Kimber Solo Review

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The popularity of pocket pistols has really taken off these last couple of years. The gun companies have introduced many new models to fill this desire with the Kimber Solo being one of those.

Many of these new pocket pistols are chambered in .380 that’s where the Solo differs. Chambered in 9MM this pistol packs a much bigger punch than any .380, which should be comforting to any shooter who desires this type of pistol.


Solo with included carrying case and extra magazine

The Solo is another product that is hard to come by. In fact I had to wait nine weeks to get this sample. When my local gun shop called and told me I had a gun to pickup I was pretty happy when I found it was the Solo. My first thoughts were this is one good-looking little pistol. My second thought was this thing is small!

There are more features with the Solo than you would expect from most guns of this size. The sights are plenty large without getting in the way or hanging up when you use a pocket holster. They have the standard three-dot configuration. The grips are recessed into the frame making the frame a bit narrower than the usual placement. The safety is ambidextrous and very similar to a 1911 type. The magazine release is also ambidextrous. The grip has an angle very close to a 1911, which suits me fine since I shoot and carry a 1911 most days. There is also an undercut below the rear of the trigger guard giving the shooter a bit more room for a secure grip

Speaking of the operating controls designed very much like a 1911 so is disassembly. About the only difference is there is no bushing to remove otherwise the slide is retracted lining up and removing the slide release as you would a 1911 then pull the slide off as usual.

While the controls are very much like a 1911 the pistol is striker fired. You get a little of both worlds with the Solo. The trigger pull is different than any other striker fired pistol I’ve shot. The trigger feels very smooth with a short takeup (5/8th inches) to release the striker. The striker itself isn’t fully cocked until the trigger is close to the point of release. There is no stacking of the trigger it’s uniform all the way through the pull. Trigger pull is slightly over six pounds but feels less than that.

The Solo has a stainless steel slide and barrel with an alloy frame finished in Kim-Pro. There are two other models with one being an all stainless version while the second is the same as my test pistol with laser grips and more pronounced dehorning.

As you can see from the picture above the slide is rather thick to handle the 9MM cartridge. There is also a loaded chamber indicator milled into the rear of the barrel hood. The Solo also uses a fairly large external extractor. The ejection port is beveled and lowered at both sides allowing plenty of room for ejected brass.

Stats

Specifications
Caliber: 9mm Height (inches) 90° to barrel: 3.9
Weight (ounces) with empty magazine: 17
Length (inches): 5.5
Magazine capacity: 6 rounds

Frame
Material: Aluminum Finish: KimPro II
Width (inches): .995 not including safety

Slide
Material: Stainless steel
Finish: Satin silver

Barrel
Length (inches): 2.7
Material: Stainless steel
Twist rate (left hand): 10

Sights
Fixed low profile
Radius (inches): 4.4

Grips
Black synthetic
Checkered / smooth

Trigger
Single action striker- fired
Factory setting (approximate pounds): 7

Kimber advises the user to only use 124 to 147 grain premium hollowpoint ammunition. One thing I wondered about was using +P in these bullet weights but nothing is addressed on the website concerning hotter ammunition. With everyone getting ready for the SHOT show I was unable to get in touch with anyone to get a positive answer. I will say during my range time I used 115-grain ball in the inexpensive aluminum cased ammo with no problems. I also shot a fair amount of +P, which I’m sure increases wear but it had no problem cycling the +P loads.

There were a couple of issues I want to address that a potential buyer should be aware of. These are by no means deal breakers but should be noted. The way the slide is engineered there is a bump on the bottom of the slide internally which depresses the top round down for better clearance in cycling. Because of this the shooter must get a very firm grasp on the slide when chambering that first round. It takes a pretty aggressive motion to rack the slide without it hanging up half way back. The second issue is the ambidextrous mag release. While a nice feature it’s very hard to depress from either side and release a full magazine. While this is not something a shooter will commonly do it is an issue nonetheless. I fixed this problem by taking a look at the magazine cuts that engage the magazine release. I took a very mild file and opened the top of the dual magazine cuts a very small amount. I then used some 1200 grit wet dry sandpaper to smooth the edges. This took care of the problem allowing a very easy release from that point on. I will say when the magazine was empty releasing a magazine was no problem before I worked on both supplied magazines.

