Last year, Kimber introduced the world to the Rapide in a 70-Series Government-sized M1911A1 format offered in 9mm, 10mm, and .45ACP, because, well it's a 1911. Building on the buzz, the company borrows the same sense of refinement graced on that aristocratic 1911 and lends it to the more concealable Micro 9.
"The Micro 9 Rapide (Black Ice) is a striking showpiece that’s built to perform, all in a size designed to be carried with confidence," says Kimber. "In short, the new Micro 9 Rapide (Black Ice) is what all other micro-style guns should be."
The Micro 9 Rapide has an aluminum frame and slide, treated with a two-tone Kimpro II Silver finish while the 3.15-inch match-grade barrel is stainless steel with a DLC coating.
When it comes to ergonomics, the handgun has stepped front and rear cocking serrations, a Stiplex front strap honeycomb pattern, a stair-stepped backstrap pattern, and textured black G10 grips.
Where performance is concerned, the Micro 9 uses slide lightening cuts for a faster lock time, has a premium V-patterned aluminum trigger set to break at a factory-set 7-pounds, and comes standard with Tru-Glo TFX Pro day/night sights.
For those interested in specs, the overall length is 6.1-inches, the width is a thin 1.08-inches and the height is a pocketable 4.07-inches. Weight is just under a pound. The extended single-stack magazine holds 7 rounds.
The MSRP on the Micro 9 Rapide (Black Ice) is $879.