Kimber’s New Sapphire Pistols

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Kimber is coming out with some more Sapphire pistols. They are adding a Pro II and a Solo in Sapphire style.

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The Pro II Sapphire will retail for $1,650.

Specifications

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Height (inches) 90 degrees to barrel: 5.25
  • Weight (ounces) with empty magazine: 28
  • Length (inches): 7.7
  • Magazine capacity: 9
  • Ambidextrous thumb safety
  • Recoil spring (pounds): 16.0
  • Full-length guide rod

Frame

  • Material: Aluminum
  • Finish: Satin silver
  • KimPro II™ frame finish
  • Width (inches): 1.28
  • PVD coating on small parts
  • Front strap checkering: ball-milled grooves
  • Grooved aluminum mainspring housing

Slide

  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Finish: High polish bright blue PVD
  • Cut scroll engraving and border

Barrel

  • Length: 4-inch
  • Material: Stainless steel, match grade
  • Twist rate (left hand): 16

Sights

  • Type: Tactical Wedge night sights, fixed
  • Radius: 5.7 inches

Grips

  • blue/black ball-milled G-10 thin grips

Trigger

  • Solid aluminum, match grade
  • Factory setting (approximate pounds): 4.0–5.0

 

The Solo Carry Sapphire will retail for $1,291.

Specifications

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Height (inches) 90° to barrel: 3.9
  • Weight (ounces) with empty magazine: 17
  • Length (inches): 5.5
  • Magazine capacity: 6 rounds

Frame

  • Material: Aluminum
  • Finish: Satin silver
  • KimPro II™ frame finish
  • PVD coating on small parts
  • Width (inches): .995 not including safety

Slide

  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Finish: High polish bright blue PVD
  • Cut scroll engraving and border

Barrel

  • Length (inches): 2.7
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Twist rate (left hand): 10

Sights

  • Meprolight Tritium 3-dot night sight, fixed
  • Radius (inches): 4.4

Grips

  • Blue/black ball-milled

Trigger

  • Type: Double action striker-fired
  • Factory setting (approximate pounds): 7

 

The Kimber rep even mentioned plans to make a Sapphire 1911 with a black frame. Not sure if it will be the Ultra II or Pro II. My friend Ben, gunsmith at Kimber, came up with that combination early last year. I got a chance to shoot it. His was a Ultra II with a black frame. He called it “Sapphire Noir”. Im trying to get a picture of it and will update when I get it.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Amsdorf

    The phrase “jumping the shark” comes to mind.

    • floppyscience

      Kimber jumped the shark years ago.

      • FrenchKiss

        Oh, I dunno know. I still like my Custom II I bought 12 years ago.

        • El Duderino

          I like my TLE II but there is no doubt that there are better values out there for less than $850. The “in the white” barrel was disappointing.

          • FrenchKiss

            For all the upgrades that Kimber makes standard (port ejection, beaver tail, match trigger, match barrel, skeletonized hammer, full length guide rod) $800 is a pretty good price. Granted those may not be necessary for a weekend range shooter, but they are nice to have. My barrel is stainless steel, I like that feature too.

  • USMC03Vet

    No thank you.

  • El Duderino

    Neat.

    Had a Solo, best trigger on a non-1911 auto, just couldn’t get it to feed reliably. As it warmed up on the range it got loose and the slide lock open got sketchy. New gun too.

    A pistol that has an awesome trigger and doesn’t feed 99.99% is like a car with a great steering wheel that stalls at 65mph every once in a while.

  • We’ve got these in stock at Blackstone Shooting Sports. In person, these pistols are gorgeous.

  • Jack Morris

    Kimber is quickly becoming irrelevant.

  • Jonathan Trivette

    At $350, I will take my Kahr CM9 any day over these Kimber’s and their ridiculous prices.