Kimber has announced the addition of Rapide (Black Ice) flavor to their Special Edition line of Micro 9 pistols. The overall appearance of the new Micro 9 Rapide (Black Ice) and its external design elements (grips, slide cuts, colors, etc.) are similar to the Kimber 1911 Rapide (Black Ice) full-size pistol and are very well scaled down to the subcompact size of the Micro 9. In their press release, the company notes that “the Micro 9 Rapide (Black Ice) takes design cues from the highly coveted 1911 Rapide (Black Ice), adding a new level of refinement and elegance to the Micro 9 lineup, all while enhancing comfort, concealment and function“.
The new Kimber Micro 9 Rapide (Black Ice) pistol is chambered in 9x19mm and has a magazine capacity of seven rounds. The 3.15″ stainless steel match grade barrel has a DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) finish. The frame and slide feature the Kimber KimPro II Silver two-tone finish. The front strap of the aluminum frame features the company’s Stiplex pattern. The design of black G10 grips quite nicely matches the slide cuts, cocking serrations and front strap pattern. Additionally, the black and silver parts create a beautiful contrast.
The trigger of Kimber Micro 9 Rapide (Black Ice) is made of aluminum and has a pull weight of 7 lbs. The pistol comes with Tru-Glo TFX Pro day/night sights and has an ambidextrous manual safety. The overall weight of this handgun (with an empty magazine) is 15.6 oz and it has the following dimensions: length – 6.4″; height – 4.07″; width – 1.07″.
I think this pistol is the best-looking one in the Special Edition series of Micro 9 pistols. Tell us in the comments section what do you think about this new iteration of the Micro 9 pistol? What do you think about the Micro 9 series in comparison with the Kimber EVO SP pistols? Which one is a better design to you and why?
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