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Kahr K9 reliability

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by snooperman, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. snooperman

    snooperman Well-Known Member

    I am thinking about getting the Kahr K9, if you have any experience with this model, please comment on its reliability. Thanks
  2. MikePaiN

    MikePaiN Well-Known Member

    ......rock solid.
    The best, most balanced platform Kahr makes.

  3. Nushif

    Nushif Well-Known Member

    My E9 (basically the budget K9) is amazingly accurate and has never missed a step.
  4. Snowdog

    Snowdog Well-Known Member

    Mine has been a joy from day one (day one being some 14 years ago). This was my carry pistol for more than a decade. Two replacement springs later and it's still tight as a drum. It now resides in a headboard on my wife's side of the bed. Of all my pistols, it's the one she shoots best.
    It has yet to malfunction and it likely has the highest round count of all my pistols.

    K series Kahr pistols are an absolute safe bet but can be pricey (thus the popularity of the economy versions that offer about the same quality at a better value).

    Now my everyday carry is an M&P40c, but it will take some time before I'm as good with it as I am with my K9.

    '96 K9 with factory option electroless nickel (before the days of Stainless K9s and reinforced frames):
  5. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    The E9 (functionally identical to the K9 but with a rougher finish and staked plastic sights) I had never had any malfunctions that could not be attributed to ammo or maintenance.
  6. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

    My K9 has been reliable. It's a well made pistol. Mine has the shorter elite trigger which I prefer to to longer pull trigger usually found in the K9.
  7. ClemsonAl

    ClemsonAl Well-Known Member


    I've purchased 5 Kahrs. I traded my K9 for a T9 when they went on sale. The K9 was great, but I like my T9 better. It has a 4 inch barrel w/night sights and wood grips. It's my nightstand gun and carrys as easily as the K9. You'll love either one!!
  8. kokapelli

    kokapelli Well-Known Member

    I have one of the first K9s and have not yet had a single failure of any kind with it.
  9. snooperman

    snooperman Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all your comments..

    I value them more than those printed in gun magazines.
  10. Snowdog

    Snowdog Well-Known Member

    I should also mention that my non-reinforced early model K9 has seen primarily +P and +P+ rounds. I would venture to say that 90% of all rounds that I've put through it were marked +P or +P+. I started off carrying my K9 with Corbon 115gr +P JHPs as this was, from what I read at the time, the cartridge Justin Moon designed the K9 around.

    Later, I switched to Georgia Arms 115gr +P+ Gold Dots due to the price and put a good many of these through the K9. A few years later, I decided I was more accurate with 124gr fodder so I switched to 124gr +P G-A Gold Dots. A few hundred rounds later, I stepped up to Winchester's RA9T (127gr +P+) as I read it was the cat's meow and stuck with it until I ran through what I had (only 500 rounds).

    Since then, I've switched all my 9mms to RA9124TP since it has proven to work well from the K9, UC9 and Hi Power and the price was right. My K9 has seen a many rounds of RA9124TP with no complaints. I'll likely stick with this for some time longer as it's competitively priced and seems a bit easier on my pistols than RA9T.

    On rare occasion, I will shoot some reloads of moderate pressure though the K9 in attempts to be easier on the wallet, but for some reason I can't get the accuracy from my reloads that I can from factory ammunition (which isn't necessarily the case for my UC9); a mystery left unsolved.

    The only thing that has been changed out is the recoil spring and only because I thought it was about time to and not due to function.

    As svelte as it is, the K9 is no doubt one robust chunk of ordnance steel.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2011
  11. exdetsgt

    exdetsgt Well-Known Member

    An Arizona Ranger buddy of mine carries off duty a small Kahr chambered in 45ACP (Don't know what its model designation is) and he loves it. Prefers it over his Glocks. Has a thousand rounds through with no malfunctions. After he let me shoot it I ordered Kahr's newly released CM9. I prefer 9mm over 45ACP, otherwise I would have got one just like his.
  12. critter

    critter Well-Known Member

    I have had an MK9 for several years. NEVER a failure of ANY type. Kahr's are good guns as far as I'm concerned.
  13. Dean1818

    Dean1818 Well-Known Member

    I have never had a failure with my K9

    VERY flat pistol....... in a crossbreed, i forget I am carrying it
  14. m2steven

    m2steven Well-Known Member

    My E9 is one of the finest, most accurate pistols I've ever shot. I'm not a good shot. Generally, I'm one of those first shot is pretty nice, second and third shots are kind of lousy type of shooter. I can pop a can or bottle at 75feet nearly every time I pull the trigger on my E9. It's just incredible. I'm one of those kind of shaky handed people and the added weight of the Kahr seems to really help. I'm good with my Glocks and my CZ75 but the E9 is simply fantastic.

    I really like the CZ when I shoot it too. Once I get a mag under my belt, I'm pretty deadly with it as well. It's got a nice grip and feel and just feels right.

    Glocks are great pistols but they DO have characteristics which make them feel a bit odd when you don't shoot them all the time. I trust 'em though.

    Kahr also has about the finest craftsmanship of any reasonably priced pistol as well. They are simply lovely to look at and operate.
  15. ddc

    ddc Well-Known Member

    +1 to everything that's been said...

    I have two K9's and have never had a failure.

    Also a MK9 and a T9 with no problems.

    I'd buy another just for the heck of it if it was priced right.
  16. Big L

    Big L Member

    Another vote for the K9... I have about 750 rounds through mine and no problems to speak of. The thing just feels rock solid, perfectly balanced, and is an easy shooter. Pretty much all of the internet grumblings (legit or not I have no idea) don't involve the K9. If you have any doubts, rent one if you can - I was impressed on my first rental and sold after my second. Good luck.
  17. dogsoldier0513

    dogsoldier0513 Well-Known Member

    I've owned a K9, MK9 and P9. My handsdown favorite was the MK9, followed closely by the K9. You won't go wrong with a Kahr.
  18. Dave P

    Dave P Well-Known Member

    Great pistols! Accurate, reliable, easy to carry
  19. tnek13

    tnek13 Active Member

    I have the Elite K9 and it always works.
  20. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    Not the K9 but I have a K40. It has never ever skipped a beat.

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