Glock 36 vs Kahr PM45


April 17, 2009, 11:20 AM
Glock 36 vs Kahr PM45: experiences, comments, comparisons.

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Seven For Sure
April 17, 2009, 03:10 PM
The P45 would be the equivilent to the 36. 6+1, 3 3/4" barrel etc. I've had both. I like the Kahr much better. Mag changes are easier, faster, smoother because you get three fingers on the grip. The 36 has a two finger grip with the pinky on the end of the mag. Mags are thinner so easier to carry a back up in the pocket. They're about the same thickness but the Kahr grip is much shorter front to back, giving it a smaller grip. Though they have the same barrel length, the P45 is a 1/2" shorter (slide). Height is about even.

Never had a PM45 so I can't comment. They are on the big side for pocket, almost identical in size to the P40 but thicker and one less rd. It may use a dual recoil assembly like the PM9 and PM40. A PM9 or PM40 would be better for pocket carry over a PM45 for me and my pockets.

April 17, 2009, 03:53 PM
the PM45 might be pocketable, I know of one poster who carrys it in his pocket. it is about 4 ounces lither tan the glock, smaller all the way around and is one super handgun IMO. So is the glock, both more than likely willbe waist band carried.

I am a kahr fan

April 17, 2009, 08:19 PM
I prefer the grip of the Kahr -- I can get a full grip so no dangling pinky, plus it's a nice shooter too

April 17, 2009, 11:51 PM
I've owned both and the Kahr is not even half as good a pistol as the G36. The 36 has a better trigger, better reliabilty, better aftermarket parts, better quality for the money (shall I stop here?)... :D I bought a used 36 to replace the new P45 I had and sold. There's no real comparison here, not even in the same ball park. With the Pierce +1 grip extension, you get 7+1 in a thin (not as thin as my Springer Micro, but thin enough to conceal well) reliable Glock with a place for your whole hand (no pinky dangle). IMHO, polymer Kahr's are way over priced for the quality. Go with a Glock and you'll never look back at Kahr, I know I won't.

April 18, 2009, 10:44 AM
certainly kahrs don't please everyone, as neither does glocks. I own um both, they go bang EVERY time, but I only carry the kahr PM9 24/7

Unlike Distra who has had issues, I have never had one issues ever and I own 3 kahrs and they have been flalwelss, My K9 has 4000 plus rounds through it and my PM9 has 19.500 and my little P380 right now has 450. top quality IMO, not over priced IMO but if you get burned by a gun u tend to stay away from them in the future. I was a past kt owner and u could not give me one of them today PERIOD, but there are thousands out there that love theirs. there are always two sides to a fence..

Glocks are not fool proof. Just ask the Indiana State Police about thier G22, which (1200) in exchange for the G17 which is their carry peace still today..

April 21, 2009, 12:23 AM
Both shoot great, and are dependable.
I got the KAHR P45. Light, slim, and scary accurate

April 21, 2009, 10:40 AM
In this case, I would go with the G36. I've owned both and the PM45 was traded within two-weeks. The PM45 wouldn't reliably feed anything and this is after two return trips. Do some research, try out both, and then decide.

October 1, 2009, 04:55 AM
it seems you had some problems
but wow kahr must have wonderful customer service support if you were able to send it in worked on and returned twice in a two week period

The Lone Haranguer
October 2, 2009, 08:02 AM
The 36 has a two finger grip with the pinky on the end of the mag.

I never understood that. :confused: There is no reason for it. Nevertheless, one I shot as a rental performed well for me. Of course, this was when .45 practice ammo was a ten-spot for a box. ;)

October 2, 2009, 07:30 PM
^^ Agreed. It's very annoying. I wonder if it has anything to do with their manufacturing process of the magazines... this being the only single stack magazine that GLOCK makes. Maybe the weird butt plate was a cost-motivated decision. 2, 3, or 2 1/2 fingers, I'd still rather have a flush fitting mag.

January 19, 2010, 06:36 PM
I have both but prefer to carry the P45. It weighs less and for me the easier of the 2 to shot more accurately. I find it much easier to conceal as well. On the other hand for any "extended" shooting session I find my way to the G36. Anyone carrying either will most certainly be well armed. Have confidence in both you can not choose wrong between the two.

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