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Kimber Crimson Trace Ultra Carry II

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Petra, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. Petra


    Oct 24, 2002
    I was checking out some local gun shops today and had a chance to check out a Kimber Crimson Trace Ultra Carry II. I really liked it. Fit my hand perfectly. The laser was a nice touch.

    I've been in the market for a 1911 and never thought about one of the shorties. I had a series '70 model that I liked. How do the officer's size pistols compare in recoil and accuracy to the full size or commander size? If you own one of these Kimbers tell me what you think about it. What are the pros/cons?

    Thank you for your time.
  2. harlenm

    harlenm Millennium Member

    Jul 20, 1999
    Officers are typically a 4" barrel, short grip. Kimber calls them a compact. Ultra carry are 3" barrel with the compact grip. I carry an ultra carry in a ctac every day, but will be switching to an XD(m) as soon as my ctac comes in.

    I find the compact to be the most accurate of my 1911s. Below is my ultra cdp.

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  3. geronimo509


    Mar 5, 2009
    I had one and my brother had the exact same one without the laser. Both ran flawless and were very nice little guns to carry
  4. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

    Dec 21, 2002
    I have 4 Ultra (3 inch barrel) size Kimbers and one 4 inch Kimber.
    Two have Crimson Trace lasers.

    One GI 1911.

    And a Ruger SR1911.

    Shooting one 1911 is pretty much like shooting another 1911. Some have better trigger and a smoother action and are maybe more accurate that others but when holding a 1911 you know you are holding a special gun.

    Even my least expensive Kimber, the Ultra Carry, is a joy to shoot and is plenty accurate.
  5. gasboffer


    Jul 10, 2008
    My grandson and I both had at one time Kimber Ultra-carry 3 in. in .45 with Crimson -trace grips. We could hit a soft-ball at 25 yds almost every time. Just couldn't stand the plastic main-spring housing and the paper-clip take-down tool. Mine was aluminum frame and developed a longtitudal gouge in the frame rail due to a burr in the inside of the slide. Grandson still has his, says he'll never get rid of it!
  6. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

    Oct 3, 2000
    Lakeland, FL.
    I have had great success with My Stainless Series I Ultra-Carry as my primary carry weapon. Mine lives in a Milt Sparks Executive Companion. I believe I bought it in 2000, I have replace the recoil spring once in that time and I prefer Wilson Combat magazines.

  7. kahrcarrier

    kahrcarrier FAHRENHEIT

    Jan 8, 2004
    Southern IN
    I have a recent model Ultra Carry ll, no Crimson Trace however. Inexpensive as far as Kimbers go. Has been a great little gun, in fact I am carrying it today. Lightweight, and a joy to pack around.

    No bobbles so far, accurate and reliable. I know the 3" 1911s take a lot of internet whipping, but I believe most of the bugs have been worked out of the 3" platform. I'm sure there are exceptions...........

    .45 acp would probably be much more effecient from a longer tube, but I am quite confident I could defend myself admirably with this little pistol.

  8. Ruggles


    Jun 13, 2005
    Recoil is not bad at all on the Kimber 3" guns, the recoil spring system they have tames it very well IMO. My sons was shooting mine well when he was 10.
  9. VanguardMP


    Nov 21, 2006
    I love my Ultra Crimson Carry II. It's one of my favorite 1911's, especially for summer time carry. I've never had issues with mine. My wife loves her standard Ultra Carry II too. It's her EDC gun.

  10. LabTech

    LabTech Village Jackass

    May 23, 2005
    Scenic southeast Ohio
    Here's mine:
    My UCII along with my M&P9c are my two carry guns that are with me 99% of the time and I would never get rid of either.
  11. whauburger


    Oct 27, 2011
    I picked up a "gander mountain exclusive" model used almost a year ago, it was a deal I couldn't pass on. It is a very accurate gun and I have never had a problem with it.
  12. BAB 78

    BAB 78

    Jan 2, 2009
    Philadelphia, PA
    I've had a Crimson Trace Ultra Carry II for about 3 years now. I use it for my EDC in a Comp-Tac MTac holster. The gun has been flawless so far and its really accurate. Probably more accurate than myself. Recoil isn't too bad either.

    The only con I can think of is that I really can't justify the extra money for the Crimson Trace grips. Probably cause I never use it at the range. I'd rather train with the sights than rely on the laser. The laser grips will come in handy in a close encounter situation though, if you don't have enough time to take aim. But if I could do it all over again I might buy the gun without the grips and save a couple hundred bucks.

    Other than that I love the gun...

    Last edited: Jan 30, 2012