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Back from the Clark County Shooting Park yesterday! Waited till today to post this! I have a Solo CDP LG that now has 650 rounds through it. I loaded the 6 standard Magizines and 2 extended with 124 gr. reloads. Almost every round locked back and failed to feed. About 20 of them failed to eject. Perchased a box of new WWB 124 gr. 50 rounds and had the same results.
Not a happy camper!
Pulled out my Kel-Tec PF9 9 ( that I hate ) and ran 100 more of the reloads that I had through it. Not one problem. I have owned it for about 10 years.
I paid a little over $1200.00 with tax for the Kimber not including the extra Magazines, and about $250.00 before tax for the Kel-Tec.
Guess which one is my new safe Queen?
 

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Yes! Suggested I watch a short 15 second viedo and sent me a link about slide stop instilllation spring. I watched and examined with a magnifying glass.
before mine looked fine. Dissembled, cleaned, reassembled! Will see next time out!
 

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There's alternator juice leaking in the rear muffler bearing!

Wow, sorry to hear about this. Sounds like spring wear to me, but I'm no doctor. I've actually been contemplating purchasing a spring kit for my Super Carry just to have around for when the time comes. I'm a prepper.
 

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With 600 rounds through it I don't think I should worry about springs at this point, I'm through the break in that kimber suggests. I just want the thing to cycle as a proper automatic. Once that happens Kimber will be out of springs again. It took a several months to get a few extra Magazines I now have 5 standard and 3 extended. If it does not begin to preform to my satisfaction I will get rid of it. I am giving Kimber there due respect. I watched the 15 second video. I could not see the spring in question till I had it striped down. upon reassemble, I made close inspection to be sure it was in the proper position. Again will see after the next outing. If it preforms good it was my fault. If it doesn't it's still my fault.................. For buying a gun with a bad reputation! If it works I will look into more springs.......
 

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Mine appears to work using the recommended ammunition.
It does not do well with anything else.
I too have seen the spring video, I hope that resolves your issue .
The solo should be a great edc weapon .
Good luck
 

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My daughter in law has had her eye on a Kimber Solo for the past year but they really can't afford one so I was thinking about surprising her with one for Christmas until I started reading about the problems people are having with them. I have a couple of Kimbers and have dealt with a couple of minor problems that have gone away once I got through the break in period but I'm reading about more and more people with problems that aren't going away. I think I'm going to drop the idea of getting her one for now until Kimber gets the bugs worked out.
 

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It's a good looking gun, but hard to rack the slide. Very heavy spring! Unless she is a big strong girl and has racked one a few times and likes it, I would not suprise her with one. A few of my friends moved down to .380s in compact guns because of the heavy springs
Have her rack one several times before purchase!

I would recommend the Sig P-238 it's a .380 and a pleasure to shoot in a compact!
 

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I bought one for my wife this past spring .
It does have a heavy recoil spring so I rack one in the chamber
and place the safety for her.
It shoots good with correct ammunition and is accurate.
Conceals very well.
I like for her to have the power of the 9mm over a .380.
I Also sometimes carry it and I love it.
Good luck.
 

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She's not a big girl (5'-4" maybe 115 lbs) but she's tough as nails. She's had her carry permit for 2 years and carries one of my sons Glocks, a 19 I think. She shoots regularly and is a good shot she just doesn't like the Glock. Knowing women it could be because it doesn't go well with her shoes,:rolleyes:. She was a school teacher that became a stay at home mom when their first child was born, today they have 4 kids that she home schools.
 

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I recommend the Kahr CM9 or PM9 as an alternative to the solo. Kahrs are consistently reliable and the CM is less than $500. My wife loves hers, especially the way it handles recoil.
 

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Had a chance to take my Solo CDP out to the range for the break-in after taking it down to clean and lube. I did manage to scratch my new toy when installing the slide stop. :mad: The Kimber Pro II finish really suck @ss!

Racking the slide requires strength to properly chamber a round. Shot 130 rounds total with 1 issue - FTF.

1. 24 rounds Golden Saber Bonded 124 +p - No Problems
2. 24 rounds Federal HST 124 +p - 1 FTF
3. 12 rounds Golden Saber Bonded 124 +p - No Problems
4. 50 rounds Blazer Brass FMJ 124 - No Problems
5. 20 rounds Federal HST 124 +p - No Problems

BTW, the results of the 130 rounds shot were all low to the left (about a foot) with laser on or just using sights. I think it's more so with the way I grip it and my trigger pull then it is with the gun. I will change it up the next range visit to see if it's me or the gun. I am however dead on with my S&W 627 and SA XDM 9mm.
 

