How To Clean a Kimber 1911 – Cleaning a 1911 .45 ACP Pistol

Cleaning Instructions for a 1911 .45 ACP Pistol

Cleaning a Kimber Pro Carry 1911
Cleaning a Kimber Pro Carry 1911

1911 Cleaning Instructions

In this article, I am going to show you, step by step, how to properly field strip and clean a Kimber 1911 Pro Carry II pistol.  You will see the gun cleaning tools and supplies that I have used with great results over the past 10 years of heavy gun use.

Here is some information on setting up a Homemade Gun Cleaning Station.

This Kimber .45 ACP model has a 4.25 “bull barrel” which has a different disassembly procedure than a 5” Government Model 1911. The main difference is the tool that is used to remove the slide.

Tools To Disassemble Your Kimber 1911

The Commander (Pro) models with 4.25″ bull barrel (bushingless) use a “take down” tool. This is the tool will use to field strip the Kimber Pro Carry II in this article.

Kimber Take Down Tool
Kimber Take Down Tool

If you have a 5” barrel 1911, see my videos: Field Stripping a Kimber  1911 Aegis Elite and Reassembly of a Kimber 1911 Aegis Elite.   These videos will work for any 1911 that uses a barrel bushing, which is most 5″ Government models.  You can view my step-by-step instructions in the article: Field Stripping and Reassembling a Kimber 1911

The process is pretty easy and quick once you have done it a couple times.

Dings in guide rod sleeve from Take Down tool

Update: I have noticed that repeated use of the Kimber Take-down tool causes some marking on the end of the guide rod. Here is a picture of my Pro Carry.

My gun has seen better days, but if it was new, this would bother me. If you want to avoid this, there is a tool that slips over the end of the guide rod and does not damage anything. It will be used at Step 3 below. It makes the 1911 field strip process much easier as well. I will be modifying the pictures soon to include this tool in the instructions. In the meantime, you can check it out here:

I recommend cleaning this gun after every 200-300 rounds, or after every time you shoot it.

Also, do not forget to replace your recoils spring regularly for best performance. See How and When to Replace the Recoil Spring on your Kimber 1911.

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. Also see my post on a quick 1911 cleaning you can use if you can’t take the gun apart.

Gun Cleaning Supplies

Here is what I use to clean my 1911:

Supplies needed to Clean a Kimber 1911
Gun Cleaning Supplies

Save Time by Using a Boresnake Instead of Rod and Patches

My favorite time-saving tool is the Boresnake. I got one of these as a gift years ago and it is by far the quickest way to clean the barrel of any gun. I now have 4 of them. One for every caliber handgun and one for my AR-15 as well.

Before I started using the Boresnake, I used the standard rod and patch method, which works really well, but takes a lot longer. This method involves soaking a small patch of cloth with solvent and forcing it through the barrel with a rod. It comes out dirty, and you repeat this process with a new patch until it is clean.

The Boresnake cleans the barrel with two passes through the barrel and does an amazing job. They are pretty cheap and you can clean them in the washing machine!

Kimber 1911 Cleaning Video

You can watch the video below, or scroll down to the step-by-step Kimber 1911 gun cleaning instructions.

Field Stripping and Cleaning your 1911 Step-by-Step with Pictures

Unload the gun

Unloading Kimber 1911
Unloading the Kimber 1911

This is step number one. Remove the magazine, and empty the chamber in that order! Remove all ammo from the area.

Unload the gun again

Unloading the Kimber 1911
Unloading the Kimber 1911

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.

Remove the slide from the gun

Slide locked to rear Kimber 1911
Lock the slide to the rear using slide stop lever.
Insert take-down pin Kimber 1911
Insert the take-down tool into the hole in the guide rod.
Kimber 1911 slide released on take down pin
Gently release the slide lock lever allowing the slide to stop against the take down tool.
Kimber 1911 line up slide lock lever
Slowly move the slide forward until the slot in the slide lines up with the slide stop lever.
Kimber 1911 pulling out slide lock lever
Push slide lock lever out from other side while pulling it toward you to remove.
Removing the slide from the Kimber 1911
Pull slide off of the front of the gun.
Removing the recoil assembly from Kimber 1911
Lift the guide rod assembly out of the slide.
Removing the barrel from the slide of a Kimber 1911
Pull the barrel out the front of the slide.
Field Stripped Kimber 1911
The gun is now “Field Stripped” and ready for cleaning.

