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I've had two pistols on my gonna get list; a 1911 and a Sig P226 in 40S&W. While making the round of gunshops in Lucedale yesterday I found this Kimber and bought it. It is an early model without the mag safety.

I need to get a few magazines and some new leather for it. I plan to get the Tagua Leather holster and mag pouch. I'm up in the air about the mags. It looks like Megar is the only ones selling 40 S&W mags.

I don't know why my photobucket image keeps getting cropped on the right side.
 

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resize your photo a little smaller

Nice Kimber...My pro carry is kinda picky about its mags...Its like Kimber and Wilson mags only....no el cheapos
 
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Mec-Gar magazines is what Kimber furnishes with the 40 S&W. Who else makes good reliable mags? A search of Midway only shows Mec-Gar.
 

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Mec-Gar makes a lot of OEM mags. Sooo, as far as mags are concerned they wouldn't be out of consideration in my opinion. I have one I bought for a SIG 220 that's been flawless in its performance.
 

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I am having a custom singlestack built that will be set up in both .40 and 9mm. I've read up on the mags a good bit, and from what I have read, I am going to start with some from these two companies and see which I like best:

Tripp Research has several options in their "Cobra Mag". A flush fitting 9 rounder, a 10 rounder that sticks out just a bit, and an unlisted "system mag" that I ordered two of that hold 10 and barely stick out of the bottom of the gun. This mag will fit in the USPSA box. In singlestack division, I would have to download to 8, but I could use the same mag for L10 or to shoot steel or just plink with. If you are interested, call them and tell them you are interested in the "system mag". They will ask if you plan on shooting mostly factory or loading long. If the latter, you will want the 10mm mags. Virgil Tripp knows how to make a singlestack .40 run, and they are willing to answer questions and help out.

Wilson Combat also makes 9 rounders, either 47FX or 47NX (former is .40, latter is 10mm). They are supposed to be very good magazines. I also understand that Wilson Combat .45 ACP 8 round magazines (47D I think?) work just fine in a .40, so if you are or a friend have some lying around, give them a try.

Hope that helps.
 

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DBChaffin said:
I am having a custom singlestack built that will be set up in both .40 and 9mm. I've read up on the mags a good bit, and from what I have read, I am going to start with some from these two companies and see which I like best:

Tripp Research has several options in their "Cobra Mag". A flush fitting 9 rounder, a 10 rounder that sticks out just a bit, and an unlisted "system mag" that I ordered two of that hold 10 and barely stick out of the bottom of the gun. This mag will fit in the USPSA box. In singlestack division, I would have to download to 8, but I could use the same mag for L10 or to shoot steel or just plink with. If you are interested, call them and tell them you are interested in the "system mag". They will ask if you plan on shooting mostly factory or loading long. If the latter, you will want the 10mm mags. Virgil Tripp knows how to make a singlestack .40 run, and they are willing to answer questions and help out.

Wilson Combat also makes 9 rounders, either 47FX or 47NX (former is .40, latter is 10mm). They are supposed to be very good magazines. I also understand that Wilson Combat .45 ACP 8 round magazines (47D I think?) work just fine in a .40, so if you are or a friend have some lying around, give them a try.

Hope that helps.
Bryant are you switching to L10 single stack or both?
 

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Nah, I plan to still shoot Limited most of the time, although I will probably shoot singlestack division with it on occasion. I've just always wanted a singlestack 1911 and believe it or not, I've never owned one although I have several guns based on the SV/STI 2011 frame. I decided if I was going to finally get one, I might as well go ahead and do a "no compromise" singlestack and basically build my dream 1911. It's got an SV interchangeable breechface slide and will be built with both .40 and 9mm barrels initially. I could do a .45 later, but honestly, and I know this is sacrilege to some, I doubt I ever will. I really like .40- it holds an extra round in the same length mag (although equalized in competition), I am set up to reload it with a Super 1050 and a bullet feeder and have a lot of components already, and it is cheaper to reload and shoot than .45.

By the way Shooter, nice Kimber. Hope you enjoy it. Singlestack .40's can be a little finicky on feeding I understand, but they can be made to run reliably. May take a little more work than a .45 though.
 
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I have a little over 100 rounds through it without a hitch. Well one hitch. The lip that moves the slide stop into position on the last round broke. I called Manley, the gunshop owner, and he is looking for some more mags. It is slow shooting with only one mag.

I'll probably call Tripp today. I like the look of those mags and followers.

The sights are flat serrated surfaces and I'm used to three dot or bar and dot type. I think I'll change the sights to the Kimber three dot style.

What do most of you think about beveled mag wells? Are they worth the the extra length on the grip? I've never shot a pistol with one and honestly don't know what to think. Are they a cool toy or functional improvement?

All in all, I'm happy with the pistol and the price I paid. The only way it could have been better is if it would have been a Clackamas pistol instead of Yonkers.
 

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Did the lip break on the magazine follower or the slidestop itself? Either way that is pretty weird.

I have read a lot of good stuff about the Tripp mags. Like I mentioned, I bought a pair to try and I hope they work well for you.

As for magwells, I personally like them. If you absolutely don't want any extra length added to the grip, there are options. However, they require cutting the frame and either welding or soldering (EGW, Briley, and others) or bolting (Heinie) the magwell to the frame. I like the Heinie a lot, but it requires special grips. If you don't mind the extra length, the S&A is very popular. EGW, Ed Brown, and others make similar models that are removable if you want it some of the time and don't want it others.

Another popular new choice is the Techwell. It requires the use of Alumagrips which are milled to hold it in place. There are three different sizes, from carry to huge, and it can easily be removed for times that you don't want it on also. Dawson Precision and SV Infinity also have very large competition style magwells. The nice thing about the really big ones is they give your hand an index point when you grab the grip. Basically, your hand is wedged between the underside of the beavertail and the top of the magwell. This is good for a consistent, quick grip, but you may not want the extra size on the gun.

From a practical standpoint, my best reloads are the same with and without the magwell because they pretty much go straight in to the grip. However, my reloads are more consistent with the magwell, as it helps on the ones that aren't quite so perfect. My $.02 anyway...
 
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The lip on the follower broke. Manley is going to take care of it for me. He said he may even have some 40 S&W mags for me. If not I'll order the Tripp mags.

I'm probably going to get the front strap and trigger guard front chenckered and he is working up a price for that as well. When he finishes I'll post a review and pictures of his work.

For now the Mag well is out. I'm not shooting it in competion so super fast reloads are not needed. I'm a member of the "hurry up slowly" mindset. I'll continue to practice as it is and can always add one later if I change my mind.

I did pick up a Tagua Gunleather thumb break holster today. Great Quality for $25. Now I need to find a brown double mag pouch to go with it.
 
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