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Old 07-17-2018, 02:48 PM   #1
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380 vs 9mm

Hi. New member here. I have a couple of simple questions. I would like to buy a Kimber micro pistol for my daughter. She is of slight build, weighing about 100 #. I like the looks of the Kimber #3700482 with the silver aluminum frame and the stainless steel slide. I also like the rosewood checkered laser grips. I have been told that in a gun this light, 9mm might be too hard for her to handle. (recoil, etc.) I would like to find the equivalent gun in .380 caliber. The closest thing I have been able to find is the Kimber #3300088 crimson carry. But in this model, although the frame is silver aluminum, the slide is black finished steel. Does anyone know if what I am looking for is available? If it is, what is the model number and where might I buy one? Thank you for any help.

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Old 07-17-2018, 03:30 PM   #2
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Hey Tommy b welcome to the forum from NY. what has your daughter been shooting so far or is this going to be a first pistol?
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She has a foreign made .380 which is a POS but has also shot .45 ACP, .38, .357. Of course these are heavier guns, if that makes a difference. My current plan is to go to a local shooting range that sells Kimber and see if they have one of each caliber that she could shoot. I called Kimber but they don't make the gun I'm looking for and won't work with me to supply it. Their model #3300103 is .380, all stainless, but has no laser grip. Their model #3300088 is .380, has a laser grip but has a black steel slide. You'd think they could take the ...103 and add a laser grip, or take the...088 and change the slide to stainless steel, but they won't do it. I guess they're too big of an outfit to be that concerned with a potential customer. My hope is that the 9mm model won't be too much for her and that'll solve it. Thanks for your help.

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I don't think you'll find any gun manufacturers who will build a custom gun for you. If they did just bring money.
If you are not stuck on Kimber you might find an acceptable alternative in a Sig p238, a Springfield 911 .380 or a Colt Mustang.
They have various finishes and some are available with a laser.
These are all copies of each other.
One that may be particularly appealing is the Sig P238 HD NI.
It differs from all the others in that the frame is also steel, making it weigh about 5 ounces more than the rest. It does make a difference in the recoil, makes it lighter.
Good luck.
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She has a foreign made .380 which is a POS but has also shot .45 ACP, .38, .357. Of course these are heavier guns, if that makes a difference. My current plan is to go to a local shooting range that sells Kimber and see if they have one of each caliber that she could shoot. I called Kimber but they don't make the gun I'm looking for and won't work with me to supply it. Their model #3300103 is .380, all stainless, but has no laser grip. Their model #3300088 is .380, has a laser grip but has a black steel slide. You'd think they could take the ...103 and add a laser grip, or take the...088 and change the slide to stainless steel, but they won't do it. I guess they're too big of an outfit to be that concerned with a potential customer. My hope is that the 9mm model won't be too much for her and that'll solve it. Thanks for your help.

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Welcome to the site from Tennessee. Kimber is not Burger King..."can't have it your way." However GunBroker is your friend you might find something you like. The Micro9 could be to much, IDK but you could step up to a Stainless Ultra Carry in 9mm, a little more mass and not a lot more size should be fine.
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You don't say how she plans to carry it. My wife loves her Micro 9 I got her, but i find my two tone pro carry in her purse quite often. (9mm) She says she still prefers the bigger gun and can handle it better. Something to think about.
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Well, you can buy the Crimson Trace laser grips for $359 (https://store.kimberamerica.com/handguns/micro), and put them on the Micro you like, which I think is the Micro Stainless...but I agree with the others that she may find a slightly larger and heavier pistol like a Pro or an Ultra easier to shoot well.
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Welcome to the forum from northern Illinois tommy b. What is the gun going to be use for, will it be a range or carry gun? What is your daughters shooting experience, I've taught very small women to easily handle an Ultra size .45. You mentioned what you would like, has she said what she'd like? I'd look for a range that rents guns and let her try out a couple of different models in both .380 and 9mm.
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I'd take the advice from Chuck43. Rent a couple of guns. I'll bet you'll end up with the 9mm. The Micro 9 is an easy, soft shooter.
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I’m a very small older woman, extremely small wrists. I agree with letting her rent a few to try out. I have an M&P Shield 9mm that I love. I also have a Kimber Micro 380 that has a snappier recoil than my softer recoil 9mm Shield. But I love the Kimber too so like I said, let her decide.
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