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.

Using Hoppes Boresnake to clean a Kimber 1911 barrel
To clean the inside of the barrel, run a Boresnake through the barrel a couple times.

 

Wipe excess solvent off with a paper towel or soft cloth.

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.

Lubricate

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:

Lubricating the frame of Kimber 1911 pistol

Frame:

  • Rails
  • Hammer pivot
  • Slide stop
  • All moving parts in trigger control area
Lubricating the slide of a Kimber 1911 pistol

Slide:

  • Rails
  • 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.

Reassemble the gun

This part is tricky the first time you do it, but very easy once you do it a couple times.

Barrel and guide rod assembly in the slide of Kimber 1911
Place the barrel into the slide and let it “lock” into place in the grooves. Then place the guide rod assembly on top as shown.
Aligning slide with the frame of Kimber 1911
Holding it all together, align the slide grooves with the frame and slide it on, making sure the barrels linkage loop is perpendicular to the barrel.
Lining up the slide and barrel linkage to reassemble Kimber 1911
Line up the slide lock holes on the slide with the barrel link.
Inserting the slide lock lever Kimber 1911
Insert the slide lock pin through the slide.
Slide lock lever inserted into slide Kimber 1911
Now line up the small notch in the slide with the opening behind the detent pin as shown.
Push the slide lock lever past the detent pin into the slide.
Push the slide lock lever past the detent pin into the slide.

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.

Final Steps

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.

Perform a complete 1911 function and safety check.

There you have it, step by step procedure on cleaning your Kimber 1911 pistol.

Also see my article on How to Clean a Springfield XD or XDm pistol.

Most of this procedure is the same for cleaning any 1911, but most do not have the “bull barrel” and the steps to removing the slide are slightly different.

See also my tutorial: How to Clean a Bodyguard .380.

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!

68 thoughts on “How To Clean a Kimber 1911 – Cleaning a 1911 .45 ACP Pistol”

  1. This is so cool. I am in the process of getting my gun license right now. I love guns, I go to the shooting range almost every weekend. But one thing I never learned how to do, is actually how to clean a gun. I didn’t know there were so many steps involved. I’m definitely going to bookmark this page so when i get my gun license, i’ll know exactly what to do and how to do it. Do you have any recommendations on what I should take when i go to the gun range? Thanks, great article.

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    • Thanks for the comment, Garrett. When I go to the gun range, as far as cleaning goes, I always take my Boresnake and some gun oil. Also a good gun multi tool in case something comes loose or needs adjustment.

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  2. Wow, what a great post! very informational, I love all the pictures and step by step instructions, very easy to follow that way! You seem very knowledgable about guns and it’s great to know someone like you is giving the information! Keep up the great work, these are high quality posts in my opinion.

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    • Thanks Kohl! I know how frustrating it is to have a fine firearm and want to clean it for the first time. Detailed instructions are what I want to see so I can be sure I am doing it right.

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  3. Nice this is a really comprehensive breakdown of how to clean a Kimber 1911,with the basics that work for any handgun. Now personally I have never owned a real gun before, would you suggest a gun like this for a beginner?

    Eitherway I’m going to refer to more posts on your site to get more ideas, as well as sharing this with anyone that has an interest in guns 🙂

    Thanks for the info!

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    • Marley, thanks for your comment! A beginner should probably try to go to a gun range with a friend, or to a gun store that allows you to shoot some guns before you buy. This way you can experience the particular gun before you decide what works for you. A 1911 can be a fine first gun, although it has more recoil, of “kick” than a smaller caliber, like a 9mm. Personally, my first gun was a 9mm, and it was quite manageable and very fun to shoot!

      If yo go to a gun range, in my experience, the people are always friendly and willing to help out a newbie, and even let you shoot their guns to get a feel for what you may like.

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  4. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I was able to successfully clean my Kimber today! I have had help twice from experienced folks and they even had trouble but I printed out your instructions and followed them and it went great. Thanks again.

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    • Thanks so much for your comment! I am very happy that it worked for you. I enjoyed writing the post and of course my Kimber got a good cleaning in the process! I find that my Kimber works so much better after a little care.

