Kimber Gold Combat II Stainless
Gun Review, Range Report
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By Dan S. Defense
The Kimber Gold Combat
II Stainless is built in the Kimber Custom Shop. The Kimber Gold Combat II
Stainless, is also one of Kimber's most expensive model 1911 handguns, with an
MSRP tag of $2173.00 (in late year 2010), a price that could get you a custom
Is the Kimber Gold Combat II Stainless worth its price tag? Is it accurate
and reliable? Does it have a smooth trigger and clean action? How well does the
Kimber Gold Combat II Stainless shoot?
These are all questions that we'll cover in this review.
We'll look at technical data, provide a range report and
tell you how it feels to carry the Kimber Gold Combat II
Stainless in real life. By the time you finish reading
this review, you'll know if you'll want to examine this
handgun further, to determine if the Kimber Gold Combat
II Stainless, is right for you.
Kimber Gold Combat II Stainless is a full size model
1911 handgun. It has a 5" match grade barrel and a
magazine capacity of eight 45 ACP cartridges. When the
Kimber Gold Combat II Stainless is unloaded, it weighs
39 oz. the Kimber Gold Combat II Stainless is a pretty
large handgun. Its overall length is 8.7" and its height
comes in at 5.5". Still you'd expect these measurements
and weight from a full size government model 1911.
As far as features are concerned, the Kimber Gold Combat
II Stainless has an ambidextrous safety that works well.
It's large enough to use with either hand but isn't too
long to cause jams, by accidentally hitting it while
shooting. The Kimber Gold Combat II Stainless comes with
a large mag well, that offers easy magazine exchange
under stress, but it also makes the back end of the
Kimber Gold Combat II Stainless, larger and it can print
during carry, so it's a tradeoff that you need to
The Kimber Gold Combat II Stainless uses a
full length guide rod. Some folks love it and some folks
hate. After owning guns with and without a full length
guide rod, I decided that it really doesn't matter. I
can never know, while shooting a model 1911, which type
of guide rod it has inside, therefore, I don't care.
The Kimber Gold Combat II Stainless, as its name
implies, has a stainless steel frame and slide with a
nice satin silver finish. If you look at the pictures
that accompany this article, by looking at the upper
right hand side of the article, you'll notice a
different finish. That's just my personal Kimber Gold
Combat II Stainless, which I had refinished with
Cerakote and if you choose to buy one, you'll get a
satin silver finish.
The Kimber Gold Combat II Stainless
comes with checking on the front strap, as you would
expect from a model 1911 coming from the Kimber Custom
Shop, but I was surprised to find checkering under the
trigger guard, an extra added value that you wouldn't
find on custom guns from Wilson Combat, or Nighthawk
Custom or Les Baer, unless you added it as an extra for
a cost. The top of the Kimber Gold Combat II Stainless
is flat but not serrated. The finish prevents the sun
from reflecting too much, but given its price, I'd
expect the top to be serrated.
The Kimber Gold Combat II Stainless comes with night
sights that have a Tritium insert that glows in the
dark, and white outline that helps in seeing the sights
in the light. All three inserts are green and they are
quite bright and very useful in light or dark
conditions. The sight radius is 6.8" and you'll see that
the Kimber Gold Combat II Stainless handgun offers good
accuracy and gets on target quickly and effortlessly.
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