Range Time

One nagging thought before hitting the range was “this pistol is going to have some stout recoil”. As it turns out this wasn’t the case, which I attribute to the dual spring configuration and heavy slide.

Before heading to the range I did lube the Solo with Frog Lube with no other lubrication during the session.

I brought an assortment of ammunition for this session. I had Blazer 115 grain ball, Cor-Bon DPX 115 grain, Remington 124 grain hollowpoint, Remington 115 grain ball and finally the new Hornady Critical Defense with the FTX bullet. According to Kimber a break in of 24 rounds is needed. Out of all 275 rounds fired I had no malfunctions of any type. Groups fired from the 10 yard line averaged right at 2 ½ inches with the best results from the Hornday Critical Defense load which gave groups of 2 inches on average.


Each rectangle is ¼ inch wide in this Hornady group that is less than 2 inches

As I mentioned earlier the trigger pull is very smooth with a crisp let off and short reset. Surprisingly the recoil wasn’t bad at all allowing quick followup shots. The Solo is also more accurate than other pistols of this size, which I attribute to the excellent trigger and highly visible sights.

Conclusion

I really do like the Solo. In spite of the two issues I covered it’s a well-made accurate little pistol. It feels very good in your hand, especially so for those of us who shoot 1911’s. The thumb safety rides in almost the same position as the 1911 making transition to the Solo very natural. Even for those who don’t use a 1911 you’ll become proficient with it in short order.

I also like the fact the Solo has a manual safety. I’ve never cared for a striker fired pistol without one. I believe this is especially relevant with a pocket pistol.

The cost of the Solo is higher than most others of it’s type at an MSRP of $747.00. Of course some shopping around will save you approximately $100.00 perhaps a bit more. Apparently the cost isn’t a factor since Kimber is having a hard time keeping up with orders.

I would certainly encourage anyone in the market for a pocket pistol considers the Solo. It’s always best to find a gun shop that rents guns so you can try before you buy. I don’t buy many of the guns I review but this one may just have to stay here!

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Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • SpudGun

    If it shoots as good as it looks, then I’m in.

    Just saw the price, I’m out. :(

    Thanks for the review.

    • Rangefinder

      It is Kimber. They are very proud of their products. It has been said,” you show a Kimber to your friends and a Glock to your enemies.”

      • Phil White

        Rangefinder,

        Yep, you can look at it like that! This one is nice though.

    • Phil White

      SpudGun,

      It does shoot as good as it looks but it’s not cheap! Of course that’s suggested retail so I would imagine you can deduct at least $100 from the MSRP. Glad to post it!

  • Brandon

    Looks great in two tone. Kinda of want one, kind of want a Glock. Decisions, decisions…

    • Phil White

      Brandon,

      There’s always the old buy both:-) It always seems two or more guns come up at the same time and you have to decide. At least when it’s all said and done you have a new gun:-)

  • Stan

    This pistol actually looks promising. I like the bump on the bottom of the slide intended to orient the cartridge nose higher to promote reliable feeding. The price is high, but I expect it to come down and for other mfgrs to copy the design. That being said, I’d still carry a J-frame S&W revolver.

    • Phil White

      Stan,

      It does raise the nose of the round which I believe helps feeding reliability. It is handsome and feels very good in the hand. It’s hard to get away from a J frame isn’t it?

  • robert

    It took me 4 mags to figure out how to shoot it, but then i got it.

    a little long on trigger pull and the front of the mag well needs serrations

    but overall very nice.

    • Phil White

      robert,

      Agreed, the grip is good but would be better with serrations on the front. The trigger doesn’t have a terribly long pull. It actually feels more like a tuned old S&W revolver with a trigger job.

  • http://harqueb.us Harquebus.us

    For the second issue, What does the ambidextrous safety have to do with releasing the magazine? Does the magazine hang up if the safety is on?

    • Phil White

      Harquebus.us,

      My mistake that should be the ambi mag release. I just changed it. Makes sense now huh!

  • Doesitmatter?

    There is number of good and modern striker fired handguns coming from US makers. Does in mean sunset for Glock sumpremacy? What do you think?

