Kimber Pro Carry II range report

Kimber Pro Carry II range report

This is a discussion on Kimber Pro Carry II range report within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; First off, let me preface this saying that I have NEVER shot anything larger than a 9mm in the pistol calibers and surely have not ...

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    Kimber Pro Carry II range report

    First off, let me preface this saying that I have NEVER shot anything larger than a 9mm in the pistol calibers and surely have not shot a 1911 before.

    As I posted, on Tues I picked up a Kimber Pro Carr II at Vances in Columbus Ohio for $769.99. I had a little issue with it after field striping it in which I had to take it back to have them fix it, it was user error and not a gun error.

    Today I took 150 rounds to the range with the included 7 round magazine and I also bought a Kimber Kimpro 8 round magazine. Got to the range, checked in and went to business. I loaded up my magazines and sent a target about 20-30 yards. I shot both magazines and seen I was shooting low and right, which tends to be my theme with everything I shot today. The gun shot flawless, I did have to fail to feed but those were after reloads and I think I may not have had the round properly seated in the magazine, but it fired everything I put through it 100%. I put 150 Blazer 230 grain alum cased rounds and then for the fun of it I bought a box of Federal Hydroshock 230 grain and put only 7 of those down range and they fed 100%. I only put 7 due to what they cost. I dont know if it was me or not, but it did seem that the Federal had more recoil.

    Speaking of recoil, I was shocked at how much recoil there was compared to 9mm. I surely felt it, but I think I will be able to overcome it in time. I took my 9 year old son with me and was going to let him fire it, but after feeling the recoil and seeing how small his hands were around it, I decided not to. I will buy a P22 for him sometime for that purpose.

    The only complaint I have about today was that I did not have a ton more money for a ton more ammo, I enjoyed shooting it but I need more practice to gain accuracy. For what its worth, I did not care for the guys shooting in the stall two over from me, they had rifles and a semiauto shotgun and they were just blasting away and a couple of times i looked over during reloads and the barrel of their AK was aimed in my direction.

    After coming home and cleaning it up

    One handed shooting at 10 yards
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    10 yards 1 hand with a brand new pistol, Not to shabby. I just got a springfield loaded champion and going from glock .40s to that is a little bit different. You'll get used to the recoil over time.

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    Not only was that one hand, but it was a mix between my strong and weak hand and some rapid fire.
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    Justhere, I see you cleverly photographed the right side of your new 1911... was that to keep us from seeing the 1911 rookie-scratch from the slide stop? (j/k!) Glad to see you got the gun back together again.

    Re the recoil: you chose a "lightweight" model for your first 1911, and that's got a lot to do with the big difference you feel in recoil over the 9mm. In all but the lightest or smallest guns, the 9mm really is a pussycat of a round. When you get a chance sometime, borrow a friend's steel 5-inch 1911 and shoot the same ammo, and you'll see the effect that an extra 9-10 ounces makes, in addition to the longer barrel. The shorter barrel seems to give you a bit more muzzle flip than the full-size gun. I think you made a good choice in holding off on letting Junior shoot this one for now.

    No matter, I trust you find the recoil manageable, just a new sensation compared to the 9mm you've been shooting. A firm grip goes a long way toward keeping it under control.

    Looking at your target, are you perchance left-handed? It's common for righties to pull their shots low to the left if they are jerking the trigger of if the trigger is unusually stiff, the latter being rare for a quality 1911.

    When you get around to picking up some more magazines, I highly recommend the Wilson Combat and Cobra by Tripp. Maybe Kimber has improved their mags over the past 2-3 years, but the OEM mag that came with my Custom CDP Pro was a real turd that kept tying the gun up. Apparently that's not an unusual event.

    Good luck with the new piece, and welcome to the huge club of 1911 shooters!
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    Good job!
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    "looked over during reloads and the barrel of their AK was aimed in my direction"

    Some people just don't know or they forget the basics even if a weapon is unloaded it's not that hard to keep it pointed in a safe direction. Congrats on the new weapon, it's a good looking piece.
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    Looks pretty accurate bud! Yes indeed .45 has a bit more kick then 9mm, but it's a slower more manageable kick then say .40. Just take a little time and you will grow to love .45 acp! One suggestion, shoot the .45 first and then shoot your 9mm. The 9mm will feel like very easy.
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    Will try to respond to all.

    Actually no "idiot" scratch yet. To be honest, got home and cleaned it today and guess what, I could not get that dang slide stop back in and had to make a trip to the shop to have them show me again, it was a differnet guy this time and he showed me much better than the last, I came home, took it out and put it back in no problem, so I think I have the hang of it now. This gun maybe a lightweight, I can say
    it does not feel light when fully loaded. I do not know anyone with a fullsize one, so will have to trust you on that. The only other person I know with one has a 3in Warthog. I managed the recoil just fine, it is just going to take time to get use to but as heavy as this gun is, I cant imagine a Glock or other lighter gun. I rented a .40 once, forgot about it until just now, its been over 10 years ago, I hated that. I think I expected more of a push on this, that is how I always have read .45 recoil, as a push back, but it did have quite a bit of flip up. As for what hand I am, that is up in the air. I write left handed, I do everything else right handed, I can do anything with my left hand that I can with my write, but shooting my left seems to be my weak hand. I am also LEFT eye dominant, and I shoot right handed. So far these Kimber mags have worked perfect except for the two FTF but again, I blame me for those.

    As for the AK, I THINK they may have been trying to show it to me, regardless, I was not thrilled. I had my son with me, I am trying to teach him gun safety and that was not a good lesson for him. If it would have happened a second time, I would have been at the range desk making it known I wanted a differnt lane away from those bozos.

    Eventually I will get another handgun. As of how this Kimber is all I have. I promised my son I would try to pick up a .22 for him to shoot, not sure when that will be.

    This is is about how most of my targets looked if they were shot two handed and past 10 yards. I surely need more practice.
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    I recommend a revolver for your son to start with, and a Ruger Single-Six is about as basic as it gets.
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    I find the differences in 9mm - .40 - .45 recoil relatively insufficient. Yes, there is some difference to be expected, especially the first few shots, but after shooting any of them for a bit, those differences seem to diminish. Now jumping up to the magnum calibers is a significant escalation.
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    Nice shootin', I think you'll be very pleased with your new gun, I certainly like my Pro-Carry.
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    I ordered a CrossBreed Supertuck for it today, they say three to four weeks, I hope it is sooner than later. i did carry it today, but something feels so wrong with putting a gun of this quality into a Uncle Mikes holster (it is one i had from long ago). The holster surely did it no favors, was not comfortable, but nobody in the store I went to seemed to notice or freak out.
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    Can't tell by the box of Federal (can't see the end flap), but if they are +P rated, that would explain the difference you noticed in recoil over the Blazer ammo.

    Good shooting with the new gun.
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    Pro Carry is one sexy looking gun...
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    I like the Pro Carry It's a nice carry gun. Congrats.

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