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Old 03-11-2019, 01:57 PM   #1
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The Changing Face of the Kimber Pro

I've had my Kimber Pro CDP II .45 for about 12 years; great pistol, and have been Jonesing for another Pro CDP in 9mm, and just picked one up and noticed some differences.

Shown both together, the change in frame finish is obvious. The new CDP's (no "II") also have a flat-top milled into the slide and a different finish to the slides also.



The new guns have the 'melted' treatment, but no where as severe as the older CDP's. The bead-blasting is much more subdued also and is a more pleasing (to me) finish.

Better look at the new Pro CDP:



Just installed some G10 thin star-burst grips on both guns from "Cool Hand" on Amazon. (A buggered up right hand requires thin grips on my 1911's...don't ask )

So I'm liking my two Pro's all dressed up for the prom with their new grips. When this dang three FEET of snow subsides, I'm anxious to get the new Kimber to the outback for some range time.
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So the CDP's dropped the Swartz safety?
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Congratulations on your new CDP Pro Rick.
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Looks really good.
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Indeed. I love the looks of those grips. I got the exact same ones for my SCC, but they weren't grippy enough and I had to swap them out for the Ops style, same color. Got the same screws still though
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Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
So the CDP's dropped the Swartz safety?
Yes, I think that happened at the same time they changed to the dark gray frame color, 2 maybe going on 3 years ago?

Rick, I've always liked the StarBurst look. Nice.
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I like the better defined edges and curves of the newer model. Also, although I think it's an optical illusion, the longer grip area. I think the Swartz was only on the "II" Kimber's.
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Congratulations on the new shooter. I have the PRO in 9mm too, love it. I can hit the paper better with it than anything else I have. I will suggest looking into the Wilson Combat flat wire recoil kit. Kimber suggests a 1000 round change interval for their 9mm PRO sized guns. Screw that!
I like the look of those grips too! Here's a pic of mine with her similar VZs.
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I will suggest looking into the Wilson Combat flat wire recoil kit. Kimber suggests a 1000 round change interval for their 9mm PRO sized guns. Screw that!
I like the look of those grips too! Here's a pic of mine with her similar VZs.
Thanks for the comments, guys (and gals).

Mark, I fully intend to swap for the WC flat wire kit when I come near the 1K round count. Seems like the logical thing to do instead of changing out every year or so. That alone will encourage me to do more shooting for the changeover.

On those star-burst grips (yours look great too!)...I'm liking them so much, now I'm considering putting some on my Clackamas Custom Classic that wears Kimber brown walnut at present. Decisions, decisions.......(glad something like that is what's occupying my thought process at present.....could be a lot worse, right? )
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Originally Posted by Rick in Oregon View Post
Thanks for the comments, guys (and gals).

Mark, I fully intend to swap for the WC flat wire kit when I come near the 1K round count. Seems like the logical thing to do instead of changing out every year or so. That alone will encourage me to do more shooting for the changeover.

On those star-burst grips (yours look great too!)...I'm liking them so much, now I'm considering putting some on my Clackamas Custom Classic that wears Kimber brown walnut at present. Decisions, decisions.......(glad something like that is what's occupying my thought process at present.....could be a lot worse, right? )

Rick, I purchase 1911 grip sets like I do Firehouse Subs: Hook and Ladder sandwich...every chance I get and without hesitation of whipping out the credit card.
Grip swapping is cold weather fun.
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