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This is a discussion on Advice on Kahr P380 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I bought a Kahr P3834 about 6 months ago. I was sick about it until I found out what ammo it prefers. I cleaned it ...
I bought a Kahr P3834 about 6 months ago. I was sick about it until I found out what ammo it prefers. I cleaned it racked it 500 times oiled it etc etc etc...before firing it. I own a colt govt 380 that will shoot anything a sig 238 that is a real problem child, and a real german walther pp that is the one that I prefer.
Anyway back to the Kahr. I had many misfires until I found out that my particular gun likes pmg gold dot, speer lawman for the range/plinking. I have shot 1200 rounds through it. It doesn't get consistent until about 500 rounds. Now I love the gun. It's not perfect, but its like a bad child....You need to know how to make it act right. I'm glad that I didn't sell it at a pawn shop (which i almost did)......My 2 cents worth...
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I have a P380 and a PM9. Break in was no issue and have not had a single issue with either. I shoot Speer Lawman most of the time. Can not remember a single FTE/FTF on either gun. I have read so many comments on this forum from those who love Kahrs. Guess it is like anything. You can get a bad one every now and then. Ammo can have a lot to do with it and I did not see the type used mentioned here.
OH well I guess it does not matter anyhow as you sold it.
It's not a problem til they make it one!
The purpose of a concealed weapon is to defend yourself in a life or death situation. In a high-stress, crisis-filled situation a person can not be worried about the reliability of his firearm. The additional time it would take to clear a jam might be the difference between you living or dying. I am getting rid of my P380 and looking at the Kahr PM9 as a replacement. My research indicates that this is the most reliable mini-9mm on the market. I looked at the Diamondback DB9 because of it's slightly smaller size but (once again) it seems to have reliability issues. I wish Glock manufactured a single stack mini-9mm but until they do the PM9 will have to do. Glock Firearms R&D, are you reading this???
However, it has not functioned properly since day one. BTW-I am an experienced hand gun owner. The misfires were unacceptable, sorry but after 500 rounds of various Ammo this gun is should be more than broken in. I've seen other posts mentioning the quality and tight tolerances of the Kahr. I have read about the "limp wristing" and releasing the slide by using the lever...But what good is a weapon the misfires 1% of the time yet alone 40%-50% of the time that I get with this useless piece of scrap iron. No way am I going to carry this thing.
Yes I have sent it back to the factory where they said that they cleaned it, replaced the barrel ??? and fired six mags through it w/o failure... No freakn way unless they have some sort of magic bullets. Now in addition to the misfires it is "stove-piping" rounds.
I have returned this handgun to the manufacturer for the second time and upon its return I will be selling it. Unfortunately is doesn't sound like my local gun shop where I purchased this thing (with their recommendation) is going to stand by it.
Buyer beware... shame on Kahr... this issue has been going on for years.
Ticked off Kahr owner!
To each his own.
If your looking for a 380 the Glock 42 became available in the States recently I have had the opportunity to shoot it. While I am Glock biased this gun is still a great 380, it has real sights and shoots great. Rumor is Glock will make this gun in 9mm after they sell a million 380's or in about a year. The size is nice but could use a magazine extension.
If it's a 9mm then grab a Glock 26.
Just my 2 cents.
Thanks for the input. I will definately do the "due diligence" sp? on my next purchase of a reliable .380. I'm usually a stickler for doing my research but I relied on my dealers expertise..."fool me once shame on you...fool me twice shame on me." Not planning on that happening again. I
If I'm ever in a situation where I have to protect myself or my family a gun that fires most of the time doesn't cut it.
Kahrs are always a love or hate deal. I have a CM9 that was reliable from the start and grabbed a CW380 a few months ago that took a little breaking in and now has no issues with anything I've tried. I know other people have big issues, but I'm happy with them.
Same problem here. 3 times to factory to no avail. What a piece of junk
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Had a CM9 and was totally disappointed. Didn't like the fact that there was a break in period and picky with some ammo. Never did get it to work reliable even after the break in period. Maybe the expectations are just too high to have something that's reliable straight out of the box. I'm now back looking at the CW380 but really worry about the same break in period and not being reliable
M1Abrams don't worry about it. You are missing out on a great little weapon if you pass up the CW380. I have one and run it hard. No issues. Just go to KahrTalk Home and educate yourself before you shoot it. The tech section has great information and will keep you from having a problem but if you do the guys there will help you trouble shoot. Just remember these are micro pistols they are not like larger pistols. If you do not want to take the time to learn about them don't bother getting one. You probably won't be happy.