Kahr CW-9

     Notes: The “CW” in CW-9 stands for “Concealed Weapon,” and that describes the CW-9 – a compact 9mm pistol.  In real life, it is considerably cheaper than comparable pistols, but not cheap in quality.  Despite the small size, the CW-9 is capable of handling even +P loads; it can, in fact, digest just about any sort of 9mm Parabellum ammunition.  The CW-9 sort of combines Glock and SiG features, with a square slide a la Glock, though in stainless steel, and a black polymer frame and grip plates which look similar to the SiG P-229.  Inside, however, the CW-9 is all Kahr.  There are no external manual safeties of any sort, though there is a slide catch (which is smaller than standard slide catches in order to maintain a snagless profile).  The CW-9 can use all standard Kahr 9mm magazines.  The extractor is external, something which increases reliability, and the ejection port is quite large.  The sights are fixed, low-profile, and polymer, with a white dot on the front sight.  The barrel is a short 3.6 inches. Unlike most other Kahrs, the weapon does not have rounded contours, though the angled machined cuts achieve the same low-snag purpose while reducing cost.

     Due to popular demand, Kahr quickly came out with the CW-40 and CW-45.  They are identical to the CW-9 except for the modifications necessary for the base CW-9 to use the larger cartridges.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This pistol does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

CW-9

9mm Parabellum

0.45 kg

5, 6, 7, 8

$148

CW-40

.40 Smith & Wesson

0.51 kg

5, 6

$185

CW-45

.45 ACP

0.57 kg

5, 6

$227

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

CW-9

SA

1

Nil

1

5

Nil

8

CW-40

SA

2

Nil

1

5

Nil

10

CW-45

SA

2

Nil

1

5

Nil

9

 

Kahr K-9 Series

     Notes: Kahr started out as a company producing strong, lightweight automatic pistols for personal defense and backup.  The K-9 was their first, introduced in 1994, followed quickly by the K-40 and later the P-380.  The K-9 series looks sort of like a like a cross between compact SiG and a Glock designs, and are made of tough yet lightweight ordnance-quality stainless steel.  The grips are of wrap-around polymer, and most of the Kahr series in general can use a large variety of aftermarket grips.  Operation is a modified double-action Browning-type, with a modified locking and trigger action.  The trigger action uses an automatic firing pin safety, which is unlocked by a patented cam system that ensures that the a full trigger pull is required for the first double-action shot, yet also gives the K-9 series a remarkably smooth and even trigger pull.  Sights are fixed combat sights, with the rear sight having two high-contrast dots and the front sight using a front vertical bar marking for quick sight acquisition.  (Tritium inlays are optional.) The barrel of the base K-9 is 3.5 inches long, and the K-9 series do not use manual safeties.  Finishes for the P-9’s frame and slide include matte stainless and black (called “Black Diamond” by Kahr).  Another version of the base K-9, the K-9 Elite 98, is identical except for the high-polish finish with laser-etched logos.

     Other variants of the K-9 include the MK-9 (introduced in 1998, and sometimes called the “Mk-9 Micro”), with a modified short-stroke trigger action and a smaller grip and shorter 3.1-inch barrel.  (An MK-9 Elite 98 version also exists, similar to the K-9 Elite 98 above.)  The P-9 is also virtually identical in design to the K-9, but uses a black polymer frame with a textured grip and stainless steel slide.  The P-9 Covert is a P-9 with a shorter grip.  The PM-9 is a shorter-barreled version of the P-9 Covert, with a 3-inch barrel.  The Mk-9, P-9 Covert, and PM-9 can also use the 7-round K-9 magazines, though that magazine will protrude below the grip; a grip extension is made to improve the grip when using the longer magazine.

     The K-40 is essentially the same as the P-9 series, suitably modified the .40 Smith & Wesson cartridge. Variants include K-40 Elite 98, MK-40/Mk-40 Elite 98, P-40, and P-40 Covert models.  The P-380 comes only in one model; this has a polymer frame, stainless steel slide, and a 2.5-inch barrel.

     The CM-9 is essentially a developed and modified PM-9, with some features taken from the CW series.  It uses a shorter grip made of textured polymer; in fact, the entire frame is of black polymer.  Barrel length is, as on the PM-9, 3 inches; however, it uses conventional rifling instead of polygonal rifling.  As on the PM-9, the CM-9 has a drift-adjustable white bar-dot combat rear sight, but it has a white-lined fixed front sight (and that front sight is polymer).  Unlike the PM-9, the CM-9 does not offer the choice of tritium night sights or a Crimson Trace laser sight.  Only one finish is available on the CM-9 – a black polymer frame and grip and a matte stainless steel slide.  The CM-9 is also somewhat dehorned, making it a good pocket or backup weapon. The CM-9 is meant to be a less-expensive alternative (though the game price does not reflect this well). The CM-40, introduced a few years later, is a version of the CM-9 in a larger caliber; the barrel is also slightly longer at 3.1 inches.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The CM-9 and CM-40 are not available in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

K-9

9mm Parabellum

0.65 kg

7

$147

MK-9

9mm Parabellum

0.63 kg

6, 7

$143

P-9

9mm Parabellum

0.43 kg

7

$147

P-9 Covert

9mm Parabellum

0.42 kg

6, 7

$146

PM-9

9mm Parabellum

0.4 kg

6, 7

$142

K-40

.40 Smith & Wesson

0.68 kg

6

$184

P-380

.380 ACP

0.6 kg

7

$129

CM-9

9mm Parabellum

0.4 kg

6

$142

CM-40

.40 Smith & Wesson

0.45 kg

5

$180

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

K-9

SA

1

Nil

1

4

Nil

8

MK-9

SA

1

Nil

1

4

Nil

7

P-9/P-9 Covert

SA

1

Nil

1

5

Nil

8

PM-9/CM-9

SA

1

Nil

1

5

Nil

6

K-40

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

8

P-380

SA

1

Nil

1

4

Nil

5

CM-40

SA

2

Nil

1

6

Nil

8

 

Kahr T-9/T-40/P-40

     Notes: This is Kahr’s first full-sized pistol; Kahr was previously known as a company that produced compact and pocket pistols.  The T-9 is a medium-sized weapon that fires 9mm Parabellum ammunition.  The T-9’s claim to fame is its trigger: it is one of the smoothest you will find on a “normal” semiautomatic pistol.  Like all Kahrs, the T-9 is also known for its reliability and toughness.  The P-40 and P-9 are basically a T-40 and T-9 in with a polymer frame.  The P-40 Covert is a compact model of the P-40, made smaller by shortening the grip; the P-9 Covert is the same idea in 9mm Parabellum.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: These weapons do not exist.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

T-9

9mm Parabellum

0.8 kg

8

$237

T-40

.40 Smith & Wesson

0.77 kg

7

$313

P-9

9mm Parabellum

0.45 kg

7

$233

P-40

.40 Smith & Wesson

0.59 kg

6

$307

P-9 Covert

9mm Parabellum

0.43 kg

6, 7

$233

P-40 Covert

.40 Smith & Wesson

0.45 kg

5, 6

$307

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

T-9

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

9

T-40

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

10

P-9/P-9 Covert

SA

1

Nil

1

5

Nil

8

P-40/P-40 Covert

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

8

 

Kahr P-45

     Notes: Like most Kahr pistols, the P-45 is a compact and lightweight pistol, introduced in the last quarter of 2005.  It uses a textured black polymer frame, a match-grade polygonal barrel, and a matte-stainless steel slide which makes a nice contrast to the black frame. (The slide rides on special steel inserts in the frame.)  The trigger is double-action-only.  The trigger pull is a little heavy, but has a short length of travel.  Standard magazines are made from stainless steel, and if bought from the factory, it is also shipped with trigger lock.  The standard sights are fixed low profile white bar-dot combat type sights, but the P-45 may also be had with tritium-inlay sights as well; the sights are dovetailed as well. 

