The reliability and accuracy in handguns came into existence with the arrival of the Kimber 1911 series. These pistols marked a significant event in the history of hand-held weapons. They are high-end handguns and favorites with competitive shooters and law enforcement officers alike. The Kimber 1911 series provides reliable, handy and effective handgun pistols with a vast collection of models. It is difficult to judge the best Kimber 1911 model as this would largely depend on diverse user preferences.
Hence, a superior model depends on what the end users are looking for. The Kimber series is used extensively for home defense, concealed carry and competition shooting. These weapons gained even more respect on their entry into the military, and they even featured in several action movies. This class of weapon includes a wide variety of model families including compact and subcompact genres.
Furthermore, the use of Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing Programs (CAD & CAM) helped to turn the compact dimensions of the firearm into a highly reliable, accurate and trustworthy semi-automatic pistol. This weapon is renowned as one of the most accurate and reliable semi-automatic handguns and the Kimber 1911 series offers a variety of customizations.
History of the Kimber 1911
The Kimber 1911 series is a traditional and well-known series of pistols due to its accuracy, dependability and standard quality. These versatile weapons make up both compact and subcompact semi-automatic pistols. These handguns are renowned for their accuracy, and almost everybody knows something about these pistols.
In the 1980s, Kimber production and manufacturing entered into the market of the M1911 category of firearms, making a significant impact with the introduction of metal injection molding technology. This advancement helped reduce costs of certain components and gave the company an edge over its competitors in an established market,
Computer Aided Design and manufacturing programs used in the compact Kimber 1911 series helped in moving into semi-automatic pistols, providing accuracy, reliability and other facilities as well. This firearm was primarily created as a serviceable ‘self-loading’ pistol in the 1980s. John Browning designed the M1911 for Colt, and the 1911 was nominated M1911 by the United States Army on 29 March 1911. Today, these weapons appear in a series of compact and subcompact variety of families.
Application and Reputation
The Kimber 1911 series is widely used and is acknowledged as the most popular collection of pistols available in the market. These handguns are remarkably popular for their accuracy, dependability and have some useful service amenities. Many law enforcement agencies, police, as well as the US Army use these handguns extensively. Also, these firearms are well-reputed in recreational, competitive shooting, private security and home security circles. Over the years, the Los Angeles Police Department used the M1911 models, which were later used by SWAT, the U.S Navy and the United States Marine Corps Forces. The Special Operations Command also used the Kimber 1911 series pistols. This pistol is also used by The U.S.A Shooting Rapid Fire Pistol Team for the purpose of practicing for Olympic competitions.
This weapon is well-known for the short recoil in its fundamental design. The M1911 was launched during the end of Philippine-American war and was later extensively used in both the World Wars, the Korean War, and in the Vietnam War, as well. It is also a favorite within civilian circles and in competitive shooting events organized by organizations such as the International Practical Shooting Confederation. Compact variants of this series are also outstandingly popular amongst civilians for concealed carry and recreational shooting or hunting programs. This handgun series was also widely used in the Persian Gulf War, as well as other well-known wars of recent times like the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War. All the users and organizations chose Kimber for the same reason – standard quality, reliability and accuracy.
Kimber 1911 Series and Variants
This series has a wide range of variations. The Kimber 1911 series consists of all 1911 pistols made by this company. The variants are broadly categorized into standard, compact and subcompact as follows:
- Kimber MCSOCOM ICQB
- Kimber Target II
- Kimber Desert Warrior/ Warrior
- Kimber Custom TLE II
- Kimber Gold Combat II
- Kimber SIS
- Kimber Compact II
- Kimber Solo CDP
- Kimber Tactical Pro II
- Kimber Pro Carry II
- Kimber Pro Crimson Carry II
- Kimber Ultra CDP II
- Kimber Ultra Raptor
- Kimber Ultra Carry II
- Kimber Ultra Crimson Carry II
All the Kimber 1911 pistols mentioned above are reliable and reputed handguns used for several purposes – either for personal safety or military purposes. They are all pistols, and their caliber capacity is .45 ACP. These weapons have several variants which are different from each other with respect to their shape, size, color, and action to some extent. Almost all of these handguns share the same basic characteristics. This firearm is a single-action, semi-automatic pistol. It is a magazine-fed handgun, and it is recoil-operated and chambered for a .45 ACP Cartridge. The US Army used this weapon as a standard-issue sidearm for a number of years.
Almost all the pistols have 7-round magazine capacity, and the fire modes are semi-automatic and compact as well. The only noticeable difference among the series is the diversity among the models in weight, length and barrel length. Kimber produces the world’s finest 1911 pistols right here in America, using indigenous technology. It is a surprising fact that every essential component of the Kimber America 1911 series is manufactured inside the Kimber factory. Only the finest raw materials enter the front gate of the Kimber factory, and the company does the rest, ensuring the quality of all weapons it turns out.
Although a Springfield or a Colt might cost more than the Kimber Custom II, the slide to frame fits feels very rough while hand-cycling in the case of a Springfield. The Springfield is considered as a good firearm. However, in comparison, the Kimber has a superior trigger pull with the added advantage of its well-known slide to frame. Further, the Kimber is accepted as being better than the Colt or the Springfield in terms of accuracy. On the other hand, Colts are very difficult to find, and not always available in the market.
This company has gained the reputation of being the manufacturer of some of the best 1911 pistols in the world in terms of quality and accuracy. The Kimber 1911 is one the finest pistols for home security, personal safety and military and special commando operations.
There have been some reports of magazine failure with these weapons, but these claims have not been substantiated. One thing is certain; these weapons are considered to be among the best pistols available in the market in terms of accuracy and standard quality. The best three Kimber pistols are Kimber Custom II, a Super Carry Pro, and an Ultra RCP II. The track record of these Kimber 1911 models is a lasting testimony to time-tested handguns whose performance is difficult to fault.
(feature photo courtesy of Kimber America)
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