Thursday, March 13, 2008

A Short Kahr PM9 Review

Every now and then, someone asks about pocket pistols, or the Kahr PM9 specifically. This is what I have to say on the subject:

I've had one [Kahr PM9, 9mm, with DLC finish - Kahr model PM9094] for a couple years. I've been carrying it pretty much every day, even if I've got something bigger on my right hip. I carry it in my front pockets pretty much exclusively, even in some places where I'm not supposed to carry (by rules, not by law).

I've got about a thousand rounds through mine, though I haven't checked the official count in a while. The only stoppages were user induced; you need to keep your thumbs clear of that huge slide stop lever. 9mm is a fairly potent round for such a small and light pistol, and it's not a lot of fun to shoot. I find that fatigue starts to set in after about 50 rounds.

I haven't seen any signs of excessive wear or peening on mine.

It is minute of index card accurate out to at least 10 yards. Trigger is smooth, though you need to completely release the trigger before it resets. It has real, windage adjustable sights, unlike some pocket pistols that have only a groove or tiny sights that are cast/forged into the slide.

I get a kick out of shooting the Kahr after a couple months of pocket carry.  The first few rounds send pocket lint and fluff flying off the slide.

I dumped the Kel-Tec P-3AT, after it puked a third time, and I could not be happier with the little Kahr, even if it does cost a few hundred more then the KT.

UPDATE 8/2/2010: I put Heinie night sights on the PM9.  Round count is up to 1750.


Eric said...

I dumped my P3AT for a PM9 also. I agree it's a great gun. Mine has at least 4000 rounds through it. What pocket holster do you use?

Suburban said...

The pocket holster I use to carry the Kahr is a nylon Uncle Mikes that I sewed to better fit the pistol. The corner of the pocket holster under the dustcover of the frame folded over, so I mixed up some J-B Weld epoxy and an old Blue Cross card and stiffened it up. It looks like junk, but it works.

ferdmerkel said...

I have a PM 9 through which I have run about 400 rounds. I seem to often have a problem accidentally tripping the mag release when shooting one handed. The mag drops just enough to prevent the next round from chambering. I have been told to change my grip. When I focus on keeping my thumb away from the mag release all is well. I am jsut not certain that focus will be there in a life threatening situation. Shooting two handed is not a problem. Is there a solution. I also wonder if I will always have to use the slide lock to chamber the first round? The pistol often jams when I just try to rack one in. I really like the size and feel of the pistol but am a bit uneasy carrying the gun with these issues.

Suburban said...

I hope you come back to see this ferd. I'm not sure how to contact you directly.

I think this is one of the documented problems with the Kahr pistols. I believe there is a stronger spring available for the mag release.

Try contacting Kahr.