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Can anyone help diagnose Kimber problem?
« on: December 12, 2013, 08:33:10 pm »
I have one of the few polymer .45 Kimber 1911's that were put out a few years back and I have been having a consistent problem with it since I bought it. It stovepipe jams on ejection about every 3 to 4 rounds and sometimes it is worse depending on the ammo. The rounds are always caught in the slide with the primer side down in the chamber and the empty bullet side up. I never have a failure to fire just this jam on ejection. I know that this type of problem is usually indicative of a certain type of malfunction but I don't know what it is. Can anybody give me some guidance with this please? I am planning on taking it to a gunsmith but I would like to avoid it if it is just a magazine or a spring issue perhaps. Thanks for any help anyone can give.
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    Re: Can anyone help diagnose Kimber problem?
    « Reply #1 on: December 12, 2013, 10:30:44 pm »
    Not having my armorer manuals in front of me, my guess would be extractor tension. But that's a guess.

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    Re: Can anyone help diagnose Kimber problem?
    « Reply #2 on: December 12, 2013, 11:00:42 pm »
    Could be the extractor tension.  Without knowing any more details re: the gun and the ammo its as good a guess as any.  Saw an older 1911 that had been dropped after it was field stripped and apparently the tip of the ejector was the contact point with the floor.  It was slightly bent and had a little ding on the top corner of it.  Apparently it was dragging on the slide a little and the ding caused the empty cases to not eject cleanly.   
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    Re: Can anyone help diagnose Kimber problem?
    « Reply #3 on: December 13, 2013, 01:05:37 pm »
    My first thought would be extractor tension. Hopefully you have the traditional internal extractor and you can do it yourself. I won't go into it now, there's all kinds of how-to's online.

    But what you seem to have is the extractor not letting go of the spent case until the round below it tries to feed and bumps it (the spent round) up. I would first check your extractor tension, if that's good your next most likely culprit is the ejector but that's a distant second place.

    That's a start. There's other things you could look into but I won't give you information overload just yet.  :panic
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