Kimber CDP Pistol



Specifications

Style Compact Pistol
Frame two-tone matte finish
Grips hand-checkered double diamond rosewood grips
Caliber .40 SW / .45 ACP
Capacity 7 rounds
Weight
38 oz (1077 g)
Length 8.7 inches (22.1 cm)
Barrel 5 inches (12.7 cm)
Manufactured USA by Kimber Manufacturing
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Kimber CDP Reviews

     
28 Reviews

 

Jonathan A. from Meyersdale, PA on Thu, 26 May 2016

After another trip to the range I am willing to rate this Kimber CDP. I have to give it a 5 out of 5. It took a lot of time to get my grip and trigger press down, as I was shooting something entirely different that a 1911. Now the accuracy is where it needs to be and the reliability has been there from round one. My wife is asking for it now as she likes shooting it as much as I do. This means a new 1911 for me =).

Willard O. from Danville, CA on Tue, 2 Feb 2016

Levelcross: I bought a FIST Kydex holster a couple of years ago, it was #K7-KYDEX IWB INTERCHANGABLE AND CANTABLE and I got the split J-hook for belt attachment. It is a great holster. My Ultra CDP2 stays holstered while I do a handstand. I don't 'tuck' since I wear camp or operator type shirts with a squared shirttail and always out rather than tucker in. They do make a tuckable model, too, if that's your interest. I usually wear mine at position 10:30 or 11:00 O'Clock for a right handed cross draw. I'm overweight and that position seems perfect for me when sitting behind the wheel of a car or walking up to the local ATM. One issue though, back when I ordered there was a 5 to 7 week waiting period...they were not inventory items but rather made-to-order. For me, it was well worth the wait. Here's the website, study their ordering instructions: http://www.fist-inc.com/holsters/k1/default.htm

Willard O. from Danville, CA on Tue, 15 Dec 2015

I have a Kimber Ultra CDP II .40 cal and bought it because it was available, rare, and had the proper 1/16 twist (which most Glocks do not have). It is very accurate and I don't regret buying it. Perhaps rarity may add collector value later on? I love the 45ACP also, which is what most people insist on buying...and there's nothing wrong with that. I haven't found any issues with the 40, but have less than 2000 rounds through it.

Clarence R. from Reidsville, NC on Tue, 20 Jan 2015

I have the Pro CDP II. It is a very accurate gun and a good looking piece as well. The only fault I have with the gun is the black coating on the frame is extremely thin! It is easily scratched. Breaking the gun down to clean presents it's own issues. But that's another story. I have set it down at the range and if I drop an empty magazine and it lands on the frame of this Kimber, it leaves a nick in the black finish. I bought a gun touch-up marker just to touch it up every time I clean it. I'm very careful with my guns and do not abuse them, but this is one touchy gun. I bought some nice Kimber Carbon fiber grips that add a lot of "Bling" to the firearm. Other than the finish and disassembly of the gun..it's a great pistol. I would deduct 1 bullet for that alone!

Owen I. from Ceres, NY on Sat, 17 Jan 2015

Run another IDPA match and the custom shop CDP 4" stainless is flawless. several hundred rnds.Lost count. All I have to say. Think I will Get a 5"

Adam H. from Blue Earth, MN on Sun, 4 Jan 2015

Just a quick update on my Kimber Ultra CDP II. I have put over 700 rds (FMJ & JHP) all winchester ammo with only a slight failure to feed the first round off of the Kimber clip, that being after 250+ rounds in a session at the range. That has been the only issue I have seen with this weapon. Great groupings, incredible performance. This is my CCW, I use the Crossbread holster, no breakin at all and it gives me a smooth draw. I must admit, I am looking at the CDP with the 5" barrel so I have a nice "set".

Owen I. from Ceres, NY on Fri, 5 Dec 2014

The 3" is not the only one that uses the tool. My CDP 4" does also. Nice weapon though and really like it. Good out of the box and even shot a round of IDPA with it .Flawless after 300 or better rnds and accurate. Not one anything stop with wwbox,Lead reloads or with hollowpoints. Not hard to look at either.

