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Kahr 380 not ejecting after firing

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by flashgor_99, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. flashgor_99

    flashgor_99 New Member

    Aug 10, 2015
    Bought a Kahr 380 at the gun show over the weekend. My purchase was based on a friend's recomendation. Took it to the farm and fired a few rounds from it. 12 rounds and it didn't successfully eject a single round. Either didn't eject or ejected part way. Bought a different brand of ammo just in case and fired about 10 round. Only got 5 rounds to eject successfully. The slide is so tight, I struggle to load the first round or open and manually remove a round. Tried out a couple rounds from a friends gun (different brand) and the slide moved easily. I'm guessing something is bad wrong with this gun rather than an issue of break-in. Any thoughts before I send it in for warranty service?

  2. Moonpie

    Moonpie U.S. Rifle M1 caliber .30 Lifetime Member

    Make sure it is cleaned thoroughly and lubed.
    A new gun is going to require break in. Some guns need as many as 500rds for full break in.
    The recoil spring will need to be fired a couple of hundred rounds at least.
    What ammo were you using?
    You might try a box or three of Buffalo Bore +P ammo to see if ammo is the issue.
    It sounds like the slide is stiff and the ammo isn't cycling the slide fully rearward.
  3. Dawico

    Dawico Uncoiled Lifetime Member

    Oct 15, 2009
    Lampasas, Texas
    Pretty much nailed it here.

    Clean and lube it well. Give it a few more rounds before you send it off.
  4. Armybrat

    Armybrat Active Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    I bought a CT380 Kahr several months ago. It is a little larger than the micro sized CW380 & P380. Cleaned & lubed it out of the box then racked the slide several hundred times - it was tight as a tick at first, then loosened a little. Lubed some more before shooting.

    It ate up all the Remington FMJ as well as the Hornady Critical Defense without a problem. However it wouldn't fire any of the WWB - maybe it was a bad batch. Shot some more Remington & Hornady and it ran smooth as butter. About 200 rounds all told down the pipe.

    Very nice little pocket gun - carry it in a Remora.
  5. bgw45

    bgw45 Member

    Aug 25, 2013
    AB is right on. Clean and lube and work the slide a bunch. Should be fine, mine was and still is.
  6. shortround

    shortround TGT Addict

    Jan 24, 2011
    Grid 0409
    Troll alert.

    First post with no introduction and we are supposed to answer your question?

    Was it a new gun or used?

    What ammo did you run through it?

    Why would one brand of ammo make the slide easier to manipulate than other brands?
  7. Dredens

    Dredens Well-Known

    Jan 11, 2014
    Definitely not a fan of Kahrs... Ain't no Kahr-guys in this here household...
  8. flashgor_99

    flashgor_99 New Member

    Aug 10, 2015
    It's a brand new gun out of the box. A friend took a look and said it was nice and clean and well-oiled. I'll take it out to the farm this weekend and run a few boxes of ammo through it to see if it improves.
  9. Mreed911

    Mreed911 TGT Addict BANNED!!!

    Apr 18, 2013
    Austin, TX
    Well-oiled may be the problem.

    Clean it.

    Lightly oil it.

    Shoot it more.

    Don't skip the first two.
  10. flashgor_99

    flashgor_99 New Member

    Aug 10, 2015
    I've run 300 rounds throuhg it now. The FMJ doesn't seem to shoot worth a darn. Have to manually rack the slide nearly every round. Fired a 100 rounds of Sig Sauer 100 grain rounds that were a little better, but at this rated, I'd need a 1000 rounds for it to approach reliability. And now, it occasionally fires and ejects, but doesn't reload the next round. I'll get 2 more boxes of good ammo to fire before I complain to Kahr again, but I'm getting tempted to take a loss and see what the gun store will give me in a trade.

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