For the December 2014 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS, author D.K. Pridgen reviewed the Kimber Master Carry Pro and tested the gun for its concealed carry potential. Kimber’s 1911-style .45 ACP exhibited a variety of desirable features during testing, including a light weight, “snag-free” edges and Crimson Trace Lasergrips.
“The .45 ACP Master Carry Pro is not a clone of the original Commanders. Kimber designed its Master Carry Pro using a 4-inch barrel/slide, which many feel makes for better drawing and concealing compared to a full-size 1911,” said Pridgen in discussing the gun’s design. “In keeping with the ‘easier to carry’ theme, the full-length Master Carry Pro frame is machined from a block of lightweight 7075 T-6 aluminum alloy with a satin silver KimPro II finish on the surface. The hammer is an elongated burr (Commander style) that works well with the high-ride beavertail.”
During range testing, Pridgen continued to be impressed by the Kimber’s grip design, including its Crimson Trace Lasergrips, and its light weight. “With all the Kimber Master Carry Pro’s excellent attributes, it still comes in at a svelte 28 ounces with an empty magazine. Compare this to a full-size, all-steel 1911 sans Lasergrip and the Master Carry Pro’s 10-ounce weight savings seems pretty significant,” said Pridgen. “I found the Lasergrips worked instinctively, popping on immediately when needed, allowing me to see the impact point on the target even while still lining up the sights.”
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