    • Phil White

      Doesitmatter?,

      I doubt it will end Glocks supremacy at least anytime soon. There are certainly better choices for me than a Glock. The XDm and new XDs for instance. This particular Kimber is a pretty advanced design in my humble opinion. I would prefer this over a Glock in 9MM even with the lower mag capacity. Kimber does have an 8 round mag for this gun now so you have 9 rounds at your disposal. If you need more rounds than that your in trouble:-)

      • Doesitmatter?

        Yeah Phil

        I would like to see from Kimber something with double stack and to say, in compact size; that’s where centre on market shoud be. Although now the supercompact, guessing from scale of offer, must be pretty hot too. That may be just temporary showing though.

        • Phil White

          Doesitmatter?,

          It does seem the market has gone to very compact single stacks. Things change all the time though so give it a year and something else will be all the rage:-) I don’t know if Kimber will get into double stacks or not. Only time will tell.

    • Alex-mac

      The Glock 36 in .45 is only 3.5mm thicker, (not including the safety of the kimber) has the same capacity, is much easier to operate and more reliable.
      You could probably shave those millimeters off in thickness with an imaginative holster. I’d choose that over this if you plan to make a reload and/or shoot people in the head. (that’s how a pocket gun should be used imo, a larger calibre like the .45 would be more effective)

      • Phil White

        Alex-mac,

        Nobody has to sell me on the 45 acp since I carry a 1911 a lot–most of the time in fact. However, the 9mm can be very effective. Shot placement is always the deciding factor. I’ve worked a lot of homicides in 30 years of police work.I’ve seen people shot in the leg with a .22 which hit a bone and traveled up nicking the heart. They were gone in less than 5 minutes. Others I’ve seen would be a female who had a 44 mag placed in a private area and shot–she lived. The point is you never know which is why bullet placement is so important.
        Overall the Glock is bulkier having shot both guns extensively. With this tested ammo or Cor-Bon DPX I have confidence it would get the job done. The grip width is the primary consideration in concealment. This small pistol hides out and just feels better in deep concealment.
        I have a friend who retired from special operations and carries a Glock a lot. His compact just cracked a slide after less than 2000 rounds. Any gun can fail no matter who makes it.
        I’m not knocking your choice by any means. These are just my observations made over a very long time.

      • Alex-mac

        @Phil White
        Admittedly the focus is on comfort and concealibility. (although both have alot to do with holster choice too) But 7 bullets are seven bullets, against multiple armed opponents one will simply have to go for headshots if one expects to survive. A low capacity pistol makes laying down a stream of suppressive fire and making a run for it, more difficult.

        As for headshots. I don’t trust them as brains have been known to experience massive trauma with the person being still concious and fully functional. Nonetheless, for stopping power, I would privilege taking away more brain tissue + more concussive force, rather than relying on hydrostatic shock through velocity, at least in pistol calibres.

        Incidentally the kel tec P32 with extended 10 round magazine is another choice. That’s alot of shots to the head. Also at 10 ounces fully loaded, you can carry two for less than the weight of a Kimber Solo. Pulling off headshots at point blank range would be faster with pistols akimbo.

        • Phil White

          Alex-mac,

          A civilian shooter will seldon come up against multiple assailants while a police officer is much more likely to be in that position. Even with us it doesn’t happen often. In the time I worked as an officer the only time I ran into multiple armed suspects was on our SRU team executing a felony warrant service/raid etc. In on duty police work the Solo or any pistol of a similar configuration would be a backup gun for certain. A welcome addition too your equipment as well.

          As far as head shots your correct they don’t always work. The first shooting I worked the victim had a 230 grain ball 45 acp go into his right eye with no exit wound as well as one round through the left lower quadrant of the torso. He lived even though his speech was messed up after that. The last shooting I worked almost 30 years later was a 22 LR to the head and he was gone when I arrived. You just never know regardless of caliber. The human body is a funny thing. It can take a lot of punishment or fail with a wound nobody thinks would be fatal.

          Handguns are great life saving tools but if a rifle is handy use it!

