As with most semi-auto pistol cartridges, the 10mm Automatic was developed for gunfighting and personal protection rather than hunting or general recreational shooting. The FBI adopted the round in the wake of the infamous Miami shootout in 1986 that left two FBI agents dead and several others wounded. The inability of the eight agents in the gun battle to quickly stop two heavily armed criminals caused the FBI to reevaluate how they armed and trained their agents.
But the 10mm Auto was a bit too much gun for the rank-and-file FBI personnel, and the agency soon backed away from this potent round. However, the underlying criteria that the FBI wanted from the 10mm Auto—the ability to defeat tough barriers like clothing, automobile glass, sheet metal, and drywall, yet still penetrate deeply into a body with reliable bullet expansion—make the round attractive for hunting big game. Kimber’s Super Jagare is one of the newest 10mms built specifically for pursuing four-legged critters. It comes configured ready to take afield, and it has a number of smart design features that handgun hunters will appreciate.
|Weight:||2 lb. 11 oz.|
|Trigger Pull:||5lb. 3 oz.|
|Smallest Group:||1.041 in.|
|Barrel Length:||6 in.|
|Overall Length:||9 7/8 in.|
Taming the Recoil
The Super Jagare is a single-stack 1911 with an ambidextrous thumb safety and an oversize beavertail grip safety. It comes with a long, 6-inch ported barrel and a Leupold DeltaPoint Pro reflex sight affixed to the rear of the slide. Six-inch barrels are pretty standard on hunting semi-auto pistols. They generate a bit more bullet velocity and help reduce felt recoil and muzzle flip. The porting on the Super Jagare does even more to tame the 10mm’s recoil, though at the cost of additional muzzle blast and noise.
Kimber rounded off the bottom of the grip, only partially checkered the pistol’s Micarta stocks, and machined a very mild checkering pattern into the front and back of the stainless-steel frame. These touches keep the gun from chewing up your hand under recoil as well. Overall, the Super Jagare is pleasant to shoot and not difficult to control.
The Leupold DeltaPoint is one of the best reflex sights on the market. The aiming point is large (it subtends 7.5 MOA) and easy to see. The lens, generally a weak point…