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Kimber KPD

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Manufacturing
Make: Kimber
Country: USA
MSRP: $545

Ballistics
Caliber: .40 SW
Capacity: 12 rounds

Dimensions
Type: Compact
Weight: 25 oz (709g)
Length: 7.32" (186 mm)
Width: 1.08" (27 mm)
Barrel: 4.10" (104 mm)
Steel ramped

Design
Frame/Finishes:
Black polymer
Action: Double
Grips/Stock:
Interchangeable backstraps (3)
Safety:
Mag disconnect, firing pin block
Sights:
Fixed three dot
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I was told by a local gun store that Kimber never produced them. I Have never seen one, and never looked into it any further.

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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-17-2009, 05:37 PM
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Looks identical to the Smith and Wesson M&P.

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Was supposed to be out a few years ago but I've never seen one kinda wanted one but wanted to put hands on one first.Last time I looked it wasn't listed on their website but thats been a few weeks.
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Looks identical to the Smith and Wesson M&P.
Looks pretty damn close...I just unholstered mine to get a side by side comparison.

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That's not a 1911, unacceptable.
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That's not a 1911, unacceptable.
Agree, just curious. I carry a Kimber 1911 everyday, just never seen one of these before.
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That's not a 1911, unacceptable.
Kimber makes great products outside of their 1911 line. I swear by my Kimber 8400 .300 WSM. I would imagine that if they decided to produce a polymer framed automatic it would rank with the best of them!
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Kimber makes great products outside of their 1911 line. I swear by my Kimber 8400 .300 WSM. I would imagine that if they decided to produce a polymer framed automatic it would rank with the best of them!
That's kind of apples to oranges, the Kimber 8400 is a bolt action rifle. They established themselves as one of the best custom 1911 manufacturers out there. I've always felt that just about any design or requirement people might need could be found with the 1911 frame, in different configurations. It's what they do best, not to say they shouldn't try new things, but the polymer cc pistol already has plenty of established competitors. I'm not sure just how marketable a really expensive glock/XD would be. Apparently neither did Kimber, since it never made it to market.

I've always had a soft spot for the 1911 design, and how revolutionary and before it's time it really was. Even today, 100 years later, they are selling like hot cakes with almost no changes to their original design, I can't really think of any mainstay weapon out there that's seen that kind of heritage.
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That's kind of apples to oranges, the Kimber 8400 is a bolt action rifle. They established themselves as one of the best custom 1911 manufacturers out there. I've always felt that just about any design or requirement people might need could be found with the 1911 frame, in different configurations. It's what they do best, not to say they shouldn't try new things, but the polymer cc pistol already has plenty of established competitors. I'm not sure just how marketable a really expensive glock/XD would be. Apparently neither did Kimber, since it never made it to market.

I've always had a soft spot for the 1911 design, and how revolutionary and before it's time it really was. Even today, 100 years later, they are selling like hot cakes with almost no changes to their original design, I can't really think of any mainstay weapon out there that's seen that kind of heritage.
Excellent points, but Kimber earned their steller reputation by first making rifles. We can expect that any product released by them would be of the highest quality.


That being said, I totally agree with you about the 1911, but it IS an outdated design. It came from an era when weapons were designed to win fights, not to avoid product liability lawsuits. It came from an era where it was the norm to learn how your weapon operated and to practice that operation until it became second nature, not to design the piece to the lowest common denominator. It came from an era in which our country tried to supply its fighting men with the best tools possible, unlike today, when our fighting men and women are issued hardware that was adopted because of international deal-making or the fact that the factory is in some well-connected congressman's district. Yes, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the 1911 IS an outdated design....and that's exactly what I love about it.

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Excellent points, but Kimber earned their steller reputation by first making rifles. We can expect that any product released by them would be of the highest quality.


That being said, I totally agree with you about the 1911, but it IS an outdated design. It came from an era when weapons were designed to win fights, not to avoid product liability lawsuits. It came from an era where it was the norm to learn how your weapon operated and to practice that operation until it became second nature, not to design the piece to the lowest common denominator. It came from an era in which our country tried to supply its fighting men with the best tools possible, unlike today, when our fighting men and women are issued hardware that was adopted because of international deal-making or the fact that the factory is in some well-connected congressman's district. Yes, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the 1911 IS an outdated design....and that's exactly what I love about it.

My intention was in relation to kimber and the pistol market with this prototype, since they are synonymous with 1911's. I wouldn't say the 1911 is outdated - people being too damn stupid to operate their two safety implements does not classify a weapon as being old and outdated. If anything I would say a 1911 makes me feel a hell of a lot safer than a glock with it's trigger "safety." A pistol still serves 1 purpose - to kill a person - and I don't know about you, but I sure and the hell don't want to wield a weapon which it's primarily design was to avoid product liability lawsuits.
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Saying the 1911 is outdated is blasphemy. That gun was produced much in the same way the LS motors are...with a touch from the hand of God.

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Sorry but Colt 1911 > Kimber 1911, for the record.


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My intention was in relation to kimber and the pistol market with this prototype, since they are synonymous with 1911's. I wouldn't say the 1911 is outdated - people being too damn stupid to operate their two safety implements does not classify a weapon as being old and outdated. If anything I would say a 1911 makes me feel a hell of a lot safer than a glock with it's trigger "safety." A pistol still serves 1 purpose - to kill a person - and I don't know about you, but I sure and the hell don't want to wield a weapon which it's primarily design was to avoid product liability lawsuits.
You missed my point CJ, reread my soliloquy. I was referring to the pistol being outdated in a sense that it came from a prouder, better era... and that is reflected in its design.



Speaking of a different era, hows the k31 coming along
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You missed my point CJ, reread my soliloquy. I was referring to the pistol being outdated in a sense that it came from a prouder, better era... and that is reflected in its design.



Speaking of a different era, hows the k31 coming along
You know, haha, I never even put two and two together and realized who you were. I was going to ask you what your screen name was on the forum, lol. It's coming along nicely, I spent last night working down the blank to a more managable size, there is a lot of material that can come off of it to get the best grain. Right now I'm just searching for what looks like the best depth in relation to the grain. Who was the original designer of this stock again?
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You know, haha, I never even put two and two together and realized who you were. I was going to ask you what your screen name was on the forum, lol. It's coming along nicely, I spent last night working down the blank to a more managable size, there is a lot of material that can come off of it to get the best grain. Right now I'm just searching for what looks like the best depth in relation to the grain. Who was the original designer of this stock again?
LOL!

It was made by Richard's Microfit Stocks out in California. Its a semi-fancy grade walnut. Did you solve any of the inletting problems? I hope I didnt botch it too bad, I couldnt get the damn magazine to go in and out
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Sorry but Colt 1911 > Kimber 1911, for the record.

Have to disagree with you,
Colt set the standards, Kimber improved them...
And there are better 1911's out there, but I am not dropping $2k+ on a pistol.
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It was made by Richard's Microfit Stocks out in California. Its a semi-fancy grade walnut. Did you solve any of the inletting problems? I hope I didnt botch it too bad, I couldnt get the damn magazine to go in and out
Right now I'm working on the body of the stock, I'm going to chamfer the tip/cap and then I'll put it on the mill to receive the magazine correctly.
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