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Brass Balls
12-13-2003, 05:46 PM
I picked up a brand new TLE/RL last week. I put 320 rounds through the day I got it of mostly ball ammo and 20 rounds of Win. 230 SXT JHP. The gun worked perfectly with several different magazines and follower designs. Curiously enough the one stock mag the gun came with wasn't able to be loaded at all because the follower wouldn' t slide into the magazine. I like Kimbers a lot but have been very unimpressed with their stock magazines, yet again.

The trigger feels good although not quite as light and crisp as my Custom and Compact CDPs. Although I find that the triggers usually get better after a thousand rounds or so. I like to carry the CDPs but plan to do most of my practice with this TLE/RL and a TRS for holster work. That way I can save the aluminum frames while still being able to practice as much as I want to with a gun that directly translates to my carry pieces.

If you've been considering a TLE/RL I'd say, after shooting mine, go for it! Apparently this is a very popular model, according to Kimber, and is getting more difficult to find. The demand is currently outstripping supply so if you can find one in stock better snatch it up quickly. Otherwise the best bet is to order one through a Kimber Master Dealer because they are first in line for the new models coming from the factory.


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http://www.kimberamerica.com/images/pistols/summerle/thumbs/CustomTLERLII.jpg (http://www.kimberamerica.com/special.php)

The gun's a shooter. At ten yards freehand the targets showed one ragged hole. I shot a target freehand at 25 yards with sixteen rounds and got this:

Brass Balls
02-01-2004, 08:46 PM
20k since last July, holy smokes you've been giving 'er a workout, David!

Mine is at 870 rounds now and has been sharing range time of late. So far it hasn't had any problems whatsoever. I plan to get some more range time with it this week now that I just stocked up on range ammo.

I currently have an Insight M3 light on it but I'm considering a Surefire Nitrolon or Millenium. I was going to post a photo of the gun that isn't very large but it is too many bytes.

dep452
02-08-2004, 06:40 PM
Just bought this one a couple of weeks ago also. Great gun!! I'm also a lefty and am about to set the gun up for lefty use. Mr. DiFabio, do you have any specific recommendations for parts? Thanks
-Dave C

Brass Balls
02-09-2004, 08:29 PM
Welcome to Warrior Talk Forums, Dave C!