After firing 200 rounds through my new Kimber Micro 9 this afternoon, here are my thoughts on my new model for Kimber guns. Others may have other experiences; all guns can be unique.
1. The only truly positive thing I can say about mine is that it is small and thus easily concealed.
2. Mine has a faulty trigger, which makes the gun unreliable and even somewhat dangerous. This happened during slow steady squeezing of the trigger, not quick snapping the trigger. Here are the symptoms.
a. At least once per magazine, the trigger does not engage the hammer.
b. It reaches a hard STOP making the shooter think the gun is jammed.
c. Releasing the trigger and pulling again causes the gun to fire; the gun was not jammed...a startling surprise!
d. The trigger pull is not uniform at all. Sometimes it is heavy and sometimes it is quite light. This may be related to the hard STOP non-fire symptom noted above.
3. The gun does indeed jam about every two magazines [14 rounds]. This is probably due to the light weight of this gun. Most small guns of 9mm and up experience this problem. You have to really hold on to this gun and be mindful of avoiding “limp wrist” shooting. Even though I was careful about the “limp wrist” issue, I still had frequent jams.
4. To say the gun is fun to shoot is a non sequitur. Because it is small and light weight, it has a hell of a recoil. I do not think most smaller women would like shooting this gun.
5. My model has a fiber optic front sight. The fiber optic rod fell out with every magazine.
6. Actually, there was one other positive. The gun was very accurate when the trigger behaved as it should.
7. I am very surprised at Kimber’s lack of quality control. I am a Wilson Combat owner. My CQB came with two pages of quality control checks initialized by Wilson gunsmiths along with a proof round brass and a proof target showing the gun was within their excellent accuracy checks. BUT, you pay through the nose for that kind of quality! However, based on this experience today, I don’t think Kimber test fires their guns before sale.
8. I will be returning this gun.