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.
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.