Adam H. from Blue Earth, MN on Tue, 25 Nov 2014

I shot the Ultra CDP II (45 ACP) the other day. Amazing weapon, dead on acurate. For a 45 it weighs 27 ounces with an empty clip.. I have been searching for Springfeild Micro Compact 45 ACP but you just can't find them, unless you have a friend the will let you barrow one to do a side by side shoot. I used Winchester acp FMJ 115 gr rounds for this and put two clips down range with each weapon. The kimber shot exactly where I pointed it, the springfield hits about 3-4 inches lower at 15 yrds. I was able to adjust after the second shot. I liked the Kimber because I did not have to adjust how I shot, not to mention I can find and buy one today. Well later this week anyway!

Owen I. from Ceres, NY on Sun, 19 Oct 2014

Well I bought a stainless w/aluminum lower custom shop CDP 4" Kimber and have run 50 lead reloads and 9 Hornady hollow point defense ammo through it. Runs great out of the box with 0 problems. Seems to be a good buy. Lot of money though we will see. My pt1911 does the same but cost a lot less and is full size. Sure hope it was worth the money!

Frank G. from Prosperity, SC on Wed, 27 Aug 2014

Hi keynan glad the grips worked put for you post a photo when you get a chance . Gave my aegis pro a workout this afternoon. And along withy be para carry 9. Talk to u soon happy shooting Gary

Frank G. from Prosperity, SC on Sun, 24 Aug 2014

Hi Windward45acp, You will find that the more you shoot your CDP II the better it gets. I now have about 900 rd's or so through mine and it works with any thing that I feed it. I changed my grips about three time now (have a small hand) and have settled on the Hogue finger groove grip in Cocobolo. (see photo 3 above). carry round is Hornady TAP in a Wilson mag.(find the spring are better than the KIMBER mag's. I will changing springs soon and have purchased my Springs from Wolf ($8.95 set). Currently using the Sam Andrews easy on/off Holster (not sure of his actual name) from Sam Andrews leather. Enjoy you new gun and happy shooting.

Wayne L. from Nashville, TN on Sat, 23 Aug 2014

Kimber Ultra CDP II 45 acp Just bought this gun for my birthday and have shot 200 rounds through it. Had a few extraction issues but cleaned the gun really good and found a small bur on the extractor. Filed it off. Seems to work good now.

Frank G. from Prosperity, SC on Fri, 8 Aug 2014

Hi DBS and welcome, I think that the Kimber CDP II 45 in 3" ULTRA is about the best out of the box carry. It comes from the custom shop, so it has everything that you might want to do to it (melt job, trigger, night sights etc.). I carry mine in a Sam Andrews easy on/off holster (Sam Andrews leather) and I use wilson Combat or Chip McCormick mag's. If you want to a little less in dollars, look at the Kimber Ultra's (great guns, less dollars and still all KIMBER). I have also changed the grips to HOGUE finger groove coco bolo wood grips, Like the feel in my hand. Hope this helps.

Frank G. from Prosperity, SC on Tue, 8 Jul 2014

Any one looking for new grips in Sambar Stag, look at this site: http://spresserknifeworks.itgo.com I ordered a set for my Kimber CDP 45 3" and already have a set on my SIG 238. Prices are great! Happy New Year to ALL

Joshua C. from Lake Creek, TX on Tue, 24 Jun 2014

I have used Wolff in my Taurus PT92 and they are very good. I can't say that I notice a difference from the original spring that was in there. I have used ISMI in my Kimber Ultra CDP II. Again these do a good job and I got them from Brownell's. Ultras need to have their springs changed more often than larger models. I purchased the standard length springs and cut them down. If I remember correctly, it takes 10 turns so, you should be able to get 2 to 3 spings out of each one. It looks as though the standard length have about 29 turns. Use 18 pound or whatever is recommended for your gun. I believe that Kimber sells an entire kit that you could just basically drop in.

