The Kimber Micro 9 Pistol is built by the Kimber Custom Shop and is in many ways similar to a miniature 1911 style pistol.
U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Quality-Built. Accuracy. Reliability. Features (e.g. Concealability). Appearance. Price.
All of these factors are important in just about any product we buy, but they are extremely important in a handgun we buy and use for our personal defense.
Maybe not in the priority order given here, but all of these factors in some form are key and could be critical for our very survival.
Kimber Micro 9 Pistol: Subcompact
So, what specific criteria do you use to select your carry gun? I have reviewed many subcompacts concealed carry (CC) guns in depth in the past few months, including several on this website. I included the Kimber Solo subcompact 9mm with a 2.7″ barrel in my Top 21 CC guns in the 2016 second printing of my book “Concealed Carry & Handgun Essentials.” But now with the recent introduction of the new Kimber Micro 9, I want to analyze, compare, and rank it among my top subcompacts for recommendation or not in this article.
The Kimber Micro 9 Pistol is built by the Kimber Custom Shop and is in many ways similar to a miniature 1911 style pistol. It has the same great single-action trigger, as well as external thumb safety, magazine release, and slide release, as well as the same great single-action trigger. It also has some extra features like a match-grade trigger, lowered and flared ejection port, beveled magazine well, stainless steel barrel, slide, and sights, checkered rosewood grips, etc.
Several readers and students have asked what criteria I use to analyze my recommended handguns, so I want to give my criteria and range test results for the Kimber Micro 9 Pistol to help you analyze your handguns and make the best selection for yourself. You can add or subtract from my criteria to meet your needs and preferences. I was very anxious to shoot the Micro 9 and to compare it factor by factor to my other quality subcompact 9mms to see if it truly ranked in my top subcompact CC pistols. I requested the Micro 9 from Kimber and they were nice enough to loan me one for testing and evaluation purposes.
Know that I am not on the Kimber payroll, have not been paid by them for this article nor influenced to say certain things about the gun. I want to be honest and straight-forward with my opinions and ideas the way I see the pistol to sincerely help folks.
Specifically, I wanted to know how accurate it is out of the box, without modifications? And the big questions– what about the trigger press? Is the trigger smooth and crisp? What about the reset distance for follow-up shots? Is it reliable? Are there special desirable or extra features for this particular gun? Does it have rounded and smooth edges to help with concealability? Can I easily handle the recoil? What are its pros and cons? Are there any issues or concerns that would prevent me from carrying this gun? Are there holsters, magazines, and accessories available now for the Micro 9? Is this a subcompact gun I would recommend for CC?
Below I start with two charts that list the Specifications and some Features for the Kimber Micro 9, Two-Tone 9mm pistol. Then I give you my 10 criteria that I use to evaluate all guns.
Finally, I present my analysis and how I specifically evaluated the gun against each of my criteria to recommend or not recommend it. As always, set your own criteria and priorities, do your own research and check my data, information, etc. with yours, for your very personal selection process.
I wondered if there were holsters, flat base and extended mags, and accessories readily available now for the new Micro 9? Searching around I could not find any extended mags nor even several leather holster options CURRENTLY. But, I found the high-quality, well-made leather Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) pancake Belt Scabbard Holster manufactured by Kramer Leather (shown at top in this Review) and it fit the Micro 9 very well and looks great. You can see the fine craftsmanship in the stitching and handwork. It is high quality and made of very durable horsehide. The holster fits the Micro 9 perfectly and it has very good retention, while allowing it to ride high, close to the body, at a slight FBI cant. It was also comfortable and concealed my gun very well. Kim, one of the nice owners at Kramer Leather, is offering a 15% discount on holster orders for readers of my Micro 9 Review, if you order through the end of November 2016. Just enter “COLBEN15” (all caps) when you order online at their website below or call them.
Kimber Micro 9 Pistol Criteria & Considerations
Here are just 10 of my Criteria and factors I use for evaluating any handgun, so I will use them for the Kimber Micro 9 subcompact. In addition to my criteria, there are other subjective features that may be appealing for some, like a certain style, mag release location, action, caliber, appearance, number of mags included, type of sights/modifications, bore axis, rail, grip angle, non-porting or porting, included extras like a holster and pouch, customer service, etc. So, I combined these into my last Miscellaneous criterion. I must admit that ALL gun-choice decisions involve tradeoffs, but I really want ALL of my criteria to be met. I assigned a total possible point score of 10 points for each of my 10 criteria for a total possible score of 100 points. You can certainly add your own additional criteria and preferences or subtract any of mine. Here are mine:
Recognize that there are several features, characteristics, pros and cons, and personal criteria to include and consider and you make your own tradeoffs according to your priorities, preferences, defined needs, and use.
Kimber Micro 9 Two-Tone 9mm RANGE TEST
I used high-quality Sig Sauer Elite V-Crown premium JHP ammo in 115, 124, and 147 grain weights, so I could try different ammo to see how it cycled. While I only fired about 250 rounds total to evaluate this gun (usually I shoot 500 rounds over a couple of days) to decide if I want to carry the gun or not, I had the information I needed after shooting it. Below are my evaluations for each of my 10 criteria for my concealed carry purpose. While this old codger is not a top expert shooter, I wanted to put the gun through its paces and check it thoroughly for malfunctions and performance with quality JHP ammo without any reloads. Thanks to Sig Sauer for providing various Elite Performance ammo to test and evaluate the Kimber Micro 9.
