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My custom Kahr CM9. A brief review with PHOTOS.

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by KENASTON, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. KENASTON

    KENASTON Portland, Oregon New Member

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    I just received my slide back from MOD1 Firearms (www.mod1firearms.com) and wanted to show off their work a bit. I'm very impressed with Pike and MOD1 as they did an outstanding job on the machining and Cerakote work. They added front serrations to the slide and then Cerakoted it and the slide stop lever graphite black. Prior to sending it in I rounded off the corners (dehorned) of the slide stop lever. I've also replaced the stock 6.5lb striker spring with a 5lb Wolff striker spring. This made the trigger pull a little lighter, making for an even more buttery smooth trigger pull. I added rubber Talon grips as well, which have been great in adding a super "sticky" purchase while handling and firing the weapon.

    I carry this firearm everyday where it is legal to do so. I carry it appendix, inside the waistband (AIWB) and love it. I wear slimmer, fitted clothing and this firearm rarely prints at all, if ever. As far as holsters go, I've settled on the kydex AIWB holster from PJ Holster (http://pjholster.com/) and it's been perfect. I've also just recently ordered a mag carrier from PJ but have yet to receive it.

    As far as the CM9's performance goes, it has been absolutely flawless through about 1,000 rounds of various types of 9mm ammo. I have loved learning to shoot it over the past 6 months and getting used to the long, smooth trigger pull. I trust this firearm with my life and would recommend the Kahr CM9 to anyone looking for a VERY concealable, sub-compact carry gun. There is quite a bit of negative press regarding Kahr, so I figured I'd share my completely positive experience.

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  2. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Pics don't work - kahrtalk forum blocks access.
     
  3. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    I am not joining the forum for the pictures. :p
     
  4. KENASTON

    KENASTON Portland, Oregon New Member

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    Sorry guys. The photos should be viewable now. If not let me know.
     
  5. T413

    T413 New Member

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    Nice job on the CM9
     
  6. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Handsome Kahr! I love mine!
     
  7. KENASTON

    KENASTON Portland, Oregon New Member

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    Thanks! I love mine as well.
     
  8. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    The CM9 is my carry as well. Nice little gun. The long trigger pull takes a bit to get used to.

    The only problem I've had is if the first round in the mag isnt seated well it will FTF. I carry a second mag with me and its common that the first round will get pushed down with the mag in my pocket. I havent figured out how to deal with that yet.

    Here's a pic of what I mean.

    First round not seated well

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    Here it is seated appropriately
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  9. Wallygator

    Wallygator Albany, OR Active Member

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  10. KENASTON

    KENASTON Portland, Oregon New Member

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    Though I have not experienced a FTF with mine, I can see where that would be a problem. You can get pocket covers for the mags that may help with this, though removing the cover greatly slows down mag changes. I went ahead a purchased a Mag carrier from PJ holsters that I wear IWB. That's the best option in my mind.

    http://pjholster.com/deep-concealment-option/kahr-holster-options
     
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    KENASTON Portland, Oregon New Member

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  12. Nutty4Guns

    Nutty4Guns Portland ADHD Superstar

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    Clean lookin CM9! :s0155: Makes me want one.
     
  13. bellarum

    bellarum beaverton Well-Known Member

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    Very nice custom! I recently purchased a (200 round) used CM9 and put another 125rnds (factory and hand loads) through it with zero issues. Love it so far!
     
  14. Lance Jacobs

    Lance Jacobs South Willamette Valley Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I had a horrible experience with a Kahr PM9 several years ago. Don't know if Kahr quality control has improved since then, but my pistol turned out to be a major disappointment with lots of FTF problems.

    On internally inspecting the gun, workmanship, quality of materials, and fit and finish all looked substandard. Had difficulty getting used to the long trigger pull, and that big harsh and deep checkering on the grip really made it uncomfortable to shoot, it dug into my hand so much.

