Kimber Micro Carry 380 Review

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  1. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I took my new Kimber 380 to the range yesterday. With the help of one of my friends who brought along another box of 380, we were able to put about 115 rounds through the pistol. As we all know, it's tough finding 380.

    It is a very soft shooting pistol. Unlike the S&W Bodyguard 380 that I had for three years (and which it replaced), this pistol is actually very pleasant to shoot. It's almost hard to believe, but this mouse-gun is actually fun to shoot. This is a 380 that I think even my wife would enjoy shooting.

    The accuracy is excellent, particularly compared to the Bodyguard. The SAO trigger is right around 7 pounds, and is very crisp. The 3 dot sights are impressive. I see no need to replace them with night sights at this time. I was consistently shooting 4" groups at about 20 to 30 feet. That's not too bad for a pocket pistol and me. And it's far better than anything I ever shot with the S&W. My friend Dale was tightening up his group to around 3".

    The grips are of a softer synthetic feeling material and well checkered. This combined with the aggressive checkering on the back and front strap give you a lot to hang on to even though there is no pinky extension on the grip or magazine.

    I had one FTF on the first magazine. I figure that's not unusual straight out of the box. Then there were two failures to go back into battery using the cheap stuff. Considering the inconsistencies of where the empties were being thrown, those may have been light loads. Some of the loads were light enough that if felt like I could time the cycling of the slide. While the slide is not heavy, it is definitely more substantial than most pocket 380's.

    When I loaded up a box of Hornady Critical Defense, it ran flawlessly. The gun really soaks up the extra pop of the hot loads. I'm curious now to get a box or two of Buffalo Bore or similar +P ammo to see how this pistol handles it. Considering how it performed yesterday, I expect it will handle it quite well.
     
  2. Mercator

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    Did you get a chance to compare it to the SIG 238 or the Colt Mustang in .380?
     

  3. ScottA

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    I was only able to compare them in the shop, not on the range. I spent a lot of time comparing the Kimber and the Sig. The Sig is very comparable, but just didn't quite feel as nice in the hand to me. The grip feels just a tiny bit shorter than the Kimber. I was very tempted considering how many different variations are available right now with the Sig. But the Kimber just felt better in my hand. I would say the Kimber and Sig are in parity with one another and the differences are personal preference.

    The Colt... well... it may be a Colt, but I wasn't terribly impressed. The sights were awful (practically non-existent). And nothing really stood out about the gun.
     
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  4. Ibmikey

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    Interarms imported the Star DK in the fifties and sixties, the Colt and Sig pistols are close knock off's to the DK. I have all three and enjoy shooting them, as the OP indicated they are really fun to shoot unlike some other small .380 pistols. Now if you want to step up to 9mm the Sig P 938 is another winner.
     
  5. Pasquanel

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    Congratulations thats a sweet looking piece! Kimber gets a lot of negative comments here but I have the Crimson Pro Carry and its great looking very accurate and I love it.
    I was seriously considering the Solo but I'm not sure after reading a few revues.
     
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  6. Mercator

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    Ghe 238 has real sights, but it has a "defensive" trigger pull. Just wondering if Kimber went the same way, for the lawyers sake.
     
  7. ScottA

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    The Kimber has a slightly lighter trigger than the Sig, so it's more in line with what would be termed a defensive trigger. While it is no measure in ounces, breathe on it and if fires, target gun trigger; it is much better than my former S&W 380, the LCP, the Kahr, just about any pocket gun I've handled and only slightly edging out the Sig in that regard.

    And yes, if you go back through my posts; you will find me saying I just couldn't imagine carrying cocked & locked in my pocket. Disregard everything I said on the matter. :eek:
     
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  8. Mercator

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    Same here. I wasn't saying because wasn't asked. But totally agree cocked/locked in the pocket is dangerous especially for a miniature gun, especially if you have meaty hands.
     
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  10. Pasquanel

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    I recently purchased a Kimber 1911 rimfire from a forum member and when I first received it I ran a couple of mags of 40 gr. Remington with no failures and then tried some Winchester .36 gr and it would not even cycle the gun! So I tried some .36 gr. Federal and only had a few failures so I tried some .40 gr. CCI and it ran perfect! So I cleaned the gun and wiped all the friction points, rails etc. with denatured alcohol and heated the slide and frame with a blow-dryer and applied a healthy coat of FrogLube, let it cool and reassembled it! Then ran 200 rounds of the Winchester ammo with 0 failures, this is the stuff that would not even cycle this gun before. I have since fired a mixed bag of of ammo with no issues at all.
     
  11. Sammi

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    I have been undecided on the Kimber Micro or a Sig P938 but I am pretty sure I am going to go with the Kimber !
    Right now I am carrying a Bodyguard and I hate it ! I can't stand the laser on it and the trigger pull is freaking horrible !
    I have a Kimber Ultra Carry II and I love it but just want something smaller to carry !
    I am glad to hear a good review on the Micro though , it's a beautiful gun !!
     
  12. Defiant_one

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    I am in the same boat

    They are both approx. the same size. approx. the same price. The added benefit is this - The P938 is 9mm at .20 a round. The Kimber is .380 at about .30 a round (50% greater). 10 rounds...no biggie. Buy 1000 rounds and the price difference is significant.

    Also, I tried both at my range yesterday (in the store, not firing). The SIG seemed to have the better trigger. Lighter pull and less travel.

    Can you tell me, does the Kimber have a guide rod and recoil spring / separate barrel or is a blowback design ?


    But I do like the looks of the Kimber. My dilemma. I can also get a Bersa 9mm UC for a few hundred less, carry 13 rounds of 9mm and while a bit larger, still small concealed carry (not exactly pocket but nice anyway)
     
  13. ScottA

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    Full length guide rod and not blowback. If you're planning on carrying on your belt, then you have a few more options. If you want to carry in a pocket, then the only real competition is the Sig 238.