Kimber History - 1911Forum
Advertise Here
Forum   Reviews   Rules   Legal   Site Supporters & Donations   Advertise

Go Back   1911Forum > >


Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 10-21-2007, 09:20 PM
Kruzr's Avatar
Kruzr Kruzr is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Surf City, USA
Posts: 13,220
Kimber History

For those who aren't familiar with Kimber's history and believe they've been making 1911's for over 25 years since they put out a 25 yr. anniversary model, here is the actual history.
The Ultimate 1911

(Full article on post #11 and another article on post #13)

The Government Model industry was shaken to its core by the introduction last year of Kimber's 1911. Priced at a mere $625...

...How Kimber, a name associated with high grade hunting rifles, came to be in the 1911 business requires a little history lesson.
The story begins in Yonkers, N.Y., with a company called Jerico Precision which was founded in 1978 as a manufacturer of hand tools and a subcontractor for various defense industries.
The name Jerico comes from founders Jerry Roman and the late Richard Brown, an acronym for "Jerry and Richard's Company."

...Jerico needed two things: a market and somebody who knew about 1911's.
The help they found turned out to be businessman Leslie Edelman, owner of a major firearms and accessory wholesale
company called Nationwide Sports, and Chip McCormick who knows something about 1911s. At the time, Edelman was a minority shareholder of Kimber Of America and his plan was to connect Jerico's manufacturing capability with Kimber's established dealer network.
The project began in the winter of 1994 and the prototypes of the "Kimber" pistol were shown at the 1995 SHOT Show.
Controversy swirled around the sample at the show, which were in fact made by Caspian Arms with the serial number and
manufacturer's identity hidden under the grip panels.
Then in late 1996 Edelman purchased Jerico and changed the name to Kimber Manufacturing. In April, 1997, Edelman closed Kimber's riflemaking facility in Oregon and moved the entire operation to Yonkers.
That's the history of how the Kimber 1911 came to be...

~ American Handgunner Sept/Oct 1997

Kimber has always used MIM parts. For the first guns, the parts were made in Spain with molds owned by Kimber. When they got the MIM machines in Yonkers, the molds came over here. Initially, even the bushings were MIM. This changed about 6 months into production with the delivery of two machines to make stainless steel bushings.

The Series II safety was introduced in 2001. No other parts on the gun were changed at that time. MIM then, MIM now.

When purchased by Kimber, Jerico was also making slides for Wilson Combat (and Kimber continued to make them for about 7 years.) Kimber and Wilson had an advertisement battle in 1997 as a result of Kimber advertising a gun worth $1500 for $615. Here is a blurb from American Handgunner in 1997 on the dueling ads:

Last edited by Kruzr; 11-24-2010 at 01:07 PM.
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:00 PM.

NOTICE TO USERS OF THIS SITE: By continuing to use this site, you certify that you have read and agree to abide by the Legal Terms of Use. All information, data, text or other materials ("Content") posted to this site by any users are the sole responsibility of those users. 1911Forum does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity, or quality of such Content.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 2015, LLC. All Rights Reserved