Utah Concealed Weapons Permit (Utah CCW)

Review of Kimber Ultra Carry II .45 ACP

The following are opinions of a Utah Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor

So, when considering which gun to use with your Utah Concealed Weapons Permit, how often do you consider a .45 ACP? The current trend in concealed carry is the ultra small handguns in much smaller calibers. There is no doubt that if I were ever involved in a self defense shooting that I would by far prefer the stopping power offered by a .45 ACP over just about any other option. But, the size of most of the guns available in this caliber makes them significantly less convenient for concealing and therefore it is much less likely that you would actually have it available if you really needed a gun to defend your life.

Well, the Kimber Ultra Carry in .45 ACP nicely fills this need. It’s reduced size and 25-oz weight makes it a very viable option for someone who prefers a .45 handgun for concealed carry. So you are probably asking yourself, a .1911-style .45 with only a 3” barrel, and such light weight, “just how bad does it kick?” I have shot this little Kimber at the range quite extensively, and found it to not only be very accurate, but the dual spring recoil system it uses makes the recoil really very manageable. It also features the longest cycle time of any small 1911 pistol, which helps ensure its extreme reliability. Here’s my quick analysis:


  • BG-stopping power of this caliber
  • 7+1-rounds of .45 ACP in such a small package is awesome
  • Very manageable recoil for this caliber and size
  • 1911 features in a easy-to-conceal package
  • Easy to conceal = more likely to carry often


  • Somewhat spendy at around $800
  • Thicker than other options in 380 or 9mm

As you can see, I really like this pistol for concealed carry.

Mike Munnerlyn, Instructor
Utah Concealed Carry Permit

I am currently retired from teaching. My son-in-law Rob Wilkinson, who used to teach with me, is now teaching on his own. Please call him at 801-671-6773.

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