I own both a Kahr PM9 and now a Kimber Solo
I bought a Kimber Solo last weekend and absolutely love it. It runs like a sewing machine and carries like a dream.
I bought my Kahr a couple of years ago when .380 was impossible to find. Up until then I had carried a Colt Pony Pocketlite that had been re-worked by Scott McDougal and Associates. I loved that little .380 but when I started shopping I was amazed at the Kahr's size. I bought the Kahr and have been happy with it.
I'm a retired Soldier and I cut my teeth on a 1911 and after playing around with Glocks, XDs, and M&Ps I've returned to the 1911.
Currently I carry a Colt CCO in 45 ACP. Great gun. It was fitted with XS Big Dot sights when I bought it and I think this is the ultimate fighting handgun. It is however a little big to carry sometimes so I bought a Springfield EMP in 9mm. While breaking in the EMP I had problems with it feeding hollow point ammo. I tried 115, 124 and 147 grains with no luck so a quick email to Springfield Armory and it is back in their capable hands.
What I like about the Solo is the similarity to the 1911 as far as ergonomics go. I have no problems with the safety it is identical to the 1911 and clicks on and off just like my Colt. The pistol feels just like a 1911 in the hand; it points as easily as my finger.
In two range sessions I haven't had a single hiccup with the Solo even though I tried to limp wrist with it and I fired it one handed with my support hand.
It has gobbled up both 124 and 147 grain JHP perfectly. Accuracy is amazing. My first group with 147 gr JHP at 10 yards was about 2 to 3 inches. I thought I had a flyer but saw that it was a double.
The sights are great. The best sights ever for a little gun. I am a fan of XS Big Dot sights and have them on my Kahr, Pony and Colt CCO. I'm not sure that I will have them installed on my Kimber. The sights are just that good.
Ford or Chevy. Apple or PC. Kimber or Kahr. It is all a matter of personal opinion. I bought my EMP and had problems. I'm not going to bad mouth the gun. I am simply taking advantage of Springfield's excellent customer service. I like the EMP a lot and I'm willing to invest a little time in getting it right. I fully anticipate that the Springfield will be my belt gun and my Kimber will ride in my pocket.
The Kimber Solo far exceeded my wildest expectations. I got a great deal on it; $625 new, and it was worth every penny.
The only issue that I've had so far is getting 6 rounds in the magazine. It is a little tough to get them in there and then the pressure on the slide is a bit much. I knew this when I bought it and don't consider it a deal breaker. I currently carry it with 5 in the mag and one in the chamber and I'm fine with that. I've ordered two more magazines from Kimber and will order two additional 8 round magazines when they become available.
The Kimber Solo is a keeper!
Here are a couple of pics of the gun with a horse hide/kydex rig I made for it.