My Kimber now has a sibling… (initial range report with pictures)


September 19, 2005, 09:01 AM
…but it’s a Para LTC. :what: After much debating about what conceal carry gun to get, I picked up an LTC on Saturday. My original plan was to get another Kimber, probably a Pro Carry. In fact, the shop had two stainless Pro Carry at the time, but the LTC was just calling me. :D

Initial Impressions
- The fit and finish of this gun was excellent. Action felt smooth, feed ramp (this gun have a ramped barrel) was smooth and well polished.

- The trigger appears to be made of some polymer, not something that I am excited about, but I can always change it out.

- Grips are beautiful, but I will probably change them out at some point. The gun’s styling will appeal to some and not to others. I personally like its looks, with its unique rear slide serrations and no front serrations; it echoes the classic look with an updated style.

- Interestingly, the manual made no mention of a brake in period, the way Kimber’s manual does. Obviously there will be a breaking period, but this lack of a warring made me interesting to see how this gun operated straight out of the box!

First Trip to the Range
I took the LTC and my full size Kimber Custom Target II to the range to put them both through their paces. I had just replaced the recoil spring in the Kimber so it needed a workout as well. I shot 75 rounds of Remington UMC 230 grain FMJ through each gun at 15 yards.

- The LTC functioned perfect right away! Not a single failure of any type. Very promising. When my Kimber was new (it now has over 2,000 rounds through it), it had a 1-2% failure to feed rate, but it has since gotten over that issue.

- The checkering on the mainspring housing of the LTC is much more aggressive then that on the Kimber. Not a major issue, my tender hands will just have to toughen up some.

- The trigger was very crisp and felt good despite the plastic. I suspect that it would feel even better with a new trigger.

- I can only give you a qualitative evaluation of the LTC’s accuracy as I didn’t bench rest it. My first shot at 15 years was in the X-ring! Needless to say, I had a big grin on my face at this point. I should have stopped at that point, but with a bunch more ammo available, I continued. In the end, I would say that I shot the Para about as well as I shot my Kimber, which is a good sign given the shorter sight radius and the fact that I know the Kimber intimately.

All in all I am very happy with my purchase. :D There is nothing quite like having a brace of 1911s in the house! My plan is to order a Milt Sparks VM2 for it today.

Attached are a couple of pictures. They are not the best, but I hope you enjoy them anyway!

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September 19, 2005, 09:26 AM
Very nice report. Looks like you got yourself a good gun there. I would consider one myself if they were American made. Too many fine American 1911s made to justify buying one from a Canadian company, but that's just my opinion. Enjoy the Para.

September 19, 2005, 09:29 AM
That thought did pass my mind, but my ancestors were (gulp) French Canadian! Please don't hate me! :)

September 19, 2005, 09:34 AM
Get a rope! :D

September 19, 2005, 10:20 AM
Just got off the phone with Milt Sparks and ordered a belt and a VM2. They are currently working a 10-16 week backlog! :what: I knew it would take a while to get the holster, but I didn't think that it would be that long. Oh well, I know the wait will be worth it.

September 19, 2005, 04:14 PM
My experience with my LTC was the same as yours -- 100% reliability right out of the box.

Further eroding my patience with Kimber's "Shoot a few hundred dollars worth of ammo before bothering us about the fact that a lot of our guns won't work right out of the box" philosophy.

You can probably get what you want in the holster department from Lightning Arms sports -- costs a few dollars more than waiting for the factory, but they often have what you are looking for in stock, and I can guarentee that they are great people to purchase from. If they have what you need in stock, you can order today and have it by Thursday-Friday probably.

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