Time for the final review of the Kimber Pro Carry II in 9mm. I actually ended up liking this gun quite a bit, and as a carry gun it has a lot going for it. Final score: 90/100
One of the things I failed to mention in the video, and something that will actually need to be addressed on the gun itself is that the factory sights are off – at 25 yards I need to hold the left edge of the C-zone on a standard USPSA target to get hits in the center of the A-zone. This is the kind of thing that rather bugs me on a factory gun, especially a carry gun. I want it to at least shoot to the sights in terms of windage. Elevation is another story because some guns are set up for six o’clock and some aren’t, but having the windage off out of the box is annoying.
However, I don’t want that to take away from the gun itself, and the fact that after a rocky start it ended up with a decent score of 90 points out of 100. One thing I do want to explain is why passing the re-test of the 10-8 Performance Test after the break-in period only restored 5 points instead of the full 10.
The 10-8 Performance Test is designed to test a 1911’s general function and more importantly it’s extraction/ejection function. Failing the test means the gun’s not set up correctly. My theory is that the Kimber is over-sprung and needed some time for the recoil spring to wear in a bit before it worked correctly. But failing the test is still an automatic -10, and even though it passed after the break in period, it still needs to lose points for not being 100% ready to party out of the box. Because that’s my expectation – if I was a consumer and paid over $1,000 for a gun that didn’t work immediately out of the box, I’d be cross.
Now before you think this is a bashing session (and before Kimber gets mad at me) I ended up really liking the gun. Of the 1911s I’ve had complete the test protocol, it’s absolutely my favorite one to actually carry. The Rock Island is my favorite to shoot, but this one by far is the best carry gun. It’s light, it conceals easily, and seeing as it’s been over 90 degrees the last week, it’s was nice not strapping on a huge, all steel pants-anchor.
Bottom line: would I carry the Kimber? Yes, I absolutely would. With a score of 90/100 I’d even say that if you want a 9mm 1911 for carry, I’d be relatively comfortable recommending this gun. I’d caveat that you need to be patient and work out any bugs that may be in the gun before you use it as a go-to for EDC however.
Final Score: 90/100