I have had this gun for about 10 years now and its still my gun safe queen! Recently I have resolved to bring her back out and start using it more often. After all isn't that why we buy guns...so we can enjoy them right? As soon as I got this Kimber in hand, I decided to put on an extended magwell and Kimber tactical grips. But that's it! Those were the only mods that I deemed necessary for this beautiful piece of firearm bliss.
OK ... time to get into the meat of the matter. I have fired approximately 1,500 rounds through this Eclipse. To be completely honest with you guys, when I first took it to the range, I had some feeding issues with the first 300 rounds. However after getting it tall broken in, the gun ran flawlessly for the last 10 years. If you have never held a Kimber, they are extremely tight tolerances with no loose rattling like most other 1911”s. Everything is worked by hand to ensure maximum accuracy and it is very accurate! My ol’ man can punch an 1”-1 ½” group with this firearm. The Kimber Eclipse has a crisp 4-5lb aluminum match trigger and when you pull the slide to the rear, its very smooth. In fact, everything about this gun is crisp and smooth. I do have one major qualm with the Kimber …. the black oxide finish seems to wear off too easy, especially on parts like the safety that get a lot of skin contact. Other than that, the pistol has a solid steel slide and frame that is very well balanced. The target 2 model comes with a 5” match steel barrel and meprolight adjustable night sights. Last but not least, the Kimber Eclipse has 30 LPI checkering on the front grip (I love this feature) and come with two 8 round mags.
Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points
Claim to Fame: Superb detail, accuracy reliability and smooth operation.
Target Market: Serious 1911 fans, competition and law enforcement.
FNB's (features and benefits of this product):
- 5" match grade barrel and bushing
- Aluminum match grade 4-5lb trigger
- Meprolight adjustable night sights
- Contrasting brushed stainless finish over black infill
- 30 lpi front strap checkering
What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: Brushed stainless flats/ black oxide contrast
What others are saying?: "Kimber 1911's are what 1911's should be"
+ Accurate + Reliable + Beautiful + Superb Quality + Balanced
- Expensive - Break in period - Black finish wear
Score: 8.0 Great