I think you did great on the trade. My only problem with the Raptor was that checkering on the front strap was so aggressive that after 300 rounds in one session I had to stop shooting it and switch to my Colt. -It didn't draw blood or leave marks but it was annoying. I ended up trading it for a Kimber Eclipse and I have been very happy with it.
There is one thing to mention in case you are not familiar with Kimbers. Second Generation Kimbers have something called a Schwartz safety system. It is there to guard against drop-fires. The problem that it presents is during re-assembly. If you squeeze the grip safety or invert the frame, it causes a rod to rise or slide into firing position. When this push-rod rises it will block the slide's travel if you are mating the slide and frame. It is common for people to force the slide and this typically causes the rod to be damaged. Once the rod is damaged it may not be able to push firing pin block out of the way. If that happens, the gun will not be able to fire.
U get used to checkering. U should try a Springfield TRP - cheese grater checkering. It hurt on the first trip. But dry firing it every night for 2 weeks - and it was fine. In fact, I started to like it. So, just give sharp checking time...
Thanks for all the tips.
The checkering is a tad aggressive, but didn't bother me as I only shot 50 rounds. I usually wear a shooting glove on my right hand if I'm firing a lot, that improves the grip and nixes the damage to the hand.
Over the years I found myself being so defensive about the Glock that I didn't want to change. When I decided to make the move up to a .45 I tried my son's model 30 which has a fatter grip than I like. My other son's compact H&K also has a fat grip. The slim Kimber compact feels just right. Since the Ultra II is a Custom Shop model it already has the upgraded trigger which is a joy compared to a Glock.
It's real hard to get used to carrrying with the hammer back, cocked and locked, but the extra squeeze safety on the back strap adds a little comfort.
Hope all you guys had a great Christmas.
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