Kimber Micro & Micro 9: Carrying Concealed Never Looked So Good – NRA 2017

I wanted to get over to get a photo of each new model but it was literally too crowded.

Kimber’s Micro and Micro 9 pistols are flying off the shelves.  They’re a hit!  I think that’s for two reasons, well, three, actually.

First, they meet the standard that all concealed carry guns must meet.  That is, they’re actually comfortable to carry.  As Paul Helsinki always tells people, “Buy the gun that you will actually carry.”  The Micro and Micro 9 meet this benchmark in spades.  I’d argue that most “carry guns” on the market don’t but that’s a conversation for another day.

Second, they’re inspired by a popular platform.  The 1911.  People love old slabside, so they love the controls of the Mirco and Micro 9 which feature a 1911-based thumb safety, slide release and magazine release.  You get all of the fun and functionality of a 1911 but not all the heft and size.

Third, Kimber has embraced the concept of personalization.  Believe it or not, not everyone wants a black gun.  Not that there’s anything wrong with having a black gun, but what’s wrong with a little color?  What’s wrong with having some colorful options?  The answer: Nothing.

With that in mind, here is the new lineup along with the pricing.

The new lineup. What catches your fancy?

  • The Micro Desert Tan (LG) (MSRP $747)
  • Micro Rose Gold (MSRP $1,013)
  • Micro 9 Rose Gold (MSRP: $1,061)
  • Micro 9 Midnight (LG) (MSRP $790)
  • Micro 9 Desert Night (LG) (MSRP $790)
  • Micro 9 Woodland Night (LG) (MSRP $790)

“We couldn’t be more proud of the marketplace performance of Micro and Micro 9,” said Ryan Busse, vice president of sales at Kimber, in a press release obtained by GunsAmerica. “With the platform’s increased success, comes augmented consumer demand for the addition of these new line-extensions, which we’re happy to meet.”

This is the Rose Gold.

In terms of style and class, I’m not sure there’s a better CCW pistol on the market.

We’ve actually run two gun reviews, one on the Micro and one on the Micro 9.  Both reviewers raved about their respective pistol.  You should check them out if you have any doubts about this gun.  Oh, yeah, and reason number 4 that they’re so popular: They’re extremely well-built and reliable.

For my money my favorite in terms of looks is still the Bel-Air Blue. Wow!  What a smart looking gun (It’s not part of the new lineup, it was released in 2015, I believe).  But what floats my boat may not necessarily float yours.  Good thing Kimber gave us plenty of options to choose from.

To learn more about the new Kimber Micro and Micro 9 series, visit the Kimber website.

Shop for your Kimber Micro or Micro 9 or both on GunsAmerica.

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  • J. May 27, 2017, 12:28 pm

    I own sigs 238/938, and kimber micro .380/9mm. Never had a problem with any of my sigs, wish I could say the same about Kimber. They’re beautiful in the design and feel great, but I would not count on them to protect me. I have three .380’s, all of which have been back to kimber for a number of reasons. The front sight fell off of one at the range. Another failed to feed, another failed to extract. Customer service is great, but like others have said, they usually blame it on ammo, mags, shooter. Anything but the gun itself. I received one back from kimber and had to send it right back for the same problem. All they did was change the recoil spring. It makes sense that they only offer a one year warranty, most of which is spent back at their shop getting “fixed”. I’ve read on different forums about people having the same issue over and over again so I know it’s not just my experience. Once I get get the last one back from kimber I’m selling it for a Sig.

  • lee May 10, 2017, 1:22 pm

    I see the point of the small guns I just can’t bring myself to buy one. Have carried kimber 1911, smith and wesson m@p pro series now a sig 226 legion. I just feel that if you can train with it and enjoy shooting it there is not much of a point. But again if it is to big and you will not carry it there is no point either, with that said I don’t miss a day that I don’t have a gun on my side IWB .I just do not get much enjoyment shooting pocket pistols feel like I would always rather have a full size gun.

