Please excuse me if I have double posted. I really do want to see if anyone else has had the same issue as I have with the Kimber Solo.
I am new to this forum so I will try to NOT offend anyone. This comment is not meant to be negative. I own 4 Kimbers. I like Kimbers. They put bullets in the same hole. Sure they require a bit of break-in. Sure, If you want the later models to be RIGHT, you need to spend a couple of hundred on aftermarket parts to get the firing mechanism operating properly. (My opinion) After you do that then all is well, at least as well as any handgun you can purchase, custom or production.
I purchased a Solo in December, actually for my wife to carry. It was a tossup between the Solo and the Sig. She is not much of a hammer cocking person so I went with the Solo. I did this after putting a few hundred rounds through my buddy's Solo and waiting till the BUGS were worked out of the earlier models. Again I AM NOT BASHING KIMBER....YET The Solo functioned flawlessly with a box of Winchester white box (Not on Kimber's recommended list) After 50 rounds of Federal HST, no problem. However, on the next outing, after 3 rounds of HSTs no bang. No FTE, new round in the chamber. Pull the trigger and nothing happened. Upon disassembly it was quite evident what had happened. The sear spring tail had "Fallen of the shelf" and ended up down in the frame. Retrieval was easy, after a few more rounds, same thing. You can actually see spots where the spring tail had "walked"" off of its home position and fallen down into the frame recess again.
Needless to say, I was not happy. Not because of a part breakage. But because there is nothing to hold the sear spring in its home position, at least on my Solo there isnt. I looked at my buddys gun and the spring appears to be the same as on my gun. His has never fell into the hole, so to speak. Could this be a design issue? Should the spring have more bend? As of now the gun is at Kimber being repaired or redesigned. 4 to 6 weeks estimated turnaround.
My question is this. Is this a design problem? Is there supposed to be a groove or a pin there to hold the spring in place? Has anyone else had this problem? Kimber does not want to talk about it. Just said that They would take care of it. I have searched the net and have found one other instance of this exact problem and 1 instance of possibly the same. Does anyone know of an update on this issue?
I know that Kimber's QC had gone down. Then again so have the rest of the manufacturers. Any idea as to what's going on here?
BTW..I forgot tell you that the unfired, chambered round had a light dimple from the striker...I assume from the inertia of the slide and striker since there was no click when squeezing the trigger....This could have been a real surprise!!!