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Anything better for me than a Kahr K9?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by tek610, Oct 9, 2012.

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  1. drjterrell

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    I just picked up a K9 last week and am AMAZED at how good it feels in the hand. Haven't gotten to the range yet, but maybe able to today. Only downside for me is finding mags. Good luck!
     
  2. The_Armed_Therapist

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    I'm a big fan of the K9/K40! They also sound perfect for what you want, unless you alter criteria. There isn't really anything else in that size class that comes in metal. I can think of many that are smaller, and many that are larger.
     
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    USP- that's a fine looking collection! I was born and raised in NOVA. Might have to look you up next time I visit!

    I considered the T9, but I think the K9 is that perfect compromise of concealability and shootability. T9- just a bit big, MK9- just a bit small...
     
  5. Girodin

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    You can find them all over online.
     
  6. The Lone Haranguer

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    The Kahr trigger pull is nothing like that of a Glock, but is not quite like that of a revolver, either. The pressure is even all the way to the end of the stroke, with no "roll" of the hammer going over center to cock or the cylinder turning, and the gun actually firing is a bit of a surprise. You can still do good work with this trigger once you get used to it. The S&W DAO is more revolver-like.

    drjterrell said:
    I have seen it remarked, more than once, that it feels good in a variety of hand sizes. It does in mine (on the small side of medium).
     
  7. 9mmepiphany

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    That is why I usually describe it as feeling like a tuned K-frame action.

    My old PPC gun, built on a S&W M-14, trigger stroke would be described the same way. The objective was the get the trigger to roll off without a hint that it was about to.

    It has only been in the last few years that autoloader shooters have commonly accepted that it is easier to shoot accurately, when shooting quickly, with a rolling break.
     
  8. tek610

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    Update:

    I just returned from the range where my wife and I broke the cherry on our new PPS, and I also rented a Kahr P9 (they didn't have a K9 for rent or for sale).

    Man- I loved it. It fit my hands well, wasn't too snappy, and that trigger- smooth with a surprise break- just as everyone has described. I was hitting the 10 ring all evening with ease.

    If I was on the fence about Kahr before tonight, that has completely disappeared. It's the one.

    That being said- I haven't felt the K9 yet. As it is all steel, it will be even softer than the P9, but heavier on the belt.

    My only dilemma now (besides accumulating funds) is- K9? or P9?

    Pretty sure a K9 is in my immediate future. Thank for all the feedback, and if there's any more opinions and advice out there, keep it coming!

    tek
     
  9. Random Discharge

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    You're not concerned with a little extra weight. Get the K9, NOT the P9.

    I've had both, and I still have the K9. I've gone throught a lot of semi-autos over the years that I no longer have. I still have the K9.

    Recognizing you liked the P9, if you can imagine it, the K9 fits even better in your hand and shoots smoother. The extra heft adds to controllability. The P frames have also had reliability teething pains.

    You can dress up a K9 with wood grip panels that are also smoother against cloth for concealed carry, or you can go with the standard Hogue's, which are incredible too.

    I've tried a K40, but I found the 40 in this platform too snappy for follow-up shots.

    The K9 is the ideal compromise, with very little compromise at all, in so many ways. You won't be disappointed.
     
  10. CZguy

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    But after you get tired of hitching up your belt, the P series is a really good compromise for a carry gun.
     
  11. tek610

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    After shooting a P9, I'm sure I'll end up with both, but to start, I'm going with a K9. truly Man's best friend :)

    Within 30 days, I'll have one on my Beltman belt.


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  12. chris in va

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    I've had my K9 for about four years. No malfunctions and recoil is very manageable. The smooth trigger pull actually reduces the tendency to flinch, increasing accuracy. The grip is amazingly ergonomic, and I like to call it my 'little big gun' as it still fits my large hands.

    Big decision though. P9 vs K9. I would NOT pay full new price though as MSRP is absurdly over the top for what you get. Consider the cheaper CW9 as you can shoot lead through it if you want to save some ammo costs. The K9 and P9 have poly rifling.

