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Old 08-19-2008, 10:28 PM
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Kahr PM40 review


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I acquired a new PM40 here is my review so far having shot about 150 rounds through it. The fit and finish seems pretty good for a polymer. I like the checkering on the grips being pretty aggressive, more so than Glock or others. The sights are nice and easily acquired by the eye. They are pretty low profile and don't seem to snag easily. The action locks up tight and the slide to frame fit is tighter than I expected. The trigger being DAO has a long pull but is quite smooth with no gritty feel or change in weight through the pull. The feed ramp was not as polished as I like so a Dremel tool and jewelers rouge took care of that. It wasn't bad and didn't seem to create any feed problems during my first range session but I wanted it smoother.

Now to shooting part. I didn't expect too much out of it considering the very short barrel but it shot pretty dang good. I was able to run some nice tight groups at 5,7 and 10 yards and the recoil was very managable for such a small light pistol. Even in rapid fire I controlled it very well and had all hits within about 3". At 15 yards the groups began to open up some but I could still keep them at about 4-4.5". I didn't shoot any further than that and did not shoot off bags or rest.

The only problem I had was with the 6 round extended mag. With the slide locked back I put the mag in and released it by pulling the slide to the rear and letting go. It would not feed the round in this fashion but would if I just used the slide release. Kahr suggests using the slide release each time but I'm not accustomed to this as I like to pull the slide all the way to the rear and release it. I had no problem doing this with the five round mag. I tried polishing the inside edge of the mag lips and also shortening up the mag spring some, which seemed to be way too heavy for the mag IMO, to cure this to no avail. I think I'll just get another five rounder and be done with it since I don't really like the feel with the ext mag anyway.

All in all I was pretty impressed with this liitle gun. It felt good in the hand, shot well and and I had no failures other than the mag issue. I think it will make a nice little backup gun and will be real easy to conceal in any clothing. I'll report more as I get some more rounds thru it.

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Old 08-20-2008, 08:33 AM
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Range Junkie, I highly recommend the Agrip for these polymer frame Kahrs. It's like grip tape, but it's soft suede like material instead of sandpaper. On my CW40, it cut down on felt recoil a lot, and made the gun more controllable and easier and more comfortable to shoot. No, I don't have any affiliation with Agrip, but was sure pleased with mine.
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Old 08-20-2008, 10:09 AM
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I acquired a new PM40 here is my review so far having shot about 150 rounds through it. The fit and finish seems pretty good for a polymer. I like the checkering on the grips being pretty aggressive, more so than Glock or others. The sights are nice and easily acquired by the eye. They are pretty low profile and don't seem to snag easily. The action locks up tight and the slide to frame fit is tighter than I expected. The trigger being DAO has a long pull but is quite smooth with no gritty feel or change in weight through the pull. The feed ramp was not as polished as I like so a Dremel tool and jewelers rouge took care of that. It wasn't bad and didn't seem to create any feed problems during my first range session but I wanted it smoother.

Now to shooting part. I didn't expect too much out of it considering the very short barrel but it shot pretty dang good. I was able to run some nice tight groups at 5,7 and 10 yards and the recoil was very managable for such a small light pistol. Even in rapid fire I controlled it very well and had all hits within about 3". At 15 yards the groups began to open up some but I could still keep them at about 4-4.5". I didn't shoot any further than that and did not shoot off bags or rest.

The only problem I had was with the 6 round extended mag. With the slide locked back I put the mag in and released it by pulling the slide to the rear and letting go. It would not feed the round in this fashion but would if I just used the slide release. Kahr suggests using the slide release each time but I'm not accustomed to this as I like to pull the slide all the way to the rear and release it. I had no problem doing this with the five round mag. I tried polishing the inside edge of the mag lips and also shortening up the mag spring some, which seemed to be way too heavy for the mag IMO, to cure this to no avail. I think I'll just get another five rounder and be done with it since I don't really like the feel with the ext mag anyway.

All in all I was pretty impressed with this liitle gun. It felt good in the hand, shot well and and I had no failures other than the mag issue. I think it will make a nice little backup gun and will be real easy to conceal in any clothing. I'll report more as I get some more rounds thru it.
I have to admit I've eyeballed those little Kahrs and wished pockets were better places to conceal a gun, even if only slightly better.

Thanks for the review. I would have expected the recoil on that gun to be just plain vicious.
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Old 08-20-2008, 11:17 AM
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Zthang, thanks for the tip. Yes, I expected some massive recoil also but was pleasantly surprised. My buddy who also shoots handguns quite a bit was surprised also, so it wasn't just me. I really wouldn't suggest this gun as a starter gun for a new shooter but for someone with a little range time it could fit the bill.
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Old 05-04-2009, 02:31 PM
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I had the same problem with mine, but it seemed to work itself out as I broke it in. First round from the clip, that is. These guns definately need to be fully broken in before they work out all of the kinks. At least, that was my experience.
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Old 05-30-2009, 09:02 AM
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I've had the PM40 for about 3 months now. Love it! Drop it in a cargo pants pocket and go. It has about 300 rounds through it (just broken in). If you haven't already got an agrip for it, think of getting a handall jr. grip ($10). BIG improvement!! Your hand won't hurt after 150 rounds and your accuracy will go up. Easy to put on and it will cushion the palm of your hand. I bring my pm40 everywhere I go. Never had a burb with it. Put all kinds of ammo thorugh it. It is my main carry gun. Good choice totally reliable.
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Old 06-04-2009, 01:18 PM
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I have the kahr mk 40 in stainless and constantly surprise people by keeping all my shots in the black at 25 yards . target black center is 6 inches. great gun and surprisingly accurate.
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