      • Alex-mac

        @Phil White
        When it comes to lower powered ammo like the the .22lr the head has interesting properties. If you shoot someone in the face, the lower powered round is likely to have enough power to penetrate to the brain but doesn’t have enough power to exit the skull, so instead it bounces around inside the skull doing further damage to the brain.

        Problem with this, is that apart from the keltec p32 with extended magazine, there aren’t any high capacity pocket pistols in lower powered calibres. So might as well get a more powerful calibre if you can’t increase a guns capacity in a lower powered calibre.

        As for crime, home invasions, muggings, car jacking, all are likely to have more than one person instigating them. But I see your point, firing a gun in defense is very rare for a civilian.

        • Phil White

          Alex-mac,

          Interestingly enough I also had a .22 LR shooting which hit a bone in the victims leg then traveled up clipped the heart and that was all she wrote. Bullets do strange things. That 45 acp I mentioned while it didn’t exit hit the rear of the skull bounced around a bit and stopped above the left ear.

          I actually did a wound study over a years period back in the late 80′s.Autopsies aren’t fun by any means but I learned a lot. Some of the cases just left me shaking my head thinking that’s not possible. If I learned one thing it’s you never know how a human body or bullet will react no matter the caliber or where it hits.

          The will to live seems to have as much to do with it as almost anything else.

          There has been a trend in Columbia, Mo. of more home invasions. Now that’s a scary thing because the suspects don’t care the home owners are there. None of the home owners have been prepared so far so there are no cases to study where shots from the home owner ended the crime.

      • Sian

        @alex-mac
        An old police vet I’ve talked with and who has been in multiple conclusive shootouts has never fired more than 3 shots in any situation. Planning for the worst is fine, but you also have to plan for what you can reasonable run into and engage. Five badguys with AKs will always outgun you no matter what you have, but out of that fraction of a percent of the time you need your gun, only a small fraction of that are you going to need to shoot more than a few times, if at all.

        And this is why I like slim full power compacts. The gun you have etcetc.

      • Sian

        @Phil White

        The only thing you can rely on in wound ballistics is that you can not rely on anything in wound ballistics. Like electricity, bullets do weird, weird things when they hit a person.

        • Phil White

          Sian,

          Very true—there is certainly no silver bullet! Maybe when somebody invents a phaser:-)

      • W

        my take is that 9mm and 45 have killed plenty of people and continue to do so, though, with handgun cartridges, there is no significant gap in effectiveness against a human target to warrant the replacement of one by the other.

        I strongly agree with phil: if a rifle is handy, use it. My AR15 loaded with 30x 77 grain black hills 5.56 has a far more significant “man stopping” capability than any handgun of mine. Of course, if you are more paranoid of overpenetration, then polymer tipped 5.56 is even more suitable. The 5.56′s inherent ability to fragment due to its higher velocity makes it extremely suitable for urban defense.

        • Phil White

          W,

          I couldn’t agree more sir! The new polymer tipped rounds should work well for home defense without as much concern for over penetration.

  • ChrisJ

    Is that a crack in the frame I see at the trigger pin or is it a scratch in the finish?

    • Phil White

      ChrisJ,

      It’s just a small scratch from my ring darnit!

  • Lance

    Looks nice for a CCW Saw your pic on your last post nice to see ya Phil!

    • Phil White

      Lance,

      Thanks Lance—better than being anonymous—LOL!

  • Josh B

    If it was a 45 and DAO I would consider it.

    • Phil White

      Josh,

      They would definitely have to do a redesign to a larger frame to accomodate a 45 acp. I imagine they designed this one close to the limit to handle a 9mm and still be this small.
      It does feel like a DAO even though it’s striker fired.

    • Sian

      So basically you want a Kahr CW
      45?

      • Ray

        No, he wants a Springfield XDs. Best concealed carry Handgun I’ve ever owned. I have a Glock 19 which now stays under my car seat, a Kimber Ultra CDP (love it) which now stays by my bed, and numerous 1911 in Kimber and Colt. But I carry the XDs. In warm weather you might find me only with an LCP at times. I just ordered the Solo and can’t wait to get it. Hoping for the best because it is a “sexy” and very practical carry weapon.

