Kimber America 1911 Handguns

Kimber 1911 Handguns

Kimber is an American gun manufacturer that we’ve discussed once before in our “Who Is Kimber America” blog, which is more about their history and their most popular handguns. Today we will discuss 3 pistols from Kimber America that you should give a shot if you’re in the market for a new handgun. The 1911 models are the most famous, so we will discuss the Kimber Ultra Carry models designed for concealed carry use and the Custom Defense Pistols (CDP) in the 1911 frame.

Kimber Custom CDP II

The Custom CDP is just a fancy way of saying Kimber added features to this gun that would not normally come with the gun, such as night sights, a Premium Aluminum Trigger, and a 30 lines-per-inch front strap checkering. These features will enhance the pistol and if you buy this gun in the custom model, you’ll save anywhere from a couple hundred to well over $500. As beautiful as this gun is to look at and as great as it feels in your hand, the performance is why it’s so expensive. This 1911 is designed as an everyday carry pistol that has the stopping power and accuracy to eliminate whatever threat opposes you. The custom night sights along with the 30-lines per square inch checkering in the grip provides excellent control of the heavy recoil.

Kimber Custom CDP II
Weight 1.93 lbs
Height 5.25″
Barrel Length 5″
Overall Length 8.7″
Width 1.28″
Trigger Pull Weight 4-5 lbs
Caliber .45 ACP
Magazine Capacity 7
Sight Radius 6.8″
Twist Rate 1:16 Left-Handed
Sights Meprolight Tritium 3-dot night sight
Safety Ambidextrous safety lever
MSRP $1,173.00

Pros:

  • .45 ACP provides excellent stopping power
  • The 4-5 lb trigger pull is better than most other .45 ACP handguns
  • Perfect for Law Enforcement as a primary carry pistol
  • Aesthetically beautiful
  • Accurate
  • Dependable
  • I love the trigger!

Cons:

  • Steep price
  • Felt recoil is still a lot (16lbs)

Features:

  • Ambidextrous thumb safety, lanyard slot, and bumped grip safety
  • Rosewood and 30 lines-per-inch front strap checkering
  • Meprolight Tritium 3-dot night sights
  • Kimber Tactical Rail permits quick and secure accessory attachment
  • KimPro® II finish offers outstanding additional resistance to chemicals, moisture, salt, and UV light

Why Should I Buy the Kimber Custom CDP II

If you’ve read the “Who is Kimber America?” blog above and thought about buying the Warrior instead, let me discuss why this is a better defense pistol. The grip is enhanced on the Custom CDP II with 6 more lines per square inch than the Warrior 1911. The Warrior also has the G-10 grip strips instead of the Rosewood, but the CDP II even enhanced the grip for the trigger well. I’d buy this pistol over the Warrior because you’ll spend a few hundred less and is built for more control.

 

Where Can I buy the Kimber Custom CDP II?

You can buy the Kimber Warrior from its website directly or from almost any gun store in the country, such as Cabelas, Palmetto State Armory, Field and Stream, BrownellsArmslist,  and Gun Broker. If it were up to me, I’d buy from Palmetto State Armory because of the warranties and quality of service. As a Veteran owned company, Palmetto State Armory gives great discounts to military, Veteran, and law enforcement personnel.

Kimber Custom CDP II .45 ACP Pistol with Night Sights - 3200018

 

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Kimber Ultra Carry II

The Kimber Ultra Carry II is a more condensed version of the CDP II with the same stopping power and beautiful design. The Ultra Carry II uses the same G-10 grip strips that the Warrior uses to maximize control when firing a larger and more powerful round. At 6.8″ you can carry this on your waistband, but I’d recommend considering a shoulder holster for this specific pistol. The pistol is very light and thin for a .45 ACP chambered pistol, but still carries that huge kick with16 lbs of felt recoil. The G-10 grip with the Ultra Carry II comes with the enhanced 30 lines per inch checkering for shooters with bigger hands to grip the gun and trigger comfortably and securely.

*Read our blog on concealed carry holsters, here.

Specs:

Kimber Ultra Carry  II
Weight 1.56 lbs
Height 4.75″
Barrel Length 3″
Overall Length 6.8″
Width 1.15″
Trigger Pull Weight 4-5 lbs
Caliber .45 ACP, 9mm
Magazine Capacity 8
Sight Radius 4.8″
Twist Rate 1:16 Left-Handed
Sights Meprolight Tritium 3-dot night sight
Safety Ambidextrous safety lever
MSRP $1,100.00

Pros:

  • .45 ACP provides excellent stopping power
  • The 4-5 lb trigger pull is better than most other .45 ACP handguns
  • Aesthetically beautiful
  • Accurate
  • Dependable
  • Aluminum Match Grade Trigger

Cons:

  • Steep price
  • Felt recoil is still a lot (16lbs)

Features:

  • Ambidextrous thumb safety, lanyard slot, and bumped grip safety
  • Rosewood and 30 lines-per-inch front strap checkering
  • G-10 grip
  • Fixed low-profile 3-dot tritium night sights
  • KimPro® II finish offers outstanding additional resistance to chemicals, moisture, salt, and UV light

Why Should I Buy the Kimber Ultra Carry II

This is a great concealed carry pistol that is going to cost you well over $1,000 when you add a light or aftermarket optic to the frame. Simply put, if you can afford this pistol and like the traditional feel of the famous 1911, this will be a great gun to own. However, you can get many concealed carry pistols for half the price that function just as well or close to Kimber’s 1911 pistols. This pistol will be comfortable, durable, and reliable for years to come with your standard practices on cleaning and maintenance.

