Kimber Custom Shop Family


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tinroad37e
December 30, 2007, 08:13 PM
I am wanting another 1911 and I was looking at the "high-end" Kimbers. I am mainly looking at the Gold Combat II. Anybody own one of the custom shop Kimbers? Are these anything special, or is my money better spent on an Ed Brown or Les Baer for a couple hundred more and without MIM parts? They claim they're are hand fitted, but there is no mention of MIM parts. The stainless model is going for $1500.

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cbailey
December 30, 2007, 09:27 PM
While my Super Match II is my favorite handgun currently residing in my arsenal, and I have no performance related issues with it (itís reliable and very easy to shoot accurately), I donít know if the extra money was worth it. And there were several imperfections in my pistol that I wouldnít expect in a ~$2000 MSRP 1911, but none were significant enough to complain to Kimber about. These imperfections initially annoyed me, now that I have some ďmilesĒ on the gun, they no longer bother me. The ďKimProĒ finish on my stainless slide hasnít been holding up all that well in my pistol, and Iíve been pretty careful with it. The ambi safety on mine (and I'm sure other parts are as well) appears to be MIM, but I've had so issues with breakage.

Itís a great shooter with as nice of a trigger Iíve ever pulled (and I recently have had some trigger time behind a Wilson and a couple LBís). The gun locks up tight as a drum, and came with a 1Ē group 5-shot at 25 yard ďproofĒ target, but any well-fit ~$1000 1911 should be accurate enough for me not to notice much of a difference. Iím a decent shot, but when Iím working up new loads and shooting off sandbags at 25 yards, itís rare for me to get sub 2Ē five shot groups with this or any pistol, so small differences in mechanical accuracy probably arenít significant anyway.

As much as I like this pistol, were I to do it over again, Iíd be likely to consider a somewhat less expensive model (like a Target II if I were to get a Kimber, or a Colt Gold Cup), and have some trigger work done on it. Or maybe Iíd look into a Les Baer Premier II if I was going spend that much money again - the few blued examples that Iíve handled were beautiful.

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