The Kimber Solo (Throwback Thursday on a Tuesday: James’ First Review)

In this episode of TFBTV, James tells you about his first TFBTV video, which never aired (for reasons nobody remembers). This video details a much more subdued James’ struggles with his Kimber Solo in 9mm. James is a licensed CCW instructor and a big fan of single stack 9mm pistols, so he was very excited to buy the then-new Kimber Solo, until…

Since this pistol was purchased in 2013, it is our understanding that Kimber has since made design changes to the Solo range.

Phil’s review of the Kimber Solo is here.

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James Reeves

• NRA-licensed concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present
Maxim Magazine’s MAXIMum Warrior, 2011
• “Co-Director” [air quotes] of TFBTV
• Former Regional Sales Rep, Interstate Arms Corp., MA
• Champion, Key West Cinco De Mayo Taco Eating Competition
• GLOCK® Certified Pistol Operator, 2017-2022
• Lawyer
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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I was never going to buy one of those expensive a-s guns anyway.

    • BigR

      You’re smarter than I am!

  • Ivo Shandor

    I picked one up used for $500, and quickly found out why the previous owner had gotten rid of it. Couldn’t get one mag through. Used all of Kimber’s recommended ammo. I called them, their customer service was very good with me and within 3 weeks the gun was fixed. They remed and polished the barrel chamber, refinished the barrel, and replaced the recoil spring and extractor. Now everything, including 115gr AE shoots through it without a problem.

  • Edeco

    It’s one of those cases of industrial design that looks OK at first, then saccharine. Like 90’s FWD Chevy cars. Needs more raunch.

  • Oldtrader3

    My experiences with Kimber have not been too good. I have owned two Kimber 45’s, a Pro Carry (Commander) and a Custom Shop Eclipse (Officer’s Model). Both FTF/FTE, stove piped and FT battery once on nearly every magazine full with several different brand magazines. This was after proper break-in of 500 rounds in each of WW White Box, .45 ACP. Customer Service depended on who you got on the phone that day. After 2 years of issues and full going through by Kimber factory, plus, having to run pistol so wet that it spurted oil all over, I gave up and bought a Colt.

    • Marcus D.

      I had issues with a Pro Carry 4″ as well, mostly failing to go fully into battery. I sent it back once without appreciable change. I polished the feed ramp (by hand) because it was covered with Kimpro finish. And finally, after about 1400 rounds in, I bought a recoil spring from Wolff instead of Kimber. It has been great since.

  • Openmindednotangry

    Um, what happened with the gun? Did it ever get fixed?

    • They did some mods after this first release. It’s supposed to be working better now.

      • BigR

        Since the mods, you said “It’s supposed to be working better now”. But, you don’t sound convinced…. With the problem I’ve had with my Kimber .40, I’m just not sure about Kimber anymore! Are you really convinced?

        • QuadGMoto

          Since it was Phil who answered and not James (who actually owns it), he may not know for sure.

          • iksnilol

   Actual footage of what happened to James’ Kimber.

          • QuadGMoto

            Ooh! I want his gun safe warehouse!

          • James Reeves

            Check the reply above. It’s easier to find here than on the YouTube channel. I should have included it in the video, my apologies.

  • Gambler X

    The Solo was riding the hype train from all the Kimber fanboys.
    Every day for months…. “Yall got one dem new Solos in?”
    I got four total before we were cut off. They were usually sold within an hour of being put in the counter and back within days to go back to Kimber.

    Such a disappointment.

  • DanGoodShot

    So… what ended up happening after the dead trigger?? You left us hangin man! Did it end up getting fix? What was the issue with the trigger? Did you find out? Does it function? Did you sell it? Whats up??

  • Marcus D.

    I always liked the looks, hated the price. And from what James says, I am better off with my Kahr (which I happen to like a great deal). I might consider buying one if the kinks are worked out, the price drops to a much more reasonable level (as if) and California decides to open the roster to non-microstamped pistols (again, as if).

  • jestertoo

    I bought one and my dad did too. Hated them. Unreliable, difficult to load. Didn’t feel like sending them off and dealing with warranty. After he passed away, I traded both in on a Ruger precision rifle.

  • Dougscamo

    I’m just amazed that no one has said anything about James wearing a “polo” style shirt and not the too-small T shirts….

    • iksnilol

      It’s disturbing to say the least.

      There’s even some wrinkles caused by the surplus clothing material.

    • James Reeves

      Some guy posted on a video, probably a year back, also featuring this same polo. He called it something like a “redneck special” because he said I could wear it to the club on Saturday night and to church the next morning. LOL. Can’t please anyone.

      • Dougscamo

        Hey….what’s wrong with that? I don’t see his point….he was obviously a fashion Nazi….

  • BigR

    I have a Kimber 1911 in .40 caliber and I bought 2 extra mags from them. The two extra mags, I’ve had problems with and I noticed they were different from the one that came with the gun. I called them and they told me the original mag was giving other consumers problems and they started getting the extra mags from a different manufacturer. Actually the original that came with the gun was flawless, but the two extra gave me a lot of grief. I gave up on carrying the Kimber, because I don’t trust it. They’re 1911’s cost a fortune, and they’re beautiful guns, but if you can’t trust them, what good are they. The gun is just sitting there in my safe, and I’ll probably get rid of it one of these days. I was really disappointed with Kimber! I have two Springfield 1911’s, one that Wilson did a job on it, and the EMP in 9mm, both have never failed me….and I’ve used multiple brands of ammo in those two. Sadly, the Kimber, just lays there in the safe, needless to say, for the price Kimber is charging for their guns, I’ll never buy another one from them.

  • Dougscamo

    You should have told Phil W sooner….

    • James Reeves

      Phil was aware of what happened with my Solo. It appears that Phil interpreted and answered the question generally: I.e., “Did the Solo [line] ever get fixed?” in lieu of “Did James’ personal Solo ever get fixed?”

  • DwnRange

    Own a few Kimbers, but the best one ever made is my first with Clackamas, OR. USA stamped on it.