BEFORE USING THIS FIREARM, READ AND
FOLLOW THE WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS
CONTAINED IN THIS MANUAL.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Main Features and Tech Info 5
Rules of Safety 6
Lead Warning 9
Safety Features 9
Chamber Indicators 10
Series II Models 14
Break-in Period 20
Cleaning & Lubrication 25
Warranty Information 27
Instructions for Warranty Repairs 29
Spare Parts 29
Custom Shop 29
Parts Illustration 30
Parts List 31
This product is classified as a lethal weapon.
Failure to read and properly execute the
instructions and warnings in this manual could
result in serious injury, death or damage to
Do not attempt to practice loading or unloading
with live ammunition without a thorough
understanding of the safe operation of this
Always treat a firearm as if it were fully loaded.
Always store and carry this product empty, with
the hammer forward on an empty chamber.
Failure to do so could result in an unintentional
Keep out of reach of children.
When you squeeze the trigger, you must expect
the pistol to fire and take full responsibility for
Read through the entire manual before
attempting to use this product.
Barrel Length: 5"
Overall Length: 8.5"
Weight Unloaded: 25 oz.
Frame & Slide:Aluminium
Finish: Black or Silver Anodized
Magazine Capacity: 10
Sights: (Rear) Fixed or Adjustable
SPRING REPLACEMENT CHART
Recoil Spring: .22LR, change every 8000-
Firing Pin Spring: change every 10000 rounds.
Mainspring: 18 lb., change every 10000 rounds.
RULES OF SAFETY
NOTICE: Kimber Mfg., Inc. shall not be responsible
for any death, physical injury or property damage
that is the result of the proper or improper use of
1. Always treat this and any other firearm as if it
2. Never point this or any other firearm at
anything you do not intend to shoot. Keep
muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
3. Never take anyone's word that a firearm is
unloaded. Clear it yourself with finger off the
trigger and the muzzle pointed in a safe
direction. Remove the magazine, lock the slide
open and visually check to ensure that no
round is chambered.
4. Always make sure the pistol is unloaded and
the slide is latched open before laying it down
or handing it to someone else.
5. Safe Carrying Condition: Never carry this pistol
cocked, loaded and ready to fire as this practice
could easily result in an unintentional discharge.
Do not carry a loaded gun with a live round in
the chamber while walking, running or crossing
any obstacle, where there is any possibility of
slipping or falling as this could lead to a
possible unintentional discharge.
6. Always make sure that this firearm is in top
working condition and that no internal parts
have been damaged as a result of corrosion,
improper maintenance or dropping. If evidence
of these conditions exist, have them inspected
by a competent gunsmith prior to use.
7. Never leave a loaded pistol unattended.
8. Make sure that your backstop is adequate to
stop your bullets prior to shooting.
9. Make sure all other shooters and bystanders
are well away from the ejection port. Empty
cases are ejected under force and may
cause injury if someone is struck.
10. Obey all range rules at all times.
11. Always wear adequate hearing and eye
protection when using any firearm.
12. While on the range, be sure to carry this pistol
cleared, with slide locked open and muzzle
pointed in a safe direction until ready to shoot.
13. Always ensure that barrel and action are clear
of obstructions. Shooting a blocked firearm
can result in serious injury or death and
damage to the weapon.
14. Never drink alcoholic beverages or take drugs
prior to or during shooting or handling of this or
any other firearm.
15. Seek a doctor's advice if you are taking
medicine prior to engaging in any shooting
16. Keep safety on when pistol is loaded and
cocked until ready to fire. Immediately unload
and clear this pistol when shooting sequence
has been completed.
17. Never shoot at any hard or flat surface, such as
rock or water. The resulting ricochets could
result in physical injury, death or property
18. Never put your finger in the trigger guard until
you are ready to fire.
19. Always make sure pistol is unloaded before
20. Never force a jammed action. This could cause
a round to explode resulting in physical injury
and damage to the pistol.
