Wednesday, January 19, 2011

It doesn't say "Classic", "Custom", or "Gold" anywhere on the label....

Video of Kimber's new "Solo 9" from the floor at SHOT Show:

19 comments:

Joseph said...

Was that a Swat mag guy or a Kimber rep? Sounded like the latter.

This seems to be the up-scale mini 9 to have. The Sig 290 is a bit heavier an looks to have the ergos of the proverbial brick. This looks well fit with no sharp edges. Single-action might be a detractor for some considering intended use.

If the price isn't astronomical, I might have to consider this one.

Anonymous said...

That clown needs some training. I didn't work hard at counting, but he swept himself and the cameraman at least six times.

Tango Juliet said...

Ooh!! As in "Napoleon Solo?"

Tam said...

Anon,

Don't go to SHOT. Your arse will be in a three-day state of pucker.

You'd have to go to three dozen gun shows at the county fairgrounds to get muzzled as many times as you would in three days at SHOT.

og said...

yeah, I spent a lot of time ducking. Even one of the freezemodels swept me.

Wolfwood said...

I'm of pretty much the same opinion as Joseph. MSRP is $725, so it's a contender. I've got a PM9, but I'd like to keep the same safety system as I use on my 1911 and BHPs.

Unfortunately, it looks as though the trigger guard profile isn't compatible with the PM9/1911/BHP. That was a mistake.

westofthewest said...

Very nice. I hope they'll send three copies to California for DOJ.

SpeakerTweaker said...

I know it's horribly biased, but I stopped the video when I saw the ambi-thumb safety. On the striker-fired pistol.

Screen door? Meet submarine.

On the plus side, I am pleased to see more and more makers putting out tiny 9mm pistols to get closer to the pocket .380 market.



tweaker

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one reminded of the 1903 32acp pocket automatics?

I know there are worlds of differences but I guess it's a case of form following function.

Black Hat said...

Just me and my Ikegami, Jack. Revolution is coming.

Matt G said...

Anon 1:42 PM:

No, you're not the only one. One of my co-workers and I felt the exact same thing. Actually, we decided that it was a cross between a cut-down 1908 Colt pocket pistol, and a Kahr.

At 17 oz, 5.5" overall length, 1.2" max width, with good sights, I'm very interested. If it works, I'm in the market.

Mike S said...

Wait, which old eastern-block nearly-failed design was this adopted from?

Or did Kimber go out on a limb and actually design a new gun?

I wish I could see a rear-view to see how far out the wing-looking thumb safeties protrude.

Anonymous said...

"Screen door? Meet submarine."

I don't know. He said in the video it's a "single action, striker fired", which would mean the striker is fully cocked as a round is chambered. Kind of like a Rem 700 rifle, et al in that respect. You don't want a safety mechanism there? Help me to understand the difference in safety issues between a cocked striker and a cocked hammer. It would seem to me that the striker, if any, is more in need of some kind of safety mechanism. -- Lyle

Mad Saint Jack said...

From what I've read this thing is a hair wider than a Glock 9mm. That doesn't sit well with me.

Brian said...

"From what I've read this thing is a hair wider than a Glock 9mm. That doesn't sit well with me."

Thin is sexy. Or so I have heard. The sub one inch width of the Kahr is a big reason I purchased one back in 1997.

Tam said...

Mad Saint Jack,

Haven't seen official specs yet. (And, more importantly, haven't measured one in real life; spec sheets can sometimes be... optimistic.)

Overload in Colorado said...

Isn't Classic, Custom, and Gold what Kimber calls Government, Commander and Officer?

Mad Saint Jack said...

I assume the widest point is the safety, so who knows.

It just seems anticlimactic...

1894C said...

What, no grip safety or lanyard ring?

;-)

1894C
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