WHAT!?!?!? Kimber’s Former Double-Stack Polymer Framed BP Ten II

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Not typically known for polymer handguns, there was a time that Kimber produced a polymer framed 1911. While not produced anymore, the handgun was and still is an interesting offering from the company, as Kimber didnt just go polymer, they also implemented a double-stack magazine.

Unfortunately, the handgun was primary produced during the Clinton presidency, which limited the potentially higher-capacity handgun to 10 rounds, a scant 2 rounds above single-stack flush magazines. As such, it had limited appeal and was not commercially successful. Today, full-capacity magazines are readily available and inexpensive. 14 round magazines are manufactured by Mec-Gar for around $30 each.

The polymer frame featured aluminum rails with the polymer over-molded. The front and back-strap are both checkered with the grips panels featuring a light checkering. The BP Ten II featured a 5″ barrel and full-length slide with both front and rear serrations. The handgun is rounded out by a full-length guide rod external extractor, unusual grip safety, and a commander hammer.

While no longer produced, the handguns are semi-easily available through the common auction sites. Current listings for the handgun are below $1000.

With Para now out of the double-stack game (though their website is still live), it will be interesting to watch Kimber. Tooling for the frame is still likely in existence, so it may make sense for them to take it live as their own “2011” for the competition crowd now that full and high-capacity magazines are legal and the norm.

*Title photo from ongoing GunBroker auction. 



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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  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    WHAT!??!?!?!’s the point of this dumb use of caps?

    • Robert Morrison

      They have been trying to emulate the likes of Buzz feed with their title writing, as if that were something to aspire to.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Magazines and price point tend to be the problems with 2011s. I’d like to see someone come out with a gun with a 1911 fire control group and new everything else in a double stack for under $1000.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      I have no personal experience with their double stacks and limited with their single stacks so I cant comment on quality or reliability, but Rock Island offers some in the $600-700 ball park.

      • Harry’s Holsters

        Those have temped me but like all 2011s I’ve read about they seem to finicky. Some work and some don’t. Detonics was bought by STI and they are supposed to be coming out with something like what I described but it uses the 2011 magazine which seems to be the main flaw of the system.

        • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

          I really like what STI/Detonics submitted to the MHS Trials. If it got the contract (which I doubt it will) they might even drop below $1000 a piece in the civilian market.

          I would be incredibly excited if someone came out with an affordable modernized SAO double stack.

          • Gary Kirk

            Go get a bp10II and re-barrel it in 10mm..

          • Harry’s Holsters

            If someone can make what we are describing in a reliable platform with $25-$35 magazines then it will be a winner. I’d also like it in Glock 19 size. It’d make a great carry gun.

          • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

            I can agree with that. Id take a subcompact 9mm (I prefer the G26 size frame) and a full size 10mm. The FNX isnt too far off from what we are describing. It can be carried cocked and locked with a 1911 style safety, but it only comes in full size and no 10mm (though the 10mm requirement is probably more unique to me)

          • Roguewriter

            I don’t think people really give the Glock 29 a fair chance. It isn’t *that* much bigger than a Glock 19.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            With the pistol somewhat described above I’d be looking more for 1911/2011 ergos and the trigger. 10mm Isn’t a requirement for me or most people. In a situation like bear hunting where I’d carry a 10mm I’d probably just go with a Glock 20. The Model 29 with an extended barrel would be in mean lightweight gun when ounces count though.

  • I’m fairly certain that Kimber was sourcing the frame via Bul Ltd. of Israel.

    • Kimber did indeed get those from Bul. Wilson Combat also offered them for a while.

      • I’m fairly certain that Wilson Combat was using a proprietary frame from South African designer Alex DuPlessis.

    • Amit Nachman

      Yeah Bul still makes a very similar gun in 9mm called the M5.

      • Bul has sourced their polymer M1911 frame to several US companies over the years. Springfield Armory introduced it back in 1994 as their XM4 pistol, but that fell through after the 1994 Crime Bill passed.

        I suspect the company most likely to use it next will be Magnum Research. Bul makes MRI’s Desert Eagle 1911 and Baby Desert Eagle III.

