I n this article, I am going to show you, step by step, how to properly clean a Kimber 1911 Pro Carry II pistol. You will see the gun cleaning tools and supplies that I have used with great results for 10 years of heavy gun use.
This Kimber model uses a “bull barrel” which is a little different than a standard 1911. The procedure is a bit different as there is a small “take down” pin necessary to remove the slide.
The process is pretty easy and quick once you have done it a couple times.
You can watch the video below, or scroll down to the step-by-step Kimber 1911 gun cleaning instructions.
I recommend cleaning this gun after every 200-300 rounds, or after every time you shoot it.
I can tell you I have put thousands of rounds through this 1911 and have had a few issues and replaced a few springs. I will explain all these things in another post.
Here is what I use to clean the gun:
- Boresnake or a rod and patches for a .45 caliber barrel
- Kimber take-down tool (small L-shaped pin that came with your gun, or a small paper clip)
- Hoppes Number 9 gun cleaning solvent
- Slip 2000 EWL 30 or similar gun oil
- Some gun cleaning swabs, cotton swabs and paper towels
- Optional: Birchwood Casey Synthetic Safe Gun Scrubber
1. Unload the gun
This is step number one. Remove the magazine, and empty the chamber in that order! Remove all ammo from the area.
2. Unload the gun again
This in case you skipped step number one. Please double check that the mag is out and the chamber is empty. See the 4 rules of Gun safety.
3. Remove the slide from the gun
4. Clean barrel and guide rod assembly
Use Hoppes Number 9 solvent & a rag or cotton swabs to clean the outside of the barrel and guide rod assembly. Clean the inside of the barrel using a Boresnake that is the correct size for the caliber of the gun. In this case, 45 ACP.
Insert the small end of the Boresnake and pull it through slowly at lease 2 times. If the barrel is extremely dirty, you can apply some Hoppes Number 9 to the snake to help things along.
Wipe excess solvent off with a paper towel or soft cloth.
5. Clean the frame
Using Hoppes #9 solvent and a paper towel or cotton swabs, clean all surfaces of the frame, especially the rails where the slide contacts the frame. Alternatively, spray it down with Birchwood Casey Synthetic-safe Gun scrubber or equivalent. After either method, use a paper towel or rag to wipe all solvent off of the frame.
Using a quality lubricant such as Frog Lube, Slip 2000 (my preference as this is thicker than most and stays on the gun a long time) or Tri-flow superior Lubricant, apply sparingly to the following areas:
- Hammer pivot
- Slide stop
- All moving parts in trigger control area
- Hammer cocking surface
- Firing pin aperture
No need for more than a few drops. The oil will move around on its own and coat the necessary surfaces.
7. Reassemble the gun
This part is tricky the first time you do it, but very easy once you do it a couple times.
Next, push and lock the slide to the rear using the slide lock lever. Now the pressure is off the take-down tool and it can be removed.
After removing the take-down tool, the gun is ready to go. You will want to work the slide a few times to help spread the lubricant around as well as to make certain the gun is back together properly.
If you want to test the function of the gun, you can take some dummy rounds and load the gun and be sure it ejects a round every time to rack the slide to the rear.
There you have it, step by step procedure on cleaning your Kimber 1911 pistol. If you have questions or comments, or a better product to use for cleaning or lubrication, please leave a comment below and I will respond!