Kimber’s Super Carry Pro is versatile enough to provide on/off-duty…

Kimber’s Super Carry Pro is versatile enough to provide on/off-duty carry that is reliable, accurate and quick into action.

There was a time when uniformed officers would be seen wearing a Sam Browne belt, thumb break holster (if they were really progressive) with a “dual purpose” MagLight in a ring. That holster would be filled with one of those funny-looking handguns with a part that rotated and held six rounds or Old Slabsides. Six-shooter or a 1911 that was pretty much it, same for plainclothes and tactical teams, regardless of agency.

Don’t get me wrong. Felon after felon succumbed to fire from a revolver wielding officer or packing a 1911. Tough guys like the Texas Rangers had been making a career out of putting the habeas grabbus on some truly unpleasant folks while packing 1911s for quite a while and that is still true today.

kimber-super-carry-pro-45-acp-bThe stainless steel slide wears black KimPro II and custom rear cocking serrations. The pistol features a high-ride grip safety, and an ambi thumb safety.

Duty holsters filled with revolvers are essentially extinct today, long ago replaced by a high-capacity polymer pistols. And yet the 1911 is still around, filling LEO, military and even civilian holsters.

For every person who straps gun and badge on daily, the handgun choice, unless departmentally mandated, is a personal thing. It is a lifeline just like Taser or flashlight — a tool in the toolbox that absolutely must work and be effective, if that lifeline is called for.

Many will be satisfied with today’s polymer pistols, loaded with an abundance of 9mm or .40 S&W cartridges, and an occasional .357 SIG thrown in for good measure. For others, frequently those who kick in doors or swim ashore in hostile lands, it has to be a metallic pistol, a 1911 preferably, packing a fist full of those stubby cartridges synonymous with the 1911—the .45 ACP.

Long before polymer pistols with interchangeable backstraps to fit them to everyone, the 1911 was going to war and places filled with unpleasant, hard men. The single-stack 1911 seems to point instinctively, like no other, with a grip angle near perfect and excellent balance. As designed by John Browning, it is also fed hardball despite neglect and abuse at the hands of generations of soldiers. As for accuracy, Browning’s creation certainly proved adequate for the military. Despite all of this, folks began to clamor for “improvements.”

Men like Armand Swenson, Jim Clark Sr., or Jim Hoag were customizing 1911s to fit everyone, and meet the needs of fans of the breed. They customized them with their own hands, using equipment ancient and outmoded by today’s standards. And yet the pistols worked, much to the sorrow of opponents in competition, on battlefields, or on the street.

Today’s 1911s, celebrating their forefather’s 100th birthday soon, are produced to such exacting standards that John Browning might shed a tear of joy. They provide all the niceties pistolsmiths from half a century ago spent countless hours working on, and some they never dreamed of.

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  • Douglas Risavy

    I just bought my first 1911 and I decided to go with the Super Carry Pro. I bought my son a Kimber Crimson Carry for his 21st Birhtday two years ago and have wanted a 1911 ever since. I took my new Kimber to the range tonight and put about 50 rounds through it and I was totally impressed. I also had my H&K P30 9MM with me and I must say that the Kimber is now my new favorite carry gun. It shot much closer groups than my P30 ever has …not only does is shoot well but it is a very cool ..!!! Picked us a spare mag also .. I will say though if money was not a factor I would have opted for the Super Match II …!!!

  • I have owned several weapons of this caliber, and I must admit, out of the box, hands down, this particular 45 stands out from the pack. Every round no mattter grain or manufacture went down range in a 2″ grouping. I am so happy with this purchase! Kimber keep up the great work and tradition.

  • I am the proud owner of a Kimber Super Carry Pro (kscp) and I must say that I love the gun. This is my first Model 1911; although I own 8-other handguns, including 2-Sig Sauers, of which I believe anyone would admit that they are also some of the finest firearms manufactured.

    My Kimber has proved to fit my hand perfectly; with the stock grips. I love the “scales” (the checkering along the front/backstraps and top of the slide) and definitely feel that they aid in retention, as far as maintaining a positive grip, at the front/backstraps. The recoil of the .45 caliber is minimal and proves to be a non-issue, at least for me.

    I have yet to complete the “break-in” period; having only fired 300 – 350 +/- through it since Christmas 2010 but have no reservations in recommending this gun, for whatever my opinion is worth. You cannot go wrong with a Kimber Model 1911.

    Tom Morgan
    Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Ray Ratheal

    Keith, its great to see you are a famous gun writer! I am just an IDPA shooter in Virginia. I see from your articles that you are still committed to weapons as a self defense option. good for you! Hope you are well. How are Allen and his bride?