01-12-2021, 06:54 PM
Join Date: Dec 2020
Got it back from the Mothership
Hello guys, I thought an update on the factory work on my brand new Micro 9 Stainless lemon would be in order.
Kimber service was just as reported, quick, courteous and thorough.
The packing list says they installed an extractor, replaced the firing pin block and spring, reamed the chamber, and polished the feed ramp.
They even replaced the recoil spring.
The work order claims to have run 3 mags of 124 gr FMJ American Eagle through it, and 1 of Federal premium 147 gr JHP. (there was no comment on whether all rounds fired and fed. I presume they did.)
Sadly, I have only new 115gr FMJ from Yavex and Winchester to run my own test, and at the moment, I have no access to the heavier JHP and FMJ rounds at any price. Nevertheless, do not consider guns that are fussy about ammo to be good carry candidates.
I've run ten additional mags with the ammo I have. I'm happy to report I had no misfires.
However, the gun sill will not reliably feed. I had mis-feeds on all but two magazines loaded with 6 in a 7 round mag. And in particular with the first round. (the 7 round mag requires tools for me to insert the 7th round, so I just load 6.)
I will be the first to admit that this little pistol is as pretty as a daisy. Drop dead gorgeous. It's such a little jewel I feel more attractive just having it in my pocket. But it will be the last time I buy a gun based on a reputation and a pretty face without ever firing it.
These are not simple 'stovepipe' jams that can be cleared with a stroke of the slide. The round fails to go all the way into battery, so the ejector doesn't pull it out. Then the mag shoves a second round tight up against it. To clear it you have to remove the mag, sometimes digging it out with your other hand since it's jammed against the mis-feed, and then shake the mis-fed cartridge down and out through the mag well.
What are my chances of getting a refund? I'd feel guilty trying to sell it to another unsuspecting victim.