So, I've been one of the lucky ones when it comes to the Kimber Solo. So far (~400-500 rounds) I have had only two FTEs. I have been putting all sorts of ammo through it; from Feberal, to Blaser, to Winchester, to Remington; 115, 124, and 147 grains. (Yes, that's right 115 grain as well). Everything has been working fine with the exception of the 2 FTEs.
So, in the process I picked up a few boxes of the Sig Sauer Elite Performance 124 grain JHP. Went to the range and it shot just fine. (Here is where the plot thickens…) When finishing up at the range, I do what I always do, reload 3 mags, put a mag in the pistol, rack, chamber, and holster; and I went home. (CCW)
When I get home I go to put the Solo away, I take the mag out and go to rack the slide to get the round out of the barrel and low and behold; the slide won't cycle, it's locked. Of course the first thing I do is check the safety; nope, safety isn't on. I try to rack again, nothing.
OK, so here I am, understand, I don't have property to go outside and try to fire this round off. (Condo Living, pros and cons.) So, I do what any self-respecting gun owner would do; I put the safety on, set the gun down, and went to watch TV. Unfortunately, watching re-runs of Jack Bauer (24) shooting his H&K didn't get my mind off the Solo. What kept going through my mind was; what will happen if I try to shoot that round off? Will the slide come flying back in my face? Could there be something else in the barrel that could make the gun explode? And of course, Jack wasn't helping matters because, apparently he doesn't carry his gun with one in the chamber; he kept racking it whenever he brought it out.
So, I went back to the gun, put on some shooting gloves (with rubberized palms and fingers) and wrenched on the slide. BINGO! The round came out. I thought at first that the extractor was damaged, but after checking with several different types of ammo, it functioned just fine. So, of course, being the stubborn a$$ I am, I chambered the Sig ammo again. Stuck! Wrench! Bingo! (Keep in mind, this went on for about 15 minutes.)
So, to make a long story absolutely unbearable, if you own a Kimber Solo, you may wish to avoid the Sig Sauer Elite Performance JHP. Of course, it could just be me and my solo. (that kind of sounds like a song.) Just me and my solo, shootin' at the range. The ammo gets stuck and the gun goes bang. (I've been typing too long).