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With the aluminum-framed EVO SP line, Kimber aims to tackle the striker-fired market.


Best known for its stylish and dead-accurate 1911s, Kimber has shifted its attention an entirely different direction with its newest defensive pistol line. Continuing to hitch its star to recent trends, the company has gone striker-fired again with the EVO SP.

As expected from Kimber, the 9mms have all the moves to make them top EDC options. Swimming against the tide of polymer-framed pistols, one of the most notable features of the 7-round EVOs is the use of aluminum. Adding a level of ruggedness and resiliency in the frame, it doesn’t bog the pistols down in the weight department, with the EVO SP options each tipping the scales at a nimble 19-ounces — 18 ounces on the Custom Shop model.

Kimber is releasing four models in all, three of which — TLE, Two-Tone and CDP — are essentially the same, except cosmetic differences. Very similar to the other variations, the Custom Shop version does have a few other notable differences. As previously mentioned, the top-of-the-line model is lighter. Furthermore it also has Stiplex-inspired grips, backstrap and cocking serrations.

he pistols come with a load of other aspects certain to pique discriminating arm citizens’ interest, including TruGlo Tritium Pro night sights, 7-pound trigger, match-grade crowned barrel and G10 grips and backstraps. The trigger is heavy for a striker-fired, but, on the plus side, the guns are good lookers — it’s Kimber after all. And it being the Yonkers, NY concern, they also tend to the expensive side, especially for striker-fired: $856-$1,047.

Available since November, the newest striker-fired pistols to hit the market certainly break from the herd. But also gives shooters plenty of reason to consider a premium option in this style of pistol.

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