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Kimber Custom

Semi-Automatic Single-Action (SA) Pistol / Handgun [ 1997 ]

The Kimber Custom can count Los Angeles SWAT police and United States Force Recon as two of its high-profile operators.

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The Kimber Custom is a Colt M1911 semi-automatic handgun available since 1997 through Kimber Manufacturing. It is primarily seen in .45 ACP - the same caliber of the original M1911 - and takes on the original's form and function. The base offering has a 5" barrel assembly with steel frame construction. The solid trigger is custom and the ejection port is slightly recessed while there is both a grip safety and beavertail safety mechanism. A 7-, 8- and 10-round magazine are used for feeding the .45 ACP cartridges.

The Custom II differs primarily in having an internal safety at the firing pin. The Custom TLE II is a Tactical Law Enforcement (TLE) model and issued to elements of L.A. SWAT police. The TLE is a family of guns with several subvariants included. The "Warrior" and "Desert Warrior" models are other offshoots of the Custom and these issued to elements of the USMC's MARSOC special units.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Semi-Automatic Single-Action (SA) Pistol / Handgun

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Pistol / Sidearm
Compact design for close-quarters work or general self-defense.

Overall Length
220 mm
8.66 in
Barrel Length
127 mm
5.00 in
Empty Wgt
2.37 lb
1.08 kg

Iron Front and Rear.


Semi-Automatic; Single-Action (SA)

One shot per trigger pull; self-loading or auto-loading action aided by internal mechanism; trigger management (and initial cocking) typically required by the operator; subsequent shots are aided by the unlocked / moved bolt.
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.45 ACP

Rounds / Feed

7-, 8- or 10-round detachable box magazine.
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Custom - Base Series Model
Custom II - Follow-up model
Custom TLE - Tactical Law Enforcement model; various subvariants added.
Warrior / Desert Warrior - Variant issued to USMC MARSOC units.

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