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Thread: CW45 (and other poly 45): issues and fixes

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    Good thread this one.
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    Recoil spring installation:
    http://kahrtalk.com/showpost.php?p=39958&postcount=1
    Quote Originally Posted by sonofodin View Post
    So, I'd like to bring to light a mistake I made awhile back when I first got my Kahr CW45. The reason I am sharing this is not for criticism or to hear what a dum dum I am. I'm sharing this as a tutorial lesson for people newer to shooting sports and firearms. The first opportunity I got to shoot my CW45 I was stoked and excited. I felt like Jeff on an episode of gunblast.com. This was also the first opportunity I had to let the misses shoot guns after being told durin her rasin' that it weren't fit for her to learn. So, a box of WWB FMJ and 2 magazines AND my Remington Express 12 gauge w/extended tube (9+1 for 2 3/4 in) and some field loads I set off. After a nice drive through the country listinin to country I found a spot set back in the woods with a large, natural berm of dirt and rock that was the ideal place for a free shoot. Off the road but such a large berm that safety was assured. I even remembered ear pro for the both of us. The first few magazines through at about 75yrds and I was VERY impressed with accuracy, recoil and overall performance. Rock bustin sure was fun. I then let the misses shoot it for her first time which resulted in alot of coaxes not to be afraid of it goin off and keep hands on it etc. After her 4th or so shot I noticed the guide rod sticking out of the front. WAIT A SECOND! Upon closer inspection I realized that one end of the spring is open and the other closed, to which I had reversed them. Silly ole hillbilly! Needless to say it was an easy fix. The misses could barely hold that huge 12 gauge up so I got her to firing from the hip. Wish I had a video! Anyways, Always be extra careful that you reassemble your firearms correctly. I made a rushed, novice mistake and noticed it in time to correct it without trouble or damage!
    That's good advice written above
    Spring installation video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAuHn7dyuWI

    Difficulty with recoil spring/guide rod installation (aka guide rod bevel issue):
    2edgesword was finding it difficult to insert the recoil spring and guide rod in his CW45:
    "O.k., I've disassembled and assembled my CW45 twice for cleaning. The toughest part is reinserting the recoil spring and guide rod assembly. I'm getting it done but lining up the guide rod to insert through the hole in the slide is hit or miss. Any suggestions on getting it right the first time every time?" http://kahrtalk.com/showthread.php?t=5389

    Turns out his guide rod end had no bevel on it:
    Quote Originally Posted by 2edgesword View Post
    Greg

    I think you have identified the problem. The end of my guide rod has NO bevel whatsoever which would explain why if the rod is not aligned just so it won't start through the hole in the slide.

    It appears that a finishing step (adding the bevel) may have been missed.
    Factory beveled CW45 guide rod:


    2edgesword's fix (http://kahrtalk.com/showpost.php?p=61082&postcount=12)
    Quote Originally Posted by 2edgesword View Post
    Five minutes with a dremel and the problem is solved. Added just enough of a bevel that the guide rod easily starts through the hole and allows the other end to clear the breech end of the barrel. So what took minutes of fidgeting now takes two seconds.

    Also see: http://kahrtalk.com/showthread.php?t=6085

    Custom replacement guide rods for the CW/P45:
    http://guiderod.com/
    http://www.tcsgunshop.com/Manufacturingpage.html

    Regards,
    Greg

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    I just found this posting and it helped me tremendously. Up until now I thought I had a defective slide due to the thin,chipped up metal I found between the recoil spring and the barrel of my CW45. I went down to my shop and filed it to look like the pictures submitted by gb6491 and wyntrout. Easy job,just took minutes. Thanks to all the members of this forum that help people like me to learn so much about my guns. An amazing amount of info hidden in the threads of KahrTalk!
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    Default Ejector differences

    Ejector differences:

    As 0311Hoosier points out in this thread: http://kahrtalk.com/p-cw-series-pistols/4758-new-ejector-style-cw45.html, there is a difference in size/shape between the PM45 ejector and that of the CW45/P45.

    PM45 ejector:

    CW45 ejector:

    Regards,
    Greg

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    Default Replacing the slide stop spring

    Replacing the slide stop spring:


    Here's how I did it (as always, this is not intended as a "how to", but rather "how I did it". If attempted, YMMV and would be at your own risk):

    I used a T6 Torx driver on my CW45. (another person has reported needing a different size on their CW45:
    THR - View Single Post - Kahr CW45)
    Tweezers or needle nose pliers will make things easier (as does a small probe).
    Using the Torx driver, loosen the retaining screw enough to lift the portion of the spring near it's non-captured end out from under the screw/washer and clear of the frame.

