Kahr spring breakage, company admits it.
Approx fifteen years ago I purchased a Kahr 9mm, they called it a ladysmith at the time I believe. While it was generally reliable I did have a
couple of FTF and an ejection problem or two. As a secondary carry weapon I was none too happy with ANY failure but the trigger pull was like
butter, the feel was right, recoil manageable, very concealable and the reviews at the time were very favorable so I kept it. After approx 300
rds the weapon locked up with a jam. And I mean locked up to the point where I couldn't do anything with it. A call to the company yielded a
friendly factory tech who suggested various fixes none of which worked. It was still locked. I sent it to them and they called me in prompt
fashion saying " boy it was really stuck " Great.... if I'm on the street and this happens do I tell the attacker to wait until I send it to the
factory ? Seems the main spring that returns the slide broke. So I ask is this normal or was this just a freak occurrence ? Seems the factory
tech says they had problems with spring breakage after only 1500 rds or so and they recommend regular replacement. Apparently I was sold a
used weapon with unknown rds fired thru it by the dealer. I was under the impression that it was new since they were just out on the market. So now I have sort of a reason. Just seems like the company/gun mags should have alerted the consumer to the frequency of replacement. I have no idea if they still have this recommendation or if they improved the spring. There was no way to clear the jam but even if you could clear it
the weapon was worthless. 1500 rds seems too frequent of a replacement. Obviously I no longer go to this dealer so part of the problem
was his not telling me it was a used weapon. In fact lets just say he's been out of business shortly after this transaction.
I'm not trying to be a Johnny come lately here, just found this site and thought others of this vintage should know of this. I'd be interested if
anyone else had this happen and what they were told at the time. I still have it but barely use it. My Taurus 92 has many thousands of rounds
thru it without a problem. So has my little Bersa model .23. The Kahr was the most expensive and now I use it the least. Its relegated to being in my vehicle. I might add it was very accurate for its size at 25 yards.