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    Glad to hear the positive reports. Now if my local shop will just get to me on the list

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    I'll bet that before the Internet the same manufacturers had the same teething problems but no one ever heard about it. You had a problem, you sent it back. The only people who knew were members of your pistol club.

    Kimber's problem is that they bring out so many different guns, and each has to have its problems solved. This, I am convinced, it part of Kimber's marketing policy. While Colt has 4 or 5 autos shown in the "annual" magazine catalogs, Kimber has 15 or so. So Kimber gets all this free ad space because of the number of weapons they make.

    And they get shelf space too. The dealer is going to carry 1/3 of their models, then they will have twice as many guns as any of the other manufacturers.

    I think of them as a diner. Too many things on the menu; none of them are done great; some are pretty good.

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    Packard

    I agree with pretty much everything you said.

    And in the case of Kimber, one generally hears less trash about their 'custom shop' models than with their lower end stuff.

    In the seventies, S&W was bought by the English plumbing concern, Bangor Punta. They sent a whole shipment of revolvers to the Warren Michigan police department...which found the cylinders didn't actually revolve. Lucky for them, there was no internet.

    When Colt was taken over by the unions after a prolonged strike, they produced 'blued' guns that weren't anything like the Royal Blue that made Colt famous. Too much handwork and finesse required. And Colt has made some 1911s with the chamber too short to actually chamber a bullet. Again, no internet. Newbies today brag about Colt in almost a cult-like fashion...in the seventies, the phrase was 'a Colt and $500 would make a good gun.' Guess today that would be a grand.

    By the way, after swearing I wouldn't even look at S&W again, a guy at Johnson's in Adrian handed me their new extended slide compact 1911 and I ended up buying it for the perfect balance and great trigger. It's like a Colt that's been fixed...feeds anything and fires anything. And cheaper than a Kimber.

    So you never know.

    By the way, when I said that a smaller gun was more difficult than a larger gun, I was referring to 'combat' or practical shooting (multiple targets, double taps, etc). Slow shooting a Kimber Solo will give you relatively instant gratification. But waiting for a Silver/Silver Solo may be a long wait...or an endless wait. The silver frame peels. My black frame is just fine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vulcan View Post
    I too put my name on a list for a Solo in Jan.
    Got it yesterday and fired it today.
    Put about 150 rounds of several different brands and weights. Hardball and hollow ppoints, 115gr to 146 gr. No problems!
    Just what I expected.
    Only problem is lack of extra magazines. Takes a while to shoot one mag, load and repeat the process.
    Ready to carry.....with extra magazines.

    You may already know this, but Kimber 6 round mags are available directly from Kimber now...no waiting. Still no word on the 'extended' 8 rounders. Think you have to buy two at a time, or something like that to hit the minimum $ amount to order direct.

    Zenboy

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    Hello people. Another Solo owner here. My Solo has had 520 rounds of ammo through it of all brands and bullet weights and it has not had a failure to feed or fire yet. I have tried the recommended bullet weights and also have shot 115gr WWB through it and it has been flawless so far.
    Yes, I had read all the horror stories on the internet but now that I actually own and have fired the Solo I have nothing but good things to say about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIG4ME View Post
    Hello people. Another Solo owner here. My Solo has had 520 rounds of ammo through it of all brands and bullet weights and it has not had a failure to feed or fire yet. I have tried the recommended bullet weights and also have shot 115gr WWB through it and it has been flawless so far.
    Yes, I had read all the horror stories on the internet but now that I actually own and have fired the Solo I have nothing but good things to say about it.
    I'm glad to hear it works.

    Just wondering is it two-tone or stainless?