        • DT

          I also love my Springfield XD subcompact 9mm. just bought a Kimber Solo after waiting for 6 months and I’m going to send it back or sell it. YEah, it looks grat, but the thing jams after every other second shot. Even tried about 100 bucks worth of different kinds of recommended ammo and it still jams or just doesn’t load. Either the magazine sucks or the gun itself. Very diappointed in Solo. Can’t beat the Springfield, Sig 380 or Beretta.

  • Garrett

    Have had 12 Solos on order since last January, gotten two in, Master Kimber Dealer. Like the gun, hate the service. There is a better 9mm out there if you can afford the extra coin. Rohrbaugh R9. 13.5oz unloaded. 6+1. yes no +P, but if you look at ballistics my standard pressure 9mm loads (115gr Speer GDHP) achieve similiar ballistics to my 360PD .357 (125gr Speer GDHP) with half the recoil. Don’t hate on the 9mm, in a gun this size it is unequaled in usability if not overall perfomance.

    • Phil White

      Garrett,

      Agreed the delivery time is less than desirable. They are building a new facility to increase production which is good news all around. I’ve seen the Rohrbaugh you mentioned and of course anything with his name on it is a great pistol!

  • Icabod

    Had one. Two trips back and it was replaced by Kimber. Basically it would fail to extract, knock metal off the slide and barrel, and finally not lock back. Seems the slide notch wore enough to be rounded.
    Kimber has radically changed the ammo list. The bump to push the next round down is also new, plus a couple of changes in the slide.
    Believe me I loved the look and feel of the gun. However when the replacement came in I traded it for my no problem SA EMP.
    Like much about the Solo? Yes. Trust it? Never.

    • Phil White

      Icabod,

      I hate to hear you had so many problems with yours. Mine has been 100% so far no matter which ammo I’ve used. I really like the EMP as well.

    • Matt

      I have a solo myself. Been to the range twice. Feels nice but jams way too often. Would not purchase again. It is currently on its way back to Kimber. You can get a better gun for less money. In this instance Kimber does not live up to its name. After 50 or so rounds when the gun starts to get warm the jamming begins.

  • http://thefirearmblog Roger

    Got my solo today and was hoping for a good experience. Not to be had. The firearms dealer sold me a box of Remington Sabre Hollowpoints and off I went. As soon as I got to the house I read all the literature and loaded the clip. Guess what. I could not get a round to chamber. Disassembled the pistol and looked for causes on the feed ramp. none. Can’t tell about the spring load in the clip. But the bullet doesn’t look like it is at an angle upward enough to chamber smoothly. It jams when it won’t load and the bullet appears to be level in the gun when it jams. The spring in the slide may be too strong. So I called the dealer who gave me the impression that if I brought it in he would would try to help me with MY problem. I just paid $747.00 for MY Problem. I am not to sure my going to the dealer will do anything to make me want to go back or do business with him. And right now I am not happy with Kimber either. Seems like people are having too much trouble with these clips. One blogger call them garbage. Going to think this one out and get back with you. If I have used bad judgement I will admit to it. One of the things that worries me is the amount of words dedicated by the Manufacturer and dealer on use of ammo. I have a fair number of pistols and can put 10,000 rounds through any of them with most any ammo. Why can’t the Kimber solo so this. I shoot all the time, have I forgotten how to load a clip and cycle the slide?

    Wish me luck,

    Roger in Dixie

    • Phil White

      Roger,

      Roger one thing I found is you need to rack the slide with some authority. The small bump inside the slide that angles the round properly makes it a bit stiff at first. After firing 50 rounds or so it smooths up considerably.
      It just amazes me how mine worked fine but yours is having problems.They should all function equally well!

    • G.J. Harmon

      I bought myself a personal safety protection device yesterday: Kimber SOLO 9mm. Unlike all the other comments, I paid $1,281…they saw me coming, I guess! It is small enough (5.5 inches) and light enough (17.2 oz) to be in a cell phone looking holster. I will get one of those later. It has laser in the handgrip. It is supposed to be fired only with 124 grain Federal Hydra-Shok JHP or Remington Golden Saber HPJ or Hornady TAP JHP rounds (all hollow point).