     The TP-45 is a more recent version of the P-45.  For the most part it is identical to the P-45, but it uses 7-round magazines, the rear sight is adjustable for windage to a limited degree, and the barrel is a little longer at 4.04 inches. The PM-45 is the opposite; it is the smallest member of the P-45 series, with a barrel of only 3.14 inches, and a shorter grip holding a smaller magazine.  It’s definitely a handful.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The TP-45 and PM-45 are not available in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

P-45

.45 ACP

0.48 kg

6

$228

TP-45

.45 ACP

0.59 kg

7

$234

PM-45

.45 ACP

0.55 kg

5

$223

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

P-45

SA

2

Nil

1

5

Nil

9

TP-45

SA

2

Nil

1

5

Nil

11

PM-45

SA

2

Nil

0

5

Nil

7

 

Kel-Tec P-3AT

     Notes: This is another of Kel-Tec’s pocket pistols, this time in .380 ACP.  It is basically a larger version of the P-32.  It was designed specifically for the needs of police for use as a backup gun or by undercover officers; it thus fires a cartridge powerful enough to make most people take notice when hit, but small enough to wear under clothing or a pants leg or even put in a pocket.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This weapon does not exist.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

P-3AT

.380 ACP

0.2 kg

6

$132

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

P-3AT

SA

1

Nil

0

6

Nil

6

 

Kel-Tec P-11

     Notes: This pocket pistol was advertised by Kel-Tec as the smallest and lightest 9mm Parabellum ever made.  It is surprisingly accurate for its size, but still primarily a self-defense or backup weapon.  It was designed using CAD programs on a computer, and built on computer-controlled machines.  The slide of the pistol is steel, but the grip, magazine well, and trigger guard is polymer, and the frame is made from aircraft-grade aluminum.  An interesting fact about the P-11 is that it can also take 9mm Parabellum magazines designed for Smith & Wesson’s line of 9mm Parabellum Third Generation Pistols; these magazines with capacities of 15 rounds or less will usually fit into a P-11 with none of the magazine protruding (though not in all cases).

     An updated version, the PF-9, uses design features from both the P-11 and P-3AT.  It was introduced to the market in mid-2008.  Construction is much the same as the P-11, with almost every part except the slide being light alloy or polymer.  The hammer is completely shrouded, and the sights are very low-profile.  Action is DAO, with an automatic hammer block safety to further increase safety; a manual safety is also provided.  A very short length of MIL-STD-1913 rail is molded into the dust cover.

     The P-40 is a small .40 Smith & Wesson-firing pistol was introduced in 2001.  It is a variant of the P-11, with a synthetic frame to save weight and the standard Kel-Tec double-action-only trigger.  The firing mechanism is enclosed in an aluminum alloy housing.  The slide is steel.  The sights have tritium inserts for night use.  It is a very small pistol, and, since it fires a powerful cartridge, can be expected to have a lot of recoil and muzzle blast. 

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This weapon does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

P-11

9mm Parabellum

0.4 kg

9, 10, 12

$143

PF-9

9mm Parabellum

0.36 kg

7, 9, 10, 12

$145

P-40

.40 Smith & Wesson

0.4 kg

9

$182

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

P-11

SA

1

Nil

0

5

Nil

7

PF-9

SA

1

Nil

0

6

Nil

7

P-40

SA

2

Nil

0

5

Nil

8

 

Kel-Tec P-32

     Notes: Like the P-11, this weapon was advertised by Kel-Tec as the smallest and lightest, this time for a .32 ACP pistol.  It was often acquired by small people, particularly females, for self-defense, as it fits easily in a purse.  The P-32 is dehorned as much as possible.  The grips are checkered on the sides, and have vertical grip lines and a slight palm swell on the backstrap. The P-32 uses double-action, with an external extractor and a hammer that is almost totally shrouded. Unfortunately, the hammer is only available to be hand-manipulated after the slide is pulled back and released, so the shooter cannot attempt to try to fire again a malfunctioning round. In addition, there is no slide lock or slide release, though the slide locks back when the magazine is empty. It was designed and built in the same manner as the P-11.  A variant, the P-32PK, has a Parkerized finish and either a blued steel slide or a Parkerized stainless steel slide.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This weapon does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

P-32

.32 ACP

0.19 kg

7

$107

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

P-32

SA

1

Nil

0

8

Nil

4

 

Kel-Tec PLR-16

     Notes: The PLR-16 is a 5.56mm NATO-firing pistol heavily based on the SUB-2000 and SU-16 series. The receiver, pistol grip, and trigger housing are of glass fiber reinforced polymer, with the barrel and operating parts made from high-quality steel.  Operation is by gas piston, while breech locking is the same as that of the AR-15. Atop the receiver is a MIL-STD-1913 rail, along with an adjustable rear sight; the front sight is an AR-15-type post, though inside smaller ears that sit flush with the gas block.  The 9.2-inch barrel is threaded to accept accessories, but has no flash suppressor or muzzle brake as bought from the company.  The finish is entirely in blue.

     The PLR-22 is largely the same as the PLR-16, but chambered for .22 Long Rifle ammunition.  The PLR-22, however, is not simply a conversion kit; internal parts are purpose-modified for the new caliber, including the sights and some molded-in features of the receiver.  The barrel length is 10.1 inches.  The standard magazines are proprietary; the magazine well is the same size as the PLR-16, and the magazines are smoked clear polymer and the same size as a 30-round AR-15 magazine.  They contain a central column for the .22 Long Rifle rounds.  The PLR-22 can also accept magazines designed for the Atchisson AR-16-to-.22 conversion.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

PLR-16

5.56mm NATO

1.45 kg

10

$850

PLR-22

.22 Long Rifle

1.27 kg

10, 26

$182

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

PLR-16

SA

2

1-Nil

2

4

Nil

9

PLR-22

SA

1

Nil

2

2

Nil

18

 

Kel-Tec PMR-30

     Notes: A new Kel-Tec pistol introduced at the end of 2010, the PMR-30 is a very-high-capacity rimfire pistol which is full-sized yet light in weight.  The frame is polymer, and much polymer is also used in other areas of the PMR-30.  The barrel, slide, and other important parts are made of steel, and under the 4.3-inch barrel is a MIL-STD-1913 rail.  The operation is unusual; it uses blowback operation combined with a locked breech, an unusual combination.  The result of this combination is that the PNR-30 is able to use almost any type and makes of ammunition.  The trigger guard is squared off for support by a finger of the supporting hand.  The trigger guard is slightly oversized and the trigger is long for a gloved finger.  The trigger is known for its crisp feel and has an overtravel stop.  The manual safety is ambidextrous, and is a lever for safe and fire.  There is a manual slide lock in addition to a bolt hold-open device.  Sights are fixed, but have fiberoptic inlays.  The high-capacity magazine is double stack, but the rounds are nearly stacked on top of each other to fit into the grip, which is little larger than of a standard pistol.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

PMR-30

.22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire

0.39 kg

30

$165

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

PMR-30

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

6

 

Kimball

     Notes: The Kimball is an exceedingly-rare pistol for a reason – only 238 of the basic model were built, at a very low rate of production from 1955-58.  More of an experiment-gone-commercial than anything else, the object was to build a pistol capable of firing the .30 Carbine round.  Even more rare are the variants: two other calibers (a few in .22 Hornet, and 2 examples of a version firing .357 Magnum).  The barrel, being only 5 inches long, was not long enough to burn all the propellant of the .30 Carbine round before it left the barrel; this causes a lot of unburnt propellant and carbon to be left behind in the barrel, and the muzzle flash was large.  The .30 Carbine round was also too powerful for the design, and many frame lugs broke, causing the slide to fly off backwards when firing. 

     Between 1955 and 1956, small amounts of variants called the Aircrew Model were built, in an attempt to sell the design to the US Military.  There were never any such sales.  The Aircrew Model (also known as the Combat Model), with its 3.5-inch barrel, had even a bigger problem with unburned propellant and carbon buildup.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Kimball

.30 Carbine

1.13 kg

7

$292

Kimball

.22 Hornet

0.98 kg

7

$649

Kimball

.357 Magnum

1.41 kg

7

$373

Kimbal Aircrew Model

.30 Carbine

1.1 kg

7

$277

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Kimball (.30)

SA

2

Nil

1

2

Nil

9

Kimball (.22)

SA

2

1-Nil

1

4

Nil

11

Kimball (.357)

SA

3

1-Nil

1

2

Nil

10

Kimball Aircrew

SA

2

Nil

1

2

Nil

5

 

Kimber Aegis Series

     Notes: Though the Aegis II is internally quite similar to the Ultra RCP II, it is considered part of a different series than the Ultra RCP II.  The Aegis II is designed for use by police as backup weapons or for self-defense of small carry weapons.  As with virtually all Kimbers, the Aegis II is a variant of the 1911 series.

