Kimber 2015 Summer Collection

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Kimber announced today it’s summer collection of five new pistols. These pistols vary from a compact to full size 1911’s with engraving and other special features. In fact the “Diamond Ultra” is available in 45 acp of course but can also be ordered in 9mm.

This is one of the new 1911’s and it seems appropriate. This photo shows the special Texas edition. I’m sure the engraving is done by machine but I have to say it looks nice and well thought out. The ivory type grips are a nice touch as well.

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Texas Left Rear

The other pistols in this summer collection will be released in the coming summer months. Here is a taste of the new custom pistols. There will be more to follow as we get the details on each pistol. While rather unusual to release this many new pistols this time of year I’m glad to see a company doing this in what is normally a slow time of the year. We also have a sample of the Texas pistol ordered for review.

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From Kimbers press release:

Kimber makes bold statements with 2015 Summer Collection

Yonkers, New York — June 1, 2015 — Kimber’s 2015 Summer Collection is now available from Kimber Master Dealers. This year’s collection includes both 1911 and Micro models, a new gem-tone model to join the Sapphire and Onyx, striking engraving, limited edition specialized serial numbers and a big shout-out to the State
of Texas.

Diamond Ultra™ II, .45 ACP and 9mm
The latest addition to Kimber’s Special Edition gem-tone line of 1911s is the Diamond Ultra™ II. Available in both .45 ACP and 9mm, the Diamond Ultra II features a mirror-polished slide and small parts, delicately engraved scroll accents and Special Edition markings on the slide, ambidextrous thumb safety, tritium night sights and aluminum ball-milled grips. Suggested retail price is $1,652.

Stainless™ II (Classic Engraved Edition), .45 ACP
The Stainless™ II (Classic Engraved Edition) has the timeless silhouette of a full-sized 1911, accented by vine and leaf full coverage engraving with stipple relief on the frame and slide. The mainspring housing is engraved to match. The pistol wears high-grade walnut grips with Ivory Micarta checkered inlay. Suggested retail price
is $1,905.

Stainless™ II (Texas Edition)
The Stainless™ II (Texas Edition) is a 500 unit, Limited Edition model with a unique serial range beginning with the prefix TXE. High polished flats on the slide and frame beautifully accentuate the western leaf and scroll engraving with saw tooth border on the slide. A matching engraved pattern is also on the mainspring housing. The 1835 motto, “Come and Take It” appears on the left bonded ivory grip panel, and the great State of Texas with the state flag graces the right panel. Suggested retail price is $1,633.
Micro Diamond™, .380 ACP

The Micro Diamond™ .380 ACP is also new to the gem-tone line. It features mirror-polished slide and small parts, delicately engraved scroll accents and Special Edition markings on the slide, ambidextrous thumb safety, tritium night sights and Ivory Micarta ball-milled grips. Suggested retail price is $1,014.

Micro Bel Air™, .380 ACP
This sophisticated new member of the Micro family features a mirror-polished slide and small parts, beautiful
Bel Air Blue finish on the frame and Ivory Micarta grips. Suggested retail price is $810.

Kimber America



Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • Vitsaus

    Looks like Kimber hired some one from the SIG Sauer marketing department.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      And from the Sig Sauer grip department.

    • Actually it is the other way around. Ron Cohen took a struggling Kimber and turned them profitable. Rob Cohen then went to SIG, and did the same.

      One of the ways he has done it, was by creating blingy guns that people will buy one after another. You can only have so many flat black 1911s. But if you make it with special designs, and grips people will buy more than one.

      And even those that only intend to buy just one are more likely to spend more on a fancy gun, than they will a flat black gun.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    From the Walker Texas Ranger Collection…

  • FrenchKiss

    Hmmm, the main spring housing is engraved which means it’s not plastic?

  • Will

    They sure are pretty……and expensive.
    Not within the reach of the average working guy.

  • Sulaco

    In my shop we have a glass case holding 13 – 15 various models of Kimber 1911’s, not one below $1,100.00 most over $1200. Not sure I get their marketing style….I thinks we have sold one or two in the last 6 months vs. 25 or 30 S+W Shields etc.

  • Remember the old Pace commercials with all the Texans going “New York City?”

    When I saw the Yonkers, NY on the Texas Edition, that commercial ran through my head.

    • Anonymoose

      Same here. lol

    • jpcmt

      Yep, totally ruins it with that shameful NY on it. Wish they’d move. Springfield Armory should also move. Montana or Texas would be great. Thank goodness STI is in Texas.

      • ghost930

        Yeah, why would you operate in a state that basically doesn’t like your product, is trying to legislate you out of business, and where the majority of residents can’t own your product? Curious.

  • Jack Morris

    Looks like Kimber is treading into the cheeky/decorative market. It’s a final desperate move since their brand’s integrity has been plummeting for the past 5 years.

    • El Duderino

      Seems to be working for SIG just fine.

    • El Duderino

      Seems to be working for SIG just fine.

    • El Duderino

      Seems to be working for SIG just fine.

  • FrenchKiss

    Oh, I forgot. Cue the Kimber haters in 3…2…1…

  • noamsaying

    Don’t like mine this pretty. That way, if I scratch ’em up, there are no tears. Saw a video a while back where a Texas CHL holder stopped an assault on a woman by her boyfriend. When the cops arrived, the CHL holder put his gun on the ground a ways from him and laid down. The cop rewarded him for his action by kicking his gun away on the concrete.

    • Sulaco

      Cops are dispatched and arrive on scene not knowing what’s going on, all they know is reports of an assault and a lethal weapon (gun) involved. They don’t know who is a good guy or who is a bad guy for sure and they see a person within reach of that gun. The cops are not responsible for your guns pretty finish, they are responsible for the life of everyone there on scene. Grow the hell up.

  • MANG

    Honestly love that Bel Air. Take it to the range to troll other shooters.

  • Ray S

    Beautiful pistols. Steep prices though but if I had the money I’d get one.

  • That’s not the real world though. First make the scene safe. ID suspects or those responsible for the police being called.
    If I felt I had to kick a gun away I would especially if it allowed me to keep eyes on possible threats. I sure won’t pick it up and unload it before I even know who the threat or threats are.