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You may recall that my FFL guy had some “issues” with his Kimber Solo. Specifically light primer strikes. He sent it back to the company. About a week later the nine mm returned with the following listed on the invoice: striker safety lever replaced; barrel chamber reamed & polished; trigger bar replaced; test fired OK – after repair; feed ramp polished. Steve and I finally managed to rendezvous for some range time. And the gun she works! Despite the pocket rocket’s high running costs and snappy recoil, Steve may be going Solo for his everyday carry. Meanwhile, TTAG’s T&E Solo has arrived. Between the two guns, I’ve got a pretty good idea of what this piece is and isn’t. Full review next Monday.

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  1. The ongoing saga of the Kimber Solo seems…odd. I mean I got reports of the company going downhill a few years ago and I saw one of the original first 100 (which the guy with it never mentioned a problem but he sells weapons face to face for a living so I expect no truth from him) and was not impressed. The most pivotal thing I think that will sell or not sell this is how it stacks up to a Kahr PM9. That’s main pistol in the same price and size bracket and seems to currently have the market share on micro 9mm that are practical for an EDC weapon.

  2. I reported on the Sig P290 a while back and though it was a heck of a pistol. A bit pricey for sure, but very accurate and easy to handle for such a small 9mm.

  3. I’ll keep my Walther PPS and P99(c) thanks…100%reliability and accurate. No buffing, fluffing, or massaging required.

  4. I know own both the Kahr PM9 and a Kimber Solo. I had the Kahr first and have put about 300 rounds through with never a failure or malfunction of any kind. Got the Solo because I like the 1911 style and also because I like the lighter, silky smooth trigger pull lots better than the looong Kahr pull. I have only put about 120 rounds through the Solo, but no trouble there either. Magazine follower on the Solo was very tight at first, tough to get 6 rounds in. But out of the box, I cleaned and lubed it, and used the recommended ammo, and I love the gun. Will probably sell the Kahr as no need for both of these compact 9’s, and I have a Sig P225 and a Sig P238 besides. That’s my other quandary: I absolutely love my P238 – very light recoil, very accurate and 100% reliable once Sig got the early spring and mag problems squared away. Now a found a compact 9MM I am happy with, and Sig comes out with the P938! I probably gonna get in trouble for buying that when it comes out, but may have to take the chance!

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  6. I would like to forward a theory of mine, based only on comparing my CM-9 in my right hand to the gun shop’s Kimber Solo 9mm in my left hand. I could not disassemble the shop’s Solo, so my comparison is only superficial. Here it is: The Kimber and the Kahr are the SAME gun. Yes, there are some cosmetic differences, but the critical functional parts of the Kimber appear to be clones of the Kahr. Look at the back of the slide of each for example. Both stainless steel slides are “keyed” to the frame by the same odd, complex geometry…truly as a key fits a lock. Yes the Kahr frame is plastic and the Kimber is aluminum, accounting for the slight weight difference favoring he Kahr. And the Kimber is dressed up like a baby 1911. But the magazine release, the trigger pin, the dis assembly pin, the slide itself, etc. etc. are all the same on both pistols. Since the two companies apparently aren’t in court together, I could assume that they are in cahoots together on this wonderful little 9. What do y’all think

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