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  5. As a relative gun newbie, and not yet having purchased my first gun, I am wondering, why the Kimber 1911, why do you like it over others, and, how do you know when it’s time to clean your gun? Does it become inoperable or unsafe at some point if you don’t clean it? thanks

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    • Hi Zardozmania,

      Thanks for the comment on my post! Why the Kimber? Well, there are many manufacturers of a 1911 style pistol, but Kimber is known for their quality and accuracy at a good price point. I loved the look and the gun shop had a great price, and I have loved it ever since. You know it is time to clean the gun when it starts to hang up when cycling, indeed causing some malfunctions. I would not call it unsafe unless someone was shooting at me and I was unable to shoot back!

      It is a great idea to clean a gun regularly, after every few hundred rounds or if carried everyday, I would clean it once a month or so.

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  6. The information on this site is fantastic. I have recently become a concealed carry permit holder myself and I am searching for a weapon that will get the job done. I am very impressed with the information in this site. The training, the different types of holsters and the training is great. I have bookmarked the URL and will be visiting the site regularly. I would like to see menus on this site to categorize the topics. This would allow me to find pertinent information on a busy schedule. I am limited on time and would like to find information quickly. The recent posts is good, but the accumulation of future articles will become hard to sift through. The writing and information is great and I am glad that I have found this site.

    Wayne

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    • Thanks for the kind comments and suggestions Wayne! I will work on organizing my posts by topic so all my visitors can find what they are looking for. 

      Congrats on your Concealed Carry Permit! There are many great guns out there, you just need to find one you are comfortable with and train with it until it becomes second nature. Good luck!

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  7. i found this to be extremly interestiing andfdetailed. the person who wrote the blog went into a lot of of detail. He made it very simple explaing step by step how to clean the pistol; for maximum long life. Guns like cars or anything else will last a long time and give good performanmces if properly cared for.

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    • Thanks for your comment. Yes, guns work best and last longer if they are maintained properly. Not to mention they look a lot nicer when they are clean!

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  8. Good article for those that are license right to use gun, in my country we don’t have that right to use pistol any how. So in my life I’d never handle any gun before. But is a good info for pistol user. The process they can use to cleaned up their pistol, good sharing.

    Cheers

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  9. Indeed, very detailed and understandable instruction on how to service the Kimber 1911 pistol. Based on your writing and presentation style, I can see that you really like what you’re doing, and you can trust your advice. Judging from the pics, I think they’re not downloaded on the Internet, but it’s your real gun. I hope it is used in a shooting room or anywhere else in permitted places, a joke.

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    • Hi, andrejs,

      Thank you for your nice comment! Yes, that is indeed my Kimber Pro Carry 1911 in all the pics. I clean my guns in my garage, and yes that is legal in my state! LOL.

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  10. I’m glad you provided instructions in clear, easy format on exactly how to clean a Kimber 1911.  Cleaning your gun is extremely important, and everyone who owns one needs to really see exactly what they are doing before they do it.  In the class we took to get our concealed carry permits, they never really went into cleaning at all.  There was a lot of safety training, but cleaning wasn’t covered, so I’m grateful for your site.

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    • Thank you for the comment! I needed a little help the first time I wanted to clean the gun as well. I appreciate a good step-by-step tutorial! Until I knew what to do, I was very hesitant to take my prized 1911 apart!

      Dave

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  11. Nicely done article! I’m originally from New Zealand but have been living in the United States for the last few years of my life, and I’m in love with guns now that I live here. I’m also a newbie so this method of cleaning the Kimber 1911 is very helpful. I just got me one and that’s how I found this article. I love this gun, it’s such a good weight and fits so well in the hand. Thanks for this great tutorial 🙂

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    • Brandon, thanks for the comment! I am glad you found my gun cleaning tutorial and found it useful!  I have recently purchased a different model Kimber and will be posting the cleaning instructions for that one as well. 

      Dave

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  12. Wow, a very informative and detailed article about cleaning a gun of this type. I would think that it’s very important to have your gun cleaned quite often!

    This was very well laid out and the illustrations and video were a big help.

    I always learn more by watching someone do something rather than reading about it.

    I would have been a bit concerned about cleaning a gun, but you did an awesome job of explaining it.Cleaning this gun once every month or so is sufficient? What can happen if you don’t clean it regularly? 

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    • Rob,

      Thanks for your comment. A gun should be cleaned after a day at the range, or if you carry it daily, probably once every couple weeks.

