Kimber Stainless Raptor II Semi-Auto Pistol – The Kimber® Stainless Raptor II™ Semi-Auto Pistol is designed for personal defense with performance-enhancing features for quick target acquisition, superb accuracy, and ultra reliability. The pistol utilizes Tactical Wedge tritium night sights to provide rapid sight acquisition in any light condition, with minimal interference when drawing or holstering the weapon. A stainless steel frame and slide resist corrosion from carrying the pistol close to the body all day. Raptor serrations on the front strap and slide, a checkered main spring housing, and scaled zebrawood grip panels enhance overall operational control. An extended beavertail grip safety with a pronounced memory bump ensures a consistent high grip; and it protects the hammer when carrying the weapon cocked and locked, while minimizing hammer-bite to the web of the shooter’s hand while firing. An aluminum match-grade trigger is factory set to break clean and crisp for precise shot placement and enhance control during rapid fire, and either hand easily reaches an ambidextrous safety. A match-grade barrel and bushing ensures tight lock up for consistent accuracy. The Kimber Stainless Raptor II Semi-Auto Pistol is a highly reliable sidearm for personal-defense that is capable of delivering rapid, well-placed shots. Made in USA.
Designed for personal defense
Tactical Wedge 3-dot tritium night sights
Raptor serrations on front strap and slide
Checkered main spring housing
Scaled zebrawood grip panels
Match-grade barrel and bushing
Ambidextrous thumb safety
Beavertail grip safety
Review: Kimber Stainless Ultra Raptor II
Emilia Kush from gunspatrol.com
Kimber claims their new $38 million Alabama factory will create more than 350 jobs over the next five years. While the Kimber’s tax break remains unspecified, the deal depends on one thing: product. Whether deserved or not, the brand must overcome its rep for producing unreliable firearms to woo disaffected customers and win new ones.
Kimber ships the Ultra Raptor II in a plastic box with the standard Democrat lock and one — count it one — seven-round capacity magazine.
The company’s website claims the pistol got its name from “a combination of aggressive slide and frame serrations, feathered logo grips and special scaled texturing accents.”
The Zebrawood grips are beautifully finished and help make the compact .45 look balanced, stylish and lethal. The “texturing accents” running across the top of the slide continue the Ultra Raptor’s feathered theme. Raptor. Bird of prey. OK then . . .
The slide is, as advertised, stainless steel. The satin silver finish is perfectly applied and tool marks are notable by their absence. The Ultra Raptor II’s cocking serrations match the indentations on the front of the grip. Again, they’re both cool-looking and effective.
The controls are standard 1911: a left side mag release and slide stop, a positive-feeling right-sized ambi-safety (yes I know the thumb safety wasn’t part of JMB’s original design), and a grip safety.
Bonus points for the Ultra Raptor II’s tritium night sights; all carry guns should ship with low light capability. But while some may see the snag-reducing angled rear sight as a bonus for a carry gun, I’m not a fan of sights that you can’t easily rack on a shoe or belt. Especially when they’re called “tactical wedge.”
Taking apart the Ultra Raptor is as easy as disassembling my GLOCK 19. Simply hold the slide partially back, push out the slide stop, take off the slide, remove the guide rod and spring, barrel bushing and push out the barrel.
Kimber says the Stainless Ultra Raptor II’s single-action trigger breaks between four and five pounds. Ours measured closer to four, and felt like a 1911 trigger should: short, crisp with minimal slack and a clean break.
GLOCK fanboy that I am, I was expecting Kimber’s sub-compact 1911 to generate snappy recoil. A big boy caliber through a three-inch barrel is not a normal recipe for shooting pleasure or accuracy. To my surprise the Raptor II generated a stout but perfectly manageable recoil impulse.
Credit the Kimber Ultra Stainless Raptor II’s weight, of course. But the .45’s textured wood grips also had a hand in the gun’s controllability (so to speak). The “feathered” texture helped keep the gun securely planted in my mitt, while the wood absorbed sweat — a common problem here in Texas which can quickly interfere with shooting stability.
I ran the Ultra Raptor II through target transition drills, cadence, and rapid engagements from concealment at distances of up to 20 yards. Shooting a platform with which I have limited familiarity, I could mag dump at ten yards on C-zone sized steel with about .25 second splits with all rounds landing on target
Close in, slow fire, standing non-supported, stacking rounds is like connecting Legos. Out to 75 yards, I consistently hit the steel popper with Cap Ams and Winchester 230 grain FMJ ammo. Grouping stayed small, about one inch at 7 yards and 4 inches at 25 yards.
Over the course of two weeks I put some 500 rounds through the pistol. The good news: the Ultra Raptor II delivered near perfect reliability. The bad news: it wasn’t perfect; I experienced three stove pipes shooting Cap Arms ammo.
The good news: that’s lightly loaded ammo that’s no longer in production. So a Mulligan. And the usual warning: feed your gun what it likes to eat.
