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Old 08-05-2016, 06:01 AM   #1
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Kimber model life cycles

I've been so pleased with my Yonkers-fixed Micro that I've been shopping for a larger .45 or 9mm Kimber 1911. A couple models I've been drawn to... mainly Ultra II variants... are out of stock pretty much everywhere. So my question is does Kimber make more of these sold out models and, if so, how often? Or do they simply move on to another line of similar guns?

I ask this as I see the line of gemstone Kimbers... the onyx, sapphire, diamond, etc. and get the feeling these have more like a one-year-only product life cycle. But then I could be wrong as I so often am.
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Old 08-05-2016, 06:16 AM   #2
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Some of the models you've mentioned have been in production for a couple of years now. Not all gun stores will carry the "gemstone" as you put it models. I suggest searching "Gun Broker" for the models you're interested in, you can generally find them easier and cheaper there. 80% of my new guns have come from Gun Broker.
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I'm after a specific Ultra model that appears to be disappearing from dealers. I have to wait one week to click the mouse on a sale. So my question is: once gone is it gone forever? Or if it's gone, will Kimber likely make it again?
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If you look on Kimber's website they refer to these guns as Special Edition not Limited Edition. I don't know if they will produce more of these models but I think the wording suggests they may produce more if the demand is high.

I see these models an GB all the time and I think you should be able to find the one your looking to buy. I bought a new Diamond Ultra 9 for $975 on GB.
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Actually looking for a stainless Ultra Raptor in 9mm. I see just a handful around the web but worried they'll be gone by the time I'm ready.
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Actually looking for a stainless Ultra Raptor in 9mm. I see just a handful around the web but worried they'll be gone by the time I'm ready.
The Ultra SS Raptor is a very popular gun, I highly doubt Kimber will discontinue manufacturing it any time soon.
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The Ultra SS Raptor is a very popular gun, I highly doubt Kimber will discontinue manufacturing it any time soon.
Thanks... that's reassuring. It's tough to be patient looking for a Kimber. They're all beautiful and it looks like they move pretty fast.
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