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Another question for our resident 1911 experts...

I included a few pics although I can't really get a good close up. Hopefully you can see what I'm talking about or know already what I'm referring to here. I would almost absolutely guess that this is normal but I really just want to make sure since this is only my 2nd 1911.

Okay... it's hard to see but on the inside of the right frame-rail, I've noticed that there are very faint marks... could almost be described as "serrations" that seem to be as a result of the ammo feeding from the mag into the chamber.

The marks are not deep at all but I can feel them and see them. The left side of the gun ( obviously) has no markings like this.

Is it normal wear?
Is this exclusive to Kimbers?
Will it affect operation?
Is it caused by feeding or ejecting?

Anyway... just hoping that this is normal wear and that I don't have a potential issue here. Thank you guys for your expertise.
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That looks like normal wear to me , though you might check your mags to make sure there is no burrs or anything protruding in that area.

I will check my Ultra in a bit and pull it apart and see what it looks like

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Here is mine, now I will have to say mine only has about 350 rds through it so far and only with a Wilson mag......... the factory one go thrown in a box never to be heard from again LOL


Oh did I ever mention I hate taking these Ultra and Pro Kimbers apart , damn paper clip thingy..... just give me a barrel bushing

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Looks like normal milling to me if what you are describing is what's on the side
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That looks like normal wear to me , though you might check your mags to make sure there is no burrs or anything protruding in that area.
I've checked my mags very well. Actually pulled the springs and cleaned em both while I was cleaning my 1911 and my Glock the other night. The mags are fine.

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That's what I was hoping for. Thank you very much for your response.

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Here is mine, now I will have to say mine only has about 350 rds through it so far and only with a Wilson mag......... the factory one go thrown in a box never to be heard from again LOL

Oh did I ever mention I hate taking these Ultra and Pro Kimbers apart , damn paper clip thingy..... just give me a barrel bushing
I have about 200 rounds through mine at this point, maybe 250... I can't remember. But I can see the marks on yours as well... right along the top edge. Looks just like mine from what I can see. Thank you for your reply... Very much appreciated, sir.

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Looks like normal milling to me if what you are describing is what's on the side
Yep... right along the inside top edge of the frame. Thanks so much for your help.

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After looking at my kimber, they also have the marks. But I believe it's milled in or a part of milling. I have the desert warrior(tan powder coat) and the grooves are coated. I checked the mag area while sliding a loaded mag in and out(lower only, no slide) and didn't see any rubbing.

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Not to hijack this thread, but how does everyone like their kimber 1911? I am looking to get one and was just wondering. Thanks
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Not to hijack this thread, but how does everyone like their kimber 1911? I am looking to get one and was just wondering. Thanks
Your question warrants a new thread. That said, I just picked up a Sig Sauer 1911 Scorpion and it is B.A. I know not a kimber as you asked but another option. I was considering a Para USA Black Ops.

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Not to hijack this thread, but how does everyone like their kimber 1911? I am looking to get one and was just wondering. Thanks
I put another 200 rounds through my Kimber UC a couple weeks ago so I'm only up to about 400-450 rounds total, but I am so far absolutely in love with this gun. Amazing accuracy for a 3" barrel.

That being said, I was no less impressed with my Springfield A1. There are some great offerings in the 1911 world and although I've never personally owned any of the guns I am listing below, I would at least recommend looking into these:

Sig Sauer GSR
Springfield Armory Milspec
Ruger SR1911
S&W SW1911
Colt Gold Cup NM Series
Remington R1
Rock Island Armory 1911A1
Para-USA Expert 14-45 SS

As far as Kimber goes, I absolutely wouldn't hesitate to buy another. From everything that I know about Kimber's, I would look into the Custom II, the Super Carry Pro, the Ultra RCP II, and the Gold Combat.

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Don't forget the desert warrior. I love my kimber, and the $1200 price tag is worth it!

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That's not mag related. It's the barrel coming down between the rails during recoil. Look at your barrel and look again with your barrel mounted on the lug. The marks will line up.

My 1991 has a radiused bridge from rail to rail spreading out that impact.
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