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Attention Kahr PM9 owners!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by GVMan, Mar 30, 2007.


Problems after 200 round break in.

  1. I have had virtually flawless operation after 200 round break in

  2. I have had numerous failures after 200 round break in.

  1. GVMan

    GVMan Member

    Jun 30, 2006
    Fellow Kahr Owners bare with me, I need your help. Let's settle this once and for all. Everyone else, we need to get to the bottom of this, please only vote in this poll if you own or have owned a Kahr PM9. If you have questions about another Kahr model please create a separate poll of your own.

    OK, I have read numerous threads about the unreliability of the Kahr PM9 and just as many stating that the unreliability may be overstated and that many owners have had no problems.

    How many of you have had problems after the 200 round break in period? How many have had no problems after the 200 round break in period?

    I thought about adding a choice for those that have had no problems after a trip back to Kahr, but I don't really think that anyone should have to send their gun back in. Any firearm manufacturer should make sure that the gun is in perfect working order before they ship it the first time.
  2. Larryect

    Larryect Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    I'm not sure you have enough options.

    So, let me say the gun has been fine from day one as far as no jams.

    However, I did have an incident with a cartridge that blew out. It was a reload, and I quit using reloads in the gun. Upon examination I don't believe the PM9 has nearly the chamber support of my Sig P239. The factory fixed the resultant minor damage at no charge, polished the feed ramp and replaced springs and did it expeditiously.

    I trust it and carry it daily.
  3. 000Buck

    000Buck Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    It seems that most Kahrs run perfectly if you read up on them here and on GlockTalk.com. The ones that dont run perfectly seem to run horribly, so it is all or nothing. I love the little Kahrs, but I will be the first to admit that Kahr seems to put out more lemons than most other high $$$ manufacturers. There is no other nice shooting super small 9mm than it and the Rohrbaugh and those are $1k or something. If Glock made a PM9 sized gun they would sell like crazy, but for now the PM9 is the only affordable game in town unless you want a Keltec.

    For everyone saying to buy a Glock on the other thread, you have to decide how big of a gun you want to carry. I have more Glocks than any other make, but the PM9 is in another league when it comes to being small.
  4. Sistema1927

    Sistema1927 Senior Member

    May 21, 2004
    "Land of (dis)Enchantment"
    I have about 1,000 rounds through mine so far. I had a couple of rounds fail to fully go into battery during the first 50, but no problems since then.
  5. jlh26oo

    jlh26oo Participating Member

    Jun 1, 2005
    Have one. Few malfunctions in first few hundred, seems to be ok now, but don't shoot it enough anymore to vote. Only thing I dislike about it is they don't know how to do plastic (too soft- it burrs and makes hairs), poorly finished frames from factory. They are impressive though for what they are at that size.

  6. Albatross

    Albatross Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    My girlfriend's polymer PM9 has eaten all kinds of cheap reloads from round 1 to probably around 2000 or so. It didn't need any break-in period and has shot without hiccups, with its factory magazines.

    I got her a couple non-factory magazines from Midway, for a defensive handgun class (a third of the price of actual Kahr magazines) and while they work most of the time when the magazines aren't loaded perfectly it can result in a major malfunctions. The kind that you have to use pliers to fix.

    Anyway, with the Kahr magazines the weapon is as reliable as any and she carries the weapon with confidence.
  7. ezypikns

    ezypikns Participating Member

    Jul 16, 2004
    Dallas, Texas
    No problems until now, that is.

    Just recently I have discovered that my barrel seems to be hitting my slide and peening slighly, causing the pistol to sometimes fail to go into battery. Guess i'm going to have to send it to the factory. After the first 200 rds or so, no problems. Probably 1000 rds more and now this. I love the pistol, but it HAS to be reliable.
  8. GVMan

    GVMan Member

    Jun 30, 2006

    Well, I was excited for awhile when the poll was showing only 1 person with a problematic Kahr. I started the poll on Friday March 30th. Let's hope for more responses to get some good data.
  9. orionengnr

    orionengnr Mentor

    Jan 3, 2005
    After break-in, my PM9 has treated me very well. How well?

    Well enough that the PM9 is my summer "always" gun. I trust the PM9 so much that I sold five S&W j-frames. The Kahr hides better, shoots twice as well (in my hands), holds two more rounds. I could not justify keeping the j-frames.

