Some years at SHOT, Kimber shows some real head turners such as when it got into the pepper spray business with its PepperBlaster and more recently when it introduced the positively sexy Solo semi-auto pistols. This year saw mainly variations on existing models.
One new variation is the addition of another the Amethyst Ultra II to Kimber’s Special Edition gem-tone collection. The Amethyst Ultra II features an amethyst purple PVD-coated slide and small parts for a unique look and added durability. The high-polish PVD slide is accented by detailed engraving and the slim, ball-milled G-10 grips offer positive contact for almost any hand size. This 1911 comes standard with custom features Kimber is known for, including a Round Heel frame, ball-milled grooves on the front strap, ambidextrous thumb safety and Tactical Wedge night sights.
This striking new pistol has a 3-inch barrel, weighs in at 25 ounces and is offered in either .45 ACP or 9mm chambering. Suggested retail price is $1,652.
Kimber also expanded its line of Micro concealed carry pistols by adding 9mm chambering as the Micro 9. This small-scale 1911 has a single-action trigger, superior safety features and all-metal construction. The barrel and slide are machined from stainless steel for superior resistance to moisture, while the frame is shaped from aluminum for light weight and strength. Other standard features include a lowered and flared ejection port for flawless ejection and a beveled magazine well for fast, positive loading. Sights are steel and mounted in machined dovetails for additional durability. Suggested retail price starts at $654.
On the rifle side of things, Kimber’s Adirondack now wears the new Gore Optifade Elevated II pattern and adds the .338 Federal to its caliber offerings. The Mountain Ascent, which continues to turn heads and drop jaws with its feathery starting weight of 4 pounds, 13 ounces, is now offered in 7mm-08 Remington or 6.5 Creedmoor. The rugged and durable Montana now comes standard with a threaded barrel and thread protector (muzzle brake available separately), and adds the 6.5 Creedmoor and .22-250 Remington chamberings to its already expansive list of caliber offerings.
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In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.