10 Best Kimber 1911 Pistols For Sale in 2020

10 Best Kimber 1911 Pistols For Sale in 2020

There is only one company that can truly take the fight to Colt in the 1911 sector. That’s Kimber America.

While others laid down at the feet of the Colt 1911 and tried to compete on cost, rather than prestige, Kimber came at Colt like a spider monkey.

The two are still going hammer and tong to this day in pretty much every category. Colt is the volume seller, but some of the Kimber Custom Shop guns are, in our opinion, the absolute benchmark for quality and engineering.

So what are the best Kimber pistols for sale in 2020, and where can you buy them?

Actually buying Kimber handguns isn’t as easy as you think. They’re often special editions and limited number guns, so they aren’t always in stock. And you know how much time you can waste looking at guns you then can’t buy. We do it too…

So we have the solution. All our guns have direct links to take you through to the buy it now page, but these live links show you what’s in stock right now. You might even beat our price…

Kimber Custom Gold Combat RL II For Sale. The best Kimber 1911 in 2020?

1. Kimber Gold Combat RL II

  • Price: $1,699.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP Auto
  • Barrel: 5 inch
  • Weight: 2.37lb
  • Capacity: 8+1

The Kimber Custom Gold Combat RL II is a legend. Only a true connoisseur will spot the Gold Combat G10 grips that mark this thoroughbred apart from the common-or-garden TLE. But you won’t care.

Because you’ll have arguably the finest battle pistol to that Kimber makes. This is a full Kimber Custom gun, which we all know is a different league to the production stuff.

This was always designed as a durable, go-anywhere handgun, too. It’s essentially the very finest M1911 tactical pistol that Kimber could produce. Without going overboard on the suppressor ready barrels and camo colors we will get to shortly.

Classic, Understated Style

Kimber’s understated approach with a 45 pistol of this magnitude is refreshing and all the touches from the special police partners have helped mold this gun into an institution.

Now competition shooters use them, movie stars carry them and Bad Boys style cops with trust funds too. Maybe.

This price is a bargain, by the way. Normally this gun retails well beyond $2,000. Get a $500 discount through Euro Optic while the sale lasts.

The obvious competition, inevitably, comes from the Colt Combat Unit Rail Gun, and Springfield Armory TRP Operator.

Normally this is a much more expensive gun and you have to justify the extra money. But now it isn’t, and you don’t.

With the price drop, perhaps even without it, the Kimber wins this one easily.

Kimber Gold Match For Sharp Shooters

It’s fairly self-explanatory that the Kimber Gold Match ii is the competition shooting version of the Gold Combat, and yet here we are, explaining it…

Kimber America can do a better job of introducing the gun and giving you some more moist juicy gun porn too.

Inevitably everything is match-grade, the rear sights are adjustable and not Novak-style and there are other small concessions to the range and 3-Gun competition.

We found one cheap, by the way, again on Euro Optic. It’s the stainless version and it’s going for just $1,221.30. We think that’s a bargain for this gun…

Kimber Stainless Gold Match 2 handgun for sale. Get the best price on one of Kimber's finest match-grade pistols now.

10 Best Kimber 1911 Pistols For Sale in 2020

2 Kimber Rapide 1911

  • Price: $1,824.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Barrel Length: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.5 inch
  • Weight: 2.2lb
  • Capacity: 8+1

The factory custom Kimber Rapide 1911 is possibly the company’s most exciting new gun of 2020.

It’s the race gun, designed for competition and chambered in 45 ACP or 10mm Auto. It also looks wicked bad and I think a lot of these guns are selling on looks alone. There aren’t this many 3 Gunners and target shooters out there…

We also have no problem with that. Gun porn is healthy. Gun porn is good.

Black Ice Special Edition a Stunning Gun

There’s a collectible Kimber Rapide Black Ice, too, which arguably looks even better with a dark chrome finish and black accent touches that you just have to see.

In fact let’s have one big a gallery of images…

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Wipe Clean Match Barrel With TiN Coating

Even with the base gun you get the TiN coated barrel peering through the custom porting on the side and top of the slide. It doesn’t just look good, deposits wipe straight off that TiN.

It’s a lot of porting, which results in a serious lightweight gun that cycles a lot faster. You might need replacement parts that little bit sooner, but that’s the trade-off and you know it going in.

You get a 2.2lb, full size 1911 as a payoff. That’s good. Great in fact. And this 1911 really does cycle like a polymer pistol.

