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Old 05-17-2010, 05:20 AM   #1
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Light Primer Strikes - Kahr P380

I have been experiencing light primer strikes with my P380 while using standard range ammo (S&B, PMC, etc). The firing pin leaves a slight mark but the round does not fire. This only happens on range ammo. When using Cor-Bon or Speer Gold the gun works fine.

Could this be due to something with the firing pin?

Has anyone else experienced this?\

Thanks.
 
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:10 PM   #2
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I'd suspect the ammo.

However, to be on the safe side, I'd contact Kahr.
Likely, they'll have you ship the gun back for inspection and possible repair.

While some guns just don't "like" some ammo, when it's more than one, it's time to suspect a problem.
As a defense gun, you want no doubts with your gun.

Since this is probably a warranty issue, I'd also ask about them sending you a pickup order for the gun so you don't have to pay shipping charges there.
 
Old 05-29-2010, 12:43 PM   #3
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i would never trust a 380 everybody complains about my 9mm. not even as bug ,9mm is small enough for summer too. i have a glock 26 . 380 is new fadd i know , but you are tricked into it by the gun industry , its strange 9mm is bigger than 380 by length but, its too small. 9mm good placed shots better than a miss with even 10mm gun . By the way kahr is good and fast to fix stuff. I sent my tommy gun back in 2 weeks door to door .
 
Old 06-17-2010, 03:17 PM   #4
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If this only happen with one manufacture you may have some ammo that is short. The 380 head spaces on the case mouth. Try this, take the barrel out of the pistol and drop a round that you know functions in the pistol. take note how far the round is in the chamber. Try the same with one that shows the light strike. If it is short then what is most likely happening is the firing pin is pushing the case forward in the chamber and leaving a small dent. Not enough to fire the round.

Hope this helps.

Jim C
 
Old 05-08-2011, 06:00 PM   #5
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That's how the Kahr striker works.
Your spring is not too short.

The Kahr design is such that the striker/firing pin has no tension when at rest and you can simply push it forward and back that short distance.
Inside the striker body is a spacer that the striker spring pushes against.
When the striker is at rest, that "U" shaped spacer rests against the inside of the slide and takes all tension off the striker.

Here's an exploded view. The striker spacer is part number 21:

http://www.stevespages.com/ipb-kahr-ktseries.html

What you probably have is some sort of problem in the striker assembly that requires factory service.
OR, you might try a different brand of ammo first. Some guns just don't "like" some ammo.

Call Kahr and ask them to send you a pick up form so they pay shipping.
Return the gun to them so they can diagnose the problem and repair it.
Kahr is very good about fixing problems.
 
Old 06-03-2011, 06:22 PM   #6
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non-stock spring?

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Originally Posted by morgantheship View Post
I have been experiencing light primer strikes with my P380 while using standard range ammo (S&B, PMC, etc). The firing pin leaves a slight mark but the round does not fire. This only happens on range ammo. When using Cor-Bon or Speer Gold the gun works fine.

Could this be due to something with the firing pin?

Has anyone else experienced this?\

Thanks.
I know some Kahr owners in larger calibers have taken to puting in weaker firing pin springs to bring down the trigger pull from 7.5 to about 4.5 or 5
Is that possible, or perhaps your stock spring just gave up.

Last edited by Rainman48314; 06-03-2011 at 06:24 PM.
 
Old 06-03-2011, 06:26 PM   #7
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I think we're a year late to this party. LOL
 
Old 06-03-2011, 06:36 PM   #8
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Late but still a timely concern

My P380 is at Kahr Arms right now (June 2011) to solve a problem with light primer strikes. They had to replace the frame. We'll see if that works.

Chase Snodgrass
Presidio, Texas
 
Old 06-05-2011, 07:56 PM   #9
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wow, never heard of a frame being that out of spec! normally, it is just a question of a too short firing pin, or more often, too weak a striker spring.
 
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