     The base member of the Aegis series is the Ultra Aegis II, a very compact version of the 1911 in 9mm Parabellum.  The barrel is match-grade and coned, and uses no barrel bushing.  The Ultra Aegis II uses an aluminum frame finished in satin silver, while the slide has a semi-gloss black finish.  There is a bobbed hammer which does not project from the weapon unless it is cocked, and the manual safety and magazine release do not project as far as the average 1911 clone.  In fact, most of the Aegis II is dehorned as much as possible.  The beavertail is rather long, and the grip safety has a projecting bump to ensure positive engagement of the grip safety, but even the extended beavertail and bump on the grip safety are rounded as much as possible.  The frontstrap uses 30 lpi checkering which extends almost to the top of the frontstrap, and the bottom of the grip has a tab to help improve the shooter’s grip.  The rearstrap also is checkered, though not as finely as the frontstrap.  The sights, while quite low and dehorned, and are of the three red-dot variety; the rear sights are a tactical wedge with tritium inlays, while the front is a low blade with another tritium inlay.  Both are dovetailed, enabling rough adjustments as well as allowing replacements.  Grip panels are of smooth rosewood.

     The Pro Aegis II is essentially a Commander-size version of the Ultra Aegis II, with a 4-inch barrel and a slightly longer grip.  It is otherwise identical to the Ultra Aegis II.  The Custom Aegis II is a full-sized version, almost identical in construction to the Ultra Aegis II except for having a barrel bushing.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Ultra Aegis II

9mm Parabellum

0.71 kg

8

$229

Pro Aegis II

9mm Parabellum

0.79 kg

9

$240

Custom Aegis II

9mm Parabellum

0.88 kg

9

$250

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Ultra Aegis II

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

7

Pro Aegis II

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

10

Custom Aegis II

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

12

 

Kimber BP Ten II

     Notes: The Kimber BP Ten II is a polymer version of the M-1911.  Polymer pistols are a rarity from Kimber, but this is one of them.  It is roughly the same size as the M-1911, but weighs much less, and carries a larger magazine.  It has a chamber loaded indicator. 

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This weapon does not exist.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Kimber BP Ten II

.45 ACP

0.84 kg

10, 14

$406

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Kimber BP Ten II

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

14

 

Kimber CDP Series

     Notes: The CDP (Custom Defense Package) series is designed specifically for personal protection and self-defense.  The CDP series is made in the Kimber Custom Shop, and combine the best concealed carry features of Kimber pistols into one weapon.  They have 7075-T7 aluminum frames, with stainless steel slides that are given a satin finish that does not reflect light; this helps cut down glare and haze when aiming. Frames are matte black.  All edges are given the “Carry Bevel” treatment, rounded and blended by hand to dehorn the CDP series as much as possible (though the CDP series does not use the later melt treatment).  Barrels, trigger groups, and chambers are match-grade, with enlarged and flared to reduce stoppages.  The magazine wells are beveled and the magazine releases extended.  The ambidextrous manual safety is likewise extended.  The grip safety is relatively flat.  Sights are fixed low-profile sights, of the three-dot type and with luminous green dots.  Fine checkering is found on the frontstrap and backstrap, along with checkered rosewood grip plates and checkering under the trigger guard.

     The Ultra CDP II is equipped with a 3-inch barrel, and comes in .45 ACP and 9mm Parabellum versions.  The Compact CDP II uses a 4-inch barrel, but is otherwise the same as the Ultra CDP II.  The Pro CDP II has a somewhat longer grip and is just a little heavier.  The Custom CDP II uses a 5-inch barrel with a match-grade bushing, and has cocking serrations at the front of the slide as well as at the rear.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The CDP series does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Ultra CDP II

.45 ACP

0.71 kg

7

$390

Ultra CDP II

9mm Parabellum

0.71 kg

8

$230

Compact CDP II

.45 ACP

0.77 kg

7

$400

Pro CDP II

.45 ACP

0.79 kg

7, 8

$401

Custom CDP II

.45 ACP

0.88 kg

7, 8

$411

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Ultra CDP II (.45)

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

7

Ultra CDP I (9mm)

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

7

Compact CDP II

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

11

Pro CDP II

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

11

Custom CDP II

SA

2

2-Nil

1

4

Nil

15

 

Kimber Classic

     Notes: Dropped at the beginning of the 2000s, the Classic is Kimber's hand into the "pure" 1911 market.  It is also called the Classic Custom. Like the M-1911, the Classic is all-steel, but is lighter than a standard 1911 due to more advanced steel alloys. It is based on a Colt Series 80 1911A1, with no automatic firing pin safety.  The external finish is matte black parkerization. The magazine goes into a well that is well-beveled.  The controls are extended for better control, but not enough to get in the way; they are just more ergonomic.  Sharp edges are in general rounded, including the front and back cocking grooves and the slide stop. Internally, the guide rod is full-length and stainless steel. The recoil spring is slightly heavier than than normal for a 1911, but shooter reaction has been good. The 5-inch barrel is coned and target crowned.

     The rear sight is a McCormick Low Profile Combat sight, it is dovetailed in, and therefore adjustable for windage. The front sight is grooved on its ramped face to keep fuzziness down, and is slightly forward swept. The beavertail is also upswept, better to stop hammer bite, and the grip safety is wider at the bottom to ensure more positive engagement. The rearstrap is checkered at 30 lpi; the grip plates are rubber and likewise tight-checkered. The frontstrap is not checkered, a seeming omission in a great pistol.  The trigger is also a sort of omission, having a long a creepy trigger pull length and 4.5 pounds of trigger pull weight to fire.  The trigger is skeletonized and the hammer rounded and serrated. Luckily, the trigger pull length is adjustable to an extent.

     It has been the experience that shooters of the custom have had problems with jamming magazine followers.  Most find that a bit of lubrication helps.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Classic

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

7, 8

$411

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Kimber BP Ten II

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

14

 

Kimber Compact II Series

     Notes:  The Compact II Series consists of commander-length versions of the Custom II Series.  The Compact II series, however, use match-quality bull barrels for added accuracy and barrel strength, with no bushings.  The Pro Carry versions can be had with both 7057-T7 aluminum frames of stainless steel frames.  Depending upon the model, a Compact II Series pistol may have a full-sized or shortened frame.

     The Pro Carry II is typically finished in matte black with black checkered grip plates.  It has an extended thumb safety, a high-ride beavertail/grip safety, and a single recoil spring.  3-dot fixed low-profile sights are standard, with luminous dots being an option.  The Pro Carry II uses an aluminum frame, but a Stainless Pro Carry II version is available, with a stainless steel frame.  A Stainless Pro Carry II (LG) is also available; this version is the same as the standard Stainless Pro Carry II, but the grip plates are gray and incorporate a Crimson Trace laser sight.  The Pro Carry HD II is considerably heavier than the standard Pro Carry II and has one different chambering.  Both are finished in matte stainless steel.

     The Pro TLEs are virtually identical to the pistols above, but also have fixed Meprolight Tritium night combat sights instead of the standard 3-dot sights of the other pistols.  The TLE/RL II also has a beveled magazine well and extended magazine release and a slide lock, as well as a MIL-STD-1913 rail machined into the dust cover.  A stainless version of the TLE/RL II also exists, and is identical to the basic TLE/RL II for game purposes.  The Pro II (LG) has gray grip plates containing a Crimson Trace LaserGrip, but is otherwise like the standard Pro TLE.

     The Compact Stainless II is perhaps the “deluxe” version, with a matte stainless steel finish, extended grip safety, extended manual safety and magazine release, and a beveled magazine well.  The frame is shortened, but still carries the same capacity magazine.  The trigger module is match-grade and can be adjusted by a knowledgeable owner. 