There is textured checkering on the front strap, but not the full 25Lpi type, a flat mainspring housing and the G10 grips are aggressive without getting into sharp. This really is a custom 1911 for off the peg money, which is the look and feel Kimber was going for.

Now enjoy this slightly cringe video, which does do a good job of pointing out the features. Credit where it’s due and all…

Night Viz Provided by Upgraded TruGlo Sights

Upgraded sights were inevitable and Kimber has gone for TruGlo Day/Night Sights with a Hi Viz orange front ring. If you can’t get a clear sight of the target, no iron sights can help you and it’s time for a red dot…

Somebody will inevitably prove me wrong, but this is not your every day carry gun. It’s just not. All that porting and detail work is a snag waiting to happen it just doesn’t really make sense.

But as a nightstand pistol? As a home defense tool? Well then you could certainly make a case for the fast cycling 1911 with the monster night sights.

It’s all the justification we need to buy a Kimber Rapide. And yes, we know that rhymes, and now we’re scared we won’t be able to stop…

Kimber Aegis Elite Custom for sale. A great 9mm 1911 that comes with Kimber trademarks like a two-tone finish, G10 grips and a laser etched slide.

3. Kimber Aegis Elite Custom

  • Price: $879.99
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Barrel Length: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.7 inch
  • Weight: 2.38lb
  • Capacity: 9+1

The Kimber Aegis line was designed around 9mm ammo, although you can buy a 45 Kimber Aegis now too.

It doesn’t make a huge difference to be honest, but this is one of our favorite 9mm offerings from the company. It might just be a marketing thing.

This is a gun that looks more expensive than it is thanks to 24 LPI checkering on the front strap, a two-tone finish and fiber optic night sights.

With a rounded heel, the gun looks set for the carry crowd. But then it’s built on a heavyweight steel frame for durability, rather than aluminum for extra savings.

It’s a curious combination that somehow works out. This is a simply brilliant gun and you’ll be just as happy with the Commander size Kimber Pro or the Officer Size Ultra.

Kimber Desert Warrior 45 ACP for sale. Get your desert spec Kimber Warrior today and get one of the best 45 ACP pistols on the market.

4. Kimber Desert Warrior

  • Price: $1,176.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP Auto
  • Barrel Length: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.7 inch
  • Weight: 2.5lb
  • Capacity: 7+1

The Kimber Desert Warrior is basically an evolution of the TLE with some minor checkering and coating differences.

But we love the Kimber Warrior, partially because of its starring role in John Wick 2. That remains one of the finest press checks in cinema history. Yes, it’s gratuitous, but you know what? Let’s do it…

The Kimber Desert Warrior gets a Flat Dark Earth version of the spray-on KimPro II coating that is every bit as good as Colt’s Decobond.

And what is the capacity? Yeah you knew this was coming…

A checkered front strap and mainspring housing provide more grip and this 2.5lb 1911 gets Novak-style Tactical Wedge Tritium night sights.

A 16lb recoil spring and full length guide rod helps damp down the muzzle rise. So much so that this is a favorite 1911 for law enforcement officers that aren’t quite ready to ‘go Glock’.

Now here’s an actual video about the gun. Sorry about the John Wick stuff. We get carried away…

Kimber Super Jagare 10mm for sale. One of the sexiest handguns alive

5. Kimber Super Jagare

  • Price: $2,271
  • Caliber: 10mm Auto
  • Barrel: 6 inch
  • Total: 9.7 inch
  • Weight: 2.63lb

The Kimber Super Jagare 10mm is pure gun porn, as well as an absolutely sensational hunting pistol. It knows what it is, and even with all the extravagance, there’s a single-minded purpose to this 10mm predator.

This Kimber Custom long slide is the stuff of legend in the pistol hunting community. It is also functional art.

Lightening cuts in the slide help control the recoil on this snappy little 10mm round. Porting in the barrel actually lines up with the slide ports and this is the first of 1000 little tales of OCD that turned this into one of the most desirable 1911s on the market.

A Leupold Deltapoint Reflex site comes with the package and it’s ready to go as a complete hunting semi-auto handgun and critter canon.

Tiger King Joe Exotic owns one, too, although he calls it a Super Jaguar. I’m not even kidding…

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Kimber Ultra CDP - Kimber Custom Defense Package. Is this the ultimate Officer sized carry pistol? Kimber fans say yes...

6. Kimber Ultra CDP Custom Defense Package

  • Price: $1,349.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP Auto
  • Barrel Length: 3 inch
  • Total Length: 6.8 inch
  • Weight: 1.6lb
  • Capacity: 6+1

If you’re looking for a carry 1911 and you’re sure you want a Kimber, then the Kimber Ultra CDP II is the pistol you want.

