Kimber Tactical Custom HD II .45 ACP Handgun Review

The Kimber Tactical Custom HD II .45 ACP handgun is a Contemporary Heavy Duty single-action for agents who go in harm’s way!

Police officers respond to callouts every day. So does Kimber. Especially when those calls come from public servants. Take note of Kimber’s newest 1911, the Tactical Custom HD II chambered in .45 ACP. Although the company has seemingly made a 1911 for every type of shooter, their catalog grows a few pages this year with the introduction of two new tactical pistols including an “Entry” model carrying a forged rail.

kimber1These two pistols are available to the public but were designed to meet the needs of law enforcement and military professionals. “The Tactical series was conceived as a lightweight duty gun with aluminum frames,” says Kimber. “These have been very popular.” But for many officers, the lighter aluminum frame changed the handling qualities of the traditional steel-framed 1911 so a heavy-duty tactical .45 was called for. Driven by the law enforcement community, Kimber responded by placing steel on steel.

More than 200 inspections are performed to a Kimber 1911 before it leaves the factory. Kimber doesn’t purchase parts from other sources, upholding their stated belief that “the only way to do things right is to do them yourself.”

The Tactical Custom HD II is a contemporary single-action auto chambered in .45 ACP. In this case, “HD” stands for “Heavy Duty.” These pistols live up to that acronym in the form of stainless steel frames and a carbon steel slide finished in a matte KimPro II finish that’s self-lubricating and stands against harsh treatment. Before the finish is applied, these 1911s are cut with 30-lpi (lines-per-inch) checkering on the front strap for positive control. If you peek under the triggerguard, you’ll also find that checkering covers a little more than an inch underneath.

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  • I purchased one for duty use. It’s everthing Kimber says it is. I carry it in Alaska for duty. It holds up to the harshest temps.

  • Joseph Tessaro

    I just thought I would leave a response on the Kimber Tactical Custom HD II. I bought one a month and a half ago from my local gun shop in Colorado. Last weekend I finally got to take it out and shoot it. I know most people want to hear that I fired 1000 or more rounds through it with no malfunctions, but I was only able to fire 50 rounds since I didn’t have much time. I set up 8 aluminum cans about 15 yards away. After I fired the first clip of 8 rounds, I had to go stand up all of the aluminum cans again! Very accurate pistol in my opinion. Easy to aim, easy to shoot, recoil isn’t bad as I was able to sight in on my next can in no time at all. I shot fairly quickly, sighting the can and pulling the trigger, which has a clean break to it. I hear a lot about all of the custom 1911’s out there, and for the price of a Wilson, Volkmann, Ed Brown, Nighthawk, etc. you can buy 3 Kimbers and they are a fantastic gun. I love the looks, feel, little custom stuff done without spending a 200-300 upgrade, what more can you say about Kimber. In my opinion, they hit the nail on the head with this one. A lot of gun for the money.