Kimber Solo mag release


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MrBill120
June 30, 2013, 07:09 PM
Has anyone handled the Solo? I held one the other day and the magazine release was impossible to depress. The amount of pressure required was insane!!

Was this a fluke, or are they all this difficult to depress?

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allaroundhunter
June 30, 2013, 07:21 PM
I have handled two and shot one and they were each the same way. However, I have a friend that carries one in a good pocket holster and the magazine release oftentimes gets pressed inadvertently while in the holster.

WRGADog
July 1, 2013, 09:02 PM
I own a Kimber Solo. The mag release is very difficult to depress with every type of ammo I have used, and it is impossible to depress if the magazine is loaded with Remington Golden Saber. I am 6' 210 and I absolutely cannot depress the mag release using both hands to apply pressure with the Golden Saber ammo. I have sent the gun back to Kimber twice along with a detailed explanation letter in an attempt to fix the problem with no success. So, I changed ammo to Winchester Ranger JHP. It is still very difficult to depress but not impossible as with the Golden Saber.

MrBill120
July 2, 2013, 09:30 PM
The Solo I held was on display at the gun shop. Beautiful firearm, but if I can't remove an empty magazine that's kind of a turn off for me. LOL

larryh1108
July 2, 2013, 10:25 PM
I also own a Solo and sent it back to Kimber for the mag release issue.
From my understanding, the earlier Solos had issues with the mag release so they beefed it up and this is what we are stuck with. However, you can easily drop the mag if you push up on the base of the mag when releasing it. It sucks because you need 2 hands to reload but it's better than trying to force the mag release with 1 hand. I am considering selling my Solo for this reason. 2 hands=easy. I hand=nearly impossible....

Drail
July 2, 2013, 10:25 PM
Ususally caused by trying to dump a loaded 8 round magazine....and a big old burr. It can be fixed by any decent pistolsmith.

MrBill120
July 3, 2013, 09:03 PM
Ususally caused by trying to dump a loaded 8 round magazine....and a big old burr. It can be fixed by any decent pistolsmith.
A loaded 8 round mag???
I was trying to remove the magazine this with an unloaded, brand new Solo straight from the display case. I thought maybe is was a defect....guess not.

smalls
July 3, 2013, 10:04 PM
Wonder if anyone has some serious amount of rounds through theirs, and maybe it lightened up from use?

allaroundhunter
July 3, 2013, 10:05 PM
Wonder if anyone has some serious amount of rounds through theirs, and maybe it lightened up from use?

I have shot a friends that has about 1500 rounds through it.... And it is still stiff as all get out.

smalls
July 3, 2013, 10:41 PM
Well, then. There goes that theory...

allaroundhunter
July 4, 2013, 10:04 AM
But even with the magazine release issues, that is a SMOOTH trigger.

Casefull
July 31, 2013, 04:01 PM
I just purchased a solo and I love the stiff mag release...too many pistols I carry in a pocket or a bag get bumped and the mag is loose...not a good thing in an emergency. I would rather have to press hard on a mag release than have a loose mag.

YZ
July 31, 2013, 04:11 PM
Perhaps Kimber decided that mag retention in a pocket pistol is more relevant than speedy reloading. I did the same as described in #5.

RH45
July 31, 2013, 06:08 PM
I've had my Solo for over a year now, and it is a PITA to unload, but, if the slide is locked back, they release fine.
I can't say I really like their design, but, as stated, for a concealed carry gun, the mag isn't going to accidentally fall out, leaving you with a single shot.

Fishbed77
August 1, 2013, 04:23 PM
As far as I'm concerned, the Kimber Solo is a pistol that was dead on arrival.

gym
August 1, 2013, 04:32 PM
It's too expensive to have this type of problem to be allowed to exist by the manufacturer.

YZ
August 1, 2013, 05:01 PM
I am surprised they are still going for $700++. I don't get it. But the people at Kimber must know something about us the unwashed. They sell every Solo made.

gym
August 1, 2013, 05:32 PM
I will take my PM9 any day.

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