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Howdy,

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.
 

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Welcome to the site from Tennessee. Don't have a Solo so can't help with your question.
 

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Welcome to the forum from northern Illinois Hk45. The MSRP on the Solo CDP (LG) is $1223.00, around here $990.00 would be a decent price. As for the recoil, the Solo is a small gun and a lot of people describe it as being snappy.
 

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Welcome to the forum, hope you like what you see and stick around! Now to your Solo question. I'm not an expert on Solo's by far, and don't own one, but the reported problems have seemed to slow down. The price of $990 for a CDP seems to be pretty much the going rate. Let us know what you decide!
 

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Thanks to everyone that responded so quickly. Greetings from Ohio. I really like the look and feel of the solo, like I was saying I almost bought one a year ago. I ended up buying a Benelli M4 instead. I think I am going to go to my lgs tomorrow and check it out. Chuck43 mentioned snappy, if anyone knows how would you compare it to my HK P2000SK 9mm?

Thanks again
 

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Welcome to the forum. With regard to the price, it seems fair, but fair is a relative thing. If you get the s/n, you can call Kimber and ask them for a production date for it. Lastly, I can vouch for the Solo being snappy. It is a good concealable weapon with power to perform the task it was made for, but I don't find it fun to shoot a lot at the range.
 

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Welcome to the forum. With regard to the price, it seems fair, but fair is a relative thing. If you get the s/n, you can call Kimber and ask them for a production date for it. Lastly, I can vouch for the Solo being snappy. It is a good concealable weapon with power to perform the task it was made for, but I don't find it fun to shoot a lot at the range.
Thanks for the feedback and advise. Good idea on the serial number.
 

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I own a Solo CDP LG. I bought mine new last April. I have wanted it since they were interduced, about three years ago. Yes as Chuck stated they are snappy. Since purchased mine continues to have FTE problems about 7 to 10% of the time. I have put close to seven hundred rounds throughit. I sent it back to Kimber the first of the year. I received it back with a letter stating that they fired 3 magazines (18 rounds ) and could not find a problem. They cleaned it and returned it to me.
It is now my favorite paper weight, and down the road I will most likely sell it and get a Sig. P-938..................
 

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Welcome to the forum, HK45.


Does anyone have any experience comparing the Solo to a Ultra?
 

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Step away from the gun!

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Howdy,

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.
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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!
 

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Welcome and step right up!;)

Do not be afraid, many if not most have Solos that run perfectly well.
I have an early Solo and it has been just fine, I have NO problem fully loading the mags, No problem with mags coming out unless I push the mag release. MANY do not read their manual nor follow instructions and complain only to realize they have made a mistake.
Clean and lube, capture the spring on reassembly, fully load and let your mags (not clips) set for a couple of weeks, Use the recommended ammo, then come back and tell us how it works. If some still have an issue Kimber will take care of you.

P.S. I had a Kahr P-9 and got rid of it because the trigger was so hard to pull and rounds would not stay in the extra carried MAGS no matter what I did.
I also have a Sig 938 mine seems fine but do a search on the Sig forum and see what you get!
 

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Redleg28,
Yes the Solo CDP LG comes with Crimson laser grips. It is the most expensive Solo that Kimber offers. Some are good some are not so good. There are a lot of folks that have good things to say about there Solo, There are a number of people having problems with theirs, I am one of them.
 

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There are a number of people having problems with theirs, I am one of them.
I know you've sent your Solo back to Kimber and you're still having problems with it, have you considered having a good gunsmith look at it?
 

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I haven't fired it since its return from Kimber. There letter that accompanied the gun told me they fired 18 rounds. from that they determined the gun was in good shape with no problems. I don't buy that.
There a lot of gunsmiths that won't look at it because its a Solo, I have talked with a couple and they rolled ther eyes, and passed on looking at it.
I bought it for a daily carry piece. I followed all of Kimbers instructions on breaking it in. Used there recommended ammunition, and still get FTE's 7 to 10% of the time. Its not a firearm that I will carry daily nor do I trust it. I'm still carrying the Sig P238 and when I find a 938 that I like I will buy that for carry.
Some day someone will want the Solo I have even after I tell them about the problems. Till then it's a nice looking paperweight....
 

