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Kimber Rapide Black Ice 10mm Review — A Truly Unique 1911

Available in 9mm, .45 ACP, and 10mm, the Kimber Rapide Black Ice 1911 sports a new look while maintaining the same topshelf performance as the original Rapide.

Kimber Rapide Black Ice 10mm Review  —  A Truly Unique 1911
Kimber Rapide Black Ice in 10mm (Photo courtesy of James Tarr)

Roughly 25 years ago, Kimber turned the 1911 world on its ear by offering 1911s straight from the factory loaded with what, at the time, were features previously only available from custom gunsmiths—combat sights, properly fit beavertails, extended thumb safeties, etc. Basically, you were getting the equivalent of full-house custom 1911s (not in fit, but in features) straight from the factory. And, perhaps most importantly, these tricked-out pistols, offering most if not all of the modern upgrades Jeff Cooper by that time had been promoting for twenty years, were priced far less than the similar gunsmith-produced pistols.

Fast-forward a quarter of a century, and Kimber...

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