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March 28, 2009, 21:54
Saw this in the most recent Midway flyer. Any opinions (other than the price)??
March 28, 2009, 22:41
Here is my thought. Why put wear and tear on your .45 frame and internals, when you can buy a pretty nice .22 pistol for the same money?
March 29, 2009, 08:08
They usually offer very decent accuracy.
The only real downside is the fact the slide doesn't stay open after the last shot.
You need to count your shots. Also the cost and size of the magazines compared to regular .22 pistols.
I wouldn't worry too much about an aluminum slide and the horrendous recoil forces of a .22 doing much to your frame. :rolleyes:
The real plus side is getting more use to the trigger, sights, etc. without fight the recoil of a .45.
Kind of like dry firing a lot with a bang.:wink:
March 29, 2009, 10:10
I bought the Kimber 22 conversion kit last month. I also have a Colt Gold Cup that I don't shoot much any more. Now I have a real nice shooting 22. There was a problem with the gun not firing about 1 round per mag. After I replaced the hammer spring relibality is up to 100% with cci stingers. The salesman at the store said the gold cup might need a new spring he was right. I have become more of a revolver guy over the years but with no need to catch the brass I went autoloader. My S&W 63 is a little hurt but the 1911 is a classic so everybody gets to ride in the bag. O K it spanks the 63 still love my S&W's but now I'v got 1911 on the brain.
Nice accurate 22
relearn the 1911 controles
great teaching tool for a bunch of my friends kids
bykerhd I like that "dry fring with a bang"
March 29, 2009, 10:13
Originally posted by fastback65
Why put wear and tear on your .45 frame and internals, when you can buy a pretty nice .22 pistol for the same money?
I'll give you this much - you have successfully constructed impenetrable, irrefutable logic :rofl:
There is absolutely no way that a .22LR kit will put any wear on a 1911 lower. If something fails, then I certainly wouldn't have wanted that part on a gun firing .45ACP loads.
I've got the Ciener kit, and it's a wonderful way to gain inexpensive practice. The only complaint I have is that it's rather picky about ammo - it'll digest slow-and-heavy loads like the Aguila 62gr SSS load all day long, but tends to choke on fast-and-light loads, and won't even run with standard velocity ammo. I suspect that mainspring strength has a lot to do with this; I'm going to try a lighter one in the Springfield that normally wears this kit to see if that makes a difference.
March 29, 2009, 10:21
Any .22 conversion made for a full size gun will not put enough stress on the frame to matter. You will wear out trigger springs/ internals - as was stated, it's like dry firing with a bang. If you shoot the gun that much - you will be...well, you should be a master of that trigger system. I would rather know my gun that well, and replace a spring or two, than not know everything about my gun while sitting around worrying about imaginary wear and tear.
I have had a Kimber top end, and it really liked Winchester Super-X 40 gr. Power Point; it was spotty reliablity with any other brand of .22.
I am a huge believer in putting rounds through defensive guns. .22 top ends make it cheap and easy to get the round count, and proficiency, up.
D P Six
March 29, 2009, 11:07
For what it it worth, a friend had a Kimber 22/1911, not the conversion kit, that he used in our club 22 plate matches._ While it was an attractive gun, it was distractingly unreliable._ After two unsucessful trips back to the factory for repair he traded the gun away._ With the cost of ammo, I have largely settled on 22 conversions as the only affordable way to shoot a lot._ My Ciener AR on a dedicated upper is completely reliable, a Colt floating chamber 22/1911 less so._ If the conversion unit you buy works, it will be worth the price.
I bought of the Kimber 22 targets so i wouldn't have to keep swapping slides at the range.
I noticed the extractor didn't like some shells (bulk Federal and Remington) it just needed a little extractor work, now it is flawless.
the factory mags suck, but the 15 round cieners are great.
the only downside is it's all aluminum and feels like a toy it's so light,If I as getting another I think I would get the conversion and find a cheap steel lower to leave the slide on.
March 31, 2009, 09:29
sld are you saying that you shoot using the ciener mags in your Kimber? Could you go into more detail on your mag problems. I'm about to order some new mags and would like to hear more.
the kimber mag is plastic and doesn't drop free. The Cieners are aluminum and function perfectly.
Plus they are easy to disasseble for cleaning.
IIRC Kimber used Ceiner conversions before building their own and both are just copies of the Colt Ace.
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