21. If firearm fails to fire when trigger is pulled, as
a result of slow primer ignition (hangfire), keep
muzzle pointed downrange for a minimum of
30 seconds. If the round does not fire, remove
the magazine, clear the weapon and examine
the ejected, unfired cartridge. If the indent
from the firing pin is off center, light or absent,
take the pistol to a competent gunsmith. If the
indent appears normal compared to other
rounds, assume a faulty round, separate from
other cartridges, reload and continue shooting.
22. Never use this pistol in any manner other than
that for which it was specifically intended.
23. Never indulge in "horseplay" while holding any
Discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas,
cleaning firearms, or handling ammunition may
result in exposure to lead and other chemicals
known to cause birth defects, reproductive harm,
cancer, and other serious physical injury. Have
adequate ventilation at all times. Wash hands
thoroughly after exposure.
This Kimber firearm is equipped with several
safety features which, if properly employed, can
minimize the danger of accidental discharge.
NOTE: Never rely on mechanical safeties to
overcome improper maintenance or unsafe
handling practices. Always point the muzzle in a
The trigger guard is a loop of metal that surrounds
the trigger, protecting it from damage or accidental
SAFETY LOCK OR THUMB SAFETY
The thumb safety is located on the left side of the
frame immediately forward of the hammer. To
operate, pull slide to its most rearward position
and release. Then push the thumb safety upward
until it fully engages the slide lock notch. The
slide lock safety cannot be engaged unless the
hammer is fully cocked and the slide is fully
forward (in battery). To disengage the safety,
point in a safe direction and move safety lever
The grip safety is located on the upper rear portion
of the frame immediately below the hammer and is
automatically engaged through spring pressure. It
SLIDE LOCK NOTCH
FIGURE 2-SAFETY LOCK
prevents the rearward movement of the trigger. To
disengage, grip the pistol grip firmly. This will allow
grip safety to move out of contact with rear of
trigger, allowing the gun to fire.
The disconnector prevents the pistol from firing
when the slide and barrel are not fully closed (in
battery). If the slide is not fully forward, the
disconnector is depressed and disengages the
sear so that the hammer cannot drop if the trigger
is pulled. With the slide fully forward and the barrel
locked, a spring pushes the disconnector into a
recess in the bottom of the slide. The disconnector
now engages the sear so that the hammer can
move forward when the trigger is pulled.
HAMMER SAFETY STOP
The hammer safety stop is a notch on the hammer
which prevents it from falling fully forward in the
event of primary sear failure. It also prevents the
hammer from hitting the firing pin should your
fingers slip from the slide or hammer while cocking
the pistol, provided the hammer has been moved
past the stop. The safety stop is not a manual
safety! Do not under any circumstances use the
safety stop as a "half cock" position. This misuse
can result in damage to the sear, and/or
unintentional discharge of the pistol. The safety
stop position is an automatically engaging safety
feature and should never be engaged by hand!
1. Use only high quality .22 ammunition. We do
not suggest using sub-soonic ammunition.
Don't oil cartridges. Don't spray aerosol type
lubricants, preservatives, or cleaners directly
onto cartridges or where excess spray may
flow into contactwith cartridges. Lubricant or
other foreign matter on cartridges can cause
potentially dangerous ammunition malfunctions.
Use only ammunition of the caliber
for which your firearm is chambered. The
proper caliber is permanently engraved on
the barrel of your firearm; never attempt to
use ammunition of any other caliber.
