Step away from the gun!
I have been looking at the Kimber solo for about a year. I almost bought one this time last year but after some of the reviews I decided to wait. I have noticed as of late there are not as many people reporting problems, so I called my local gun shop today to see if they had and Solo's and they said yes. They have a Kimber solo cdp with lg. for $990.00. I thought I would see if you thought that was a good price or just average? How can I tell if it's a newer gun or one of the first gen guns that seemed to have so many issues?
Also I wanted to ask what the recoil was like on these guns?
Thanks for your time.
STEP AWAY FROM THE GUN!. I know it looks great and feels great in your hands. And like other Kimbers it has a reputation for great accuracy , when t works, but take a deep breath.
A brand spanking new CDP straight from Kimber at $900 with Crimson Trace Laser grips is a fair price.....if the gun is working properly. Since the model you mention does not come with those grips I'm guessing its used and someone added them. I did on mine. They work great and help keep you from getting bit by the slide. ..HOWEVER ...Why did they or are they selling the gun?
My trusted gun store of 25 years and their gunsmith suggested that I sell mine after I get it fixed by Kimber. I'm having them return the gun for warranty work. I was working on break-in round 400 (box 8) of Kimber's recommended ammo when on two separate range sessions on several different boxes of recommended ammo on 6 different magazines I was getting FTEs and FTL, double stacks etc. The gun had been working fine after proper cleaning ( after every 100 rounds) It just decided to go south. I had solved the crappy magazine causing problems but now 1 out of every 3 shots using 127 grain American Eagle, Golden Sabers, or Hornady hollow points caused me to eject the clip, clear the weapon and try to reload and shoot again. A gun that fails to work properly is dangerous and can not be trusted. Also I discovered hat their 6 round magazine only lets you load 5 and the 8 rounder only 7 bullets. I am not the only one with this problem. It will take work on your part to fix the situation.... but forget about 6 plus 1 in the chamber if you want the pistol to function properly.
Research well before buying. Keep in mind how many others are selling their guns that they can't shoot or rely upon them even after having Kimber supposedly repair them.
Good luck on finding a good, competent and reputable gunsmith willing to work on them. Even my gunsmith of 25 years said he will not work on them ...too dicey. insurance and lawsuit risk....even when he can get the parts.
There are many out their willing to dump the problem on to someone else in the hopes of recouping some of the $750 to $1200 they spent on this puppy. That's like selling someone a brand new only slightly used airplane knowing the wings won't stay on. Good luck. There are those who love the gun and have experienced no problems. Until last week I, except for the magazine issues, I thought I was one of the so I spent more adding night sights and a grip laser. My dealer suggested my selling the gun on consignment for around $900 ( that's well below what I have into it but more than the $800 he'd give me for it in trade.
Try a Sig 938 or Kahr PM( if your looking for equally or almost as small but reliable and cheaper to shoot. The designs has been around for awhile and both manufacturers have a reliable a decent reputation for quality control. They may not feel as great in your hand as the Solo and the trigger may not feel as good but they apparently work more reliably....or you can save your sheckels for a few more years and hopefully Kimber, if they are still in business, will develop, produce and sell a reliable quality controlled version. (They are working on year 3 now I believe)... Good Luck!