When Kimber introduced its Micro in 2013 it was a fast success among those who carry for self-defense. The pocketable single-action semi-auto pistol has all the looks and feel of a 1911, but in a much more compact size. It is chambered in .380 ACP, a suitable choice for summarily stopping a criminal attack with proper shot placement—particularly with modern bullet design. That cartridge, however, isn’t everyone’s preference.
Kimber responded by rolling out a more powerful version chambered in 9 mm called the Micro 9. “By making minor changes to its original design, Kimber engineers have been able to shoehorn the potent 9mm round into the micro sub-compact envelope,” the company announced during the May 2016 introduction. “While slightly larger, the overall size remains suitable for carry in a pocket holster or other extreme concealed carry options and has been designed to look and perform just as well as its baby brother.”
The stainless steel barrel length was increased from 2.75", to 3.15", and overall length of the pistol followed suit—growing from 5.6" to 6.1". Magazine capacity and rifling twist rate remains the same, at seven cartridges and 1:16" (left hand), respectively. The 9 mm also weighs 2.2 ozs. more with an empty magazine, coming in at 15.6 ozs.
Kimber has a variety of models available today, in many different finishes and colors and configurations. The Micro 9 Rapide Black Ice is one of its latest, for example. The lightening cuts on the slide speed cycling, but they also provide an attractive, racy look. Add the TruGlo TFX Pro day/night sights and G10 grips and it’s ready for carry right out of the box. MSRP is $986.
All Micro 9 models have a thumb safety, bobbed hammer, aircraft-grade aluminum frame and full-length guide rod. MSRPs vary by model, and there’s a lot to choose from, including special editions, versions with optics pre-mounted, and finishes that include stainless, desert tan and much more.