        • Maybe. I’ve seen some indications that BUL is trying to sell in the US under their own name, using a variety of importers. I wish MRI would start importing the “Classic 1911s” in 9mm, though.

  • Gary Kirk

    Some of them had internal extractors, almost bought one, but went with a TLE/RLII instead. With an internal extractor.. Love it

    • Gary Kirk

      Matter of fact, if you look at the one in the second video, it has the internal extractor.

  • I don’t know how much I trust the idea of 10mm in a polymer frame.

    • Gary Kirk

      Pretty sure they were only made in 45 ACP, could be wrong though? And guess there could be a rebarreled one or two out there

      • Derp– turns out reading comprehension is hard, I managed to misread it as “Bren Ten II” and thought they’d scored some kind of license to make a polymer frame version of the classic 10mm.

        • Jwedel1231

          Don’t feel too bad, I made the same mistake. The only caliber mentioned is in the title of IV8888’s video.

    • Roguewriter

      Glock and Tanfoglio both make it work rather well for me.

      • Always been a bit leery of the G20, if for no other reason than every 10mm owner I’ve ever known having some kind of obsession with handloading it to MAXIMUM BEAR-MOLESTER power levels. Didn’t know Tanfo made one in poly, though.

        • Roguewriter

          I’ve shot Underwood Xtreme Penetrators & Defenders out of both my 20 & 29. That’s as close to bear-molesting as I’m going to get. I’ve got a steel framed Witness Elite, but I’ve shot a polymer framed model as well. No problems at all.

        • DaveP.

          As a former G20 guy I’ll point out that as big as the Glock Box O’ Cornflakes (aka G20/21 platform) is, there’s no real point in loading “10mm Lite”. If you want 40S&W power levels a G23 is just a lot easier to carry all day.
          Besides, what’s the point of carrying a handgun that you can kill delivery trucks with if you can’t brag on it?
          (“Bear Molester”. Heh.)

      • Austin

        Rock Island also has a double stack 10mm

    • BryanS

      Trust it to beat the crap out of your hand, that’s for sure. Glock makes a sub-compact one.

      ouch.

      • Ah, yes, the G29– for when you’ve shot the mother bear and want a smaller version for dispatching the cubs as well. Then you can go home and weep for your powdered thumb joints.

      • Gary Kirk

        Wrong four letter word

  • Roguewriter

    If it was in 10mm and didn’t come with the Kimber name tax, I’d consider picking one up.

    • Gary Kirk

      In all honesty they were fairly cheap for a Kimber, you can still find them like new for around 600

  • Edeco

    I remember these, yeah, might as well go 45 if limited to 10. I’d be up looking at them and 10/22’s on the ol’ Packard Bell with my cat, worried Janet Reno would get us. I’m thankful for every day since 2004.

    • Gary Kirk

      At least now you can get the 14 round mags for them.. And ya do have to give them some recognition for introducing a hicap 1911 during a ban

    • KestrelBike

      Simultaneous flashback of Tales from the Crypt.

  • Zachary marrs

    TFB is actually Buzzfeed

    #1, excessive use of clickbait titles, and unnecessarily capitalized words

    #2, large amount of unoriginal content

    #3, arbitrary numbers (why only 5 guns Alex? Why not 12, or 42?)

    #4, tags that do nothing to categorize posts

    Mostly joking, but sheesh, the randomly capitalized words makes this place feel cheaper than the toy isle at the dollar store, and just as sad

  • Reef Blastbody

    Bul Transmark, as has been mentioned already, were the suppliers of frames to Kimber. They were also sold under the Charles Daly brand as well.

    I have a BUL branded M5 Government model, early style with the squared off trigger guard and a lot of Chip McCormick parts that were used while BUL was ramping up their own internally produced pieces. Great handgun.

    • I’m surprised the article didn’t show the Ultra-X variant… now that was a pretty sweet handgun. Lotta firepower in a TINY package. I love mine.

  • Sulaco

    Put about 300 rounds of 230 through one without a bobble. Large gun but carries well lite weight.

  • mig1nc

    Add a full length dust cover and 1913 rail and call it the BP Ten II Mk 2. Or 10.2.2 for short 🙂