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I recently purchased a Kahr E9 (steel frame). I thought I would never find a handgun that fit my hand as well as my P-35...I was wrong! This Kahr fits just as well; that is to say, my P-35 and this Kahr, unlike any other handgun I've palmed, both fit like a glove! I have one regret - I wish I had discovered a Kahr sooner...I wouldn't have went through all those Glocks. In fact, I wouldn't have bought a Glock at all!

(disclaimer: Glocks are fine and I mean to offend no one - Glocks just have never really been for me.)
 

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Hello. Though I no longer own one, I had uniformly good luck with an early Kahr K9 and carried it quite a bit as a hidden back up gun when still a police officer. While it was long, the DAO pull was smooth and reasonably light. Reliability left nothing to be desired and I was pretty happy with the little thing.

After retiring, it saw not infrequent service as a "loaner" for CHL students who did not own a semiautomatic.

A casual friend of mine's wife wanted to buy it so I told her the make and model. A few days later her husband told me that she wanted THAT particular gun as she "knew" it worked "good" for her. A fair deal was struck and it has a new home.

I had an early P9 and neither I nor Kahr could correct the premature slide lock that occurred anytime I fired +P ammo in the pistol. From what I've read this problem has sort of died down so I'm hoping that Kahr was able to diagnose and correct later-made P9's. The problem occurred (in my opinion) from the different method of springing the hold open lever and its considerably lighter weight than the version on the K9.

Two good friends have and use K9 pistols with no complaints and have fired them over several years. They are (to me) quite comfortable and I've not seen one that was inherently inaccurate mechanically.

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Hello,

I have a K-40 Elite 98, I went with the Elite 98 because it had at that time what KAHR called a Combat Trigger, the Elite trigger sys. has alot shorter take-up than the other KAHR's. I was told by KAHR about a year ago, that ALL KAHR's now come with the same short trigger sys., wheater it's an Elite or not, so if your's is a older one, you could up-grade the trigger sys., or send it in and have it done by KAHR.

My KAHR has never missed a beat, and I think they are a pretty good pistol, but, I don't like the fact that you really need the take-down block to hold the slide at the right spot to knock the slide stop out for dissembly, at least I do anyway.

FWIW: I have NO problem keeping 3 hulls in the air with the short trigger sys., it's reset is SHORT! I just wish I would have gotten a 9 instead of a .40.

Take Care,
THE SOCKMAN
 
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If you have an older one, Kahr will put the "elite" trigger in for around $50-$60, but you need to send the gun to them. You need to call or send them an email first, and they will give you an order number.

Mine is one of the older ones, and the trigger is very smooth, but loooong. ;) Takes a little getting used to, but once you have the feel, it is a great little gun.

- Chris
 

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I've never had anything but good experiences with Kahr pistols. They are a great compact that shoots like a full size. The only "drawback" ,if you can call it that, is that reload ammo doesn't work reliably in them. It seems that the tolerances in the chamber are so tight, there is almost no room for deviation with reload stuff.
As long as you use quality ammo, you will not have problems with this pistol.
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I have two Kahrs that I like very much... a P40 and a PM9.

Mr. Camp commented:

I had an early P9 and neither I nor Kahr could correct the premature slide lock that occurred anytime I fired +P ammo in the pistol.
I encountered this frustrating problem with my P40, as well. After trying a variety of (unsuccessful) remedies, I finally discovered something that worked. The notch in the polymer frame where the slide stop lever sits had a little, barely visible, burr that was holding the lever ever-so-slightly in an elevated position. I took a small jeweler's file and removed the burr and lowered the notch a hair. All has been fine since.

Nowadays, my "always" gun is my Kahr PM9 loaded with 147 grain Winchester Ranger-Ts in my front pants pocket within an inexpensive Uncle Mike's cloth holster.
 
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for what its worth. i bought a pm9 and before i carry any of my street pistols they have to fire 500 rounds of target ammo and 200 rounds of my carry ammo!!about round number 100.i had a problem the trigger would not reset properly ?to make a long story short it would leave me gunless on the range !!with a gun that was loaded. but the trigger would not respond ?after 3 trips back to kahr. the problem was still there. so kahr replaced the pm9. with the all steal same size mk9. that has never malfuction a 1 time after 800 rounds still going !!! if i did not test fire my guns before i carry then look what a mess i would be in ?? kahr never left me they done what they had to do. to make me happy and see that i got what i paid for !! i recommed kahr but like any gun shoot it before you carry it. hope this helps !!
 

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catbird is right! The PM9 is a pocket pistol! That's what I carry in my pocket when I go 'redneckin' at our WalMart. I have the Fed Personal Defense 135gr round in mine. (Get them at WalMart too!)
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I own four Kahrs: custom E9, custom K40, K9, and another K40. This says a lot for Kahrs as I seldom buy more than on of a gun if it gives me trouble. With this said do not trust a Khar until you have the 200 rounds through it as I had bobbles, until round 200, with my E9. Regards, Richard:D
 
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