Historically, Kimber 1911s have been somewhat of a hit or a miss at times. Kimber’s QC wasn’t the best out there for a stretch, but it does seem as if the overall quality of Kimber guns has been steadily improving since some of the earlier series II small parts gave the brand a bad reputation for a stint. HP guest contributor C.Helm seems to have found a real keeper, and we’re always excited to hear when a company is putting out good stuff.
It seems there’s always room to modify the 1911 to suit the needs of a wider number of users. The idea behind the Aegis II addresses the needs of those with smaller hands or generally smaller in stature. The pistol comes in three sizes. The Ultra Aegis II has a three inch barrel and weighs in at 25 ounces. The next size up is the Pro Aegis II with a four inch barrel weighing 28 ounces. Other than size the pistols are identical. All three are chambered in 9MM.
In Greek mythology the word “Aegis” described the powerful weapon used by Zeus and Athena to terrify and disperse the enemy or to protect friends. “Aegis” has entered our modern lexicon to mean a shield or protection based on its use as a protective shield of Zeus. Because of its powerful resonant symbolism, it is also a particularly appropriate name for Kimber’s newest addition, the Ultra Aegis II.