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    Kahr PM9...is it worth it???

    Convince me that the PM9 is worth it.....I am a Glock dude but I really like the looks & feal of this little pistol....just scared of possible reliability problems....any info appreciated

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    I have the PM9 and a G19. I love them both. I use the PM to conceal- very easy, I forget it's there. Recoil is very easily managed, quickly back on target for follow-ups. Very smooth trigger lends to really good accuracy. I have fun practicing with it, no hand fatigue at all. I highly recommend it even though it's high priced you get what you pay for. I've had no problems with it at all. For me better than a G26, that's why I have the G19. If you can afford it, do it, you won't be sorry. Hope this helps. Stay safe. Z

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zell View Post
    I have the PM9 and a G19. I love them both. I use the PM to conceal- very easy, I forget it's there. Recoil is very easily managed, quickly back on target for follow-ups. Very smooth trigger lends to really good accuracy. I have fun practicing with it, no hand fatigue at all. I highly recommend it even though it's high priced you get what you pay for. I've had no problems with it at all. For me better than a G26, that's why I have the G19. If you can afford it, do it, you won't be sorry. Hope this helps. Stay safe. Z
    Any idea what a is a fair price for a PM9 I am in Texas, probably looking to buy at the next Saxet gun show

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    We've had issues with our PM9 and I'm getting ready to put it up for sale. Kahr says they need something like 200 rds (IIRC) of break-in time, but ours is at about 400 and is still having a bit of a feed issue. Actually, it fails to go into battery by about 1/4" or so. I polished the feed ramp and it did wonders, but will still fail about one or two times in every two mags. It's not magazine or ammo related as far as I can tell (three magazines and JHP/FMJ of different manuf's).

    Aside from the issues we're having, it's a really nice little gun to shoot. Zell's right about the trigger- VERY smooth! I love it. The gun carries and hides away nicely.

    Ours seems to be the exception, not the rule. Most people I've talked to that own a PM9 haven't had issues. If I had it to do all over again, I think I'd go with the MK9.

    BTW, as far as price goes... saw one today at a gun show exactly like ours (silver stainless, night sights) with two mags for about $719, IIRC. Ours was $699 NIB. As ours is still LNIB, with an extra magazine (3 total), I had it marked at $640, then dropped to $600. Trying to get into a Walther PPS 9mm if I can.

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    Get it.

    I have a PM9. I love it. I carry it often.

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    Bueller.......Bueller.......Bueller

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    My PM9 should be in tomorrow. I searched high and low and found the best price in my own back yard - at least close enough - only 30 minutes away. Ozark guns in Gastonia.$595 9093A(regular sights)

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    Well, today's my B-day so my wife and I went to the range! I took the PM9 (along with Sig P6 and Beretta 96FS) and ran a good 130 rds through it. This should bring the round count up to 550 or so, I think.

    After shooting it this time, I'm thinking it's more ME than the gun. My wife shot it really well, but had very few failures. I, on the other hand, had several failures. I really think I just can't grip that tiny little thing that well. Her hands are smaller and let her get a better grip on it. When I shot it strong hand only, my thumb was pushing the mag release and slightly dropped the mag once, causing a FTFeed.

    Sooooo...I fondled a PPS again tonight and am wanting it more. My wife still loves her PM9; likes the Walther, but doesn't like the mag release.

    Just thought I'd reply back that I think it's probably me, although I believe the gun still has a bit more break-in to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panther View Post
    My PM9 should be in tomorrow. I searched high and low and found the best price in my own back yard - at least close enough - only 30 minutes away. Ozark guns in Gastonia.$595 9093A(regular sights)
    Please post a range report when you get a chance. I am interested to see how it performs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by border bandit32 View Post
    Please post a range report when you get a chance. I am interested to see how it performs!
    Won't be able to get to the range till next week - but will do

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panther View Post
    Won't be able to get to the range till next week - but will do
    Yeah, that working for a livin' ain't worth a damn HUH? Especially when bombama take it all away to "spread your wealth" !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by border bandit32 View Post
    Yeah, that working for a livin' ain't worth a damn HUH? Especially when bombama take it all away to "spread your wealth" !!
    Ain't that the truth

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    bueller....bueller...bueller....nobody wants to talk bout there PM9

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    I just purchased a PM9 with night sights for my wife to carry. We also have the following pistols, 2 Glock 26, Glock 17, KelTec P32 and P11. I have to say I really like this pistol. We are still in the break-in stage with 150 rounds put through it so far with no issues.
    I like the feel of this gun. It is extremely accurate. The price was a little steep but I guess you get what you pay for.

