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Kahr surprise

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by NGIB, Jan 26, 2008.

  1. NGIB

    NGIB Well-Known Member

    Picked up a Kahr E-9 last weekend and I intend this will probably be my primary CCW. Based on what I've read, most folks replace the recoil springs every 3-4K rounds so I decided to order some for future use. On Wednesday I ordered a couple of springs and the "takedown block" that helps align the slide for removal. When I completed the order, their website said to expect 7-15 days for delivery. Sure was surprised when the Fedex truck dropped of the parts today, 3 days later. Nice when a company responds quickly and accurately...
  2. Tempusfugit77

    Tempusfugit77 Member

    I have heard that Kahr has pretty good customer service. Fortunately I have not had to use it. I bought a P9 about a month ago and it has been 100%.
  3. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    What is a takedown block?
  4. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    The Kahr take down block is a red plastic plug that you insert into the chamber.
    This plug holds the slide in the exact right place to allow easy removal of the slide stop. This makes disassembly much easier:


    Note that it's only for the K and E series.
  5. CPshooter

    CPshooter Well-Known Member

    Am I losing it here?? E series?
  6. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    An older, now discontinued (except for the OP's apparently unusual variant) "economy" version of the K9. I have one that I bought c. 1999. It is all carbon steel (not stainless) with less metal polishing and what appears to be matte bluing, and a plastic front sight that is staked into the slide via two little holes, not dovetailed. It shoots every bit as well as the K ... except when the front sight fell off.
  7. NGIB

    NGIB Well-Known Member

    Mine is a circa 2003 that has a stainless slide and matte frame. From what I hear, Kahr will do a special run when spare parts build up and sell "unique" variants. The takedown block is very useful as it's hard to hold the slide in exactly the right place to disassemble. I really like this little Kahr and I'm seriously considering a K40 or T40 as my next buy...

    Last edited: Jan 27, 2008
  8. 71Commander

    71Commander Well-Known Member

    Will the take down blocks work on the MK or PM series guns?
  9. NGIB

    NGIB Well-Known Member

    According to Kahr site K or E series only...
  10. kokapelli

    kokapelli Well-Known Member

    I have one of the early K9 that I purchased new and have never had a problem with disassembly or assembly and don't have the block.
  11. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

    kokapelli said,
    How do you hold the slide open and punch the slide release pin at the same time?

    In my experience the K9 is hard to remove, whereas the T9 simply pushes put easily. I've wondered why the difference? FWIW I use a flat screwdriver to pry the catch out of my P45.
  12. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    Right hand fingers over the top of the slide, index finger against the rear sight, thumb around the back of the grip. Squeeze until the marks are lined up.

    Push the slide release pin out with the side of the first knuckle of the left index finger.
  13. TheReeves

    TheReeves Well-Known Member

    I had a broken front sight on a former CW40 and they sent me a new one within two days of my emailing them. Great correspondence on their part as well.
  14. kokapelli

    kokapelli Well-Known Member

    I hook the thumb of my left hand through the trigger guard and wrap my hand around the top of the slide. Then I pull the slide back with my right hand and squeeze and hold it with my left hand while I push the slide stop out with the handle of a screwdriver with my right hand. Easy!:)

  15. LlanoEstacado

    LlanoEstacado Well-Known Member

    kokapelli has it right! Works every time on my K9.
  16. h0ss

    h0ss Well-Known Member

    Thats exactly how i do it, too. I kinda figured that out on my own as it was the easiest way for me. I have an E9 also, and i HAVE to use the handle of a screwdriver to tap the slide stop pin, because it is almost impossible to push it out with my fingers without really hurting myself.

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