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Kahr CW4043 CW40 6+1 40S&W 3.6\"
by Jeff L Date Added: Wednesday 21 March, 2012
After owning this gun a little over a year and having put well over 1,000 rounds through it I am selling it to a friend for 200.00 who is confident he can get it to work.

THE GOOD: When a round is ALREADY in the chamber, if you pull the trigger on a good round it will fire, the casing will eject properly, and a new round will load. Only maybe once or twice did I have a failure to feed under these circumstances.

THE BAD: If you're a civilian who does not like to carry with one in the chamber, this gun is probably not for you. First, I found out after I bought this that instead of just using the "slingshot" method to chamber a round from the magazine, the manufacturer recommends the following method: 1) Eject the loaded magazine, pull the slide back and lock it into place with the slide stop, insert the magazine, release the slide using the slide stop. If a bad guy is running at you such an arduous loading method is obviously not practical. 2) When I try to use the slingshot method to chamber a round 90% of the times the round will get stuck 1/2 way up the feed ramp. (this happens with FMJ's and not just HP's). 3) If you pull back the slide to eject a round, it will get stuck in the ejection port and you will have to pry it out. I noted that the ejection port is only a hair longer than the length of an unfired cartridge. 4) The first time I tried to reassemble the gun after cleaning I found out how easy it is to bent the slide stop spring. (you can google this; it's a known issue. That wasn't a huge deal because I bent it back and figured out how to re-insert the slide stop lever consistently without damaging the spring. 5) Last but not least, after reassembling the gun and having the slide travel "roughly", I took it to my FFL who showed how unlike other guns like Glocks and Springfields, the slide spring has to be oriented a certain way. As he put it, "the end of the pig tail has to be on top (towards the slide) and facing forward. Putting in the spring back in any other way may result in sub-optimal function.

Before anyone starts telling me how I'm an idiot or didn't do this or didn't to that; 1) I know about the hundreds of rounds one is supposed to put through the gun before the warranty even kicks in. I have put over 1,000 rounds through this. 2) I know how some people say you've got to polish the hell out of the feed ramp, the slide, etc. Basically polish everything on the gun. I clean the gun regularly and I use good brass-case ammo. BUT I WILL NOT POLISH A GUN THAT SHOULD ALREADY WORK.

My Glock doesn't give me these problems, nor does my S&W Bodyguard 380, nor does my Springfield XDM. I'm not trying to universally bash Kahr, I've heard nothing but great things about the "K" (steel frame) and "P" (polymer frame) guns. Before I bought this gun though I had read reviews that indicated the CW40 can be "hit-or-miss" in terms of quality and relability. Apparently I got one of the lemons. I give this two stars because if you carry with a round in the chamber and never worry about storing it with a round in the chamber then this gun might be fine for you. But for a civilian who is constantly chambering a round upon leaving the house, then clearing the weapon upon returning home, this was a bad choice. (PS even if you carry with a round in the chamber what happens if you get a bad round and have to eject it? Better get ready to use the gun as an impact weapon when that bad round gets stuck in the ejection port.)

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars! [2 of 5 Stars!]
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