      I wasn’t able to test fire one before I bought it. So after I bought it, I fired 25 rounds of the Hornady ammunition. It kept hanging after the 3rd of four rounds in the magazine was fired. I was not happy. Then against manufacturer’s suggested ammunition, I used plain old FMJ 9mm rounds. It worked fine, no more hangups.

      The laser is supposed to have been set at the factory. NOT. I had to mess with it until I got it somewhat set. I will have to go again to fire it and set the laser so it is dead on.

      Also, I couldn’t pull the slide back to open the chamber. What a fiasco. The only way I can get it to open is to chamber an empty magazine and then I can get it to move all the way back to catch. I’m hoping that after 1,000 rounds, it might ease up. Oh, and the magazine spring is so hard, I can’t load more than 4 rounds in the 7 round magazine.

      I think I bought a lemon like my High Standard 22 pistol years ago. Oh well….

      • Phil White

        G.J.,

        Normally they don’t calibrate the lasers. They leave that to the buyer depending on ammunition and user ergonomics. With the small bump the slide goes over it takes a good rack to get over that bump at first but it eases up after some use.

        They did see you coming on the price though—that’s over retail! I’m not sure why they limited the ammunition preferences because my test gun feed pretty much anything.

  • Ted

    Mine has worked perfectly, carry it every day

    • Phil White

      Ted,

      Mine is still running like a top with over 1000 rounds with no malfunctions of any kind.

  • Martin

    Just got a Solo- found it IN STOCK in Houston (they had 4 of them). Other dealers say they have been getting them in more regularly.

    Gun seemed a bit stiff at first, but I after breaking it in with 30 rounds, it seems to have loosened up a bit.

    I used American Eagle 147gr FMJ, and Remington Golden Saber 147gr JHP. No problems whatsoever. A fine carry weapon. I almost forget I am carrying.

    • Phil White

      Martin,

      It’s a great little pistol with a much more effective round. The NRA just named it the pistol of the year!

  • http://www.hunttough.com Jay @ hunttough products

    The Kimber Solo is an absolute beauty. Such a beautiful design. It is the Apple of guns. ;-)

    I will be getting my hands on one of these soon.

    Thanks for the heads up on the engineering of the slide.

    • Phil White

      Jay,

      You bet! I also found out the NRA named it gun of the year!

  • Russell

    All
    Just got my Kimber Solo STS after a years wait. Shot all types of ammunition and all is well. The gun is accurate and handles well firing rapidly. The gun loosened up after 30 to 40 rounds. After hearing all the bad talk about the gun I was a bit worried. However. I am very satisfied

  • Joe Blackburn

    Received my first Solo CDP LG. Wow! I am a veteran and a senior citizen with an active travel life. I’ve concealed carried since 2001 a 96s .40 Berretta and a Smith .38 special. The issue has always been keeping the 96s concealed and the 38 loaded. I will continue to carry the 96s but will retire the Smith, and now have the perfect PPE replacement. (personal protection equipment). The Solo will add the advantage of access and better concealment for seasons when less clothes are better (cooler).

    I appreciate the info on the clip release mod. That will be my next project.

    Last weekend, I ran 150 rounds or so of the recommended ammo through the weapon. (love at first shot) At twenty-five yards, using only the laser sight, the 24 shot groupings was like stacking your fists one on top the other in size and about three inches to the right of the bull’s eye. That laser shakes worse than I do. No adjustment to the pointer was made. For now I’ll just go with Kentucky windage at least till I fire another 150 rounds.

    While we are on the laser sighting device; is there any way to move or adjust the pressure switch out or make it easier to turn on? I have some atrophy in the muscle portion of my hands and it requires more pressure to keep the laser lit than I feel necessary.

    Loading the clips and racking a round takes some energy.

    They say that doing a hazard analysis is necessary before starting a task. The mitigation of the hazard requires either administrative action or engineering change.

  • Coloradocam

    Wow! This review and discussion almost got turned into the old and I do mean “old” 9mm vs. 45ACP debate. Some people just don’t believe in freedom of choice! Thanks for the review! It’s a beautiful pistol and if they fix the problems and the price levels out a little I’ll own one!