Kimber’s profits depend on selling firearms at the bottom end of the top end of the market (or the top of the bottom end). In the rarified air of “mass luxury” there’s little margin for error. The Custom Shop Stainless Ultra Raptor II doesn’t make any mistakes and has the Kimber “look” that speaks of quality craftsmanship.
If Kimber’s new factory produces all its guns to this standard, their Southern expansion won’t fail. Neither will Ultra Raptor II buyers, should worst come to worst.
RATINGS (out of five stars):
Aesthetics * * * * * Beautifully designed, perfectly assembled.
Reliability * * * * * Two stove pipes over 500 rounds due to lightly loaded Cap Arms ammunition. Otherwise, perfect.
Accuracy * * * * * Round stacked on top of each other at 7 yards, 4 inch grouping at 25 yards, and consistent hits on popper sized steel at 75 yards
Ergonomics * * * * * It’s a 1911.
ALL ABOUT Kimber Stainless Ultra Raptor II
THOMAS CLARK FROM gunspatrol.com
You would think that with all the years the Model 1911 has been around, the market would be saturated by now. Not so. In fact, manufacturers can’t keep up with demand. Over the past few years, I’ve talked to the folks at Smith & Wesson, Sigarms, Rock River Arms, Kimber and a host of others about the never-ending popularity of the 1911.
They all say sales are brisk, and to prove it they continue to belt out variations of the gun with a choice of slide configurations, barrel lengths and two-tone options.
Kimber, for instance, lists more than five dozen models from compact to full-size .45 automatics. While they are all basically the same in operation and appearance, it’s the little things that count in a service or defense weapon.
Kimber offers many color combinations in blue and stainless, options in sights and grips, and various chamberings including 9mm, .38 Super, .40 Smith & Wesson and the .45 ACP–covering just about every need imaginable.
Digging deeper we find that certain models come standard with night sights. Magazine bumpers are available and in many cases come standard on tactical automatics. In addition to all this you will find specialized guns such as the Pro CDP II–with a longer Commander-length barrel for those who like the balance and minimal muzzle blast this type of gun offers.
When I was involved in IPSC competitions, I favored the Colt Gold Cup in .45. I installed a stiffer spring, had the gun hard chromed and got a trigger job. At that time, it cost me a few bucks over the original price, but today, most knowledgeable gun manufacturers include the above work as options on the standard-model package.
Now, with IPSC behind me, and my current liking for extra fancy guns, I naturally gravitated to the new top-of-the-line Kimber Grand Raptor II pistol. If you thought all government inspired .45s are ugly, you had better take a closer look at this Grand Raptor II. Decked out with a blued steel slide–contrasted by the stainless steel frame–this gun scores high in the looks department.
The Grand Raptor II is a special factory gun, so there is attention given to many of the areas that run in concert with gun handling. For instance, the rear grip frame is checkered, while the front of the frame is scalloped, providing a secure grip without the bite that sharp checkering can give.
The wood grips have a unique scale pattern, surrounded by a border, nicely done on blanks of select rosewood. The slide features the same scalloped pattern on both the front and rear of the slide. While not exactly contributing to handling characteristics as much as aesthetics, the top of the slide has a single row of back-cut scales, which also cuts down glare.
This gun has fully adjustable sights that are melted into the slide. All edges of the rear sight assembly are rounded off. The blade sits at an angle to keep reflections at bay and has a white line cut into the base of the notch. Both front and rear are Meprolight tritium night sights that make for an excellent sight picture in just about any conditions–day or night.
Straight from the Kimber Custom Shop, the trigger broke at four pounds even, with just a hint of slack before the sear released.
All Series II guns include a integral firing pin block,
thumb safety, beavertail grip safety, disconnector and a hammer safety stop that–according to Kimber–“is a notch on the hammer which prevents it from falling fully forward in the event of primary sear
Operator controls are easily accessible and are for the most part set up for right-handed shooters, although the safety is ambidextrous. The slide release is checkered, and the magazine release is located directly below this release. One note here is that I wish Kimber would make the mag release just a little larger, as it would speed up dropping the magazine–especially with gloves on.
In any event, pushing in on the magazine release drops empty magazines with enthusiasm. Thanks to a beveled magazine well, a fresh magazine can be inserted easily, and an extended magazine bumper makes sure the magazine is fully seated.
Because of tight-fitting subassemblies, a bushing wrench is
supplied for takedown. Place this special wrench on the barrel bushing and, while pushing down, turn the bushing clockwise. Remove the bushing, being mindful of the recoil spring plug and spring– they are both under tension.
Cock the hammer, bring the slide to the rear until the
slide latch is in alignment with the disassembly notch, and push the slide stop in on the right side while pulling it out from the left. Remove the slide, recoil spring and barrel. Reassemble in reverse order.
At the range, the gun behaved like a true thoroughbred. Using various brands of ammunition, range testing moved right along without a hitch or malfunction of any kind. At the typical defensive distance of seven yards, shooting offhand, groups smaller than two inches could be counted on from a wide variety of ammunition and bullet weights.
After spending some serious range time with the Grand Raptor II, I would recommend it to anyone. If it’s your time to purchase a quality .45 automatic, look no further.
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