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Old 01-17-2017, 12:33 PM   #1
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Kimber Solo Range Trip 01-17-17

Went out for my weekly lunchtime range trip today. I'd went out and found some Nato 124 gr ammo (recommended by Marshall). Could not find any Tulammo, so went with the Nato.

After getting home Sunday, I took the Solo down for a cleaning & inspection. Also took the mags down for a cleaning. With the slide removed, I inserted one of the mags (with all the guts removed) to check the latch for the magazine. First thing that was noticeable was the amount of movement of the mag body when inserted. Latch was fully engaging, but if you moved the mag rearward you could not see the ends of the two latches. Decided to do a little experiment and found some shim material (plastic) .01". Using epoxy I glued the shim material to the back, flat edge of the magazine. Once dried I trimed/sanded the edges. Loaded up both mags to let sit till I made it to the range again.

Got to range today and began with the shimmed magazine. Shot through two magazines of the Nato with no issues at all. Switched to the unshimmed mag and on second round had a failure to eject. Cleared and shot two more rounds, then magazine released. Latched back and finished the mag. Loaded up the shimmed magazine and shot through it twice.... no failures. Went back to the unshimmed and experienced the same failures as before. Put that mag up and finished up the 9mm ammo I had with the shimmed magazine and did not have one single issue on that magazine.

One other thing I noticed was previously the slide would latch on last round (but just barely). When I would drop the mag, the slide would snap back closed as if I'd released it. As I got through the 100 rounds, the slide started to latch on last round and would remain latched open while I reloaded.

So, for all you long time Solo owners, is this just a magazine quality issue, or does the mag release need to be replaced ?

I plan to keep shooting and comparing performance of both mags for a few more trips.
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Old 01-17-2017, 01:30 PM   #2
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Thats a nice target there. Good work!
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Your on to something.
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You really should be working for Kimber's R&D department.
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Were they the 6 round mags?
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Sounds like a value bit information came out of your experiment! Good Job!
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Old 01-17-2017, 03:17 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Cucamonga kid View Post
You really should be working for Kimber's R&D department.
Ha !! May be a good semi-retirement gig for me..... I guess its the engineer in me. I've always wanted to tear something apart to figure out how it works

Thats why I decided to purchase a Solo and see what all the fuss was about
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Were they the 6 round mags?
Yes, 6 round mags. I have read a LOT about issues with the 8 rnd so figured I'd keep that out of the mix and stick with what the gun comes with.
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I believe KIMBER has had problems with the mag latch and I know the solo mags are awful especially the 8 Rd.
If you need them for your experiments I would gladly send you an 8 Rd mag that Kimber marked bad and sent back to me.
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I have never had any problem with the 6 round,but I have never bought the 8 or even tried one I don't like them they defeat the purpose 🤔
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