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I Carry: Kimber Micro9 LG Pistol in a DeSantis Holster

Firearm: Kimber Micro9 Two Tone LG (MSRP: $788) 

We’ve covered a different variant of Kimber’s Micro9 pistol previously, and while that model (the Triari) might have the edge in the aesthetics department, the Two Tone LG we have here today is purpose-built for concealed carry. Offering a Crimson Trace Lasergrip (hence the “LG” designation), the Micro9 Two Tone adds the familiar laser sight with instinctive activation we’ve featured from Crimson Trace on other firearms. As we’ve mentioned with other small handguns, having the laser is a significant benefit on a small pistol that’s a little more challenging to run. 

What’s interesting about the Micro9 series is how these pistols compare with other single-stack 9 mm subcompacts. Dimensionally, they’re the same size or smaller than polymer-frame offerings, and, ironically, lighter, often by a quarter-pound or more. Capacity is similar, and it’s really only the action that differentiates a Micro9 from, say, a Smith & Wesson Shield. Again, it all boils down to shooter’s preference and familiarity – if you’re familiar with the features and handling of a 1911, the Micro9 is a natural fit as a backup or smaller option. 

Another interesting comparison for the Micro9 is how similar it is in size to the Micro in .380 ACP. Overall length is less than half an inch longer, which is mostly in barrel length. Weight is slightly more than 2 ounces heavier, and the height difference is in the hundredths of an inch. This is common with the mini-1911 single stacks from other manufacturers as well, and at first glance you might wonder why anyone would opt for the 380 when the 9 is practically the same size. 

That’s a great question, and it really boils down to how the individual shooter handles recoil. Obviously, this is not limited to 1911-style pistols, of course; however the frames are most often metal construction and, barring checkering like the Triari, can be harder to hold onto with the smaller grip and increased recoil of the 9 mm. Obviously not everyone will experience this, which is why it’s pretty important to try out guns like the Micro9 before committing to one – it’s a great choice, but it might not be great for you, and perhaps something slightly larger like Kimber’s Ultra Carry would work better. 

Holster: DeSantis Inside Heat (MSRP: $34.99) 

The diminutive nature of the Micro9 makes it a natural for inside-the-waistband carry, and the DeSantis Inside Heat is a solid choice. With a simple design, reinforced stitching and a simple metal belt clip, the Inside Heat holds the pistol firmly and is easy to put on and take off. A reinforced mouth keeps the holster open when reholstering, and still allows a full firing grip to be achieved on the draw. 

The discerning eye will note two interesting things about this particular holster. First, unlike other Inside Heat models, this is a two-tone look, fitting with the pistol. That’s no accident – this is a partnership between Kimber and DeSantis. That leads to the second thing, the embossed Kimber logo toward the muzzle. These holsters can be ordered directly from Kimber, ensuring proper fit and availability.  

Knife: Kershaw Camshaft (MSRP: $34.99) 

Rounding out this useful kit is a Kershaw Camshaft pocketknife. Offering a 3-inch, 4Cr13-steel drop-point blade, the Camshaft features Kershaw’s Speedsafe opening system. Pressing on the flipper mechanism at the back of the blade opens the knife quickly and easily with one hand, a time-saver in any situation (but most often when you really need to open a package now…) The 4Cr13 steel offers high-strength and corrosion resistance, while the stonewashed finish protects against scratches. 

Glass-filled nylon scales keep the Camshaft anchored in the hand, and if that’s not enough, there’s even a lanyard loop. The pocket clip rides low and is reversible for left-or right-hand carry, although only in the tip-up configuration. A standard liner lock keeps the blade secure and allows one-handed closing in addition to opening.

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