  • B

    Own both an all-stainless and a black-stainless one (one for me, one for wife). I am required to wear a suit at work, and the Solo is perfectly easy to conceal in the right front pocket of my dress pants in a pocket holster.

    Quick pros and cons:
    Pros:
    -Small, light, easy to conceal
    -Reliable. Though I completely degreased it after buying, lubed it TW25B grease, and made SURE to get the slide stop spring installed correctly. That said, I’ve shot 350 rounds (50 Gold Dot 124, 50 HST 124+p, 150 WWB 115gr) through mine and 200 rounds (50 Gold Dot 124, 50 Critical Defense 115, 50 HST 124, 50 Ranger-T 147) through wife’s gun. No issues of any kind, with either gun.
    -Accurate. I wouldn’t try shooting bullseyes at 25 yds, but at 10-12 yards, I can consistently place 6 shots in a 3″ ring. And I’m sure that’s me. A better shooter could probably group closer. Recoil is manageable, in my eyes (compared to my XD40 subcompact, it’s about the same). But what do you expect from a 17oz 9mm powerhouse?
    -Looks sexy as hell….does it really matter for a gun? It does look good though.
    -Packs more of a punch than similarly-sized .380 ACPs

    Cons:
    -Price. At $669 for the Black/Silver model and $700 for stainless, it ain’t cheap.

    That’s really the only “con” I can think of. It’s reliable, concealable, accurate. Way I see it is, protecting my family is worth the $669. Even more important, my girlfriend is a working professional, who must wear skirts or suit-type pants to work. She can (and does) carry the Solo everyday in her front left pocket. The knowledge that she carries daily, helps me rest easy when I’m out of town.

    • Wendy

      So your wife and your girlfriend carry a Kimber Solo?

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2012/02/09/kimber-solo-review/ Jim

    How are adjustments made to the rear sight?

  • Diane

    It was love at first sight with the Kimber Solo. Absolutely beautiful gun and it fit my hand perfectly. First time out it jammed. Then it jammed again. And again. Read the owner’s manual and tons of reviews. Bought new ammo. It jammed again. And again. I was frustrated and disappointed, but not too worried because I thought Kimber would stand behind their product. Hah!
    The customer service reps basically told me it was because I’m a woman. Lucky they were in NY and I am in WY.
    I bought the gun on August 3. Three months later… still no gun. They have had the gun in their hand for 10 weeks with no update. Today they told me that there is nothing wrong with the gun and when the storm is over they will send it back. The customer rep hung up on me again.

    DO NOT BUY A KINDER FIREARM!!! WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER!!! BIGGEST WASTE OF MONEY!!!

    When I get it back, it will be for sale. Any takers?

    • http://TheFirearnBlog rick

      Let me know what you want for it. I am interested. Sometimes you do get a lemon. I would recommed a Kahr CM9, I have several Kahr’s and they just do what they are suppose to do. Maybe we could even do a trade. I had a similar experience with FNH. Some people just dont understand customer service.

    • Donny

      That is not a gun I would trust to save my life with, worse is the poor customer service. I changed my mind on this gun. Thanks!

  • John Blackburn

    Bought mine on 2/2/2013 – Have put approx 100 rounds down range without issue.

    Called Kimber tonight, mine has an MFG date of 1/28/2013. I can’t speak to batches made prior to this one, but mine is perfect so far.

    Only complaint I have is the firearm should come standard with the extended magizine.

    I would not hesitate to recommend this firearm to anyone thus far…

    Most of the people complaining of FTF’s, FTE’s, or the slide failing to locking back with each shot simply are not properly reassembling the firearm.

    Those of you who think they are just an overpriced paperweight, send them my way. I will be happy to take them off your hands…

  • ncwbob

    I just acquired a Kimber Solo from a buddy that is missing the rear sight. He was intending on installing night sights. He removed the rear sight and was going to order night sights but said he could not find any in stock. He wanted an engine block I had so we ended up trading straight across. Now I have a solo sans rear sight. Does any one have a take of standard rear site from installing night sights they would sell to me? contact me at ncwonline at gmail dot com. Very cool little gun, I can’t wait to shoot it after finding a rear sight.