Concealed Carry permit holders are generally fans of one type of gun or another based on their lifestyle and self-defense needs, but when a gun comes along that calls itself the “Super Carry Ultra,” it’s going to turn the heads of a lot of people looking for new methods to reduce printing, increase comfort without giving up power, or to improve accuracy.
Kimber’s version of the 1911 .45 ACP goes beyond trimming specs and ammo capacity for their version of the iconic handgun.
With its Super Carry Ultra, Kimber has come as close to a melt-job as you can get without dropping your firearm at your favorite gunsmith for a custom (read: expensive) retooling.
In her article “Kimber’s Super Carry Ultra” at USConcealedCarry.com, author and firearms trainer Diane Walls describes some of the carry-friendly features that are creating a rapidly growing demand for the Super Carry Ultra:
“All of the edges have been given the carry melt treatment to take away the sharp angles. This means the safety, grip safety, magazine release, take-down pin, and hammer spur have been smoothed just enough to make them comfortable without being difficult to use.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
In addition, Kimber has beveled the grip’s back edge and the serrations on the slide and the grip are scaled rather than checkered, giving a sturdier, yet comfortable grip and easier draw. Kimber’s own KimPro coating makes the Super Carry Ultra self-lubricating and less likely to show the effects of weather, perspiration, and range training that are the by-products of daily carry.
The aluminum frame of the Super Carry Ultra is another benefit for concealed carry as the gun is considerably lighter than a standard 1911, tipping the scales at 25 ounces unloaded. However, the light weight combined with the .45 ACP caliber caused some problems on the range.
During field testing, the recoil on the Super Carry Ultra was described as “snappy.” Despite its appeal as the ultimate carry gun, it is difficult to control and should be used by experienced shooters. The light trigger pull at about 4.5 pounds could also affect accuracy for newer shooters. Fortunately, the tritium night sights are a nice feature on this firearm that will improve the accuracy of all shooters, regardless of experience.
Experienced shooters on the other hand, should have no problems getting good groupings of the 7-round magazine out to 10 yards, even with the non-dominant hand. The learning curve for the Kimber Super Carry Ultra is a long one and Kimber recommends a break-in period of about 500 rounds before the shooter will begin to get a feel for it and also allows the gun’s mechanisms to pass muster. The Super Carry Ultra did experience some minor feeding issues with ball rounds and conical 185 gr. +P jacketed hollow points during field testing.
The Kimber Super Carry Ultra is an excellent carry gun. Its trimmed down 1911 styling makes up for what it lacks in capacity with power. Kimber made its reputation on the 1911 pistol. The scaled down Super Carry Ultra incorporates the years of design and engineering excellence seen in all Kimber firearms and has the same custom options available. The Super Carry Ultra lists for about $1200.