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    DrCelica is offline Junior Member
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    Kahr reliability

    I've heard some mixed reviews about Kahr's reliability. So I would like to hear from people that actually own a Kahr as to how reliable they are. If you had to do it over again, would you still buy a Kahr?

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    I have also heard stories. I bought a PM9, and LOVE it. My wife took it away from me the 2nd day.She loves it too. We had 3 FTE in the first 2 magazines. After that, it has been flawless for over 800 rounds. My wife trusts it for her CCW, and I am buying another one for my CCW.

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    I have the P9 and have put about 300 rounds of hardball through it, with not a single hiccup.

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    I owned and carried a Kahr K9 for a time. It was 100% reliable in a couple thousand rounds, and I am not exactly famous for my meticulous gun-cleaning regimen. I ended up selling the K9, but for reasons totally unrelated to its reliability.
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    I own a P9 and carry it as my summer CCW since it is so light and compact. I have had a ejection failure or two once the gun has had about 50 or so rounds through it but it may be the ammo I use at the range.(I get the cheap stuff for that) Other than that I love the weapon and I always have it with me with expensive rounds in it.

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    about 300 rounds through a used P40, ball and hollow point. No problem.

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    Kahr

    Mixed results for me. I own a K40. Couple of hiccups during break in period (first 200-300rds) but after that......sweet. My department just T&E'd the PM9 and P9. The P9 FTRB constantly. Even after swabbing, wiping, lubing. We basically failed it. A friend of mine bought one and had the same problem. Could be flukes, but I think their steel ones are built much better. If it had functioned properly I would have liked it. Good ergonomics, controllable recoil, etc. Accurate as well for its size.

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    Kahr PM9 Reliability

    I too had heard of reliability issues on the PM9. I have owned one for 6 months now and have fed over 700 rounds of fmj, jhp and powerball (my choice for everyday carry) with 0 failures of any kind. The first few hundred rounds I thought this little gun would never loosen up, but all of a sudden it got smooth as silk and I could not be more pleased. I recently put an armalaser on it and it is unbelievable how easy it is to carry and fire accurately from any position. It is a great pistol and I highly recommend it.

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    We had two MK-9s. We still have the 2003 Elite, which has been perfect. I had a lesser model which began failing to return to battery. It is gone.

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    I've got a P40 I bought new that has been 100% reliable. I've got about 1000 rounds down range with an assortment or range & SD ammo.

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    My K40 has also performed flawlessly...only about 400 rounds to date.

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    I really like kahr

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    PM 40 w/ ArmaLaser.

    Fantastic Post-Break-In. After the first few boxes (where I experienced a few battery issues) it's been fine.

    Zero Failures.

    Light, compact, powerful, managable.

    Buy one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffWard View Post
    PM 40 w/ ArmaLaser.
    I just ordered an Arma Laser do you like it?

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    My Pm9 has been up and down first it fell into the barrel recall and then I would say just normal wear and tear on the extractor causing replacement,

    Once the bugs where worked out and got it running with JHP's Its now my every day gun in the pocket backing up my T-9.

    The Poly version are a hit or miss in my book, find one that runs and they are great but the opposite is true all so.

    T-9 now has 2500 rounds down range, Pm9 is getting real close to 5500

    I'll keep them

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    Quote Originally Posted by FallGuy View Post
    I just ordered an Arma Laser do you like it?
    Love it! Windage and Elevation are easy, and stay put. Concealed carry is improved, as the laser minimizes imprinting for pocket carry. I put my Kahr in one pocket, and my palm pilot in the other, and I defy you to tell the difference...

    In fact, I removed the sights from the gun enirely. It fits in a Uncle Mike's pocket holster with no mods, and draws smoothly.

    Just watch the lens when cleaning. I'll often put a piece of black tape over the front of the laser when I wipe the gun down.

    I had the gun my thigh pocket of a pair of cargo shorts the other night. tripped taking them off, and stepped on the damn thing. Right on the laser and slide. NO change to zero! NO effect to function! Great combo.

    Now I'm just waiting for the PM45.....

    Jeff

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    P40

    Hey Folks: I must step in; my shooting buddy bought new;
    I had a box of 225 from Dick's Sporting unopened. Neither of us knew much about a Kahr.
    I loaded; he shot; I loaded; he shot; and on and on.
    My turn; he loaded I shot; he loaded; I shot
    Guess WHAT:
    Not nary a mal nothing. Accurate and 225 later we went looking for more bullets.
    Would I entertain having one: Yes.
    Don't like the feeder spring; too stiff; makes thumb hurt

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    I'm just a few weeks from getting my CCW permit and I'm having trouble making my mind up on the Kahr PM9. I really want a pocket pistol because it fits my lifestyle as well as the hot humid summers here in the Midwest, but paying 600.00 for a pistol that I my not be able to trust is a tough choice. Seems like the choices are limited as far as dependable pocket pistol with at least the stopping power of a 9mm. Any thoughts or advice would be a big help.

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    My P9 and CW9 work perfectly.
    I actually sold the P9, regretted it and bought the CW9...Saving pennies for a PM9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffWard View Post
    Love it! Windage and Elevation are easy, and stay put. Concealed carry is improved, as the laser minimizes imprinting for pocket carry. I put my Kahr in one pocket, and my palm pilot in the other, and I defy you to tell the difference...

    In fact, I removed the sights from the gun enirely. It fits in a Uncle Mike's pocket holster with no mods, and draws smoothly.

    Just watch the lens when cleaning. I'll often put a piece of black tape over the front of the laser when I wipe the gun down.

    I had the gun my thigh pocket of a pair of cargo shorts the other night. tripped taking them off, and stepped on the damn thing. Right on the laser and slide. NO change to zero! NO effect to function! Great combo.

    Now I'm just waiting for the PM45.....

    Jeff
    Great to hear! Now I can't wait for it to come in! Thanks for the review.

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    My Kahr PM9 has been 100% reliable since the first round I put through it. But I guess I cheated a bit, because I bought it directly from Cylinder & Slide gunsmiths after they worked their magic on it. This is one VERY expensive CCW weapon, but it will conceal anywhere and I'd stake my life on it. It eats up everything I feed it. I carry Double Tap 147-grain 9mm's and don't feel like I'm underpowered. Ever.

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    PM9 here, 870 rounds down range with no problems.

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    Not so happy with my PM9. Recent purchase and shot about 3-400 rounds. It continues to stick the top round of each mag into the ramp when first racking, so off to the factory. They sent it back with all kinds of stuff done: replaced extractor, polished ramp... Unfortunately now it still does the above, and the advice from Kahr is to download one round. That's unreasonable IMHO. 6 is few enough, 5's not making me happy. ALSO, the slide now sticks something awful after press checking and easing it forward. ALSO, the chambered round indicator is now broken: it used to be flush when empty and protruding when loaded. Now it's half-way all the time. About three weeks ago the Kahr rep told my store they'd replace it with a new one, and I told him that would be fine, as long as they take it on store credit for the original value. Still waiting for Kahr to "finalize" the return...

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    I find the mag springs are VERY tight and can cause the top round to shift forward and not feed correctly. But after 300 rounds, that likely isn't the problem. Hopefully Kahr will make it right.

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    Not sure when Kahr planned to make it right, but Sportsmans Warehouse figured 2 months was long enough and gave me full replacement value on store credit. Bully for them! But not so good for Kahr... Although I'm sure S&W would be worlds apart on CS, I opted to just go G26 for daily carry. Plus it's a tad bit smaller than the M&P9c which helps when throwing it in the pocket (unchambered, of course). The Glock sure is 100% more comforting, if slightly less comfortable, than the Kahr.

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