     Twilight 2000 Notes: These weapons do not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Pro Carry II

.45 ACP

0.79 kg

7

$405

Pro Carry II

9mm Parabellum

0.79 kg

9

$243

Stainless Pro Carry II

.45 ACP

0.83 kg

7

$403

Stainless Pro Carry II

9mm Parabellum

0.83 kg

9

$242

Stainless Pro Carry II (LG)

.45 ACP

0.88 kg

7

$807

Pro Carry HD II

.45 ACP

0.99 kg

7

$403

Pro Carry HD II

.38 Super

0.99 kg

9

$279

Pro TLE II

.45 ACP

0.99 kg

7

$403

Pro TLE II (LG)

.45 ACP

1.04 kg

7

$807

Pro TLE/RL II

.45 ACP

1.02 kg

7

$407

Compact Stainless II

.45 ACP

0.96 kg

7

$403

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Pro Carry II (.45)

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

11

Pro Carry II (9mm)

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

10

Stainless Pro Carry II (.45)

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

11

Stainless Pro Carry II (9mm)

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

10

Stainless Pro Carry II (LG)

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

11

Pro Carry HD II (.45)

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

Pro Carry HD II (.38)

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

Pro TLE II

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

Pro TLE II (LG)

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

Pro TLE/RL II

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

Compact Stainless II

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

11

 

Kimber Covert Series

     Notes: The Covert series is a product of Kimber’s Custom Shop, and is designed for lightweight carry and snagless drawing in a hurry.  To this end, almost all edges are “melt-treated;” the edges are not just rounded off, beveled flat, or machined into a curved shape – the metal is literally melted into a rounded shape that provides superior blending of the edges so that they will not snag on clothing or a holster.  Covert series pistols otherwise have frames machined from solid billets of 7075-T7 aluminum and steel slides, fine checkering on the frontstrap and backstrap as well as the grip plates, and dovetailed Tactical Wedge fixed sights of the three-dot type; the dots are luminous green.  The slides are matte black; the frames are desert tan KimPro II finish, with the grip plates having a digital camouflage pattern.  All have LaserGrips at the top of the left grip plate, with the recessed switch on the grip just below the trigger guard with a separate pressure switch to actuate the laser.  The barrel, chamber, and trigger group are all match-grade, magazine wells are beveled, and ejection ports enlarged and flared.  The grip safety has a bump on it to help make sure that it is engaged.  In many ways, the Covert series is similar to the Crimson Carry series, but the Covert series is more dehorned and even more suited to concealed carry, and has even more demanding specifications than the Crimson Carry series.

     The Ultra Covert II has a 3-inch barrel, and uses an abbreviated-length grip with a small finger stop at the bottom front of the grip. The Pro Covert II is the same, but has a 4-inch barrel and a lanyard ring at the heel of the grip. The Custom Covert II uses a 5-inch barrel with a match-grade bushing, but is otherwise like the Pro Covert II.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The Covert series does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Ultra Covert II

.45 ACP

0.71 kg

7

$791

Pro Covert II

.45 ACP

0.79 kg

7

$801

Custom Covert II

.45 ACP

0.88 kg

7

$812

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Ultra Covert II

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

7

Pro Covert II

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

11

Custom Covert II

SA

2

2-Nil

1

4

Nil

15

 

Kimber Crimson Carry Series

     Notes: The Crimson Carry series get their name from the integral LaserGrips that are at the top of the grip plates, along side the right side of the frame.  Like most Kimber pistols, the Crimson Carry series use match-quality barrels and triggers.  They are new for 2008.  The Crimson Carry series are designed to be flatter than the typical pistol of the same size, and are almost totally dehorned.  They have aluminum frames and triggers and loop-type hammers.  The controls include a low-profile slide stop.  The Crimson Carry series uses a two-tone finish, with the frame being satin-finished aluminum and the slide being matte black steel.  Grips are of checkered rosewood.

     The Ultra Crimson Carry II has an extended manual safety and a high-ride beavertail with an extended grip safety.  The 3-inch barrel has a bull profile, contributing to both balance and accuracy.  Iron sights are fixed low-profile sights.  The barrel is ramped to aid in reliable feed, and the ejection port is enlarged to aid in reliable case ejection.  The magazine well is beveled to help make reloads faster.  The Pro Crimson Carry II is similar, but is equipped with a 4-inch barrel and a slightly-longer grip with a small finger stop at the bottom of the front of the grip. (There seems to be a bit of contradictory information on Kimber’s site about the magazine capacity of the Pro Crimson Carry II and Custom Crimson Carry II; the first page for the Crimson Carry series says eight rounds, while the pages for the specific members of the series say seven rounds.  I decided to put both.) 

     The Custom Crimson Carry II has a full-sized frame, but Kimber says it “is a full-sized pistol that carries like a compact.”  The Custom Crimson Carry II uses a match-grade frame, bushing, and chamber as well as the match-grade barrel and trigger; the barrel, however, is not a bull barrel, though it is a full 5 inches in length.  In addition to the manual safety, the magazine release is also slightly extended, as is the slide release.  The frame is finished in KimPro II matte black, and the slide has front cocking serrations as well as the standard rear serrations.  The grip has a small finger rest at the bottom of the front of the grip.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The Crimson Carry series does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Ultra Crimson Carry II

.45 ACP

0.71 kg

7

$790

Pro Crimson Carry II

.45 ACP

0.79 kg

7, 8

$801

Custom Crimson Carry II

.45 ACP

0.88 kg

7, 8

$811

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Ultra Crimson Carry II

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

7

Pro Crimson Carry II

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

11

Custom Crimson Carry II

SA

2

2-Nil

1

4

Nil

15

 

Kimber Custom II Series

     Notes: The Custom II series was touted as a “custom M1911 at a stock price.”  It is a modification of the standard Colt M-1911A1, with a skeletonized trigger, elongated hammer, rubber handgrips, improved sights, and an enlarged ejection port.  In addition, all sharp edges have been rounded for an easier draw.  Other alterations include a passive firing pin safety, a chamber loaded indicator, a finish that aids in lubrication (the KimPro II finish), and a match-grade barrel, bushing, and trigger group.  Sights vary, but are all dovetailed into the slide and removable.  All are full-sized pistols.

     The Custom II uses a steel frame and slide with a matte black finish.  The slide has cocking serrations on the front and rear.  The barrel bushing itself is stainless steel.  Standard grip plates are of checkered black plastic, but variations include a version with luminous sight inserts and a version with dark brown walnut grip plates.  Barrel length is 5 inches.  A stainless steel version, the Stainless II, is also available. The Custom Target II is similar in construction to the Custom II, but the sights are adjustable and of the 3-dot type, and the 5-inch barrel is of a higher quality than the rest of the Custom II series.  Again, a stainless version, the Stainless Target II, is also available.

     The Custom TLE II (Tactical Law Enforcement) is used by at least 20 SWAT/SRT teams in the US.  It is quite similar to the Custom II, but the standard sights are Meprolight Tritium 3-dot night sights, and they are fixed.  Finish is matte black, with matte black plastic checkered grip plates. The chamber loaded indicator can be checked by feel as well as sight.  Barrel length is 5 inches.  The Custom TLE II (LG) is essentially identical, but the grip plates are gray Crimson Trace Lasergrips instead of the standard matte black plain grips.  The TLE/RL II is also essentially identical to TLE II, but has a MIL-STD-1913 rail machined into the dust cover, and the frontstrap is checkered as well as the grip plates.  The sights are Meprolight Tritium 3-dot night sights, and the barrel length is 5 inches.  Stainless steel versions of two of these pistols (the Stainless TLE II, Stainless TLE/RL II) are also available.

     The Kimber Warrior is a civilian/police version of the US Marines’ ICQB (Interim Close Quarters Battle) pistol, designed for its MEU(SOC) units for their use until the final decision on what pistol to use is finalized.  It is a full-sized, heavy-caliber pistol using an internal extractor rather than the external extractor which has become near-standard on Kimber pistols of late.  The barrel is match-grade, with a full-length recoil spring guide and military-type recoil spring plug.  The pistol uses Novak-type low-profile sights made by Kimber under license.  The Warrior has an ambidextrous safety catch/slide catch; narrower than is standard for a 1911-type pistol, it allows the Warrior to sit more comfortably in the hand.  He beavertail is upswept, cradling the Commander-type loop hammer when the hammer is cocked.  The backstrap is finely checkered and has a loop for a lanyard.  The magazine well is beveled to ease magazine insertion.  There are some differences between the ICQB and the Warrior: The ICQB uses a Dawson Precision Rail under the barrel for the attachment of accessories, while the Warrior uses a TLE/RL rail; The ICQB has a manganese phosphate finish, while the Warrior uses Kimber’s KimPro finish (a phenolic resin cured with molybdenum, said to be self-lubricating); the ICQB uses Simonich Gunner Grips in Coyote Brown, while the Warrior uses tan G10 ridged rubber grips; the Marines chose Wilson 47D magazines, while the Warrior is sold with standard 1911-type magazines (it can, however, use both).  A Desert Warrior is also available, with a Dark Earth finish; the Royal II is also similar, but has a polished deep blue finish.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: These pistols are not available in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Custom II

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

7

$408

Custom Target II

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

7

$411

Custom TLE II

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

7

$409

Custom TLE II (LG)

.45 ACP

1.13 kg

7

$809

Custom TLE/RL II

.45 ACP

1.11 kg

7

$413

Warrior

.45 ACP

1.11 kg

7

$411

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Custom II

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

14

Custom Target II

SA

2

2-Nil

1

3

Nil

15

Custom TLE II/(LG)/RL II/Warrior

SA

2

2-Nil

1

3

Nil

15

 

Kimber Custom Shop Family

     Notes: Kimber’s Custom Shop pistol line, also known as Special Edition or Limited Edition pistols, are products Kimber’s Custom Shop, which produces pistols that are above even Kimber’s high standards or otherwise unusual in nature.  Kimber began producing these special pistols in 1998, and each member of the series is generally produced in small, fixed numbers, or are available for only a short time.

