new member, veteran Solo owner
hi gang, new guy here from SC.
I've been on other forums with sporadic Solo discussion, thought I'd join in here since it seems to be the best on the web for our specific pistol.
Like most of you, I read all the horror stories on the web. I examined several Solos before I bought mine, a DC, at Academy Sports almost 2 years ago. I had previously carried both 3" and 5" 1911's in 45, and a full size double stack 9mm. The concealment was my biggest reason for the switch. After handling the 938 and SCCY, the Solo was an easy choice. Only the Kahr CM9 gave it a run. After almost 30 years of duty sized pistol carry, the Solo was like going from a F350 to a Ferrari.
Which brings me to my point about the Solo haters, fearmongers, hatemongers etc.
The Solo is the Ferrari of concealment pistols. And like a Ferrari, you have to put a lot more care into it than you would a Ford Taurus (or a Taurus 92...). Premium gas = premium ammo. You don't take a Ferrari to a mud bog, and you don't leave the Solo dirty. You don't drive a Ferrari down a row of holly bushes, and you don't put the Solo in your pocket with loose change and keys.
I bought an extra 6 round mag and two 8 rounders, all off of Ebay. I bought the finger extension (overpriced and not the best design, but better than nothing). I ordered some custom grips. I bought a couple of holsters. I bought some premium ammo, some good ammo, and still had some leftover WWB from my old 9mm days. Results?
No failure on any of the mags. No failure on the gun. SOME failure on ammo. Those failures were:
multiple (like 3 or 4) jams on WWB 115gr - as expected.
1-2 FTE on 147gr Winchester Train. I chalk this up to the bullet shape.
1-2 FTE on misc ammo due to operator error of limp wristing.
No failures on Speer Gold Dot 124, Winchester Defend +P, Federal HST 124, Aguila 124, or CCAmmo 124 (reloads).
The worst of the bunch? Winchester Defend +P. Anything +P is a bad idea in this gun. All you get out of it is more recoil and more wear & tear on your gun. The Solo ate it just fine, however.
The best? Speer Gold Dot. Super accurate, moderate recoil, clean, consistent. The Federal HST acts similarly, but has more recoil. If I were in a target contest, I'd go with the Speer GD 124.
I've run approx 500-600 rounds through the gun, it's showing a little raw metal internally from barrel lockup etc. No rollpin backouts, no barrel roll, no wonky extractor, no slop, nothing else I can see.
I will say this - I do not see the Solo as a 10,000 round pistol. It will destroy itself before that. But, it's not a 5" duty size weapon that weights 5lbs either. You have to give up something to get something. What I bought is what I wanted, the most accurate, natural pointing, ergonomic, 1911 based, smallest concealable pistol on the market. I do not miss my other pistols at all.