picked up a kimber solo


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casual
October 20, 2011, 05:32 PM
after reading some of the horror stories, I'd almost decided to forego the solo

my local shop had one come in while i was there, however, and i couldn't resist - i was in the market for a small 9mm

little oil on the rails and took it out on the range with a couple boxes of the recommended cor-bon and federal premium 124gr hp self defense rounds

no problems of any kind, accurate, but the recoil was punishing with the recommended rounds

also tried a box of standard 115gr fmj with it - again, no problems and much more pleasant to shoot

agree with one of the other commenters that the gun is a little slippery with that kimpro finish and without front strap checkering

overall nice size, pretty and accurate

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*NOVA*
October 20, 2011, 05:39 PM
How do you like the sites (what kind of sites)? What distance to target - are you happy with the groupings?

CoRoMo
October 20, 2011, 05:53 PM
The derned internet is a stinking echo-chamber. A few bad experiences are made known to every corner of the Earth, but they are not likely representative of the average user's experience.

casual
October 20, 2011, 07:11 PM
three white dot, like on the kimber 1911s - easy to acquire

trigger is very nice

i didn't shoot from rest, so you'd have to look elsewhere for an authoratative declaration on its accuracy, but the gun was accurrate shot at about 25' most consistent hits within a couple of inches - any lack of accuracy on this one is easily explained by shooter inaccuracy, recoil and that slippy grip

Olympus
October 20, 2011, 10:27 PM
Pictures, or it didn't happen! :D

BamAlmighty
October 21, 2011, 12:02 AM
lost all interest in the Solo.

Beretta's Nano took its place.

legion3
October 21, 2011, 08:08 AM
Even if the Solo's issues are exagerated, which i am not so sure, what did you pay for it?

They are $800 + around here and the best I have heard, again the internet unprovability aside, was $650 ish.

That's a lot of $ for a pocket gun with a perfect record, which this one does not currently have.

LCPor9mm
October 21, 2011, 09:51 AM
I have mixed feelings about the Solo. Maybe it's the all metal construction but to me it is the best looking of the latest batch of mini 9s. I don't like being told what ammo to use, however I think that is an insight as to how difficult it is to design and build this powerful a platform in this small a space. I am happy to hear it ran with the 115grn Wallyworld stuff.

Am I the only one that wonders why Colt didn't re-introduce the Mustang chambered in .380 AND 9mm?

casual
October 25, 2011, 02:29 PM
price was $725 all in

agreed that's a lot of money for an essentially unproven platform - categorize this as a purchase of opportunity if not impulse

also agreed on the "recommended ammo" issue - it's annoying

i haven't posted pictures, but i'll see what i can do

Bam, how's that Nano? have you had a chance to compare the two?

Dr_2_B
October 26, 2011, 08:19 AM
Pictures, or it didn't happen!

Sorry, Casual, but we all believe you're making the whole thing up until you post pics. ;)

Olympus
October 26, 2011, 09:24 AM
Sorry, Casual, but we all believe you're making the whole thing up until you post pics. ;)

Agreed!

SSN Vet
October 26, 2011, 10:26 AM
Am I the only one that wonders why Colt didn't re-introduce the Mustang chambered in .380 AND 9mm?

Didn't they get sued over patent infringement on the Mustang?

littlebluevette
October 26, 2011, 03:57 PM
Lucky find. I have had a stainless Solo on order since May and am still waiting.

LCPor9mm
October 26, 2011, 05:12 PM
Didn't they get sued over patent infringement on the Mustang?
I think that was a rumor, not sure. I thought the Mustang preceeded Kahr Arms.


Guess it was true.

P-98-3548
File Date:
Monday, May 18, 1998
Plaintiff:
SAEILO INC. DBA KAHR ARMS
Plaintiff Counsel:
Defendant:
COLT'S MFG. CO. INC.
Cause:
Court:

New York Southern District Cou

Olympus
October 26, 2011, 05:21 PM
Lucky find. I have had a stainless Solo on order since May and am still waiting.

I heard they weren't even starting on production of the all stainless version until well into 2012.

