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Old 01-28-2011, 10:28 PM   #1
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I've decided to make more of a commitment to EDC, and the 4" XD45 just doesn't work for all occasions, so I finally took my first step into the world of micro guns today...two steps, actually.

I went into the local shop and reserved a Kimber Solo Carry. I'm not too big on being a crash test dummy, but early indications look like it'll be a great gun. All the hype has me a little concerned that if I don't get in line now it will turn into a very long wait. I'm leaning toward the stainless, but they're scheduled to get a few of each finish. They called Kimber and were told it'd be 2-3 months before they arrive. April probably.



So to cover my subcompact needs until then I went ahead and added a KelTec PF9. I'll get out in the next week or so and try to run about 200rds through it. I know these really need a good breaking in.



It'll probably take time to work up some skill with these, as all of my previous experience is with full-framed pistols. That, and the KelTec trigger isn't the most pleasant out there. But that was a sacrifice I was willing to make for a solid and affordable fill-in until the Kimber arrives.

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I can't wait to see how the Kimber does. I'm just wondering when they'll start making a .40 version of it. It looks like I'm going to opt for the Kahr PM40. It's the most firepower I can get for the size of a .380.

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I haven't been too diligent about getting pics up, but I'll probably do pics with a full range report when the Kimber arrives. I know there's a lot of interest and I'll probably be anxious to show it off. Who knows, maybe I'll even spring for some laser grips.

Plus I'll have some frame of reference after working with the PF9 for a bit.

I've heard great things about the Kahr PM line. I'd really struggle with follow up shots in a micro 40sw, but I suppose with something that small you're going to be close enough that you oughta be able to make the first shot count. What do you think you'll run through that thing for defense ammo, maybe 155gr?

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When I get it I'll probably run Hornady Critical Defense through it (along with the ball ammo) to ensure it feeds and keep it loaded with that load.

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I can't wait to see how the Kimber does. I'm just wondering when they'll start making a .40 version of it. It looks like I'm going to opt for the Kahr PM40. It's the most firepower I can get for the size of a .380.
Local police range staff warned me off the PM40. Said when they evaluated the Kahr pistols the PM40 was a jam-o-matic. They liked the PM9, but recommended the all metal MK40 for a micro .40 caliber model.

Your mileage may vary, but wanted to put the tip out there.

Personally, I'm waiting to see the Ruger LC9 and Sig P290. Seems like the pocket 9mm market is about to explode like the .380 market did the last couple of years. Hooray.
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I've decided to make more of a commitment to EDC, and the 4" XD45 just doesn't work for all occasions, so I finally took my first step into the world of micro guns today...two steps, actually.

I went into the local shop and reserved a Kimber Solo Carry. I'm not too big on being a crash test dummy, but early indications look like it'll be a great gun. All the hype has me a little concerned that if I don't get in line now it will turn into a very long wait. I'm leaning toward the stainless, but they're scheduled to get a few of each finish. They called Kimber and were told it'd be 2-3 months before they arrive. April probably.



So to cover my subcompact needs until then I went ahead and added a KelTec PF9. I'll get out in the next week or so and try to run about 200rds through it. I know these really need a good breaking in.



It'll probably take time to work up some skill with these, as all of my previous experience is with full-framed pistols. That, and the KelTec trigger isn't the most pleasant out there. But that was a sacrifice I was willing to make for a solid and affordable fill-in until the Kimber arrives.

I just pre-orderd the kimber solo as well about a week ago. They told me it should come in around the end of February. I hope they are right and it does not take 3 months. I'm like a kid waiting for Christmas.
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So to cover my subcompact needs until then I went ahead and added a KelTec PF9. I'll get out in the next week or so and try to run about 200rds through it. I know these really need a good breaking in.
My cousin has a PF9 and I've shot it on a couple occasions. Saying that it was extremely unpleasant would be an understatement. I just want to warn you that it may take you a while to shoot those 200 rounds. I couldn't shoot more than a mag or two before my hand was throbbing from the recoil.

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Hey Sweeper can't wait to hear the range report. I need to put a 9mm in my inventory and I've always been partial to Kimbers. Look forward to hearing about it.

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My cousin has a PF9 and I've shot it on a couple occasions. Saying that it was extremely unpleasant would be an understatement. I just want to warn you that it may take you a while to shoot those 200 rounds. I couldn't shoot more than a mag or two before my hand was throbbing from the recoil.

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I ran about 80 rounds through the PF9 the other day and it wasn't bad at all. Accurate enough to keep 4-6" groups at 10 yards, and I feel like I could have run that 200 rounds in one session. I just got a little tired of reloading the same mag every 7 rounds, so I moved on. It certainly can't compare to shooting my P226 or 75b, but I didn't find it uncomfortable or painful in any way...even ran about 4 mags of RWS 124gr (reasonably hot stuff) and a few +P HPs through it.

Midway should deliver an extra mag, Desantis Nemesis, and grip extrension this week. It also carries really well in a belly band, worn at waste level.

So far I'd say it may be a keeper even after the Kimber arrives. Very convenient for carry, and I appreciate not having much $$ tied up in it.
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For the price of a Kimber you could hire a armed bodyguard to follow you around.

Seriously my Ruger LCP with Crimson Trace does a perfect job and cost around $475.00 new

Ruger has the new LC9 coming out for a few $ more and that gun WILL be an instant hit. I plan on buying one too.

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