I thought I'd start a new thread about making a Kimber Micro more reliable
as well as other general information for Micro owners. My Micro is just about 2 months old and now runs like a top. Initially, I was highly disappointed with my Micro's reliability and was considering getting rid of it. Some of the things I have done aren't really needed, but I'll share them with you anyway because they do make it a smoother running pistol. My time is limited so I'll have to do this in separate posts. You are all also welcome to chime in and add things about the Micro that you have found. I also have a good amount of experience with firearms so please do not do anything that is above your skill level. I'm also not a writer or photographer so please bear with me. Here we go!
I have come to the conclusion that these pistols need to be broken in regardless of what Kimber says. I suggest you run about 200-300 rounds of FMJ before you start trying expensive self defense ammunition. If ball is your SD load, carry on.
Clean your pistol before your first range trip and oil it well during the break in period. My Micro gets pretty dirty from a couple hundred rounds and needs to be cleaned really well. These aren't Glocks so clean your pistols.
I personally broke a firing pin during dry fire exercises even though Kimber claims dry firing is safe. I no longer believe them. IMO, snap caps should be used. Here's what I use:
If you haven't already upgraded your recoil spring and guide rod, you should call Kimber and get one. I personally think the Kimber flat wire spring is weak so I run a 12lb. Wolff for a Colt Mustang in mine with the new style guide rod. More on this later.
Grip screw o-rings! #60's, from Lowes, are too thick. You want part# 9262K102
from McMaster-Carr. They cost $6.53 for a 100. Just copy and paste the part number in the M-C search bar and it will lead you to it. I can also sell you a set of 4 for 6 bucks!
Wolff gunsprings for the Colt Mustang work for the Kimber Micro. More on this later.
That's all the time I have for now. I'll post how to fix your magazines tomorrow.