Kimber Pro Carry II Review

We have reached the end of the line for the Kimber Pro Carry II Review. As of this writing, it has fired 2012 rounds and failed to complete the cycle of operations 5 times. What’s interesting is that 4 of those 5 failures were during the initial 500 round break-in period that Kimber recommends. After the first 500 rounds, the Kimber Pro Carry II failed once in the next 1500 rounds. Based on my 1911 scoring system, the Kimber receives a score of 90/100, good enough for a A-.

One of the better features about the Pro Carry II is its accuracy, which comes thanks to the bushingless cone-style barrel, commonly called a bull barrel. Out of a 4-inch carry gun, the Kimber could shoot 2 inch groups all day long off a rest at 25 yards, if you use quality JHP ammo. With FMJ ammo, groups would open up a little, as expected.

The Pro Carry II’s accuracy is helped along by its shootability, which is a made up word we use to describe how easy or difficult a gun is to shoot well. Just like the Kimber Team Match II, this Kimber is very shootable, thanks in part to its excellent black on black sights, which are nicely serrated to cut down on glare, and it’s 4.5lb trigger, perfect for every day carry, but also pretty darn good for shooting the x-ring out of a B8 target.

Honestly, I also like the way the gun looks. I get that all guns are tools and you should be willing to stomp your EDC gun into a dirty hole full of puddle water, but I also like it when things are nice to look at. That’s probably why I like revolvers, 1911s, and Berettas. They’re nice to look at, and this Kimber Pro Carry II is no exception. I think Commander-sized 1911s look great, and the slight difference in shades of gray between the slide and frame makes for nice contrast.

I learned there’s a lot to like during the Kimber Pro Carry II Review, and not much to dislike. While I disagree with the idea of break-in periods, when the manufacturer specifies one, it’s not a bad idea to follow their instructions. 1 failure in 1500 rounds is probably a more realistic representation of this Kimber’s ability than 5 failures in 2012 rounds.