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    I use a Kahr CW9 for everyday carry. I am left handed. When I'm practicing shooting drills the magazine will not drop free if I use my left hand to press the release. It will drop free all day if I use the pistol in my right hand. I'm pretty sure this has something to do with the pistol having a polymer frame, but is there anything I can do to modify it to work better in my left hand?
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    not sure about the Kahr, but on my rugar if i and switching strong side to weak side the release doesn't drop free if i don't press it hard enough. would be weak finger, could be stiff spring, etc.
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    This is a WAG, but maybe it's the tilt of the gun, as the magazine catch is located on the right side, perhaps it is freed easier with a right tilt as opposed to a left tilt. My CW9 will not drop mags at all with the slide locked back. I either have to pull them or give the gun a shake. Slide closed it works, but like you it works bestter right handed than left.

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    I'm normally a right-handed shooter. On my Ruger P95, I used to drop the mag with the right-side release as my thumb is too short to reach the left-side. Then I realized that my training was poor because I might have to drop a mag with a handgun with a standard mag release. Then I started dropping it with my left thumb. Later, I got my 1911 and still drop the mag with my left - weak side - thumb.

    It sounds to me like faulty parts or magazines.
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    I have the same problem with my CW40 when shooting right handed but my problem is due to a lack of strength in my right hand due to a previous stroke, I do not have the dexterity in my right thumb to fully depress the mag release, I counter by using my left index finger instead.
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    Thanks for your replies.
    After some more experimenting I think it is the polymer frame.
    If I press the mag release with my middle finger while pushing on the bottom of the trigger guard the opposite way with my thumb, the mag will drop free every time. This will keep my thumb off of the back of the mag release also. Now to remember to practice it this way. Thanks, Pat

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