  • Roy May 8, 2017, 8:46 pm

    I wish my LGS would put one of these in the rental counter. I have wanted one since I first saw it but just cannot bring myself to plop down the cash without firing one first. I prefer to make my own decisions and not rely on other’s opinions, but as stated above, Sig has a better reputation with their P238/P938 line at a lower cost with more options installed. Plus my LGS has both the P238 and P938 available for test firing – the fact they have them in the rental counter is a testament to the Sig’s build quality. Anything that can hold up to rental life has to be built well. Which begs the question, is the Kimber not in the rental counter because of cost, availability, or lack of quality?

  • DaveW May 8, 2017, 2:19 pm

    I’d be happy if Kimber would get these (or even one of them) approved in California. If only one was approved, I’d probably go with the 9mm since I still have my trusty Firearms International Model D .380 which is smaller than my Bersa Firestorm .380.

    If anyone has an in with Kimber, please ask them to try to get one of them approved in California.

    • buhbang January 24, 2018, 10:53 am

      your problem is with the socialist republic of california, not with Kimber.!
      your best option is to move out of that sh*thole state, and to one where you can carry a Kimber, (or anything else).
      you’ll be much happier too. I am sooo glad i moved out of california,

  • burns May 8, 2017, 11:00 am

    Many times over the past 25 years, I almost bought a Kimber, Had several in hand. I could never actually buy the gun because of the amount of complaints that I see on many forums that I have been a member of for 10-20 years. It seems that next to Keltec, “I realize they make cheap crap, Kimber is next in line for complaints”, that just make sspending 1500 dollars on a CDP seem downright stupid. Especially when I can buy a Sig for under 8, along with a nice AR with optic, or a number of more reliable 1911’s. I just don’e have the patience at my age after carrying for almost 5 dcades to engage in a problamtic pistol that requires constant reservations and leaves any doubt that it will likely fire when I need it to.
    I love the way the gun looks, but I owned a Ferrari also, and it was the worse car I ever had, looked great but you had to worry every time you were far from home that it would stop running, “as it had” on a few occasions, ncluding the night I brought it home. So you can keep these stylish flashy guns, “the ones that if you scratch it makes a knot in your stomach”, and if it does work as directed, if you use it you will lose it, as I have experienced. So I carry a Glock or a Kahr, they go bang, I can drop it and it still functions, and if I have to use it, I have 3 other ones that do the same thing. Also you should stick to one platform if you carry, I personally do not like cocked and locked, unless it’s in an OWB holster, which in my state is not legal yet unless it’s hidden. The idea that it’s sitting next to my crown jewels with the hammer back, just doesn’t instill confidence in my comfort level that the manufacturer made the gun the way it was meant to function.
    Of course you can say the same for stryker fired guns, but we sem to be more vigilent with them, plus the bad guys don’t see them as easily as a tri color piece of chrome on your hip.

    • DaveW May 8, 2017, 2:11 pm

      There was a period when Kimber lost face but I have never had a problem with a Kimber 1911. Rather than decide based on someone else’s words, I’d try one out.

      I have no problem with locked and cocked. Perhaps that is due to years of experience in the armed forces. In Vietnam, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

    • buhbang January 24, 2018, 11:07 am

      don’t be afraid of “cocked & locked” while it is a little scary at 1st. once you get familiar, comfortable, and know your gun, you won’t want it any other way. they were designed to be carried cocked & locked. and for conceal carry, it’s the way to go.
      take a chance, at your age you haven’t used or needed your crown jewels in years anyway 🙂 (just a joke)
      I don’t have a Kimber, I have a Officer’s 1911 in .45 for my ccw. and with a coat or longer sweater can conceal with OWB holster easily. I also use a IWB holster with it from time to time.

  • Mike May 8, 2017, 10:24 am

    I bought one, easy to conceal, recoil (when it fires) is very manageable. Repeated failure to feed has made it hard to get a real feel for the gun. It’s going back to Kimber to be fixed, and then sell it. As a carry weapon, I’d never trust it. I own two other Kimbers, no problems at all with either. You pay your money and you take your chances …

  • Michael Keim May 8, 2017, 9:24 am

    I have a micro 9. I’ve put over 500 rds through it. No problems. I’ve used all kinds of ammo. It works every time. I also own a Raptor II in 45, no problems. I also own a kimber rifle that works perfectly. The Solo was a poor design. Everybody makes a mistake sometimes. These are my personal experiences with Kimber. I carry my micro 9 every day. It’s accurate and it works.

