Kimber Custom II

Description

The Kimber Custom II is a semi-automatic large-frame pistol chambered in .45 ACP. Kimber specializes in making replicas of the famous military pistol the 1911 and the Custom II is their standard model.

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Specifications

Custom II
Caliber:.45 ACP
Grip:Double diamond
Synthetic/black
Capacity:7
Sights:Fixed
Features:Grip safety; aluminum match grade trigger; and match grade barrel
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Steel/matte black
Size:Large
Trigger:Single-action
Website:http://www.kimberame…
Weight:2.375 pounds
Trigger Pull:4 to 5 pounds
Barrel Length:5"
Twist:1 in 16"
Length:5.25"
Height:8.7"
Custom Target II
Caliber:.45 ACP
Grip:Double diamond
Synthetic/black
Capacity:7
Sights:Adjustable
Features:Grip safety; aluminum match grade trigger; and match grade barrel
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Steel/matte black
Size:Large
Trigger:Single-action
Website:http://www.kimberame…
Weight:2.375 pounds
Trigger Pull:4 to 5 pounds
Barrel Length:5"
Twist:1 in 16"
Length:5.25"
Height:8.7"
Royal II
Caliber:.45 ACP
Grip:Double diamond
Rosewood
Capacity:7
Sights:Fixed
Features:Grip safety; aluminum match grade trigger; and match grade barrel
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Steel/high polished blue
Size:Large
Trigger:Single-action
Website:http://www.kimberame…
Weight:2.375 pounds
Trigger Pull:4 to 5 pounds
Barrel Length:5"
Twist:1 in 16"
Length:5.25"
Height:8.7"
Stainless II
Caliber:.45 ACP
Grip:Double diamond
Synthetic/black
Capacity:7
Sights:Fixed
Features:Grip safety; aluminum match grade trigger; and match grade barrel
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/satin silver
Size:Large
Trigger:Single-action
Website:http://www.kimberame…
Weight:2.375 pounds
Trigger Pull:4 to 5 pounds
Barrel Length:5"
Twist:1 in 16"
Length:5.25"
Height:8.7"
Custom TLE II
Caliber:.45 ACP
Grip:Double diamond
Synthetic/black
Capacity:7
Sights:Fixed
Features:Grip safety; aluminum match grade trigger; full-length guide rod; and match grade barrel
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Steel/matte black
Size:Large
Trigger:Single-action
Website:http://www.kimberame…
Weight:2.375 pounds
Trigger Pull:4 to 5 pounds
Barrel Length:5"
Twist:1 in 16"
Length:5.25"
Height:8.7"
Custom TLE/RL II
Caliber:.45 ACP
Grip:Double diamond
Synthetic/black
Capacity:7
Sights:Meprolight tritium three-dot night sights
Features:Grip safety; aluminum match grade trigger; full-length guide rod; Picatinny rail; and match grade barrel
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Steel/matte black
Size:Large
Trigger:Single-action
Website:http://www.kimberame…
Weight:2.4375 pounds
Trigger Pull:4 to 5 pounds
Barrel Length:5"
Twist:1 in 16"
Length:5.25"
Height:8.7"
Stainless TLE/RL II
Caliber:.45 ACP
Grip:Double diamond
Synthetic/black
Capacity:7
Sights:Meprolight tritium three-dot night sights
Features:Grip safety; aluminum match grade trigger; full-length guide rod; Picatinny rail; and match grade barrel
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/satin silver
Size:Large
Trigger:Single-action
Website:http://www.kimberame…
Weight:2.4375 pounds
Trigger Pull:4 to 5 pounds
Barrel Length:5"
Twist:1 in 16"
Length:5.25"
Height:8.7"
Stainless TLE II
Caliber:.45 ACP
Grip:Double diamond
Synthetic/black
Capacity:7
Sights:Meprolight tritium three-dot night sights
Features:Grip safety; aluminum match grade trigger; full-length guide rod; and match grade barrel
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/satin silver
Size:Large
Trigger:Single-action
Website:http://www.kimberame…
Weight:2.375 pounds
Trigger Pull:4 to 5 pounds
Barrel Length:5"
Twist:1 in 16"
Length:5.25"
Height:8.7"
Warrior
Caliber:.45 ACP
Grip:G-10 Tactical grips
Capacity:7
Sights:Meprolight tritium three-dot night sights
Features:Grip safety; aluminum match grade trigger; full-length guide rod; Picatinny rail; and match grade barrel
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Steel/matte black
Size:Large
Trigger:Single-action
Website:http://www.kimberame…
Weight:2.4375 pounds
Trigger Pull:4 to 5 pounds
Barrel Length:5"
Twist:1 in 16"
Length:5.25"
Height:8.7"
Stainless Target II
Caliber:.38 Super
.45 ACP
10mm Auto
9mm
Grip:Double diamond
Synthetic/black
Capacity:7
Sights:Adjustable
Features:Grip safety; aluminum match grade trigger; and match grade barrel
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/satin silver
Size:Large
Trigger:Single-action
Website:http://www.kimberame…
Weight:2.375 pounds
Trigger Pull:4 to 5 pounds
Barrel Length:5"
Twist:1 in 16"
Length:5.25"
Height:8.7"
Desert Warrior
Caliber:.45 ACP
Grip:G-10 Tactical grips
Capacity:7
Sights:Meprolight tritium three-dot night sights
Features:Grip safety; aluminum match grade trigger; full-length guide rod; Picatinny rail; and match grade barrel
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Steel/dark earth tone
Size:Large
Trigger:Single-action
Website:http://www.kimberame…
Weight:2.4375 pounds
Trigger Pull:4 to 5 pounds
Barrel Length:5"
Twist:1 in 16"
Length:5.25"
Height:8.7"
MSRP$828.00