     The Ultra CDP Elite II is a limited, deluxe edition version of the Ultra CDP II, with 600 produced in 2002.  It has all the refinements of the Ultra CDP II, but has a 3-inch ramped match-grade heavy barrel.  Most sharp edges have been given melt-treatment to round them for snagless drawing.  The aluminum frame is black anodized, while the carbon steel slide has a black oxide finish.  The grip plates are wood, but are laminated in a charcoal color with ruby-colored Custom Shop medallions.  The frontstrap and the area under the trigger guard are finely checkered.  Sights are 3-dot Meprolight fixed low-profile sights with tritium inlays.  The Ultra CDP Elite STS II is almost identical, but it has a silver anodized frame and satin stainless steel slide, and is identical to Ultra CDP Elite II for game purposes.  650 were built in 2002, at the same time as the Ultra CDP Elite II.

     The Elite Carry is a Commander-sized pistol with a 4-inch barrel.  The Elite Carry has features that showed up on several later Kimber pistols, such as the melt-treatment on its edges to dehorn the pistol.  Sights are low-profile and have tritium inlays.  The frame is aluminum with a black oxide finish; the slide is stainless steel.  The manual safety is ambidextrous and extended, and the trigger group is match-quality.  Fine checkering is found on the frontstrap, and the rosewood grip plates are hand-checkered.  The Elite Carry was limited to a 1200-pistol production run.  The Stainless Covert is similar, but has a frame of stainless steel and a high-polished finish; production was limited to 1000 pistols in 1999.  The Pro Elite is also similar, but the slide’s finish is black KimPro.  2500 were produced in 1999.  (For game purposes, the Pro Elite is identical to the Elite Carry.) 

     The Ultra Elite is also essentially the same as the Elite Carry, but uses a 3-inch barrel.  2001’s Ultra Shadow II is similar to the Ultra Elite except for the finish: the slide finished in black, the aluminum frame is anodized, and the grip plates are gray synthetic.  The grip and manual safeties are silver. 750 were produced.  The Ultra Shadow II is otherwise identical to the Ultra Elite for game purposes.  The Pro Shadow II was produced in a run of 500 at the same time; it is the same as the Ultra Shadow II, but with a 4-inch barrel, and is the same as the Elite Carry for game purposes.

     The Gold Guardian was limited to a 300-pistol production run in 1998.  The Gold Guardian featured a stainless steel slide and frame, highly-polished.  The 5-inch barrel is match-quality with a match-quality bushing, both of which are hand-fitted.  The sights are low-profile fixed sights with tritium inlays.  The manual safety is ambidextrous and extended.  The trigger group is also match-grade.  The grip is slightly extended to accommodate a larger magazine.  The Gold Guardian has special markings and a special serial number series.  The Heritage Edition (1041 produced in 2000) is similar in concept, but the frame and slide are finished in KimPro black, the grip panels are of higher-quality rosewood, and the grip panels are also adorned with medallions with the Heritage Foundation seal.  For game purposes, the Heritage Edition is identical to the Gold Guardian.

     The Royal Carry was a limited run of 600 Commander-type 1911 pistols, with a 4-inch match-grade coned barrel with no bushing.  The frame is of aluminum, while the slide is steel.  Sights are fixed low-profile sights with tritium inlays.  The grip safety is raised to ensure engagement when firing.  The rosewood grips are hand-checkered.  The trigger group is match-quality, with a distinctive aluminum trigger using an oval cutout section in the center.  The hammer is a low-profile loop-type hammer.  The finish is polished blue.

     The Stainless Gold Match SE II was produced in .45 ACP and .38 Super chamberings, with 294 in .45 ACP and 260 in .38 Super.  All were produced in 2001.  These pistols use stainless steel frames and slides and have close tolerances, being designed as match weapons.  They use 5-inch match-quality coned barrels. The slides have flat tops serrated to reduce glare and micrometer-adjustable rear sights.  The Stainless Gold Match SE II has a hand-checkered rosewood grip panels as well as fine frontstrap checkering.  Corners are beveled flat and are highly-polished.

     The Target Match is perhaps one of Kimber’s most accurate pistols ever made.  The Target Match has a 5-inch heavy match-quality barrel, hand-fitted by the Custom Shop.  The rear sight, while not micrometer-adjustable, is more adjustable than the typical adjustable rear pistol sight.  The trigger group is likewise match-grade, and is one of the few parts of the Target Match that is not made of steel.  The manual safety is ambidextrous.  The hammer is loop-type; the grip safety has a small, ridged bump on it to ensure engagement.  Cocking serrations are found at the front and rear of the slide.  In addition to grip plate checkering, fine checkering is found on the frontstrap and under the trigger guard; the trigger guard is also undercut at the frame to encourage a higher grip on the pistol.  Finish is matte black except for some of the flats, which are polished; this presents a rather striking appearance.  The grips are checkered walnut, with special markings.  1000 were built in 2005.

     The Ultra RCP (Refined Carry Pistol) II is a compact, concealable .45 ACP pistol.  It is a very small pistol, one of the smallest .45 ACP automatic pistols you will find anywhere.  There is no front sight or rear sight on the weapon; instead, a “sighting trough” runs the entire length of the slide.  While this means that there is virtually nothing on the pistol to snag on clothing or a holster, it also takes some practice to use the sighting trough, and it’s not really useful at long range.  The Ultra RCP II has a chamber loaded indicator and a very hard finish that wears very well.  The similar Ultra SP II of 2003 used “interesting” frame colors – anodized with silver stripes, red stripes, or blue stripes – and has a loop-type hammer rather than the Ultra RCP II’s bobbed hammer.  For game purposes, the Ultra SP II is identical to the Ultra RCP II.

     The 25th Anniversary Custom Limited Edition of 2004 was limited to a production run of (rightly enough) 1911 pistols, and was essentially a very fancy version of a 1911-type pistol.  Construction was all-steel, with a finish of deep blue – deep-polished blue on flat surfaces.  The trigger is of aircraft-quality aluminum, the barrel is match-grade stainless steel, and the hammer is loop-type aluminum.  Sights are fixed low-profile sights.  The grip plates are of fancy-grade, smooth, polished walnut, with the Kimber 25th anniversary logo set into them, and “1979-2004” engraved on the slide.  The 25th Anniversary Gold Match was produced at the same time; this was similar to the Custom Limited Edition, but highly-accurized and with adjustable rear sights and an ambidextrous manual safety.  500 were built.  The two were also sold as a set (with matching serial numbers, beginning in “KAPC” for the Custom Limited Edition and “KAPG” for the Gold Match version) in a fancy-grade walnut presentation case; 250 of these sets were made.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: None of these pistols are available in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Elite Carry

.45 ACP

0.79 kg

7

$400

Gold Guardian

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

8

$409

Royal Carry

.45 ACP

0.79 kg

7

$401

Stainless Covert

.45 ACP

0.96 kg

7

$398

Stainless Gold Match SE II

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

8

$410

Stainless Gold Match SE II

.38 Super

1.08 kg

9

$287

Target Match

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

7, 8, 9

$414

Ultra CDP Elite II

.45 ACP

0.71 kg

7

$391

Ultra Elite

.45 ACP

0.71 kg

7

$390

Ultra RCP II

.45 ACP

0.71 kg

7

$221

25th Anniversary Custom Limited

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

7

$409

25th Anniversary Gold Match

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

8

$410

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Elite Carry

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

11

Gold Guardian

SA

2

2-Nil

1

3

Nil

15

Royal Carry

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

11

Stainless Carry

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

Stainless Gold Match SE II (.45)

