Editor’s Note: Just yesterday (6/14/2012) I found myself in discussion about Kimber .45ACPs and it reminded me that I was recently asked about a few Kimber handguns. Dredging up an older review, but one that still stands, I am republishing this one of the Kimber TLE II. Note that Blackwater is now Academi and the instructor cadre has changed.
In previous reviews I suggested that a .40 caliber safe-action pistol might well be the perfect duty pistol. I was very careful to specify “duty”. At least one police department feels that this week’s reviewed pistol is the best Special Operations pistol: The Kimber Custom TLE (Tactical Law Enforcement) II – otherwise known as the “LAPD SWAT gun”. The Custom TLE II is an exact replica of the guns produced for LAPD with the exception of the markings.
Also in previous articles I mentioned that I “cut my teeth” on a Government Model .45 issued to me by the United States Army. I said that in front of a work mate of mine and he wanted to know what I was doing with the pistol in my mouth: funny guy. The Govt Model I was issued by the Army in 1983 was a far cry from what Kimber produces today. Although Kimber does produce “Mil-Spec” .45s, the TLE II is not one of them – but it’s not a race gun either. It’s a well-built practical handgun for doing serious work in harsh environments. Read the full story