Joshua C. from Lake Creek, TX on Mon, 23 Jun 2014

I use both the Galco USA and the Concealable Carry. Excellent leather. Both conceal very well. I live in Phoenix and the USA is good here in warm weather. The Concealable Carry rides tght against the body and is canted well for easy access. They are a little pricy, but they wear forever. Leather is easier on the gun and is silent.

Joshua C. from Lake Creek, TX on Mon, 23 Jun 2014

I have put several thousand rounds through my Ultra CDP. I have had it back to the factory once several years ago for failure to feed/eject problems. They replaced the slide and had it back to me in short order. Since then, I have not had a failure regardless of the magazine that I use (or the ammo), including Wilson Combat (Excellent), Chip McCormick, and both the standard and Pro from Kimber. When I carry I use the Kimpro mags for my self defense rounds. When I practice I use all the diffent brands. I stick to the better known brands and avoid gun show cheap ones.

Willard O. from Danville, CA on Fri, 6 Sep 2013

I've had my Ultra CDP2 in 40 S&W for about two years or so. I have a DeSantis Super Fly B2 pocket holster (tacky feel outer shell, slick interior finish) that does a fair concealment job for me in a front bluejeans pocket. There's something bulky & rectangular there, but no tell-tale outline or print. Wear your shirt tail out to keep people from looking down into your pocket. Or if you're on the chubby side and you want inside the pants, frontal crossdraw area check out Cell Pal at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxtv1KQimis

Jerome M. from Ferndale, MI on Tue, 3 Sep 2013

I have been carrying my CDP Compact for nearly one year now IWB every day. A few upgrades include: Wilson Combat Mags (most reliable and a must have), VZ ultra-thin gator grips, upgraded Wilson Combat mainspring housing, and custom made Ky-Tac (kydex) holster (best custom fit holsters that I have owned). I can easily conceal with plain haines T-shirt and cargo shorts as this gun easily melts into my everyday wardrobe. As I have mentioned before, I highly reccommend the CDP. The only gun I would pick over this is the Wilson Combat which is considerably heavier due to the all steel frame. The CDP is the perfect CCW...

Merle C. from Orlando, FL on Tue, 9 Oct 2012

Ok shot my CDP ULTRA model awhile back. I shot exactly 300 rounds. Used original kimber brand 7 round mag. 2 chipMccormick 8round mgs. 2 wilson combat 8 round mgs made for full size framed 1911s 1 stainless springfield armory 8 round mag. Had a total of 6 jams shooting Winchester Q load 230grain ball ammo. All six came at different times from the two Chip Mccormick mags and the one Kimber 7 rounder that came with it!!! But when it shot it shot excellent groups at close ranges 15yard and less. Moral of the story. Pay an extra 80bucks for two Wilson Combat mags and its reliable enough to count on for off duty carry. My half the price Procarry II Kimber has never jammed.

Kimber CDP Questions & Comments

34 Comments

 

Jonathan A. from Meyersdale, PA on Sun, 20 Mar 2016

Now that the round count is upward of 500, I have to say I am still loving my new Kimber. It has been flawless in every way. Accuracy is great, no FTF, FTE or stove pipes at all. I was told that 500 rounds down range was the required break in, and it seems to shoot a little better but this may be due to my getting accustomed to the gun. I am replacing the return spring this weekend and after that my CDP will become a new carry weapon. I never thought that I would love a gun this much, so far worth every penny and the looks from the wife too.

Jonathan A. from Meyersdale, PA on Sun, 7 Feb 2016

wwaldok, thanks for the site, these are nice holsters, I make one that is similar to the Crossbreed and have just finished one for my Kimber. I carry at 3:00-4:00 and wear the same square tailed shirts if I can, but the tuck feature is nice for the more dressed up occasions with out a jacket. I was worried about how the finish would hold up but I think it will do just fine. I went to the range yesterday to run some lead down range and my CDP II did fine, much better than I expected for a new gun. One mag didn't lock back on the final round one time but after that no problems at all. I put a 150 rounds through it and then cleaned it up again and am planning on getting to the range again by Friday to run another 200 rounds. I had to think long and hard to spend this amount of money on one pistol but I am glad that I did now. So far it's all smiles but still too early to give an honest rating so I will post again on the results.

