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Old 03-19-2012, 21:47   #1
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Kimber solo 9mm

Just got the new American Rifleman and they are hot on the new Kimber Solo single-stack 9mm and I gotta say so am IGeneral Firearms Forum!





My question is: beside the Kimber solo and the Keltec PF9, what other single stack sub-compact pocket 9mms are out there???
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Old 03-19-2012, 21:50   #2
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Walther PPS, Karh CW9, beretta nano, ruger LC9, sig 290.
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Old 03-19-2012, 21:57   #3
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Thank you!

I'm liking the Sig290. . .
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Old 03-19-2012, 22:27   #4
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Thank you!

I'm liking the Sig290. . .
No problem, out of the list I gave you my favorite is the walther PPS. For the record I havnt shot any of said pistols, I've just been doing alot of fondling in gun stores, reading reviews and watching YouTube videos.

The walther has different backstraps, glock like trigger feels good to me that's just my opinion. It breaks down just like a glock.

It has a ambi mag release, which I dig it's location. Could be a plus if your a southpaw.


The Kahr isn't bad but if heard the triggers are iffy.

The nano just seemed blocky to me and really top heavy.

The LC9 seems pretty nice but I'm having a hard time finding one locally without spending more than I want for one.

Good luck brother.
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Old 03-19-2012, 22:50   #5
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The kimber Solo is a cool looking Pistol but it is rather expensive and tends to squirm in your hand due to the smooth front strap,needs some 30 lpi checkering. The sights are nice and it has a good trigger.
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Old 03-19-2012, 22:51   #6
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The Solo is the perfect summer IWB carry gun. Yea, you could put it in a pocket due to it being as big as the P238, just a little heavier and thicker.....

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....but with IWB, any shirt can be worn without printing issues.

This is what it looks like now with the Wilson Combat front strap and wood grips.
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The PF-9 is nice and could be another consideration but my second and last PF-9 had peening issues on the slide, a poor mag release and an out of spec grip. I changed to the newer mag release and the mags kept dropping. Put my thumb up in the air when shooting to make sure it wasn't me and they still dropped. I then got a new grip from KT but the slide kept getting worse and worse with the peening. Seems there is quite a gap between the serial numbers where peening issue arise from poor heat treating so it's not just a bad batch. If you ask over at the KT forum they'll tell you it rarely comes up but it comes up enough with many guns between serial numbers to make me not want to roll the dice with them again. Luckily, my current P3AT is still a keeper.
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Old 03-19-2012, 23:03   #7
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[QUOTE=Nakanokalronin;18733273]The Solo is the perfect summer IWB carry gun. Yea, you could put it in a pocket due to it being as big as the P238, just a little heavier and thicker.....

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....but with IWB, any shirt can be worn without printing issues.

This is what it looks like now with the Wilson Combat front strap and wood grips.
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That configuration is how Kimber should make them, I love the way your Pistol looks. Did you do the work your self ?
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That configuration is how Kimber should make them, I love the way your Pistol looks. Did you do the work your self ?
The wood grips came from here: http://www.sgmgrips.com/

The screws are just stainless slim line 1911 grip screws.

The front strap was made for a 1911 which I cut to fit the Solo. The CDP model comes with the front and back checkering but it costs more then it's worth. I agree, every Solo should at least come with the front strap checkered. Although the recoil isn't bad, the stock paper thin grips and smooth straps do nothing as far as texture goes unless you like readjusting your grip between shots.
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:22   #9
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The wood grips came from here: http://www.sgmgrips.com/

The screws are just stainless slim line 1911 grip screws.

The front strap was made for a 1911 which I cut to fit the Solo. The CDP model comes with the front and back checkering but it costs more then it's worth. I agree, every Solo should at least come with the front strap checkered. Although the recoil isn't bad, the stock paper thin grips and smooth straps do nothing as far as texture goes unless you like readjusting your grip between shots.
I'm second inline at my LGS for a Kimber Solo, can't wait to get it. Thanks for showing your enhancements to the Solo, I look forward to doing the same.
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I am a pocket pistol junkie. Long story short I have or have had just about one of every pocket pistol worth having, or in the case of the Solo gave it a good workout. In my opinion the Sig 290 is the best pocket pistol made. It's tough and a real gun, it feeds any ammo. It's an ounce or two heavier than a Solo, but the 290 is volumetrically very small. Put it right next to a Ruger LCP and you will see what I mean!
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My question is: beside the Kimber solo and the Keltec PF9, what other single stack sub-compact pocket 9mms are out there???

I believe that the Rohrbaugh is what makes the other choices pale when it comes to a size comparison. It might not be the most economical though...
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Old 03-20-2012, 18:34   #12
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I wish I wish could afford a rohrbaugh! I have only held 1 in my life and it was sweet!

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Old 03-21-2012, 06:25   #13
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Kahr also makes nice single stacks. I wouldn't get a CW though.
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:48   #14
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Keep in mind Kimber recommends you only shoot 124gr SD ammo, specifically Gold Dots, Golden Sabers or Hydra-Shok through it, even for practice.

Running Wally World 115gr target ammo through it will make it a jam-o-matic.
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The Kimber Solo is a high quality carry gun, and is designed to be used with quality self defiance ammo.
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:37   #16
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Just got the new American Rifleman and they are hot on the new Kimber Solo single-stack 9mm and I gotta say so am IGeneral Firearms Forum!





My question is: beside the Kimber solo and the Keltec PF9, what other single stack sub-compact pocket 9mms are out there???
Is Kimber still recommending changing the recoil spring after 1K rounds?

I just don't like that.

Do other similar guns recommend the same thing.
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Is Kimber still recommending changing the recoil spring after 1K rounds?

I just don't like that.

Do other similar guns recommend the same thing.
If you don't like that, then don't get a Rohbargh. They recommend change after 200 rounds (check their website).

I have had no issues running 115gr WWB, PMC rounds through my Solo. Kimber does have a recommended list for the Solo, and it includes several brands and gr bullets. Accuracy with the Solo is Excellent.

I love to read inputs about guns from people who know nothing about it.

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No offense but I suspect that the reduced longevity of the recoil spring is a price for some of the very small pistols. If I could afford a Rohrbaugh, I would not worry about the cost of a few recoil springs. If I had a Ferrari I wouldn't complain about the cost of premium gasoline either.
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