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Old 02-12-2018, 10:05 AM
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Bought one off my buddy this weekend. Pretty sweet little gun, but hasn't had many rounds through it yet. Cycled just fine, but getting first round in chamber from mag was hit/miss. Read reviews where mfg says something like 200 rounds or so need to be run through it. Other than that, not bad for $200, I guess.

Anyone else have one or another CW version from Kahr? Any issues?
Old 02-12-2018, 10:24 AM
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I have the CW .380. It will loosen up once you put some rounds through it. Also have the CM9 and it's the same way. I think all Kahrs start off tight. Never had an issue with either of them. Those are my 2 main carry guns.
Old 02-12-2018, 10:27 AM
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It's definitely tight! Hoping to put some more rounds through it soon. I don't have CWP (yet), but this is one for glovebox or keep in pocket at farm while walking through woods (not that that tiny gun has much accuracy an any distance).
Old 02-12-2018, 10:29 AM
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Have a CT380 sitting in the bottom of the safe that's not usable. Steadily got worse about not feeding, and now is 50% at best. Its odd, if you release the slide forward slowly, it won't make it the last 3/8" like its hanging up on something. Cheap gun seems hardly worth the money for shipping and repairs to send it back to factory, so its just sitting now.

Hope the CW is better!
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Had a Kahr CW9 some time ago.
Quality pistol in my opinion.
Only complaint I had with it was the stippling on the back strap would make the web of my hand raw after shooting several mags through it.

Did the recommended 200 round break-in and gun functioned flawlessly during and after.

They are finicky about the way you chamber the first round.... you gotta let the slide and spring snap closed, otherwise you'll experience some failures.
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I have a CM9, which is my EDC. Kahr's are definitely guns that requires some break in. One thing that helps them a lot is to leave them for about 2 weeks with the slide locked back. Drop the slide, then lock it back, anytime you think about it. 100 - 200 rounds should do the trick. Use full power ammo for this, and then run at least 2-3 mags of whatever ammo through it, and through the mags you plan to carry. If you are having any feed issues, don't rule out the mag as being the issue.

I love my Kahr, but had it been out at the time I bought it, I would likely be carrying a G43. I like the G43, but not enough to justify changing up.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
I have a CM9, which is my EDC. Kahr's are definitely guns that requires some break in. One thing that helps them a lot is to leave them for about 2 weeks with the slide locked back. Drop the slide, then lock it back, anytime you think about it. 100 - 200 rounds should do the trick. Use full power ammo for this, and then run at least 2-3 mags of whatever ammo through it, and through the mags you plan to carry. If you are having any feed issues, don't rule out the mag as being the issue.

I love my Kahr, but had it been out at the time I bought it, I would likely be carrying a G43. I like the G43, but not enough to justify changing up.
my carry is a 43, fantastic pistol.
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Originally Posted by BlueRudy View Post
my carry is a 43, fantastic pistol.
Been considering it for sure. Gotten to be good friends with a guy that makes custom kydex/leather holsters. He swears he can mod my crossbreed to work fine with a 43, but haven't convinced myself to make the jump yet. Need a bedside gun next that doesn't have any sentimental value to it. I have a speed safe bolted to the bed rail for access control, but no doubt it provides next to no theft protection, so I have to either use my EDC as my bedside piece, or move my favorite Beretta in and out of it.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
I have a CM9, which is my EDC. Kahr's are definitely guns that requires some break in. One thing that helps them a lot is to leave them for about 2 weeks with the slide locked back. Drop the slide, then lock it back, anytime you think about it. 100 - 200 rounds should do the trick. Use full power ammo for this, and then run at least 2-3 mags of whatever ammo through it, and through the mags you plan to carry. If you are having any feed issues, don't rule out the mag as being the issue.

