For those who enjoy a good 1911, the name Kimber is well known, and for good reason. During the 1911 doldrums of the late 1970s and early 1980s, the sole purveyor of the 1911 pistol was essentially Colt Manufacturing, which had produced 1911s for the military, law enforcement and law-abiding citizens since, well, 1911.
To begin with, Kimber’s best-known firearm platform is the Model 1911, considered by knowledgeable pistoleros to be the finest fighting handgun ever designed. The company also recognizes not all users are the same, nor will they all be dealing with the same scenarios. The result is when Kimber manufactures a 1911 solution the company thinks is practical and will help keep users safe, it offers a series of those pistols for the user to evaluate so the consumer can select the most useful option for his or her needs.
The majority of the enduring M1911 pistols generally fall into one of three different style and size variations-full-size, or standard; mid-length, or Commander-style; and compact, with barrel and grip both shortened. Some of the exceptions to that rule show custom gunsmithing at its very best and serve their owners well. But for every accessorized and accurized, special-purpose, limited-use M1911 pistol made in a custom shop, there are 1,000 coming from a factory. We can, therefore, conclude that the majority of American handgunners use stock M1911 pistols, and it’s up to the many makers to fill the special feature demands right out of the factory.