I've written a bunch about mine and I think it's very "field-reliable".Kept seeing reports that this is not a reliable firearm, and that even so, you have to break it in with over 200 rounds. I was wondering if Kahr has fixed the latest batches coming out? If not, I may be going with the Ruger LCP Custom edition.
True, but it ain't designed to be a range gunI have a CW380. I really like it but mine is also reliable within limits. Mine eats any ammo I put in it, and I don't have any problems when mine heats up. But it has to be clean. I never experience a failure within a 100 rounds or less fired between cleanings. I always experience a failure between 101 and 150 rounds between cleanings. It is very predictable, and thus reliable for me because I always clean it after each range session. So it works well for me. I picked it over the LCP because I liked he sights and trigger better as well as its ability to lock the slide back on the last round (thus the manual or arms is very similar to my larger pistols).
I will add this, you really need a stiff wrist. If you limp wrist it you will have problems. I had a Springfield XDS 45 and a M&P9c and never had problems with the way I held them but I had problems at first with my Kahr until I really firmed up my wrist. I think this is where many people (like those on Youtube) run into problems.
Who knows? There's no way to tell with Kahrs. Not only can you not whittle it down to a certain batch, but you'd be hard pressed to boil it down to a few guns within a given batch. Guns are complicated, intricate machines with tiny, precision engineered parts.Kept seeing reports that this is not a reliable firearm, and that even so, you have to break it in with over 200 rounds. I was wondering if Kahr has fixed the latest batches coming out? If not, I may be going with the Ruger LCP Custom edition.
Update to the CW380:I've had a Kahr P9 as my hot weather carry gun for over eight years and it's reliability has been perfect. It has just under 2,000 rounds fired through it and not one single malfunction of any kind. Kahr does recommend 200 rounds through their guns before they are considered reliable but the P9 didn't need it. I believe everyone with a brand new gun should fire several hundred rounds through it before trusting it to be carried for self defense.
I bought a new CW380 last month for a very specific carry purpose since it is a very small handgun. During the first range session with it I fired the 200 rounds as recommended by Kahr. First two magazines full I had one failure to fully eject in each magazine, both with flat nosed bullets. After that I fired the rest of the 200 rounds without incident. I used 100 rounds of flat point Winchester white box and 100 rounds of Federal Eagle FMJ round nose. After cleaning the gun thoroughly I left the slide locked back for several days.
During the second range session I fired 150 more rounds of the Federal Eagle and Speer Gold Dots with perfect results. This little thing is accurate and the live rounds plus plenty of dry firing has smoothed up the trigger nicely. The second session I also shot my Glock 42 side by side with the CW380. The G42 is a bigger gun and shoots well but the CW380 was very close in accuracy even though it was only the second time out for the Kahr. The sights on neither are anything to write home about but, for the intended purpose of these two guns the sights are adequate.
Funny thing about Kahr handguns is that I read about their erratic behavior on the internet but, when talking face to face with actual local Kahr owners either at the range or in the gun shops they are pleased with their Kahrs. I've yet to meet one who says they've had reliability problems. It's a puzzlement. For what it's worth, I had more trouble out of my two Gen 4 Glock 19s when they were new than I've had out of my P9 or this little CW380 so far.
I am not "brand loyal" to Kahr or any other maker of guns, cars, shoes or anything else. I buy only what I like and what works for me regardless of who makes it. These are the only two Kahr pistols I've owned, but my experience so far has been good. I'm taking the CW380 to the range again tomorrow and will be surprised if my results are anything except good.
For what it's worth.