On WeTheArmed, I posted a picture and asked a simple question. “Which one?”
In the thread, several guys liked the one on top, but overwhelmingly, people were digging the one on the bottom better. I like them both… At first I liked the top one as it has that classic “Custom” look that I dig… dark on top. But the bottom one… it grew on me and I see why everyone liked it. The lighter weight alloy frame, practical long wearing stainless… It’s certainly the smartest configuration. It would be awesome… but I still like the top one… just for the looks of it. See, growing up, all the custom guns (1911’s) were two tones, blued slides on stainless frames. That’s just the look that’s stuck with me.
The question is, how to I get one like that? Beretta doesn’t offer it and I don’t want to buy two. I don’t know why I am jonesing for a 92… but I am. Really, it’s the only 9mm, other than a Browning High Power that I want. Er… those and a SIG P210… and a Colt Pocket Nine… and… and… and… I’m kind of an addict, aint I?
At SHOT Show took a look at the brand new and shiny Kimber Solo 9mm. At for some reason that I can’t put my finger on… I disliked it. No, let me be clear. I hated it. I wouldn’t have one. Even if it was gifted to me, I’d sell to some unfortunate nitwit who would think it was nifty and then I’d go buy something I liked more and could get more use out of… like blister cream or 8 Track tapes.
And now here it is, six months later. To be honest, it’s grown on me. I no longer hate it. For some reason I can’t put my finger on… I kinda like it, and I wouldn’t mind having it. But I’d still never actually buy it.
It’s… hmm… I’m searching for the right word for it… “Nice”. It’s a nice little gun. And perhaps that’s its problem from the start. You see, a universally accepted good gun like a 1911 Commander .45 is great looking gun… beautiful, in the eyes of fellows like me. At the same time it feels just gorgeous in the hand. It fits. It also looks like what a Weapon should look like… it looks like it’s going to destroy something, it just hasn’t decided who yet. It has a form that’s based on it’s function and that function is to put large bullets through bad guys.
And this is where the Kimber Solo Nine Millimeter fails. Even in the name, just say the name a few times out loud… it even just sounds “Nice”. Like something Julie Andrews might have in her purse… it’s just well mannered and nice. Or like something you might spread on a piece of toast. It’s nice… Pleasant, without being fun or too interesting. Like having a Brunch with your Grandmother… nice… And that’s what put me off of the Solo. It is completely lacking in Sex and Violence.
Now, if Kimber was to scale the Solo up… to say .45… then all the sudden it would become very interesting. Or even something slightly different, like .357 SIG. But just a 9mm? Sure, it works… perfectly serviceable. Certainly better than a .380… it’s nice. But I won’t buy Nice. Not for the price. The thing is retailing for about $630 and for that much salad you have a world of other options that are less “nice” with more Sex and Violence.
Can you imagine the Solo in .357 SIG? Kind of like a young Julie Andrews playing a lead role in a remake of Bound. Proper, but she’s a dirty dirty girl behind closed doors.
Alternatives would be perhaps a Kahr MK9, or if you can find one, a Colt Pocket 9 – which I am still wanting one day. A Springfield EMP9 would also be pretty cool. But the Solo 9? It just leaves me feeling less than satisfied.
I think I just might be the first gun writer that has compared a handgun to the star of Sound of Music… Well, at least not to Captain Von Trapp.
I don’t have much gasoline in the truck, and I’m so broke I can’t afford to pay attention. But I have ammo and Ballistic Testing Zone One is practically out the back door of Ogre Ranch. So we did a little bit of shooting while the kids were doing school work.
The Sterling: Designed in 1942. Perfected in 2011. Okay, that’s a bit much… and it’s cheesy as hell. However during test firing today at Ballistic Testing Zone One, the Sterling didn’t have a single malfunction of any kind. The gun ran flawlessly.
I am very pleased with how well these Crusader Sterlings have done. This project is going to be a lot of fun and I’ll be working on these things personally, along side GunDoctor. I am really looking forward to getting my hands dirty and taking a photo amongst a bunch of SMG’s.
I might have to change the name of the Blog to The Happy Ogre.
Those of you that said you wanted a Sterling. We are doing a limited run of these guns as these are a side project. Because of this these guns must be pre-paid. Price is $639.99 each.
These are Semi-Auto Only, 9mm, Slipstream Treated internals, Duracoat finished. A perfect vehicle to SBR and/or suppress.
To Place Your Order. Contact Joe at Crusader Weaponry to send your payment for the gun and specify your Color. Flat Black, Olive Drab, or Coyote Brown. (some parts will be black and/or Slipstreamed Grey) Check your State Laws to see if these are legal. They are classified as 9mm Rifles.
For some more information on the Sterling, I offer a link to this informational video. To show you what these things originally were capable of, I will show you this video… but please note – we are only selling semi auto only versions with 16 inch barrels… not actual Submachineguns as shown below:
Now, this is a hypothetical question… nothing is planned… just me and my wild ideas here.
Let’s say Crusader Weaponry did a small run of custom, semi-auto, legal 16″ barreled (so no special paperwork needed), British Sterling SMG’s. 9mm, of course. 34 round mag. Folding stock.
All the internals cleaned, deburred, Slipstreamed, and otherwise fitted. Trigger pull improved. External, the gun is Duracoated a Flat Black, Wolf Grey, or Olive Drab… your choice. And let’s say that you could get that gun for… oh, say… only 600 bucks.
Would you want one? Well, yes, of course you do. You are Gun Guys and Gals, and Want isn’t the problem… The real question is “Would you BUY one?”
BTW, yes, you could totally bring this to a Crusader Carbine Course… because that would be just that sweet. Easy weapon to handle and shoot and hit with. Slight Variations on normal carbine tactics, but still very workable and effective. And Cheap To Feed. Fun… Sterlings are made out of Fun.