Just saw this video courtesy of FateOfDestinee that Kimber just announced a custom concealed carry gun at Shot Show 2012. It’ has a special blue slide with engraving and comes in the Ultra length (3” barrel, Officer sized frame) 1911. I carry a Ultra CDP Elite II but this one looks sexier!
Can’t wait to see more pics of it.
*UPDATE* Some pics from here :http://ezine.m1911.org/showthread.php?t=120
Here’s a short video review of my new Kimber CDP Elite II Ultra carry gun. This is a fantastic, small and very reliable carry gun that’s chambered in 45 ACP. Takes 7 rounds in the magazine that fits into it’s small Officer sized aluminum frame.
It shoots well, is very reliable and feels great to carry. The completely dehorned (Carry Melt) treatment makes the gun feel much smaller than it looks. I carry this in a Crossbreed Supertuck Shorty and the combination makes it so comfortable to wear I don’t ever want to take it out.
I also took some footage of me shooting the gun in Slow Fire at targets 15 yards away, Rapid fire with reload from 5 yards away and out to 200 yards at a steel man-sized target. All of these done standing off-hand (unsupported). You’ll see that the gun is plenty accurate for one this small with a 3” barrel.
Loved the faux ivory grips on my Kimber Eclipse Pro II that I decided to get a pair for my CDP Elite II. I figured it’ll look really nice against a matte black frame + slide.
Bought these excellent (and yet cheap) plastic grips from Duragrips.com
and after the grips are put on :
Found this buried deep in the berm at the Renton Fish and Game club. It’s a 100 year old silent movie of one of the very first Single Stack matches shot with a then, brand new, M1911 pistol. What a rare find!
For all the wonderful times I had shooting 200gr Round nose bullets at brown targets. You made me feel proud carrying you by my side, you helped me win my first major IDPA match, and you provided peace of mind to my family and I for the past two years.
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, Model 1911 by the United States armed forces. John Moses Browning’s design stood the test of time and to this date, is the most used, most fired, most copied pistol design in the modern world.
I’m glad to own two of them and will gladly own more in the next few years.
Happy 100th Anniversary buddy!
ps. Incidentally, today also marks the day the HB1016 bill for Suppressor use passed in Washington state allowing legal owners of suppressors to use them anytime they wish. Awesome!
Here’s what I carry everyday now, or as much as I possibly can. I can’t carry this to work but any chance I get during the weekends or going out to get groceries, this is what I have strapped to my hip.
It’s a Kimber Eclipse Pro II with a faux-ivory grip to make it look like the new Kimber Royal II and the Kimber 1911 centennial, without the hefty price tag. The holster is a Landshark Leather Commander Length holster that was custom made for me by Rob Cerullo in ox-blood (purple).
The Eclipse series, although on the heavy side with the full steel frame, looks very sexy and still feels ok to carry.
One day I’ll have to make one of those CCW videos that are so popular on Youtube.
I’ve always been perplexed with tuning or adjusting the extractor tension for a 1911. I can never get my head around what would be considered a properly tuned extractor even after reading what most would call, the bible on proper extractor tuning by John Marshall of Wilson Combat (http://www.m1911.org/technic2.htm)
I understand why and how you’d tune it but will never understand what would happen to the case if tension is too tight, or if the face of an extractor is not beveled.
This excellent video by doctruptwn on YouTube is a great walkthrough on how you should tune and test your extractor tension. It put me on the right path to understand this more.
After watching that video and reading the article again, I managed to successfully adjust the extractor on my Kimber Eclipse Pro II and now it’s ejecting rounds 3 ft away from me instead of getting it shot at my forehead.
Saw this posted on a few blogs about the new Kimber Royal II. It is a beautiful gun, with stainless charcoal like finish custom made by Turnbull Manufacturing Company
I’m surprised how well the faux ivory grips look on the charcoal finish, decided to get a cheap ivory grip from Ebay (http://cgi.ebay.com/Colt-Kimber-Taurus-1911-Smooth-IMT-Ivory-Grips-Beveled-/250628585642?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a5aa0b8aa) and install them on my Kimber Eclipse Pro II.
What do you think? Looks similar? considerably much cheaper than the Royal II.
and a studio shot :
I love Kimbers. I have three 1911s and all of them are Kimbers. I saw this blog post on http://www.kimber1911pistols.com that Kimber will be releasing / announcing a new gun called the Solo Carry. It’s not polymer, and it’s not a 1911, which is really interesting.
here’s what the quote says :
In early 2008, we undertook a project whereby we would do what other companies do not. We insisted on obtaining the direction of our retail partners to help us design and build a new product. Most of you helped extensively in this process by providing us invaluable input, some through surveys, some through meetings, and some through personal conversations. We condensed and measured your recommendations, then married them with what we insisted a Kimber MUST BE, and went to work. Tomorrow you see the results.
I suspect that this is Kimber’s entry into the micro-9mm market like the SIG P290, Ruger LC9 and Keltec PF9.
Source : http://www.kimber1911pistols.com/blog/kimber-solo-carry/
I was RIGHT!! 🙂 Micro Compact 9mm pistol!
Owners of Officer sized 1911s have one common problem. It’s a chore when we need to strip the guns down for cleaning or maintenance. The officer sized guns like the Kimber Ultra series of pistols, have a short recoil guide rod and it needs to be compressed before the slide stop can be removed. Usually, you’d have to insert a small pin (I use a bent paper clip) into a hole in the guide rod to capture the spring, and then trying to hold the paper clip in place while trying to disassemble the gun.
That’s where the 1911 Ultra Tool comes in. Designed and Patented by Richard Ketchum.
You insert it into the guide rod after locking the slide back, as per the included illustration :
Looks like this :
then move the slide forward a little, and the take down groove will be aligned perfectly with the slide-stop. From there, disassemble the gun per normal. Here’s a picture of the captured recoil spring and guide rod.
He sells them off his site at http://www.1911ultratool.com./ and has models for Kimber, Colt, Springfield Micro Compact, EMP and Para Ordanance Hawg for $25.