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GUNS Magazine May 2012 Digital Edition - Page 40
Trail Gun P In shooting the Kimber Stainless Target II .38 Super, John found it to have all the attributes of a Perfect Packin’ Pistol. I John Taffin t is hard to believe anyone is not familiar with Kimber unless they have been living in a cave for the past several decades, but just in case we need to mention Kimber is number one when it comes to producing 1911s with over 40 percent of the market share. Although they may call it a Target Pistol, actually the Stainless Target II is also a superb Trail Gun. The .38 Super is certainly not made for big-game hunting, however with hardcast SWC or JHP bullets, a quality holster, and some time to roam the sagebrush, foothills, forests or mountains, it comes ready to serve right out-of-the-box. To me a Target Pistol conjures up visions of standing on my hind legs in a classic bull’s-eye stance with shooting arm extended, off-hand in the pants pocket, and aiming at a small black bull’s-eye at 25 yards. However, a Trail Gun is not so restrictive. We can use two hands, or whatever rest we may happen to find, a fencepost, a rock, a tree limb, our backpack, anything to help us connect on our intended target which may be a varmint, supper, or even any inviting long-distance rock or stump. To me target shooting, as enjoyable as that may be, is a high-pressure situation; a gun on the trail is for relaxing and enjoying the moment. Whether for traditional paper punching or Trail Gun use the requirements are the same, namely a The Kimber Stainless Target II (left) has a lowered and flared ejection port, long trigger and fully adjustable rear target sight. Front grasping grooves are present on the slide (middle) and the front sight is set in a dovetail. The rear sight is serrated to reduce glare (right). Note the wide, comfortable beavertail grip safetly and wide single-side thumb safely. 40 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • M AY 2 0 1 2