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Old 03-25-2020, 04:36 PM
Willy123 Willy123 is offline
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Looking at getting my first 1911

What can you tell me about the Kimber Custom TLE II an what your experience?

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Old 03-25-2020, 08:58 PM
leo5517 leo5517 is offline
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Welcome Willy 123,
I have a Custom TLE/RL II in 10 mm and I have to say its my favorite pistol to shoot. Love the G 10 grips and night sights cant go wrong in my opinion.
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Old 03-26-2020, 01:13 PM
L-2 L-2 is offline
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I had a Kimber TLE II ("Custom"=5" barrel in Kimber-speak).
I traded it off, but overall, it was a good gun. I liked the simple matte-blued finish which I liked even as it began to wear from being carried a lot. This model was basically modeled after the guns Los Angeles P.D. SWAT issued to its team-members before the railed models became (as far as I know) standard. I believe LAPD is still using Kimber 1911 guns but now with the rails.

I really liked the front strap checkering, the night sights, the trigger pull & feel, and the accuracy of my example. I did replace the full length guide rod and plug with G.I. type versions as I prefer. I'm beginning to miss it the more I type about it.

Some negatives/criticisms on this model.

-When I bought this gun back ~2007, Kimber had a bad batch of slide-stops which tended to cause premature slide-lock-backs, unless replaced or filed/fitted. Kimber sent me a new slide-stop which solved the problem as I filed my original too much. Later, I found Ed Brown and Wilson-Combat slide stops worked fine without need for further fitting.

-I had a gunsmith ensure the Swartz (aka Series II) firing pin safety was timed just right to unblock the firing pin just before the grip safety allowed the hammer to drop when pulling the trigger. The gunsmith's method was to add just a bit of weld to lengthen the grip safety portion which contacted the Swartz safety parts.

-Kimber is hit or miss on its extractor tuning on delivered guns. Any 1911 might need some more attention to the extractor's adjustment (bending, just right) and Kimber, being a production gun, is one of those 1911 brands.

-Also, the firing pin stop Kimber provides is a Series 80 type, which works, but the extra cut in the firing pin stop isn't needed in Kimber's 1911 guns, whether with its Series II firing pin safety or the Kimbers which don't have the Series II. I recommend an aftermarket firing pin stop to remove any excessive extractor clocking as some Kimber extractors are a bit loose in this area and is another reason to get a good "Series 70" type firing pin stop.
Personally, I still own and will sometimes carry a Kimber 1911 (SIS Custom model), but I'll seldom recommend any 1911 to just anybody unless that person really wants a 1911 and is willing to learn how to personally maintain a 1911.

On a 1911, things can/will break and new parts may need fitting, instead of just merely being plugged into place. For some folks this is fine; for others, it can take months for them to get the parts, find a gunsmith, or send the 1911 back to the factory. I've sent many guns (not just a 1911) back for various work and it's always nice to have a spare gun to have/use while one is away & down-for-service.
For 1911 guns,
have owned nine; now down to just three.
LEO, retired.
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:29 PM
wproct wproct is offline
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I once owned a stainless steel TLE-RL II and it ran perfectly.
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Hi from North Dakota
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Welcome to the forum from Virginia.
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Old Yesterday, 01:07 PM
Willy123 Willy123 is offline
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Wow alot of information up there L-2 and many Kimber owners.

Yep getting myself into a 1911 world thought Kimber TLE II be a great first pistol for Daily carry CCW and home defence and even in the shooting sports of USPSA Single Stack Division class would be alot fun. unless think take another route in 1911's out there.
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