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I am looking to buy a new carry pistol and was looking at the Micro 9 Stainless Raptor and the Stainless Ultra Raptor II (also 9mm). Can anyone tell me why there is such a MSRP price difference ($889.00 and $1307.00) between these two guns? Also does anyone have experiecne with these pistols and prefer one over the other?
 

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I am looking to buy a new carry pistol and was looking at the Micro 9 Stainless Raptor and the Stainless Ultra Raptor II (also 9mm). Can anyone tell me why there is such a MSRP price difference ($889.00 and $1307.00) between these two guns? Also does anyone have experiecne with these pistols and prefer one over the other?
Welcome to the site from Tennessee. Yes! Yes I can tell you. First, I don't own a Micro9. I do own a Stainless Raptor Ultra, awesome looking, accurate pistol. In the top 5 of best looking most popular pistol Kimber ever made IMO.
Micro9 is not a true 1911 design.
If you shop on GunBroker or other online places you might beat the $1307 price. I have seen used ones go for $1,000 to $1,200. If I had to knowing what I know now I would pay the 1300 over the Micro9 price, IMO it would be worth it.
 
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"If I had to knowing what I know now I would pay the 1300 over the Micro9 price"

What are your reasons?
Looks, style, fit, reliable function, resale value.

I bought mine previously loved from a KT member for $1,000, I was happy, he was happy.
If I had/needed to I feel certain I could sell it on KT for probably more than 1K.

There have been a few problems related to the Micro9, not so much with the Ultra's.
 

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I am looking to buy a new carry pistol and was looking at the Micro 9 Stainless Raptor and the Stainless Ultra Raptor II (also 9mm). Can anyone tell me why there is such a MSRP price difference ($889.00 and $1307.00) between these two guns? Also does anyone have experiecne with these pistols and prefer one over the other?
The Ultra Raptor II is a real 1911 style pistol. The Micro 9 is a smaller, simpler pistol that is less expensive to manufacture.

Both should be 100% reliable. But generally, the 1911 style will offer more firepower and slicker functionality. The 1911 is a better gun, but if you're looking for a smaller package that offers easier concealment, go with the Micro.
 

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Welcome from Northeast, Pa.

I think they are both excellent carry guns. I don’t have a Micro 9 I have a Sig P938(basically the same gun). I switch between the 938 and my SS Ultra TLE 45. I would say the Ultra is going to offer better accuracy with less practice. The Micro will take more effort to perfect. The Micro is easier and lighter to carry all day. If you live in the warmer climate states you would probably prefer the Micro 9.
There is no wrong choice here, it’s whatever you feel comfortable carrying. Go to a gun shop and pick up both and you will see why the Ultra Raptor is more money.
The Ultra Raptor was priced ridiculously high and I would definitely shop around like 2sharp2 recommended. I’m not sure about the Micro 9 Raptor but I bet you can find one cheaper. You maybe able to get an Ultra Raptor and a different Micro 9 for $1300.
 

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I have both,the difference is the size and weight. and with size and weight most people will be more accurate. The true 1911 is a tried and true design, but in warmer weather a little harder for most people to conceal. Like the above posts stated go and hold both and then you can decide or buy both.
 

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ON GunBroker there is an active auction for a Stainless Raptor Ultra 9mm with 10 hours to go it is sitting at $655 dollars, I would bid on that if I was you.
There are 10 listings for a Raptor Ultra.
Also a new one priced at $1,039 bucks which is a good price if you are afraid on used.
 
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I have both and agree with an above comment. The Micro is a good gun and I have had zero issues with it. You do need some range time to hit on target with it quickly. It’s a snappy little gun. My Ultra Carry II was great right out of the box. Easy to shoot and accurate. I carry the Ultra OWB when I need a coat. micro goes in the pocket when it’s shorts day or going out with no coat. Both are super guns.
 

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Welcome to the forum Tihsepa, how about stopping by our "New Member Introduction" sub forum and introducing yourself to the membership?
 

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I'm looking at a Ultra Carry II in 9x19mm (two-tone). I now have the same pistol in .45, but I keep getting warnings from doctors about "jolting."

I'm familiar with the gun, I can even keep the holster.

I consider these defensive tools, so I cannot let love or loyalty decide on keeping both. Besides I have a metric ton of .45 ACP, so I have some trade bait...
 

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I have the Micro 9. It shoots fine and is very accurate, but then I have spent a lot of time shooting pistols of all types. Unlike some others I don't think the Micro 9 is necessarily harder to shoot accurately, but..

It is not a 1911, and 1911's triggers by virtue of their design pull straight back. The Micro 9 trigger is hinged at the top and while it has the appearance of a 1911 trigger, it does not pull straight back...almost, but not quite. Inexperienced shooters tend to pull the muzzle down when shooting fast, partly because they are jerking the hinged trigger, which creates a downward tendency in the muzzle.

I love my Micro 9, but if I knew then what I know now, I'd buy an Ultra instead...any Ultra I could afford, even if it was the lowest priced "edition". I would, however, buy it in 45, which I prefer as a defensive round.

If I were you, I'd go somewhere where I could handle and try the triggers on both. There are other pistol manufacturers who make plainer 3-3.5" 1911's for a little less $$ than the Kimber. I'd handle those too.

The question you're asking of "why pay more" is one only you can answer.
 

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I just traded a Micro 9 for a Ultra stainless ii in a 45..... I originally bought the micro for my wife, she doesn't like shooting. I don't like shooting it, and here how I feel... The micro 9 is a pocket gun size and has a 7lb trigger pull. The Ultra actually has a shorter barrel but larger frame aka larger to hold (much better for me) and has the 4-5 lb. trigger pull and you can feel the difference.
My opinion, and preference, but to each his or her own......
 
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