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Went looking for a small 45ACP carry

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by cal45, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. cal45


    Jan 21, 2001
    Orlando, Florida
    While I usually carry my G30SF, I went looking for a smaller 45ACP carry for when size matters. I initally looked at the XDS but spent a little more for the Kahr PM45 as I liked how this felt in my hand over the XDS. Took a few comparison shots with my G30SF:

  2. ca survivor

    ca survivor

    Dec 25, 2011
    nice, please post a range report when you can, I'm looking for a small .45 too. thanks

  3. I like the XDS but I won't pay a premium for the new kid on the block. Interested in a range report too

    Sent using 2 cans and string
  4. CDR_Glock


    Apr 1, 2010
    I have a Glock 36 if I want to carry 45 ACP. I also have a Detonics Combat Master V 1911 but it's still not ready for Prime Time(I just acquired it).
  5. Hope it runs better than mine did. I owned one for a whopping 3-weeks. Of that 3-weeks, Kahr had it for two. Mine was a POS.
  6. cal45


    Jan 21, 2001
    Orlando, Florida
    Thanks - I did read that these had some growing pains when they were first introduced but more recent review have shown them to be running better now.
  7. awpk03s


    Apr 1, 2007
    Nice gun, and good luck. I definitely see the appeal in these, and I owned one as well that was nothing but trouble for me.
  8. elde

    elde Lifetime Member

    Aug 31, 2008
    Yup, I found the PM45 to be quite problematic (circa 2011) as well. I also found Kahr's G.A.S. attitude toward customer service to be frustrating after a couple of trips back to them with this gun.

    Meanwhile my 36 keeps chugging along.

    Perhaps my past experience is not indicative of your future results.
  9. ifish42na


    Jan 6, 2012
    I still like 10 rounds in the 30.
  10. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
    ive owned a K9 and an MK9, seems all that i read regarding Kahr problems is with their polymer guns regardless (irregardless for the under 70 i.q. folks) of caliber.......why?
  11. cal45


    Jan 21, 2001
    Orlando, Florida
    Agree, if you do read of somone having issues, it is with a polymer Kahr - but that is not to say that they ALL have issues as I've never had an issue with a PM9 and a PM40 that i have owned. Most folks don't post that their gun is running fine as we expect them to. Only time will tell how this PM45 will function. I will post up comments as soon as I can get some range time.
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2012
  12. L Pete

    L Pete

    Mar 4, 2011
    My Kahr is good, but what do you have against the G-36. My G-36 is wonderful.
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2012
  13. cal45


    Jan 21, 2001
    Orlando, Florida
    I like the G36 but it is the same length and height as the G30 only thinner. I wanted something a tad smaller in all measurements.
  14. nathanours

    nathanours Texan

    Another way to make the gun seem thinner would be to just get some sort of kydex holster for it. Most of the nylon stuff is quite a bit thicker, but I can't tell from your pics how thick the holsters are.
  15. cgaler

    cgaler CGALEUSMC

    May 1, 2010
    If you want accuracy and reliability try a STI Escort in .45 cal. Not one problem of any kind with mine. Absolutely love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  16. I hope you have a reliable weapon with your PM45. Mine was not.

    On the other hand, I currently own 4 other Kahrs
    A CW45, CW9, CM9, and a K9. They have been nothing but 100% reliable.
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2012
  17. i tried the CW45, i liked the feel but it wouldn't chamber hornady or tulammo(or any premium SD ammo, i tried several at my dealer). i liked that it had 7 round mags, but.
    i switched to the G36 and other than round count it is superior in every way. the kahr also had issues with the slide lock spring, in the 45 it is suseptable to loosening. i have a CM9 that works super, never had any of the issues of the CW45 and i have complete faith in as a conceal carry piece.:cool: my opinion is go with the G36, unless you want to wait and see how the Sprinfield XDS45 turns out.
  18. mist


    Aug 15, 2010
    I'm sure there are a lot of PM45's out there that function correctly and I hope cal45 has one of them. Unfortunately, mine did not. Neither did my P380, PM40 and P45. On the other hand, my PM9 has been flawless since day one in November 2002.

    I've tried the Sig P250SC in .45, and just this morning I rid myself of an XDS. Nice pistols, but not for me.

    If I'm going to carry a .45 I'll stick with my Kimber Ultra CDP II and / or the 36.

    Good luck with the Kahr.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2012
  19. My son had a PM 45 which was problematic also. Ended up trading it in for a 36. He wanted to trade me for my G30 and when I shot or tried to shoot it I told him he should have just bought the 36. No he asks Dad before he buys guns.

    Hope yours turns out better.
  20. F_G


    Jan 11, 2010
    Crown King, AZ
    I really liked the PM45 I had, it felt great in my hand, unfortunately it didn't function reliably and I just never felt confident carrying it, this weapon seems to be a real hit and miss proposition, you either get one that works or you don't. After 2 trips back to Kahr it went bye-bye. I think the XDS might be my next attempt at a small .45, just need to let the new wear off, so I don't feel violated purchasing one.