This is a discussion on Think twice about the purchase of a CM9 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I never posted a range report when Santa brought me my Kahr... but I took it out and ran 150 rounds through it right out ...
I never posted a range report when Santa brought me my Kahr... but I took it out and ran 150 rounds through it right out of the box with shipping grease and everything. No cleaning and relubricating, no racking the slide x00 number of times, etc etc.
Out of the 150 rounds (was gonna go 200, but my hands got tired) I only had ONE failure to feed, and I'm pretty sure I limp-wristed it. It was really cold out (I don't think it broke freezing all day), so the 'shoot five, reload cold rounds, shoot five, reload' routine was doing a number to my delicate geekly hands so I'm pretty sure that the FTF was my own fault.
The spring was noticeably lighter when I was done. And everything was WAY smoother after I cleaned it... between the fouling (100 rounds of my test was with WWB) the crappy packing grease (super sticky stuff), and the cold, I anticipated having some issues, but everything ran smooth.
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If you buy your Kahr from a Davidson's designated dealer, the original owner has a lifetime warranty: something wrong-- send it back for repair or replacement. Their CS is what finally convinced me to get a CM9 today! I have not read one thread on this forum that complained about the CS at Kahr: hard to beat that for confidence!
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I did recently experience what sounds like similar symptoms with my K40--failing to go into battery (by quite a bit). But, this turned out to be a simple matter in my case and unrelated to your situation. I was running handloads, loaded with cast bullets sized to .402". When I resized a few hundred to .401", I had no problems, and none of my plated-bullet handloads (.400") were an issue. The bigger bullets cycle with no issues in the M&P, but fail at about 100% in the Kahr.
While I believe a premium product should work without issues new from the factory, your experience isn't all that uncommon with many brands and products. It's the sort of thing that makes more comfortable with buying used--that's no guarantee of anything, of course, but it generally gives me some added confidence.
We all certainly wish you the best of luck with our friends at Kahr--again, let us know how this all turns out.
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It's important to clean these little gems before that first range session. I have talked several people into CW9's and I had one friend that had some ftrb issues when she picked it up. I pulled it apart at the range and wiped the oil off of it and she hasn't had an issue since and neither has anyone I've convinced to buy Kahr pistols. I carry a CW9 as my EDC and my wife applied for her CPL today and wants a CM9. I have no reservations about buying her one. I love Kahr pistols.