Kahr PM45: Sad Conclusion
Recently on this web site, I described some serious problems I was having with my new Kahr PM45. I want to be clear that I have owned several other Kahr handguns that have performed flawlessly. However, my PM45, for which I paid $700, or so, was a lemon. And I say that with complete assurance that the gun was, in fact, absolute rubbish. I guess this happens from time to time. It just has never happened to me.
Kahr Service sent back the pistol after replacing the magazine catch and installing a new barrel, which suggests that there was something wrong with the old ones, I guess. Upon testing, I could never get more than two rounds fired before a round lodged in the chamber with the slide stuck (same problem as before). Again, I had to ask for the assistance of a gunsmith.On the bright side, if there is one, the magazines stayed inserted. However, I believe I can conclude that Kahr Service failed to test the gun sufficiently.
The Kahr Service Supervisor, with loads of enthusiasm, would not agree to refund my money. Since I am not interested in owning another Kahr (lemon-soured?), let alone the one being sent back to me, I consulted with a good friend who agreed to allow his gunsmith to purchase the gun. I incured a $200 loss, postage not included.
To appease my frustration, my good friend sold me a new Kimber Ultra CDP II at cost +5%. I should have purchased this gun in the first place. It is superb. It shot 200 rounds perfectly, right from the box. It is far easier to shoot than the Kahr, though it is a little heavier to carry. But with a new Galco holster, it conceals very nicely.
Maybe I shouldn't compare the Kimber to the Kahr. They really are two very different guns. Maybe it's like comparing apples to lemons! Sorry, couldn't resist. Good luck with your Kahrs.