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 Post subject: Kimber EVO-SP
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:46 pm 
Hunter

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There was a review of the Kimber EVO-SP in this month's First Freedom magazine of the NRA, and the review was very positive. But for whatever reason, never explained, this compact 9mm semi auto was recommended for carrying on your belt, but not your pocket. The author never explains why this would not make a good pocket carry gun, and I wondered if anyone here had any thoughts on that. At a price of over $1,000 I have no plans to get a Kimber, and my most recent experience with a 3 inch barrel Kimber was not confidence building, so I will be sticking with my LC9s. But I still wonder why it would be stated that this gun was not recommended for pocket carry.

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 Post subject: Re: Kimber EVO-SP
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:10 pm 
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Size, SA semi autos don’t pocket carry well when cocked.
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 Post subject: Re: Kimber EVO-SP
PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:54 am 
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gramps wrote:
Size, SA semi autos don’t pocket carry well when cocked.

Except that the EVO-SP is striker fired.
It's NOT a 1911.

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 Post subject: Re: Kimber EVO-SP
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:26 pm 
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Well I saw that article as well. I had been thinking about a carry sized 9mm and just couldn't bring myself to buy a polymer gun. A while back I asked about the longevity of polymer pistols. Someone pointed out, if you're concerned about them, just don't buy one. So I didn't.

I bought this one. It's the Custom Shop version of the EVO. I found it online and just picked it up today. It was advertised as "used" however, it hasn't been fired since leaving the factory, and came with the box and all the paperwork. It was just a bit over $800 in this condition. The fit and finish of the gun, along with the night sights make it a very nice gun.

Here it's pictured next to my SP101 in 38 Special. I don't have a scales, but both empty, the SP101 feels ever so slightly heavier. It's also just a bit more narrow than the SP101 as well. A lot of reviews I've seen say the Kimber flush fitting Micro 9 magazines will fit as well, making the gun even smaller.

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 Post subject: Re: Kimber EVO-SP
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:10 pm 
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IMO I think it is nothing more than a marketing ploy, catering to new shooters
Can you say “women”? Right now they are a major growth market for guns.

I own a full size Kimber 1911 from 1998 (yes it is a Clakamas marked
Pistol). My personal self defense sidearm is a 2001 Kimber Ultra Carry. I have had it
on my hip now for 18 years, and I do not go anywhere without it,

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 Post subject: Re: Kimber EVO-SP
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:59 am 
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IMO I think it is nothing more than a marketing ploy, catering to new shooters
Can you say “women”? Right now they are a major growth market for guns


I think you are spot on correct. Many designs these days are due to women. A couple weeks ago, my wife and I were at the Dodge dealer. The sales lady told us directly, the design of the new Dodge RAM 1500, is for women. It’s what women want, she said. Also adding, women are the major decision makers for how household money is spent on big purchases.

Edited to add: and at the same time, it’s nice to see more and more women shooting.


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 Post subject: Re: Kimber EVO-SP
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:49 am 
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I like Kimbers, but not at twice the price of a Sig P365
(and lower capacity)

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 Post subject: Re: Kimber EVO-SP
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:37 am 
Hunter

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I'm leery of Kimbers with short barrels. Years ago I bought an Ultra Carry and loved the feel and look of the gun, but had constant FTE and FTF and never could find an ammo brand/type that would work with this gun. The dealer sent it back to Kimber twice and each time the problem was not corrected. Being mostly reliable was not good enough for a gun that might be carried for self defense. But since this new gun is striker fired, maybe the 3 inch barrel is not an issue. But price also puts me off, at least right now.

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 Post subject: Re: Kimber EVO-SP
PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:57 pm 
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Vito, right off the top, thank you service. I never had the chance.

As for my 2001 Kimber Ultra Carry, I shoot it about 6 times a year for 18
Years 25 to 50 rounds a session. Never had a FTF or FTE. Never used it for self defense action,

I am sorry for your experience. Hope you have better results in the future.

Best, Coop

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 Post subject: Re: Kimber EVO-SP
PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:08 pm 
Hunter

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I've never much complaint about the Kimber's 4 inch barrel semi autos, but the 1911 design with a 3 inch barrel seems to be a bit less reliable. For whatever reason, even Kimber could not get my gun to work properly, but they never offered to just replace it. My dealer took it back and gave me full credit on the cost which I used to buy a nice S&W 617 at the time. Maybe its worth looking at this new gun, but that price......

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