Shipping with both 11- and 13-round magazines, the new Kimber R7 Mako micro-compact 9mm pistol debuted on Thursday.

Striker fired with a modular polymer frame, the R7 Mako is just 6.2-inches long overall, 4.3-inches high, and 1-inch wide. By comparison, this is a near match for the recently introduced Taurus GX4, Ruger MAX, Sig P365, S&W Shield Plus, and Springfield Armory Hellcat. Unlike some of these contemporaries, however, the Mako is optics-ready and has fully ambidextrous controls with a full wrap-around stippled texturing along with TruGlo Tritium Pro U-notch sights. 

"Kimber reached out to carry enthusiasts and asked what was most important in a concealed-carry pistol; the resounding response included the requirement of an outstanding trigger and ability to carry with the confidence of having sufficient ammunition capacity for any situation," said the company in a release. 

The Kimber R7 Mako
The Kimber R7 Mako. (Photos: Kimber)

The R7 uses a stainless-steel slide with a matte FNC finish that covers the barrel hood to help keep the optics clean while its 3.37-inch low-tilt barrel is also stainless steel. The pistol comes standard with Kimber's new flat-face Performance Carry Trigger, which is billed as having a "consistent short pull and a clean, crisp break, making the R7’s factory-set 5.0 to 6.75 pound trigger pull feel much lighter."


The R7 will be available in two models, an Optics Installed model which includes a Crimson Trace CTS-1500, and an Optics Ready model that ships with a slide plate to protect the milled S&W Shield-style red dot footprint.


The Kimber R7 Mako
The MSRP of the Kimber R7 Mako series ranges from $799 for the OI model to $599 for the OR model.


Both R7 Mako models ship with a flush-fit 11+1 magazine as well as a 13+1 magazine, so the gun is carry ready out of the box. Additionally, 10+1 and 15+1 magazines will be available "in the very near future," says Kimber.

Kimber has done a good job of getting the Mako in the hands of the YouTube gun review regulars and legacy gun media, and several have posted their initial takes on the newest micro-compact 9mm on the block. The below selection ranges from standard fodder from Shooting Illustrated, Guns & Ammo, and Personal Defense Worlds, to Colion Noir, Mr. Guns and Gear, and the Yankee Marshal. 








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