Kimber has a well-established reputation for producing some of the highest-quality 1911s. That’s why the company was chosen to produce the Interim Close Quarter Battle (ICQB) pistol for U.S. Marine Corps Special Forces Operation Command (MARSOC). Kimber recently began offering these pistols to civilians with a few modifications, known as the Warrior line. In the upcoming December 2013 issue of Combat Handguns, author David Bahde runs the new Warrior SOC (Special Operations Capable) .45 through its paces.
According to Bahde, “The first thing you notice about the Warrior SOC is its color scheme. Built on the same steel frame [as the ICQB], it is coated in a nice, dark-green KimPro II finish. It also has an integral Picatinny rail, along with a lanyard-loop-equipped mainspring housing. Kimber also gave the SOC an ambidextrous thumb safety along with the grip safety, which utilizes a grooved bump to ensure proper activation. The trigger is solid and a tad shorter, just like the one used in the company’s Desert Warrior. A desert tan Crimson Trace Rail Master laser is also installed on the rail. Rounding out the frame is a nice set of dark brown G10 grips, which make for a really nice look.”

So how did the Warrior SOC perform at the range? To learn more, check out the December 2013 issue of Combat Handguns, available on newsstands and digitally September 17, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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  • Chris

    Whatever happened to the Classic Carry that Kimber unveiled at the 2012 SHOT show? They have yet to ship and each time I ask Kimber I get crickets.