      Most modern guns will work fine even if they are very dirty. Glocks are know to work after being abused and dropped in mud! 1911’s are a bit more finicky as their manufacturing tolerances are generally much tighter, and dirt, mud, or a lack of proper lubrication can certainly prevent them from working properly.

      Keep them clean for best results!

      Dave

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  13. This is exactly what I was looking for. My dad bought me a 1911 as a gift in November and I finally took it to the range over the holiday weekend. We fired about 150 rounds through it. Once I got home I realized that I wasn’t sure how to remove the slide from this model. I’m glad I stumbled on your instructional post. It was really easy to follow and I bookmarked your site.

    Thanks!

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    • Eric, Thanks for the comment! I am so glad you were able to use the information from my post to help you! That’s what it is all about. I think the Kimber 1911 is one of the finest 1911s you can buy for under $3000. I hope you enjoy it, I know I have!

      Dave

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  14. Wow, I never really thought much about cleaning gun’s. Whenever I go to the gun range, I just use theirs and end hope going home. Anyway I just started the process on getting my own permit and these step by step process has just given me a very clear image on how I will go by cleaning my gun. I have your page bookmarked for when I get my gun, because I definitely would need all the help I can get. 

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    • Solomon,  I appreciate you reading and commenting on my article.  Renting a gun is a good way to avoid task of cleaning it, ha ha.  A lot of people I know, myself included, actually do not mind cleaning their firearms as it is a good time to learn a lot about how the gun works and it’s nice to know that it’s in tiptop condition. I am Glad that my article may help you in the future when you clean your new gun!

      Dave

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  15. This was a great tutorial on how to clean a gun! I love that you have a picture for every step.  This is extremely helpful for someone who has never done this before. Also, a very important step when owning a gun. I definitely think it would take some practice before I would be able to do it without following the pictures.

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    • Heidi, thank you for stopping by and reading my post on How to Clean a Kimber 1911! I needed guidance myself the first time I wanted to clean my Kimber Pro Carry II. I did not want to mess it up! I am hoping this will help  people see the process and not worry about doing it wrong.

      Dave

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  16. What a beautiful looking handgun! I don’t have one yet, but have been seriously considering this one. Seeing how easy it is to clean it, certainly adds to my liking of this beauty! There are several steps, but you covered each one so well, I feel like I could clean this one with my eyes closed! (But I’ll do it with them open to avoid any problems!)

    As I said, I’m doing some handgun shopping and just wonder if you have a personal favorite? If so, what makes it your favorite? Would you recommend this one as a “home security” gun? Thank you for your article and I look forward to your reply.

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    • Karin, thanks you for reading my article and leaving a comment. My favorite gun is a 1911 just like the one in the article. I just like the way it fits my hand, the way it shoots and of course, the beauty of it! Yes, I would recommend it for home use of for concealed carry. 

      The 1911 does have a relatively light trigger pull, which means it is very easy to pull the trigger as opposed to “double Action” gun. If someone is not trained in the use of firearms for self defense, I would highly recommend a double action home defense gun. These guns have a longer, harder trigger pull, making it less likely the user will fire it before they intend to do so. There are many models that are good and revolvers also fit the bill.

      Dave

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  17. Nice article there on how to clean a Kimber 1911. I like the way you wrote this article and I really learned a lot about how to clean disassemble and clean the gun. I know many will find the process helpful as I did. My 1911 is similar and comes apart in much the same way.

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  18. I can see that you are a good handler of the A 1911 yourself . I recently got my permit to carry a small weapon. I am going to consider getting a A KIMBER 1911. At least the process of cleaning and maintenance is not too cumbersome from what you posted here . The pictures are real and not gotten from the internet. I have bookmarked this site and I will love to revise the procedure again. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial.

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    • Olalekan, tanks for the comment on my 1911 cleaning tutorial. If you get a Kimber, you will not be disappointed! I have 2 Kimber 1911s and love them both. I had a Sig 1911 for a while, but it just did not shoot as well as my Pro Carry II, so I traded it in for an Aegis Elite Custom and I am thrilled with it!

      Dave

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  19. Hi! I really appreciate this mention of thr Hoppes Boresnake. The most common way to clean has been using the standard rod and patch method. I agree with you, its effective but very time consuming. I’ll definitely give Boresnake a try!

    Double check is key. I like you have included as step 1 and 2 “unload the gun”. I’ll also go over to your post of “4 rules of gun safety”. Thank you very much!

