Building on the popularity of the small micro-compact .380 ACP pistols, the hot trend (aside from 1911 commemoratives) for 2011 is clearly micro-compact 9mm’s. Kimber has entered this market by announcing the “Solo” chambered in 9mm. Kimber joins recent entries by Sig Sauer (P290) and Ruger (LC9) as well as established players like Kahr (PM9). The MSRP on the Solo will be $725.
Crimson Trace will also be offering laser grips for the Solo, they will be available as an option from Kimber or direct from Crimson Trace. These will be the thinnest laser grips made by Crimson Trace to date. More details of these grips are forthcoming from Crimson Trace. Here is the press release:
For Immediate Release
Crimson Trace Announces Partnership with Kimber for Solo Carry Lasergrips
Building on the success of its laser sights for the hot compact pistol market, Crimson trace proudly introduces the latest addition to its portfolio with instinctively activated Lasergrips for Kimber’s new, innovative compact 9mm carry pistol – The Solo. The result of painstaking and exhaustive engineering, these are the thinnest Lasergips yet, bringing the decisive advantage of laser sighting without adding any bulk to this compact package.
“We’ve been working with Kimber for over a year to develop a set of Crimson Trace grips befitting of the quality and innovation that is the new Solo,” said Kent Thomas, Director of Marketing for Crimson Trace. “By partnering with one of the world’s best firearm manufacturers since the inception of the project, we are able to offer both of CTC and Kimber consumers the finest laser sighting systems as soon as ground breaking new models such as the Solo are introduced.”
Available directly from Crimson Trace or as an option from Kimber, the Solo Carry Lasergrips are zeroed at the factory, offer a four hour battery life as well as the most powerful laser permitted by law. The popular rosewood finish seen on Kimber’s Crimson Carry is also incorporated into this model, offering a subtle contrast to the pistol’s stainless or two-tone finish.
All Crimson Trace products are proudly designed, engineered and manufactured in the United States.
Learn more about the Solo HERE.
Info on the Solo from Kimber’s website:
The Kimber legacy of offering the finest production firearms available today continues with the Solo™, a new pistol that puts the power of the 9 mm cartridge in a micro-compact size usually reserved for smaller calibers. Power aside, what really sets the Solo apart is quality, dependability and 1911 ergonomics that ensure comfortable shootability regardless of hand size. This all comes together to put Solo performance in a class by itself.
With a barrel length of just 2.7 inches, Solo pistols are easy to carry and conceal. Many of the features borrowed from 1911 pistols also make them exceptionally safe. A manual ambidextrous thumb safety, checkered slide release and ambidextrous magazine release button enable fast and intuitive operation. Then there is the single action striker-fired trigger pull–even and smooth.
Solo frames are machined from the finest aluminum and finished in KimPro II, a premium finish that is self-lubricating and extremely resistant to salt and moisture. Slides and barrels are cut from stainless steel. Edges are rounded and blended, slide serrations are deep enough to really work and the dovetail-mounted 3-dot sights are quick to target. No other small pistol can compare.
Specifications from Kimber:
Video of Iain Harrison of Crimson Trace showing the Solo at the 2011 SHOT show:
Note – Kimber recommends 124gr or heavier premium defensive ammo for the Solo. Ammo such as WWB may not work reliably in this gun.