Kimber Ultra CDP II my take after 2,000 rounds…
I been carrying the Kimber Ultra CDP II for 5 months now. (Before that I used to carry a PX4 Compact 9mm DA/SA)
Well, I finally broke the whole 2000 rounds count on the CDP II, so now I feel pretty confident talking about it. :danceban:
Kimber Ultra CDP II
- Caliber: 45 ACP
- Weight: 25ounces (empty)
- Ambidextrous thumb safety (one thing I will like to change in the future)
- Carry Melt finish (basically all edges are rounded)
- Magazine Capacity: 7+1
- Trijicon sights
Holsters I'm using:
1) Crossbreed Supertuck IWB (great holster)
2) The Kimber Leather IWB (one way belt loop) Two Tone Holster. (really quick to get on and off, been using this one a lot)
This is just my second 1911 type of gun, so I'm NO expert on this platform, but here it go…
First the gun feels great, the checkering in the front strap and under the trigger guard helps a lot on having a great grip, even when I'm shooting one handed or weak handed.
In terms of the weight, even that is 25 ounces empty (not that light), when I put it on my holster the gun just disappears and I'm talking t-shirts and shorts (with a good belt) on summer (Texas summer)… I don't even think about it all day. The whole round corners (carry melt) helps a lot on making it a very comfortable gun to carry.
One thing I must say, that after carrying it for 5 months, you might notice some very small scratches and things like that on the finish of the gun (things that I really don't care) but some people might be sensitive about that. :smile:
Break-in period (not really just buy good mags):
I had 2 Failure To Feed on my first 200 rounds. After reading on the forums, I found out that #1 cause of failures on this platform is crappy Magazines! :aargh4: (I don't know why Kimber don't provide the Tac Mags by default, but that's another topic) I went ahead and change the magazine to Kimber Pro Tac Mags and Wilson Combat ones, after that, it worked like a champ. No more failures.
How it shoots?
AWESOME! this little gun (3-inch barrel) shoots great! Kimber advertise that the trigger pull is around 4-5 pounds and that's how it feels. You definitely need a firm grip but I was right on target in 15, 10 and 7 yards… This is the most accurate (3 inch barrel) gun that I can shoot (I imagine the light trigger and the weight are big factors on that).
When I hit the 1000 rounds I changed the recoil spring like mentioned in the User Manual (the manual says to change it every 800 rounds). I have a feeling that it was not necessary (it was shooting fine) but I did it anyway, so be aware of that WARNING on the User Manual.
Update: The actual round count to change recoil spring for ultra is 1200 rounds .. I was confusing it with the Pro models (4inch barrel) that is 800... so my spring change was not necessary at all, but that went smooth!
I also tested 30 rounds of Gold Dot thru this gun and worked fine, that's my current carry ammo.
Other than that, I definitely recommend this gun to anyone that is looking for a 45ACP, single stack type of pistol.
The only changes I will make in the future will be to change the ambi-safety to single right handed only… and it's a 1911, so you need to keep changing the grips every other month. :smile: