NRA Gun of the Week: Kimber Aegis Elite Pro OI

posted on March 19, 2021
Kimber America’s Aegis Elite Pro OI is another well-crafted addition to the company’s expansive lineup of 1911 pistols. Despite the gun’s full-size frame, this latest model iteration of the famed John Browning pistol design incorporates many elements that make it a capable carry option. In addition, the Aegis Elite Pro comes machined for slide-mounted optic, which further updates the classic handgun design for the 21st century.

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Kimber made a concession to CCW holders with a rounded treatment at the heel of the frame, a place that has a tendency to easily print through concealment. Pairing the frame modifications with melted edges throughout, the Commander-size Aegis Elite Pro is further validated as a carry gun with its corrosion-resistant KimPro II finish that gives the pistol a two-tone look. Additionally, Kimber relies on stainless steel for the slide and frame.

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Unique slide serrations are supplied to foster positive purchase during manipulation and help to ward off irritation when carried inside the waistband. Kimber employs multi-colored G10 stocks and straight-line serrations on the gun’s mainspring housing for additional grip. An extended beavertail grip safety and over-sized thumb safety are standard equipment. A skeletonized hammer and trigger add a modern look to the gun and quicken lock time.

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American Rifleman’s preview sample came chambered for 9 mm Luger and supplied with a 6 m.o.a. Vortex Venom red-dot sight. Our testers noted thoughtful additions such as all-steel construction, full-length steel guide rod, and optic combined with a bushingless, bull barrel and suppressor-height sights bolster the 1911's capability as a modern pistol defense for defensive use.

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Watch our NRA Gun of the Week video above to learn more about the Kimber Aegis Pro OI.

Kimber Aegis Pro OI Specifications

Manufacturer: Kimber America

Action Type: recoil-operated, single-action, semi-automatic pistol

Chambering: 9 mm Luger

Frame: stainless steel, KimPro II finish

Slide: stainless steel, KimPro II Finish

Barrel: 4” stainless steel

Sights: raised, three-white-dot configuration

Optic: Vortex Venom, 6 m.o.a.

Magazine: nine-round detachable box

Height: 5.25”

Length: 7.7”

Width: 1.28”

Weight: 40 ozs.

MSRP: $1,516

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