I've had it. Time to replace the Kahr CW9.

I've had it. Time to replace the Kahr CW9.

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    I've had it. Time to replace the Kahr CW9.

    I have had it with the magazines in this gun.

    Bought it 2 years ago. I love the gun. It fits my hand perfectly, it points more naturally than any gun I have ever owned or shot. It carries so easily it is like it isn't even there. But, the magazines SUCK. I'm tired of worrying if the top round in the mag has slid forward and nose dived. I'm sick of pulling the spare mag out of the mag carrier at night and having the top round or three pop out of the damn thing.

    I've tried the mods to the mags that everyone has talked about to limited success. Bottom line, I shouldn't have to modify the mags on a modern carry gun to make them reliable.

    I've called and spoken t Kahr customer support three times. Each time, they seem very uninterested in my concerns and just tell me that the mags have to work that way, which is BS. No mag HAS to work bad for them to function. That doesn't even make sense.

    So, I am dumping the CW9 in favor of something else. I am currently looking for a comparable replacement. Going to look very seriously at the XDs9, the Beretta Nano, and maybe a few others. Suggestions would be appreciated. No Glocks, the do not fit my hand.

    Like I said, I love the gun, but the fact that the mags don't work and the company doesn't care and won't fix the problem, and it IS a problem, they have lost me as a customer forever.
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    You might like the Kimber Solo. Very easy to carry. Same caliber. Very reliable after some break in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smarshe View Post
    You might like the Kimber Solo. Very easy to carry. Same caliber. Very reliable after some break in.
    I had simlar problems with all but one of my Kahr mags...a fellow at the LGS ..carries a Solo and loves it...

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    As a wise man once told me, "If it don't work, it don't work. Next!!" (That would be my salt-of-the-earth, uber-wise dad, in case you were wondering or even cared.)

    I know it might be a bit larger than your Kahr but have you considered the CZ 2075 RAMI?

    How about a Sig 938?
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    if you are trying to stick to a single stack 9mm, I would do a Shield, PPS or wait for the new XDS 9mm.

    --I had a terrible experience with my kahr pm9 including a chipped guide rail, I loved the way it felt but it just was an inferior firearm.

    --My current shield was very problematic, mostly feeding and ejecting, it drove me crazy and I almost gave up on 9mm single stacks as a whole . I sent my shield back to s&w and when I got it back from repair and I am glad I did because it was worth the wait.

    For the price the shield is the ticket in my book, performance wise it will not disappoint.. And if it does disappoint you can send it back to S&W free of charge and they will make it right !!

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    I've held a Shield and to be honest, I don't like the way it feels in my hand. The point where the trigger guard meets the front strap of the grip feels terrible to me. I'd be more likely to by an M&P compact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TN_Mike View Post
    I've held a Shield and to be honest, I don't like the way it feels in my hand. The point where the trigger guard meets the front strap of the grip feels terrible to me. I'd be more likely to by an M&P compact.
    My wife's M&P .40 C is a pleasant surprise IMO , easy to control, accurate and 10+1 in .40 is nice for that size sidearm IMO

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    Hey the shield isn't for everyone... How about the PPS, I have always liked them but never had a chance to shoot it to really know ..

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    Wish I could help, but my knowledge of pocket sized guns is limited to j frames and PPK's.
    But I did try a friends LCP and liked it. If I were inclined to have a pocket gun for EDC I would look at it.
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    If Glocks aren't to your liking I think Springfield XD pistols are a good alternative. I used to have three all of which were excellent but I favored Glocks and needed money to get more guns so I sold them. Had I not liked my Glocks so much I would have sworn my life to the XD line of pistols.

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    Yeah, we kind of have the same thing gonig on only my Kahr is a K9. Nothing fits my hand better but the magazine thing really really sucks. That & I rarely carry it. Most all the time I carry a commander sized 1911.45 or my Browning Hi-Power. But sometimes I do need a smaller lighter carry piece.

    I sold my Glock 26 to a good friend & bought the Kahr K9 thinking the thinner Kahr would have more usefull applications, but no, not really. I may well go back to to Glock 26 but I want to shoot the Glock 30s first.

    The 3000 rounds or so( give or take 500 rounds) I put through my old gen .3 Glock26 I never had a malfunction!I cannot say the same about My Kahr K9.

    Good luck in your search for a replacement.

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    Guess I'm just lucky... never, ever had a failure to feed with my CW9.

    What was a problem was the spare mag, which I initially carried loosely in a pocket (by itself). That unrestrained mag would indeed occasionally shed the top round or two or leave the the top round slightly forward and nosed down (actually level). But having seen that occur, and being a naturally curious guy, I experimented with that at the range. What I found what that no matter what angle or position the top round was in, as long as the nose of the top round did not extend past the front of the mag (which is nearly impossible with the mag seated), the round chambered just fine. The disclaimer here is that this is a test sample of one.

    The cure for the rounds escaping from the mag was a pocket magazine pouch crafted by one of our DC members a couple of years ago. The bottom of the pouch is contoured to the angle of the mag's feed lips, so the top round cant go anywhere. Added benefit, of course, is the reduction of swarf and lint accumulating in the mag.

    What I do find obnoxious about the Kahr mags - both this gun and the K40 - is that the feed lips are about the sharpest, most user-hostile components I've ever experienced in the world of firearms. God forbid I should ever have to stuff these mags in a hurry.
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    I have NEVER had any type of malfunction with the gun. Never. That is not the issue. The issue is with the crappy mags. If I had to reload in a hurry, pulling the spare mag out of the mag pouch on my off side and seeing the top two rounds pop out would not be a good thing.
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    I also purchased a Kahr CW9. I had issues with insertion of magazine. A couple of times the magazine jammed inside the grip when I inserted it. Several times I had problems with feeding. On the first ten or so trips to the range, there were several occasions when the magazine just slid down the grip while I was firing rendering the gun inoperable. Although I was impressed with the way the gun felt in my hand, it simply is not of good enough quality to be used as a carry gun. I contacted Kahr and found their service department to be unhelpful and rude. A word to the wise, if you are thinking about a Kahr, ask around about their service department, and what others think of their products. My Glocks are a little wider, but always dependable.
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    Only my second post here but I just bought the Bersa BP-9cc I had looked at the Ruger LC-9 and the Khar but had a friend relate similar issues with their magazines. I think if you can find one of the BP-9cc they merit consideration. Most every review of this gun on YouTube is positive...Very positive.
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