I am a pro-choice kind of guy. The guns that we choose should suit our individual tastes; nobody should have to tote a piece that is just “good enough.” Even if I think your gun is an ugly chunk, it is not my business to tell you what to buy for hunting, recreation, or protection. What gives me a thrill may do nothing for you. Nobody is forcing you to follow my lead and I should not need to follow yours.
When the Kimber Solo first hit the online-review-pages I was infatuated at first glance with its looks but my lust fell flat when I found it lacked a couple of items that I felt would have made it perfect. For me, it would have been a much better design if it had a hidden/internal hammer instead of a striker, and if it had a grip safety. Since it had neither of these features, I chose to not add the pretty but pricey little 9mm to my cache.
Recently The Firearm Blog ran this piece on the soon to be released new Remington R-51 single stack. It is a slick 9mm redesign of Remington's old Pedersen Model 51; it has both the grip safety and the internal hammer. My quest for a “just right for me” carry piece may be over; this pistol may just be what I want. The size looks right, the features are right, the caliber is right, and it has the looks that I want at a price I can easily afford.
Choice it a good thing.