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Old 03-19-2014, 09:08 AM   #1
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Question Ultra with steel frame

Any of y'all that own Ultra's have one with the steel frame? Can you compare how it shoots versus a full size (5") 1911?

I was looking at the Eclipse Ultra. It has a stainless steel frame, rather than aluminum. Was wondering if that would make it more stable.

For y'all that have both a Custom and an Ultra (of any type frame) how do you compare the shootability/recoil?
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:42 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Insta-Gator View Post
Any of y'all that own Ultra's have one with the steel frame? Can you compare how it shoots versus a full size (5") 1911?

I was looking at the Eclipse Ultra. It has a stainless steel frame, rather than aluminum. Was wondering if that would make it more stable.

For y'all that have both a Custom and an Ultra (of any type frame) how do you compare the shootability/recoil?
Yes I own the Eclipse Ultra II 3" in stainless...shoots like a dream. It's heavy, sturdy, accurate, and easy to get back on target. Not as tame as a 5", but very close. I've had my share of feeding issues with it however; when I switched lubes to grease in the correct areas it helped a lot. You'll need to keep it wet and clean if shooting more than say 100 rounds. Mine just started spitting brass to my head a few times and I'm changing out the recoil spring on Saturday. It's time as I have thousands of rounds through it.
It really is a beautiful gun if I may say so. You'll love the sights on it too. Get the composite tool as discussed before for stripping as it has that beast double recoil spring in it. $47.00 for a new set.
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I carry my Ultra Aegis ll 80% of the time (3" barrel, 9mm). It has an aluminum frame but the felt recoil is the same or less than my Glock 19. The Glock is a much larger pistol but the weigh about the same. Any time you add weight to a pistol the felt recoil will almost always be less. IMO Kimber does a great job with felt recoil be it an alloy frame or steel. Buy what suits your needs and desires and shot the crap out of it. Be safe and have fun!! My 2 cents for what it's worth. YMMV
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My ultra raptor would surprise you with how little recoil there is,it's just plain fun to shoot,very accurate for 3"gun.
I was expecting more recoil from mine yesterday. There wasn't as much as expected. Very easy to shoot. I don't have an Ultra with a steel frame so I have no way to compare.
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Yes I own the Eclipse Ultra II 3" in stainless...shoots like a dream. It's heavy, sturdy, accurate, and easy to get back on target. Not as tame as a 5", but very close. I've had my share of feeding issues with it however; when I switched lubes to grease in the correct areas it helped a lot. You'll need to keep it wet and clean if shooting more than say 100 rounds. Mine just started spitting brass to my head a few times and I'm changing out the recoil spring on Saturday. It's time as I have thousands of rounds through it.
It really is a beautiful gun if I may say so. You'll love the sights on it too. Get the composite tool as discussed before for stripping as it has that beast double recoil spring in it. $47.00 for a new set.
Great feedback. Thanks.
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I've gotten use to the light weight of the ultra Raptor for carry it just disappears,can't say about the Eclipse Ultra,25oz vs 31oz,its just what ever you want.
Yeah, my G23 (loaded) is 31oz. So, I guess if I add 7 rounds of .45 to what I carry now, it would be close. Actually, the 31oz of my G27 (loaded) is not bad at all.

It's gonna take a while to make a final decision on my next Kimber purchase. I still love the look of the SS Pro Raptor, but for EDC, perhaps an Ultra would be best. I'll just keep reading and asking questions till it becomes clear.
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Originally Posted by Insta-Gator View Post
Yeah, my G23 (loaded) is 31oz. So, I guess if I add 7 rounds of .45 to what I carry now, it would be close. Actually, the 31oz of my G27 (loaded) is not bad at all.

It's gonna take a while to make a final decision on my next Kimber purchase. I still love the look of the SS Pro Raptor, but for EDC, perhaps an Ultra would be best. I'll just keep reading and asking questions till it becomes clear.
We are here for you. Good luck on your quest!
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