How to fix a Kimber Solo when slide locks open after every shot

Kimber Solo Slide Locks Back After Every Shot

Is your Kimber Solo CDP jamming after cleaning? Or did you take it down recently?

Is your slide staying open on your Kimber solo after every single shot? regardless of ammo? 124gr, 115gr, 147gr?

Is your Kimber Solo stuck? Until you hit the slide release?

Most likely, you reassembled the pistol wrong, trust me :)

So if you download the Kimber Solo Users Manual Here

Kimber Solo Slide Locks Back After Every Shot

Kimber Solo Slide Locks Back After Every Shot

Press slide stop inward until fully seated and release slide (Figure Above). Be certain that the slide stop has picked up the retention spring located on the frame (Figure Above). Failure to install the slide stop below the spring will cause the slide to lock open while firing.
There is a small slot on the back side of the slide stop, this slot is where the retention spring goes on the slide stop.
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  1. Fred Baer says:

    Thanks! I shot my Solo for the first time tonight, and it was locking back after every shot, with all 3 mags I tried it with. I was so disappointed! I was all ready for the call to Kimber tomorrow (where I hope they would have told me about this…) but you saved me the call!


  2. Great news! how did it shoot otherwise? for me, I find it an incredibly accurate little gun.

  3. Chris Amow says:

    Good writeup! I heard about this issue when searching for slide lock issues, but nothing as detailed and I hadn’t found the downloadable manual yet. I’m looking forward to going back the range to try things now, the first trip was looking pretty depressing…

    Interestingly, I couldn’t reassemble the solo following the instructions so I wonder if this will be a problem. Without the magazine in place first, after putting the slide lock lever back in (paying attention the capturing the spring) the pistol would not return to battery and would not allow me to insert a mag.

    This is such an important detail Kimber should have put this all over the place including the front of the manual. Most people would think they would know how to assemble it looking at it if they are familiar with 1911s and they would be making a giant mistake. And from a business point of view the amount of support this issue generates must be huge.

    They also should have put in a picture of what the captured spring looks like from the other side – to me (assuming I’m doing it right) the way this spring fits in doesn’t really inspire confidence…

  4. thats a great picture!

  5. Larry Hagemann says:

    Thanks Erik. I’m with Chris, the diagrams on how the slide stop was to hold the rentention spring are solrely inadequate. THe booklet (came with the gun) and the web site are identical and unclear…they show one side only.

    With these cautions, I studied my new gun in a variety of positions to fully understand how the sping should be held in place. Now I understand, but (like Chris said) it seems to be rather loosely held and not intuitive from the photos from Kimber.

    I am neither a wimp, nor an aging senior. But I had trouble racking the slide and (heaven forbid) dropping the magazine. The mag release is already a two thumb exercise. I was shocked at how much force each required. I am hoping that 500 rounds will give me some relief. If not, this gun (as nice as it looks) is going to gun-heaven.

    I have not seen any web comments to indicate that my expectations will be met. My wife’s Sig Sauer P238 is a sweet=heart compared to this Kimber. I love the Solo look and the specs…but the real feel and forces required have given me pause.


  6. I don’t have any issues with the standard issue mag and the mag-release. I only have issues with the extended mag’s.

  7. Devin Price says:

    Not sure I understand the picture but my kimber solo carry 9 mm locks open after every shot. I put 50 + rounds through it right out of box. I am hoping I just need to clean and oil it as it was straight out of the box any suggestions. Thanks

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