Kimber Solo vs. Rohrbaugh R9

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    Kimber Solo vs. Rohrbaugh R9

    I am new to this form and have a few questions about the Kimber Solo and the Rohrbaugh R9. I have been doing a lot of research online I found that the Solo has had some issues recently (peening of the slide caused by barrel rubbing, FTE issues, slide inadvertantly locking back after a dew rounds. Conversely it seems that the R9 is more reliable and has a better build quality, and no reported issues.

    If anyone has either/both of these guns, I would really like your opinion on why you would carry one over the other.

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    Dominick

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    I have both the Kimber Solo STS and a Rohrbaugh R9s (as well as a Kahr PM9). Both of these pistols have been flawless for me. A couple quick things from my experience:

    Size: The R9 is a good bit smaller & lighter. The Solo is not large by any means, and I find it to be a tiny bit smaller than my PM9 and it conceals better as well as having a better "melt" job. The R9 though - this thing is tiny. Smaller than the Solo in every dimension and a few ounces lighter as well.

    Build quality: Both of these pistols are of superb quality in my opinion. Neither of these pistols show any machining marks, are both nice and tight and exude craftmanship. I do find though that the R9s seems to be just a little bit higher quality but this might be all in my mind due to paying a higher price for this pistol. The finish on the Solo (Kimpro) is definatley not as tough as the finish on the Rohrboaugh R9s.

    Shootability and Recoil: Solo seems to win here on both counts for me. The sights are much better and the recoil for me is less on the Solo than the R9. I am a little bit more accurate with the Solo. Both have nice triggers, and I find I like the Solo trigger a bit better being striker rather than hammer on the R9.

    Ergonomics: While this is of course subjective, Solo wins here for me as well. I find it to be much more comfortable in my hands. The R9 is a little more "blocky" feeling. The Solo is much more rounded and contoured and I love the way it fits my hand.

    Both hold the same number of rounds.

    The Solo is very ambidextrous. Ambi mag release, Ambi safety. The R9 though does not have a slide lock, or a safety so it is also very ambi due to lack of controls but I do prefer the slide lock and I a used to swiping a safety off from owning 1911's so I like having these controls. The R9 does not lock back after the last round due to not having a slide lock.

    I pocket carry these pistols in Desantis Nemesis holsters and both can easily be pocketed, but of course the R9 is just a bit easier due to size & weight.

    With the Solo being a few hundred dollars less I think it is a better value, but do keep in mind that it it designed to run on 124 grain or higher ammunition. Using quality 124 or better ammo, I have never had one issue with mine. My R9 can be a little ammo finicky as well but I have found mine loves Gold dots so I stick with these.

    I hope this helps a bit, this is all off the top of my head so if you have any specific questions I will try to answer them.

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    Scott
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    Scott_T ; Nice job there, Philly kind of guy! All in all, I'd be hard pressed to pay the $$$$$ for a Rohrbaugh with all the other good, less expensive guns available. You could have TWO S&W Shields, for goodness sake! Or a Glock 26 AND 27. To each his own.
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    Philly Boy: Thanks, and yep Philly born and raised here. I do agree, if I were to give a recommendation to a friend who was looking for a small single stack 9, I would recommend either the Kahr CM9 or the Shield. Both of them going for around $400 and both being fine pistols, there is some real value there.

    I have the feeling though that the OP is not looking for a polymer pistol though considering his 2 choices. Of the2 the Kimber seems to be the better value. I forgot to mention to the OP that I would wait until the Sig P938 comes out as this looks to be a real nice small metal 9 that should be a little less expensive than either the Solo or the R9 and will most likely be a very nice option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_T View Post
    I have both the Kimber Solo STS and a Rohrbaugh R9s (as well as a Kahr PM9). Both of these pistols have been flawless for me. A couple quick things from my experience:

    Size:...The Solo is not large by any means, and I find it to be a tiny bit smaller than my PM9 and it conceals better...
    Interesting observation! Guess it shows how our impressions of guns tend to be a bit subjective. Your Solo is about 1/4" longer, 1/3" thicker, and about an ounce heavier than your PM9. The Kahr is 1/10" taller. Sounds like you just like the Kimber better!

    I'm in a similar boat - been a rabid fan of my CM9 ever since I got it, but my new Shield "feels" like a comparable (or even better) size for a CCW, even though the specs show it's a tad bigger.

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    The Rorbough has the smoothest trigger I have seen on a stock gun. It is worth the big bucks.
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    One of my first renderings..:

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    I'd considered a Rohrbaugh, and a Boberg, but, bought a Solo because Crimson Trace lasergrips were available for it. For such a small pistol, it's accuracy is pretty impressive.

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    I chose the R9, because it's smaller, lighter, and has the nicest trigger. The gun stays rock solid when the hammer drops; no need to practice dry fire with the "pup." But it's a piece of executive jewelry.
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    I purchased the R-9 after looking at the others in the same field and I couldn't be happier. A great little gun that is built to last and shoots very good with mild recoil.

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    I have been extremely pleased with my Rohrbaugh. So much so, its the only pocket gun I carry anymore. All my other pocket guns have been relegated to living in the safe.
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    <Slapping forehead> I hadn't realized the R9S was a 9mm essentially identical in size to the LCP.

    LCP L=5.16" H=3.6" W=0.82" Wt=9.4 oz
    R9S L=5.20" H=3.7" W=0.812" Wt=14+ oz with magazine \

    I just started saving for an R9S. If I like it, the P238, PPK/S, and LCP will go by-by.

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