Kahr PM9 Gun Review

Kahr PM9 can be easily considered one of the most controversial sub-compact handguns. Many gun enthusiasts can say that there are only two types of opinions of this gun: those who love the gun or those who hate this gun. But even though it has a lot of disadvantages, it's still one of the most popular handguns in the market today.

Performance

Kahr PM9, as the name suggests, is a 9mm handgun perfect as a concealed weapon. It comes with 3" barrel and has magazine capacity of 5 which puts the gun in a maximum capacity of 6 rounds if the bullet in the chamber is included. This is where the criticism starts for most gun enthusiasts. As a 9mm sub-compact concealed weapon, the recoil is very powerful which will not be easily handled by those who are just starting to learn about guns. Contributing to the powerful recoil which could be difficult to handle for some gun enthusiasts is the weight. With mere 23 oz., the gun can have a powerful kick which can be difficult to handle. However, those who are experienced with guns will really appreciate the weight of the gun as well as its length for concealment purposes.

Features

Performance of the handgun is very impressive. Even with a short barrel, the gun can still be very effective even from 25 yards. However, you need to break-in the gun for at least 200 rounds. During the break-in period expect some small problems along the way. The manufacturer strongly recommends to break-in Kahr PM9 not only to determine the possible problems with the handgun but also to harness the recoil. Without any practice, the handgun might not work according to expectations.
There are two major downsides in this type of handgun. Because of its name and performance, Kahr is not normally affordable and this handgun is no exception. Expect the base price of the Kahr PM9 to reach $500 or more. Although not as expensive as the Glocks, it's still more expensive that the ones labeled as affordable. Another disadvantage is actually on the set-up. Unfortunately, the gun is not ambidextrous. Although left handed shooters can still use the gun, their hand position will not allow them to reach magazine release.

Appeal

With these improvements the Kahr PM9 can be a very impressive concealed handgun. Although it's not cheap, it's a very reliable handgun that can be perfect as a carry-on weapon.

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Kahr PM9 can be easily considered one of the most controversial sub-compact handguns. Many gun enthusiasts can say that there are only two types of opinions of this gun: those who love the gun or those who hate this gun. But even though it has a lot of disadvantages, it's still one of the most popular handguns in the market today.

Performance Rating: 
8.7
Performance: 

Kahr PM9, as the name suggests, is a 9mm handgun perfect as a concealed weapon. It comes with 3" barrel and has magazine capacity of 5 which puts the gun in a maximum capacity of 6 rounds if the bullet in the chamber is included. This is where the criticism starts for most gun enthusiasts. As a 9mm sub-compact concealed weapon, the recoil is very powerful which will not be easily handled by those who are just starting to learn about guns. Contributing to the powerful recoil which could be difficult to handle for some gun enthusiasts is the weight. With mere 23 oz., the gun can have a powerful kick which can be difficult to handle. However, those who are experienced with guns will really appreciate the weight of the gun as well as its length for concealment purposes.

Features Rating: 
8.5
Features: 

Performance of the handgun is very impressive. Even with a short barrel, the gun can still be very effective even from 25 yards. However, you need to break-in the gun for at least 200 rounds. During the break-in period expect some small problems along the way. The manufacturer strongly recommends to break-in Kahr PM9 not only to determine the possible problems with the handgun but also to harness the recoil. Without any practice, the handgun might not work according to expectations.
There are two major downsides in this type of handgun. Because of its name and performance, Kahr is not normally affordable and this handgun is no exception. Expect the base price of the Kahr PM9 to reach $500 or more. Although not as expensive as the Glocks, it's still more expensive that the ones labeled as affordable. Another disadvantage is actually on the set-up. Unfortunately, the gun is not ambidextrous. Although left handed shooters can still use the gun, their hand position will not allow them to reach magazine release.

Appeal Rating: 
7.8
Appeal: 

With these improvements the Kahr PM9 can be a very impressive concealed handgun. Although it's not cheap, it's a very reliable handgun that can be perfect as a carry-on weapon.

Overall Rating: 
9.90

There are three recommended improvements for this type of handgun. The first improvement is on the grip. Because of its size, the gun will naturally have a short handle. To deal with this problem, you should purchase rubbers grips to prevent the gun from slipping. The second improvement is the sight. You can get a night-vision and this will fit perfectly the Kahr PM9. The third improvement is not something that should be purchased. The barrel slide of the handgun is a bit sharp which can cause some irritation to your hand. Be sure to remove the sharp edge but slowly sanding the slide.

