Custom Khars By an Amateur

Custom Khars By an Amateur

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    Custom Khars By an Amateur

    Hi, my name is John
    I just recently started posting on this site in the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forum. I was wondering if any of you have an interest in seeing some amateur custom work on the Kahr K9's and some mag modifcations on the PM9's that I used for my ballistic tests. I don't want to tie up the airwaves if there isn't any interest.


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    stop teasing and lets see some pics.
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    Hey, we're easy! Show us already!
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    Appreciated your ammo work John so - yeah - always of interest to see other things.
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    After reading a lot of on line questions about the kind of Kahr custom work pistol smiths did or do, and not being able to find many custom Kahr pics. I decided to post an amateur's version of what a custom Kahr could look like.

    This set is of my K9 elite 98.



    It has 30 lpi checkering on the front strap, 50 lpi checkering on the grip screws.



    40 lpi checkering on the guide rod tip.




    Novak rear night site and some things that aren't apparent like beveled mag well, melting of all sharp edges and internal polishing.




    The only thing I haven't done yet is to checker the backstrap. I haven't found the grips I need. Anybody have an old set of plastic grips from the older E9's they would like to sell?
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    NICE checkering ... very nice
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    I just recently purchased a K9. I must say you've done some nice work on your's. I love the checkering. I put an Agrip on mine, so checkering would be kind of pointless for mine.

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    This set is of my Wife's K9 elite 98.




    On this pistol I stippled the front strap and grip screws.




    I also had a set of older Kahr E9 plastic grips that I stippled.




    and the guide rod tip.





    She had me jewel the barrel hood also. She prefers stippling over checkering. She says it's more feminine. Hey what does she know! Again all the non apparent things done to my K9 were done to her's. All 4 of our Kahrs have Novak Tritium rear sights. All the factory mag. base plates were modified on the K9's and in the case of the PM9's were replaced with modified K9 factory base plates. We've owned these two K9's since 1999 and they have never missed a beat.

    In the winter, she carries this in a Coronado Leathers Gun Purse




    or in an adjustable paddle holster made for her.



    John

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    Nice work. I'm impressed.
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    Very nice work. Both guns look great.
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    Nice work!! Thats real quailty work there.
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    Amateur? Only because it's on your own weapons or not in a business?
    Looks pretty good to me...very nice work!

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    Nice checkering and real nice looking stippling.
    It's really tougher than people think to get a "stippling job" to look really sweet and professional. You accomplished that though.
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    This is my wife's PM9



    In the summer she carries it in a Tommy's Gun Pack


    IMHO this is the fanny pack. It's so small that you wouldn't think that a gun fits in it. Her times, drawing out of it at the sound of a beep and firing a double tap into a 9" pie plate from 10 yards is between 2 1/2 - 2 3/4 seconds. It's that fast.

    This is my PM9



    In the summer I carry it in a Don Hume JIT hip holster



    This holster also doubles as a back pocket holster for my jeans and Dockers. It's the perfect fit in width for my back pockets. In my jean pocket the grip and back of the slide just stick out above the mouth of the pocket to make for a quick and snag free draw. I wear a shirt jacket , or any shirt outside the pants to cover the gun. It's easy on and easy off.


    Has anybody tried these alternatives ?
    We used to use flat base plates on our K9s to help concealability. Then I realized that if I ground down the ridge that runs around the bottom of the K9 plastic base plate, it then only stuck out as much as a flat base plate. This IMHO makes for nicer look. What you end up grinding off is a little more than the the step/shelf at the front of the plastic base plate.




    On our PM9s I also installed K9 plastic base plates. We felt that the wider base gave us a complete grip of our ring finger and a place to grip with the tips of our little finger along the side. I also ground down the bottom of the bases because the step/shelf wedged in between our ring and little finger, and again to duplicate the protrusion of the flat base plate. I also had to grind down the tops of the base plates to make them a little shorter for the PM9s



    This is the before and after




    In the beginning I was concerned about weakening the plates, but we've been using them since 1999 almost 24/7 without a failure.

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    cool ... nice rounding on the PM9.

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