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After a flawless first session I have encountered numerous FTE (stovepipes) and light primer strikes. Have sent 483 rounds downrange. My second session was a disaster. Third was better but still FTE's and light strikes. So back it goes.

Kimber CS was very nice. Learned they want you to clean the weapon after about each 100 rounds. Tight tolerances etc.

Found out my Solo was made Feb 7, 2014.

Hopefully they will get it fixed.

Attached is a target from 10 yds. Again a very accurate weapon.
 

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Sorry you're having issues. Hopefully it will be fixed and back in your hands soon.

Nice shooting, btw.
 

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That's tuff. It was going so well. Kimber will take care of you!
 

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Man that sucks. Let's hope Kimber will make it right. Keep us informed.
 

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Hey Rat sorry to hear!, did you by chance check the striker channel for gunk and or debris? the light strikes? I think another Solo owner mentioned that after cleaning his it solved his problem?

Never the less if its gone to Kimber we'll hope it gets worked out, Ill have to put more through mine and see how it does.
 
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Cleaning the gun during the break in period after every 100 - 150 rounds should be in the owners manual. The number 1 cause of light primer strikes is a dirty firing pin, that is one of the two places you DON'T oil.
 

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Page #28 in the Solo manual states...

Clean and lubricate the firearm after
every 500 rounds or after each shooting session,
whichever is first.

That statement confuses me...Who shoots 500 round right out of the box??
 

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Page #28 in the Solo manual states...

Clean and lubricate the firearm after
every 500 rounds or after each shooting session,
whichever is first.

That statement confuses me...Who shoots 500 round right out of the box??
Oh you are suppose to read the manual?
Truthfully, I did clean it after the first 2 range sessions. CS sounds like you should stop and clean it during your session if you shoot more than a hundred times. I am sending it to them dirty. Let them see how it acts in real life.
 

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Cleaning the gun during the break in period after every 100 - 150 rounds should be in the owners manual. The number 1 cause of light primer strikes is a dirty firing pin, that is one of the two places you DON'T oil.
I did ask CS if i should drop the roll pin and pull and clean the firing pin and it's track. They said they would take care of that.
 

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Hey Rat sorry to hear!, did you by chance check the striker channel for gunk and or debris? the light strikes? I think another Solo owner mentioned that after cleaning his it solved his problem?

Never the less if its gone to Kimber we'll hope it gets worked out, Ill have to put more through mine and see how it does.
Hey Josey,
That was my next step but CS said they would look at it. I wanted to put the new trigger on it but not until I get it back it back and it purrs.
 

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Oh you are suppose to read the manual?
Truthfully, I did clean it after the first 2 range sessions. CS sounds like you should stop and clean it during your session if you shoot more than a hundred times. I am sending it to them dirty. Let them see how it acts in real life.
Get real, yes if the manual says you should clean it around 100 rounds during the break in procedure then you do it or suffer the consequences. I think you're making a big mistake sending back a dirty gun, in their minds your telling them you can't be bothered to clean your gun, ergo that's the reason your having the problems you are.
 

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Oh you are suppose to read the manual?
Truthfully, I did clean it after the first 2 range sessions. CS sounds like you should stop and clean it during your session if you shoot more than a hundred times. I am sending it to them dirty. Let them see how it acts in real life.
That actually makes good sense! and hopefully they will clean it for you :D
 

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Get real, yes if the manual says you should clean it around 100 rounds during the break in procedure then you do it or suffer the consequences. I think you're making a big mistake sending back a dirty gun, in their minds your telling them you can't be bothered to clean your gun, ergo that's the reason your having the problems you are.
The manual does not say that. It was a suggestion by a forum member that Kimber add that to the manual. If you read my posts you would know I cleaned the weapon between shooting sessions, as per their manual.

As for the dirty gun, thank you for your opinion. It is going back "as is" at the suggestion of CS. If they think someone spends $700 on their weapon and does not take care of it, that is their problem not mine. I just want my weapon to work like it did the first time I took it to the range.
 

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You, along with the rest of us, have the right to expect our guns to work, each and every time. If you can't depend on a gun to go "BANG" each and every time your pull the trigger, it is worthless. I'm sure Kimber understands this and will do all they can to remedy the situation. Otherwise we can all buy Glocks.
 

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You, along with the rest of us, have the right to expect our guns to work, each and every time. If you can't depend on a gun to go "BANG" each and every time your pull the trigger, it is worthless. I'm sure Kimber understands this and will do all they can to remedy the situation. Otherwise we can all buy Glocks.
I agree. However i sold my G26 four years ago after I picked up a Walther PPS.
Glock trigger but single stack and less than an inch thick. Its my constant companion when I am not carrying my duty HK. I am confident Kimber will correct the problems. I really like the Solo and look forward to having it on my hip.
 

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Oh you are suppose to read the manual?
Truthfully, I did clean it after the first 2 range sessions. CS sounds like you should stop and clean it during your session if you shoot more than a hundred times. I am sending it to them dirty. Let them see how it acts in real life.
Good idea.
 

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Hey Josey,
That was my next step but CS said they would look at it. I wanted to put the new trigger on it but not until I get it back it back and it purrs.
I want to hear about that trigger when you do it....:cool:
 

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Solo is back!!!!

Solo arrived today. The following work was performed:
Adjusted extractor
Refinished barrel ??? Not sure why
Replaced outer recoil spring
Trigger spring
Solo spring ??? Not sure what this is.
Test fired
3 mags Federal AE 124gr FMJ
1 mag Federal Hydra Shok 147gr JHP
1 mag Hornady TAP 124gr JHP
All functions normal

Can't get to a range until Saturday. I cleaned it and loaded the mags. Ready to head to the range. I'll let you know how it goes. If all goes well I'll replace the trigger.
 
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