Kimber’s Hot Rapide 1911, Triari Micro 9, & K6S DASA Combat Revolver – SHOT Show 2020

Kimber’s new Rapide Black Ice 1911 has striking looks and features.

Kimber, known for quality 1911s, has applied their creative eye to the new Rapide Black Ice. They also updated the Micro 9 and added a 4″ barrel to their K6S DASA revolver. True Pearce takes a closer look at these handguns in this video:

Beyond its function as a reliable 1911, the Rapide Black Ice just looks and feels good. The cutouts above the carry cut are mirrored in the ports on the slide as well on the mainspring housing and even in the black G10 grips.

Rapide’s ported slide houses a DLC-coated barrel.

The ports in the side and top of the slide are simply lightening cuts; the barrel itself is not ported. The 5″ barrel does have a diamond-like carbon (DLC coating), however. DLC is highly durable and smooth and should help this gun operate smoothly while also making clean up easy.

Contemporary G10 grips take function beyond simple stippling.
The front has Tru-Glo TFX Pro Day Night sights with windage-adjustable rear sights.
Even the tang of the grip safety and the mainspring housing have modish designs.

The trigger guard is undercut and the grip safety is contoured to help attain a high grip. It comes chambered for the classic .45 ACP, but 9mm and 10mm are also available.

Ambidextrous thumb safeties, all-steel construction.

The Rapide is 8.7″ long with Tru-Glo TFX fiber optic sights, and the rear sight is adjustable for windage. Kimber’s Rapide Black Ice will begin shipping in February 2020. MSRP for the .45 ACP is $1,490, while the 9mm and 10mm are $1,510.

Triari is a new edition to the Micro 9 family.

The Micro 9 is an established subcompact 9mm pistol design. One thing that makes it popular is the variety of finishes and embellishments Kimber offers. The latest addition to the pack is the Triari.

The stacked cube design is laser-cut on the slide, grips, and straps.

It has stacked cubes laser cut into the black oxide finish of the stainless steel slide to aid in cocking and the same pattern continues on the Micarta grips and straps. Click here for more details on the Micro 9 Triari. MSRP $788.

The K6S, one of the best revolvers in the world, with a 4″ barrel.

Also new this year, Kimber has added a 4″ barrel to the K6S DASA Combat. It has a very good trigger, slim cylinder, and the new 4″ barrel will help with this .357 magnum’s accuracy. Kimber is also making it in a target configuration with a fully-adjustable rear sight. MSRP: $989.

Specs for Rapide Black Ice

  • Caliber: 9mm, 10mm, .45 ACP
  • Height (inches) 90° to barrel: 5.25
  • Weight (ounces) with empty magazine: 38
  • Length (inches): 8.7
  • Magazine capacity: 8
  • Recoil spring (pounds): 16.0
  • Full-length guide rod


  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Finish: Black, KimPro II
  • Width (inches): 1.28


  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Finish: black, KimPro II
  • Front serrations


  • Length (inches): 5
  • Material: Stainless steel, match grade w/ DLC coating
  • Stainless steel match grade bushing
  • Twist rate (left hand): 16


  • Tru-Glo TFX Pro Day Night


  • Black Rapide G10 grips


  • V-Cut aluminum
  • Factory setting (approximate pounds): 4.0 – 5.0

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  • Bill Wood August 3, 2021, 12:11 am

    I own one it is all most a custom made mrico9.It feels great and is a dream to shoot.I have 4 different mirco 9.It is the best of all 4

  • Dusty November 6, 2020, 2:41 am

    I like the looks as a BBQ kind of pistol- but given my proven ability to get dirt/mud/crud, into my gear, it’s best if I don’t carry firearms allowing more of that stuff into important places 🙂 In response to the JMB credit- the 1911 isn’t perfect. JMB knew the extractor was a compromise- he designed a better one in the Hi-Power. The staked front sights (Colts…et al) just flat suck. If you handload, lowered ejection ports are nice- they save beating your brass to pieces… Kimber is making a better hammer! I want one in 10mm!

  • Grant Stevens February 7, 2020, 12:51 pm

    More superfluous bells and whistles to take more money from your wallet. A 1911 the way JMB intended doesn’t need chrome bumpers. Save your money and buy an AO or RIA. You’ll get more bang for your buck and have a pistol true to the original design. Hard to improve on perfection.

    • Goose February 7, 2020, 8:38 pm

      Who pissed in your Wheaties? Geez!!!

  • Quake February 7, 2020, 12:33 pm

    I heard beautiful so many times I thought I was watching Martha Stewart. Top of my list is reliability, ergo, placement of controls, capacity, ease of breakdown and on and on. “Pretty” is far down the list. I admit I am old school but pretty to me is a 1911A1 in blue with diamond wood grips, not some silver thing with holes in the slide that looks like it should belong to some mexican general.

    • michael February 7, 2020, 6:52 pm

      Are you reading the same article as me ? I didn’t see the word beautiful once. I did read one time “Beyond its function as a reliable 1911, the Rapide Black Ice just looks and feels good.” So you don’t like the firearm or the price ? Maybe you don’t like the authors choice of words ? Maybe you should get a job writing articles for a living ? I wonder how many people would criticize you work ?

      • michael February 7, 2020, 7:01 pm

        Read o heard

  • Matthew m Oliier February 7, 2020, 7:57 am

    Eat your heart out Kimber haters

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