03-09-2016, 11:20 AM
Join Date: Jan 2014
Originally Posted by jgaff
I am new to Kimber 1911's and have found a custom shop compact stainless II with Crimson Laser grips on it, and was wondering how much the custom shop adds in value and what was actually done to it in the custom shop? Pistol appears to be new in the box, and shows no evidence of being fired, but can't be guaranteed.
This may be a little older version of the Compact Stainless that did come from factory with the Crimson Trace or was ordered or added later. A call to Kimber Customer Service with the Serial number will reveal the build date. Up to a certain year maybe late 2013 or 2014(I can't remember the exact date) "Custom Shop" until it was ended custom shop meant each pistol received more hands on and precise fitting. If it was indeed made before the factory ended that program it could maybe add value but it may just work out to being a little more accurate. But for the most part I say Custom Shop by todays standards do not add any value.
I was unable to find any Compact Stainless with a Crimson Trace listed on GunBroker. You can buy a Compact Stainless with Black plain grips for as little as $775.00 and up to $975 depending on seller. We know Crimson Trace grips msrp for around $339 they can be bought for a little less sometimes on Ebay and Amazon.
Don't know the price on the one you are looking at but maybe you can find these numbers helpful.
If it is in fact NIB, that's good IMO the CT grips would add more value than Custom Shop on the slide. When you get up to the $900 and higher price range you can buy newer Kimber's with more bells and extras for $1,000.
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