IMHO, they are failing quality control. Don't get me wrong, I love my Kimbers, but some I simply would not trust. Especially at some of their price points. Yes, other brands have issues too. But lets look at the law of averages.
Simple scenario. When I lived in New Jermany, I barely drove unless I had to go to Home Depot or Lowes. So lets just say, I barely put on any miles on my truck and even now here in TN, my mileage is low for a 2016 left over.
OK, so lets see. A good percentage of the time, I'd be pist off within the first 1/4 mile from my home. By time I may reach the store, I'd be cursing out these idiot drivers. Rather than rant about idiot drivers, lets look at this. I use to be a field tech. Many hours on the road. I'd have to think, if the law of averages played their parts in the above scenario, I'd be in a rubber room by now. Just how much bs should I have to deal with if I got pist a majority time on the road?
----> Fast forward to Kimber.
Look at the active members of this forum. What you say, maybe a dozen or so? Like most things in life, most people will always leave bad reviews for a product when they feel slighted. Rarely good reviews when all is well. Seems to be the norm these days. (Look at Amazon product reviews as an example).
So you have to wonder about the amount of pain new and old users here that have bought Solos, Micros, etc... over time have had multiple bad products. Some sent back and forth several times till either it was fixed or replaced or even replaced with an entirely different model.
With those small odds, how many do you think are nation wide?
I can only bet many. Yea, yea, I know. They are massed produced. But Kimber is selling a premium product. Quite a few people on the outside hate Kimber. There are many products much cheaper, more stable and well dug in. This is why I won't settle for -just- Kimbers.
I would not buy a Solo, Micro or even their revolvers. Even the revolvers had their issues and frankly, it's hard to believe you can mess up a 1911 style pistol, but a revolver? Hardly any moving parts?
So that is my analogy. Hate me, throw pizza at me, fine. I'll supply the beer. But the law of averages pretty much pans out.
Kimbers should rarely fail. By ending a model line, they figured they messed up. Otherwise, they would not end them unless they were limited special editions.
Pist off driving. 80% ??? Blah. Bad averages. Same averages just in this forum on certain models. Blah...