Posts Tagged With: Kimber

What’s better than G*d’s Own Caliber?

Three times G*d’s own caliber!!!

This is what you get when two of us bring 1911-style fun to the range… From left to right: Springfield, Kimber, and Colt.

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A Very Long Day

Yesterday ended up being a very long day, but it was worth it! I had to get myself awake and moving and out of the house about the time of day that I am often heading to bed because I had my NRA Basic Pistol (CCW) class set up. I am not used to sitting in a classroom for hours on end anymore; it’s been years since I did that on a regular basis (other than at conferences, and that’s a little different). I did learn a fair amount, though. It definitely got some thoughts chasing around in my head.

The range time towards the end of the day was like a reward for having been good all day long. Each person in the class got one-on-one time with one of the instructors, not only to “ensure competence” but also for them to work with each of us on the mechanics of how we shoot. I used my Kimber .45; the instructors didn’t seem at all surprised to see me (the only girl in the class) with a .45, but some of the guys in the class were a bit shocked. I had no trouble showing “competence” with my firearm, so I was off the range fairly quickly.

One interesting thing that they had each of us do, though, was to fire a few shots at the end with the gun held in tight, pretty much right at my chest. Admittedly, if I ever have to use it, it may well be at exactly that short range, so it is good to know how it feels…it’s rough and loud and hot, and I could taste it. But if I ever have to, the shot itself won’t startle me now, and it won’t scare me into dropping the gun.

After class was done, I got a treat! I went to another local range where I met THOT. He had invited me to come and see (and shoot at) a low-light/flashlight event. I was so unprepared…I don’t (yet) own a holster, and I only (so far) have a single magazine for the Kimber. THOT loaned me a holster and extra magazines so I could participate, and when they realized that I’ve never participated in any sort of shooting match before, the people running it didn’t turn the lights out on me, so I didn’t have to juggle a flashlight my first time through.

It was an awesome day.

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My First .45

Long day at work last night, and today’s sleep was interrupted by the doorbell several times…all of them deservedly ignored. It is Saturday, after all. And I heard the phone ring once in there, too. Also ignored; that’s what voice mail is for, and I do have to work tonight, too.

But the voice mail message said that my special order at LFS was in and ready for pick-up! So I quickly pulled myself together after I woke up and got myself to the store before they closed because this is My First .45! I’d only ordered it from them 3 days ago, and here it was, ready to go. I’m not sure I can remember the last time I ordered anything, from anyone, that arrived that fast…much less something like this.

It’s a Kimber Tactical Custom II. It has an aluminum frame with a checkered front strap. The barrel is a full 5″, and the sights are tritium night sights. And the grips are laminated wood. I did a fair bit of research to come up with this one, but some of it came down to just “want” when it felt right in my hands. It has such a lovely light trigger pull, too. Several of the guys behind the counter at LFS were commenting on it today, asking if they could get a feel for it and such, because this is not one of the models that they usually carry. (They usually have the Tactical Custom II HD, which is the steel frame…so heavier, but otherwise a twin.)

I can’t wait to get to the range with this beauty, but given my sleep/work schedule for the weekend, unless I want to find a new range to shoot at (the one up the street is closed on Mon/Tues), it’ll be Wednesday before I get a chance. This just might be a reason to go find a new range to shoot at!

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