Tell me about the Kahr K40...

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

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  1. bangkok

    bangkok Member

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    Can I trust my life to this pistol? I am a traditional kind of guy, mostly .357 revolvers or 9mm and .45 autos.

    Tell me the good, bad and the ugly about both Kahr and about .40 caliber.:)
     
  2. JHK94

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    I had a K9 for a while, so I can comment on carrying/reliability, if not how it feels with the .40. It shot really well, was completly reliable for me, if a little heavy for carrying (though not bad). I sold it because I was mostly doing pocket carry and needed the money.
     
  3. jocko

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    other than maybe recoil the k40 shouldbe one hell of a nice shooter. I can tell you that my best friend son was govenor Jeb Bush bodyguard for 4 years and his BUG was a MK40.

    The MK is just the smaller version of the K40. both darn nice guns to. Don't own either one but own the K9 and it is a really nice shooter to. It is my home defense gun as my PM9 is my 24/7 squueze..
     
  4. bangkok

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    There is one on consignment at my local gun shop and it's NIB, they want $475. It feels really great in the hand, looks nice, but it is a bit on the heavy side. I have never owned or even fired .40, I assume it's much like .45 auto. I have been thinking about maybe a Seecamp instead, but finding .32 ammo is a joke!
     
  5. StrikeFire83

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    I owned a K9 for a long time as well, and it was an incredibly sweet shooting gun, but I ended up getting rid of it to fund a PM9 as the larger size makes it a belt gun too big for pockets. If I'm gonna carry on the belt I'd rather have a Glock 26 then an 8 shot Kahr.

    That said, I bought the K9 used, shot 2000 rounds through it, and it never gave me pause. At the price they're asking, if its NIB or looks NIB, I'd say you've got a deal.
     
  6. bangkok

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    The gun still has the plastic trigger stop with an unbroken seal on it! Completely unfired.
     
  7. Owen Meany

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    I owned 2 K40s in the past - a stainless and a black one.

    Selling both of them was one of the worst moves I ever made (well, I needed the money at the time, so I guess I wasn't given all that much choice). They were fabulous firearms. Built like tanks, slim, small, utterly reliable. Recoil was not a problem.

    At $475 for a like-new K40, you should jump on it.
     
  8. Gelgoog

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    I had a K40 and absolutely love it. Sold it in a moment of stupidity and because I never got a CC holster for it....why god why!!! I am determined to get another once I can get more funds. If you are thinking about it , go for it, they are just fantastic, they fit the hand well, are very slim, great DAO trigger ( the best I have ever laid hands on as a matter of fact), and with those night sites ...well its simply the perfect CCW piece.
     
  9. chris in va

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    The low bore axis on these guns really helps with muzzle flip. I still can't believe how little my K9 recoils for it's size. I suspect the 40 would be 'brisk' with recoil but more manageable than something with polymer.

    $475 is amazing. They go for about $650 new.

    It may have something wrong with it though, but don't be discouraged if it malfunctions as Kahr repair service is really quick.
     
  10. forindooruseonly

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    I carry a K40 and can recommend it. It has been perfectly reliable for me and I shoot it quite frequently.

    I have big hands, and it fits me perfectly. Unlike many other small autos, it doesn't chew on my hand with the slide. The K40 points well, and has very usable but unobtrusive sights. Recoil is certainly manageable.

    It is heavy, which doesn't really bother me, I just have to use a proper holster instead of simply slipping it into a coat pocket, which I do with some other guns.

    For me it is the ideal carry gun. 475 is a great price on near new K40.
     
  11. tunnug

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    I have a K-40 and is one of the nicest trigger pulls you'll feel for an out of the box gun, it's also pretty accurate for such a small barrel.

    Only thing I found wrong is the way the trigger is attached to the disconnector, when you take the grips off be very careful in not to twist the disconnector, if you do there is a plastic spacer with a spring around it at the trigger which will snap in two, this spacer keeps the disconnector in place at the trigger, it's next to impossible to drift the trigger pin out to replace the spacer without a press and three hands.

    I broke mine and had to order a replacement, then I had a friend mill me a copy out of stainless steel, which is the way it should have been made to begin with, now I don't have to worry about this ever happening again.

    Would I buy another one ? in a heartbeat if I found it for under $500, it's a great gun.
     
  12. Browns Fan

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    Do NOT trust your life to any pistol until you have fired at least 200 trouble free rds, I dont care if it's a glock, sig, HK, or custom built 1911.
     
  13. SouthernBoy

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    I've owned two K40's over the years and still own one which shall remain in my collection. The first one was a first gen K40, all blue steel. I sold it to get my current one, a K40 Elite '98, when it became available. My current one is excellent and is one of my carry guns.
     
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