Kimber showed up to the SHOT Show this year with some good news. The Micro .380s, patterned off of the miniaturized single actions popularized by Colt, are ready to roll. Now all of you single action aficionados can tuck a scaled-down version of your favorite carry pistol into your waist band when the weather prevents you from carrying your full-sized 1911. We got some trigger time with the new guns at the range, and they perform splendidly.
Kimber went in big with the Solo, yet many devoted Kimber fans groused about the finicky action. The Solo was picky about which 9mm you chose to feed it. While this isn’t unheard of for a well-tuned carry pistol, the Solo’s reputation was a bit tarnished. The Micro Carry aims to bring some of the compact Kimber fans back to the fold.
It is a tight little gun. Like the Solo, it is exceptionally well finished. The Micro Carry makes the Mustangs look rather pedestrian. And that’s Kimber’s niche. If you are looking for a single action pistol with custom features, Kimber is the place to start the search. The Micros will be available in stainless, all black and Kimber’s signature two-tone style (which often adds a third tone with the wooden grips). Once the initial demand recedes, they should settle out around $600.
But don’t be fooled by Kimber’s class. These are hard-working guns. Kimber and GemTech had partnered at the range, and we got to sling some lead from a tactical pistol with a suppressor. I’m happy to say it was one of our first stops at the range, which was still quiet enough to appreciate the silenced guns. With the GemTech can, the Kimber ran like an entirely different animal. It was just muffled enough that you could take off your ear protection and talk in a normal voice. Not Hollywood quiet, but perfect.