Kimber America, a company famous for its wide range of compact single-stack pistols and double-action revolvers designed for backup and concealed carry, is proud to introduce the new R7 Mako. The R7 Mako is a micro-compact, part of a new class of small, higher-capacity pistols for personal protection and everyday carry.
The result is a slender, lightweight, polymer-framed, striker-fired double-stack magazine-fed concealed-carry pistol, chambered for 9mm Luger, with an 11+1-round capacity with flush mags and 13+1 with extended mags. All of that in a package nearly the same size as Kimber’s smaller single-stacks.
This new category of pistols is quickly becoming the hottest segment with new and experienced shooters alike. A lot of people find these little handguns are easier to shoot than thin single-stacks and stubby sub-compacts, without compromising on capacity.
The R7 Mako has a very good set of features that set it apart from the growing number of micro-compacts today. It’s an optics-ready pistol, machined to accept smaller micro-size mini red dot sights, and Kimber offers it with or without a Crimson Trace CTS-1500 optic.
One standout feature of the R7 Mako is that the slide has a full-length topstrap. While it still uses a Browning-style tilting barrel short-recoil operation, the ejection port is only open to the right side of the slide and the barrel locks into the slide with a single locking lug.
This helps the R7 in a couple of ways. Combined with the internal extractor it gives the slide a very smooth, snag-free “melted” profile. Secondly, it raises the sights relative to the slide internals, which allows standard-height iron sights to co-witness with red dot sights without resorting to use suppressor-height sights.
Another benefit is that the right-side ejection port helps to keep more of the gas venting away from any optics, which can sometimes become clouded or tinted at higher round counts.
In both configurations, the R7 Mako comes with factory-installed TruGlo Tritium Pro U-notch night sights with an orange ring front sight and a rear combat-style sight with white rings. The Mako is cut to use Glock-pattern sights for a huge range of alternative and replacement iron sights.
The whole pistol is designed to be as snag-free as possible without sacrificing features. The frame does use a proprietary rail for lights and other accessories but Kimber is very good at securing partners for aftermarket accessories.
The R7 Mako is fully ambidextrous, with left- and right-side slide release levers and magazine release buttons. These controls are all recessed to prevent any unintentional activation.
The pistol comes with what Kimber calls their Performance Carry Trigger. Like a lot of recently introduced pistols, it’s a flat-faced single-action trigger with a passive blade-style safety. The trigger is designed to have a level take-up and clean break at around 5 pounds thanks to its aluminum construction.
Overall the R7 Mako weighs just under 20 ounces unloaded. The stainless steel slide and 3.4-inch barrel have a ferritic nitrocarburized finish, and the whole thing measures in at 4.3 inches tall, 6.2 inches long, and just an inch wide at the widest.
The suggested retail price for the base model is $599, while the Crimson Trace version runs $799, which is on par with other higher-end micro-compacts. Kimber also has plans to release 10-round models when they get 10- and 15-round magazines into production.
For more information about the R7 Mako, head over to Kimber America online.