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Old 06-20-2015, 07:58 PM   #1
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Sold my new unfired SS Solo.

After reading the countless bad reviews and chronic problems with the Solo...I sold mine, without ever firing a round through it.
I realized that there was a decent chance it would have to go back for repair to make it "right" and that's not something I was willing to do after spending $650 on a self defense gun.
So, I took the cash and picked up a new Glock 43.
Although it's not a beauty queen like my Solo, I'm confident if the time ever came I needed it to save my life, the 43 would not fail me.
In my opinion, when it comes to a self defense gun, reliability trumps everything else.
Anyone who is even remotely considering buying a new Solo should probably avoid this forum.
One thing is certain, they won't go to bed with warm and fuzzy feelings about their shiny new Solo.

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Old 06-20-2015, 08:59 PM   #2
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So, bye. Thanks for sharing.

Maybe see you at one of the glock sites.
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Old 06-20-2015, 09:20 PM   #3
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I don't think the BOLO SOLO put a curse on the forum, so there
is no need to avoid. But it seems to have shaken someone.
Yet knowing the evil that laid ahead, you still purchased the SOLO.
Ya didn't even do a coin toss !
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Old 06-20-2015, 09:38 PM   #4
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I'm on a 6 month relationship with mine - kinda feels like the girl you were dating and knew it wasn't going to last but you keep hoping. Getting sent to the repair shop is like counseling, they tell you its all gonna be fine. If I had it to do all over no way. I'm going to go out on a few more dates to see if she has her head on straight, if not we're done. I'll be dating a Sig and bummed out at all the money I lost.
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Old 06-21-2015, 03:49 AM   #5
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MBSL500, as a boy I heard two of my playmates arguing over who was the best baseball player. One of them finally sais, "Well, it's a free country, isn't it?" That applies even in a hobbyist forum.

Not everyone likes Harleys, and even I think that the WingDingers are incredible bikers. I'm in the cutlery business and I think tactical knives are a waste of time, money and decent steel. One of the finest, most reliable and enjoyable handguns I ever owned was an early Ruger 22/45.

A hobbyist forum has the tendency to bring out loyalists. We enjoy a certain product, we gather with like minded people, and for an hour we discuss a common interest.

But there are other fine firearms, bikes and pursuits. There's no reason not to enjoy other hobbies, or the products from competitors. Ford built the Shelby Mustang, but also the Edsel. I love my UC2, but lots of Solo pistols have reliability issues. What good is a hobby or a point of view if it doesn't bring you joy?

You made the right decision--for you. That's a good move.
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Old 06-21-2015, 09:38 AM   #6
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After reading that I fell the need to apologize. . . to all.
Well . . .maybe a little.
I was one that ended up with a BOLO SOLO. It may seem to some as if
that's all I do is rant about how bad it is. And that could be, as I don't have access to the
pre-purchase audience to warn. So its turned into venting
where I can, and I feel betrayed badly with no avenue to retaliate. But
I took the cash bath, and got rid of an item that was interfering with
my enjoyment.
So I apologize to all who own a "GOOD" SOLO, I'm not bad mouthing you
at all. You were lucky to get a "GOOD" one, and I wish you continued success with
ownership. I wish they were all "GOOD" ones.

The rant is . . .With the large amount of "BAD" ones, sold to unsuspecting
citizens, who put down high amounts of unjustified money, be treated to a
product, that can only guess, its as good as a 50 - 50 chance of function.
Your odds are better at a gum ball machine!

To those that have a BOLO SOLO, bite the bullet and rid yourself of it.
Remember to pass the word at every chance on the black hole "BOLO SOLO"

To those that have a "GOOD" one, The ten ring Gods were smiling on you that day, travel in peace.
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Old 06-21-2015, 11:26 AM   #7
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I still don't see a problem with not instantly loving or cherishing the pistol just "because." It's a piece of metal with holes drilled into it.

I believe the problem is more global. There are lots of people who believe that if they could buy that high-end Lexus, then woman would love them and they could grow two inches into big boy pants.

EDC pistols and knives--by the very nature of putting them into our pockets and actually using them--will develop wear, whisker marks and scratches.

And again, if the Solo you purchased was for defense, then you must keep it clean, break it in, find the brand of ammunition that always works and return it to Yonkers if it hiccups. A defensive pistol is there to save your life, not dazzle the fan-boys of a forum.
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Old 06-21-2015, 09:04 PM   #8
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So I guess this has gone south. From what I've seen in firearms, price is
a good indicator of the value and or quality of that piece. Reference a
$200 Davis pistol Vs. Kimber Ultra Carry 2, There is a difference and it will
be notable. By the higher price of the Kimber and word of mouth, etc.,
that the name is being associated with a higher quality and reliability.
Never owned a Lexus, or a Porsche, so it can be said also many don't buy cars
or higher priced firearms to impress you on some forum.
So your answer is if the gun is bad we also need to look at the who and
why they own it. The car they may drive or the fan-boys at the forum.
Not very global at all, its a good many guns (BOLO SOLO) not functioning
properly, and again NOT what one drives, wears, or associates with.

I envision purchasing a firearm that functions as designed. Firearm
purchase pricing is similar to optics ?, cars ? boats ? planes ?,
and underwear ! But if you pay for other than bottom of the barrel,
should you not expect better. An item that you don't have to work
through and around its faults constantly. How long would you put up
with an alarm clock that constantly failed, and you need to be at
work on time, as your income depends on it. not long.
How much tolerance should you have, on a critical defensive item?
Our backgrounds, experience and exposure dictates tolerance.
I don't think a Lexus has much to do with it.
And as always this is just IMHO
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Old 06-22-2015, 02:12 AM   #9
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I think there's a great deal of difference between "price" and "value." Personally, the cost of knives does not translate to value. In fact, some of the priciest knives command those inflated numbers because of 'style,' not because of utility.

For example, I just bought a 60 dollar knife made from better steel, with a more refined pivot and a better lock which outperforms any 300 dollar Zero Tolerance knife I've ever seen. And I also believe there is a direct correlation to firearms and heavy, 4-wheel drive trucks.

The phrase "boys and their toys" isn't popular to say because it rhymes. It's a sad fact. You slap some macho paint and little buzz on an item (or put it in a Hollywood action movie) and guys will sell their spleens to own one.

One of the most vanilla handguns I own is a J-frame Smith. It cost 600 bucks, it always works, it hits where it points, and millions of people have been depending on that model for decades. That little revolver has 'value' for me.

If the fanciest Solo in the world started to hiccup for me, I rid myself of it instantly.
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Old 06-22-2015, 05:42 AM   #10
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It seems to be the SAME people on this Site that have to Bad Mouth the Solo, You SOLD it Now go to another site and Bad Mouth another Gun. I have Two (2) and have NOT had One Problem. Just because you own GUNS does Not mean you know what you are Doing. This Gun is a Little Different then other Guns, Follow Instructions, and if this Gun was So bad why are NOT thousands of them Complaining? And if the SOLO was as bad as you complain about there would by Tons of Attorneys all over it, just like BAD cars have you heard of any Law Suits and if so where is it in Writing.
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