Gun Report

Kimber Custom II 45 ACP

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The Kimber Custom II came out of the box running, delivering good performance, with a combination of features at a good price that make for a recommended buy. However, its rubber grips aren't SASS legal and have to be replaced with wooden panels. This was our team's favorite gun, so if you're willing to swap the grips, then consider it an A+.

Kimber Custom II 45 ACP

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A closer look at the Smith & Alexander replacement grip panel that makes the Custom II legal for SASS Wild Bunch shooting.
The Kimber Custom II has been available for more than a decade and remains an excellent buy among 1911 handguns. We found our test gun more than $100 below list, at $740. The gun measures 5.25 inches high and has a matte black finish, which in our test gun had been worn. The serrations provided a good gripping surface on the slide, even with sweaty hands. Inside, the gun comes from the factory with a 16-pound recoil spring and full-length guide rod. The barrel is a match-grade unit with a stainless steel match grade bushing, and it spins the bullet with a 1:16 inch left-hand twist. The fixed low-profile sights have a 6.8-inch radius.

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