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    A follow up, my Solo worked fine after i got it back from the factory and only had the one mag, finally got two extra mags from Kimber and was ready to start carrying it full time, loaded a mag and pulled the slide back and ummmmm dam it, the slide locked up in the rear postion and the mag release button wouldnt let the mag go, the first round wasnt really in a postion to be picked up, too low, had to get a pair of plyers and used them to pop the mag release. Tried another mag with just five rounds in it and it seemed to work, added a sixth round and again the same problem. So called Kimber and after going over my problems they offered me the choice of repairing the weapon or a new one, i took the new Solo option, Just received a phone call today from Kimber and they are shipping my new Solo to my selling dealer and should be here on Monday, 11/28. I guess ill go from there and see how it works out. I still like the gun and want it to work, it feels and shoots great when it works. just want it to work all the time. The good news is my Kahr works fine and for the time being will be my main carry piece.

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    No Solo for me... eff this waiting...

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    Has anyone made a recent Solo purchase that worked out? Wondering if Kimber latest production is any better than the initial offering?

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    All I know about them is that they aren't shipping out the stainless steel solo's yet, however they have introduced the crimson carry on there website. I wish they would get there initial product out before they added a new version.

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    Solo owner here

    I have had my Solo for about a month now.
    1st time out 100 rounds of gold Dot 124 grain. No problemo.
    2nd time. I brought a bunch of odds and ends FMJ and 40 rounds of 147 grain Hi Shok JHP's
    I had one light strike on the 50 JHP's.
    And a few jams with the light weight 115 grainers.
    I was expecting that so it didn't bother me.
    As long as it performs with the Medium to heavy weight JHP's, I'm OK.
    The pistol is nice looking and shoots accurately.
    Fits my Keltec PF9 and Rohrbrough holsters just fit so that help makes up for the $699.00 price tag.
    I decided to use a little grease where I see wear marks on the frame which is were the slide rubs and the spring is removing the black finish on the inside.
    Be carfull when working the slide taking this thing apart. I got the skin at web of my hand pinched between the slide and frame.
    OOOCH!!!
    That spring is tight.

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    I live in Las Vegas, and have been looking for one since they came out. All of the KImber dealers have me on there list to call. It's been about a year since introduction, maybe the phones are not working!

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    150 rounds of recommended ammo through my Solo CDP and no issues. I kept both magazines fully loaded to "break-in" the springs. Stiff little sucker to load with my old hands.


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    Availability Of SS Model

    In answer to the question about availability of the SS model, I ordered a SS model Solo thru Bud's last March. Finally picked it up from my FFL on Dec 23rd.

    I took it to the range after Christmas and fired 100 rds of Remington Gold Saber thru it without a problem. I feel it is a very acurate pistols out of the box, for it's size. I then tried some of Academy's 115gr 9mm to see if it would handle the cheaper ammo. It fired the first two rounds ok, but the third and fourth rounds failed to feed properly. I cleared the jam, reloaded the mag with the same rounds and had the same feeding problem. I feel it may have something to do with the shape of the bullet so i didn't try to force the issue anymore. Overall, I'm very pleased with it.

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    I let the range manager try out my Solo CDP.......he started loading it up with some PMC 115gr and I said that it was not a recommended ammo. 40 rounds and it worked perfectly. So far I have had zero malfunctions with my Solo. Knock on wood.

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    Anybody know where I can buy one? I'm on waiting lists locally but I am too anxious and hate waiting!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flgunner View Post
    Has anyone made a recent Solo purchase that worked out? Wondering if Kimber latest production is any better than the initial offering?
    Got mine a couple weeks ago, and it fires beautifully! Broke it in with 100 rounds of 124gr and even ran 101gr +p Remington frangible through it without any misfires at all. A beautiful piece, maybe the newly delivered ones are also re-engineered. No complaints at all, will be looking for a full stainless one to purchase so my wife can carry one as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoingOK View Post
    150 rounds of recommended ammo through my Solo CDP and no issues. I kept both magazines fully loaded to "break-in" the springs. Stiff little sucker to load with my old hands.

    Nice Looking Kimber but I would remove the labels if it were mine.

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    Still looking for a Solo if anybody has seen one or knows where I can find one let me know. thanks

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