Willard O. from Danville, CA on Tue, 2 Feb 2016

Levelcross: I bought a FIST Kydex holster a couple of years ago, it was #K7-KYDEX IWB INTERCHANGABLE AND CANTABLE and I got the split J-hook for belt attachment. It is a great holster. My Ultra CDP2 stays holstered while I do a handstand. I don't 'tuck' since I wear camp or operator type shirts with a squared shirttail and always out rather than tucker in. They do make a tuckable model, too, if that's your interest. I usually wear mine at position 10:30 or 11:00 O'Clock for a right handed cross draw. I'm overweight and that position seems perfect for me when sitting behind the wheel of a car or walking up to the local ATM. One issue though, back when I ordered there was a 5 to 7 week waiting period...they were not inventory items but rather made-to-order. For me, it was well worth the wait. Here's the website, study their ordering instructions: http://www.fist-inc.com/holsters/k1/default.htm ... more » « less

Jonathan A. from Meyersdale, PA on Sat, 30 Jan 2016

I just added a Ultra CDP II to my collection, it was love at first sight, the kind of gun that just feels right in your hand. I am hoping to get to the range in the next few days to give her a run. I was looking for additional mags and saw posts about the KimPro and Wilson Combat mags, I am thankful for the input. I'll be picking a couple up tomorrow. I will post a rating later after a few hundred rounds down range.

Joshua C. from Lake Creek, TX on Sat, 1 Aug 2015

Shotgunbill: I agree with you that Wilson Combat makes an excellent magazine. I have several of them. I also have 7 kimber mags, three of which are kimPro. They have all worked flawlessly, as have the Wiscon Combat magazines. I am curious as to what specific problem(s) that you are having with the one(s) for the CDP? I have an Ultra CDP.

Douglas I. from Omaha, NE on Sat, 1 Aug 2015

I have the Ultra Carry II (3") and Aegis Pro 9mm (4) Love em both with factory mags. I have never had an issue with either and they are my two favorite pistols of which I have many. Can't go wrong with a Kimber....Worth every penny!

Ronald W. from Miami, FL on Sat, 1 Aug 2015

no doubt in my mind, Kimber magazines ddo not cut it. Thank God they only send you one! Wilson Combat mags are flawless in all my Kimbers (8) and I wouldn't use the factory mag in any circumstance

Anthony N. from Manteca, CA on Tue, 19 May 2015

Hey guys seems like we have a lot of peaple that love kimbers, my problem is I am a first timers with this brand and want a kimber for carry I was thinking the ultra cdp II 3 inch barrel as opposed to the raptor II with similar lenth barrel if available. Any suggestions?

Merle C. from Orlando, FL on Fri, 27 Feb 2015

Ok guys have not been here in a long time. UPDATE. SOLD IT. I did put up to nine hundred rounds through it and it came down to what I stated in my last post. I did not trust this Ultra model because other than the Wilson magazines it did have various failures to feed. I know some talk of break in periods and other mags the bottom line is this, I will not pay over 1k for a pistol that comes with a crappy magazine and is only totally reliable with enhancement of pricey wilson mags ever again. I love Kimbers just as I love my Pro carry and I think that is the key. I have owned compact three inch 1911's and the Ultra is no exception, the 1911 is not meant for the compact barrel, I guess the extra inch does matter because my two 4 inchers both have 1k plus rounds through them with not one reliability issue. If you wan't a CDP do yourself a favor and get a Procarry sized one or the Classic sized model. I will buy more Kimbers in the future, they are awesome pistols but never again an Ultra model. Just my opinion. Besides the four inch alloy framed Pro models are just right as you can read in my review on my Pro Carry II model I got for half the price as the disappointing Ultra CDP i sold. No regrets.

