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Kimber’s new baby 1911, The Micro Carry

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Kimber’s new baby 1911, The Micro Carry

The base model retails for $651.

First unveiled at SHOT Show 2012, Kimber’s new .380 ACP sub-compact 1911 pocket pistol finally offers shooters an alternative to the Colt Mustang, and comes in four different variations. Kimber has a tremendous following, and fans were clamoring for a release date. While the original release date was a few months back, these baby 1911s are now starting to appear in gun stores across the country. When announced, the Kimber Micro Carry tweaked my attention and I was hoping to get my hands on one ASAP. Unfortunately, due to recent political events, manufacturers were focusing their production attention on their core products during the past two years, making this little baby impossible to find. I can tell you though, it was worth the wait!

I got the chance to run a couple of hundred rounds through the Micro a few months ago at a try-and-buy event. Shooting Kimber’s high end, two-tone Custom Shop CDP model with rosewood Crimson Trace laser grips and tritium night sights, left me seriously impressed with the little gun’s accuracy and pointability. Considering its short two and three-quarter inch barrel and slightly-longer sight radius, this little .380 ACP pistol effortlessly pelted the 12-inch steel plate 18 yards down range. At this distance it almost became boringly easy, allowing me to make fast double tap hits and fast six shot strings; going six for six nearly as fast as I could pull the trigger. A big part of this gun’s accuracy results from its crisp, single action trigger. A feature synonymous with Kimber’s full-sized 1911, but welcome surprise on a ultra-compact carry piece. To attain the type of accuracy expected from a full size handgun in a pocket gun is truly impressive, and speaks to Kimber’s raison d’etre for attention to detail and quality.

The Kimber Micro Carry isn’t just accurate, it’s also flawlessly reliable; suffering no failures whatsoever. This is especially impressive when you consider this little piece must have digested at least 800 rounds throughout the day. Reliability is vital with any carry gun, but delivering on accuracy as well demonstrates that Kimber is serious about taking on the pocket gun market in a big way.

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