The Kimber Pro CDP II under review today is one the finest fighting 1911s you’ll ever run across. The CDP II comes from the Kimber Custom Shop, and attention to detail is evident in its fit and finish. I’ve always preferred the Commander-sized 1911 over the full-sized 1911. The smaller pistols just seem to balance better in my hand, and I think I can shoot them faster.
I’m not aware of a manufacturer of 1911 pistols that has ever offered as extensive a line of the stalwart creation of John Moses Browning as Kimber. Some come close but don’t equal the sheer variety of pistols provided by the firm. Kimber was also the first to offer what was to be the closest to a mass-produced “custom” 1911 pistol in their Custom Defense Package (CDP), first introduced in 2000. These are turned out by Kimber’s renowned Custom Shop.
When it comes to choosing a new 1911, Kimber’s CDP, (Custom Defense Package) offers shooters a way to have it all—accuracy, reliability and good looks—in one incredible package. The CDP is a line of Kimber 1911s that comes with the bells and whistles you need and none of the fripperies you don’t. There’s an ambidextrous thumb safety and a spined grip safety for better engagement. The grip safety on the CDP is raised and enlarged to keep the Commander-style hammer off your hand. The flattop slides have three-dot night sights, as well as lowered ejection ports for reliable ejection and unmangled brass. Some of these — the ambi, the grip safety, the Commander hammer, night sites — cost extra back in the day, but today they’re standard on the Kimber CDP.