Originally Posted by circa1885
While shopping for and researching a very small and concealable 9mm I decided to spend more money than I should have and bought a Kimber Solo. Saw both bad and mostly good reviews. Kimber suggests firing 24 rounds of premium ammo to break in the gun. They also suggest field stripping and re-assembling the gun. Something that in my somewhat limited experience I have never heard of. Used the premium ammo and at the end of 50 rounds could not get through a magazine without a mis-feed and jam. Not cool in a strictly self defense handgun. Called Kimber tech support and was told to read page 37 of the Instruction manual. It stated that you should be certain that the slide stop picks up the retention spring when re-assembling. Aha! The reason for the field strip is to correct the problem with the spring that they are apparently unable to correct at the factory. Naturally I had to properly install the spring. I am really irritated at paying way too much for a gun that I am expected to tune. I dropped 50 bucks on ammo for break in. Still have to buy more premium ammo to see if just maybe it will feed properly now. Bottom line is that I still don"t have a gun I can trust.
I don't think you are understanding what you are reading. If I'm wrong, sorry. Just going by the info you typed.
As stated in the owners manual, the field stripping is to clean the factory grease off the weapon. These pistols are tightly fitted and the factory grease is to prevent rust while in storage prior to being sold. Did you clean it before going to the range ?
The part about making sure the slide stop picks up the retention spring, that's just an FYI when re assemblying to make sure it's done properly.
A tightly fitted 1911 full of factory grease will not function properly. I've had several returned to the gunshop where I was working and ALL worked as expected after a proper cleaning and oiling.
The customer excuse was always, " it's new and shouldn't need cleaning".