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Grip for PM9?

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by Brad737, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. Brad737


    May 30, 2010
    Cincinnati, OH
    Hello Mas,

    Based upon your recommendation, I recently picked up a Kahr PM9. Man, what a little pocket rocket! My normal CCWs are a G30SF and a S&W 642, but I wanted a small 9mm in my CCW wardrobe as well.

    So far, I've only shot WWB FMJ for break in, at a range of 7 yards. All of my shots are "in the black" in the center of mass, but my groups are a bit larger than I'd like. I'm convinced that this is due to my grip. It seems like my normal "2 thumbs forward" grip is a bit much for the tiny Kahr. Do you have any recommendations for gripping the Kahr?

    Also, my normal defensive rounds for 9mm are the Ranger T in 127 +P+ and 124 +P. Have you had good results with these rounds with your Kahrs?

    Many thanks,
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
    Brad, I can only speak to my own guns, and I've had no problem with the hot loads you describe running out of these little Kahrs.

    Curled down thumbs is actually the grasp I prefer, but the trigger reach is so close-coupled on my PM-series guns, the trigger finger gets stopped by the thumb, so I more or less have to go with a straight-thumbs grip.

    Make sure your thumbs aren't long enough that they'll get in the way of the muzzle blast :)supergrin:) and try the straight thumbs grasp again, but this time with a conscious maximum-strength crush grip with all fingers but the one running the trigger.

    Give it a shot, so to speak, and get back to me here and let us all know your results.


  3. Brad737


    May 30, 2010
    Cincinnati, OH
    Your advice was right on. I was getting lazy and not gripping the weapon as tightly as I should, and it was wobbling a bit. I added Scherer magazine extensions to my 6 rounders, and can now get a bit more hand on the gun. I shot the little 9 much better today. This is an impressive little beast.