This Kimber Micro 9 in Two-Tone looks great and the quality appearance, fit and finish are exceptional. The Micro subcompact 9mm has nice ergonomics. It was comfortable in my hand and the grip texture was just right for me. As expected, my pinky finger did not fit the smaller frame and it dangled some. But, I can get accustomed to this and hopefully an extended mag with an extra round will be available soon, per my Trade Relations contact there.The checkering on the rosewood grip was good and, combined with the stipling on the backstrap, enhanced my solid purchase on the gun. No problems for me reaching all the controls. It even has an ambidextrous thumb safety. The single-stack mag was nice, but I wanted it to hold more rounds. The slide was very easy for me to rack and the felt recoil and muzzle rise were suprisingly very manageable for this subcompact. The 16 pound recoil spring and full-length guide rod probably helped. Below I present my evaluation for each of my criteria after my range live-fire testing.
The Kimber Micro 9 single action subcompact gun impressed me as a very attractive, accurate, and reliable (with limited rounds fired by me) carry gun, after my range live fire. I had no malfunctions or stoppages at all with the various types and weights of ammo fired.
After shooting the gun for the first time, my first rounds fired rapid fire at 5 yards all hit in a nice 2.5″ group, considering my declining eyesight. Not great, but acceptable for me. My next rounds fired quickly from 7 yards also hit within the same group area (See below.) I felt comfortable in case I have to defend myself up close. Over different up-close distances, for me the accuracy was acceptable, but shoot it for yourself to make your own decisions, based on your abilities and proficiency. Below are my hits for my first few rounds at 5 and 7 yards with the Micro 9. For all rounds fired, there were no malfunctions or stoppages and the Micro digested all the quality Sig Sauer V-Crown ammo just fine.
RANGE TEST RESULTS for each of my 10 Criteria:
Total Points = 91 out of 100 Possible. I certainly RECOMMEND this handgun for consideration as your concealed carry subcompact gun. I especially like its accuracy, outstanding fit, finish, and appearance, light weight for easy carry, and small size for concealability.
Its felt recoil was very manageable for a small subcompact 9mm and its rounded lines prevented snags. I wish it came standard with more rounds capacity, included more than one 6-round mag, and had night sights. But its many other features makeup for most of those preferences. I want to shoot it more to see its long-term reliability before I buy it and carry it. I was very impressed with its accuracy out of the box, its low muzzle flip and recoil for a subcompact 9mm, and that I had no malfunctions or stoppages whatsoever with the 200 rounds I fired.
These are just my opinions and ideas, so handle and shoot it for yourself. I hope this review of the Kimber Micro 9 Two-Tone, single action 1911-style subcompact 9mm has helped you gain some information you did not previously have. Consider that these are just my opinions with limited live-range fire and shooting myself only about 200 rounds of ammo. Like always, I recommend that you shoot any handgun yourself before you purchase it. Decide on your criteria, how you will primarily use the gun, and what features are important to you and you are willing to pay for ahead of your range time.
Then critically evaluate the gun YOURSELF per your criteria and purpose, with standard drills (several mentioned in my book), with various ammo types and brands, over an extended break-in period of about 500 rounds. Remember, Safety First Always.
Order the Kimber Micro 9 Pistol online and have it shipped direct to your local FFL.
Kimber at: www.KimberAmerica.com; 1-888-243-4522; Elmsford, NY 10523
Kramer Leather at: www.KramerLeather.com; 1-800-510-2666; Kramer@KramerLeather.com; Tacoma, WA 98411.
(When ordering, use the code “COLBEN15” for a 15% holster discount during November, 2016 only.)
Sig Sauer for Elite V-Crown 9mm JHP-FMJ ammo at: www.SigAmmo.com; 1-603-610-3000; Newington, NH 03801.
Photos by Author.
* This personal opinion article is meant for general information & educational purposes only and the author strongly recommends that you seek counsel from an attorney for legal advice and your own personal certified weapons trainer for proper guidance about shooting & using YOUR firearms, self-defense and concealed carry. It should not be relied upon as accurate for all shooters & the author assumes no responsibility for anyone’s use of the information and shall not be liable for any improper or incorrect use of the information or any damages or injuries incurred whatsoever.
About Col. Ben Findley:
“Col Ben” is retired with 30 years service in the U.S. Air Force, with joint services Special Ops duty and training, and is Air Force qualified as “Expert” in small arms. He is a Vietnam-era Veteran. Ben is an experienced NRA-Certified Pistol Instructor, NRA Range Safety Officer, and FL Concealed Carry License Instructor.
Ben recently wrote the book “Concealed Carry and Handgun Essentials for Personal Protection” (second printing 2016) with 57 comprehensive Chapters about concealed carry and handgun principles, techniques, and tips for both experienced and new shooters. His reference book is endorsed by several organizations and is available on his website at www.FloridaHandgunsTraining.com. Contact him at ColBFF@gmail.com.
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