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Old 01-16-2017, 05:17 PM   #1
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Short Range Report - Updated

We finally received my wife's Micro 380 Bel air today that was ordered on December 9th. Funny thing is that we went to the Gunshop/range this morning to shoot her Bersa Thunder 380 and my Beretta M9. Got a call this afternoon around 3pm that the Kimber arrived., so back to Gunshop/range again.
Since it was getting late, and we had other commitments this evening, we only shot 50 rounds of Geco 95gr. There were no Failure to Fire, but the slide only locked back on 1 magazine. We have 5 mags (3-6rds & 2 -7rds), my wife did most of the shooting and I believe it's due to here grip and possibly putting pressure on the mag release button.
I was pleasantly surprised at the recoil being less than the Bersa, since it has a shorter barrel
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Old 01-16-2017, 05:49 PM   #2
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That little Bel Air is a sweet looking gun.
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Old 01-16-2017, 06:40 PM   #3
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Ah, the old FBI "Tea Cup" grip. What you think El? (Snowtao)

Bel Air looks real good!
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Good first outing ...and I am believing the next trip will be even better. I needed about 400 rounds before my Bel Air was really broke in and functioning almost perfectly. I love the color combo and really enjoy the highly polished slide.
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Ah, the old FBI "Tea Cup" grip.
First time shooting one with a short grip, she's working on it.
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I needed about 400 rounds before my Bel Air was really broke in and functioning almost perfectly.
After reading all the negative Range Reports on this forum, I was a little concerned about the reliability. It shot smooth and I was impressed.
While cleaning, I noticed the slide stop spring was alittle bent. I don't know if I did it while cleaning the gun or while in the showroom when I field stripped it to make sure it had the new guide rod and spring.
In an attempt to straighten the spring, I made it worse
There are none available on the Kimber page, so I guess I'll call them tomorrow to see if I can get a replacement spring.
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Call customer service, I'll bet they get one in the mail to you right away.

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Called them 1st thing this morning and actually it's 9:30 am Eastern not 9.
Slide stop spring is on the way, and I'm hoping it will be here by the weekend.
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Slide stop spring arrived in the mail today. I quickly installed it, hand cycled 2 loaded mags without any issues, so off to the range to test it. My wife and I shot 100 rds total, and the slide locked back after every round. You guessed, I didn't install it properly.
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at the 9:32 mark, he mentions the spring popping in. I never heard the pop sound when I pressed it in. When we got home from the range, I put in a different spring and pressed it in with a plastic punch. Hand cycled 10 loaded mags and everything seems to work fine, and heading to the range again on Thursday.
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