Editor Review

Looking for that Special 1911

I first learned of the Kimber 1911 .45 Custom II TLE (Tactical Law Enforcement) by searching forums, if you can believe that. I had wanted a 1911 since I first saw my dad’s Army issue Colt when I was a kid.  I liked the look of it, I liked the feel of it, and I thought it was 100 percent bad-ass – turns out, they actually are.

I was actually in the market for a Springfield, so I joined a 1911 forum and watched the posts for a few weeks. The Kimber posts kept coming, and they always had oodles of great replies from other members. Even folks who owned and stayed true to other brands admitted that the Kimber line of 1911s had what it took. Yea, you ain’t scoring a Kimber 1911 .45 for $500 but then again, I told myself, that’s probably a good thing. Some of the companies known for affordable weapons don’t – how can I say this? – have the best reputation as far as quality and reliability go.

So I headed to a few of the bigger local gun shops and found a real crappy selection of 1911s. I’m not saying they had a lot of them, only none that I liked, either. I mean they had two in their gun case, and both were egregiously overpriced. One was even damaged. So I searched on and eventually found a place with a bitchin’ selection and even six or seven Kimber 1911s to choose from. Really, it wasn’t a hard decision for me: the black on black Custom II TLE was what I was looking for. I saw it in the case and my eyes widened, my heart rate increased, my palms became sweaty.

I asked to see it and when that bad boy got into my hand it was love at first... hold. The folks on the forum had said that holding a 1911 felt as natural as breathing, but I hadn’t realized just how true that was until I put my swivel grip on that TLE.



Things I Like

First, the TLE models are the ones the LAPD approved for testing, and so they have really cool features like the Meprolight Tritium night-sights which glow nice and bright in the dark and strap checkering – 20 lines per inch on the back and 30 lines per inch on the front. It makes for a very comfortable grip and greatly helps when actually firing the .45.



The slide is serrated in two places, on the front and the rear, which makes the pistol easier to rack in just about any situation. I have never personally used the front serrations to pull the slide back, but I’m sure some people must or they wouldn’t be there. The barrel and bushing are supposed to be “match grade,” although there is some speculation as to just exactly what that means. The trigger is a skeletonized aluminum unit (also match grade, for whatever that’s worth) that adds to both the quality and look of the gun.



The Custom II TLE also comes with rubber, double-diamond style grips. When I ordered the gun I thought I would hate them so I purchased some cherry wood replacements on the Net. They have never been on the gun. Once I and other friends shot the TLE I was completely sold on the rubber (well, synthetic, I guess) grips. They don’t bite, they work well with sweaty hands and they look great, if you ask me.



The overall look of the TLE is, well, what a 1911 looks like. Unless you get a Dan Wesson or some other high-end, custom 1911 with etchings and carvings and gold and silver inlays, they are all pretty much going to look the same. Of course, that’s the beauty of them – the timeless design. Very few other guns, pistols or otherwise, stick around for 100 years largely unchanged. That’s genius there, folks. John Browning hit it out of the park with the 1911.

What I Don't Like

The factory matte black finish isn’t real durable. A few times in and out of a holster and it was already showing wear. Not bad, mind you, but enough that you’d think a gun in that price range should hold up a tad better. Also, the Kimber magazines are basically trash, and cause a lot of failures. If you get a Kimber 1911 I suggest immediately ordering aftermarket magazines, such as those offered by Wilson Combat. I did and they work flawlessly. Other than those two minor issues, I’m completely satisfied with my TLE Custom II.

At the Range

As one would expect, the first few hundred shots out of the Kimber were less than 100 percent accurate due to the break in period. That’s not to say they were far off, but they weren’t hitting where I was aiming, exactly. After about 300 rounds were sent out of the barrel it started to become extremely consistent, and by the 500 mark I could easily make 1.5” groupings at 25 yards, and I’m not the best shot in the West. I still get the errant stray or two every so often but trust me, it’s operator error. That gun can has the ability to shoot straighter than I can get it to.

The Short and Skinny

The Kimber Custom II TLE 1911 is nothing short of a beautiful and reliable gun that you can count on in a life or death situation. Although I have several other guns, the Kimber is my primary home-defense choice. To this day I have never had a single failure to feed, failure to eject, or any other such problem. Not since Shot One. It just keeps sending bullets downrange, as fast as I can send 'em. It is a full-sized, 5" 1911 and so it isn’t the greatest choice for daily concealed carry, but it’s a worthy companion for the hip or the nightstand, for sure.

In the long run I’m really glad I decided to go with Kimber instead of another brand because the hype around the brand isn’t just hype; they are top-class guns with a mid-class price tag. Period.

Check out what others say about the Kimber Custom II TLE:

Kimber 1911A1 Tactical Custom II by John Pfeiffer, michiganmilitia.com

Kimber Custom TLE II 45 ACP reviews by users of the-armory.com