Knowing that I wanted to hold something back to write about while recovering from shoulder surgery I selected the one pistol that I knew I could never forget about, the Kimber Super Carry Pro. Now, before I go any further I know, from reading their comments on various handgun forums, that there is a contingent of the population who strongly dislikes Kimber and their pistols. With a broad brush they paint a picture of extreme reliability issues. To them I would say: "Don't bother to write me because I am not going to post your comments". Since 2003 I have owned 7 other Kimber pistols in a wide variety of lengths (2 Ultra length, 3 Pro length, and 2 full-sized pistols) and have never had a moment of problem with them. Because of the tight tolerances on which they are built the Kimber 1911's require a lengthy break-in period. I believe that the Kimber manual on most of mine have stated that 700 need to be fired to consider it properly broken in. I know that's a lot, but it's the price you pay for Kimber level accuracy and the tight tolerance required break-in period is standard for just about every premium 1911 on the market. That being said I have never had to hit the 700 round mark to gain full reliability. I think many of the nay-sayers just haven't given their Kimber the full number of break-in rounds before throwing in the towel.
But let's get back to this marvelous pistol. The Kimber Super Carry is an attractive pistol with a black Kim Pro II finish on the stainless steel slide which is masterfully married to the matte silver Aluminum frame. However, the first thing you'll likely notice is the rounded mainspring housing at the heel of the pistol grip.
This drew me to the pistol like a moth to a light bulb. This is the perfect evolution of the Bobtail Cut that Ed Brown pioneered about a decade ago. The angular Bobtail Cut was then licensed to other manufacturers and began to show up on NightHawk and Dan Wesson pistols. Even Wilson licensed the design for a year or so. The rounded grip profile on the Super Carry is less likely to print through your cover garment and is also less likely to catch on your outer garment when drawing the pistol from concealment. It also makes the already ergonomically friendly 1911 grips feel even better in your hand and, as Mike Meyer's alter ego "Fat Bastard" says in the "Austin Powers" films, it's "dead sexy".
The grips are made of a wood and Micarta laminate and although I don't completely understand their construction, the execution is magnificent. Frequently I will determine that I need to make an upgrade on the grips of a newly acquired 1911 but I would not touch the grips on the Super Carry. The wood and Micarta laminate look fantastic, they feel terrific, and they helped keep the pistol anchored in hand during shooting.
Along with the contoured grip frame Kimber has also performed a "carry melt" treatment to round off any squared or sharp edges on the pistol to enhance the concealment, drawing, and handling capabilities of the pistol.
(Note the rounded contours along where the top strap meets the side of the frame. The rear sights also show that the sharp edges have been rounded off)
As seen in the third photo (above) the standard slide serrations have been replaced with an attractive fish scale or snake skin pattern. This unusual pattern has also been adapted for the back strap:
The front strap
And Top Strap
Also atop the slide are a set of Meprolight night sights. Although nicely rounded the rear sight does sport the cocking shelf (see third photo from the top) that Kimber first began putting on their now discontinued SIS model.
Checking under the hood found a match-grade 4 inch bushingless barrel hand-fitted to the slide. The traditional "Commander length" pistol has a barrel of 4.25 inch to which I say "why"? I have no idea of Colt's reasoning when they decided to make a smaller, easier to carry 1911, and determined the correct way to do it was to lop 3/4 of an inch off the barrel of their 5 inch barreled 1911 Government model. I have always wondered why not just take an inch off and make it that much more easier to conceal and carry. Regardless, Kimber has remedied my concern by putting a 4 inch barrel on their "Commander Length" Pro Series pistols. Also looking under the hood revealed my one and only complaint; the full length guide rod. There is no evidence around that indicates that a full length guide rod provides greater reliability or accuracy. There is however, plenty of anecdotal evidence that indicates that the full length guide rod makes it more difficult to take apart.
Time for Targets
If you like to shoot one ragged holes in your targets a quality 1911 like the Kimber Super Carry is the answer to your desires.
This is the first 5 rounds fired through the Super Carry. The load is MagTech 230 grain ball ammo fired at 21 feet:
Next I loaded up two magazines and let 16 rounds fly at the same distance:
I only had one brand of defensive ammo with me that day and it was a good one: Hornady TAP 230 grain +P JHP ammo and it was so much fun I parted with a full box of 25 rounds
Not having an extended time to spend with the Super Carry I wanted to move straight out to 25 yards and see how I fared with it. I am not a good shot beyond 45 feet so 75 is always a stretch.
So here's 25 rounds of MagTech ammo at 75 feet:
And another 75 foot target shot at with 33 rounds:
The pistol is competition capable, the shooter (me) is not. However man sized targets would be in danger.
Every shooter ought to have a really nice 1911 in their battery. The Kimber Super Carry (which will set you back anywhere from $1,200 to $1,500 bucks) is about as nice as you can get without going to the boutique production houses and paying a minimum of $2,200 to $3,000 for a similar pistol. I wish that you all would find a really nice 1911 in your Christmas stocking this year.