Kimber Evo SP CDP Review

Picked up an Evo at the Cabelas/BassPro sale and will be using this thread to log a review.

First Impressions

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The weight is heftier than the Glock43 that I'm comparing it to, but also more balanced, since the 43's weight is all up top in the slide. The mag release and slide stop designs are influenced by classic 1911 while the rest of the slide and striker remind me of the Glock. I attempted to detail strip the slide, but could not get the striker stop plate removed. Using a screwdriver to press down on the striker sleeve ala Glock-takedown does not allow the sleeve to clear the stop on the Evo...and for the life of me, I don't know what else to do.

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Field stripping this is very easy - but the liberal use of roll pins and my current roadblock with the striker stop leads me to categorize this as not as serviceable as the Glock. At this time, the only parts Kimber sells are mag releases and recoil springs and grips - so you won't be stocking up on spare parts for these.

The grips are well textured, all popping off with the loosening of a single Allen head screw.

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Comparison shot:

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The G43 above uses an aftermarket trigger, so my comparison is to that...not a stock Glock.

The trigger pull on the G43 has more take-up and you can very easily tell that you've hit the wall. Once fired, the reset is very tactile.

Conversely, the Evo's trigger pull has much less slack and is a consistent, heavy pull. There is no wall - just a consistent pull rearward until the release. The reset is much more subdued. The trigger reminds me of the DA trigger on the PX4 Storm that I used to have, albeit a lot shorter than the DA length. For a self defense pistol, I don't think I'll have any issues with the trigger - but it is a far cry away from the crisp break of a 1911. What it does have is consistency in pull.

Size wise, you can see above that it is basically the same length as the G43. They are virtually identical widths. The G43 is shorter, however, when using a flush fit mag. Kimber does not have a flush fit mag for the Evo, so the height is more comparable to the G43 using a +1 mag.

Pro's: The weight and balance feels great. There's nay a snag-able edge to be found; everything is rounded off. Trigger pull is consistent, and there are at least some grip options available from Kimber (at the same time, it'd of been nice had they included the different sizes in the box...). Overall build quality is superb.

Con's: serviceability and parts support, aftermarket is lacking (it is a new product, I know, but that's still a huge plus for Glock), price. I paid $540 for this and don't think I'd pay any more. The MSRP of $949 has got to be a joke, right?

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Bigger than I originally thought. Still haven’t seen one in person, but it seems like a nice carry gun. Look forward to hearing more.
 

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