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Kahr MK40 Reliability?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by enderle01, Oct 31, 2007.

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  1. enderle01

    enderle01 Member

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    Ok, im looking at getting an Kahr MK40. I just got done reading some threads about how unreliable and prone to failure the polymer Kahrs are. The MK40 is of course an all metal frame.........How reliable is it? How many rounds do you think the service life would be? Does Kahr use high grade steel? Has anyone had a really bad experiance with it?
     
  2. Neophyte1

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    enderle01; my shooting partner has one and between us we have blasted away.
    I shoot revolver, semi's, and an assortment of others; different caliber's, lenght and weights.
    I enjoy shooting his Kahr. It hasn't acted ignorant or befuddled us with poor handling. He at times has had a casing caught in the ejector and we have determined; shooter era. Based on my experience; if I didn't already have my pocket gun; I'd have one.
    Kahr seems to have a good reliable reputation for taking care of any problem.
    We/Shooting partner hasn't had any dealing with 'service' related issues.
     
  3. gtmtnbiker98

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    I recently purchased one and absolutely love it! I have 500-rounds through it now without a glitch. I've shot WWB, UMC, Blazer Brass, and Speer Gold Dots without issue. Ultra reliable and small but the recoil when shooting Speer Gold Dots is similar to shooting full-house .357 Mag through a J-frame. As for fit and finish, second to none if you ask me. I simply love this pistol and as for service life, I'm sure it will hold it's own so long as you keep the recoil spring changed on a regular interval.

    Buy with confidence, the problem with Kahrs from what I've read during my research was involving the early polymer framed pistols; however, their all steel pistols are solid. I was very skeptical until I actually purchased so you are wise in conducting your research.
     
  4. RyanM

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    My older one, made in 1999 IIRC, has been flawless.
     
  5. Grandpa Shooter

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    I have a k-40 stainless I wouldn't take $1,000 for. Irreplaceable in my opinion. It will shoot through a playing card at 7 yards all day long. Course my hands wouldn't take the beating anymore.
     
  6. Omaney

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    I am encouraged to hear that the Kahr is getting better. My old MK9 was a turd. I really wanted to like it but I could not depend on it. Maybe I will try another Kahr someday if the positive reviews keep coming.
     
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    Other than some early "finish issues" you just don't hear many grumblings about steel-framed Kahr pistols. I have a K40 & a T9. Both are anvil tough & as reliable as Mother's Love. I tried two polymer-framed Kahr models & sold/traded them both.

    The MK40 may be a handful with hot, full-house .40 S&W ammo. My K40 got a little, uh...jumpy when running the stout choices.
     
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