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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 1911.

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 consider.

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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