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Old 03-28-2019, 03:01 PM   #1
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Kitchen sink

Well... as luck would have it my Solo which ran through an entire box of ammo without a hiccup suddenly morphed into a non-working firearm.

Kimber CS was pleasant and accommodating. A return authorization was issued, and once the Solo arrived at Kimber I received a return shipping notification within a week.

Kimber claims to have performed the following-

Replaced:
Recoil spring
Firing pin return spring
Sear spring
Trigger bar spring screw
Extractor
Thumb safety pins

Service:
Barrel refinished
Chamber rearmed and polished
Firing pin channel cleaned
Magazine follower (two mags) adjusted

Test:
Three magazines Buffalo 124gr
Three magazines Hornady XTP 147gr
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I put two mags each 124gr XTP and 124gr RN. No hiccups, just as it had first shot with no hiccups. We shall see.

In any event, my Solo is no is longer a service virgin which knocks it out of collector status. Should have held the auction earlier.
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Old 03-28-2019, 03:17 PM   #2
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You won't have that issue with me.

That knife ever goes dull, you get "life sharp." Period.
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Old 03-28-2019, 05:16 PM   #3
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Yeah, the million dollar question: How long will the success last?

I know that day we spent at the range I was unable to even successfully chamber a live round and make it ready to fire. And I'm pretty sure I know what I'm doing, I can't imagine a new shooter trying to use the pistol as it was that day.

Oh, just in case it will make a pretty hammer!
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Old 03-28-2019, 05:51 PM   #5
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My first one that was used when I bought it when they first came out has many rounds through it. A couple weeks ago I brought it to the range to put a few rounds through it. I think I used winchester nato. I know its not the recommended ammo but it shot one round and just click no bang. Brought it home and broke it down, looked good so I removed the striker and spring. I also compared it to my other two. The spring looked shorter and the striker looked shorter also. I called kimber and bought a new striker and spring. Put it all back together and back in action. I dont think Ill be using nato ammo, the primers are harder than my jhp ammo.
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Old 03-28-2019, 07:04 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by 2sharp2 View Post
Yeah, the million dollar question: How long will the success last?

I know that day we spent at the range I was unable to even successfully chamber a live round and make it ready to fire. And I'm pretty sure I know what I'm doing, I can't imagine a new shooter trying to use the pistol as it was that day.

Oh, just in case it will make a pretty hammer!
Right.

Backstory....

Arlan and I were at his shooting club a couple weeks ago. We were able to operate everything from a Wilson Combat to an LCP, but neither of us had the required skills to get a Solo to reliably burp out a round. Clearly operator(s) error.
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neither of us had the required skills to get a Solo to reliably burp out a round. Clearly operator(s) error.
It's good you can laugh about this. Kimber CS Sergio told me that I needed to take a basic handgun class. He really hurt my feelings. Now I only shoot beginner handguns.
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It's good you can laugh about this. Kimber CS Sergio told me that I needed to take a basic handgun class.
Did a what to who??????
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Phil, I started to carry that SW 642 myself. My surgery has healed, but a heavier pistol and belt cut into the delicate scars.
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