For the past 3 years, the Kimber Rimfire Super has been my “Go-To” range gun. In fact, it has been so loved, that this past fall it finally surpassed the 10,000 round milestone! (I posted an earlier Pro/Con review of the Rimfire Super on the old Gun Diary page, but it is time for an update…) Now that the leaded smoke has settled, I figure it is time to break down the pro’s and con’s of this rimfire gem:
- Accuracy - Whether you love or hate the venerable 22 LR cartridge, there is no denying the accuracy of Kimber’s rimfire pistol. Capable of 1 Inch groupings from a rest at 25 yards, it is hard to blame your shooting on the Rimfire Super’s accuracy.
- Fit and Finish – It is hard to deny that the 2-Tone Kimber Rimfire Super is one sexy little pistol. The black finish on the slide is nicely understated and the aluminum frame is perfectly textured. Top this off with nice cocking serration’s and 30 LPI checkering and you have one nice looking 1911. I own quite a few 1911 Pistols, and this is definitly one of the best looking in any caliber or finish.
- Trigger - Measuring in at just 3.7 pounds, the Rimfire Super has an amazing trigger pull. (Even by high-end $2K+ 1911 standards.) The break is crisp with just a minuscule hint of trigger creep.
- Sights - The plain black adjustable rear sight lines up perfectly with the plain black front sight. While most $1K+ guns these days have some form of coloured or outlined sight, the standard target sights are still a classic for this sort of pistol. The rear sights adjust with a very nice “positive” click and will not accidentally move.
- Durability - While I was originally worried about the Kimber’s aluminum frame wearing under the friction caused by the 1911 design, this has turned out to be a non-issue. No wear of any kind is noticeable. That being said, I never holster this gun, so you might want to watch out for some holster wear if you think you will be carrying this pistol.
- Reliability - While my first 500 Rounds with this gun were somewhat hit or miss, (one failure per 50 rounds on average), since the initial break-in period, the Rimfire Super has ran flawlessly. Just make sure you use high-quality, high-velocity rounds. I recommend CCI Mini-Mags. As long as you use Mini-Mags, this pistol will eat 500 rounds in a single day without cleaning or oil
- Weight - While I rarely say this about a pistol, it is a little too light. The Rimfire Super lacks the weight of a full sized .45 1911. Weighing almost 10 ounces less, the Rimfire Super does fail to replicate the heft of a full size 1911, thus slightly limiting its application as an alternative training aid for its bigger brother.
- Price - At approximately $1,200, this is an expensive rimfire pistol. (Easily surpassing S&W Model 41 prices.) This is especially true when compared to the much cheaper offerings like the GSG 1911.
- Magazines - While they seem to work flawlessly, they are completely synthetic. (Not so great considering the price…) This is even worse when you consider the fact that Kimber only incudes one with the Gun.
- Magazines cost between $50 and $60 a piece, IF you can find them for sale! Plan on spending another $300 for Magazines if you want a Rimfire Super with a few spare mags… 5 Magazines cost almost as much as a standard GSG 1911 22lr…