Gun Report

Kimber Raptor II 45 ACP, $1434

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Clean, simple lines, clever detailing, and nice contrast of the zebrawood grips make the Kimber Raptor II stand out in a crowd. It performed very well.

Kimber Raptor II 45 ACP, $1434

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Home Defense
Law Enforcement
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Trigger Pull Single

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The Kimber Raptor II came apart like any 1911 45 auto, but we needed a bushing wrench to avoid finger damage. The insides were cleanly made.
The rear of the stainless barrel was nicely relieved to aid feeding. Kimber and many other makers recommend the original 45 load of 230-grain FMJ (hardball) for best results, though this one worked fine with our other test ammo.
That pin (arrow) is moved upward when you press on the grip safety. It does not add any force to the trigger pull. Note the clean workmanship, the big beavertail, and the ambi safety.
The sights were right on target, and had tritium inserts for low-light shooting. We liked the slide cuts, an effective and attractive alternate to serrations. The Kimber was well fitted throughout.
A ball-shaped tool was used to cut the checkering in the front grip strap and into the slide. This worked very well, and we thought it would be easier to keep clean than checkering. The wood grips have a scale- or feather- like pattern that gives enough traction.

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