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Gun Test: Kimber Custom CDP ll

Kimber’s alloy-framed full-sized .45 ACP 1911 is their Custom CDP II. This self-defense pistol takes everything right about the 1911 and the Commander and combines them into one .45 ACP, however they don’t stop there but added several features all designed to make this the perfect fighting handgun whether it is for open or concealed carry. The aluminum alloy frame is finished in matte black in what Kimber calls KimPro II while the slide is brushed satin stainless.

The ambidextrous thumb safety, beavertail grip safety, slide stop, magazine release and grip screws, are all stainless steel while the skeletonized trigger, which is serrated and also adjustable, is of aluminum. The blued steel hammer is also skeletonized and the trigger pull is a crisp, creep-free 4 pounds. The flat mainspring housing is also stainless steel and finely checkered for a secure grip. Barrel, chamber and trigger are all match grade.

Factory stocks are double diamond Rosewood, however, I have replaced them with finely checkered Rosewood stocks from Herrett’s just because. Sights are absolutely superb with both the front sight and rear sight sitting low in the slide in dovetails with the rear sight being adjustable for windage and locked in place with a setscrew. The front sight is an easy-to-see post sloping forward while the rear sight has a deep square notch and slopes backwards. These are 3-dot sights and the dots are Meprolight tritium for fast acquisition in low light scenarios.

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