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    • Henry, thanks for checking out my tutorial on cleaning a Kimber 1911 and  leaving a comment! The Boresnake is something a friend showed me a while back and I have 4 of them now, one for every caliber I have! It is the only way I clean barrels anymore.

      Be safe out there,

      Dave

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  20. It’s a fascinating subject although as someone who lives in the UK it might have little relevance for me (although I am thinking of joining a gun club for a hobby). Anyway, I am intrigued to learn that in order to clean a pistol it is necessary to disassemble it first. However, now that I come to think of it, in several American movies I remember seeing individuals stripping down the guns and putting them back together again in speed contests; I guess cleaning guns must be behind that activity. 

    In an amusing aside, I find it risible that the first step is “Unload the gun”. If anyone is cleaning a gun and has the know-how to strip it, I’d be horrified if she didn’t know enough to first unload it. The bit that I would not have thought to do is the surprising Step 2 – “Unload the gun again”. I suppose it must be a safety check, but it would not have crossed my mind, so I have actually learned something new! Cool. 

    This is a very detailed tutorial and I commend you on its clarity.

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    • tayo, Thanks for your comment from the UK! I hope you do join a gun club, shooting can be a very interesting and fun hobby! I have “unload the gun” in there 2 times because some gun accidents seem to happen during the cleaning process. I do not know how it happens, but if the gun is actually unloaded, then it cannot happen, so lets not leave it to chance!

      Dave

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  21. Hi Dave,

    Thank you for sharing such an informative article about ”HOW TO CLEAN A KIMBER 1911 – CLEANING A 1911 .45 ACP PISTOL” 

    Really this is a good article.I like it very much.I have a Kimber 1911 pistol that I clean often. I am going to follow your guideline when i clean my gun.These step by step guidelines are very helpful for those people who are trying to clean their gun perfectly. I will share this article with my friends so that they can be benefited. Thank you once again for sharing such an awesome guideline how to clean kimber 1911.

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  22. Nice! This is a really an exhaustive and awesome instructable articles of how to clean a Kimber 1911, with the basics that work for any handgun.  This is good information for all pistol users. The process they can use to clean up their pistol, is just clear and detailed. I love guns, so I get every information about then, But one thing I never learned how to do, is actually how to clean a gun. I didn’t know there were so many steps involved. I’m definitely going to save this page so I’ll know exactly what to do and how to do it. So, I will be waiting for tips how to replace the trigger, the next article. Thanks.

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  23. It is a good tutorial, and this information is wonderful because it’s a step-by-step practical on how to clean a Kimber 1911. Any one who reads this article will definitely get a full and complete information on how to clean and service  a Kimber 1911. 

    Would you recommend Kimber 1911 for a beginner like me? And if it is not recommended, I will still need information on how to clean and service any other gun that I will buy. 

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    • Barrywesley, Thank you for reading my tutorial on How to clean a Kimber 1911 and leaving a comment. I certainly recommend Kimber 1911 pistols, but for a beginner, I would recommend you start with a 9 mm pistol. There are 1911s that are chambered for 9mm, so that is one way to go. Always start under the instruction of someone that knows guns and gun safety. See my Review of Front Sight Firearms Training Institute. This is an excellent place to go to learn firearms skills and safety.

      Dave

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  24. Hi Dave,

    This is an awesome review. I have read this type of writing first and found out much unknown information. Each device needs proper maintenance. And for the firearms, special care is needed. The article has a clear idea of ​​how to clean a Kimber 1911.45 ACP Pistol. It is clearly described each step by photos and a beautiful video. Thanks a lot for such a wonderful review.

    Regards,

    Ranao.

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  25. Very nice. Your provide step by step instructions with pictures. Its easy to read and follow and the video embedded makes it even better. I will book mark this page. You can’t have enough information when it comes to gun safety and maintenance. Every responsible gun owner should be well educated on the information you are sharing.

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  26. Wow I have once aspired to be a soldier because of the guns but quite unfortunate it happens not to be my call, I love guns but I have not been able to get hold of it. I will refer this to my brother, I think this 1911 cleaning tutorial will be of help to him because it’s his line of work.

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  27. Hi Dave, 

    I love action movies and I have always been fascinated and awed by guns. The power they possess to protect and destroy with so much precision and speed, is amazing. 

    To tell you the truth, I wonder why anyone should clean their guns. All always wonder, what’s the use? 

