I found two more of those little 9mm guns today and I recognized them both as ones I’d been asked about. I was really excited about having a chance to handle both of these guns, since I do like both Sig and Kimber and I had high hopes that if anyone could pull off this really small 9mm thing one of them could. However, both companies let me down and while I still want to give all of these guns a try I am not exactly pleased with what I’ve seen so far.
Sig was my biggest disappointment. I love my P238 so much I couldn’t imagine the P290 being anything less than the awesomeness of the P238 combined with the awesomeness of 9mm. Instead they made a heavy gun (20.5 ounces) with an unimpressive trigger pull and brick-like ergonomics. I’m willing to bet it probably shoots better than most of its competitors since the weight will enhance the shooting experience and Sig makes good guns. I feel like they missed a note here though, I thought the whole point of these super small 9s was to be able to carry a 9mm in deep concealment?
The Kimber Solo Carry Stainless I looked at was equally “meh”. I expect a lot from Kimber because of how much I love my Pro CDP II. It really wasn’t a bad gun, it just wasn’t a good gun either. It had a nice double action trigger and is over a quarter inch wider than the LC9, making it less convenient for deep concealment carrying – which I’m still pretty sure is the point.
At the end of the day I’m beginning to think this whole itty bitty 9 thing is ridiculous. There is clearly a market there that has a need, or at least a want. The companies are trying to fill this want but really struggling to make a good gun in the process. Consumers need to stop demanding something that is not only nearly impossible to make (light, small, powerful and super easy to shoot please!) but also completely unnecessary. Seriously, put the silly little 9mm down and go buy a Sig P238 and a M&P Compact.