You have to decide between the 45 ACP and a Kimber Micro 9 that is tailored to the most popular personal defense round. But we decided to go with 230gr hollow points for the personal defense master. Call it a healthy respect for tradition.

It’s the ultimate example of a Kimber subcompact 1911 and one of the most respected carry guns in the world.

Others may butt in occasionally, but the Officer-size 1911 war has pretty much come down to this gun vs the Colt Defender for about 20 years. They are the established masters of the concealed carry 1911 market.

An aluminium frame and stainless slide keep weight down without sacrificing durability or, crucially with a subcompact 1911, reliability.

Premium Features at a Reasonable Price

The dramatic beavertail and enlarged grip safety keep the Commander-style hammer away from your sensitive skin. The flat top slide comes with 3 dot night sights and the front strap and trigger guard get 30 LPI checkering.

The Custom Defense Package isn’t just limited to this Officer size carry gun There are five different options that cover basically every size and configuration of 1911.

Mass manufacturing of parts keeps the final cost bearable, but this gun goes through the Kimber Custom shop. So it’s a league above the production line guns and the whole firearm is matched and fettled by a master gunsmith.

The two-tone finish is awesome, the Kimber Ultra CDP has established a fierce reputation and it’s one of the few subcompact 1911 pistols that gets universal respect.

Get one, and see just how good the little 45 ACP carry gun is for yourself.

Kimber TLE Gold Combat II - Is this the ultimate Kimber 1911? We think it just might be. Read our review and buy your gun online here.

7 Kimber Custom TLE II

  • Price: $899.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP Auto
  • Barrel: 5 inch
  • Weight: 2.37lb
  • Capacity: 8+1

The Kimber Custom TLE II could be the complete battle pistol. If you’re sure you’re starting with a 45 ACP 1911 then really this is the gun you want as your official sidearm on the daily.

This Kimber Government Model 1911 is the gun that the LAPD SWAT team have on their hip when they go into action. They have an SBR, too, though, so bear that in mind…

Understated Brilliance From Kimber TLE II

For such an important pistol, there really isn’t much pomp and ceremony going on here. The Kimber Custom TLE II leaves that for the flashier members of the family that we’ll get to in a moment.

There is a stainless version, but the KimPro II coated matte black version is the most desirable among gun enthusiasts and collectors.

Technical highlights include a full-length guide rod, beveled magazine well, lowered and flared ejection port. The usual for a pistol in this price range.

Dependable, Durable, Battle Proven 1911

Kimber’s Gold Combat is the elite battle pistol. The Kimber Custom Shop provides a gun with an accessory rail and beefy components that could probably carry this 1911 through the next World War.

It’s a tactical pistol, rather than a sport shooter. But truthfully it’s awesome at everything.

The more eye-catching guns often give up a little of the durability and reliability that makes us love these old-school 1911s in the first place.

So if you want to embrace the core values and get the best Kimber Custom 1911 service pistol money can buy, start with this gun and then add to your collection.

Kimber Custom TLE/RL II Stainless Steel For Sale - A great looking semi-automatic 1911 pistol chambered in 45 AUto ACP or 9mm Luger.

You Want a Kimber 1911 Stainless TLE SS Instead?

The Kimber TLE ii isn’t overly pretty in black. But the Kimber 1911 Stainless TLE is a different animal.

Well it’s not a different animal. That’s just stupid. It’s exactly the same gun, but there’s no denying this is prettier than the stock black KimPro coated version.

So consider the Kimber 1911 TLE Stainless before you pull the trigger on the black gun.

Is the Kimber TLE II a Series 70 or Series 80 1911?

Well didn’t we just open a can of worms with that question? Honestly we’re going to back away from it right now. It causes arguments on the internet…

Just so you sound smart, though, it’s not really one or the other. Series 70 and Series 80 are internal Colt designations and the Kimber TLE II doesn’t quite fit either.

Most your Kimber TLE replacement parts will be Series 80, with a Series 70-style barrel bushing. But the Swarz firing pin safety means it’s not technically a Series 80 at all.

Man we’re fun at parties…

Kimber Stainless Raptor II - One of the best Kimber 1911 pistols for sale in 2020. Buy guns online at the USA's favorite gunbroker.

8. Kimber Stainless Raptor II

  • Price: $1,299
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Barrel Length: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.6 inch
  • Weight: 2.38lb

The Kimber Raptor Stainless II is one of those big, shiny Government sized 1911s that look just about perfect from every angle.

