Since it first appeared a few years ago, Kimber’s Tactical Pro II .45 ACP has become the preferred carry gun of many M1911 aficionados. And with good reason, it’s a lot of gun for a fair price. Similar in size and weight to the old Colt Combat Commander, but with many more features, the Tactical Pro II is aesthetically pleasing, tactically sound in concept, of excellent quality and thus, a highly efficient self-defense tool. In fact, it’s so aesthetically pleasing that it’s almost too nice to carry on a daily basis, given how carry guns inadvertently get knocked around.
Being essentially a compact M1911, the Tactical Pro II is capable of superb accuracy, better than typically encountered with most pistol designs. Not surprisingly, mine shot 25-meter 3-shot Ransom Rest groups averaging around 1.5 inches with all brands of 230-grain FMJ, and printed them virtually dead-on point of aim at 50 meters. In addition, with all brands, flawless feeding was also experienced.
160- to 165-Grain JHPs
As for JHPs, the most accurate was CorBon’s 160-grain DPX JHP, which printed 25-meter 3-shot Ransom Rest groups of 1.5 inches about 0.5 of an inch above point of aim, which for reasons that completely escape me, places it dead-on at 50-meters. Normally, light bullet, high-performance loads tend to print either very high or very low, but not in this case.
In both water and live critters, it expanded magnificently, but without demonstrating excessive penetration. In each case, I recovered the spent bullet from beneath the off-side hide or found it lying on the ground next to the downed animal. This is textbook performance and couldn’t be better, especially when we consider that feeding was also flawless, recoil entirely manageable and muzzle flash minimal. For these reasons, it quickly became my preferred load.
Though not as accurate, CorBon’s 165-grain Pow’RBall +P, is highly frangible, exhibiting spectacular expansion, but exceptionally low penetration. Were I an apartment dweller, concerned with wall penetration into adjacent rooms or other apartments, this would without a doubt be my choice.
It also feeds perfectly in my Tactical Pro II, and is controllable in fast shooting sequences, but because of its noticeably low penetration, I don’t think it would be the best choice if you will be operating in or around vehicles. On the other hand, for use against unprotected targets, it should perform quite well.
Since it first appeared a few years ago, Kimber’s Tactical Pro II .45 ACP has…
by Richard Mann / May 2, 2010