StrikeFire83
October 26, 2011, 05:54 PM
Sorry, Casual, but we all believe you're making the whole thing up until you post pics.

Yep. This whole thing smells like horsepucky to me.

littlebluevette
October 26, 2011, 09:54 PM
"I heard they weren't even starting on production of the all stainless version until well into 2012."

Hope you are wrong but am afraid you might be correct. Seems like Kimber isn't saying anything.

igousigloo
October 26, 2011, 10:35 PM
I have several 9mm handguns and have found that loaded down rounds are just not accurate. I have a kimber 45 custom carry II and downloaded rounds work, I will stick with that.

Nakanokalronin
October 26, 2011, 10:49 PM
Congrats on the Solo. Hopefully Kimber will make the 8rd mag available soon so we can get full size grips and it stops slipping in the hands. Even with slightly thicker wood grips and front/back grip tape, it still slips a bit in the hand believe it or not.

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg844/scaled.php?server=844&filename=kimsolo1.jpg&res=medium

Had a LGS guy tell me that he recently got to handle a Nano and it was about the size of a G26. If that's the case the Nano is completely off my interest list. The Solo is only slightly bigger than a P238 and much smaller than a G26.

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg225/scaled.php?server=225&filename=solop238compare3.jpg&res=medium

longhair75
October 26, 2011, 10:56 PM
LCPor9mm
Am I the only one that wonders why Colt didn't re-introduce the Mustang chambered in .380 AND 9mm?

I don't know about the 9mm, but there is a full page ad on page 35 of the newest Combat Handguns magazine (Feb2012) for a Colt .380 auto Mustang Pocketlite

DAdams
October 26, 2011, 11:50 PM
Solo last week at a LGS NIB $1k.

LCPor9mm
October 27, 2011, 03:23 PM
OH GOD! IT'S SCRATCHED!!! Are you sure you still want it?

How could you even entertain the idea of defending youself with a damaged firearm? It's incomprehensible!

I have been, on occasion, called a nice guy, and for that reason I am willing to take it off your hands for the price of an LC9 just so you won't have to throw it out. I know, Iknow, don't thank me.



Thanks for posting the pics.

Nakanokalronin
October 27, 2011, 03:54 PM
If your talking about my pics, thanks! :)

The scratch on the front was when I tried to cut down a Wilson Combat aluminum checkered strap made for a 1911. It didn't hold that well under the grips so I decided to just use grip tape. The frame finish is pretty fragile.

BamAlmighty
October 27, 2011, 11:58 PM
Bam, how's that Nano? have you had a chance to compare the two?

I will when I actually get a Nano in hand, but seeing that Solo above compared to a P238 has captured my interest again somewhat.

BUT... ultimately it might come down to trigger and price. Kimber may have worked out the kinks, but the Solo's tainted launch, not to mention Kimber's lack of faith in its own product by only offering a 1 year warranty isn't enough to get me to spend that much on it.

trex1310
October 28, 2011, 12:45 AM
lost all interest in the Solo.

Beretta's Nano took its place

Me to. I still have this just in case:

LCPor9mm
October 28, 2011, 06:12 PM
Yes, thanks for the comparison between the 238 and the Solo. Does Kimber offer a pinky ext. for it? I can squeeze all three fingers on the LC9 with the extension installed and it shoots great.

Don't know what happened to the OP, but we want pics!

Nakanokalronin
October 28, 2011, 06:38 PM
Kimber has an 8rd mag on their website that extends down enough with an extension for a full grip. The problem is they haven't made it available for purchase yet. Here's the link to the mag: http://store.kimberamerica.com/Products/tabid/67/CategoryID/141/ProductID/1626/Default.aspx

For another perspective, here is the Solo on top of a Kimber Ultra Carry II.

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg15/scaled.php?server=15&filename=kimso1.jpg&res=medium

Both pictures with the P238 and UCII has the top of the slides perfectly even incase anyone was wondering.

Dr.Rob
October 28, 2011, 11:00 PM
Wonder if a Hogue hand-all grip sleeve would solve the problem?

SundownRider
October 28, 2011, 11:41 PM
My local gun shop had two the last time I was there, wanting $699 for each. It was neat, but didnt work for me. Hope yours is good for you.