SA

2

2-Nil

1

3

Nil

15

Stainless Gold Match SE II (.38)

SA

2

1-Nil

1

3

Nil

14

Target Match

SA

2

2-Nil

1

3

Nil

15

Ultra CDP Elite II

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

7

Ultra Elite

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

7

Ultra RCP II

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

7

25th Anniversary Custom Limited

SA

2

2-Nil

1

3

Nil

15

25th Anniversary Gold Match

SA

2

2-Nil

1

3

Nil

15

 

Kimber Eclipse Series

     Notes: The Eclipse series has many match-grade features found in other Kimber pistols, but is designed to be affordable enough that a buyer can afford an above-quality pistol without spending a mint.  The Eclipse, like many Kimber pistols, is machined with a frame and slide from a solid stainless steel billet, with fine checkering on the frontstrap and the grip plates.  The trigger is aluminum, and the trigger group is match quality.  Feed elements are polished to help ensure smooth feeding and extraction, and the barrels and chambers are both match-grade.  Hammers are loop-type.  Finish is typically a matte black oxide, with flat surfaces being polished and curved and recessed surfaces being left dark for a nice contrast.  Both the front and rear of the slide have cocking serrations.  The front sight has a high-contrast dot, while the rear sight has a pair of dots on either side of the rear sight aperture.  Kimber Eclipses typically use Meprolight sights.

     The core of the series is the Custom II, which can be had in .45 ACP or 10mm Colt.  It is a full-sized pistol, with a 5-inch barrel and match-grade bushing.  The sights have luminous dots.  The Target II is quite similar, but has a .38 Super chambering instead of a 10mm chambering, and the rear sights are adjustable. 

     The Ultra II is the compact member of the Eclipse series, with a 3-inch barrel.  Its sights are fixed, but it retains the high-contrast dots, which are also luminous.  The Pro II is a commander-length version, with a 4-inch barrel, fixed sights with luminous high-contrast dots.  The Pro Target II is the “premium” model; there is no play in its parts, sights are adjustable, the finish is brushed stainless steel instead of the standard Eclipse finish, and the wood of the grip plates is of greater quality than that of other Eclipse pistols.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The Eclipse series does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Eclipse Custom II

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

8

$408

Eclipse Custom II

10mm Colt

0.99 kg

8

$363

Eclipse Target II

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

8

$409

Eclipse Target II

.38 Super

1.08 kg

9

$286

Eclipse Ultra II

.45 ACP

0.88 kg

7

$387

Eclipse Pro II

.45 ACP

0.99 kg

8

$398

Eclipse Pro Target II

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

8

$413

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Eclipse Custom II (.45)

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

14

Eclipse Custom II (10mm)

SA

2

1-Nil

1

3

Nil

15

Eclipse Target II (.45)

SA

2

1-Nil

1

3

Nil

15

Eclipse Target II (.38)

SA

3

1-Nil

1

3

Nil

14

Eclipse Ultra II

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

7

Eclipse Pro II

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

Eclipse Pro Target II

SA

2

2-Nil

1

3

Nil

15

 

Kimber Gold Match Series

     Notes: The Gold Match series are designed for great accuracy and are perhaps the best pistols that Kimber offers. They are designed not only with competition in mind, but for ordinary carry purposes as well.  They offer features like a stainless steel match-quality heavy barrel that is hand-machined and hand-fitted by the Kimber Custom Shop.  The Gold Series uses micrometer-adjustable sights, with the front and rear sights being dovetailed into the slide.  Sharp edges are beveled or rounded.  The finish is generally a high shine, but with a satin finish on the curves and beveled edges.  The magazine well is also beveled for quick reloading.  The slide has cocking serrations at the front and back. Controls are ambidextrous, and the trigger group is match-quality and hand-tuned.  Materials are almost entirely of steel, including the frame, slide, and barrel; the steel is of higher quality than the typical Kimber pistol. The grips are of finely-checkered rosewood, with even finer checkering on the frontstrap and backstrap.  The Kimber Gold Series is a common sight among competition shooters.

     The “basic” version, the Gold Match II, is chambered for .45 ACP and uses a 5-inch barrel.  The Gold Match Stainless Steel II is essentially identical except for the stainless steel finish, and a 9mm Parabellum chambering.  The Team Match II is also virtually identical, but the rosewood grips have blue stripes and the Kimber Match Team logo, and it is chambered for .45 ACP, 9mm Parabellum, and .38 Super.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Gold Match II

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

8

$408

Gold Match Stainless Steel II

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

8

$408

Gold Match Stainless Steel II

9mm Parabellum

0.97 kg

9

$250

Team Match II

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

8

$409

Team Match II

.38 Super

0.97 kg

9

$286

Team Match II

9mm Parabellum

0.97 kg

9

$250

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Gold Match II

SA

2

2-Nil

1

3

Nil

15

Gold Match Stainless II (.45)

SA

2

2-Nil

1

3

Nil

15

Gold Match Stainless II (9mm)

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

13

Team Match II (.45)

SA

2

2-Nil

1

3

Nil

15

Team Match II (.38)

SA

2

1-Nil

1

3

Nil

14

Team Match II (9mm)

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

13

 

Kimber Limited Edition Series

     Notes: Like the Custom Shop Family, Kimber has produced for limited production runs a family of pistols designed for distribution by certain dealer groups, NRA events or other firearms sporting events, law enforcement agency or military requests, or other special lots.  Many of these limited edition pistols are based on standard Kimber pistols, but some of them are designed from scratch.  Some were first versions of pistols that later became part of Kimber’s standard catalog of pistols.

     The first of these was the Pro Carry SLE (Stainless Limited Edition), with 1329 produced in 2000 at the request Kimber Master Dealers.  The Pro Carry SLE is virtually identical to the Stainless Pro Carry, with an extended thumb safety, a high-ride beavertail/grip safety, and a single recoil spring, and 3-dot fixed low-profile sights are standard, with luminous dots being an option.  However, the frame as well as the slide are of stainless steel.  The barrel is a match-quality, bull-profile, 4-inch barrel.  Finish is satin stainless steel with checkered hard rubber grip plates.  The Pro Carry SLE became quite popular, so Kimber made it a regular item with few changes, and it became the Pro Carry HD.

     The Pro Combat of 2000 was a special series built for and sold only by RGuns.  The Pro Combat is a commander-sized pistol, with a 4-inch match barrel, an ambidextrous safety, a match aluminum trigger, three-dot sights with tritium inlays, finely-checkered rosewood grip plates (with the checkering done by hand) and an even-finer checkered frontstrap.  The frame and slide are of stainless steel, with a black oxide finish.  Only 52 were made.

     The Target Elite II was designed to be sold solely through the Sports Incorporated buying group, and only 220 were built in 2001. It uses a 5-inch match-quality bull barrel, with an adjustable target-type rear sight and a dovetailed front sight blade.  Frame and slide are both of stainless steel, with the slide finished in black oxide and the frame in bright stainless steel.  The rosewood grips use double diamond hand checkering.

     The Custom Defender II built in 2001, is a full-sized pistol sold only through store affiliated with the National Buying Service, with 290 being built.  The Custom Defender is a full-sized pistol that is hand-tuned by Kimber; intended for personal defense and combat, it uses low-profile sights designed for quick target acquisition and is built of stainless steel.  Finish is black oxide on the frame, and natural stainless steel on the slide, with rosewood double diamond grip plates.

     Though the Custom Eclipse II is not quite the same pistol as the Eclipse Custom II above, the two are very similar.  4522 were built in 2001-02, and proved to be quite popular, hence the Eclipse Custom II was produced as a mainstream weapon.  Construction is of stainless steel.  The finish is striking, with the flats being brush-polished and the rounded surfaces being matte.  It is not quite as dehorned as an Eclipse Custom II, but the checkering on the frontstrap is finer.  The rear sight is adjustable and the front blade dovetailed; both have tritium inlays.  The grips are of laminated gray wood and are uncheckered.  The manual safety is ambidextrous, and the barrel is 5 inches.  In a similar manner. The Pro Eclipse II is similar to the Eclipse Pro II and also became a mainstream pistol as the Eclipse Pro II.  2207 were produced from 2201-02.  Features are similar to the Custom Eclipse II, but the barrel is 4 inches.  In the same way, the Ultra Eclipse II is a still smaller version of the Custom Eclipse II, with a 3-inch barrel.  1202 were built, and the design later morphed into the Eclipse Ultra II.

