View Full Version : MIM Parts in a Kimber

September 6, 2007, 07:49 PM
Just wondering if someone can tell me all the MIM parts that kimber uses in their 1911s? Also I was wondering if they forge their frames and slides??? Thanks!

September 13, 2007, 09:25 PM
Still wondering....anyone know??

September 13, 2007, 10:47 PM
Slide stop, bushing, plunger tube, hammer, sear, disconnector, mag release, thumb safety, grip safety, mainspring housing IIRC

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September 14, 2007, 12:23 AM
Do you know if this is for all Kimbers or just some models?

How bad are MIM parts, really, and why?

September 14, 2007, 01:44 AM
The mainsping housing on my Eclipse was plastic, not even MIM - it broke...


September 14, 2007, 03:16 AM
How bad are MIM parts, really, and why?

When done right, they are good.

September 14, 2007, 08:02 AM
for less than a $125.00, one can replace those MIM and cast parts with quality forged steel parts...did so with a mix of S&A, Ed Brown, and others on my Colt 1991 Commander...makes sense if you spend little money for the gun (the 1991 cost me $450.00 new several years ago). Now, on a Kimber, for the price one pays to own one (as well as today's Colt's), I would expect, at the very least, that there would be NO MIM, cast, or plastic parts...the additional cost to a manufacturer to put together a MIM free gun is so small, that I would pay an extra $75.00 for a gun if that was the case...just my two centavos.

And yes, when done right, there is nothing wrong with MIM and cast parts, but the fact that these parts are available forged suggests that the manufacturers are not listening to their customer base, and therefore, a costly aftermarket industry continues to flourish because the bean counters subscribe to the cheap, cheaper, and cheapest mantra.

September 14, 2007, 08:05 AM
Tom, I feel ya, but Kimber is not the only one using plastic for the MSH (unfortunately). And as mentioned, MIM can be very good, contrary to popular belief.

September 14, 2007, 08:59 AM
If ever there was a firearm that gave gun smiths a way to wrench gobs of money from their owners it has to be the mighty 1911s.:rolleyes:

September 14, 2007, 09:00 AM
...ain't that the truth. Is it possible the mighty 1911 is no longer the king of the hill?

September 14, 2007, 10:27 AM
Still the king baby!

September 14, 2007, 11:06 AM
I have three Kimber 1911s 3"4"&5" love them all they are great range guns. I trust them but I also trust my XD-45 service my two H&Ks.:)