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Old 05-15-2012, 02:29 PM   #1
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As with all of you I imagine, I absolutely love Kahr's steel frame guns. I think the guns are top notch from sights to base pad. Metallurgy and operating principle and design. I miss this gun even more than my P7M8. They are probably my favorite DAO semi-auto design ever.

Polymer ones leave a bit to be desired, IMO. I just don't particularly care for the balance and feel as much as the steel guns. I only knew one person that had a problem with one, and it was due to him putting the recoil assly in backwards. Not a Kahr issue.

Anyways, this budget line of Kahrs has caught my attention. I haven't had a chance to handle or shoot one, so I'm looking for feedback here. I see very little on 'em as far as threads here or elsewhere, and I trust yall's opinions(Probably to a fault!) due to experience. A MIM slide release, a glock-ish front sight instead of a dovetailed one, and less fancy slide design and engravings instead of rollmarks look about it. If that's the end of it, it seems like a good deal to me. I've been struggling to decide between a great deal on a 3rd gen DAO S&W 5946, an FEG Hi-Power, and one of these. All of 'em good deals and attractive for their own reasons. I guess really I'm looking for info on the Kahr CW guns. Thanks guys.
 
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Old 05-15-2012, 02:48 PM   #2
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I've owned the CW-9 and CW-45. They took maybe 100 rounds of break-in with ball ammo before smoothing up some and the not-quite-in-battery malfucntions went away. Kahr's manual suggests that 200 rounds of break in is more like it.

Weird little qualm about the 9mm version--and this was true with mine as well as many others I've read about--the top round in the 7 shot magazines wants to pop loose for some reason even while it's in a mag pouch. Never seen the .45 version's mags do that.

Two friends had CW's in .40 S&W and they were snappy to shoot--not the good kinda "snappy" by the way--plus I saw them each choke on jacketed truncated ammo a few times , which is the most common loading.
 
Old 05-15-2012, 03:14 PM   #3
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I just read an interesting write-up on the fram rails. It says there was a lot of wear there and eventually the slide wear on this area causes malfunctions. I dunno how much "Smithing" can be done on a polymer frame in this instance. At least not to cure the issue. I dunno. It seems to me the more and more I think about it that the steel kahrs are in a league of their own. Even when compared to their own guns elsewhere in the line up...Thanks for the info and sharing your experiences.

Here's the kahrtalk link:http://kahrtalk.com/showthread.php?t=13021

Last edited by Alabaster; 05-15-2012 at 03:19 PM. Reason: Forgot the kahrtalk link.
 
 
Old 05-20-2012, 11:45 AM   #4
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I just read an interesting write-up on the fram rails. It says there was a lot of wear there and eventually the slide wear on this area causes malfunctions. I dunno how much "Smithing" can be done on a polymer frame in this instance. At least not to cure the issue. I dunno. It seems to me the more and more I think about it that the steel kahrs are in a league of their own. Even when compared to their own guns elsewhere in the line up...Thanks for the info and sharing your experiences.

Here's the kahrtalk link:CW9 problem and the polymer myth - KahrTalk Forums
I am the original poster of that thread. I am posting this here with the hope that someone knows how to fix this. I have an idea but it's risky. The easy fix would be to replace the polymer lower, but Kahr will not sell that part. Of course the problem would eventually return.

Does anyone have a suggestion or can repair this? Kahr refuses to even acknowledge the problem. Should I post this as a new thread?
 
Old 05-20-2012, 03:06 PM   #5
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Return it to Kahr again. George M.
 
Old 05-20-2012, 04:00 PM   #6
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I'll second that.

I'd call Kahr and talk to them about this.
Explain what the problem is and forget arguing about whether the slide rides on the polymer.

All you really want is the gun repaired, so talk about getting that done.
Explain that it's been back once, and be specific about what and where the problem is.

If you don't get satisfaction from the person on the phone, politely ask to speak to someone higher up.
 
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As far as contacting Kahr again, that has already been tried. Kahr is not interested in repairing it. According to them it is "in spec". The fact that it doesn't function matters not.

I won't speculate as to why they deny the problem exists.
 
Old 05-22-2012, 10:58 AM   #8
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hatfield is apparently having an issue with kahr right now also. I guess this answers <'s question about the CW9.....
 
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