Tell you what. If you’re a person who thinks the heavy hitters in the gun industry don’t have a wild sense of humor I think we should talk. Remember the Kimber Solo? It’s been the talk of the town ever since its weighty entrance at SHOT 2011. Kimber’s first true venture into the micro compact 1911- ish 9mm market have yielded mixed feelings as well as mixed results. Personally I can’t claim to have fired or even held one, they’re sort of like the YETI or BIGFOOT around here. People believe there real and some have even had sightings but even fewer actually believe or have had personal experiences themselves. I like to think I’m a believer, though often overpriced (in my opinion), Kimber guns have served me well and without exception in the past several years. That said, and getting back to my original point, as hard to find and even buy the Kimber Solo has been, they’ve stretched their humor out even further with the announcement of the Kimber Solo CDP. As if the list isn’t long enough to get a Solo for yourself (ESPECIALLY the all stainless), you better believe the CDP may seem even more of a myth over the coming months and even years.
The CDP in the “Solo CDP” as I understand it stands for CUSTOM DEFENSE PISTOL. Custom refers to the highest level of product attention a gun can receive from Kimber as a factory produced firearm. All edges are rounded (or “melded” as they say), they ALL have ambidextrous safeties (big deal to lefties wishing to yield a 1911 style hand cannon), checkered front and rear backstraps, heavy angled ejection port, match grade barrel, beautiful rosewood grips and even rounded slide serrations for comfort of carry. The Kimber Solo CDP is no different in any of these areas. It does however boast an integrated Crimson Trace Lasergrip into the custom rosewood grips as well. The button is located on the front strap of the little pistol’s grip and potentially makes this the most accessory/”extras” laden micro compact 9mm pistol on the market!
Excited yet? Well finding out the price on this new piece could potential dampen your spirits. Remember the original Kimber Solo is coming in at right around $700 and often more in the case of shops that get a rare glimpse of one for sale. Well, add all the features we mentioned above and hold your breath as you learn the price on the Solo CDP falls (or should we say rises) at right around $1200. Yes you read it right, there are four digits in that number. Seems as though the pricing on many Kimbers reflects a refusal to find ways to mass produce their beloved 1911s in hope to preserve some sort of elitism and even moreso quality control within their immediate grasp. You’ll just have to be the one to decide if these little works of art are worth the wait AND the cost.