Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by nathan, Nov 2, 2014.
Only problem . Nice pistol other wise. Its in safe will fix sight some time.
You have got to like a long trigger pull though - it has a very different feel from let's say a Glock.
The only knock I have against it personally is that it is not a Walther PPS...but I am learning to get over that.
I read many have had complaint s like FTF and FT feed as the bullet nosedive especially magazine loaded to the maximum of seven rounds. I wonder if Kahr had fixed them .
The gun really feels great and smooth on the edges. The asking price , too, is very reasonable.
The only knocks I have with my P9 is the long trigger pull and I had the magazine drop a few times while firing . I have since replace the magazine catch ( release ) .
Timing is pretty important on small pistols, as the slide doesn't have as far to reciprocate. I've never had a nosedive in live fire, but it's easy enough to induce one by riding the slide forward during hand cycling. (For this reason, Kahr's literature strongly encourages folks to chamber only by locking the slide open and pressing down on the slide stop - they don't want anyone with bad racking form to blame hangups on the machine.)
The one-piece feedramp is so smooth, though, that even if you do purposefully induce a nosedive, a light rap to the back of the slide with the free hand immediately remedies the situation, chambering the stuck round.
A couple things
I polished the recoil spring guide because it was rough.
Replace sights with steel.
Hers likes Hornady 115 grain critical defense loads with the rubber tip filling the hollow point. This load shoots much tighter groups and recoils less.
I've moved to S&W Shield. With the amount of practice time and practice ammo costs I incur, I'll restrict my choices to companies that are ready, willing, and able to fix these kind of "shouldn't happen" breakages without weasel words about a warranty.
Miscut feed ramps that are too long, impacting and breaking magazine followers
Poor magazine design and construction
Abyssmal quality control resulting in a high level of returns and warranty claims
Slide stop spring poorly designed, making it very easy to reassemble incorrectly, and rendering it inoperable when assembled incorrectly and very difficult to disassemble again
Plastic on high wear and crucial parts such as the front sight and magazine catch
Magazine catch has tendency to fail
Unnecessarily tight chambers that lead to function issues
Terrible customer service
Mind you, these are just the most commonly reported problems...then you have issues like wally's too.
It's a crap shoot with those guns some people are happy with theirs. I had three polymer kahrs and each one was a lemon.
--One PM9 (owned since 2006 or so, carried daily and shot regularly)
--One P45 (owned since 2008 or so, carried occasionally and shot regularly)
--One PM45 (owned for a while and subsequently sold; a friend still owns and carries it daily, and I have told him that when/if he gets tired of it, I'll buy it back)
--One CW380 (owned for about a year)
Have some people had problems? Sure...just like any other manufacturer.
Are they all crap? Not hardly.
Methinks someone has an axe to grind.
CW 9 800 rounds no problem.
K9 bought used no problem.
PM 9 bought used breaks follower so I shorten feed ramp now no problem. Never did jam with broken follower.
Lots of problems to read about with 380.
Not many reported problems with the K9 and it's my favorite kahr.
1) Trigger reset issues. After firing the pistol the trigger will not reset for the next round at random times. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
2) Failure to feed problems. The pistol will jam at random times while firing and locking it up tight.
3) The slide is chewing up the frame in front very badly so that shavings of plastic are falling into the trigger bar assembly area.
4) A hairline crack has developed in the polymer frame 3/16 of an inch long behind where the slide stops.
5) Something has fallen apart inside the frame and it is impossible for me to remove the slide and perform a field strip.
I have fought 600 factory rounds from a variety of different ammo manufactures through this miserable firearm so no one can come along and say it isn't broken in properly. I bought the CW9 new, cleaned it, and followed the lube chart listed on kahrtalk.
And I haven't contacted Kahr CS yet. But with all the problems that I have had with this CW9, it would be hard pressed to convince me to trust even a brand spanking new Kahr to replace the one I presently own.
Where did I say I wouldn't contact Kahr. I am in the process of attempting to deal with Kahr via Sportsman Warehouse in Meridian, Idaho where I purchased this handgun. I am betting the firearm needs a new frame so I will have to go through an FFL.
At the time when I purchased the firearm the salesman requested I come back to him and give him a range report. So after I had all these problems I got back to him and let him know all the issues I had with the gun. The Sportsmans Warehouse response was, "Sounds to me like you need to sell the gun to someone you hate." The comment was highly inappropriate and am filing a complaint with the store manager and corporate office.
I guess you consider my disclosure about the problems I am having with my Kahr bitching. However the nature of this thread by the OP was asking what problems people were having with their Kahr CW9's which I accommodated him.
The front is steel and is a tritium vial insert surrounded by a white circular ring. Easily seen in dim as well as bright light contrast. Waaay better and more versatile (read visible), at least for me, than tritium alone.
Another member suggested that I have a look at Dawson Precision for replacing a now dim factory tritium vial. . If I could remember the name, I'd gladly offer credit where its due, and my thanks.
I am well pleased with my Kahrs.
I have this front sight on carry Commanders and on backorder to be installed on the Micro blaster and the std K-9.
You have so many issues with your gun, that a call to the manufacturer would have been the first call I would have made. They should send you a prepaid shipping label, and fix the damn thing, at no cost. Your example is far from what most CW9 owners experience, and not even a fair depiction of the gun...
They would not do this for me when my front frame rail broke. Further Emails have been ignored.
Yeah, well, you did not disclose that particular piece of information.
If you are "going though your FFL" then it is not appropriate to hammer Kahr's CS at this point. Your FFL may have made no contact at this point, and you (and we) don't know the difference.
At this point, your FFL is the weak link in the chain. Get back to us after you have a substantaited response from Kahr.
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