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Ok I need to get this off my chest. I was out doing my weekly ammo hunt and stopped by a gun shop I had never been to. They seemed real polite asked if I needed any help and I asked if they had any 124/147 grain 9mm ammo. One guy asked why I needed a specific grain. I said I had a kimber solo and was immediately met with a barrage of hate filled veal about how the solo is real p.o.s. how they are kimber certified masters and every solo he sold was returned because of fte. I listened and thought to my self that for starters its his fault for not informing his customers about the need for proper ammo and secondly I will not buy a thing from this guy period I get if you don't like something but man there is no need for the ear full I got
 

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Some people don't have any tact and shouldn't be in business. He is probably trying to make you feel bad because you didn't buy it from him.
Sounds like he lost you as a potential future customer.
 

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I agree.It's not to smart for a shop owner to be talking down to a potential customer.There are better ways to initiate and carry the conversation such as "Hey,tell me about your experience with your solo,has it been good or bad.Because I've heard....................".It sounds like he has lost a potential customer.
 

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Agree with Southy and others, I have had more than my share of problems with both of the Solo's I have owned, but have only voiced my opinion to those who have asked and I am certainly not in the gun/ammo business. I have heard rants by customers about various weapons, but come on, If I were in business, I would be trying to make money off everyone who comes through my doors, Solo users or not!
 

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As I really like my Solo, very accurate and fits my purpose, I did have a few fail to eject while breaking it in and using Golden Saber 147 gr ammo. Real problem I had was the locking lugs in the slide were extremely distorted after firing my initial 50 rounds.
Called Kimber and they had me ship it back to them for repair. I can honestly say their customer service is the WORSE that I have ever experienced.
 

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I have had no issues with my CDP after 100 or so shots. I purposely put some 115 gr. Independence ammo when it was new and I had multiple FTE. I did it again after the pistol was broken in with with 50 or so Hornady 135 and 124. I then tried the Independence again and it all cycled smoothly. Maybe the Kimber gets a little more tolerant after being broken in. However, I still only use the recommended stuff just to feel more secure.
 

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I also tried a few 115 gr ball ammo and once in a while I could get a couple of rounds off without failing to eject. I was really amazed at the accuracy of this pistol with such a short barrel.
 

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I recently purchased some extended mags from the Kimber site. People have complained about loading problems. Perhaps I'm lucky but, after letting them sit for a couple of days to compress the springs a bit, with the help of my easy loader Maglulu, they loaded and fired just fine and dandy.
 

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I have had no issues with my CDP after 100 or so shots. I purposely put some 115 gr. Independence ammo when it was new and I had multiple FTE. I did it again after the pistol was broken in with with 50 or so Hornady 135 and 124. I then tried the Independence again and it all cycled smoothly. Maybe the Kimber gets a little more tolerant after being broken in. However, I still only use the recommended stuff just to feel more secure.
Ok, first not broke in till 500 or more rounds, now that I've got that off my chest... my wife has an ultra cdp 9 and she had some fte's in the beginning but when I shot it it was fine. We worked on her wrist and grip a little now she is fine with it.
 

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Ok, first not broke in till 500 or more rounds, now that I've got that off my chest... my wife has an ultra cdp 9 and she had some fte's in the beginning but when I shot it it was fine. We worked on her wrist and grip a little now she is fine with it.
Gary,I think you brought up a very good point.A lot of times when we have a malfunction such as FTE we think of every solution except the easiest one,which is to adjust your grip so you're not limpwristing the weapon.
 

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I shot some 115 reload it did horrible. But I read that it does good with hotter factory fresh 115. I don't know if they meant +p or if some straight 115 are just hotter depending on the brand.
 

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Hi you all.
New to the forum and a Solo owner.
I've also read and dreaded the FTE that Solos seem to have.
I have over 1k rounds through mine now and have had 1 FTE while I was shooting the gun.
I shoot everything through it and prefer to shoot cheap 115s as they fit my budget.
As I said-1 FTE in all those rounds.
About 1 mnth ago I took my son to the range and he wanted to shoot. Once again just the cheapest 115 reload range ammo that I always shoot. 3 shots in--yep FTE. I about flipped out. Cleared it-reloaded it and I shot 30 more--no problems. Son took it back and 2 shots in FTE!!!
I am convinced the Solo problems IS the grip you put on it. I keep a tight grip while shooting it and NO PROBLEMS.
And? Nope--have never changed the spring. I have one for spare but don't see the need to change what Doesn't seem to need changed.
 