*Read our Glock 101 page to get more concealed carry options from one of the best companies around.

 

Where Can I buy the Kimber Ultra Carry II?

You can buy the Kimber Warrior from its website directly or from almost any gun store in the country, such as Cabelas, Palmetto State Armory, Field and Stream, BrownellsArmslist,  and Gun Broker. If it were up to me, I’d buy from Palmetto State Armory because of the warranties and quality of service. If I were going to buy a Kimber, I’d buy from Palmetto State because of their Veteran discount, which helps reduce the overall cost, making the gun more affordable.

 

Kimber Ultra Carry II - 3200061

 

 

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Kimber Eclipse Custom II

The first thing you’ll notice about the Kimber Eclipse is it’s one of the most beautiful handguns you’ll ever see with the same capabilities of their high-performance 1911s. The reason I wanted this gun was the unique caliber that it’s chambered in. A 10mm 1911 pistol is going to give you the most power and bullet velocity from any pistol less than a .50 Desert Eagle.

Specs:

Kimber Eclipse Custom II
Weight 2.37 lbs
Height 5.25″
Barrel Length 5″
Overall Length 8.7″
Width 1.15″
Trigger Pull Weight 4-5 lbs
Caliber 10mm
Magazine Capacity 8
Sight Radius 6.8″
Twist Rate 1:16 Left-Handed
Sights Meprolight Tritium 3-dot night sight
Safety Ambidextrous safety lever
MSRP $1,273.00

Pros:

  • Aesthetically beautiful
  • 10mm round gives it more kick and velocity
  • Accurate
  • Dependable
  • Aluminum Match Grade Trigger

Cons:

  • Steep price
  • 10mm ammo is almost twice the cost of a .45 ACP round
  • Felt recoil is still a lot (16lbs)
  • Gun is very heavy vs competitors

Features:

  • Ambidextrous thumb safety, lanyard slot, and bumped grip safety
  • and 30 lines-per-inch front strap checkering
  • Laminated; Double diamond grip with the G-10 added for maximum control
  • Fixed low-profile 3-dot tritium night sights
  • KimPro® II finish offers outstanding additional resistance to chemicals, moisture, salt, and UV light

What Is The Difference Between a 10mm & .45 ACP Cartridge?

A 10mm has a longer case than the .45 ACP, but then it also is a smaller projectile and shorter bullet than the .45 ACP. As similar as the gun are to each other, the recoil in a 10mm pistol is going to be a little stronger than a .45 ACP due to the significant chamber pressure difference. The 10mm is going to be more expensive than the .45 ACP and harder to find in more rural areas (.40 S&W took over 10mm). The 10mm cartridge is going to be perfect for hunting, self-defense and for any shot that is taken further than 25 yards.

 

10mm .45 ACP
Bullet Diameter .4″ .45″
Case Diameter .992″ .473″
Case Length .992″ .898″
Overall Length 1.26″ 1.27″
Chamber Pressure 33,000 psi 19,000 psi

Why Should I Buy the Kimber Eclipse Custom II

The Kimber  Eclipse Custom II in 10mm should be used if you’re in need of a high velocity, high impact round to defend yourself against Apex predators in the mountains. The Match-Grade Trigger offers almost no creep and is kept with a standard 4lb trigger pull with a 16 lb felt recoil. Due to its expensive cost versus a .45 ACP, I would strongly advise understanding your purpose before buying this unique pistol. Personally, If I wasn’t using it as a defense pistol in the mountains or as a police officer, I’d stick with the cheaper .45 ACP models.

Where Can I buy the Kimber Eclipse Custom II?

You can buy Kimber America guns directly from retailers, such as Rural King Guns and the Utah Gun Exchange, if you want to get a used Kimber at a much more affordable price than buying new. If you’re a Veteran or police officer, its best to get the discounts from Palmetto State Armory so you can offset the costs of such an expensive gun.

 

 

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Conclusion

Kimber America is known in the gun world as one of the best made and performing handguns in the world. They pride themselves in their ability to build new concepts and operations systems around the 1911 frame, made so famous over 100 years ago. If you’re looking for something unique, powerful, and accurate as hell, the Kimber Eclipse Custom II is the one for you with its custom 10mm chamber. The Ultra Carry II is 6.8″ long with a 3″ barrel for maximum concealment and comfort for anyone looking for a top of the line concealed carry weapon. In the end, buying any gun made by Kimber is going to give you incredible craftsmanship, long-lasting durability, and precision accuracy for every shot you take.

 

 

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