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Kimber Micro .380 Pistol

Kimber’s Micro .380 ACP pistols were not new for 2014 but they were available for testing at SHOT Show Media day 2014.  The Micro includes many proven 1911 design elements that make them comfortable to carry, quick and safe to operate, and easy to shoot accurately.Kimber 380

Weighing just 13.4 ounces and with a barrel length of only 2.75 inches, they are ideal for concealed carry.  Like most 380 pistols, the recoil was light and easy to handle.  Sights were easy to pick up accuracy was good for a small pistol.  If you have big hands this gun is probably not for you, I have average size hands and it was easy to control and manipulate for me.

Weighing less than 14 ounces empty.  Slides on the Stainless and CDP models as well as all Micro barrels are machined from stainless steel for resistance to moisture and corrosion.  All Micro frames are carved from aluminum.

In many ways the Micro is a miniature 1911, among the most important Micro design features is a single action trigger with a short, smooth pull that delivers accuracy and instills confidence. The thumb safety, slide release and magazine release are pure 1911.

Standard features include a lowered and flared ejection port for flawless ejection and a beveled magazine well for fast, positive loading. These are items that many shooters pay a lot of money to have added to a gun.  Sights are steel mounted in machined dovetails for durability. Each Micro includes a flush-fitting 6-round magazine and an extended 7-round magazine is available as an accessory.


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Cylinder & Slide Shop Offers .45 ACP Pocket Model 1911

Colt's Pocket Model

Colt's Pocket Model, came in 32 ACP & 380 ACP.

Bill Laughridge, President of Cylinder and Slide Inc. came up with a unique twist on the venerable old 1911 pistol.  Bill says he, “Always wanted to produce a 45 ACP Pocket Model style pistol.”
During the days when the Pocket Model was in the Colt line-up most men still carried a gun to protect themselves, their families, and their property from harm.  These gun had rounded edges, and no exposed hammer to get caught on clothing.  The sleek design is as pleasing to the eye today as it was a hundred years ago.


Bill worked with Gary Smith of Caspian Arms, utilizing a commander length slide and an Officers model frame as the basis for this specialized handgun, the work started.  Once the prototype was complete Gary Smith went to work at Caspian to help make the specialized frame and slides that Bill would need to put this dream gun into limited production.  Only 50 of these guns will be available each year. 

Quality parts are used for the rest of the gun, Jarvis barrels are used, while the internal parts are mostly Cylinder and Slide Inc. parts.  Wolff springs finish out the package.  Cylinder and Slide offer a standard version of this gun or you can call them and add custom features you suit your tastes.  Not many guns turn my head after so many years of smithing, but this 45 Pocket  Model sure did!



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