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    I have a PM9 that I carry more often than any other pistol, during most of the year. It had issues at first, but has not had any failures of any type for many hundreds of rounds.

    That being said, I don't think they are worth the cost when you consider how much cheaper the CW9 is. The CW in only about 1/2" longer/taller than the PM, but is also a lot cheaper. The CW9 also has a better overall reliability history than does the PM.....

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    I can only go off what I've read but I think the PM9 is worth the price. I made my decision to buy a PM9 off all that I read about both. That "little" extra compactness helps a smaller guy like me (5'5" and 140) and the polygonal barrel's increase of velocity and accuracy, the dovetail sight (cw is pinned with no dovetail) and the extra magazine ($40 difference?) made the extra- less that $200 -worth it to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panther View Post
    I can only go off what I've read but I think the PM9 is worth the price. I made my decision to buy a PM9 off all that I read about both. That "little" extra compactness helps a smaller guy like me (5'5" and 140) and the polygonal barrel's increase of velocity and accuracy, the dovetail sight (cw is pinned with no dovetail) and the extra magazine ($40 difference?) made the extra- less that $200 -worth it to me.
    Congrats on the purchase (if you've got it already)! Let us know how it shoots! I'd personally be interested to hear the condition of the frame inside when you remove the slide. Ours was in horrible, horrible shape (and NIB). There were burrs all over the place, as if the slide was unfinished. Just curious if that's the norm or not...for a $700 gun it should NOT be.

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    The PM-9 is a good pistol. Whether or not it is worth the price is subjective. I owned one for awhile and really did like it, but I swapped it off because, in my opinion, it was slightly too large for pocket carry (with blue jeans), and the trigger reach was just way too short for my largish hands and long fingers. Also, at the time, Crimson Trace did not have a laser sight to fit it, and I had decided I wanted laser sights on all of my short-barreled handguns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingAirDriv9 er View Post
    Congrats on the purchase (if you've got it already)! Let us know how it shoots! I'd personally be interested to hear the condition of the frame inside when you remove the slide. Ours was in horrible, horrible shape (and NIB). There were burrs all over the place, as if the slide was unfinished. Just curious if that's the norm or not...for a $700 gun it should NOT be.
    Just took it apart for the initial cleaning and didn't find all the burs you describe. There were some but they weren't " all over the place". But I have to admit the Kahr was not of the finish of my FNP when I broke it down for the first time and I expected more from a gun costing $260 more. And boy is the FNP a LOT easier to strip for cleaning and reassemble. I do have a question that may be naive on my part. The 6 shot magazine is imprinted"MK Kahr" do all the 6 shot mags on the PM9 say this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panther View Post
    Just took it apart for the initial cleaning and didn't find all the burs you describe. There were some but they weren't " all over the place". But I have to admit the Kahr was not of the finish of my FNP when I broke it down for the first time and I expected more from a gun costing $260 more. And boy is the FNP a LOT easier to strip for cleaning and reassemble. I do have a question that may be naive on my part. The 6 shot magazine is imprinted"MK Kahr" do all the 6 shot mags on the PM9 say this?
    Hmm, not sure about the mag markings. I'll have to look when I get home! Glad you didn't find many burrs. It probably sounds like I'm exaggerating, but they really were "all over the place!" I was shocked when I took it apart...it seriously looked like it was cut out with a bandsaw and assembled unfinished! One thing I've noticed with ours on re-assembly, if the slide doesn't want to go on, the guide rod may need to be lifted slightly with a fingernail. I don't know if they all do this, but ours is this way.

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