    Sometimes the K9 heft gets a bit much when carried in a pocket, so the P9 would shine in that regard.
     
  13. Skylerbone

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    I'm really enjoying my K9 and must say I'll be on the lookout for used models when they crop up. At this point I wouldn't hesitate as used prices are generally excellent. They do feel good in the hand, if a bit slick on the frontstrap. I beveled my magwell and I think my smith may be getting his checkering files out soon. The detail strip is the only other modest downside IMO.
     
  14. Impureclient

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    I have a K9 an CW9 and the trigger on the K9 is much smoother and seems a tad lighter. The break for sure feels better like it was worked on, breaks like glass which feels weird after that long pull on it. The K9 was a police trade in from NYPD. The extra weight over it's plastic brother is not an issue at all. I carry with shorts 99% of the time and half the time it is just drawstring/elastic band and I really don't notice a difference when carrying either one. It does seem to shoot easier than the CW9 from the little I have shot it so far. I have a little over 1000 rounds in the CW9 so I know it's well broken in. That and I dry fired it at least a couple thousand more times. The K9 still feels better and I know that whoever carried it barely shot it as it really looked unused. I will switch to carrying the K9 all the time after I've had a couple hundred rounds through it so I can trust it. The K9 does feel better in the hand than a stock P9. The P9 and Cw9 are the same plastic grips. After installing a Hogue grip cover over that stock plastic though they are about the same though now as far as fit in the hand. I still like the K9 better overall as it just feels better carrying metal.
     
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    I still on occasion carry the K9, but switch not because I found a better choice but because my wife took an interest in it and I wanted to foster any interest in firearms she may have. So, I purchased a Bersa UC9 (a nice budget 9mm) to replace it and later an M&P40c which I now carry.

    I must say that the K9 is a very solid choice for CCW. I carried mine for over a decade after purchasing it new in '97 and I'd have no problems carrying it again. They are wonderful pistols.

    My current carry M&P40c, occasional carry UC9 and former carry K9.
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  16. tek610

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    Well, I'v gone and done it!

    I ordered a brand new K9 tonight. It should arrive at my FFL in a couple of days. Total price including shipping was under $700 (Elite 2003).

    I am SUPER EXCITED :D

    Thanks for all the advice friends!

    tek610
     
  17. Jeff22

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    Kahr pistols

    I bought a Kahr P9 in 9mm right after they came out in the spring of 2000.

    I bought a used Kahr K9 from a friend in 2010. (I’m at least the 3rd owner. The K9 has the Birdsong Black-Teflon finish and XS big dot night sights)

    I've fired both guns a lot without any problems. (I usually run about 500 rnds a year through each gun)

    The Kahr trigger stroke is a little weird and some people really don’t like it. I was able to adjust to the trigger stroke without any problems.

    I like the Kahr pistols for concealment purposes because they're THIN. I have big hands and long fingers. Oddly enough, the Kahr K9 or P9 feels better in my hand than a Glock 26 or 27. YMMV

    I have a friend who has a Kahr T9, which is somewhat bigger. I've only shot it a little bit, but found it pleasant to shoot and I liked the slightly longer grip.

    Anecdotal evidence would suggest that Kahr pistols in calibers other than 9mm or in the smaller frame sizes sometimes have functioning and reliability issues.
     
  18. CZguy

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    I carry a P45 daily, and a P380 on Sunday. Neither gun has ever had a problem.
     
  19. rodinal220

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    HK P7 either a PSP with the euro-release of the American M8 thumb release.
     
  20. tek610

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    Yes!

    I picked it up today. Break-in commences tomorrow!

    Thanks again for all the advice!


    tek610
     
  21. Skylerbone

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    Congratulations and good shooting.
     
  22. Snowdog

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    Congrats!
    Give us a range report when you find the time.
     
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