     The Stryker Ten II of 2002, with 200 produced, is an Ultra Ten II (a 1911-type pistol with a polymer frame and a 3-inch barrel) with a heavier stainless steel slide; the slide finish is natural stainless steel, while the frame is black. The grip plates also black and polymer, but separate from the frame.  Some internal parts, not subject to heavy stress, are also polymer instead of metal.  The sights, while fixed, are dovetailed in.  The backstrap can be replaced with one of three backstraps, to suit larger or smaller hands.

     In 2002, The Los Angeles Police Department’s SWAT team chose a version of the Stainless Custom II (a Custom II as above built from stainless steel) as their standard duty pistol.  It has all the features of the Custom II, with a skeletonized trigger, elongated hammer, rubber handgrips, improved sights, and an enlarged ejection port.  In addition, all sharp edges have been rounded for an easier draw.  Other alterations include a passive firing pin safety, a chamber loaded indicator, an interior finish that aids in lubrication (the KimPro II finish), and a match-grade barrel, bushing, and trigger group.  The slide has cocking serrations on the front and rear.  The barrel bushing itself is stainless steel.  Standard grip plates are of checkered black plastic, but variations include a version with luminous sight inserts and a version with dark brown walnut grip plates.  Barrel length is 5 inches, and it uses the higher-quality barrel of the Custom Target II instead of the standard Custom II barrel.  The exterior of the frame and slide are finished in black oxide, and the sights are Meprolight 3-dot night sights that are dovetailed in.  The frontstrap is checkered, and the grip plates are polymer and also checkered.  A MIL-STD-1913 rail was later fitted under the dust cover.  This version is commonly known as the “LAPD SWAT” version, and was not sold to the public.

     The NRA Epoch II version of 2002 was produced in very limited numbers, with only 58 produced.  It was produced as a special promotional pistol for the Friends of the NRA, and was available only at certain NRA banquets as a presentation pistol to certain guests.  For the most part, it is a standard Kimber-type 1911 pistol, though very ornate and with special markings.  The construction is of stainless steel, with a black finish that was polished on the flats.  Each one, due to the markings, is essentially unique.  The grip plates are of laminated gray wood.  The NRA Epoch II has fixed tritium-inlay night sights and frontstrap checkering; the barrel is 5 inches.

     The BoSS II is another very-limited edition pistol, with only 25 produced in 2003.  It is a presentation-type pistol built to commemorate Blythe Sports’ 50th anniversary.  For the most part, it is a stock Kimber 1911-type pistol, with a 5-inch match barrel.  However, the trigger module is also match-quality, with an aluminum skeletonized trigger.  The frame and slide are stainless steel with a natural finish, and the edges have been dehorned with Kimber’s Carry Melt treatment.  The grop plates are polymer colored black and silver.  The sights are fixed, but of the 3-dot type.  Otherwise, the BoSS II has special markings (“The BoSS II” on the ejection port side of the slide, and “Special Edition” on the other side of the slide, and the Blythe 50th anniversary logo on the grip plates).

     The Eclipse CLE II is a version of the Eclipse Custom II which was produced for sale through the National Buying Service.  271 were made in 2003. It is for the most part the same as the Eclipse Custom II, but the finish is entirely polished black, and the pistol bears special markings.  The grip plates are charcoal/red with the Kimber logo set into them.  Unlike the Eclipse Custom II, the Eclipse CLE II has no frontstrap checkering. The trigger is aluminum, and the trigger group is match quality.  Feed elements are polished to help ensure smooth feeding and extraction, and the barrels and chambers are both match-grade.  Hammers are loop-type. Both the front and rear of the slide have cocking serrations.  The front sight has a high-contrast dot, while the rear sight has a pair of dots on either side of the rear sight aperture; all have luminous dots.  The Eclipse CLE II uses Meprolight sights.  The Eclpse PLE is likewise similar to the Eclipse Pro II, but with the same changes listed above for the Eclipse PLE II.  It was built in 2003 through outlets afilliated with the Sports Incorporated buying group, and 232 were produced.  The Eclipse ULE II is similar to the Eclipse Ultra II except for the changes listed above; it was sold through the National Buying Service, with 227 produced in 2003.

     The Stainless Target II was produced only in 2003; it is similar in many ways to the Eclipse Target II, but is chambered for 10mm Colt.  It shares most of the features of the Eclipse Target II (or the Eclipse CLE above, and has the Eclipse’s matte black finish with polishing on the flats.  It also has a ramped 5-inch barrel, and the adjustable dovetailed sights of the Eclipse Target II.  The Stainless Target II was also built in 9mm Parabellum, and was Kimber’s first 9mm pistol.  It shares features, fit, and finish with the 10mm version, and also has an extended manual safety and extended magazine release.

     Perhaps one of Kimber’s most accurized pistols, the Classic Target II was sold only through Gander Mountain, and 110 were built in 2006.  It appears to be a “plain vanilla” Kimber 1911-type pistol, but the trigger, barrel, sights, and chamber, and barrel bushing are all match-quality and hand-fitted.  The construction is of stainless steel, with a black-oxide-finish slide and a natural stainless steel frame.  The grips may be smooth or stippled, and bear the Team Kimber logo.

     The Franklin Custom II is essentially a special edition version of the standard Custom II above; the stats are duplicated below for convenience.  50 were produced in 2006 to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the Franklin Gun Shop.  The only real differences between the Franklin Custom II and the standard Custom II are cosmetic; the Franklin Custom II is finished in black oxide with silver controls and a silver bushing and grip safety.  The grip plates are red, white and blue laminated wood, with the Franklin gun Shop’s logo.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: These pistols do not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Pro Carry SLE

.45 ACP

0.99 kg

7

$399

Pro Combat

.45 ACP

0.99 kg

7

$398

Target Elite II

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

8

$409

Custom Defender II

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

8

$408

Custom Eclipse II

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

8

$409

Pro Eclipse II

.45 ACP

0.99 kg

8

$398

Ultra Eclipse II

.45 ACP

0.96 kg

7

$387

Stryker Ten II

.45 ACP

0.71 kg

10

$389

LAPD SWAT

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

7

$414

NRA Epoch II

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

7

$408

The BoSS II

.45 ACP

1.05 kg

8

$408

Eclipse CLE II

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

8

$408

Eclipse PLE II

.45 ACP

0.99 kg

8

$398

Eclipse ULE II

.45 ACP

0.96 kg

7

$387

Stainless Target II

10mm Colt

0.99 kg

8

$364

Stainless Target II

9mm Parabellum

0.91 kg

9

$250

Classic Target II

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

8

$410

Franklin Custom II

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

7

$408

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Pro Carry SLE

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

Pro Combat

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

Target Elite II

SA

2

2-Nil

1

3

Nil

15

Custom Defender II

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

14

Custom Eclipse II

SA

2

2-Nil

1

3

Nil

15

Pro Eclipse II

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

Ultra Eclipse II

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

7

Stryker Ten II

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

7

LAPD SWAT

SA

2

2-Nil

1

3

Nil

15

NRA Epoch II

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

14

The BoSS II

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

14

Eclipse CLE II

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

14

Eclipse PLE II

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

Eclipse ULE II

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

7

Stainless Target II (10mm)

SA

2

1-Nil

1

3

Nil

15

Stainless Target II (9mm)

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

13

Classic Target II

SA

2

2-Nil

1

3

Nil

15

Franklin Classic II

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

14

 

Kimber Raptor II

     Notes: New for 2005, the Raptor II is a 1911-type pistol which has a unique “reptilian” finish and surprising accuracy.  The grips plates, frontstrap checkering, and slide cocking grips on the rear and front of the slide are all made in what Kimber calls a “Deep Lizard-Scale Pattern,” a sort of scale-shaped type of grooves which are both attractive, unusual in looks, and functional, providing an excellent grip on the weapon.  The Raptor II has a steel frame finished in polished blue, with a slide finished in matte black oxide. The grip plates are of a deep golden brown.  It makes for a very attractive pistol indeed.  The sights are of the three-dot Meprolight variety, and the Raptor II delivers exceptionally tight groups.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This pistol does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Raptor II

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

8

$409

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Raptor II

SA

2

2-Nil

1

3

Nil

15

 

Kimber Rimfire Series

     Notes: The Rimfire series is designed for target shooters, practice shooters, recreational shooters, plinkers, and those who cannot afford a lot of standard centerfire ammunition, but still want a quality 1911-type pistol. Both are quality pistols that were designed from the outset to be rimfire pistols, and are not simply 1911-type pistols that have a rimfire kit installed (though Kimber does sell such a kit as well).

