Kimber’s New EVO SP (CS) – SHOT Show 2019

Not only is the aluminum-framed EVO SP a lightweight carry gun, but it also comes in a Custom Shop model with extra styling.

Kimber Manufacturing is known for making firearms that are both high quality and good looking, and the new EVO SP fits both of those categories. There’s also a CS version which comes out of the Custom Shop. This 9mm pistol boasts a 7-round extended magazine which is interchangeable with the Micro 9, and there’s an 8-round mag coming soon. The magazine (not pictured) extends the grip and provides a positive grip for those with larger hands.

The EVO SP (CS) features a charcoal gray finish with G10 grips and straps.

The grips are G10 with cool dimples all over. It gives one a firm purchase without being too sharp on the hand. Both the side grips, front and back straps can be swapped for different sizes to fit your hand better.

The grips and strap sizes can be changed to fit the volume of your hand.

The mag release can be swapped from the left side to right using common tools for left-handed shooters.

You change the grips and straps to fit your hands better.  You can also swap the magazine release to the right side, and you don’t need a gunsmith to do it. This is the first truly ambidextrous gun from Kimber in this size.

The Custom Shop version features a TruGlo Tritium front sight.

The (CS) sights will make you feel like a better shooter. Not only is the bright TruGlo Tritium front sight easy to see, but the U-shaped notch and blacked out rear sights will help you line up on your target more intuitively–round front sight goes in rounded rear sight–pretty simple. The rear sight has rounded corners to keep it from snagging, too.

The EVO is striker-fired and features a U-shaped notch and blacked out rear sight.

The striker protrudes when it’s ready to fire, and you can feel it with a quick pass of a finger or thumb. Plus, the color contrasts with the slide so when the gun is raised you know immediately if you’re ready to fire.

The KimPro Charcoal gray finish looks good on the steel slide.

The aluminum frame features the proprietary KimPro II finish while the slide has a highly durable ferritic nitrocarburizing (FNC) finish. It looks good, it lasts well, and it all comes together to give you a good grip on a slide that works smoothly without difficulty.

The stippling on the sides of the slide and the scallops on the top not only look good, but also reduce the weight of the steel components and give a good grip for working the slide.

The stylish scallops on the top of the (CS) version and the stippling on the sides also reduce the weight. It comes in at just around 18 ounces. Although it’s lightweight, the aluminum frame gives it the rigidity you’d expect from a larger gun. Unlike many micro polymer-framed guns, the EVO is enjoyable to shoot which makes practice fun.

It’s available now with an MSRP of $1,047. It shoots great, it feels great, and after my short test at the range, it seems like a terrific carry gun. Check out Kimber’s new EVO SP (CS) right here.

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  • Jeffer January 27, 2019, 7:26 pm

    Yep. Nope.

  • Nelson Lemos January 24, 2019, 4:52 am

    gostei mas,no brasil este calibre é proibido o permitido é 380 acp.

  • Matt January 23, 2019, 5:52 pm

    There sure are alot of kimber haters. Most likely people that can’t afford one. I have always had great results with kimber, not a single malfunction. Although the majority of my experience has been with 45acp and they are great pistols. If you actually buy one, carry it and train with it you will see why they cost so much, you get what you pay for. Also you can’t really compare the gun this fella is writing about with a polymer pocket pistol.

    • AJ January 24, 2019, 8:00 am

      Or people that are practical about their carry gun. There’s no need to carry around a $1,000 potential piece of evidence. Because depending on where someone lives, that is what a carry gun ends up being. Kimber has some nice guns. In that, their pretty. Not much else. They are still a gun and still go bang. I would rather be proficient with multiple stock guns that are common and utilized by law enforcement and other people, just in case a “pick-up” is necessary in a bad situation.

      The one point I can agree on is that comparison is a moot point. Because, when selecting a carry gun, it comes down to preference. But more importantly it comes down to training.

  • paul bruno January 23, 2019, 4:16 pm

    very good gun, Kimber has an excellent product, but my god, a grand, try a Ruger or a cz, just as good with the reliability ..

  • Grant Stevens January 23, 2019, 1:35 pm

    As with most Kimber offerings, it is overrated and over-priced. Perhaps if Kimber spent less money on all their slick advertising, they could offer a competitive price for their firearms. And if their guns are really all that they are hyped-up to be by sycophantic gun writers, then word-of-mouth would be their best advertising campaign.

