I didn’t think there was much Kimber could do to keep me from carrying that full-size, steel-framed Classic Custom, but I was wrong. Just a few short years later it introduced the Kimber Ultra Carry—a 1911 pattern, 7+1 capacity .45 ACP with a 3-inch barrel and slide and an alloy frame. Weighing over a half-pound less than the steel-framed, full-size .45 ACP, the new Kimber pistol didn’t become a favorite until I actually put hundreds of rounds downrange and found that even with its abbreviated barrel length and sight radius, I was able to shoot it as quickly and accurately as a full-size, steel gun. I had to ask myself, why should I carry the bigger and heavier gun?
I was looking for a smaller lighter 1911 pistol for concealed carry. I looked at the Colt Defender, Springfield Compact, and Kimber Ultra Carry in stainless.
I selected the Kimber based on all the positive reviews in all the gun magazines. I found that the reviews were both right and wrong.
The Ultra Carry II from Kimber is accomplished with Kimber’s usualattention to detail. Weight of the pistol is 25 ounces, accordingto Kimber’s own stats, putting it at over three quarters of a poundless weight than a full size 1911. The weight factor is important,because in many ways we’re talking about a more compact version ofa Commander size pistol. The Commander, when it was originallyintroduced by Colt, had an aluminum alloy frame.