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Need info on Kahr Arms.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Allist816, Jun 2, 2010.

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  1. Allist816

    Allist816 Member

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    Greetings, I am looking for any info on Kahr Arms firearms. I know nothing about them and I need to know what kind of quality they are. I am interested in the CW9 model and any input on these would be great.
     
  2. David E

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    It's a good gun. They recommend a 200 rd "break-in" however.

    I have 2, a P-9 and K-40 and have had no trouble.

    www.kahr.com
     
  3. lions

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    I own a CW9 and am very pleased. Very slim and easy to conceal, even during the recommended break in period I experienced zero stoppages. A search of this forum would yield you a lot of additional information as well.
     
  4. cbrgator

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    I have the PM9. Great little gun. No complaints.
     
  5. 9mmepiphany

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    i have the CW9 and really enjoy it...it's trigger pull is very much like my tuned S&W M-642...it's thinness is not to be underestimated in being conducive to easy carry. the only thing i do warn folks about is that it does have a long reset, just like a revolver

    here's a picture along side my Springfield EMP
    [​IMG]
     
  6. Jed Carter

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    They are expensive, for the money better pistols are on the way. The Kahrs fit a niche and have a 9mm that few can match sizewise. I personaly do not care for their pistols, for no concrete reason other than looks and feel of the gun, just a stainless copy of something else for $200 more IMO. The popularity of the Kahr proves that single stack compact and sub-compact 9mm pistols would sell well. Be nice to see a CZ PCR single stack. I recomend doing research on the company and search the threads on Kahr here. Ifyou do not intend to conceal carry this there are better choices as that is what the pistol you are looking at does well. If you intend to use it as a home defense or range pistol I would pass on the Kahr.
     
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  7. MikePaiN

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    I have owned several Kahrs, two CW9s, P9, a PM40 and a PM9.
    What I liked: They have the smoothest stock double action trigger you can get, excellent reliability(except for the PMs), ease of use and very accurate for small guns.
    What I didn't like: The P and PM models were and are over priced, polymer frame rails get "ragged" with use, polymer frame feels cheap, Kahr mags are poorly designed(especially the 9mm)
    The two PMs were used and I had know idea of their history, but the two were about the most problematic guns I've ever owned. On the other hand the CWs and P were flawless operators. I spent close to $800 out the door for the P9 (black w/ NS). I could not tell the difference between it and the CW9 while shooting...The CW9 cost me $450 out the door, so imo it is a great value and worth the cost if you are looking for a compact/thin carry gun. If you want it for range use or HD, it might be somewhat hamstrung by its small size and limited mag capacity.
     
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    my buddy carries a PM40. it's tiny as hell for a .40, and has been flawless since day 1 for him. i have fired it on occasion, and found it to not even be that uncomfortable at the range.

    that's about all i have for you.
     
  10. shockwave

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    On a recent trip to the range I got to compare the CW9 against the Kel-Tec PF9 and the Kahr was clearly superior. While a bit brisk due its size and weight, the Kahr controls the 9mm round and is fairly comfortable to shoot. For CCW, it would be a fine choice. It cycles and fires reliably and feels very well made in the hand. Fit and finish are good. Accurate, too.
     
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    I have a PM9 and K9 and both have been 100% from day one.

    Pricy, yes and worth every penny.
     
  12. TonyT

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    I shoot both a PM-9 and T-9 both have been totally reliable and very accurate. I carry the PM-9 in a pocket holster wherever wander.
     
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    I have a PM40 and love it. Tiny, light, and reliable from day 1.
     
  14. The Lone Haranguer

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    Kahr pistols in general and the PM9 in particular fill a niche that until recently few other makers do, i.e., a slim subcompact pistol. Many subcompact autos are very thick and "chunky" through the slide and grip and are little easier to carry belt holstered than a larger gun. The PM9 is no larger than many .380s and is slimmer than a small frame snubnose revolver, yet holds seven full power 9mm Luger cartridges and has a smooth trigger and sights you can see. It is one of the few guns of its caliber that is actually practical for pocket carry, which is the niche I wanted it to fill for me. As for quality, I did have functioning problems early on with my PM9, but it was repaired in one trip back to the factory (barrel and recoil spring replaced) and has been fine since. My other Kahr, an E9 (a discontinued "economy" version of the K9) functioned perfectly out of the box.
     
