People look at this differently. I'm not here to tell anybody they are wrong. I think my perspective is relevant to this meandering thread, so bear with me while I wax on this a bit.DungFu,
Those words of wisdom are the bottom line. Is the gun "for serious", or for admiration and entertainment?
I consider the small Kimber's like the Micro 9 to be novelties. That doesn't mean I think they are defective or not worthy firearms. I'll include the Micro 380 and the Solo in this mix. I like them and enjoy shooting them. I find them interesting mechanically and nice to look at. Do I think they are the best civilian tactical firearms or an awesome EDC? No.
Still, I paid good money for each of them and don't regret it. I knew exactly what I was buying. When people insist these small Kimber's (or any Kimber for that matter) are a PoS only because they requite some break in and tweaking, I think about the golfer I mentioned in my last post.
I won't go into the boring details of my long story of how much time and money I've spent on self defense training of every kind in the past 15-20 years. Pistols, edge weapons, long range precision, sporting clays, CQB, shooting from vehicles, you name it. Some of the best instructors in the country. I am not a John Wick wannabe or mall ninja. I just find the subject interesting and challenging and I am fit enough, motivated and have some natural ability. I've been shooting long guns, shotguns and pistols since I was a little kid. Training seriously since my 20's. I am not a gunsmith but do most of my own work.
All that experience has taught me that the most important weapon in any situation is your brain. I practice relentlessly to be able to shoot just about any firearm well. Given a choice, the last handgun I want in a serious self-defence or SHTF scenario of any kind is a shiny, dwarf 1911 derivative. But if that's all I have, I'll make it work and my adversary is still going to have a bad day. Unless I'm outgunned. Then, the wise citizen retreats.
At the risk of seeming over dramatic, I don't bet my life on interesting guns. My current EDC is a Hellcat RDP - with the comp and RDS. I have started working a new Mako into my rotation and find it also to be a very good EDC. In the past, My EDCs have been Glocks, Sigs, and Berettas. All of them excellent for their intended purpose. It makes no difference to me who doesn't like any of those guns. I carry them not marry them.
I am deadly when operating any of those pistols in any situation. My point here is not to be boastful. Rather, to explain a core principle of mine. That is: Most of the time, it ain't the gun. It's you. Similar to golfers, a bad carpenter always blames his tools. I'll conclude with one of my favorite movie quotes. Dirty Harry Callahan saying, "A man needs to know his limitations." I get it's just a movie, but art imitates life.