Bought a Kahr PM45, I like it.

Bought a Kahr PM45, I like it.

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    Talking Bought a Kahr PM45, I like it.

    I'm the new owner of a Kahr PM45, here is my 1st impressions / experiences.
    Recoil is not bad, less than the PM40. I shot 140 rounds today with no discomfort to my hand.
    I cleaned the pistol prior to shooting, as per owners manual.
    Chronological details of shooting:
    -10 rounds Remington 185 JHP, no problem.
    -20 rounds Fed. 185 JHP, 4 failures to feed (bullet about 1/2 way in chamber, corrected by tapping back of slide).
    -25 rounds Fed. 230 gr. HS, no problem.
    Cleaned pistol.
    -40 rounds Rem 185 JHP, no problem.
    -15 rounds Fed. 230 HS, no problem.
    -30 Fed. 185 JHP, 1 failure to feed.
    The Fed. 185 JHP is the only ammo that I had a problem with during the 1st 140 rounds, it has an agressive hollow point design (seen in pic.) compared to the other two loads which look more rounded.
    I already feel comfortable with the 230 HS or the Rem. 185, since they worked without a problem, even though I have not completed the recommended 200 round break in.
    Chrono results, 5 shot average:
    -Fed 230 HS @ 781 fps
    -Fed 185 JHP @ 856 fps
    -Rem. 185 JHP @ 889 fps

    Summary: I thought I might have a problem with recoil, especially with 230 gr. bullets, but it ain't so. Based on two out of three loads tried during the "break in" I'm thinking the PM45 is going to work just fine. I'm planning on carrying it frequently after I get a holster.
    I did all my shooting at 7 yards. The last 25 rounds I decided to shoot slow fire (two hand hold, no rest) with the Fed 185 JHP. I was able to put all 25 rounds into 2.5'' at 7 yards, which I thought was acceptable for a compact, lightweight 45acp.

    Here's some comparison pics. with the PM45, PM40, and Glock 36.
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    That's awesome man. Nice gun, glad you like it.
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    Nice small 45. I have always steered away from a sub-compact in 45 for the unjustified fear of lack of control.
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    Good for you! I have had mine since last fall, and it is the perfect big-bore pocket carry gun.

    The only minor issue with mine was the trigger. Since my hands are large, the front upper edge of the trigger was irritating my triger finger when pulled. I held the trigger back, and a small file took off the sharp edge.

    You will really appreciate this gun. Continued good luck!

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    Fine little piece. I have one my self. It's the only gun that I saw, picked up and purchaed right on the spot. It has not let me down...not a once. Eats any round I've put through it.

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    Nice, congrats
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    Awesome. I keep eyeballing them when they're in my local shop - great choice.
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    Congrats!

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    Good to see I am not the only one that is on more than one forum:

    I like mine. I think it is one of the more reliable polymer Kahrs out there. Enjoy yours.




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    Talking Follow up report:

    I finished the 200 round break in this morning.
    I started with 10 rounds Win. 230 gr. then switched to the Federal 185 JHP that I had the failures to feed with initally; at first I had 4 FTF within the first 20 rounds and 1 in the next 30 rounds.
    I was very happy when the entire 50 round box of Federal 185 JHP ran through the PM45 without a problem completing the 200 round break in.
    I shot the last 60 rounds quickly at 7 yards, attempting double taps; I kept all shots in the 10 ring of a B27 target (about a 4.5'' tall and 2.5'' wide group).
    Summary: This is a great 45.

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    Is that gun pretty wide?

    I currently carry a 1911 government OWB, and I'm considering a smaller, lighter .45 acp for IWB carry. I like the operation, thinness of the 1911, and of course the caliber, but it's a big heavy gun for CC.

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    Talking It's thin.

    Quote Originally Posted by joker1 View Post
    Is that gun pretty wide?

    I currently carry a 1911 government OWB, and I'm considering a smaller, lighter .45 acp for IWB carry. I like the operation, thinness of the 1911, and of course the caliber, but it's a big heavy gun for CC.
    Here is a comparison pic. with the PM45 and a 1911, plus a couple more, posted in another thread by "Shooterer".
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    Good choice. I currently own a K9 and a new P380, they a good reliable pistols that some people snicker at because of their price. I think you get what you pay for and quality costs.

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    My PM gets better each time I get out to the range. Definately a good shooting pistol.
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    Nice pistol...great addition to any family!
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