The Kimber Super Carry Pro HD: review, pics and points...Significant UPDATE in OP
About a month ago I saw a Kimber Super Carry Pro HD in my LGS's display. I already had it's big brother, the Super Carry Custom (5" bbl) and kinda liked the rounded butt. This is essentially the same gun with a 4" bbl.
So I go home and see if there's anything I can trade, welp there was, so I did.
The Super Carrys are purportedly built by the Custom Shop and in fact have "Custom Shop" engraved on the left side of the slide. I'm sure that's an elitist feature along with the other ego massaging goodies, like the fancy patterning on the top of the slide:
And on the front strap:
And on the back strap and also notice the rounded butt:
This is important enough to add. Notice in the two pics below the sight profile:
That is the correct tactical profile. I have NEVER understood the Novak sight profile and I'm glad to see that at least one manufacturer agrees with me. The purported reason for the slanted sight (the extolled Novak) profile is that it won't catch on clothing. How is the front of the sight going to catch on clothing. And what do we give up for that fear? We give up the ability to rack the slide with one hand using the rear sight against the belt or holster. I realize and have been trained with other methods, but none are as sure and fast as hooking the rear sight on something and pushing. I am very pleased to see that Kimber has put a tactical, i.e. fighting sight on at least their top end guns. I don't know why they don't use the same sights on all their guns, well all with night sights at least.
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Pros and cons:
I love the gun.
I love the patterns
Love the grips
Love the KimPro Tac mags - they look to be as well built as any I've seen
I love the way it shoots
Absolutely zero stoppages of any kind, but I've only had it long enough to put 350 rounds through it.
I love Kimber - of my five Kimbers, I have yet to have a stoppage of any kind and now we're talkin' 3100 rounds
It's a good thing I like the look of the patterns, because they don't do anything functional. I know, it looks like you'd get a super grip but you don't, it's just too slick
The rounded butt needs checkering, or some kind of pattern; it would add grip purchase
And a druther: the trigger breaks at 4 lbs 15 oz according to my 5 pull average on my Lyman Digital Trigger Pull Scale. I'd druther it be close to 4 lbs; I guess I have a little tweaking to do.
I shot this the day before I had LASEK surgery. This is my standard eval drill:
Then I went to my eye doctor and they did another eye refraction and we liked to have never got a stable measurement. But, based on the latest refraction, they adjusted my contacts a bit. So, off I go back to the range for an eye test. Here's what I found:
Not quite as good! Well that settled it, I would go back to the previous set of contacts and that is what they'd burn in. Then they did one more refraction and my distant vision improved significantly and I couldn't tell that it would hurt my sighting focus so I did agree to that setting and that's what was lasered into my eyes.
Now if my eyes would heal - gonna be another 2 weeks at least, I'll see how it all comes out. Anyway in summary,
I love the Super Carry Pro HD. The HD, BTW, stands for heavy duty, meaning steel frame. so it is heavy, like any other all steel 1911. I can take or leave the founded butt; I think I slightly prefer the more tradition butt, but it's not a big deal and I do find an advantage to the rounded butt when drawing the gun.
The 'checkering patterns' are pretty much for elitism - for the most part they don't help with the grip, but I would say the the pattern on top of the slide would be quite effective in reducing any glare that might cause a problem.
It comes with night sights and they work well.
Kimber is working on the Pro's big brother. It shot reliably, but two inches high at 10 yards. Plus, the thumb safety put a scratch on the finish and they're going to fix that too. The customer service was awsome - they didn't even hesitate to send me a shipping label to mail it to them and they apologized for the inconvenience and assured me they would make it right.