2. Always use ammunition that complies with
the industry performance standards established
by the Sporting Arms and Ammunition
Manufacturers' Institute, Inc. of the United
States (SAAMI). For best results, we
recommend quality Standard and Hi-Velocity
3. Firearms may be severely damaged, and
serious injury to the shooter or others may
result from any condition causing excessive
pressure inside the chamber or barrel during
Excessive pressure can be caused by
obstruction in the barrel, propellant powder
overloads, or by the use of incorrect or
defectively assembled cartridges. In addition,
the use of a dirty, corroded or damaged
cartridge can lead to a burst cartridge case
and consequent damage to the firearm and
personal injury from the sudden escape of
high-pressure propellant gas within the
4. Immediately stop shooting and check the
barrel for a possible obstruction whenever:
- You have difficulty in, or feel unusual
resistance in chambering a cartridge, or
- A cartridge misfires (does not go off), or
- The mechanism fails to extract a fired
cartridge case, or
- Unburned grains of propellant powder are
discovered spilled in the mechanism, or
- A shot sounds weak or abnormal.
- In such cases it is possible that a bullet is
lodged part way down the barrel. Firing a
subsequent bullet into the obstructed barrel
can damage the firearm and cause serious
injury to the shooter or bystanders.
5. Bullets can become lodged in the barrel:
- If the cartridge has been improperly loaded
without propellant powder, or if the powder
fails to ignite. (Ignition of the cartridge primer
alone will push the bullet out of the cartridge
case, but usually does not generate sufficient
energy to expel the bullet completely from the
- If the bullet is not properly seated tightly in the
cartridge case. When such a cartridge is
extracted from the chamber without being
fired, the bullet may be left behind in the bore
at the point where the rifling begins.
Subsequent chambering of another cartridge
may push the first bullet further into the bore.
6. If there is any reason to suspect that a bullet is
obstructing the barrel, immediately unload the
firearm and look through the bore. It is not
sufficient to merely look in the chamber. A
bullet may be lodged some distance down the
barrel where it cannot easily be seen. If a bullet
is in the bore, do not attempt to shoot it out by
using another cartridge, or by blowing it out
with a blank or one from which the bullet has
been removed. Such techniques can generate
excessive pressure, damage the firearm and
cause serious personal injury.
If the bullet can be easily removed with a wood
or brass dowel, (using hand pressure only, never
"hammer" a bullet lodged in the bore) clean
any unburned powder grains from the bore,
chamber and mechanism before resuming
shooting. If the bullet can not be dislodged by
using hand pressure, take the firearm to a
7. Dirt, corrosion, or other foreign matter on a
cartridge can impede complete chambering
and may cause the cartridge case to burst
upon firing. The same is true of cartridges
which are damaged or deformed.
8. Don't oil cartridges, and be sure to wipe the
chamber clean of any oil preservative before
commencing to shoot. Oil interferes with the
friction between cartridge case and chamber
wall that is necessary for safe functioning, and
subjects the firearm to stress similar to that
imposed by excessive pressure.
9. Use lubricants liberally on the moving parts of
your firearm. Avoid excessive spraying of any
aerosol gun care product, especially where it
may get on ammunition. All lubricants, and
aerosol spray lubricants in particular, can
penetrate cartridge primers and cause misfires.
Some highly penetrative lubricants can also
migrate inside cartridge cases and cause
deterioration of the propellant powder; on
firing, the powder may not ignite. If only the
primer ignites, there is a danger that the bullet
may become lodged in the barrel.
Keep muzzle pointed in safe direction and follow
all safety procedures at all times.
Practice these steps with an unloaded pistol or
dummy ammo until you are completely familiar and
comfortable with the procedures. Use live ammo
only when you are prepared to shoot. Always
use clean, dry, high quality ammunition (of the
proper caliber) that meets industry performance
1 . To release the empty magazine from the frame,
hold hand under magazine and push the magazine
catch which is located on the left side of the
frame behind the trigger. This will cause the
magazine to fall free of the magazine well.
2. To load the magazine, place the round at
the top (open end), push down and back
making sure that the back of the cartridge is
facing the rear of the magazine. Repeat this
procedure until magazine is fully loaded.
RETAINING LIP — ,
FIGURE 3-LOADING MAGAZINE
3. Place the magazine in the magazine well in the
frame, with the rounds facing forward, and
push up until magazine is fully seated. A click
will be heard when this is done properly as the
magazine catch engages.
