IF IT LOOKS LIKE....
IF IT SMELLS LIKE...
IF IT FEELS LIKE...
SURE IS NOT A 45 ACP 1911A1.
IT IS, WHAT IT IS.... ASK ME?
Kimber 1911 A-22 Rimfire Target Pistol!
I lifted it from the box the first surprise was the weight.
It wasnít there. Itís an old
habit: after carrying a 45 auto for 30 plus years of
law enforcement, I expect 3 plus pounds of gun loaded. Instead
it slipped into my hand so light, I lifted it higher than I
intended. Yet it
is the exact same size as a full 5-inch barreled 45 auto.
But this one is not 45 caliber.
It is 22 rimfire!
has released the finest looking 45 framed 22RF I have seen in
a long while. If you are like me, you have always thought about buying one
of those add on slides and barrel to your 45 auto, that
converts it to 22 rimfire.
But again if you are like me, the cost has always put
you off them. You
can buy a good used gun at the prices of some of the
conversion kits. Besides, who knows how they will fit and
states in the manual that came in the fancy plastic box with
the autoloader, that the slide and the frame are made of high
strength aircraft aluminum.
The hammer, palm safety, firing safety, magazine
release, and the rest of the furniture is of steel.
The barrel is a match 22RF barrel, and the trigger is a
Kimberís original adjustable type, used on target and custom
guns. This is a Kimber all the way, from its target sights to
its tight fit, from its oblong hollowed hammer to its
classic neoprene grips, from its absolutely even cut frame and
slide to its straight checker backstrap.
Itís quality all the way.
the way, the manual is a must-read: besides containing the
welcome information that the gun was made for standard or
high-velocity ammunition, it also contains some hilarious
lawyer-ese pearls of wisdom such as "don't oil your
ammunition". I don't blame Kimber; idiotic CYA statements
that try to fend off the product-liability sharks are just
part of society these days. Oh well...
target sights consist of an Ellison type adjustable unit cut
into the back slide and a target straight front, that is cut
into a dovetail for windage.
And the whole package weighs an even 18 ounces loaded!
The test gun was finished in a nice matte black anodized.
There is also a two-toned offering with high visibility non-adjustable
back sights on a silver slide, dovetailed for windage.
DOES IT SHOOT? That is always the important question.
You have to work hard to find a 22RF handgun that
doesnít shoot well with at least one or two types of ammo.
The Kimber shows its lineage by shooting every high
speed 22RF ammo I have into one and a half inches.
Let me further explain that....
have close to 7000 rounds of various and sundry 22RF ammo on
hand in my machine shop right now.
Why so much? We make and test ACUíRZR
and BABY SCORP'N tools,
rifles and handguns, velocity from all kinds of firearms,
pressure and much more.
all that .22 ammo on-hand, we really put the Kimber through
its paces. It liked every different .22 load so well that I
decided to try something a little different: I fired some
"mix and match" magazines with high speed ammo from Federal,
Remington, Winchester, Aquila, CCI, and PMC.
2 different types from Federal, Remington, and
Winchester... 3 different types from CCI, one from Aquila
and one from PMC. One round of each of these different
makes and designs, all fired into the same bullseye at 20
yards, went into 1-Ĺ inches!
Thatís 11 different rounds into 1-Ĺ inches! That
is unexpected performance, even from a Kimber handgun. It shot
one of my favorite 22RF rounds, CCIís Hi-Shok, with
ten rounds into one and a quarter inches, still at 20 yards.
Plus, this gun's 5" barrel milks the velocity out of the
ammo the best it can, and the .221 - .222 bore offers a bit
more resistance to the bullet which offers better velocity and
only nit-pick is that the Kimber ships with ONE TEN-ROUND CLIP.
Come on Kimber, for $650 you can spring for two magazines per
handgun! You can keep the fancy plastic case the gun comes in,
I'd rather have an extra magazine.
don't recommend .22s for defense, but they certainly are
better than a broken bottle. I have carried a .22 off and on
for years; luckily, I've only had to use it on vermin,
but a few well-designed high-velocity .22s would give an
attacker a good deal of incentive to turn quickly and go
elsewhere. Like a hospital, or the morgue if the shots are
even close to being well-placed. Ask anyone who has
slaughtered cattle or pigs with a .22 how effective they
really are at close range. So, if you for whatever reason
(recoil sensitivity, handicap, etc.) need to carry a .22 for
defense, the Kimber would certainly be a fine choice.
now we donít have to buy an expensive kit to convert our 45
autos to 22RF, or worry over fit and accuracy.
We have the whole gun, at a bit pricey cost, but it is
after all a top of the line... a Kimber.
really don't need another .22RF handgun, but this one is just
too good to resist. At least I can knock that .22RF barrel and
slide unit off my wish list. Of course, we will be on beans
& tortillas for a month...mayhaps I will go get some
"rabbitos" to add to the beans...and I will use the
Kimber 1911 A22RF!
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