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CHLChris 09-14-2009 12:51 AM

Eye candy...My new Kahr Pm9
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Hey, all! My CCW is in the mail and my Glock 19 doesn't make the best EDC gun. I've been wearing it around the house and decided that I'll only wear during those times I'm in great big crowds of people or feel really unsafe.

So...I started looking for a good carry gun. I kept going back and forth between three firearms: the Ruger LCR, the KelTec PF9, and the Kahr PM9. They are all great carry weapons, but since my primary is 9mm, I decided on staying with that chambering. Then, I found a great deal on a PM9 Black Diamond finish, used. I put on a Crimson Trace trigger guard laser. My Glock has a CT, so I thought as many of the same training characteristics as possible between 2 firearms the better. For instance, both are "safe action" triggers, with no external safety.

I have on order a Crossbreed Minituck, a couple of different magazine holders, and I'll be going to RKBA Pocket Holsters in Camas, WA so he can customize a pocket holster for my Crimson Trace.

I don't know its history, so I'll run about 300 rounds through it this Thursday. I'll write an update on it then. I'm pretty excited. I've heard great things about this firearm and I'm hoping it lives up to them...since it has to help keep me living!

CA357 09-14-2009 12:59 AM

Looks good to me.

Gojubrian 09-14-2009 03:35 AM

Looks like a great pistol for carry!

UnderFire 09-15-2009 02:26 AM

Can't go wrong with a Kahr...
I'm always impressed how small & light weight Khar can make them no matter what caliber they come in. That's also some great ammo you have pictured. I have a few boxes in .38 & .380.

CHLChris 09-16-2009 01:53 AM

Yep, the Critical Defense got a great wirte-up in the NRA magazine this month. When I fired off a box, they seemed to could I describe the difference...smoother than standard 115 gr FMJ. The recoil was slighter and the whole report just seemed smoother and less jarring (not that 9mm is that jarring to begin with). Hopefully I never have to test their effectiveness while saving a life, mine or another's.

Two days and counting before range time!

My CCW came in the mail today. Yahoo!

Succinct 09-16-2009 01:57 AM Congratulations!

gorknoids 09-16-2009 03:24 AM

Looks like a great choice. It seems like they've paid attention to the issue of small guns not coming to hand readily (Hard to get a quick grip on some of the wee weps).
I rotate my carry ammo when the mood hits me, and have shot 30-some rounds of CD FTX. It's brisk, it's accurate, and it's clean. Expansion on the piece of paper I shot it into was indeterminate, however!

CHLChris 09-16-2009 05:00 AM


Originally Posted by gorknoids (Post 160412)
Expansion on the piece of paper I shot it into was indeterminate, however!

You didn't get expansion through 20 microns of fibrous material? Maybe I ought to switch to Speer. I heard it will expand before it even hits its target. That's just a rumor, though. ;-)

CHLChris 09-19-2009 01:19 AM

Range Report
Here we go, quick range report.

Darn fine weapon, this Kahr. It recoils no more than my much larger Glock 19. It is extremely manageable both strong hand and weak hand. The sights are dead-on and I love the "dot-the-i" system of the Kahr. I find it much better to find the front sight quickly with this system over the Glock's. In fact, I was taking the "dot-the-i" literally, placing space between the "i" and the "dot", like the English letter actually appears. But, indeed, one needs only place the dot on top of the i and things were sighting in beautifully.

The magazines are a thumb buster, for sure. I will need to purchase a loader for them. I fired 300 rounds last night through a 6-round and a 7-round magazine. You do the math. It took a lot of reloads. My thumbs were still hurting this morning. But it is not often I need to load, but at the range.

The manner of chambering a round--depressing the slide lock lever to allow the slide to pull forward--is much different from the sling-shot of Glocks. It seems that some wear will occur over time on that lever.

The take-down on the Kahr is a pain in the rear.

I had one failure to load. I got a little lazy loadiung one of the magazines and didn't shove that round all the way back.
I had 2 failures to fire. But that was on an empty chamber at the end of the magazine. I think my thumb was riding up at the key moment and was allowing the slide release to not catch the slide.

I had no other problems. Well, I do have to learn how to maintain a consistent grip during a magazine. I seem to be releasing my hands a bit on each one, forcing me to bring my thumbs back. That's a bad habit! With my larger Glock 19, I never did this. I think the smaller weapon is to blame...not me, huh?

UnderFire 09-20-2009 08:02 PM


Originally Posted by CHLChris (Post 161884)
I think the smaller weapon is to blame...not me, huh?


I own 2 Kahr handguns (CW40 & P380), what I have noticed using a small handgun will require you to get-in-touch with the snubbie side. The relatively long (but not very heavy) DA trigger pull, combined with the short barrel and sight radius, require that one will have to exercise proper follow-through. Given the small size of the pistol relative to one's hands, close attention to follow-through is needed.
Glad to hear you're enjoying your new Kahr.
I carry mine on a regular basises.

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