    Well enough that I subsequently bought it's big brother, the P45, for winter carry.
  10. romma

    romma Senior Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    My PM9 is awesome with all types of ammo...
  11. GVMan

    GVMan Member

    Jun 30, 2006
    It's still a tough call for me. The current poll is running 85% to 15%. I haven't found anything as "carry-able" as the Kahr and I think I might have to get one and hope that it is a good one. At least after sending it back to Kahr, if that becomes necessary.

    I just can't help think how many of these Kahr could sell if they had the reliability of a Glock.
  12. saltydog452

    saltydog452 Participating Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Other than being close to hand, reliability is/should be the primary concern.

    If you think Glocks are more reliable, then that brand is where you might want to focus.

    My Kahrs work, at least they have so far...

    One of them had a 'recall' for replacement of the slide stop/lock. I considered not sending it back, but since I had another, and Kahr paid the freight, I did.

    Still, no problem with either.

    Maybe I should have bought a lottery ticket...

    Gotta tell you though, the Tupperware Kahr gets carried more than fired. The steel Kahr gets more range time.

    Both have pretty much fallen into '2nd string status' since I rec'd my Colt LW Commander that was made reliable by Chuck Rogers of Rogers Precision.

    Primary ammunition of choice with the Kahrs was/is Wal-Mart Ball and Cor-Bon. Both in 115 weight. The Cor-Bon 115 is rated at '+P'. A couple of folks whose obversations I respect have clocked the Cor-Bon 115s @ 1400 fps. I have no illusions that a plastic frame/steel slide, be it Kahr or Glock, is going to have lots of longetivity at that energy level.


    edit for 'ez'.

    If I remember right, the slide lock/release cross pin of some of the Kahrs, had a cross pin/shaft that rotated. Somehow or other this was not a better idea. Call Kahr, tell 'em whats going on.

    I sent mine back before there were any malfucntions.

    Last edited: Apr 3, 2007
  13. VorpalSpork

    VorpalSpork New Member

    May 23, 2005
    I initially had a problem with my Kahr PM9. Read this post I wrote last year for the details. Since that initial problem it has run problem free. Don't let the reliability stories scare you off, go purchase one.
  14. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Elder

    Jul 30, 2006
    Johnson City, TN
    My own (VC serial number prefix, purchased April 2006) had serious failure to return to battery problems. I sent it back and they replaced the barrel and recoil spring. It has run well since then.
  15. GrandmasterB

    GrandmasterB Active Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    Fort Worth, TX
    Mine's been perfect. No issues or problems through hundreds of rounds. It is quite accurate too. It is also one of my "most carried" guns.
  16. mightyike

    mightyike New Member

    Jan 14, 2006
    P9 with MMC sights

    Gun functioned fine at home....

    1st try: Out shooting: failure to go into battery...
    sent back, fixed

    2nd try: Out shooting: MMC sights fell out (I shoot on a large old sheet to catch brass)
    sent back and fixed again.

    I just cannot trust my life to that kind of risky behavior. My P9 MMC sits at home a virgin. I will try again some day but want to keep it LNIB so I can rid myself of it.

    My G20 and G32 are polymer and eat fine.

    My Kahr SS models are as perfect as anyone would ever desire...My micro40 SS elite 2003 Kahr is my pocket gun.
  17. sk

    sk New Member

    Sep 10, 2007
    kahr pm9 dependability

    I've had no trouble at all from day one with my PM9. Of the malfunctions listed on this post, I wonder if it's really the PM's fault or are the shooters sometimes limp wristing the firearm. It is so very small that holding it with two fingers might account for a loose grip more often than most. And a loose grip will cause a recycle malfunction. As I said, imo, great dependable firearm.
  18. h0ss

    h0ss Member

    Jun 22, 2007
    I voted that i had numerous problems after the 200 round break in. That was initially, after kahr got the problems fixed and the barrel replaced with a non-defective one, it has been flawless after the 2nd break-in.

    Although not as many pm9 problems as a couple of years ago, there are still some, but i think they are getting less and less as kahr works the bugs out. I must say, i was surprised by the positive poll. I expeceted more votes to be on the failure side. :)
  19. brashboy

    brashboy New Member

    Jul 9, 2007
    Gainesville, FL
    Wow... over a quarter of Kahr owners are experiencing numerous failures after break-in?
  20. sgist

    sgist New Member

    Dec 30, 2005
    My third Kahr and my first polymer one, and I am very pleased. Just shot about 250 rounds this weekend without problem, very easy to point, soft shooting, and accurate. I couldn't be more pleased. I will report back after 1000 rounds.

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