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Old 01-01-2019, 08:39 PM   #1
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Micro 360 slide hitting the top of the hammer?

Two days ago I purchased a new Kimber Micro 380 in stainless steel with rosewood grips. Everything seemed normal except that the slide would not lock back on the last round 50% of the time. Today I noticed that the slide is hitting the top of the hammer. Not much but there are wear marks on the slide, the top of the hammer and there is a bit of resistance when racking the slide. Is this normal? I am sickened at having to send it in and then get some Dr. Frankenstein's monster of a repaired gun back that isn't like new. I will be on the phone to Kimber Customer Service in the morning. I feel cheated and I don't see myself getting the pistol back without some marks on it or something that doesn't look new. Does your hammer make contact with the slide at all?
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Old 01-01-2019, 08:58 PM   #2
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Yes it is normal. Do you have the newer flat coil spring?
Are you perhaps riding your support hand thumb on the slide when shooting?
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Anyway the wife has two Micro 380s and they both work just great. I would call customer service and maybe they can send you a new recoil spring or maybe a new slide catch lever.
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Thank you for the fast reply. The slide strikes the hammer slightly when the hammer is cocked. I have been careful to repeatedly test fire the pistol without making contact with the slide, the slide stop or the magazine release button. It seems to lock the slide more often when fired with a firm, two handed grip. The gun cycles remarkably well though, even while fired rapidly. I do have the newer guide rod and flat spring.
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OK that's one thing I forgot to mention these tiny guns do require a very firm grip that keeps it from flipping up in your hand.
I for one have to keep reminding myself to hold it a little tighter.
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The slide strikes the hammer slightly when the hammer is cocked.
Yeah, it has to do that, otherwise the sear wouldn't engage the hammer.
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Practice grip. Then practice some more.

As far as marks go, it’s going to happen if you use and clean it. There is now way around it. I carry a stainless Kimber daily and although I want to keep it nice is is a weapon for use. It get used.
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Originally Posted by RustyIron View Post
Yeah, it has to do that, otherwise the sear wouldn't engage the hammer.
Thank you. I checked my 1911 and it does the same thing.

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vortex360, welcome to the forum, how about stopping by our "New Member Introduction" sub forum and introducing yourself to the membership?
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Two days ago I purchased a new Kimber Micro 380 in stainless steel with rosewood grips. Everything seemed normal except that the slide would not lock back on the last round 50% of the time. Today I noticed that the slide is hitting the top of the hammer. Not much but there are wear marks on the slide, the top of the hammer and there is a bit of resistance when racking the slide. Is this normal? I am sickened at having to send it in and then get some Dr. Frankenstein's monster of a repaired gun back that isn't like new. I will be on the phone to Kimber Customer Service in the morning. I feel cheated and I don't see myself getting the pistol back without some marks on it or something that doesn't look new. Does your hammer make contact with the slide at all?
Yes, that contact is normal. As far as not locking back, do you use a thumbs forward grip? If so, it is likely that your right thumb is riding the slide stop and preventing it from catching the slide. I have a lot of problems with this same thing, it sucks having to learn to adjust a grip that you have been using for a BUNCH of years.....

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