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Old 02-18-2016, 01:17 PM   #1
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Failure to Feed VS Grip Screws

I've had my Solo "Custom Shop" a few years now and about 500 rounds through it. Mostly reloads with about everything from 110 to 147 gr. Never a failure. It's my carry gun.

Dropped it on a "soft" vinyl floor yesterday. No visible damage. Concerned about the internals, I tried cycling the action. It would not feed. Same with a back-up magazine.

Took it apart today and played around with it. No visible issues. Eventually, I discovered that a grip screw was significantly looser than the other three. Took pains to tighten all to about the same amount by feel. Now it feeds perfectly when cycling the action. I've got the screws pretty tight compared to how I found them, but no screw is dragging on the mags.

I'll feel even better when I take it to the range.

This is weird and troubling to me. I'd love to e-mail tech support, but they don't do e-mail. I haven't worked up to dealing with their phone wait-time yet.

Anybody have insights/thoughts?

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Old 02-18-2016, 01:30 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum from northern Illinois Al, I wish I could help but I have no experience with the Solo.
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The only thing I can think of is when you dropped it ,it could have Jared the barrel just enough to make it not feed .and when you field striped it you got it back right.be sure yer slide stop is in right.
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Welcome to the forum from Ohio. Wish I had an answer, but I don't. To me loose grip screws seems unlikely, but stranger things have happened.
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The only thing I can think of is when you dropped it ,it could have Jared the barrel just enough to make it not feed .and when you field striped it you got it back right.be sure yer slide stop is in right.
I don't think so. The barrel is not involved in my feeding problem. The slide would not push the bullet out of the magazine, not even a little bit. Plus long before I discovered the screw issue, I had disassembled/assembled the gun several times with no effect.
The barrel was therefore removed/reinstalled several times.

I double checked the manual/videos on the slide stop.

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Mabey the top round in the mag took a nose dive downward as a result of the drop. It would be quite a coincidence however that the top round in your spare would be in the same condition.
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Old 02-19-2016, 03:58 AM   #7
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Mabey the top round in the mag took a nose dive downward as a result of the drop. It would be quite a coincidence however that the top round in your spare would be in the same condition.
I did not mention that I emptied both mags and reloaded them to insure it was not a mag problem of some kind.

Before I posted here, I did find one other Screw/grip incident:

"This may sound too simple to believe, but it worked for me..... When my solo was new, it had the same problem with super tight mags. Another solo owner gave me a tip to back off on the grip screws just a bit. If they are too tight, they will actually make contact with the sides of the mag and bind it up. From the factory, mine were tight enough to not only bind the mags, but they also left scratches down each side of the mag."

Possibly my problem was that the mags were too loose and therefore misaligned with the slide. That's about the only thing I can see at the moment. There are no screws dragging on the mags though they are very, but equally tight now.

The grips might help align the grip part of the frame. There's not much metal there.

I'll probably call Kimber next week.

These newer and more powerful subcompacts apparently must be highly "tuned" to work. It does not make for high confidence for carry.

I do like the gun though and enjoy shooting it at the range. It's comfortable too shoot though many claim otherwise. All you need is the Messad Ayoob recommended grip.

Then too, I can fully and comfortably conceal it under just a T-shirt.

Al
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I know what the problem is and I know how to fix it.

Problem: it's a Solo 😟
Solution: trade it in for a Sig P938 🙂
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Originally Posted by Cucamonga kid View Post
I know what the problem is and I know how to fix it.

Problem: it's a Solo 😟
Solution: trade it in for a Sig P938 🙂
Ouch...

But the P938 is so... ugly.
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The beauty of the P938 is that it functions right out of the box and it's not finicky. Just sayin.
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