Weighing just 17 ounces and chambered for the 9mm cartridge,…

Weighing just 17 ounces and chambered for the 9mm cartridge, Kimber’s Solo is destined to become a favorite of those that trust their lives to their carry guns. Shown are the Solo Carry Stainless and Solo Carry.

There was no elaborate fanfare or warning that something really sensational was about to happen in the gun industry earlier this year. Kimber—a company best known for their extensive line of 1911s—introduced a micro-compact, striker-fired 9mm autoloader that seems perfect for off-duty, undercover or back-up use. Before it was even released, I only heard rumors and had to investigate.

What I read intrigued me. Clearly Kimber had not merely followed the template that other manufacturers use, but rather started with a fresh page and designed a gun that, from top to bottom, is built for deep concealment. Recently, I was given a chance to actually handle one of the brand new Kimber Solo pistols. To say that I was impressed is an understatement. Small, sleek and lightweight, Kimber’s 9mm micro-compact also features great sights, a smooth trigger and ambidextrous manual safeties and magazine releases. In my eyes, it’s everything that a law enforcement back-up handgun should be.

The Kimber Solo’s stainless steel barrel measures 2.7” long and mates directly to the slide of the pistol.

Gun Details
Many will look at the Solo Carry and mistakenly assume that it possesses a double-action-only trigger. I know that I did. But the striker is loaded to nearly 90 percent, and the balance of movement cannot be felt as the trigger is pulled. Therefore, the best description for this action would be “single-action/striker-fired.” The Kimber system also utilizes a firing pin safety that prevents the gun from being fired unless the trigger is fully depressed.

Kimber lightly bevels the mag well of the Solo Carry for fast and sure mag reloads. Note the ambi mag release.

Load Comments
  • larry clipp

    they should have put agrip safety on it like the old .380 brownings

  • Glen Seago

    Mike, I wanted the Solo every since I saw the ads for it and could never find one at any of the Dealers because they sold there Demo before they were suppose to, So finally i found one used and after several failures to fire and eject with 124gr & 147gr I contacted the guy I purchased from and found out he was not the original owner but did find the original owner which had sent the Solo back to Kimber and they replaced the slide & barrel, I also had to send back to Kimber for the second time and they replaced the slide and firing pin and all springs, Now when i received the Solo back I was told that I would have to replace the springs every 1000rds or sooner and i’ve since heard that they stopped production just to make repair’s on the ones that were sold, since i received my Solo back i’ve been able to fire 100rds with no problems so far but a cert. firearm instructor was watching me and noticed that the shell casings were flying every which way and he suggested that I get rid of the Solo, I just wished I would have received one of the guns that so many of you writer’s received since all the writer’s that i’ve read there articles have praise the Solo and i wanted to also but I have 4 Glocks & 3 S&W M&P’s & Sig RCS 1911 & a few other handguns that i’ve been able to put a lot of rounds in without any FTF or FTE, I think Kimber started with a good ideal but failed in there quality control. I’ve got my up for sell but everyone ask me if I’ve had any problem’s with the Solo and I explain what problem’s I had because I was brought up to tell the truth. If i’m lucky I might be able to sell the Solo one day.