Articles on 1911-style Kimber Pistols
One might say the Marines are a bit old fashioned but then again he might say they knew better than to fix something that wasn’t broke. What they did want were good night sights, an ambidextrous safety, a beavertail grip safety, steel mainspring housing with lanyard loop, forward grasping grooves on the slide, some unslippery grips and a durable finish. So we end up with a retro-1911 with a touch of modern thrown in.
Ever since Kimber made their first 191l-style pistol I’ve been watching and studying their guns. I have no idea how many of their pistols I’ve tested, and while they haven’t all been perfect, the quality has been consistently excellent. One of the real drawbacks of gun tests as we normally do them is that we are dealing with a sample of one. And while we fervently hope every other gun is going to be the same, it’s safe to say there will always be exceptions. The famous Mr. Murphy loves to hang around the gun business.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Kimber name but today’s shooter may not even know they began making very classy little .22 rifles. To celebrate, they are making a limited edition of anniversary edition of their 1911 pistol which is now their major product. The noteworthy point is these are faithful to the original Kimber pistol design, sans external ejector and Swartz firing pin safety.
Over the years, the 1911 has carved a permanent niche in the hearts of Americans. However, we were rather under-whelmed with the initial high capacity polymer 1911, and I was one of those who shunned the ugly new child. But “Doctor” Kimber performed a face-lift, presented us with the new BP Ten II and I’m learning to love another kind of 1911.
Kimber recently announced just such a specialized concealment gun in the form of the Ultra RCP II. Standing for Refined Carry Pistol, this is the smallest and sleekest of Kimber .45’s at a mere 6.5 inches in length and 4.5 inches in height. Weight is a skinny 24.8 ounces unloaded, due largely to the RCP’s 7075-T7 aluminum alloy frame.
If you think the Kimber 1911 model tested by LAPD SWAT was a top-of-the-line Kimber Custom Shop Target .45, think again. It was none other than Kimber’s entry level 1911 — the Kimber Custom II.
The new handgun of the Los Angeles Police Department SWAT Team is the Kimber Custom II. The highly-regarded poince unit selected the Kimber 1911 after two years of testing 1911s from five companies.
The Kimber Custom Shop LTP II is ideal for the USPSA’s “Limited Ten” division. It’s a single-stack 1911 .45 ACP with a flat-top serrated slide, adjustable rear sight, tungsten guide rod, extended ambidextrous thumb safety, and checkering on the front strap and underneath the trigger guard. The pistol is finished in black KimPro, a tough, rust-resistant, self-lubricating phenolic resin finish. It comes with a ten-round magazine.
Observing Eclipse: Kimber has set the 1911 World on Fire with Its Great Shooting, Good Looking Pistols. The New Eclipse only Fans the Flames Higher
The first thing that strikes you about the Kimber Eclipse is its appearance. There’s no way around it. The flats of the pistol are silver in color and brush/polished in texture. The rounded surfaces — the underside, the valleys of the slide grooves, the distinctive lettering — are a charcoal gray that’s only a shade or two away from jet black. The result is a light and shadow effect that an artiste might call chiaroscuro. Kimber’s laminated double-diamond-checkered grips finish the eye candy element with a stunning earth-tone medley of subtle brown and green shades. The overall result is a pistol that just reaches out and grabs you by the eyeballs.
A New, Dedicated, 10-Round Double-Stack .45 ACP From Kimber Is Ultra-Light, Ultra-Compact and Ultra-Potent.
A Limited Edition Of Three Custom Defense Pistols From The Leading 1911 Manufacturer In America.
It was a bit of a surprise when Kimber announced it was offering a .40 S&W chambering. While the Kimber .45’s have been top performers, other calibers built on the GM platform have not always worked as well. Many were temperamental feeders.
Articles on Rimfire Kimber Pistols
A few issues ago we told you about the Kimber Rimfire Target .22 caliber pistol. Now the top half–with a few changes–is available as a conversion unit that will fit most Government Model pistols. Mechanically it’s the same with the exception of a cut to allow the existing ejector to clear the slide.
Kimber has put the fun-gun back oil the 1911 map with their Rimfire Target pistol. It’s a whopping 23 ounces, is deadly accurate, reliable and an absolute joy to shoot.
Kimber’s new Rimfire Target model pistol, a full-size 1911 in .22 caliber. Almost since it’s invention, people have wanted to make the .45 into a .22. The most common reason given was for economical training.
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