I’ve been hard on Kimber lately. I feel like I’ve been objective, but I think some frustration has been poured into my feelings about their recent products. Today at SHOT Show 2012 at the Kimber America booth I got to lay my hands on a sweet new piece they’re calling the Kimber Micro CDP .380. How Micro is it? Well, take the Sig P238 with its fat (front to back) grip, give it a more proportional slide and a mainspring housing that’s fully functional and not just for looks and you’ve got the new Kimber Micro CDP.
What does it feel like? Honestly, take the Kimber Ultra CDP II, cut it in half in size, and you’ve got the Micro CDP. It is literally identical minus the grip safety. Has checkering on the front and back straps in the same spots, an ambidextrous safety, and melded edges all over as it’s from the “Custom Shop.” How custom Kimber’s “Custom Shop” is these days is yet to be seen, but it really is the spitting image.
Oh, and just like the Ultra CDP II, it’s insanely expensive. The Kimber Micro CDP .380 has an MSRP of over $1100 dollars. That’s right, there are two zeroes there. So at a price point triple and quadruple of other guns its size in an already competitive micro concealed carry market, it’ll be hard to speculate on how well a gun this size, that costs this much will sell. Would I do a handgun review if they sent me one? You bet! But I don’t I’ll be spending my hard earned cash to get one myself. IN the meantime if you have donations you’d like to make, I’d be happy to accept then do a review with a shout out.