The Kimber Solo was always a picky pistol for many shooters. Kimber recommended in the Owner’s Manual of the pistol to shoot specific ammunition as well as on their website. The friends of many Solo owners joked over the years that you’re limp-wristing it ya newbie! Those sentiments in most cases were false, but shooters still felt that agony of a picky pistol regardless.
Maybe it had some flaws that simply could not be corrected. Possibly, the gun had no failings in design and consumers genuinely needed to pump heavier ammo through it. Kimber seems to have no problem making hammer-fire pistols so maybe transitioning to a striker-fire just was not in the cards.
For the time being, the Solo is listed on Kimber’s website, but it is completely absent in their 2017 Product Catalog. A quick glance through the catalog shows some very exciting new offerings, but no details or images of the Solo.
Kimber has not shown any intentions to try a new striker-fire pistol for 2017 (unless they are holding out for SHOT Show – still unlikely). Their main objectives appear to be improving their existing lines of 1911s with modern grips and more curb appeal. A sneak peek into their new 2017 products shows them expanding their offerings in the highly successful K6s revolver and Micro 9 pistol as well.