Many manufacturers boast the attributes of their firearms in how they name their respective gun models. Many times it can feel like a marketing ploy, and many of us have conditioned ourselves to ignore marketing lingo and just focus on the facts and specs. Enter the Kimber Pro Carry II. The name says it all: “Pro.” A “professional” carry gun? Says who? Many firearms manufacturers use the “pro” nomenclature, implying that their gun is indeed professional grade. Here’s how I regard the “Pro” in “Pro Carry II.”
I have a special interest in 1911 pistols that make the news. Springfield did it with their FBI Model. Kimber did it with their LA SWAT gun (the Classic II), and, with the approval of the Pro Carry II for issue by the Tacoma police department, the Kimber Pro Carry joined this elite club. The Pro Carry is a gun meant for serious business. Everything about it says, “no nonsense, real world working gun.”
The Kimber I purchased and used for this review is the base model Kimber Pro Carry II in 9MM. This model has a steel slide and aluminum frame making it a very light pistol to carry all day. It’s by far the most affordable Kimber available as well. There’s nothing fancy about this pistol it’s strictly a working gun. About the only options for this 1911 are night sights and choice of caliber.