Kahr CW45 issues?


Col. Plink
December 10, 2013, 01:11 PM
Hey y'all,
Have a new CW45 and experienced one 'stovepipe' with a steel case on the last round in the mag (slide locked open though).
Are there repetitive issues I should look for? Thanks!

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F-111 John
December 10, 2013, 01:15 PM
If the slide locked open, what was the round 'stovepiped' against?

December 10, 2013, 02:18 PM
I think you should be using some good 45ACP that is brass cases.

Col. Plink
December 10, 2013, 02:56 PM
It was jammed lengthwise(!) and came unstuck when I hit the slide release. Have noticed it dings the cases a lot on two sides at the rim (jammed case was no exception). Have heard the cw45 has a long break-in period(?).

December 10, 2013, 04:24 PM
I'm a little confused.

If the slide is locked back, held by the slide stop, how could the case be jammed?
The distance from the chamber to the locked back breach face is longer than the case length.

Are you saying the case was laying loose on the magazine lips...not held by extractor?

Are you saying that you released the slide stop without pulling the magazine out?

Are you saying that the case was held by the extractor, but the ejector didn't kick it out?

December 10, 2013, 05:38 PM
I may be over simplifying this but...shoot it. Kahrs are one gun who mean what they say about 200 round break-in. I would get some good ammo and shoot a couple hundred rounds. Can almost guarantee it clear up on its own.

December 11, 2013, 03:23 PM
I would not complain if I had a problem with any pistol with tighter chambers when steel case ammo was used. Try shooting your pistol with some better quality of brass cased ammo. See if you still have any issues.

SC Shooter
December 13, 2013, 01:00 PM
The reviews fro the Kahr CW45 are pretty mixed. Most of the complaints center around chambering. There is virtually no debate as to the superiority of brass over steel. Take the advice of previous replies. Get some decent ammo.

December 14, 2013, 02:42 PM
My CW45 was VERY ammo sensitive (even after two trips to the factory). The only ammo that worked fine was WWB, American Eagle FMJ and Remington Golden Sabre JHP. I loved the guns ergonomics and accuracy, but it was only reliable with those three brands of ammo.

December 16, 2013, 06:29 PM
Buy a 3" 1911 lite weight and see how many brands of ammo it likes. As size goes up pickiness goes down.

Col. Plink
December 17, 2013, 09:41 AM
The plot thickens:

It will now not chamber brass rounds by releasing the slide. I can pull the slide back and let it go and it will chamber and I can run through the mag, but the slide does not lock open after the last round. Interesting all the more because I had several mags of error-free performance out of the box.

December 17, 2013, 11:17 AM
That sounds like a mag issue or a feeding ramp that needs cleaning up. Did you take the gun apart clean and lube it?

Col. Plink
December 17, 2013, 12:47 PM
Have had the increase in issues after clean & lube. Reassembly issue(?) Seems strange....

December 17, 2013, 01:46 PM
Sounds like the slide stop lever spring might be out of whack. Also, are you sure you're not riding the slide stop lever not allowing it to keep the slide open after the last round?

I have a few Kahrs, and IMHO, the slide stop lever is the weakest part of the design. I take a dremmel to all mine to reduce the surface area as much as possible. I shoot thumbs forward, and this shooting style doesn't play nice with their protruding slide stops.

December 18, 2013, 09:21 AM
What brass ammo not tulla?? Maybe you should have a buddy that's use to small pistols give it a try with no out side pressure.

Col. Plink
December 18, 2013, 04:20 PM
DanO is the winner!
Was surprised to find out it will run not properly reassembled, but not well.

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