The pint-sized cannon showed up just in time for a minor break in the unseasonably bad weather. The feel of the gun, a characteristic many people sneer at, is remarkable. I spent time wondering what it reminded me of and I did a little more research.
Then I found this, the specifications of the currently made (likely in limited number) version of the Colt Model 1903 Pocket Model “Hammerless.”
Compare to Colt M1903 Pocket Model:
Cal. 32 ACP (Kimber – 9x19mm)
Action: blowback, hammer-fired SA (Kimber – Striker-fired)
Slide, frame, barrel: Steel (Kimber: stainless steel slide, barrel; aluminum frame)
Capacity: 8 rounds, detachable box magazine (Kimber: 7 rounds, CS version)
Width: 1.15” (Kimber: 1.06”)
Barrel: 3.75” (Kimber: 3.16”)
Hgt: 4.36” (Kimber: 4.03”)
LOA: 6.5” (Kimber: 6.1”)
Weight: 24 oz. (Kimber: 18 oz.)
MSRP $1,275 (Current mfg. U.S. Armament Corp., 121 Valley View Dr., Ephrata PA 17522. (717) 721-4570; usarmcorp.com) (Kimber: $1,047.00)
Did the Kimber engineers intend to make an updated version of an old classic in terms of feel? I don’t know, but it seems that they couldn’t have gotten much closer if they’d tried.
Shooting the Kimber EVO SP (CS) was interesting too. There’s not very much gun here for the caliber. In firing, I find that my small finger slides under the magazine extension as the gun recoils. There it stays and the gun doesn’t slide down anymore as the gun is fired for subsequent shots.
In the initial outing, I shot about half a box of WW “White Box” 115 FMJ. The only “stoppage” was a failure to lock open on an empty magazine. It happened only once and well could’ve been shooter-induced.
Shooting from a base rest at 25 yards with WWB, I found the point of impact was an inch high and 3.25” left of aiming point. Five rounds went into 4.5” with the best three clustering into 1.25”. I felt that grip was the biggest reason for the group – Did I mention that it’s not very much gun to hold onto?
Winchester bulk-packed “white box” is one of the lightest loads I know. It was still “sporty” in the EVO, but not painfully so. The gun wants to squirm more than kick. The superior stocks and grip surface treatment keeps it as steady as you can keep such a small heater.
I hope to get to run this little gun a bit more and get it into the hands of some other shooters for their evaluation – and I’ll keep you posted on the results.
- - Rich Grassi