4. To chamber a round, hold the pistol in the
shooting hand without touching the trigger.
Make sure it is pointed in a safe direction. With
the thumb and forefinger of the opposite hand,
grab the serrations on both sides of the rear of
the slide and pull it fully rearward, then
SERRATED FINGER GRIPS,
Do not "ride" the slide down to the forward
position. Fully release the slide allowing the
recoil spring to move the slide unhindered.
Keeping your hand on the slide may cause a
misfeed, or stop the slide from fully closing.
Racking the slide will cock the hammer, strip
off the top round from the magazine and
chamber it. The pistol is now fully loaded
and ready to fire. Keep muzzle pointed in a
safe direction and engage thumb safety
until ready to shoot.
Always unload pistol immediately after use
and before storage.
NOTE: Our 1911 style Rimfire handgun was
designed to function best with Quality Standard
Velocity or Hi-Velocity ammunition.
When cartridges fail to feed, check the following:
A. Substandard ammunition.
B. Cartridge overall length too short or too long.
C. Bullet nose too blunt.
D. Slide is short stroking. Ammo charge is not
to SAAMI specs for .22ILR.
1. To unload, first remove magazine as in step 1
of previous section.
2. If all of the rounds from the magazine have
been fired, slide will not automatically lock in
the open position. Alway visually check to
see that the chamber is clear.
If magazine is not removed prior to this
procedure, any rounds left in it will be
chambered, which could lead to an unintentional
discharge. The pistol will fire with a round
chambered and the magazine removed.
3. Since the slide does not automatically lock in
the rear-ward position as a result of firing the
last round from the magazine, ypu must rack
the slide completly to the rear and engage the
slide stop manually by pushing upward into the
slide stop knotch. Visually inspect the chamber
to ensure that it is clear.
4. Point the pistol in a safe direction. Release
slide forward onto the empty chamber by
pulling slide fully rearward and releasing or by
manually rotating the slide stop downward past
the slide stop notch. Ease the slide closed.
Repeatedly allowing the slide to slam closed
on an empty chamber will cause premature
wear and loosening on a 1911 such as the
5. Pull the trigger allowing the hammer to free fall
forward on the empty chamber. Do not "ease"
the hammer down by holding or blocking it.
Doing so can mar the sear tip which will result
in a substandard trigger pull.
6. To remove any remaining rounds from the
magazine, push the cartridges forward until
they clear the retaining lips.
Before firing the pistol for the first time, Field
Strip and clean the firearm following proper
procedures, (see DISASSEMBLY, CLEANING
and LUBRICATION and ASSEMBLY Instructions
in this Manual) Kimbers firearms are quality custom
pieces. Our firearms are hand fitted to tight
tolerances. For proper Break-in of the firearm
shoot 200-300 rounds of Quality Hi-Velocity .22
LR Ammunition, cleaning and lubricating the gun
every 100-150 rounds.
Always wear eye and hearing protection when
1. Point muzzle in a safe direction.
2. Load pistol as previously directed.
3. Grip the frame firmly, depressing the grip safely.
4. With your finger well clear of the trigger, rotate
Thumb safety downward.
5. Place index finger on trigger, take aim and
gently squeeze rearward until hammer is
released and falls forward striking the firing pin.
Be prepared for loud noise and recoil.
Note: This is a semi-automatic pistol and will
eject the empty cartridge, recock the ham
mer, and chamber a new round. It will con
tinue to fire with each subsequent pull of the
trigger until all rounds in the magazine have
6. Continue procedure until magazine is empty
and slide is locked open.
7. If all rounds have not been fired and you wish
to stop shooting, remove the Magazine,
immediately engage slide stop and follow
procedures for unloading previously described.
DISASSEMBLY (FIELD STRIPPING)
This product should be cleaned after every use and
when exposed to dirt, sand, etc. When not in use,
clean at least twice per year.