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    CW9 is my summer carry. It has been flawless since the 200 or so round break in
     
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    Kahr in my opinion is very overpriced; you might as well buy an H&K. From my experience and what I've heard, the polymer frame ones can be a bit unreliable. But on the bright side, they are some of the best for ccw- they have some of, if not, the smallest pistols out there, and if I remember right they're one of the few makes where you can easily find single-stack 9mm's and such. I would say if you're generally interested in a pistol look elsewhere, but if you want something for carry or want to try a new brand and feel it's ok to give them a try.
     
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    My first was a K9 that I traded for a PM9, because I was looking for better pocket carry. I love both of them, and while the trigger pull and reset are a bit long, it is smooth all the way through and I shoot my PM9 better than I would have expected from such a small gun. As for several negative comments on PM9 reliability, my real life and personal experience has been 100% reliability. Buy one!
     
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    I have a PM45, it is a great gun that has run 100% for me since round #39, where it experienced 1 three point jam. I will say the KAHR's have a lot of rules, if your not the type to read owners manuals and obey the rules you could easily have problems caused by operator malfunction. You will also find a lot of good info at www.kahrtalk.com

    I love mine and carry it every day.

    [​IMG]
     
  19. OatWillie

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    I have two Kahr's - a MK9 and a CW40. I never experienced trouble with either - and i tried to make them fail. I mixed different rounds in the mags, limp-wristed them to the point of barely holding them with two fingers, upside down, sideways (gansta style), hip shooting... the only thing I have not done is a mud, run it over with a car, test. They are expensive compared to alternatives and worth it.
     
  20. Ed4032

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    My CW9 is a perfect CC weapon. I love it. My PM45 is a total POS. I have sent it in four times and it is still a jam-o-matic. Some are great and some are paper weights.
     
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    The company has some QC issues with their newer offerings (PM45 and P380). But their service dept is excellent. The pistols design is very similar to the Glocks but much finer attention to fit and finish. Over on Kahrtalk you can find out about all of the guns and the specific problems and fixes. Not unlike some of the 1911's out there, you may or may not need to do a fluff and buff to get the best performance out of these units.

    These are not target queens. They serve a self defense niche and are excellent tools for that job.
     
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    I just bought my seventh Kahr tonight. I guess that means I like them.
     
  23. WRGADog

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    I own two

    A PM9 and a P380. They are great guns, reliable, reasonably accurate for small guns. If you purchase a Khar do not ignore the break in period. Fire at least 300 rounds through each before carrying for PD. I experienced multiple FTF and FTE during the break in, but the guns performed flawlessly thereafter. I carry one of these two guns daily.
     
  24. TheLaxPlayer

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    I carry a Kahr PM9 in a pocket holster. I bought it brand new a few months back, and it has functioned flawlessly from day 1. About 400 round through it and not a single problem of any kind. It's been fired by me as well as my girlfriend, who is very petite and has had problems with a different auto (XD subcompact) getting it to cycle, but she shot the PM9 with no problems at all.

    Practice with WWB, carry RA9T (Ranger-T 147gr). Both flawless through the gun.

    They are expensive, but they are high quality. MUCH smoother trigger than my Glock, but the reset is longer.
     
  25. arizona98tj

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    I've had my PM9 now going on a year. It is the only CCW gun I carry. My XD compact and S&W J frame are living out their lives on the top shelf of the safe. :D

    But seriously, I really do enjoy it. It shoots nicely, always puts one down the barrel with each trigger pull, and rides well in a High Noon horsehide holster.

    Here it is stacked on my 4" XD 9mm range pistol. Great little pistol it is.

    [​IMG]
     
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