Gun Report

Kimber Custom TLE RL II .45 ACP

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Adding an ambidextrous safety and a blended magazine guide would give this gun just about anything anyone would ask for. Light enough for carry, this practical pistol comes at a fair price.

Kimber Custom TLE RL II .45 ACP

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Span Single

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Type II-series Kimber pistols such as the TLE RL II rely upon compressing the grip safety to release the firing pin. The small rod (arrow) that is protruding from the flat surface on top of the frame pushes on a plunger in the slide that deactivates the firing-pin safety. We never noticed the safety in action, and the gun always went bang.
The Kimber did not have an add-on magazine guide, but the well was beveled more than we see in most pistols. Checkering provided an improved grip, but might have been too fine for some hands. We think most shooters will change out the rubber grips.

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