No experience with either, but I have some advice, yesterday I fired a Kimber ccw sized 9mm 1911 and it was great, I know the Solo Carry isn't a 1911, but based on my experience I think I can say that the Solo Carry is probably a great gun too. But then again you can't go wrong with Colt. The Kimber, however, is in a much better caliber, but the Colt is a 1911 and is also a Colt. Just think about that and choose which one you think is the best. My recommendation is to wait and see if a Colt Defender comes in the shop!