Gun show Kahr

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  1. Keoni

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    Started shooting and carrying a P45 recently, causing me to remember what great guns Kahrs are.
    Went to gun show today, SIG in hand, with intention of selling or trading for another Kahr.
    No interest in the SIG and could not find one Kahr. Is it because they are not popular, or because those that have them choose to keep them? IMG_20220402_233506395~2.jpg
     
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  2. rperyam

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    I have three of them. Really like them and have no plans to get rid of any of them. Well, to be completely honest, my daughter carries one of them. I really don't recall seeing any used Kahr's anywhere. Those that have them keep them.
     
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  3. Keoni

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    Have read stories of mechanical problems and poor customer service, but I have been pleased with their customer service.
    As for mechanical problems, I have one problem each, with two of four pistols. PM9 had slide to barrel battering. Sent it to Kahr and they replaced both parts.
    P45, same problem. This time I returned the slide and barrel and received new parts in exchange. I must say that these experiences are not recent.
    Since then, the four pistols have been trouble free, after hundreds of rounds each.
     
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    What's slide to barrel battering?

    Sorry for the naive question, but I've just never heard that term.
     
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    I feel like many people prefer the short trigger pull of striker pistols like Glocks and M&P and now that there is many higher capacity options people just don’t buy as many as they used to. They are remotely not built to a lower price point. I wanted a Kahr since the early 2k era when I discovered them. I finally found one and watched it until the price dropped down to what I was willing to pay. I have a good relationship with a local pawnshop. This requires some nerve as I have lost out on some things I wish I had jumped on. But I paid 300 for my P9. They are slightly longer in the grip than a G43 but I prefer to have my pinky on the gun.
     
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    Had a couple of their .380s, and they were great shooters, and very compact.
    Only problem, it took two men and a boy to rack them, and they had to be charged from slide lock (as per the factory, and reality).
    Always concerned that clearing a malf would be nigh on to impossible in case of a jam, in a jam. Turned them into G42s.
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    We have two P9s and one .380 in the family. My wife lover her P9 and the .380 is my everyday everywhere carry, often with a bigger gun on my belt.
     
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    I owned a CM9 in the past and liked it. I think they have lost popularity as at one time they were unique as far as size and ease of concealment, now there are many options in single and double stack that are as easily concealed,
     
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    I am somewhat surprised Kahr has not offered a double-stack version of their sub-compact platform yet.
     
  10. Keoni

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    It looked like the two parts were IMG_20220403_111054064~2.jpg beating each other to death here, (technical term). I would guess either poor material or heat treatment. Pic, not battered, after replacement.
     
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  11. Keoni

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    I am not. I like the fact that they have continued to stay in the area where they began, compact carry pistols, although they do offer what they call target models.
    Do one thing and do it well. Don't remember where I first heard this, but believe it applies here.
     
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  12. upptick

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    I recently picked up a new CW45 and have run about 400 rounds of ammo through it without a single malfunction -- FMJ range ammo, hollow points from different manufacturers, brass and steel. I'm also quite pleased with how accurate it is. It's basically the same size and weight of my Ruger LCR 5 shot .38 (which I don't shoot so well frankly...) but it brings 7 rounds of .45 ACP to the fight. Maybe there are better choices for a 9mm carry gun, but I think the Kahr .45 really is best (and maybe only) in class.
     
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    Although the .380 Kahr and probably all Kahrs would probably function with a recoil spring of less power, I feel that Kahr uses the heavier recoil spring s', to assure that the pistols function reliably. These pistols were first designed to be lifesavers.
     
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    Had a CW40 but still was having problems with it after the break-in period. I kind of think that .40S&W was a bit more cartridge than the gun could handle. So I went looking for a new sub-compact in 9mm. and decided on the CM9 over the Beretta Nano as the Kahr had better ergonomics, a very nice DAO trigger, and it fit my hand perfectly.

    No problems to report and I continue to keep it in my EDC rotation, along with two S&W J frames: a Model 649 and a Model 638.
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    My PM9 was my first entry into 9MM. It really is a great little gun if you need a pocket 9, and of course the trigger is more like a very good DA revolver trigger. I suspect people keep them because they are good, like I have (PM9,PM40,TP45 grip chopped for P45 mags, K9). But I don't carry them anymore. I drank the 10+ cool-aid LOL.
     
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    [QUOTE="unclenunzie, post: I have (PM9,PM40,TP45 grip chopped for P45 mags, K9). But I don't carry them anymore. I drank the 10+ cool-aid LOL.[/QUOTE]
    I would like to take the K9 off your hands. It would complement the K-9 in my avatar.
     
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    I see K9s more often than any others and I personally like them best. The poly frame ones never felt right to me. 40 cal Kahrs have recoil that is vigorous to say the least. Remind me of the 40 cal AMT Backups except more reliable.
     
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    I have had a CW45 for several years, recently I had loaded some 200g SWC and some would not fire in the CW45 but worked fine in my Combat Commander. Have you ever had a light primer strike?
     
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    No, I haven't had any light primer strikes so far. Did it feed the wadcutters completely and did you get good barrel lock-up?
     
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    I had a K9 a few years ago. Very nice gun. Shouldn’t have sold it but lighter guns have come along and the Kahr never got carried.
     
  21. Tinman357

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    I have the TP9, ( actually, it started as a P9 but I put a TP9 slide and barrel on it) I reduced the grip length to the shorter PM9 7rd magazines. This is commonly called a "covert" conversion. As the grip is the hardest to hide and the 4" barrel doesn't lose too much velocity

    That was my EDC for quite a while until I got a TP45. I did the same covert conversion to it for the 5rd magazines. The TP9 covert became my deep conceal/backup.

    Not many companies (none) have this configuration in their line up. They all will put a compact slide on a full sized frame for some reason. Should be the other way. When you get down to the 3" barrel, there is significant velocity loss.

    I'm currently going down that same path with my Sig P365. I think that little pistol is just about as perfect as it gets for a CCW sidearm. So much so, that I have 2 of them.

    But, I've always been unhappy with less than 4" barrels. So, as I always take the long way around things, I just bought a P365XL and will swap out the top end and have my favorite configuration on the 365. A sub compact grip, with the longer barrel. To make that trip even longer, I bought a 4.1" threaded barrel for the XL making it the perfect carry gun, for me. I'll still have the original 365 as a backup/poket carry.

    Long way around the OP, but none of that means I will ever sell either of my Kahrs. Too much time and $ getting what I want. Most people that have Kahrs will keep them. Gun stores are still selling them as fast as the factory can put them out.

    Despite the more recent innovations, Kahrs are still a top tier carry gun as evidenced by their scarcity on the used market.

    My apologies for the thread drift. I'll post a photo of the Kahr TP45 Covert.
    The only one Ive ever seen. And it still generates envy among the odd group of friends I've collected. :rofl:

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    That and the amount of muzzle flip with some of the hotter loads was rather spirited, as well as the felt recoil!
     
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    I didn't check the barrel lockup. the primer did have a small dimple though. I'll have to get to the range and try out some different brands of ammo.
     
  24. Tallball

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    I have the little Kahr 40 caliber. It's okay to shoot if I have a pinky extension on the mag. I also have a mag without the extension, which is easier to carry, but more challenging to shoot.

    I got mine used and it's been 100% reliable.

     
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  25. red rick

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    I have a P9 . I like the feel of it and the size , but I think that there are better options out there now in capacity and size . I don’t really like the trigger either . I sometimes think about selling it , but I would probably take a big loss on it from what I paid , so I keep it and Virginia made it harder for private parties to sell guns . Even local private party sales have to through a FFL now .
     
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