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I'm new on this forum but had been reading postings on this forum for a while. Had the chance to shoot 114 rounds with the Solo today and was pleasantly surprised that every round fired cycled without FTF or FTE. This is a Sep.2013 production pistol with 50+ rounds through the barrel previously. The internet seems to be riddled with the Solo as a jam-o-matic, but today's range small sampling with a range of standard production ammunition was quite the contrary, maybe Kimber worked out some of the bugs with the Solo.

However, I do need to note that the Solo I used had difficulty chambering hollow point rounds 2 out of the 19 times I rack the slide during the session. Since the Solo is intended as an EDC or BUG, but Kimber's manual warned that the Solo is not safe to carry with a round chambered, I wanted to simulate the necessary racking of the slide should one follows Kimber's "Safe Carrying Condition" instruction. FMJ had no problems chambering on fully loaded 6rd magazine but the HP needed help to chamber, seems to get stuck on the feed ramp. The HP issue may possibly be operator error on my part, however, in a high stress defensive situation, proper racking technique may not always be attainable given the difficulty of most to rack the slide completely due to the stiffness of the recoil springs.

Ammunition shot were as follows:
- 12rd Lawman 125gr FMJ
- 50rd Tula 115gr FMJ
- 25rd Sellier Bellot 115 FMJ
- 15rd Federal Hi Shok115HP
- 12rd Winchester PDX1 +P 124

I was quite surprised that the Solo I shot had no problems with cheap Tula 115gr given the Solo's reputation as being very picky with ammunition. The Sellier Bellot 115FMJ compared to Tula shot like butter, so I did not finish the shooting box. The 115gr FMJ gave me the best groupings of about 9" (25rd SB) and 14" (50rd Tula) @ 15yd probably because of the lower felt recoil. The Winchester +P gave the worst handling @ 15yd probably because of the higher recoil of +P.

Since I have no idea if the Solo is drop safe with a chambered round, I do have some reservations about the Solo with HP as a EDC because of the chambering problems I experienced. However, should I take the POU of a defensive handgun with 9mm FMJ in my hands is better than a firearm left at home, then the Solo could potentially be a very good option if it continues to perform as it did today with FMJ. One work around may be to have top round being FMJ to facilitate racking the side and the remaining 5 rounds being HP.

In any case, just wanted share my impression of the Solo from today's short range session. It'll be interesting to see if this Solo continues to perform after 500rd.
 

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I'm new on this forum but had been reading postings on this forum for a while. Had the chance to shoot 114 rounds with the Solo today and was pleasantly surprised that every round fired cycled without FTF or FTE. This is a Sep.2013 production pistol with 50+ rounds through the barrel previously. The internet seems to be riddled with the Solo as a jam-o-matic, but today's range small sampling with a range of standard production ammunition was quite the contrary, maybe Kimber worked out some of the bugs with the Solo.

However, I do need to note that the Solo I used had difficulty chambering hollow point rounds 2 out of the 19 times I rack the slide during the session. Since the Solo is intended as an EDC or BUG, but Kimber's manual warned that the Solo is not safe to carry with a round chambered, I wanted to simulate the necessary racking of the slide should one follows Kimber's "Safe Carrying Condition" instruction. FMJ had no problems chambering on fully loaded 6rd magazine but the HP needed help to chamber, seems to get stuck on the feed ramp. The HP issue may possibly be operator error on my part, however, in a high stress defensive situation, proper racking technique may not always be attainable given the difficulty of most to rack the slide completely due to the stiffness of the recoil springs.

Ammunition shot were as follows:
- 12rd Lawman 125gr FMJ
- 50rd Tula 115gr FMJ
- 25rd Sellier Bellot 115 FMJ
- 15rd Federal Hi Shok115HP
- 12rd Winchester PDX1 +P 124

I was quite surprised that the Solo I shot had no problems with cheap Tula 115gr given the Solo's reputation as being very picky with ammunition. The Sellier Bellot 115FMJ compared to Tula shot like butter, so I did not finish the shooting box. The 115gr FMJ gave me the best groupings of about 9" (25rd SB) and 14" (50rd Tula) @ 15yd probably because of the lower felt recoil. The Winchester +P gave the worst handling @ 15yd probably because of the higher recoil of +P.

