What is My Kimber 1911 Pistol Worth?
Among the most popular of 1911 type pistols produced are those by Kimber Manufacturing. Headquartered in Alabama, Kimber has been producing high quality 1911 pistols since 1979. Their quality attracted the attention of Marine Corps Special Operations Command who ordered custom 1911 pistols for use in their operations. Los Angeles Police Department also obtained Kimber 1911 pistols for their SWAT unit. Kimber 1911 pistols have also found their way into pop culture being used in film and video games. The immensely popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) uses a Kimber for their 1911 pistol. Films such as John Wick: Chapter 2, The Tomorrow War and The Expendables all feature Kimber 1911 pistols. Next to Colt, Kimbers may be the one of the most popular 1911 pistols ever produced.
With more than 43 years of producing firearms, Kimber has introduced many models and variants of their 1911 pistols. These different models have significant variance of value in the used market. Base models include the Custom II, the TLE II and the Stainless II. Higher end models include the Aegis series, the Rapide series and models from their custom shop. The value of Kimber 1911 pistols can also vary greatly depending on the political climate in the United States and the demand by its citizens to arm and protect themselves.
A major factor in determining value for any firearm comes from the condition of the gun. If it is in mint condition with little finish wear from handling, the gun can retain a good portion of its retail value. If more usage is apparent and the gun has scuffs, dents or scratches on the slide or polymer lower, the value will lower with each imperfection. Same goes with the metal parts, the more scratches and faded bluing finish that becomes present on the gun from handling and usage can greatly diminish its value. The takeaway is that as the condition of the firearm worsens, the less it will be worth when re-sold.
Another factor that contributes to a re-sale value is the firearm’s originality. Please note that as a collectors piece, the value of Kimber 1911 pistols are greater if they retain the original finish and original parts. Another nuance of determining value is whether all the parts of the firearm have the same serial numbers.
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