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I got mine used, probably had a box or two run through it.

I have put a couple hundred rounds through it with out a problem. Hardly what I would call a Jam-O-Matic! Looks to me like a very well built piece!
 

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Well........... First chance to get to a range and refire my Solo CDP LG after talking with Kimber about my Jam "O" Matic, they sugested i watch a 15 second viedo. I did and gave them the benifit of doubt, as I had already striped the gun to clean. Back at it today, and almost all rounds in the magazines had a failure to eject. I ran 4 magazines or 24 rounds. Was fireing Fedral 124 as prescribed. I beleive only 5 cycled properly. Not bad for a $1200.00 gun. Oh and one of the retaining screws for the grip droped out in my hand, so it was not lost. I will be talking to Kimber in the morning.......

In 2003 I was talked into a Kel-Tec PF9. I purchased it for about $265.00. I never liked the gun! used it to qualify for my CCW the last few times. Have used any and all ammo in it, It has never failed. Spend a grand more for a kimber and get a failure most every time. Go figure........................
 

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Back from the Clark County Shooting Park yesterday! Waited till today to post this! I have a Solo CDP LG that now has 650 rounds through it. I loaded the 6 standard Magizines and 2 extended with 124 gr. reloads. Almost every round locked back and failed to feed. About 20 of them failed to eject. Perchased a box of new WWB 124 gr. 50 rounds and had the same results.
Not a happy camper!
Pulled out my Kel-Tec PF9 9 ( that I hate ) and ran 100 more of the reloads that I had through it. Not one problem. I have owned it for about 10 years.
I paid a little over $1200.00 with tax for the Kimber not including the extra Magazines, and about $250.00 before tax for the Kel-Tec.
Guess which one is my new safe Queen?
"I paid a little over $1200.00 with tax for the Kimber not including the extra Magazines"

That dealer really "hosed" you! With stainless frame, laser grips, and an extra mag you should have paid around a grand out the door.

Who didn't hose you was Kimber, those guns are bomb proof! I am right at the 500 round mark with mine and only had a couple stovepipes from limp wristing it. I have made the Solo my EDC!

Good luck, shoot safe!
 

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Back from the Clark County Shooting Park yesterday! Waited till today to post this! I have a Solo CDP LG that now has 650 rounds through it. I loaded the 6 standard Magizines and 2 extended with 124 gr. reloads. Almost every round locked back and failed to feed. About 20 of them failed to eject. Perchased a box of new WWB 124 gr. 50 rounds and had the same results.
Not a happy camper!
Pulled out my Kel-Tec PF9 9 ( that I hate ) and ran 100 more of the reloads that I had through it. Not one problem. I have owned it for about 10 years.
I paid a little over $1200.00 with tax for the Kimber not including the extra Magazines, and about $250.00 before tax for the Kel-Tec.
Guess which one is my new safe Queen?
Here is a BIN for 1061 No Tax! Your dealer buddy hosed you a good one!
 

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With out tearing up the house to find it, (Kimber price list 2013) that I picked up at the shot show this year.I stated that I paid about $100.00 over dealer cost. I did not get as you put it "hosed".
Your Gun broker site is selling it at cost or there about. I can walk into any gun store in Nevada, pay the money, and walk out with the gun in less than five minutes! When I need something my guy takes care of me. I do not have to wait, have shipped to my local ffl dealer, pay FFL transfer fees, backround check fees. I like dealing with my local dealers, I get better service and help my local economy!
I think if you purchased the gun on gun brokers and compared the total price you would have paid more, and not have the service I have!
Another thing I do not want another Kimber Solo! One POS is enough!
 

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I actually got my Solo in a straight up trade for an SR1911 wich I had about $650- invested.

The people on Gun Brokers are making money on their deals or they wouldn't be doing it. Your dealer made a killing on your transaction. No dealer in their right mind will handle a transaction for less than a couple hundred each if they want to stay in business.

I am one of the lucky ones that get to work on their own firearms, so I do not need service from a dealer. When I buy a gun, new or used all I want is a decently priced piece!

Each time I buy a gun, I take it all the way down, inspect each part, clean it, oil it, and reassemble it. The screw falling out of the grip would not have happened to me, that screw would have been Loc-tited upon reassembly.
 
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