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I haven't fired it since its return from Kimber. There letter that accompanied the gun told me they fired 18 rounds. from that they determined the gun was in good shape with no problems. I don't buy that.
There a lot of gunsmiths that won't look at it because its a Solo, I have talked with a couple and they rolled ther eyes, and passed on looking at it.
I bought it for a daily carry piece. I followed all of Kimbers instructions on breaking it in. Used there recommended ammunition, and still get FTE's 7 to 10% of the time. Its not a firearm that I will carry daily nor do I trust it. I'm still carrying the Sig P238 and when I find a 938 that I like I will buy that for carry.
Some day someone will want the Solo I have even after I tell them about the problems. Till then it's a nice looking paperweight....
Damn that sucks. I'm really sorry for your luck.
 

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I haven't fired it since its return from Kimber. There letter that accompanied the gun told me they fired 18 rounds. from that they determined the gun was in good shape with no problems. I don't buy that.
There a lot of gunsmiths that won't look at it because its a Solo, I have talked with a couple and they rolled ther eyes, and passed on looking at it.
I bought it for a daily carry piece. I followed all of Kimbers instructions on breaking it in. Used there recommended ammunition, and still get FTE's 7 to 10% of the time. Its not a firearm that I will carry daily nor do I trust it. I'm still carrying the Sig P238 and when I find a 938 that I like I will buy that for carry.
Some day someone will want the Solo I have even after I tell them about the problems. Till then it's a nice looking paperweight....
I can't begin to tell you how many times guys have sent malfunctioning guns back to the factory for problems only to be told that they couldn't find anything wrong with them. Then magically the next time they take the gun out everything is working fine. I don't think that manufactures want to come out and say boy did we ever screw the pooch on that one. I think they prefer to fix the goof and say they couldn't find anything wrong with it knowing that you're not going to complain if it's working right. I'd take it to the range and give it a try, you might be surprised.
 

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I haven't fired it since its return from Kimber. There letter that accompanied the gun told me they fired 18 rounds. from that they determined the gun was in good shape with no problems. I don't buy that.
There a lot of gunsmiths that won't look at it because its a Solo, I have talked with a couple and they rolled ther eyes, and passed on looking at it.
I bought it for a daily carry piece. I followed all of Kimbers instructions on breaking it in. Used there recommended ammunition, and still get FTE's 7 to 10% of the time. Its not a firearm that I will carry daily nor do I trust it. I'm still carrying the Sig P238 and when I find a 938 that I like I will buy that for carry.
Some day someone will want the Solo I have even after I tell them about the problems. Till then it's a nice looking paperweight....
Sbubrick, I have a newer low round count P-938 never registered with Sig still has all the paperwork 4 mags and a fancy holster I would consider trading you for your Solo.

P938 Extreme

On edit, I have not read far enough to tell what model you have, nor can I remember what I paid for the 938 so money adjustments may be needed to make things fair for all.
If interested PM me and we can lay the Solo miff to rest.:D
 

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As I have stated in the above posts, I have the CDP LG. I like the looks, feel, Fit and finish of the gun. I'm not looking to get rid of it yet, and yes Chuck I will take it to the range again and again after that. But it's got a long way to go before it will get in my pants as a daily carry. I also have a Kel-Tec PF9 that I purchased about 10 years ago (don't like the gun) it has never had a problem. Almost the same size and weight as the Solo. The same gun George Zimmerman was carrying. There is no rectrictions as to what ammo to use. It eats everything. I can't remember the exact cost but less than $300.00 back then. The Solo cost was about $1100.00 I think the folks at Kimber should take a trip to Florida, spend some time with the Kel-Tec people and learn how to make a small compact 9mm that works.......
 
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