We started with the author’s personal Kimber Warrior. This model is Kimber’s commercial offering which nearly mirrors the guns they built for the very first Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MCSOCOM) unit — known as MCSOCOM Detachment 1, or “Det 1” for short. The original guns were known as the ICQBP (Intermediate Close Quarters Battle Pistol). The ICQBPs were custom built by Kimber for Det 1 to Marine Corps specifications. They utilized Kimber’s “Series 1” safety system, equivalent to the Colt Series 70 safety system. MCSOCOM chose to forego the Series 2 or Swartz Safety, which includes an additional firing pin block slaved to the grip safety. A Dawson Precision rail was attached to the frame to mount a light.
The Warrior benefits from the advent of integral Picatinny rail frames. It also includes Kimber’s low-profile, three-dot tritium sights, reminiscent of the Novak version on the original ICQB pistols, and a Series 1 safety system. (It is, to our knowledge, the only Kimber 1911 still in production that doesn’t include their Series 2 safety system.) Out of the box, the Kimber Warrior makes a strong bid to ride in your duty holster. But, as with most stock guns, the aftermarket offers room for improvement in some key areas.
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