Kimber R7 Mako

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Gun Doctor.

Ok all you Kimber lovers here it is the all new R7 Mako by Kimber.

The New Kimber R7 Mako double stacked Micro 9 pistol is a Polymer Framed, Striker-Fired Pistol with 11/ 13 +1 Magazine capacity and Crimson Trace CT-1500 Red Dot option along with the Truglo Tritium U Notch Sights.

Kimber, known for its traditional lineup of 1911 pistols and similarly configured concealed-carry guns, for the first time has entered micro compact arena with its first-ever polymer-frame, striker-fired handgun, with an interesting design with some features not seen in other guns.

At first glance, the Kimber R7 Mako shares a similar profile with other micro-compact guns on the market but a closer look at the design you can see some unique elements. Probably the most noticeable is the enclosed ejection port.

Traditionally, today’s semi-automatic pistols feature a barrel hood that locks into the slide. The top of the R7 Mako features no such cutout. Instead, a lug protrudes from the top of the barrel and locks into a rectangular recess at the top of the slide.

Kimber says that this construction prevents excess gas and debris from obscuring the window on a mounted red-dot optic.

It’s also a stiffer, stronger design, simply because there’s more material than there otherwise would be. This coupled with the trigger could account for an increased accuracy.

The flat-face design features a blade-in trigger safety that mimics popular, comfortable options available on the aftermarket.

The highlight of the trigger, however, isn’t in the design. Rather, it’s in how it breaks. Kimber designs its triggers to arrive from the factory with a pull weight measuring between 5 lbs. and 6 ¾ lbs. However, because of the extraordinarily clean and abrupt break of this trigger design, it feels lighter than it actually is.

Kimber’s R7 Mako also includes a 13-round extended magazine that only slightly increases the overall height of the pistol.

The grip frame features generous texturing that, at least for some shooters, struck the right balance between aggressive and abrasive. There’s a generously sized heel that fills the palm, and an undercut trigger guard and backstrap allows the gun to sit plenty low in a shooter’s hand. One of the elements commonly encountered among the micro-compact market is noticeable felt recoil, understandable due to the gun’s generally small size and 9 mm chambering. However, the Kimber is comfortable to shoot, even in extended range sessions.

Other highlights include bilateral controls, specifically a mirrored magazine release and slide-stop lever. The gun ships with Truglo tritium-illuminated night sights and a milled, optics-ready slide complete with a cover plate. An Optics Included model is available and ships from the factory with a Crimson Trace CTS-1500 red-dot sight, which features a 3-m.o.a. dot and automatically adjusts brightness to match ambient lighting conditions. The MRD runs off a single CR2032 battery, which provides a continual runtime of up to 5,000 hours on a mid-range brightness setting.

Available in 9 mm Luger, the Kimber R7 Mako ships with one 11-round flush-fit magazine and one 13-round extended magazine while retaining a slim profile measuring just 1” wide. Standard models with a milled slide plate have a suggested retail price of $599, while the optic-included model retails for $799.

Kimber R7 Mako a must have for Kimber enthusiasts.

Another must have is a visit to Smokin Gun Worx.

Smokin Gun Worx the area’s largest selection of firearms where you can shoot, shop or train, buy, sell or trade. Smokin Gun Worx 8785 North Baileyville Road, Forreston. Illinois.

For the Gun Doctor, I’m Tim Bivins.

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