     The Rimfire Target uses an aluminum frame and slide, with checkered rubber grip panels.  The finish may be matte black or satin silver; both have black grip plates.  Unlike most .22 Long Rifle pistols, the Rimfire Target will not cycle properly with standard, everyday-average .22 Long Rifle ammunition; high-velocity ammunition is required.  Unlike a 1911-type pistol, the Rimfire Target’s slide does not have a hold-open feature; it will not lock open after emptying the magazine.  The 5-inch barrel is match-grade, with a match-grade bushing and ramping.  The trigger group is also match grade.  The rear sight is adjustable.

     The Rimfire Super is a more refined version of the Rimfire Target.  The Rimfire Super is visually more appealing than the Rimfire Target, having a blackened aluminum alloy slide and a silver-finish frame with fine wood grips.  It has a full 5-inch barrel, and the rear sight is fully adjustable, while the front sight is dovetailed.  The slide is flat-topped and is fluted on either side of the slide serrations; this was done for looks, but it also means that the Rimfire Super will not fit in many holsters designed for M-1911-type pistols.  The safety is ambidextrous, and rather large, making it easy to manipulate.  The barrel is crowned to prevent damage to the mouth of the barrel.  Unlike most rimfire weapons, the Rimfire Super can be dry-fired without worrying about damage to the pistol.

     In 2004, Kimber announced a version of both the Rimfire Target and Rimfire Super in .17 Mach 2 Rimfire chambering.  These versions used a polymer magazine, but are otherwise identical to their .22 Long Rifle brethren.  These chamberings are no longer on Kimber’s web site, and were offered only for a very short time.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The .17 Mach 2 Rimfire versions are not available in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Rimfire Target

.22 Long Rifle

0.62 kg

10

$131

Rimfire Target

.17 Mach 2 Rimfire

0.65 kg

10

$253

Rimfire Super

.22 Long Rifle

0.65 kg

10

$132

Rimfire Super

.17 Mach 2 Rimfire

0.68 kg

10

$254

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Rimfire Target (.22)

SA

-1

Nil

1

3

Nil

9

Rimfire Target (.17)

SA

1

Nil

1

4

Nil

8

Rimfire Super (.22)

SA

-1

Nil

1

3

Nil

9

Rimfire Super (.17)

SA

1

Nil

1

4

Nil

8

 

Kimber SIS

     Notes: Designed specifically for LAPD’s SIS (Special Investigative Section), the SIS is optimized for those who need accurate and powerful, yet highly-concealable pistols or larger pistols that are quick to draw and aim.  As a police unit whose job is to covertly stake out and follow the city’s most dangerous felons, the SIS has the need for exactly such a pistol.  As LAPD’s SWAT unit adopted the Custom II in 2002, they recommended Kimber to the SIS when they requested a new duty pistol in 2005; in response, Kimber designed the SIS.  The SIS is also sold on the open market.

     Several versions of the SIS are made.  The SIS Ultra is sort of a “basic” SIS, with a 3-inch match-grade steel bull barrel which keeps the SIS Ultra from being “heel heavy,” as many compact versions of 1911 pistols are.  Despite the smaller dimensions, the SIS Ultra still uses a 7-round magazine, with laminated plastic grips that have stippling on the sides and a finely-checkered frontstrap to ensure a firm grip on the pistol; the backstrap is grooved (and made of aluminum on the Ultra).  The magazine well is beveled.  The grip safety and beavertail is extended; otherwise, the SIS Ultra is almost completely dehorned.  The hammer is a loop hammer, somewhat reduced in size, and virtually the entire frame and slide have been given a “melt treatment” that pretty much rounds off all the sharp corners.  The thumb safety is slightly extended and ambidextrous.  The slide has a flat top, and the stainless steel frame and slide have been given a matte gray KimPro II finish to eliminate unwanted glare.  The cocking serrations (front and back) are interesting; they are not only quite functional, but shaped so that they spell out “SIS.”  Sights are fixed with tritium inlays and are dovetailed in; they are designed to allow the shooter to quickly acquire the target.  The aluminum trigger is match-quality.  The mechanism has been given some tweaks, such as a full-length guide rod and a heavy recoil spring to lengthen the slide’s cycling time; this helps increase reliability in such small 1911-type pistols.

     Going up in size, the SIS Pro keeps the same features as the SIS Ultra, but barrel length is 4 inches.  The Custom is a full-sized pistol, with a 5-inch barrel and an 8-round magazine capacity (the 7-round magazines may still be used).  The Custom/RL adds a MIL-STD-1913 rail under the dust cover. 

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The SIS is not available in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

SIS Ultra

.45 ACP

0.88 kg

7

$388

SIS Pro

.45 ACP

0.99 kg

7

$398

SIS Custom

.45 ACP

1.08 kg

7, 8

$409

SIS Custom/RL

.45 ACP

1.11 kg

7, 8

$414

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

SIS Ultra

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

7

SIS Pro

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

SIS Custom & Custom/RL

SA

2

2-Nil

1

3

Nil

15

 

Kimber Solo

     Notes: The Solo is a subcompact pistol using the trend of firing a fairly-powerful cartridge (9mm Parabellum, in this case) out of a very small handgun.  The Solo is striker-fired to reduce length and to make it more concealable and easy to draw from a concealed space; the Solo is in fact almost totally dehorned. Normally, the triggers of striker-fired pistols have a long and creepy pull that suddenly turns easy, making accuracy suffer; this is due to the DAO operation that most striker-fired pistols use.  The Solo, however, uses a double-action trigger that borrows most of its features from revolvers, making the trigger pull long, but smooth.  However, the striker is not contacted until the trigger is fully pulled to the rear.  Of course, further trigger pulls are at the single-action pull weight.  The aluminum frame houses a surprisingly small amount of moving parts, as does the stainless steel slide assembly.  The 2.7-inch barrel is topped by a carefully-sculpted ramp at the front; the rear is a simple notch, only slightly raised and formed to not snag on the draw.  The frame is inspired by the M-1911, in that it was shaped to naturally make the user grip the pistol as high up as possible to passively help control recoil. The thumb safety/slide lock is also borrowed from the 1911, and works in the same way.  Finish is brushed stainless steel for the slide and the frame is finished in KimPro II, either black or silver. 8-round magazines include a lengthening of the grip and a finger step.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The Solo is not available in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Solo

9mm Parabellum

0.48 kg

6, 8

$139

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Solo

SA

1

Nil

0

5

Nil

6

 

Kimber Super Carry

     Notes: The newest iteration (as of the beginning of August 2010) of the Kimber pistol line is the Super Carry, designed to be reasonably light in weight yet fire a powerful cartridge.  It is a 1911-based pistol, with many refinements pioneered by Kimber over the years, particularly those of the earlier Carry and Pro Carry pistols.  Chief among these is the melt treatment, rounding the edges of the Super Carry and effectively dehorning virtually all of it. The frame is full-sized and made primarily of 7075-T7 light aluminum alloy; the slide is reduced length, though the largest member (the Super Carry Custom) still has a full-length 5-inch barrel.  The Super Carry Pro has a 4-inch barrel, while the Super Carry Ultra has a 3-inch barrel.  The barrels are match grade and with a match bushing. The slides are of stainless steel.  The cocking grips are of a lizard-pattern and beveled, the Super Carry Custom has cocking grooves at the front and back, while the other two have the grooves only at the rear.  The Super Carry has an extended beavertail and grip safety (the amount of extension decreasing with the size of the pistol), and a raised grip safety as well.  The heels are rounded.  The frontstrap, rearstrap, and grip plates are all serrated.  The grip plates are of wood.  Controls are ambidextrous. The magazine well is funneled to ease reloading.  The hammer is of the commander-type and of reduced size.  Finish is a matte black slide and a satin aluminum frame, with a Kim-Pro finish in both cases. The weight is light, and the Super Carry is quite narrow.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: Introduced in 2010, the Super Carry is not available in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Super Carry Custom

.45 ACP

0.88 kg

8

$411

Super Carry Pro

.45 ACP

0.79 kg

8

$400

Super Carry Ultra

.45 ACP

0.71 kg

7

$390

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Super Carry Custom

SA

2

2-Nil

1

4

Nil

15

Super Carry Pro

SA