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Kimber 1911 Custom II

Kimber 1911 Custom II

A step by step video on how to clean and disassemble your Kimber 1911 Custom II handgun.


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Step by Step on How to Break Down and Clean Your Kimber 1911 for Beginners

Step One

First and as always when cleaning your firearms, make sure they are not loaded and that the magazine is out.

Unloaded Kimber 1911 handgun


Step Two

You are going to want to use the bushing wrench provided by Kimber in order to turn the barrel bushing clockwise.

Kimber 1911 bushing wrench

Careful now! You only want to turn it as much as you need to to catch the edge of the recoil spring plug as shown here. If you overturn it the plug could go flying as well as the spring. Take your time and keep it pointed away from your face.

Kimber 1911 barrel bushing and guide rod spring cap

Push the recoil spring plug down with your thumb and twist the barrel bushing the rest of the way while keeping pressure on the plug and spring. 


Step Three

Now slowly release the spring pressure and remove the recoil spring plug and the recoil spring.

Kimber 1911 recoil spring

Notice that the flat end of the spring will be towards the back of the gun, you will want to remember that for re-assembly.


Step Four

Push the slide back until the disassembly notch lines up here on the slide stop.

Kimber 1911 slide stop and disassembly notch

You can now pop the slide stop out with your thumb by pushing the slide lock pin from the other side.


Step Five

You are now able to remove the slide from the frame.

Kimber 1911 how to remove slide

Now remove the guide rod.

Kimber 1911 how to remove guide rod


Step Six

Rotate the barrel bushing until you can pull it free.

Kimber 1911 barrel bushing


Step Seven

Push the barrel link forward. You can now remove the barrel from the slide.

Kimber 1911 removing barrel and barrel link

You have all the major parts disassembled and ready for a basic cleaning.


Step Eight

Give all metal parts and the bore a light squirt with some Sage & Braker CLP.

Kimber 1911 cleaning gun with clp


Step Nine

Using our brush and pick set, we are going to scrub all contaminated areas with a brush.

Kimber 1911 cleaning gun with gun cleaning brush

If there is any heavily gunked up areas use our pick in order to break it free. Don’t worry, the pick portion is made of a soft brass so it won’t scratch your firearms.


Step Ten

Next we’ll use some of our bristle pipe cleaners for further cleaning. Sage & Braker’s bristle pipe cleaners use a stiff plastic to help break up carbon while the cotton portion mops it up. You can bend them as necessary to get to all the hard to reach areas.

Kimber 1911 gun cleaning slide rails with bristle pipe cleaner


Step Eleven

We’ll finish it up with some cotton swabs in order to make sure the carbon and other contaminants are free and clear.

Kimber 1911 how to clean gun with cotton swabs

Really concentrate on the moving parts where the frame and the slide come into contact. Any grit left behind can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your gun.


Step Twelve

Now it’s time to grab a bore cleaning kit meant for your caliber, we’re talking about a 1911 here, so a .45 cal is what you’ll want. There are 1911's chambered in 9mm as well so if that is your guns caliber use a bore cleaning kit of that caliber.

How to clean a Kimber 1911 handgun with a bore snake

Run it through the bore like so. Start at the breach end of the barrel and pull it threw the muzzle end.


You could do this as well for a quick cleaning while the gun is assembled, but it works just as well for a deeper cleaning when disassembled as shown here.


Step Thirteen

Now a final wipe down with a rag.

How to clean a Kimber 1911 for beginners


Step Fourteen

Apply a light coating of our CLP on the internal working parts to keep the gun lubricated and you will be ready to reassemble your Kimber 1911.

How to lubricate a Kimber 1911 handgun


Step Fifteen

Take the barrel making sure that the barrel link is pushed forward and insert it back into the slide.

How to reinsert barrel and guide link of Kimber 1911 handgun


Step Sixteen

Replace the guide rod making sure that the concave side of the guide rod head is towards the barrel. It’s less complex than it sounds, have a look at it and it will make sense.

How to reinsert Kimber 1911 handgun guide rod


Step Seventeen

Take the barrel bushing and reinsert it over the barrel as shown and then spin it clockwise to lock it into place.

Kimber 1911 how to reinsert barrel bushing


Step Eighteen

You’ll want to make sure that the barrel link is pointed up like this before reassembling the slide and frame together.

Kimber 1911 barrel link position for reassembly


Step Nineteen

Now insert the frame onto the slide like this. Keep pushing the slide back until you can see the barrel link through the hole. 

How to assemble Kimber 1911

How to clean a Kimber 1911 handgun

At this point you can push the slide lock back in the hole.

Kimber 1911 slide lock


Step Twenty

Continue to push the slide back until the disassembly notch aligns right like this.

How to reassemble a Kimber 1911 pistol

You can now turn the slide stop into place.


You can put the safety on in order to prevent the slide from moving back, making it easier for this next step.


Step Twentyone 

Grab the spring and insert it over the guide rod remembering that the flat end of the spring goes in first.

Kimber 1911 how to reinsert guide rod spring


Step Twentytwo

Insert the recoil spring plug overtop of the spring.


Press it down with your thumb and twist the barrel bushing until it catches on the outer edge of the recoil spring plug.

Kimber 1911 recoil spring cap and barrel bushing


Step Twentythree

Take the bushing wrench provided by Kimber and twist the barrel bushing counter-clockwise until it is seated correctly.

Kimber 1911 handgun barrel bushing tool


And there you have it, a cleaned and lubricated Kimber 1911.




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