Frank G. from Prosperity, SC on Sun, 24 Aug 2014

Hi the ultra takes the officer model. But if you give them a call and talk to Vern, he is mire than willing to spend time with you and answer any questions. The mags that he is making for me will have metal followers nut the Wilson mag's have a composit follower. Tell him that I suggested that you give him a call. Any other questions, ask away. Gary

Wayne L. from Nashville, TN on Sun, 24 Aug 2014

Gary, What do you recommend on the Tripp Research mags, hybrid follower or metal flex follower? What length do I need for my Ultra CDP II? Officers or Government grip length? Thanks for your help. Brent

Frank G. from Prosperity, SC on Sun, 24 Aug 2014

The grips Are great. They fit the hand with no modification . I also have the same grips on my kimber pro aegis . They are a littme pricey but well worth it. The mags are the best I have tried so far. I am having tripp research make some 9mm mags for my Para Carry 9. If I like them I will have some made for my Kimbers. They go fir about $32.00 each but discounted if you buy more ( trippresearch). Good shooting Gary

Wayne L. from Nashville, TN on Sun, 24 Aug 2014

girphoto - How does that grip feel? Thanks for the good information. I will have to try those Wilson mags. They are pricey. I guess the best always is though.

Frank G. from Prosperity, SC on Fri, 27 Jun 2014

Just ordered a pair of elk grips for my CDP 45 in 3 in from Eagle grips. They made a pair of checkered rosewood grips for my Sig P239 and they are great. Hope the grips arrive before Santa's raindeer know they are short one antler ( ha..ha..ha..) happy holidays to all.

Frank G. from Prosperity, SC on Tue, 24 Jun 2014

The Galco conceled carry looks like it will work out great. I am also thinking ordering a Mitch Rosen Summer Special. Has anyone changed the springs to Wolf springs?

Frank G. from Prosperity, SC on Mon, 23 Jun 2014

Thanks to all that reaponsed. Just gotback from the range and I must say that it was a pleasure to shoot. Will look this weekend at the West Palm Beach gun show for some additional mag's (wilson or kimpro). Also picked up a Galco pancake (now in the draw with the CDP in a plastic)and it should be ready for use in a day or two. Now trying different loads to decide on a carry load. Other than the range ammo,i shot 180 gr. Gold Dot. Will look for the new critical defense in 45.

Frank G. from Prosperity, SC on Mon, 23 Jun 2014

just purchased a new CDP II Custom Shop 45 with 3" barrel and 1 extra KIMPRO 7 rd mag. The shop did not have a great deal of 7 rd 45 mag's and if anyone has any suggestions on the type of mag's that they like for this gun, it would be appreciated (I am a SIG shooter P239 in 9 and P238 in 380) and wanted to get back to a 45. I will be shooting it for the first time today and will be able to post a rating later. Thanks

Joshua C. from Lake Creek, TX on Tue, 17 Jun 2014

If you get a high enough rating, it qualifies you to get tons of junk mail that you don't want and a nice Christmas card.

Howard M. from Taylorville, IL on Sun, 17 Nov 2013

Just an update on my Ultra CDP. I've had it a little over a year now and am probably only approaching 600 rounds through it. Still functioning perfectly and the Kimber mag has not had a single problem. The Wilson Combat mag that had issues early on is now functioning properly as well. Maybe the Wilson mag needs to be broken in just like the gun?? At any rate, I just got my concealed carry permit so I'll be toting it around alot more. We'll see how the finish holds up after lots of time in a holster. Still wholeheartedly recommend the Kimber.

Danny D. from Wallace, NC on Thu, 1 Aug 2013

my buddy has 2 kimbers (9mm&45) i got a 45 cal taurus i can not tell one difference between the 2 and the taurus is $500 less great guns either way

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