So we launched a new website (www.7-62precision.com
) about a week ago to replace the lousy one we have had up to this point. Since then, we have been inundated with calls from the "SEO/markenting companies" who all want to tell us how much more business they will bring us if we will just fork over a few thousand bucks. These guys won't get off of the phone and you basically have to hang up on them as they just get increasingly hostile when you tell them you don't need their help.
Anyway, my wife answered the phone today and I was sort of listening to to the conversation. I heard her say, "Yes . . . Well, I have a Kimber . . . We-e-ell, I guess it's better than nothing."
Now I picked up that Kimber Solo for her at above retail price not long after they were released. I was planning to wait for availability to improve, but was in a meeting with one of the guys from Kimber who told me that at that time, they were backordered for over a year, so I went ahead and payed top dollar for one. Now my wife is not the type that you would ever catch with something like a pink pearl-handled Taurus or something like that, not even if it had a gold trigger
. Her tastes tend to run high class, so you can imagine that I was surprised to hear her say that her Solo was, "better than nothing."
Anyway, she finally hung up on the guy and I asked her about it. The guy introduced himself as representing a marketing company, then the conversation went like this:
Him, "Do you carry a gun, yourself?"
Her, "Of course."
Him, "What kind of gun do you have?"
Her, "Well, I have a Kimber." (she has others, of course)
Him, "Oh, wow. I have a Raven .25. What do you think about that?"
Her "We-e-ll . . . I guess it's better than nothing."
I think I married the right one!
Originally Posted By uafgrad:
How do you/she like the solo?
About a 100 times better than I thought I would. I have always found any micro-sized pistol to be very hard to shoot well. They generally have very stout recoil, even the .380s, very poor sights, very poor accuracy, and very poor ergonomics. Not to mention underpowered in calibers like .22, .25, .32. and .380. For belly-gun distances they are mostly accurate enough, but I have shot several of the cheap ones and could not hit a kill-zone sized target at 15 feet with every shot. At 25 meters, one .25 I shot gave about 15 foot groups. Someone gave it to me and I immediately gave it way - wouldn't have been able to live with myself if I had made someone pay money for it.
When the Solo arrived, I was very surprised by how well if felt in the hand. It just feels like it is meant to shoot. Compared to most of the new crop of ultra-compact .380s and 9mms the ergonomics are much better. When we shot it, I was surprised by how comfortable the recoil is. It was much lighter than I expected. My wife finds the recoil a little stout (and she shoots a small .357 SIG and .45 Colt bear loads all the time) but not so much that it affects her shooting or makes he dislike shooting it. She is not large. I found that it was much less than I expected, definitely less painful than a .38 special airweight smith j-frame, for example - actually not painful at all. Either my wife or I would be comfortable shooting that thing all day.
Kimber says it wants heavy bullets with full-pressure loads for good function, though others have reported good results with lighter loads. We have been shooting the RUAG loads for practice, and Gold Dots.
You can get a grip on the thing - it does not turn or move in your hand under recoil. Nothing is worse than shooting a tiny pistol only to find it is pointed in a different direction for the next shot.
Trigger is nice and smooth and feels lighter than Kimber advertises.
The accuracy is what impressed me. I have photos somewhere of the first two groups I shot with it (my first 6 rounds out of the pistol) - probably as good as or better than any group I have shot from any pistol offhand. I shot another group that was three holes overlapping at about 17 meters, which is honestly better than I shoot a pistol.
If I was buying it for myself, I probably would have gone with something cheaper and missed out on getting to shoot this thing. Fortunately my wife liked it better than any of the others and I wanted her to have a 9mm, so I did not mind spending the money on her. I'm really glad I did. After shooting it, if I was buying a pistol that size for myself, I would definitely spend the extra money on the Kimber Solo.
The only thing that my wife was frustrated about is that at that time Kimber advertised that all Solos shipped with night sights, and when we received it, it did not have night sights. She was talking to one of our friends at Meprolight and he said that they were building the sights but had not delivered them to Kimber yet at that time. So he sent her a set from Israel. Kimber, I would expect, is probably shipping them with night sights now.
I will post a full review when I get around to it.