    • AJ January 24, 2019, 8:03 am

      They don’t give a rat’s ass about competitive pricing. They live by the “get what you pay for” mentality. Interestingly enough, buying a Glock will yield the same results. The reliability and accuracy usually isn’t the issue when it comes to the name brands. Proficiency comes from training, period.

  • Wayne Guillotte January 23, 2019, 11:06 am

    Kimber should take my SOLO in trade and send me one of these since I can’t give the SOLO away…

  • Michael Gothard January 23, 2019, 9:56 am

    I have always wanted a Kimber but they are out of my price range. After the Solo and its many malfunctions, it seems Kimber has gone downhill. Sorry Kimber, but you are no longer on my wish list at any price.

  • Boss January 23, 2019, 9:46 am

    Plenty of carry solutions at less than half the price.

  • Darin January 23, 2019, 9:40 am

    I’m ready for one

  • John January 23, 2019, 8:34 am

    Sorry Kimber. No safety, no money.

    • Matt January 23, 2019, 5:45 pm

      It has a trigger safety like on a glock. Alot of people prefer to not have a thumb safety on a carry gun, one less thing to have to fumble with in a self defense situation.

      • John January 23, 2019, 9:18 pm

        I respect people get religious on both sides of the safety argument. My personal position is the Glock style trigger safety is a whole bunch of marketing as safety that really only helps protect against drops but ultimately still means that if the trigger gets pulled it goes bang, and no one can predict or guarantee that there won’t be some crazy set of circumstances where one does not have control of the weapon long enough for a kid or bystander or someone else to pick it up (car accident, heart attack, passed out , fell asleep, or the dreaded “I only looked away for a second while I was getting dressed”, etc. ) Plus anyone who doesn’t like the safety can leave it off, but no safety means no choice. So it’s a personal choice but for myself I don’t buy any guns anymore that don’t give me the choice for that one extra piece of insurance against somebody getting killed accidentally. I can’t find any factual argument to refute the reality that anyone who claims that the only safety they need is between their ears can’t guarantee that they will never unexpectedly be in a situation that they are not in control of the weapon for even a few moments, and anyone who claims that the safety cramps their style too much to effectively acquire the target probably is not sufficiently trained to carry a weapon anyway. So I appreciate it’s different strokes for different folks but I can’t find any evidence that facts don’t sit on only one side of that safety debate, while the other side instead of facts is usually some combination of machismo, religion, wishful thinking, or just a high dependence on luck to keep people from getting killed accidentally, and just for myself I want that little bit of extra insurance against the crazy things you hear about that happen to people all the time (e.g. Walmart lady, or for that matter the infamous dancing FBI idiot agent idiot) So I really like my other Kimbers that have safeties but I won’t be going for the EVO unless they add a safety.

        • AJ January 24, 2019, 7:38 am

          Actually this is exactly why we train with our carry guns constantly. Experts train until they get it right, professionals train until they can’t get it wrong. Simple.
          Positive identification, situational awareness, attention to detail. All extremely important parts of that training.
          The other “safety” feature most handgun manufacturers put into their guns is trigger take up. Which is why you should never have a hair weight trigger on a carry gun.

        • Drock January 27, 2019, 3:42 pm

          I’ll like to chirp in on defending a thumb safety. Many of the arguments against it, such as “another step to remember” “another step to fumble with” etc., don’t hold up in practice.
          Disengaging the thumb is not a separate step. It is part of forming your grip. If your thumb safety does not disengage when you firm up your grip, it does not fit your hand well and you should continue your search.
          A thumb safety is also the perfect place to place your strong hand thumb. Not only is it a good reference point, it also provides additional contact surface area with the gun. A strong thumb held high by the safety will prevent a strengthing grip from forcing the support hand down lower on the grip. I often see this with a vigorous strong hand grip, especially in longer courses of fire. This not only decreasing your recoil control, it makes you have to deal with a continuously changing grip.
          As my gun will go into and out of my pants, car, gym bag, etc. tens of thousands of times v.s. a maybe once in a lifetime need to use in a critical incident, I greatly prefer the additional barrier between safe and “bang”.

  • JJ January 23, 2019, 7:28 am

    Looks nice, but MSRP over $1,000?

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