I now fully trust my Kahr PM9, still carry snubbie revolver...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by StrikeFire83, Oct 30, 2009.

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  1. StrikeFire83

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    Been getting to the range at least twice a month despite less time with the new job, but I haven't been posting range reports since July.

    Some might recall that I bought a Kahr PM9 in 2008 with my $600 tax rebate check, broke it in, and then promptly spent a year staying away from the range, all the while continuing to use my S&W 638 for pocket carry duty.

    Anyhow, I was unemployed for the majority of this past summer and so was able to spend a lot more time at the range than normal. I've taken my Kahr PM9 from just over 200 rounds of fmj from the "break in" period up to about 700 rounds now, shooting only WWB 115 gr hollowpoints since the break-in. I'm happy to report that despite a few hiccups AFTER the break-in period, the gun has worked flawlessly for the past 400 rounds or so, and I'm pretty confident in carrying it full time as a "primary" ccw. That said, I recently had an epiphany of sorts and starting carrying BOTH the Kahr and the S&W at the same time. Why the hell not. I carry the Kahr in my right pocket (strong hand) and the S&W in my left pocket (weak hand). At the very least I'll have two excellent self defense guns at the ready should I need them, and if I need to shoot the snubbie with my left hand only limp-wristing is a non issue.

    Went to the range today and the groups were better with the Kahr, to be expected FOR ME, but I'm improving with the S&W as well. No pics this time out.

    Anyhow, a happy ending for now. We'll see if the PM9 stays reliable after riding in a pocket every day. I'm betting it will!
     
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    Congrats on your confidence in your Kahr. I've carried one for about 6 months now. I was at the range today and put the loaded magazine in the weapon downrange. The pistol just works. I reloaded the magazine and put the pistol back in my pocket. I just love the trigger on the Kahr. It's perfect.
     
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    Yeah, I shoot the Kahr pretty well. Tea saucer sized groups at 7 yards while shooting quickly, and dinner plate sized groups at 15 yards doing the same. I'm a bit looser with the S&W but I don't shoot revolvers nearly as well as I do autos and the groups are well within the chest cavity of a DPS man sized target at 15 yards.

    Now, if only I can get to the grapefruit sized groups at 25 yards that I can easily accomplish with my CZ-75 we'll really be in business.
     
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    Pocket carrying in both front pockets? Where do you put your keys and other stuff?

    You shouldn't pocket carry with anything else in the pocket with your guns. If it was me I'd rather have a pocket available to carry other things. Either gun will easily disappear IWB they are so small and thin, get a tuckable IWB holster and you won't even need a cover garment. IWB with such a small gun should be comfortable (I'm 300LBS and can carry something the size of a Commander sized 1911 IWB without any trouble, smaller or narrower and it would be even more comfortable). That way you can still have both guns available depending upon what the circumstances call for, yet you'll have a pocket available to use as a pocket.
     
  5. StrikeFire83

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    As for my pockets, the only thing inside them besides the two guns is a key fob for my car, which has keyless start so as long as I'm within 6 feet of the car I can unlock it and start the ignition. Key fob stays at the bottom of the left pocket with the Uncle Mike's holster riding on top of it. Doesn't interfere with the draw at all. I keep my wallet in my back pocket and phone clipped to my belt. It's been working out well so far, and the feeling of having two guns at hand is a good one.

    Like I've said elsewhere, I've seen people with the "Batman utility belt" thing going on (3 guns, knife, od spray, flashlight, etc) and I want to avoid that.
     
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    remember wheel guns has locked up and given issues in the past. Sh-t can happen with all guns. If u trust it, that is all that matter. One could own a glock and have 20,000 perfect rounds through it and bingo the 20001 next round malfunctions when u need it most. Kinda hard to fortell the future, so just shoot it like u stole it..
     
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    What I've found about the Kahr PM9 is that after about 200 rounds per sitting it gets too dirty to cycle 100% reliably. But that's not an issue at all, because I rarely fire more than 100 to 150 rounds through it at the range in one outing. And I ONLY carry clean guns. So unless I get in a shootout where I need to fire 200 rounds through the Kahr...I'll be just fine. The irony is that my break in period with fmj went FLAWLESSLY despite what I was told to prepare for...and when i transitioned to 115 gr. Winchester white box hollowpoints I had a few hiccups from round count 201-300, all problems with the gun fully returning to battery. I'm now on round 701, and the 300 hollowpoints I've put through the gun recently have been completely trouble free...so its earned carry status.
     
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