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New Kimber 1911 Pistols: Aegis Elite, KHX, Hero and Stainless Target

Kimber new 1911 pistol at the 2018 SHOT Show

02/06/2018 - SHOT Show 2018 / New from Kimber USA: the 1911 Aegis Elite and KHX pistol lines, plus the Hero Custom and Stainless Target are the new models for 2018. The highly renowned US manufacturer of 1911-style pistols presented a whole new range of handguns in various sizes and calibers. Here we take a look at Kimber’s new 1911 series.

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The US company Kimber is known worldwide for its large selection of 1911 pistols. At the SHOT Show 2018, the manufacturer chose to present some additional lines in the 1911 style. The new pistols are available in different sizes, with different barrel lengths, and chambered in .45 ACP amongst others. Here we present the latest 1911 offspring in greater detail.

Kimber KHX 1911 pistol

Kimber KHK Pro pistol
The Kimber KHK Pro with its G10 grip and distinctive slide serrations.
The right side of the Kimber KHX 1911 pistol
The Kimber KHX 1911 pistol is available in both the 9-mm Luger and .45 ACP calibers.
Kimber KHX Custom 1911er Pistol
The Kimber KHX Custom with a 5-inch barrel and its eye-catching honeycomb styling.
Kimber KHX Pro 1911er Pistole
The Kimber KHX Pro with a 4-inch barrel length.
Kimber KHX Ultra 1911er Pistole
The small Kimber KHX Ultra with its 3-inch barrel.

The Kimber KHX series is available in 5 different models in the 9 mm Luger or .45 ACP calibers. The pistols differ in size and barrel length: the Custom version has a barrel length of 5 inches, the Pro version comes with a barrel length of 4 inches, and the small Ultra variant has a barrel length of 3 inches.


The Kimber KHX model attracts attention with its webbed serrations on the slide. The pistol is made of stainless steel and has a matt black coating. The grips are made of G10, are green-black-gray in color, and look particularly appealing with the skeletonized black aluminum trigger.

The KHX Custom and Pro models are also available in an optics-ready format. In addition to their manual sights with their white fiber optics, they also feature an attachment for fixing Vortex, Trijicon or Leupold reflex sights onto the slide.

Overview of the Kimber KHX pistol

  • Possible calibers: 9 mm Luger and .45 ACP
  • KHX Custom: 5-inch barrel length
  • KHX Pro: 4-inch barrel length
  • KHX Ultra: 3-inch barrel length
  • Material: matt black coated stainless-steel
  • Trigger made of aluminum

  • G10 grip
  • Optics-ready version available in Custom and Pro

Kimber Aegis Elite 1911 pistol

Kimber Aegis Elite Ultra pistol
The small Kimber Aegis Elite Ultra in a two-tone color with its G10 grip.
Kimber Aegis Elite Ultra 1911, right side
The Kimber Aegis Elite Ultra 1911 is available in 9 mm Luger and .45 ACP.
Kimber Aegis Elite Custom 1911er Pistol
The Kimber Aegis Elite Custom with a 5-inch barrel length.
Kimber Aegis Elite Pro 1911er Pistol
The Kimber Aegis Elite Pro with a 4-inch barrel length.
Kimber Aegis Elite Ultra 1911 Pistol
The Kimber Aegis Elite Ultra with a 3-inch barrel length.

The Kimber Aegis Elite 1911 pistols are also available in 5 models. The pistols come in 9 mm Luger or .45 ACP and also differ with respect to their barrel length like the other 1911 models: Custom with a 5-inch barrel, Pro with a 4-inch barrel and Ultra with a 3-inch barrel.

The Aegis Elite has a stainless-steel frame with a satin silver finish. The stainless-steel slide is coated matt black. The slide serrations are X-shaped and the G10 grips are available in green, black or light gray.

The Aegis Elite Custom and Pro models are available with an integrated Vortex Venom reflex sight. 

Overview of the Kimber Aegis Elite pistol

  • Possible calibers: 9 mm Luger and .45 ACP
  • Aegis Elite Custom: 5-inch barrel length
  • Aegis Elite Pro: 4-inch barrel length
  • Aegis Elite Ultra: 3-inch barrel length
  • Material: matt black coated stainless-steel slide, frame in satin silver
  • Trigger made of aluminum 
  • G10 grip
  • OI-Version in Custom and Pro available with Vortex reflex sight
Kimber Aegis Elite Custom with Reflexvisier
The Kimber Aegis Elite Custom OI comes with a mounted Vortex reflex sight.

Kimber Hero Custom 1911 pistol

Kimber Hero Custom 1911 pistol in a striking design
The Kimber Hero Custom 1911 pistol in a striking design.
Kimber-Hero-Custom-1911-pistol in 45 ACP.
The typical 1911 comes in .45 ACP.
Kimber Hero Custom 1911er Pistol
The Kimber Hero Custom 1911s pistol with its sand-colored frame and Kryptek Highlander styled grip.

The new Kimber Hero Custom comes in .45 ACP with a coated stainless-steel frame in Desert Tan and a matt black slide.


Matching the frame, the slide also has aesthetic engravings in sand colors. The 5-inch pistol has modern fiber optic sights and grips styled in Kryptek Highlander.

Overview of the Kimber Hero Custom pistol

  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • 5-inch barrel length

  • Material: matt black coated stainless-steel slide, frame in desert tan
  • Trigger made of aluminum
  • Grips styled in Kryptek Highlander
  • Sand-colored engravings
  • Price: 987 US Dollars (RRP)

Kimber Stainless Target Long Slide 1911 pistol

Kimber Stainless Target LS Pistol
The new Kimber Stainless Target Long Slide has a barrel length of 6 inches.

The new Kimber Stainless Target LS has a barrel length of 6 inches and comes in the calibers .45 ACP and 10 mm.

The frame and slide are made of stainless-steel and have a satin silver finish. The grips are constructed from noble wood and give the Stainless Target an original 1911 look. The 6-inch pistol has a red fiber optic front sight and an adjustable rear sight. In the recoil test, the Kimber Stainless Target with its total weight of about 1,200 g was very comfortable.

Overview of the Kimber Stainless Target pistol

  • Possible calibers: .45 ACP and 10 mm

  • 6-inch barrel length
  • Material: Stainless-steel with satin silver coating
  • Trigger made of aluminum
  • Wooden grips
  • Price: 1,055 US Dollars


The 1911 pistols from Kimber are available in Germany and other EU countries via Waffen Ferkinghoff. When the new models shall become available and what they shall ultimately cost, we can not say at this time, but we'll keep you informed.

More information on pistols from Kimber USA can be found directly on the website.

All news from SHOT Show 2018 you’ll find on all4shooters.com.

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