I love my Kahr, but had it been out at the time I bought it, I would likely be carrying a G43. I like the G43, but not enough to justify changing up.
Sounds like I'm gonna be playing with it in my recliner tonight...right after I have a buddy flush my coolant system in my truck. My dumbass self put washer fluid (it was dark, and I had a few drinks in me at the time) in the anti-freeze reservoir. Don't tell anyone, though!
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Been considering it for sure. Gotten to be good friends with a guy that makes custom kydex/leather holsters. He swears he can mod my crossbreed to work fine with a 43, but haven't convinced myself to make the jump yet. Need a bedside gun next that doesn't have any sentimental value to it. I have a speed safe bolted to the bed rail for access control, but no doubt it provides next to no theft protection, so I have to either use my EDC as my bedside piece, or move my favorite Beretta in and out of it.
I initially tried a kydex IWB and just could'nt get used to it. Wear a DeSantis Mini-Slide now and really like the comfort and how it holds the pistol canted, high and tight to the body.
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Originally Posted by BlueRudy View Post
I initially tried a kydex IWB and just could'nt get used to it. Wear a DeSantis Mini-Slide now and really like the comfort and how it holds the pistol canted, high and tight to the body.
Talked to quite a few people first. It was about a 2 week break-in, but now it is completely comfortable.

Key things I learned in talking to some folks was 1) Horse leather if you can get it. 2) Trim the leather back as much as possible, 3) put a piece of moleskin to completely cover the back/hardware once trimmed to size and adjusted for cant/angle. You can sort of tell in these pics, compared to the stock one. Essentially my clips are all the way up, and all unnecessary leather above/below them, as well as above the back of the slide is gone, to keep it from digging into my back.

This one is a few years old, and is carried pretty much all the time. Occasionally if I have to wear khaki pants I will front pocket carry with a Sticky holster, but otherwise this is my go to.
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buddy gave me a sticky holster...that little gun is so tiny, you forget it's in your pocket.
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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
buddy gave me a sticky holster...that little gun is so tiny, you forget it's in your pocket.
Sticky is great for average use. Biggest drawback, it is nearly impossible to draw from when seated if you are pocket carrying.

At my last job attire was khakis and a tucked in polo or dress shirt daily. Now I can wear basically anything I want. When I was doing khakis all the time, gun came out of my pocket and tucked between the front seat and console as I was getting in the truck. IWB with an untucked shirt carried at 4 o'clock, I can draw from seated easily, so no need to pull it out getting in and out of the truck. I do pull my shirt up just a bit when in the truck, so I don't have to get past it to draw.
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I’ve got a CW 40 that I’ve had for a while. Really like it more than I thought I would. Got it broke in and haven’t had any problems with it. Probably carry it more than any of my other pistols, something about it just carries good. Shoots well to for a small .40, agree with Bluerudy the blackstrap tears up my hand if shooting a lot. It’s a litttle snappy but then so is any small .40.
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Just to reinforce some of the points made here, I'll share my experience with a different Kahr, a P9, as well as wisdom I've picked up on the web.

Chambering the first round is a problem with most Kahrs if not done as follows:
- lock slide back.
- Insert magazine.
- Pull slide all the way back and let go. The first round should chamber correctly if the slide is allowed to slam forward.
- Plan on replacing the recoil spring after 1000-2000 rounds, smaller-framed Kahrs seem to need this sooner than the larger ones.

Out of 6 magazines I bought, one had an intermittent problem with locking the slide back before the magazine was empty. I found the magazine follower was damaged and replaced it- problem solved.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Sticky is great for average use. Biggest drawback, it is nearly impossible to draw from when seated if you are pocket carrying.

At my last job attire was khakis and a tucked in polo or dress shirt daily. Now I can wear basically anything I want. When I was doing khakis all the time, gun came out of my pocket and tucked between the front seat and console as I was getting in the truck. IWB with an untucked shirt carried at 4 o'clock, I can draw from seated easily, so no need to pull it out getting in and out of the truck. I do pull my shirt up just a bit when in the truck, so I don't have to get past it to draw.
Cargo pants where the pocket is all on the thigh ... easy to grab and pull out seated ... tuck shirt in or out ...
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I ordered Pierce grip extensions last night...was going to buy a few extra mags, but damn! Cheapest is like $30. 7 rd version was about $35. Will hold off and shoot some more rounds through this thing before buying some more mags.

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