By Bob Walsh
The Gun of the Week this time around is the Kimber Pro Carry HD II semi-automatic pistol
This is an all-stainless “Commander” size pistol chambered for .38 Super. It is also available and almost certainly more common in .45 ACP. It has a 4” barrel with a height of 5.25 inches and an overall length of 7.7 inches. It is 1.28 inches wide and with an empty magazine weighs 35 ounces.
This is a very pleasant pistol to shoot, though it has gotten a bit heavy for me for every-day carry since I hurt my knee. I shot it in IDPA CCP (concealed carry pistol) division for a while but then I managed to get access to the appropriate “box” and discovered it is a tiny tad too tall to be legal in that classification. Bummer. Such is life.
This is obviously a 1911 format pistol. It has the lawyer inspired firing pin safety (Series II guns do). I have put a Hi Vis front sight on it which aids me a great deal in sight picture when outdoors in good light.
The weapon is easier on the shooter than the .45 and also holds a couple of extra rounds in the magazine.
It does have a full-length recoil spring guide, which makes field stripping the pistol a tad of a pain in the butt when compared to one that does not, but it isn’t THAT hard either.
The .38 Super is kind of an enthusiast’s pistol. Unless you roll your own (I do) ammo is a bit difficult to get and expensive and good quality self-defense ammo is hard to come by. It is not a cheap gun with an MSRP of right around $1k. Like every other Kimber product I am familiar with it is of excellent quality. I strongly suspect it will last longer than I will.
Editors Note: Kimber quality. It doesn't get much better than that.