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Old 07-03-2020, 07:57 PM   #1
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1911 style .22LR

Does Kimber make one?
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Old 07-03-2020, 08:00 PM   #2
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They used to, some can still be found on GunBroker. Current offering is conversion kits.
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Kimber makes 2 .22 conversion kits that will go on any 1911 they make. The Compact kit will fit the Ultra, Compact and Pro models and the Target Kit will fit the Custom and Pro models. I own both of these kits and they will work on about any 1911 not just Kimbers.
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This may be sacrilegious to post this comment on this site, but Walther, under license from Colt, makes a 22 lR clone of the Colt 1911A1. I have one and it's a decent shooter and the cost is under 250.00. Bud's guns and Palmetto Armory both list them from time to time.
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Another .22LR offering on the 1911 platform is available from Browning. A sweet little gem that is 80% the size of the original, and handles like a dream. Don't have one, as I use my two Kimber conversion units on my guns, so don't feel the "want" (yet).

The Kimber conversions work very well; both the standard 5" with adjustable sights, and the Compact unit for the Ultra pistols.

Proof the 5" conversion is a "worthy" item:



And from a lasered 52 yards out, the Compact Conversion is no slouch either:



Three words come to mind IRT to these little .22 conversion units: reliable, accurate, and fun. Why buy a dedicated 1911 .22 when you can have your CC trigger in a 1911 outfitted in .22LR? And who doesn't like to plink with a .22? Good stuff!
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Well, I got the little Browning Compact.
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Old 07-04-2020, 01:56 PM   #7
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The conversion kits also make great training tools. All of my grandchildren and a couple of ladies that I taught were started with them. The ease of operation and the lack of recoil goes a long way towards teaching the proper grip and basic operation of the 1911.
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Old 07-04-2020, 03:06 PM   #8
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Kimber makes 2 .22 conversion kits that will go on any 1911 they make.
I have that kit, and I'm glad I bought it.

When there was a chance that I needed surgery on my left retina, there was some serious discussion with my doctor about what I might have to give up. Heck, I even wondered about motorcycles.

I did find a complete .22 kit designed for 1911 automatics. I was surprised on how well the kit integrated on the Kimber.

Besides my eye, I found that shooting the pistol at an indoor range was a lot quieter with .22LRs. I had learned that even with full muffs, firing a .45 ACP indoors was just abusive. The noise impact off walls was something I had not experienced.

I bought copper splashed .22LR by the boxes of 500. I really over bought as I still have some unused in the gunroom.
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