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Old 08-18-2019, 02:52 AM   #1
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I have two Micro .380 Kimbers. One has a snug frame/slide fit. The other rattles like the old 1911 I used in the Army back in the 60s.
While preparing to install CT grips on the rattler tonight, I noticed that the safety shaft hole in the snug pistol was concentric with the safety shaft. On the rattler, the frame hole for the safety shaft was very elongated, as if the drill alignment had shifted while drilling during manufacture (see photo - the snug 380 is upside down, the rattler is right side up). The rattler has never been fired.

Is this frame hole elongation normal?
Should I be concerned?
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Old 08-18-2019, 04:10 AM   #2
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I think I’d be making a call to Kimber and asking their opinion.
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Old 08-18-2019, 05:25 AM   #3
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As John suggested, give Kimbers Customer Service a call.

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Old 08-18-2019, 06:27 AM   #4
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My Micro Stainless has the elongated hole like the one in your pic. I will check my Raptor model when I get back home later today.

The stainless gave me some issues when I first got it but a trip to Mothership and some more tuning after it returned and its been flawless since.
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Old 08-18-2019, 07:30 AM   #5
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That machining is intentional. I think that after disassembly, you'll find the exact same cutout on the left side. A tab on the safety axle aligns with the cutout, allowing installation and retention of the safety. A cutout on the right side of the gun would be for a left-handed safety. Of course I've never even handled a Micro .380, so I could be totally off base... Riiiiight...
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Old 08-18-2019, 08:47 AM   #6
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Then why does one of my Micro 380s have it, and the other doesn't?
Are both frames drilled correctly even though the holes are substantially different?

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Old 08-18-2019, 09:12 AM   #7
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Old 08-18-2019, 09:14 AM   #8
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on new nines too...never notice on my older model..hmmm..i'll have to look..


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Old 08-18-2019, 11:32 AM   #9
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Interesting. Thanks.
I'll have to check my Micro 9 and see if it has it.

Edit - My Micro 9 does NOT have the elongated hole.

Of the three Micros, only one has it.

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Old 08-18-2019, 02:52 PM   #10
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Must be something new about the ambi...????

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