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Gentlemen & Ladies

If they SAY DO NOT use 115 it is for a Reason and we should know what the Reason is if you Read the Manual. Would you put Cheap Gas in a Porche just to Save a Buck and Ruin the Engine ( NO) So Lastly if you cannot afford to put the right type of Gas in the Car, then DO NOT BUY IT, that goes for the SOLO.

Just my Opinion

And then you wonder what the Company thinks when they get Called with the same stupid questions?:)
 

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The SOLO is an excellent piece if used properly with the recommended ammo. I have had no problems with mine. Most of the crappy reviews are from people mis-using them.

When you shrink a 9mm down that far there are comprimises, period! Do as the manufacturer says as far as ammo, and RTFM!
 

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Gentlemen & Ladies

If they SAY DO NOT use 115 it is for a Reason and we should know what the Reason is if you Read the Manual. Would you put Cheap Gas in a Porche just to Save a Buck and Ruin the Engine ( NO) So Lastly if you cannot afford to put the right type of Gas in the Car, then DO NOT BUY IT, that goes for the SOLO.

Just my Opinion

And then you wonder what the Company thinks when they get Called with the same stupid questions?:)
Ratzo,

Spoke with Kimber TS today and they said 124 to 147 Premium SD ammo only and there should be no problems of any kind with these pistols.

This is a purpose built gat and a few simple rules seem fair enough to me.

For those who want to play outside the box they will just have to forfeit bitching rights.

The guy at Kimber asked for my S/N, then gave me the build date of my gun as August of 2012, Very friendly and informative dude.

The Solo is a keeper for me!
 

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Rained out at the rifle range so I decided to hit the pistol range and shoot at the Bianchi plates. I took along some old European garbage ball ammo that I'm tired of looking at and the Solo ate them up like candy! Two boxes of fifty without incident!

Switched over to Federal ball and did another 50 rounds without a hitch. I am liking this gun better every day!

I am doing like the manual says and running the gun on the dry side. I cleaned the slide beforehand and blew out the Lucas oil douche that I gave the gun a few days ago. The manual says to never introduce lubricant into the pin tunnel, Oops!

I am carrying the Solo in my right front pocket and my larger LC9 in the left pocket for a bug. I will carry the Ruger, wich is .4 oz's heavier and somewhat larger until I find another Solo. At that point I won't have to worry about two different spare mags, they will all fit each other.

The plan is to find another Solo Carry with the black aluminum frame. I hope I have as much good luck with the new one as I've had with this used one I picked up.
 

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Um... I am intrigued to hear about your experience with the "barrage of hate filled veal". I love veal, but I usually prefer mine with capers and a nice white wine sauce. Was that a local gun store or the worst Italian restaurant ever?

I'm sorry. I realize that was probably one of those autocorrect snafus, but I can't remember the last time I found myself so amused with a gun forum post. I am sorry about your Solo troubles, but I would definitely recommend you try the chicken Marsala. It's to die for. :)
 

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back on topic...

Some gun stores sales clerks talk down Kimber, Taurus or Hi Point. Automobile dealers talk down other makes. Motorcycle dealers.....etc.

Just don't take it personal.
 

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Most of the Solo likers here think that people with FTE's are limp wristing! I have to disagree. I have a Solo CDP LG cost about $1200.00 I have put about 750 rounds through it about half are all FTE's . Other experienced people range officers at my gun store, LEO's that I'm aquanted with ETC, all have problems with this gun
I also have a Kel-Tec PF9 that I have owned since 2003 I have no idea how many rounds have gone through. I paid about $250.00 and never had a problem. Both guns were purchased new.
Guess which one of there is my new expensive paper weight............
Guess which one is going to be eliminated soon, if it does not get resolved.....
 
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