Has anyone actually installed sights on a Kahr?


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IMTHDUKE
August 19, 2010, 04:42 PM
Has anyone actually installed after maket sights on a Kahr? I want to install XS Big dots on my Kahr PM9 and after reading a lot of posts, many say you would be better off leting a smith do it because of the degree of difficulity due to the way the orginals are stuck on. I have watched the XS vid that shows how easy it is, but that not on a Kahr. I read from several that even with a sight pusher it's tough. Soooo....has anyone who is not a smith actually done it on a Kahr?

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usp9
August 19, 2010, 06:58 PM
I've asked two local gunsmiths to put night sights on a Kahr and both refused. They said, "send it back to Kahr". The sights are on very tight and unless you have the right pusher, there's a chance of marring the gun... so they say.

Soooo....has anyone who is not a smith actually done it on a Kahr?

There's a guy on http://www.kahrtalk.com/index.php that posted a how to do it. He said it wasn't easy.

Here's the thread...http://kahrtalk.com/kahr-tech/2808-kahr-sight-removal-question.html

Zerodefect
August 19, 2010, 08:39 PM
I wouldn't put XS big dots on a short sight radius gun like a PM9.
My Bigdots on my Glock23 are nice, but they work better on fullsize pistols.

Being that Kahr sights are a pain to do, make sure. I'd recommend Warren Tacticle Sevigny fibre optic target sights. As long as your holster covers the rear sight or you wear a undershirt when CCW, otherwise the more rounded rear sights may be a better choice.

A thin front sight is key on little guns IMO. I may be switching my XS sights out soon. They're fast and great at night though, just hard to aim beyond 15yds.

Tilos
August 19, 2010, 09:40 PM
I have removed and replaced a rear sight on a CW9.
I 1st drifted it for windage, then eventually removed it and turned it around because that cut out in the rear was distracting.

The rear sight drifted out from left to right as I recall and I would measure the dovetail with a caliper to determine which is the widest side.

I have also installed XS big dot sights on a Glock, with that rear sight a slip fit in the dovetail with set screw retainment.

Now, I have never delt with the PM9 FRONT sight dovetail design and that may be the difficult part.

I believe the XS sight is a good choice given the usual purpose of the PM9, with the smaller Dot being somewhat better for pocket or holster carry.
XS may be able to answer any install questions.
And if Kahr does it, you need only send the slide, which is not considered a gun for shipping purposes.
YMMV
Smiths shy away from type work, especially if you supply the sights.
It's a $10-$20 job and if they break a vial during the install you will want a new sight or them to pay YOU for the broken sight.

Often at gunshows there are people who sell and install (usually free) these type sights, while you watch.
Watch them do someone elses to decide if you want them working on YOUR gun...or not.

bdb benzino
August 19, 2010, 09:41 PM
My local smith installed my Trijicons in about 12 minutes flat. Not a marr at all!

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