Since I have no idea if the Solo is drop safe with a chambered round, I do have some reservations about the Solo with HP as a EDC because of the chambering problems I experienced. However, should I take the POU of a defensive handgun with 9mm FMJ in my hands is better than a firearm left at home, then the Solo could potentially be a very good option if it continues to perform as it did today with FMJ. One work around may be to have top round being FMJ to facilitate racking the side and the remaining 5 rounds being HP.

In any case, just wanted share my impression of the Solo from today's short range session. It'll be interesting to see if this Solo continues to perform after 500rd.
Assuming you're not using a lazer......Try this procedure: Disassemble, clean bore, clean frame/slide/barrel CONTACT areas with alcohol and lube with very light coating of Slide Glide or TW25b or a synthetic bicycle grease from pro bike shop.

DO NOT lube the striker channel with any lube, oil or grease.

Go out and shoot....and let's us know the results.
 

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I have had similar results wrt the solo taking most ammo. It is a very new manufactured item and I assume some of the bugs have been corrected in the mfg process. I have a Milt Sparks IWB holster ordered and intend to make it my carry weapon. Oh, did you see my post of the new trigger I installed. I highly recommend it.
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I have had similar results wrt the solo taking most ammo. It is a very new manufactured item and I assume some of the bugs have been corrected in the mfg process. I have a Milt Sparks IWB holster ordered and intend to make it my carry weapon. Oh, did you see my post of the new trigger I installed. I highly recommend it.
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Any feeding issues with the extended magazine?
 

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GWBiker+Warthogge, thanks for the tips. The trigger works fine for my hand/finger size, only thing I did not like is the trigger pull and reset; tried the trigger on the Kahr PM9 a while back and ended not buying it because of long trigger pull. Truthfully, I enjoy shooting the 9mm Glocks and the Sig P226, so my preference is for triggers with similar responsiveness and feel – just a personal bias.
My range session was just practicing racking the slide and getting quick shots with factory sights to get used to the Solo and also to get a bit of break-in, so my groups are not indicative of the accuracy or the Solo nor the ammo; I am sure everyone else on this forum can group better than what I got from the session.
Anyway, the Solo was cleaned and lubed the night before, so I am suspecting the stiff spring coupled with operator error may be partly to blame to the failure to successfully chamber the first round with HP. The FMJ with the rounded point is probably more forgiving than the HP, so essentially allowing me to successfully chamber all the FMJ.
I’ll need a couple more visits to verify the reliability.
 

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GWBiker - No problems with the extended mag. I like having a full grip versus the pinky looking for a home. Adding two rounds is also a plus for carry.

Boxy - I also have some reservations with the loooooong trigger pull. But, that is comparing it with my Dan Wesson 1911 Valor. No comparison. However, my focus and reason for procuring the Solo was to find a firearm with power that I didn't mind carrying. I believe I've found it. Small, smooth, buttery trigger pull and so far reliable is what I've been looking for.
 

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Just another follow up range report on the Solo, got in another 200 rounds in around Xmas all loaded 6+1 to test reliability for EDC. 100rd cheap Tula 115gr FMJ steel cased and 100rd Blazer Brass 124gr FMJ.

Tula 115gr FMJ - No FTF or FTE with round that fired, but (6) light strikes out of 100rd. Not sure if this was a bad batch of ammo since my earlier test with Tula fire all 50 rounds with no problems. In any case, since the Solo does not have re-strike capability, I would not be running the Tula 115gr.

Blazer Brass 124gr – No FTF, FTE or light strike problems. Accuracy about the same as the Tula as far as I can tell.

Anyway, 200rds is all I can do before recoil get annoying. No more problems chambering rounds by racking the slides after plenty of off-range practice; but with the stiff spring and lack of positive stop with the slide, I probably would not chance attempting to chamber a round in a panic. In any case, the 6+1 round chambered seems to work well without any hiccups.
 

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Sounds like you are good to go. Just use the ammo that works best for you.
 

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Sounds like your Solo is good to go. Carry safe, carry smart, and carry often!!
 

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Looks like its running fine. what ammo are you going to use for carry.
 
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