Gun Report

Kimber Eclipse II Target 45 ACP

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The Eclipse is a very distinctive pistol that Kimber takes great pride in. Consumers have reacted well to the Kimber Eclipse line, and it remains a popular choice. It features a classic 1911 look, but with serious improvements, including forward cocking serrations, frontstrap checkering, and the great sights. While it was the highest-priced pistol tested, most agreed it was worth the money.

Kimber Eclipse II Target 45 ACP

Gun Details

Model Name
Home Defense
Law Enforcement
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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The well-designed adjustable sights of the Kimber feature tritium inserts, appearing as a faint green color. We are not aware of another adjustable sight with tritium inserts.
The Eclipse is intended for personal defense. Modern adjustable sights are rugged enough for duty. The combination of polished stainless flats and dark top surfaces is striking.
The Eclipse was the only pistol tested with front-grip-strap checkering, which we think was an advantage in maintaining a consistent grip during long shooting strings. The single-best group we fired measured 1.25-inches with the Cor-Bon Performance Match ammo. Also, the Eclipse was the most consistent pistol with all loads tested.

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