Kimber’s New 1911 Line-up for 2016

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Next up in the race to SHOTShow is Kimber, which announced a veritable plethora of new firearms for the new year. Their core line of 1911s is no slouch for new offerings including multiple new SKUs and new chamberings for older models.

For new families of products, Kimber has released the Two-Tone and Stainless II series, which include multiple models. Within the Stainless II series, multiple options abound with Government, Officer, and compact models chambered in both .45 and 9mm. Pricing for the Stainless II starts about $900 and goes up around $1500.

The Two-Tone series focuses on blending a polished frame with a black slide. Options from there abound, but the grips are typically a rosewood or similar red grips. Two-Tones are likewise offered in a variety of sizes.

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From there 9mm seems to be the next iteration of most other models. “Kimber has also expanded its 1911 9mm caliber options to include the Pro CDP™ II and all three sizes of Stainless Raptor™ II. The Eclipse Target™ II is also now available in .38 Super.”

I would argue that Kimber is flooding its manufacturing with too many SKUs, but the strategy seems to be working and demand for Kimber handguns continues to be steady.

For those interested, we have reviewed a couple of Kimber handguns in the past including a Pro Carry II and Aegis II. 



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • BattleshipGrey

    I always laugh at the term “two tone” when the grips are obviously of a hue other than the two tones. Naturally the grips can be changed easy enough, which I would do immediately, but that’s just me.

    • Joe

      If I’m reading that right, you’d say a car with a 2 tone paintjob isn’t really 2 tone because of the wheels?
      I wish there was a profile pic of the Micro 9.
      I think the P938 is great except the grip-to-slide proportions are wrong, and I hope the new Kimber does a better job with the aesthetics.

  • Edeco

    No special topaz edition D:

  • Spencerhut

    Has Kimber figured out how to MIM the frame and slide yet? Or better yet plastic like they use on the mainspring housings.
    Do you know anything about 1911’s? No you say, great! Do you have more money than brains? Great! Kimber -almost a 1911- is the perfect gun for you.

    • Bill

      And thus it starts…

    • Kyle

      I have never scene a 1911 with part of the hammer snapped off before. Neat

      • Spencerhut

        Kimber . . snap, crackle, pop. Here is another one.

    • Dropped?

      • Spencerhut

        Top one owner claimed <100 rounds and it just snapped. Bottom one had many more rounds and my understanding is it was not dropped either.

        See this a lot too . . .

        MIM is normally fine. Kimber MIM is poorly done.

  • SirOliverHumperdink

    I have an older Classic Custom that is a beauty. The newer ones look like something from the Franklin Mint.

  • Shawn

    link to kimber is to the wrong kimber

  • Spencerhut

    No problem to get them running. You just replace every single part except the frame and slide and they will work okay . . mostly.