If you love America, 1911’s, and think plastic pistols should be melted into Tupperware, then the Kimber Micro 9 Rapide Black Ice just might be the EDC you’ve been dreaming of. It’s small, thin, light, smooth, and absolutely gorgeous.
In all seriousness though, in this review, I’m going to try to keep fluffy words to a minimum and give you hard facts with pictures to illustrate so read the captions as they are part of my review.
Kimber’s Micro9 Rapide Black Ice is essentially a miniature 1911. It’s very light but well-balanced. The frame is made from aluminum. The gun only weighs 15.6 ounces with an empty magazine. The aluminum frame is coated in a matt silver coating that Kimber calls Kim Pro 2 Silver.
I didn’t have a single failure of any kind. I tested several different factory loads ranging from 115 to 147gr. The majority of the shooting I did was with my own handloads using RMR 124 gr bullets and I had no issues with those either.
What would I Change?
The trigger pull weight of 7lbs advertised by Kimber is surprisingly heavy. Mine was worse than that at an average of 8.5 lbs. The Kimber Black Ice is essentially a custom machined micro 9mm 1911 with a heavy trigger. 1911 triggers can be some of the best triggers in handguns. I understand that it’s meant to be carried concealed and that it has no grip safety but I still feel like 5lbs would have been a better number.
In its favor the trigger pull is crisp and relatively short and if I had to guess I would have guessed it at about 6lbs rather than the 8.5 that the trigger pull gauge registered. If I decide to purchase this gun I will have a gunsmith buddy work over the trigger.
The Black Ice is only limited by its heavy trigger when it comes to accuracy. I’ll be honest, I don’t shoot guns very often that have 8.5 lb triggers and I absolutely will admit that they are hard to shoot groups with. When I did my job the Black Ice stacked them in there. I don’t generally shoot small guns at 75 yards but this one had no problem putting round after round on the steel bcc target offhand.
I own several custom 2011’s and 1911’s. If I were to get a machinist to build an aluminum-framed 1911 and put the cuts, serrations, and coatings that the Black Ice features, the bill would be somewhere between $2500 and $5000 depending on specific parts. Kimber’s MSRP for the Black Ice is $910 but the street price is less. Honestly, I think that the price is fantastic considering what you’re getting. Many of the polymer wonder guns that are a similar size are $600 or more and they aren’t even half as nice as this gun. If you demand better you should take a hard look at the Kimber Micro9 Rapide Black Ice.
About the author:True Pearce is the Managing Editor at GunsAmerica. He’s a competitive shooter, hunter, instructor & attorney. You can see and follow his adventures on Instagram. @true1911 https://www.instagram.com/true1911/