My first look at the Kimber Solo CDP

Kimber Solo CDP 9mm Crimson Trace Grips

My wife currently carries a Ruger LCP in .380 ACP, a round that I’m not really fond of; considering a friend of mine was literally shot in the face from 3ft away only to lose his left eye.

Jamie Heart Survived .380 Point Blank

Jamie Heart Survived .380 Point Blank

Read more about that here: Man Shot in Face by Ex-Fiance’

So that being said, I’m not really fond of using .380 ACP as a daily self defense round knowing there is a pretty good chance the round will not perform as expected against a perpetrator. However, I have no doubts that a 9mm or larger (.45 ACP) would definitely perform as expected.

So began my search for the perfect small 9mm for my wife, as she does not really care for the recoil generated by my 4″ Kimber Pro Carry. For a while now I’v been eying the Kimber Solo 9mm, a fine small carry piece for my wife. This weekend, I was able to find one for a great price 🙂

Kimber Solo CDP 9MM

Kimber Solo CDP 9MM

Kimber Solo CDP 9mm Crimson Trace Grips

Kimber Solo CDP 9mm Crimson Trace Grips

This gun is SMALL and LIGHT! Really small! Actually, it’s the EXACT same size as the Ruger LCP, but in 9mm!

Kimber Solo CDP 9mm Versus Ruger LCP

Kimber Solo CDP 9mm Versus Ruger LCP

Fortunately for me, they have a 8-round extended magazine which greatly increases the length of the grip. Very helpful for folks with giant sized hands like myself.

Kimber Solo CDP 9mm Extended 8 Round Magazine

Kimber Solo CDP 9mm Extended 8 Round Magazine


  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Height (90° to barrel): 3.9 inches
  • Weight (with empty magazine): 17 ounces
  • Length: 5.5 inches
  • Magazine capacity: 6 rounds
  • Extended magazine capacity (optional): 8 rounds

  • Material: Aluminum
  • Finish type: KimPro II®
  • Finish color: Matte black
  • Width (not including safety): 0.995 inches
  • Checkering: 30 LPI (front and back of grip)
  • Special features: Ambidextrous thumb safety and ambidextrous magazine release

  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Finish color: Satin silver
  • Special features: Carry Melt™ treatment

  • Length: 2.7 inches
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Twist rate (left hand): 10

  • Type: Fixed 3-dot Tritium night sights
  • Radius: 4.4 inches

  • Type: Crimson Trace Lasergrips
  • Finish: Rosewood

  • Type: Single action

Stay tuned for a range report! Where we going to put it through its paces with all kinds of various ammo!

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  3. Tim Hedrick says:

    Hi Eric,
    I also bought one of these as an off-duty carry option for the summer months. I found an IWB holster that I like after a LOT of searching, however, have barely found any OWB paddle options anywhere. I’ve checked Blade Tech, Comp Tac, Blackhawk, and dozens of others. Are you aware of anyone that makes a nice OWB paddle mounted option for the Solo CDP?

  4. I am not, unfortunately I’m not a paddle holster users so I’m completely unaware of anything personally, however; a quick google search came up with the following: (not paddle)

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