Kimber Releases Exciting, New R7 Mako 9mm Handgun For Everyday Carry

Yesterday Kimber announced the release of a new semi-auto handgun called the R7 Mako. Kimber produced the gun for self-defense, everyday carriers who want a high-capacity 9mm, with a micro-compact size. Since the release of the Sig Sauer P365, several other companies have released guns to satisfy this ever-growing consumer market.

R7 Mako 9mm



Kimber R7 Mako:

The R7 Mako comes with an impressive set of features and specs, along with the styling fans of Kimber firearms have come to expect.

The R7 Mako comes optics-ready to fit the Shield RMRSc, or already outfitted with a Crimson Trace CTS-1500 reflex sight and co-witnessed night sights. In addition, it is compatible with Glock iron sights, so options abound.

edc 9mm


Kimber includes one 11 round and one 13 round capacity magazines. A Performance Trigger is what Kimber says is inside the R7 Mako. The spec sheet says its pull weight is between 5.0 and 6.75 pounds, with a consistent pull and crisp break of a single-action trigger. Kimber claims the trigger feel is superior to any gun in its class. The trigger shoe is straight and made of polymer.

Kimber R7 Mako


The slide of the Mako has forward and rear serrations, along with a hooded ejection port that helps vent gasses and ejecting brass away from the optic.

Both the slide stop and magazine release are ambidextrous to accommodate left-handed shooters. In addition, the R7 has a nice trigger undercut which allows for better grip positioning, and the texture wraps around the gun everywhere you need it.

R7 Mako


R7 Mako & P365 Specifications:

Here are the R7 Mako's Specifications as listed on the www.Kimber.Com website. I have also included the equivalent specs for the Sig P365, a well-known similarly sized handgun for some context.

Kimber R7 Maco Sepcifications

What are your initial thoughts about the new Kimber R7? Kimber flopped several years ago when they released the finicky Solo handgun. However, they redeemed themselves with the Revo line of handguns which have obtained much better success.

If the R7 Mako is reliable, it may earn the attention of concealed carriers. The MSRP is $599 for the standard Mako. The model with the Crimson Trace will run you $200 more.

First Impressions:

The gun appears feature-rich and smartly designed for everyday (EDC) carry. One issue facing newly designed concealed carry handguns is getting holster manufacturer support. Even if the gun is a winner, if holster manufacturers don't make a suitable holster, you're stuck using a universally sized holster which is not a fantastic option.

All in all, I hope the Kimber R7 Mako is a reliable handgun that people like to carry.

Here is a video from the manufacturer's website.

About Matthew Maruster

I follow my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who is the eternal co-equal Son of God. I currently live in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and daughter. I served in the Marine Corps Infantry. I was a Staff Sergeant and served as a Platoon Sergeant during combat in Iraq. After I was a police officer at a municipal agency in San Diego County. I have a Bachelors's Degree in Criminal Justice from National University. I produce the Concealed Carry Podcast and coordinate the Concealed Carry Instructor Network, and manage MJ Maruster Defense.


  1. Michael Hale on August 21, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Looks like a winner to me . Out of the box is complete in and of itself but many options available to make it unique to the owner.
    If it shoots as good as it looks you’ve got a fantastic product .

  2. dbedard67 on August 21, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Looks nice, a lot like my Hellcat, probably the stippling.

  3. Edward Cox on August 22, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    In have and really the 365XL I have had since the first released. I love it.
    I would really like to shoot this pistol. I am all for it.

  4. bachir on August 24, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Very good looking pistol, hope the gun range will have it to rent it out so I can see if it shoots well.

  5. Kyle Spisak on August 25, 2021 at 7:00 am

    Looks great i agree, just not sure about the reliability. I haven’t seen any 1000 round reviews yet.

    Such a tough line up the Micro 9’s if I had to choose I’d probably choose the Shield Plus because I know Smith and Wesson produces quality products and striker fired guns aren’t anything new to them. Plus you have plenty of holsters to choose from and iron sight options.

    Still not a big fan of Micro or sub compacts. Glock 19 sized guns can be concealed and they are much more pleasurable to shoot. Whether that be MP 2.0, VP9, Sig 226, CZ p10 etc.

  6. Al Heitman on September 2, 2021 at 9:56 am

    I can’t find it. What stores in Salt Lake City are have it? What is the cost of it? I want one!


  7. Bill on September 4, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    I can,t find it either. A lot of hoop la for a ghost product

  8. Michael Miraglia on October 4, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    If you have a dealer in Pahrump NV may I please have their name, address and phone number?? Thank you

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