded base plate.
     
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  8. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    Some pics of Kimber and CheckMate mags shown side by side. The Kimber branded mag is blued and CheckMate is stainless in this example. But, both are available in blue and stainless.

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  9. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    Welded base plate is not a problem... see vid.
     
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  10. Mikey421

    Mikey421 Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2014
    Thank you


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  11. Mikey421

    Mikey421 Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2014
    Thank you


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  12. Mikey421

    Mikey421 Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2014
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  13. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    Cool.

    It's hard to tell from the vid, but that looks like the old style follower? The new followers have are non-tilting. Maybe that technique will still work though...
     
  14. Mikey421

    Mikey421 Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2014
    Thank you. I guess I got the standard mags.


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  15. Mikey421

    Mikey421 Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2014
    I paid $34.99 each for them here in Canada


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  16. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    Ouch! I can buy CheckMate mags for about $15 here in the US.
     
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  17. Mikey421

    Mikey421 Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2014
    Funny thing is my checkmate mag has the Kimber logo on the left side wall!!![​IMG][​IMG]


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  18. Mikey421

    Mikey421 Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2014
    Yeah, dollar conversion and taxes are a bitch huh?!!!


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  19. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    I might add that the guy doing this video is kind of clutsy... I use something a little better suited for compressing the spring back in besides my finger.
     
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  20. Mikey421

    Mikey421 Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2014
    As a weapon technician in the Canadian Army, I have useful tricks to get the job done as well. No worries.


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