    But, I know better now, gun cleaning is paramount to keep a gun perfectly functional when needed. 

    I appreciate your article on Cleaning a 1911 .45 ACP Pistol, it was detailed and educative. 

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  28. This is an interesting article to read about cleaning the Kimber 1911. Thanks for showing different steps of cleaning the Kimber 1911. I like all the instructions, youtube video and the pictures you showed in the article. It is a very informative article. Thanks again for the article. Keep posting your good work.

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  29. This article was very instructive so much so it makes me want to go out and buy a 1911 just so i can clean it. I use to be in the military and in boot camp they teach you how to shoot a gun but i don’t think they ever expected you to clean in, well it wasn’t in the training so maybe after boot camp they teach you. Nonetheless your breakdown was great the pictures made it awesome did you have your camera on a timer cause the pictures were on point but some of them have bot hands so i was curious how you got those close-up shots. Very good article.

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    • Thanks for the comment! I used a tripod to film. Not easy, but gives a good first person view of what I am doing! Keeping a gun clean is important so that it will function well when you are shooting. This is especially true with a 1911, since it is an accurate gun (well, at least the Kimber is!) is has tighter tolerances and the cleaner, the better!

      Dave

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  30. Hi Dave

    Such a useful article you have posted about how to clean a Kimber 1911 . Truly saying I have no idea about gun cleaning so I read this article carefully and got full information about this. Before 1 month ago I got my gun license. So this will help me a lot and your tutorial with images are quite impressive it helps a lot to understanding. Moreover, after separating some parts of this gun, this will cause any problem or not ?

    Overall in my opinion those have a gun must read this article. Thanks for the article.

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    • thanks for the comment! I you follow the directions when reassembling the 1911, and perform the Safety check that is linked in the article, you will not have any issues.

      Dave

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  31. I’m from the UK where firearms like the ACP Pistol are illegal but there are quite a few people that go shooting with the bigger guns around where I live on the mountains and my 14-year-old son has asked me if he could take up shooting himself

    I am not in a position to tell him yes as I know nothing about it whatsoever so I told him once I knew everything I needed to know about it all, including cleaning the gun, I would take him to a proper gun club or shooting range

    Can this cleaning method be used with any gun or is it only really for the ACP Pistol?

    Thanks if you can help 🙂

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    • Matthew,

      Thanks for your comment! The cleaning part is pretty much universal for most hand guns, but the disassembly will be different for each type of gun. Getting the slide off of the frame is the main issue, but most modern guns are not that difficult, and there are plenty of resources on the internet to help!

      Dave

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  32. Dave,

    Nice breakdown and step by step information on how to clean a Kimber gun.  Honestly, I never knew the procedure and really find it amazing that it involved so many steps to clean a gun.

    Though I find it a bit risky to clean a gun at home, can we take help of professional to do the needful?  Gun Safety is altogether a different issue for me.  I know you have mentioned it to unload gun in 1 & 2 points.  Scary a bit!

    Regards

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    • Thanks for the comment. I agree that gun handling can be dangerous if you do not know what you are doing. I suggest taking a professional training class and you will be taught the correct way to handle any firearm, and you will find that with knowledge comes skill, and with skill, you will be comfortable with gun handling.

      Dave

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  33. The process of gun cleaning in your article is very detailed that even a person without any knowledge would understand. Someone told me that it is essential to clean a gun after you fire it to avoid malfunctions. So I think cleaning it is not just to make it look shiny at all but more on making it safe to use. Now, how long does it take you to clean a gun? And do you have any suggestion on what kind of gun is suited for women? 

    Keep making articles like this to inform people especially on safe use of firearms. We do not have many blogs that tackles this kind of topic. More power!

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    • MissusB,

      thank you for you comment on my tutorial on cleaning a 1911 pistol. It does not take very long to clean a 1911 once you have done it a couple times. I take about 10-15 minutes on mine to give it a thorough cleaning.

      As far as a good gun for a woman, I would suggest going to a gun range that rents guns and try a few different ones to see hat you are comfortable with. I have seen women do well with many different sizes and types of guns at the training classes that I have attended over the years.

      Dave

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  34. Great video and tutorial! I found it very helpful. One question I have is: what do you call the “oil dispenser with the dish on top”? That would be a great item to add to my cleaning kit. I have tried searching by every description I could think of to no avail. I’d love to know the brand and/or basic description to find such a dispenser. Thanks!

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