Kimber Announces New 9mm 1911 RAPIDE Models

Kimber recently announced the release of two new models to their line of RAPIDE 1911 pistols chambered in 9mm. According to the company, the stainless-steel slides have stepped cocking serrations, slide lightening cuts for faster Slide lock-up and the G-10 grips create a secure grip surface area.

About the RAPIDE Dawn and Scorpius

Introducing the RAPIDE Dawn and RAPIDE Scorpius. Aesthetically styled after the RAPIDE family of 1911 handguns, the new pistols feature the same stainless-steel slides with stepped cocking serrations and slide lightening cuts. The frame includes Kimber’s Stiplex textured front strap, as well as G-10 grips creating a secure grip surface area.

RAPIDE Dawn pistols feature a frame and slide finished in Silver KimPro II with brush-polished flats and a Gold TiN finished barrel, and include Gray/Black RAPIDE G-10 grips. The RAPIDE Scorpius pistols feature frames and slides finished in Black KimPro II with brush-polished flats, and the barrel wears a Black DLC finish. This model features Black RAPIDE G-10 grips.

The new 1911 RAPIDE Dawn and RAPIDE Scorpius models are chambered in 9mm and are built on stainless-steel frames. These models will use 5-inch stainless-steel, match-grade barrels with a 1:16 left-hand twist. RAPIDE Dawn and RAPIDE Scorpius 1911s are built around a 12-pound recoil spring and include a 9-round magazine. The two new RAPIDE models also include Tru-Glo TFX Pro Day/Night sights with the company’s signature orange front ring. The RAPIDE Dawn and RAPIDE Scorpius 1911 models measure 8.7” long, 5.25” tall, 1.28” wide, and tip the scales at 40 ounces.

Both models will have an MSRP of $1,729.

RAPIDE Dawn Specifications

Kimber Micro 9 RAPIDE Dawn
Micro 9 RAPIDE Dawn. [Photo courtesy of Kimber]
  • Height (inches) 4.07
  • Weight (ounces) with empty magazine: 15.6
  • Length (inches): 6.1
  • Width (inches): 1.08
  • Magazine capacity: 7
  • Recoil spring (pounds): 16.0

Frame

  • Material: Aluminum
  • Finish: Kimpro II Silver

Slide

  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Finish: Brushed Stainless Sides and Silver KimPro II

Barrel

  • Length (inches): 3.15
  • Material: Stainless steel, match grade
  • Twist rate (left hand): 16

Sights

  • Tru-Glo TFX Pro Day Night Sights.

Grips

  • Grey/Black G10 grips

Trigger

  • Premium aluminum
  • Factory setting (approximate pounds): 7.0

RAPIDE Scorpius Specifications

Kimber Micro 9 RAPIDE Scorpius
Micro 9 RAPIDE Scorpius. [Photo courtesy of Kimber]
  • Height (inches) 90° to barrel: 5.25
  • Weight (ounces) with empty magazine: 40
  • Length (inches): 8.7
  • Magazine capacity: 9
  • Recoil spring (pounds): 12.0
  • Mil-Spec guide rod

Frame

  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Finish: Black KimPro II w/brush polished flats
  • Width (inches): 1.28

Slide

  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Finish: Black KimPro II w/brush polished flats
  • Front serrations

Barrel

  • Length (inches): 5
  • Material: Stainless steel, match grade w/ Black DLC Finish
  • Match grade bushing
  • Twist rate (left hand): 16

Sights

  • Tru-Glo TFX Pro Day Night w/Orange ring front

Grips

  • Black RAPIDE G10 grips

Trigger

  • V-Cut aluminum, Black
  • Factory setting (approximate pounds): 4.0 – 5.0

About Kimber

Kimber was founded with the singular purpose of building fine sporting firearms, better even than classics from the golden age of American gunmaking. Modern manufacturing techniques would be embraced and used to advantage, but assembly, fit and finish could only depend on practiced hands. There would be no compromise in features, materials or performance.

Rimfire rifles led the way, followed by centerfire rifles, then pistols and finally revolvers. Shooters and hunters were attracted by classic lines, dependability and accuracy. In turn, demand fueled growth and encouraged continual product improvement. Today more than ever, the reputation of the Kimber brand reflects the original purpose—and Kimber is known as America’s leading manufacturer of premium production firearms.

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