Nakanokalronin
October 29, 2011, 12:08 AM
Wonder if a Hogue hand-all grip sleeve would solve the problem?

Probably but I never liked rubber grips on semi-autos and adding bulk to a carry gun negates the design to keep it small/thin. I put slightly thicker wood grips on my Solo but I couldn't even feel the stock plastic ones.

Dr_2_B
October 29, 2011, 08:42 AM
I opted for the Kahr PM9, and I believe it is a handsome pistol. But I'll have to say that Kimber solo is one of the most beautiful handguns I've ever seen.

skipjack
October 29, 2011, 12:47 PM
I shot a Solo this week...a customer brought one in to
the range I work at.

His first visit was not a success; many failures to extract
with 147 grain fmj ammo. He brought it back two days
later with Federal HST 124 grain hp and it was like a different
pistol.

I enjoyed shooting it, and grouped well with it at 7 yards.
It is not unpleasant to shoot, there is recoil, but not
a terrible amount.

My overall impression is that it is a very nice, very concealable
pistol that will probably get better after a couple hundred rounds.
The gun I shot was brand new, picked up the day that it came
in for the first range session. Until it is broken in, the owner is
probably going to have to shoot premium hollow points to get
the pistol to function correctly. Only time will tell if the gun
will ever function with inexpensive ball ammo.

Nakanokalronin
October 29, 2011, 02:04 PM
skipjack, the customer should try 124gr or even 115gr. ball ammo. I actually shot 124gr. ball ammo for my first 50 shots and then nothing but 115gr since then with zero problems. I found the 147gr. Gold Dots seems to have the best accuracy so its what I use for carry.

frank c
October 30, 2011, 03:18 AM
Kimber has lost my business.I had a stainless solo on order for 6-8 months.I ended up with a beretta 84s.;)

357Shooter
October 30, 2011, 09:11 AM
Naka, where did you get the grips? Very nice.

Nakanokalronin
October 30, 2011, 04:33 PM
http://www.sgmgrips.com/ :cool:

They do great work and have great customer service.

briansbusa
November 29, 2011, 05:11 PM
im a kimber fan, and have been since getting into 1911's. ive been through them all, glock, m&p,xdm, liking and disliking each one for some reason or another. all good guns no doubt but just felt at home with 1911 looks style and accuracy. so all that being said i was looking for a smaller something to carry being that a full size 1911 feels like having a chevy 350 in my pants. i looked at the p238 and was so close to getting it, i had already started accessory shopping. but something was just not letting me commit. i hear tale of the solo and wanted it like crazy but alot of reviews of the first dump of them/ youtube misfires and all had me let down and discouraged. all aside wanted to know for myself. located,purchased,love. carries like it should, i took it out and ran all sorts of ammo thru it. my own little torture test if you will. no failure. very pleased with this purchase and would reccommend. after all i dont want to carry and trust something that doesnt work. i feel that the trip back to the custom shop for some models rectified whatever issues were there. mines slicker that a mayonaise sandwich lol.

denster
November 29, 2011, 05:26 PM
Mine runs great also. It will run WWwhite box 115 until it gets a bit dirty then some FTEs. Generally for cheap ammo to shoot I use Federal American Eagle 124&147 and the same weights in Speer Lawman ball. It never misses a beat with those.

Nakanokalronin
November 29, 2011, 06:46 PM
I decided to give the Wilson Combat checkered panels another try and this time it worked perfectly. Took it to the range and realized I have no need for the grip extension.

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg43/scaled.php?server=43&filename=kimsolowc.jpg&res=medium

kokapelli
November 30, 2011, 10:11 AM
After reading this review I decided it would be best to wait on this one.
http://averagejoeshandgunreviews.blogspot.com/2011/10/kimber-solo-revisited-for-fourth-time.html

denster
November 30, 2011, 12:50 PM
There is something seriously wrong with that review. Let's see if anyone else catches it.

lloveless
December 1, 2011, 01:34 AM
I don't see any reason to dump my Kel-Tec p-11 for the solo. What I have works perfectly and didn't cost an arm and a leg!
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