Perform all safety checks to Clear the pistol
1. With the pistol unloaded, the magazine
removed and the hammer down, depress the
recoil spring plug, with the supplied wrench,
or your thumb and turn the barrel bushing
clockwise, towards the right side of the pistol
until the recoil spring plug and recoil spring
are free. Be careful, the recoil spring and plug
are under tension and can fly out with
2. Ease out recoil spring and plug. If recoil
spring does not come out easily, remove plug
and leave the spring for step 6.
3. Cock the hammer and push the slide rearward
until the semi-circular tab on the back of the
slide stop aligns with the semi-circular
disassembly notch in the bottom of the slide.
4. Push inward on the end of the slide stop shaft
on the right side of the pistol and remove the
slide stop from the left side.
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FIGURE 5-DISASSEMBLY OF BARREL
BUSHING AND RECOIL SPRING PLUG
FIGURE 6-REMOVING SLIDE STOP
5. Remove the slide assembly forward off the
6. Remove the recoil spring through the
opening at the front of the slide.
7. Remove the recoil spring guide from the
bottom of the slide .
8. Turn the barrel bushing counterclockwise until
the lug aligns with the opening and remove the
bushing from the front of the slide.
FIGURE 7-GUIDE ROD POSITION FOR ASSEMBLY AND DISASSEMBLY
9. Pull the barrel forward clear of the slide. The
pistol is now disassembled for cleaning
purposes (field stripped).
Do not drop the hammer while slide is
removed from the pistol.
To reassemble, follow steps in reverse order. Align
the barrel linkage block with the slide latch hole
in the frame. The alignment can be seen through
the hole and hole in the block can be aligned by
moving the slide very carefully back and forth
until it drops into place. Align the linkblock hole
first, insert the slide stop shaft and then rotate the
slide stop upward until it aligns with the
disassembly notch. Then push the slide stop
inward until it is properly seated.
Always run the cleaning rods from the chamber end.
1. Disassemble pistol as described in previous
2. Run a wet patch through the bore. Let soak a
few minutes. ( Always read the manufacturers'
directions of the bore cleaner you are using.)
3. Run a dry patch through to remove loose
4. Run a wet bore brush through the chamber
end of the barrel a few passes.
5. Run a dry patch to remove the dirt.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 a few times until the
patch comes out clean.
7. Lightly oil the barrel. NOTE: Run a dry patch
through the barrel before firing to remove oil.
8. Wipe off all dirt on all bearing surfaces on
slide and frame.
9. Clean breech face and all parts (an old
toothbrush or similar nylon brush works well).
10. Follow lubrication directions before re-
1. Use a High Tech Gun Oil such as Shooters
Choice FP-10 or similar quality oil (grease is
not recommended). If oil contains Teflon be
sure to shake well before using as the Teflon
settles when left overnight.
2. Lubricate the following internal parts of the
a. Slide and Frame rails - Oil. Do not over oil!
b. Disconnector on top of frame - Small drop.
c. Barrel Hood - two drops, spread on hood.
d. Slide Stop pin - one drop, spread with
e. Outside of Barrel - Oil. Do not over oil,
spread with fingertip.
h. Cock Hammer - one drop in between the
hammer and frame.
i. Assemble gun. Rack the Slide 5-6 times,
dry fire, wipe off excess oil from gun.
j. Make sure, if you have stored the gun with
oil in the barrel and chamber, that you run
a dry patch through the barrel to clear it of
the oil before you fire the gun.
3. Reassemble as previously described.
The key is moderation . Not enough oil and your
gun may not function properly and lead to undo
wear, too much oil and you risk attracting
damaging dirt and debris to the bearing surfaces
causing undo wear and potential functioning
problems. All metal parts even Stainless Steel
should be lightly lubricated because
RUST IS NEGLECT!
