Took my new Kimber Solo Carry to the range today


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WRGADog
June 28, 2012, 07:50 PM
Shot 25 rounds of Hornady Critical Duty 135 grain +P, 50 rounds of Winchester Ranger 147 grain bonded, 25 rounds of 147 grain Remington Golden Saber, and 50 rounds of Blazer Brass 115 grain. The gun functioned flawlessly with the exception of the Hornady Critical Duty which the gun did not want to feed the initial round on a couple of occassions. Once the initial round chambered the gun cycled without issue. I was able to maintain 3 inch groupings at 15 yards with the little Kimber. I also took my Kahr PM9, Kahr P380, and Beretta Nano for comparison. The recoil was not appreciably different in any of the guns. Although, the recoil on the P380 was lighter than the 9mm's.

I am very pleased with the Kimber, the recoil spring loosened as the number of rounds increased, but the mag release button is still a bear to depress. I will put a couple of hundred through the Kimber again later in the week. I am really happy with my new Solo

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littlebluevette
June 28, 2012, 07:57 PM
Thumbs up. I have over 7,000 rounds thru my two CDP Solos. It's a great shooting cc weapon.

RH45
June 29, 2012, 08:03 PM
How are you loading the first round? Having the slide locked back, inserting the magazine, and pushing the slide release seems to be the best way to load the Solo.
With a full magazine, for quite a while, I had to push it UP to get the button to release it because of the pressure on it. After your magazines set a little, it will get easier.

BYJO4
June 29, 2012, 08:50 PM
Glad to hear you like your new Solo.

jeff-10
June 29, 2012, 09:19 PM
50 rounds of Blazer Brass 115 grain

Very nice, the gunshop near my house was adamant that target ammo would not feed.

WRGADog
June 29, 2012, 09:45 PM
RH45 I attempted to load the rounds by locking the slide back and then depressing the mag release for it to slam home. Worked fine on all but the Hornady.

Bush Pilot
June 30, 2012, 06:35 PM
Very nice, the gunshop near my house was adamant that target ammo would not feed.
"Target", as in plinking? WWB etc...? I find it hard to believe Kimber would design/sell a gun that couldn't handle plinking ammo. This sounds like more gunstore BS.

Balrog
June 30, 2012, 06:59 PM
The gun functioned flawlessly with the exception of the Hornady Critical Duty which the gun did not want to feed the initial round on a couple of occassions.

I love Kimber owners. In nearly every post they make, the use the phrase "the gun functioned flawlessly with the exception of...".

They don't seem to realize that it didn't function flawlessly if there is an exception.

chg
July 2, 2012, 10:14 AM
So you're saying, "the gun functioned flawlessly except when it didn't" would be more correct?

psyopspec
July 2, 2012, 12:23 PM
The guy stating he had failures used PMC, UMC, and WWB which are all 115 grain full metal jacket rounds. The interviewer and the Kimber engineer both stated that the Solo should be fired with a minimum of 124 grain premium hollowpoint ammo. Supposedly this is in the literature that comes with the pistol.

http://averagejoeshandgunreviews.blogspot.com/2011/01/kimber-solo-9mm-concealed-carry-pistol.html

If that's true, it might be your issue. That's a very, very picky pistol.

Cokeman
July 3, 2012, 02:50 AM
I love Kimber owners. In nearly every post they make, the use the phrase "the gun functioned flawlessly with the exception of...".

They don't seem to realize that it didn't function flawlessly if there is an exception.

Really? I love people that come to these threads just to cause trouble.

skt239
July 3, 2012, 09:52 AM
"Target", as in plinking? WWB etc...? I find it hard to believe Kimber would design/sell a gun that couldn't handle plinking ammo. This sounds like more gunstore BS.

Surprisingly, this isn't gun store BS but in fact straight from the Kimber Horses mouth.... I would not term the gun as unreliable because it didn't function with one specific (and unique) ammo type.

littlebluevette
July 3, 2012, 11:29 AM
I will pass the 6,000 round mark on my Solo CDP at the range this afternoon. :)

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