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A First Look at the Kimber Solo

by Bart Skelton   |  July 30th, 2012 13

It’s true that I’m fond of all sorts of handguns, but I have a particular fondness for little guns, especially ones that really pack a punch. As a law enforcement officer and special agent over the last twenty something years, I’ve carried a variety of little handguns as backups, and occasionally for primary carry.

One of my favorites has long been the Walther PPK/s, along with the Colt 1908, which is one of the most comfortable to carry handguns ever. The only trouble is both of these little autos are chambered for .380.

I’ve never minded carrying the .380 as I believe it to be a relatively good manstopper – nothing like a .45 ACP, of course, but if the shot is place right, it’ll work. I once loaned a friend my Walther to put down a 250 pound hog. One round between the hog’s eyes at about a yard away did the trick. The hog dropped like a sack of potatoes and never flinched. As my late friend, retired federal agent Wilder Dresser, always reminded me, the Nazis used the .380 cartridge very effectively.

Now we have the Kimber Solo, one of which I recently received to test. I was impressed with the Solo from the beginning. It’s very small, beautifully made, and is chambered for the 9mm cartridge. The Solo is even more comfortable than either my Colt 1908 or the Walther as it’s very thin and short. I was afraid the Solo might be a little snappy at the range, but I ran a hundred rounds or so through it without a hitch. Not only was it easy to handle, it shot extremely well. I was able to pop a steel plate at 20 yards in rapid fire mode pretty easily.

I plan to spend a good deal more time with the Solo, and I’ll submit a full report on it at some point in the near future.

  • BYRON

    POR QUE NO PRUEBAS EN DARLE UN TIRO A UN FAMILIAR TUYO , PORQUE SIEMPRE TIENEN Q MATAR A LOS INOCENTES ANIMALES, ALGUN DIA LO PAGARAS CON ALGUIEN Q TE DUELA.

    • Tom

      Porque el tocino sabe bueno:)

  • cptkeybrd

    solo animales con dos piernas

  • BJ

    looks lie a great carry gun, when the first ones hit the market they had bad reviews, something about breaking them in with expensive ammo, I wonder if this is still the case. I own a kimber 45 with the laser and it goes bang everytime never a problem, would love to own the Solo when I see more good reviews. thanks for this short review, sounds better all thew time.

    • JoePa

      I've owned a SOLO CDP for around Six Months. I've put around 300 rounds through it without any Fail to Fires or Fail to Feeds. Ive fired all types of ammo including 115 Gr. Federal & Winchester Target ammo. At First the magazines were hard to load and very hard to eject especially if the Mag was full. The tight tolerance and tight mag springs were probably the result of the earlier problems that Kimber had with the initial SOLO's. For a Micro 9mm the pistol is very accurate, even out to 25yrds.

  • Caligula

    Kimberly suggests that the recoil spring be replaced after 1000 rounds.

  • FreeRanger

    YES, small caliber bullets can kill. Dad had a buftchershop and killed hogs and cattle everyday, using 22 Shorts in a small vintage single shot rifle. Usually a single shot from about 6 inches distance, placed between the eyes, would drop those animals like a ton of bricks. However, I wouldn't recommend it on anything but a corralled animal. Carry a bigger cartridge than a .380, if you can.

    • Caligula

      Agreed. The Nazis did kill a lot of people with 380's – they made them kneel and shot them in the back of the head. I'll stick with the 9mm or larger calibre.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kyleright Kyle Unks

    that it sweet i actually like the .380 whats the ticket on one of those bad boys

  • https://www.facebook.com/joe.sobotka Joe Sobotka

    Nice little firearm! The XDs is about $200 cheaper though. But if I had the cash to burn, I would buy the Kimber.

    • Adam

      two totally different guns. The XDS is quite a bit bigger than the solo.

  • WBill

    Just try to find one. I've been looking for 7 months. Will buy the P290RS as I can find one.

  • John Wesley Bletsch

    Just ran 140 rounds through my Solo. I bought it used and it was clean as a whistle so I don’t think the previous owner shot it. Only issue was a self-inflicted one. I cleaned and lubed the pistol when I got it home from buying it. When I put the slide stop back in I missed picking up the slide stop spring. Upon firing every round locked the slide back. Took it to a better lighted area and discovered the problem and corrected. Fired the rest of the session without issue. The owner’s manual recommends 124 grain to 147 grain premium ammo for proper function. I tried 10 rounds of Hornady Critical Defense 115 grain and they functioned perfectly. Recoil is a bit snappy with the underside of the trigger guard banging my second knuckle to remind me that it just went off. My habit with small guns is to shoot only 50 to 75 rounds a session and this is no exception to that. As with my XDs .45 I will limit my range shooting to 50 rounds per outing and do more dry firing between.

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