  • Panzer May 8, 2017, 9:16 am

    Be very cautious when buying a Kimber Micro .380. Do your research before buying. I suggest you visit the KimberTalk Forum ( for experiences, both good and bad, that owners have had with their Micro .380s.

    I have owned a Micro .380 for a little over a year and it is currently back to Kimber for the 3rd time. The primary problem with mine has been is failure to fully extract spent rounds from the chamber or eject them. This problem occurs about 5% of the time. It has taken Kimber 5-6 weeks to address the problem including days in transit. You should also be aware that Kimber only offers a 1 year warranty on its firearms, not a lifetime warranty like most other big name manufacturers. Much of that one year warranty period can be eaten up with your firearm laying around Kimber’s service department if you happen to get a bad one.

    The Micro .380s are neat little firearms – beautiful, light, low recoil, easily concealed, accurate – but sometimes unreliable which is just what you don’t want in a concealed carry weapon. Like I said at the start, be very cautious about buying “pretty” firearms.

  • Larry Abrams May 8, 2017, 8:10 am

    Have a Kimber Micro 380,, No problems whats so ever… Do miss the grip safety . Just a little smaller than I like, Very accurate for its size and so light always checking if its still there..

  • Bradley Dodd May 8, 2017, 7:42 am

    My son bought a Micro 9 yesterday. Feels great in my hands. Shot two mags thru it. Centered a gallon can at 15 yards. I am very familiar with the 1911 and this gun fit me like a glove. I want one!! Two women and two men shot a box of ammo thru this little pistol without a malfunction. All four shooters were raving. Recoil is such that I wouldn’t consider a .380. Use a 6 o’clock hold and have some fun. My biggest problem is deciding on the color!

  • Michael E. Hensley May 8, 2017, 4:25 am

    I have 1 of each and a more rock solid performer one could never find and at the correct distances accurate also, Plus they look good. Very difficult to beat a JMB design firearm.

  • Will Drider April 29, 2017, 1:11 am

    Looks like Kimber wants some of Sigs 238/938 market share on little 1911 clones that come in a dozen colors and lazer engraved too. The Sigs are rock solid preformers. Kimbers have a carry over fan base from their early production, today there are dozens of reliability complaints for every good comment. Kimber has got to be aware of the consumers common problems, neeeds to fix Kimber.

    • Derail May 8, 2017, 8:04 am

      I fully agree, I’ve owned 3 Kimbers. 2 1911 models and a Kimber Solo. The 1911s were ammo sensitive. The Solo was totally unreliable. I sent the Solo back twice, nothing changed. Customer service is fast but arrogant and refused to acknowledge that problems exist.
      Sig for life great customer service and competitively priced.

  • TPSnodgrass April 28, 2017, 7:53 pm

    My brother purchased himself a brand new in the on Kimber 9, after the third trip back to Kimber to make it work correctly, (yet another failure), he traded it in for a pair of Glock 43s for he and his wife.
    Yeah, Kimber LOOK good, but I’ve never known any of my friends who have them, whose pistols haven’t been back to Kimber multiple times for “reliability issues”.
    It would be great if their pistols worked right out of the box as advertised the majority of the time.
    Yes, they are gorgeous guns.

    • Gdog May 8, 2017, 5:38 am

      I have a Kimber Solo that is the most unreliable handgun that I own and it probably needs to go back to Kimber also.

      • Michael E. Hensley May 8, 2017, 6:32 am

        From everyone I know and even Kimber that was their Failure. But I have 4 Kimbers 2 .45ACP’s and the .380 and 9MM Micros and all are shooters and now looking at the 3″ .45 Raptor to match my 9MM Raptor. Get one you will not be disappointed.

    • Mike May 8, 2017, 10:26 am

      Yea, say what you like about Glock, but they are reliable as an anvil.

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