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Kahr PM40 40 S&W, $814

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Clean lines and significant horsepower in a small package, the Kahr PM40 ups the ante for back-up pistols. Slightly larger and just over an ounce heavier than the PM9, the .40 S&W Kahr was a handful with some loads, and probably not totally suitable for novice shooters. We liked it even better than the PM9.

Kahr PM40 40 S&W, $814

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The first magazine-full gave us one failure to eject with the softest ammo. The empty was caught going out. Kahr recommends 200 rounds for break-in. This never happened again, and the PM40 gave excellent reliability after a dozen shots. After much firing and no cleaning, one round failed to fire because it did not go fully home in a dirty gun. Proper maintenance would cure that completely.
The sight picture of the PM40 was outstanding, though this photo might represent any one of the three test guns.The Kahr had tritium inserts, a costly but desirable extra.

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