Cloths impregnated with silicone are good for
SPECIAL NOTE: The frame and slide on your
Rimfire Pistol are Aluminium. Take special care
to read all directions of cleaning solvents to
assure it is safe to use on Anodized Aluminium .
4. For long term storage or if you live in a
particularly damp or salty area, a good quality
rust preventative should be used, even on
the Aluminium. We recommend Shooters
Choice Rust Prevent or equivalent.
This "Limited Warranty" has been drafted to
comply with the Magnuson-Moss Warranty
Federal Trade Commission Improvement Act
which is effective for goods manufactured on or
after December 31, 1995.
Kimber Mfg., Inc. firearms are warranted to be
free from defects in material and workmanship
for one (1) year after the date of original new gun
retail purchase, the Manufacturer agrees to correct
by repair or replacement (with the same or
comparable quality model) your firearm, without
charge, if returned prepaid with a copy of the bill
Kimber Mfg., Inc. assumes no responsibility for
product malfunction or for physical injury or
property damage resulting in whole or in part
from criminal or negligent use of the product,
improper or careless handling, unauthorized
modifications, use of defective, improper, hand-
loaded ammunition, customer abuse or neglect
of the product, or other influences beyond Kimber
Mfg., Inc.'s control. This warranty does not apply
to normal wear of any parts, including metal,
wood, plastic, rubber and other material's
surfaced finish or if unauthorized repair and/or
alteration has been performed.
This warranty does not cover repairs related to
unreasonable use, corrosion, failure to provide
proper maintenance, damaged or shopworn
display guns, gun barrels damaged by an
obstructed bore or guns damaged in return
shipment due to improper packing and handling.
Kimber Mfg., Inc. reserves the right to inspect any
product before making any adjustment covered
by this warranty.
Under no circumstances shall Kimber Mfg., Inc.
be liable for incidental or consequential damages
with respect to economic loss or injury or property
damage whether the result of breach of express or
Some states do not allow the exclusion of
consequential or incidental damages so the
limitation may not apply to you. This warranty gives
only the original retail purchaser specific legal
right. Other rights may also be available which
may vary from state to state.
The terms of the warranty cannot be changed
except in writing by an officer of Kimber Mfg., Inc.
The Kimber factory in Yonkers, New York is the
only authorized repair location.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR WARRANTY REPAIRS
Return handguns to KM I, 1 Lawton St., Yonkers,
NY, 10705, Attn: Warranty Repairs via UPS Next
Day Saver or FedEx. Securely attach complete
letter to handgun inside of package. The contents of
the letter must include: your name, complete return
mailing address (not a RO. address), telephone
number (daytime), serial number of gun sent and a
complete description of the problem. There must
be a person over 18 years of age to sign for the
Only use genuine Kimber spare parts. Use of inferior
aftermarket parts can create unsafe conditions. Use
of aftermarket parts voids all guarantees and
warranties. Modifications and alterations of the pistol
or its parts voids all guarantees and warranties.
The Kimber Custom Shop was established at the
request of Kimber Customers who asked to have their
Kimbers professionally modified. As well as shooters
interested in purchasing genuine Kimber accessories.
Factory installed parts maintain the original warranty.
Call 914-964-0742 (or fax 914-964-9340) for
information or visit the Kimber Web Site at:
Most products can be ordered on-line from the
Kimber Web Site.
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BASIC NRA RULES FOR SAFE GUN
1. ALWAYS KEEP THE GUN POINTED
IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
2. ALWAYS KEEP YOUR FINGERS OFF
THE TRIGGER UNTIL READY TO SHOOT.
3. ALWAYS KEEP THE GUN UNLOADED
UNTIL READY TO USE.
4. ALWAYS TREAT YOUR GUN AS IF IT IS
LOADED AND READY TO DISCHARGE.
Kimber Mfg., Inc.
1 Lawton Street
Yonkers, NY 10705
Customer Service — 91 4-964-0771
Web Address — www.kimberamerica.com