    Anyway, I was so disgusted with the gun, that I set it aside, and have not touched it since. I ended up looking at other options, and finally found a pistol that I really liked a lot in the Walther PPS. It is just as thin as the Kahr, and with its flush magazine, the same height. It is a little bit longer, though, as it has a longer barrel.

    But man, the difference between the two guns internally was like night and day. The Walther's fit and finish and quality were easy to see as being far superior. Very Glock like trigger pull that I was used to, and disassembly was dramatically easier and faster too. I can take the pistol part in just a few seconds, as it disassembles just like a Glock does.

    Only thing that I did not like about the Walther was the finish on the gun. So I sent it to Robar Guns in Phoenix to have their awesome NP3 Plus finish put on the gun. They refinished all metal parts with the NP3 Plus, making the gun basically totally impervious to rust. And with the self-lubricating feature of NP3 Plus, I only have to apply a tiny amount of grease or oil to lubricate the pistol and have it be 100% reliable.

    Only other thing I did was that since my hands are so big, I put a Limbsaver grip sleeve over it, to actually fatten the grip up slightly and make it bigger.

    Here it is with the standard mid-length magazine that comes with the pistol. There is also a shorter flush mount mag available with one less round, and also a slightly longer mag with an additional round of capacity.

    It is most comfortable to shoot, despite being a .40 S&W. The Limbsaver also gives some extra comfort to handle the .40 S&W's sharper recoil.

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    This is where my Walther PPS really beat out my Kahr PM9:

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  15. shfoster

    shfoster Whidbey Island, Wa. Member

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    Any info on what tools and what procedures you used to smooth the cm9?
     
  16. cookie

    cookie THE SOCIALIST STATE OF KALI - FORNIA Well-Known Member

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    The magazine design really sucks big time as I have had a pm9 for years and you need a mag pouch. If I were to do it over again the S@W Shield is the overall finest in its class I have ever shot.
     
  17. JustShoot

    JustShoot Oregon . Hillsborito area Active Member

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    Now I liked it, The Kahr is pretty good as Daily carry and does the role good .

    (lance jacobs) .. On the NP3 coating you did .
    I did the NiB upper on my 26 daily carry and I would not go that route again. unless your going 100% kydex holster .
    I just leave the stock finish or go a brushed stainless on a Daily carry . Over couple years riding IWB Galco . The Nickel Boron (NiB-X) part of upper that rode against the leather side is trashed . Kydex side still looks beautiful and leaves the Nickel Boron looking nice. It nice for making a slick easy cleaning finish on metal parts but any leather touching is it's flaw & eats it up .
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  18. Lance Jacobs

    Lance Jacobs South Willamette Valley Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I should clarify that it was Robar's NP3 Plus finish that I had put on my pistols. Robar says that NP3 Plus has TEN TIMES ( 10x ) the corrosion resistance of Nickel Boron.

    It is nowhere close to being in the same ball park as Nickel Boron:

    http://robarguns.com/blog/2013/08/23/np3-vs-nickel-boron/

    The only downside I can see to Robar's NP3 and NP3 Plus is the cost. It cost me $250 to have all of the metal in my Walther PPS refinished. And also the long turnaround time to get the pistol back, which I experienced. I don't know if they are still as swamped with orders now, however, since it has been a few years since I had this done.

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  19. JustShoot

    JustShoot Oregon . Hillsborito area Active Member

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    Ya after reading your Link, it sounds like the way you went if tougher than the NiBx . I always heard that BirdSong BlackT is some BadAss tough finish also .

    It is my Daily so it not suppose to look pretty & pimp & I dont treat any my pistols nice, but it just bugged me that it only took couple years riding on the leather back-side of my Galco to eat it up HbN and look crappy. If it was riding all 100% kydex, I would have never known it was subpar to the NP3 .
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  20. Lance Jacobs

    Lance Jacobs South Willamette Valley Oregon Well-Known Member

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    The Robar NP3 finish is actually pretty flat. In real life, it looks more like the second photo showing the internals.

    It only looks so bright in the first photo because I used a powerful flash to take the photo.