Kimber’s Stainless Target II is a full-size, production 1911 with many custom-like features and precision tolerances that set it apart from the run-of-mill version of this old warhorse. The heart of package resides in its 5-inch, 1:16 left-hand twist, match-grade barrel, which is designed for one purpose: to perform. Kimber’s match-grade barrels are made from a single piece of solid steel and are renowned for their accuracy and longevity.
They are “What All Other Guns Should Be,” or at least that is what Kimber’s magazine ads claim. Most Kimber owners that I know will tell you that they are perfectly satisfied with their purchase, however I have met some “gun guys” who will argue vitriolically that Kimber is a company to be avoided at all costs and who will occasionally insult the intelligence of the individual who decided to buy a Kimber (instead of dropping four figures on a custom build, of course).
Owned a SA mil spec back in the day and never did like it, so I sold it and haven't had a 1911 since. Looking to get back in the game and considering either a Kimber or a Ruger and had a few questions about the Kimber: