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Old 01-07-2006, 08:15 PM   #1
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"Thou shalt not get gun for looks"- a rule I broke

I just purchased a Kimber Custom Eclipse II .45.

which is a big step for me since I am also an ardent Glock shooter and a recovering Glock-snob.

I once had the arrogance to scoff at proud owners of "pretty" handguns (i.e. guns that weren't matte black or cosmetically utilitarian.) My HKs and Glocks are more at home in my range bag than any other pistols of mine.

... well, it was bound to happen ... I finally gave in to my feelings and am forced to admit that I, too, can love "pretty guns." In this case it was the brand new Kimber Custom Eclipse II .45 I saw today at my local gunstore - she was waiting for me behind glass ... and I couldn't pull myself away. It was one of those moments of clarity when I knew that pistol was going to be mine ... no question. I checked her out and payed for her right then and there.

California's excruciating 10 day waiting period never hurt so much ... that law was designed to confound human passion and I confess it's certainly quite effective in that regard. Heaven forbid if I could actually enjoy it now ... one might as well separate a bride and grrom for the duration of their honeymoon ... (I realize the analogy is drifting dangerously towards fetishism ... I'll stop now).

Folks, if I had it in my hands I'd be posting photos instead of writing about it. Most of y'all know what the Kimber Custom Eclipse II looks like anyway ... sigh ... but that wouldn't stop me from posting more pics .... it's just one goshdarn pretty 1911.

I think I'll visit her every other day or so until the big day she comes home ....

Thanks. I just had to let that all out.
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Old 01-11-2006, 06:37 PM   #2
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That's cool. I try not to scoff at 'utilitarian' guns either.
Old 01-11-2006, 09:24 PM   #3
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Well, that'll never happen because those are my roots. I trained more with my Glock 23 and HK USPC .45 than with anything else. In a pinch I'll always reach for one of those (if not a Remington 870, Colt H-Bar II or my FN-FAL). The Kimber is more of an indulgence. Matte black guns remain my bread-n-butter.
Old 01-11-2006, 11:11 PM   #4
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Old 01-12-2006, 06:51 AM   #5
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Well the full sized USP is rather huge - especially for a 9. I might consider one in .45 only for the 12 rd capacity. Otherwise the USP Compact .45 isn't much larger than a sig P-220. I guess the oversized trigger guard makes it look bigger than it is. I prefer to carry cocked & locked so it's either the USP or 1911 for me.
Old 03-09-2006, 04:20 PM   #6
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Well, did you get your Kimber? Did you "shoot her." What was she like? Hot I'll bet!
Old 08-27-2006, 05:22 AM   #7
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Well just remember that there will most likely be a teathing period with FIFs and FTEs and hopefully these will be few. It was only a couple of years ago while doing research on the purchase of another .45 that I ran across the Eclipse Ultra II 3" stainless. WOW! Beautiful! I had to have one. It is without a doubt the most accurate, comfortable, and reliable 3" barreled .45 I've ever owned. And at the range, it gets the most OOHS and AHHS.
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Old 03-13-2008, 06:26 PM   #8
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Well i'm reading this and cant help but think that it's my life being told to me on the intrenet. I just picked up my eclipse pro II and absolutely love it even though out of the first 50 rounds it had 4 fail to eject malfunctions.
This i consider the breakin period though. "It is a tight gun." Out of the box it seems to shoot high and left but i will do nothing till i have put at least 500 rounds through it, and i see an absolute pattern out of it." it does need to be consistant to adjust accordingly. I loved my Glock model 35 as it was very consistant and accurate, more so than i will ever be by hand. But this purchase was inevitable as well as meant to be. I gracefully accept my "upgrade" move to the "1911" style.

Old 03-13-2008, 06:27 PM   #9
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Bye the way......It is a beautiful pistol
Old 07-25-2009, 07:24 AM   #10
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Re: "Thou shalt not get gun for looks"- a rule I broke

Remember that all 1911's are utilitarian, some are just made to look pretty. I have seen Glock's with fancy finishes and H&K P7's with engraving, chrome and wood grips. The M1911 still has its roots as a military sidearm.


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