It’s actually pretty hard to make a 1911 that is so instantly recognizable that it becomes an icon and a niche in its own right. There’s not so much you can do that’s different with the basic John Moses Browning design.

With the Raptor, Kimber has achieved the near impossible and created a 1911 pistol that truly stands out from any crowd without fancy tricks like color or porting. Well, one kinda fancy trick…

Feather Serrations Mark Raptor Apart

Of course, those feather-style serrations are what truly mark out this big, solid hunk of handgun. The slide and grip work looks amazing, but it’s also properly functional. 

The Raptor II is just different enough, while absolutely staying true to the 1911 traditions. It’s kinda brilliant, when you think about it. If you think about it…

We like the smaller Ultra Raptor II as well, of course we do. The Kimber Ultra carry gun looks good in black or brushed stainless. Again, we’d take the shiny metal version with the 3 inch barrel.

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Kimber Micro 9 ESV. A new kind of Kimber 1911 9mm carry pistol. Get this subcompact 9mm 1911 handgun today, buy guns online.

9. Kimber Micro 9 ESV

  • Price: $1,699
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 3.15 inch
  • Weight: 0.96lb

This is about as lightweight as the Kimber Micro 9 gets. This is the competition tuned, match grade 1911 9mm that is also one of the sexiest carry guns we have seen in a while.

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Is the Kimber Micro 9 a 1911 at all? Now you could probably argue not thanks to the lack of a beavertail grip safety and some other purist issues. Kimber Ultra carry guns are 1911s, and this isn’t really.

But the truth is that it functions kind of like a 1911, looks like one and pretty much handles like one.

If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s pretty much a duck…

So we say yes, the Kimber Micro 9 is a real 1911. Kind of. It’s definitely a breakout success and one of the best Kimber pistols, in terms of sales at least, in recent times.

Kimber Micro 9 is a Massive Family of Guns

Common sense says you should go for the Kimber Micro 9 Custom Defense Package for concealed carry. The custom guns tend to have a perfect reputation for reliability thanks to traditional skills like matching the slide and frame.

But the Micro 9 is a different animal. It’s a fashion statement as much as personal defense and the amount of guns out there is just mindblowing.

Prices start much cheaper and you can opt for any number of Cerakote finish guns or something like a Kimber Micro 9 Stainless Steel. All of Kimber’s design experience comes into play with two-tone guns, limited editions and semi-auto pistols with attitude.

The ESV is our favorite, but you might want something a little different.

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For a full range of Kimber Micro 9 Stainless and cerakote finishes for sale, try these live links to what’s in stock at our favorite dealers:

Kimber Pro Carry 2 for sale. A great 45 ACP 1911, or 9mm now, and one of Kimber's best selling model lines with a 5,4 and 3 inch barrel.

10. Kimber Pro Carry II

  • Price: $707.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP Auto
  • Barrel Length: 4”
  • Weight: 1.75lb
  • Capacity: 7+1 rounds

The Kimber Pro Carry II gives off a custom pistol vibe without actually being a Kimber Custom. That is good and bad.

The good news is that the price is ridiculously low for a Kimber 1911. This is heading down towards Rock Island Armory territory.

For this money you get to rock the Kimber two-tone finish on your Commander size 1911. There are rosewood grips, rather than the high-tech shiz, but that’s homely and stylish too. Wood is custom. Wood is life and all.

Grip Works, But Might Need Work

You get proper checkering on the back strap, and a smooth, rounded mainspring housing that you can easily get used to. For a concealed carry, it can make your gun easier to live with on the daily. Or you can apply grip tape. Your call…

It’s lacking the last word in refinement that you’ll get from a full custom workshop gun. But then nice things cost more and this is a damned good gun for the money.

This gets you some skin in the Kimber 1911 game. The Kimber Pro Carry II is a gateway drug that will soon have you lusting after a Gold Combat II or a Stainless Raptor.

Until then, the Kimber Pro Carry II is a great carry gun, an exceptional 1911 and a plain old bargain. It’s one of the best-selling Kimber pistols for a reason.

Of course, you can get a model with a 5 inch barrel or a Kimber Ultra carry pistol too. Find them and more here with the full range of Kimber handguns at Euro Optic.

The Kimber Ultra Carry with the 3 inch barrel is another insanely popular gun and we totally get it. Again, it’s a 1911 that looks way more expensive than the price tag. That is a real talent.

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