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4 years 32 weeks ago, 12:40 AM

ecaman

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It's hard for me to understand the reviewer giving this gun a 7.8 in "Appeal". For me, it's a 9 or above. Also, listing the base price as $500 or more is really low. Kahr's are well respected, and deserve it. I'm seriously considering this for my next gun.

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4 years 25 weeks ago, 10:08 PM

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PM9 - solid gun

I have one, and all I can say is that they are among the best conceal guns going... It'll hide in a back pocket, jacket pocket, or just about anywhere unlike a "full size" sub compact such as a Glock 26 or a Springfield XD SC. That said... they're a handful to shoot. They're deadly accurate, but are no range gun as they'll beat the piss out of your hand after 20 rounds. Loud, hard hitting, and not for the faint of heart. Don't soft hand it or it'll stovepipe a round on you without even blinking in the first 200 shots. I'm selling mine because I didn't need anything that small anymore - but, to correct the original author they hold six in the mag and one in the pipe making them a seven round handful. Great gun if you want a serious conceal carry that'll do the job of stopping bad guys.

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4 years 17 weeks ago, 8:24 AM

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I BOUGHT A PM9 WITH THE BLACKENED SLIDE AND PUT 150 ROUNDS THROUGH IT IMMEDIATELY. MY COMFORT LEVEL REGARDING RECOIL WAS EXCELLENT. IT MAY BE THAT I'M ACCUSTOMED TO IT BECAUSE I CARRIED A KEL TEC PF9 FOR TWO YEARS BEFORE THE PM9. I THINK THE TRICK TO THESE TINY GUNS IS GRIP. A "STRONG" TWO HANDED GRIP IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY FOR ACCURACY AND COMFORT. NOT TO MENTION THESE WILL NOT CYCLE PROPERLY IF NOT GRIPPED LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT. WHICH IT JUST MIGHT. ACCURACY IS LIKE NIGHT AND DAY. THIS GUN IS ALMOST AS ACCURATE AS MY GLOCK 19. WELL WORTH THE 700.00 I PAID FOR MINE.

3 years 28 weeks ago, 9:04 AM

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Like many others I also had a Kel-Tec Pf9 and loved it. I thought it was the best thing going for concealment options and was very reasonably priced. But is one of the hardest small pistols to shoot. So one day at the range I rented a Kahr PM9 it also has a double action trigger like the kel-tec but the kahr has a much more predictable break. Now I think Kahr could stand to stop playing up the brand and scale the price down a little but evan with that said after shooting the Kahr PM9 I immediately traded in my Kel-Tec Pf9 for a down payment on a Kahr PM9. I guess the best way to explain why the Kahr is worth 2.5 times the Kel-tec is the engineering. It is like they engineered confidence into the gun. The smooth dao trigger is by far one of the best in a semi-auto. If anyone can get a chance to shoot a KAHR do it!!!!!

2 years 40 weeks ago, 6:56 PM

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Khar PM9

Following is my experiance with different bullet manufactures with my recently purchased KAHR PM9. Running both the six round clip and 7, I fired 187 rounds of Speer Lawman through the gun. The next day in the same fashion I fired the 50 rds of PMC Bronze. A couple days later I fired the other 13 rounds of Speer Lawman with 1 misfeed from each clip. Below is a list showing misfeeds with the different ammo fired.

50 rds., 124gr.,FMJ; Sellier & Bellot Pistol...................0 mf
50 rds., 124gr.,FMJ; Federal American Eagle.............0 mf
50 rds., 115gr.,FMJ; PMC Bronze...............................0 mf
50 rds., 124gr.,FMJ; Winchester 9mm NATO.............2 mf
50 rds., 124gr.,FMJ; Winchester Ranger NATO.........3 mf
50 rds., 124gr.,FMJ; Aguila........................................4 mf
200 rds., 124gr.,FMJ; Speer Lawman........................26 mf

I have since purchased another 1,200 rds. of Sellier & Bellot and have no negative remarks concerning what I consider to be a fine pistol.

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