    With the non-captured end of the spring out from under the screw/washer,...

    ...it needs to be rotated to this position (non-captured end above the captured end):

    At this point the captured end of the spring can be lifted out of it's hole in the frame and the spring removed:

    To install, I reversed the procedure and tightened the retaining screw as described here: http://kahrtalk.com/15672-post5.html
    Regards,
    Greg


    Deuce, Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad the tread was of some help to you.

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    Failure to fire - Light strikes and firing pin protrusion:
    gman reported having failures to fire due to light firing pin strikes in his P45: http://kahrtalk.com/showthread.php?t=4927
    In the thread he mentions:
    Quote Originally Posted by gman View Post
    ...I think what's going on is the striker pin is only protruding past the breech face by 0.025. The minimum SAAMI spec for case length is 0.895 and with my total headspace 0.913 (chamber of 0.910 plus hood of 0.003) means a clearance of 0.018 is present (0.913-.0895) with only 0.025 protruding; (0.008) this isn't much of a strike on a primer.

    Anybody else ever see this , how far does others P45 striker protrude from the breech face?
    As I posted in reply, I measured the protrusion at .035" (+/- .001") in my CW45

    gman later reports:
    Quote Originally Posted by gman View Post
    Happy DANCE!! My P45 will now run my reloads after increasing the striker distance past the breech and using Fed 150 primers. 80 rounds of combat stages no FTF.
    Their is more discussion on firing/striker pin protrusion here:
    http://kahrtalk.com/showthread.php?t=153
    Quote Originally Posted by bumpfire View Post
    I got my Protrusion guage today and measured all 4 Kahr's. They measured:
    PM9 black with new striker .037
    PM9 stainless .037
    P9 .037
    T9 .043
    I am very happy and case closed.

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    Front sight installation:

    Kahr OEM: From this thread http://kahrtalk.com/showthread.php?t=5623
    Quote Originally Posted by gb6491
    I've never installed the plastic sight, but I do know you will need to melt the posts to hold the sight in place. Kel-Tec uses the same system on their PF9 and P-11 pistols; so here's some info from the KTOG forum:
    http://www.ktog.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/Ya...num=1287183163
    "REPLACING SIGHTS

    INSTRUCTION FOR REPLACING PF-9 FRONT SIGHT:

    The PF-9/P11 front sight has two little plastic legs under it. The sight is attached by putting the legs through the two holes in the top of the slide and peening over (melting) the plastic legs on the inside of the slide.

    TO REMOVE SIGHT:

    With a soldering iron or woodburner iron, (or something that you heated in the gas stove burner) gently heat the two prongs until they soften enough to pull the sight out with pliers. Now clean all residual plastic out of the slide.

    TO INSTALL SIGHT:

    Place new sight into holes. (make sure dot is facing rear.) With aforesaid melting tool, gently peen over the ends of the legs while holding pressure down on the sight to assure a tight fit. Make sure that no plastic hangs down to interfere with barrel."

    I'd apply a little red Loctite as well.

    Regards,
    Greg
    Dawson Precision: Dawson Precision now offers front sights for Kahr CW series pistols: www.dawsonprecision.com SIGHTS FRONT:Kahr Front Sights Category.
    Installation instructions: http://www.dawsonprecision.com/image...%20Insert2.pdf
    See the Dawson night sight installed here: http://kahrtalk.com/showthread.php?p=59903#post59903

    Trijicon: Try contacting a Kahr Sales representative about purchasing just the front Trijicon sight.
    To install the Trijicon front night sight, you'll first need to remove the OEM sight. It's held on by two plastic posts that have their ends melted to act as rivet heads:

    Tape around the sight to protect the slides finish, then use pliers to break the front sight posts (a slight rocking motion will accomplish this):

    A quick video of how easy the front sight comes off: OEM sight removal

    Then use a tool to remove the remainder of the posts from the holes in the slide.

    The Trijicon sight is installed with Loctite and a small screw that goes into the rear post:

    Installation went smoothly on my CW45:

    However, I did have issue with the sight screw on the CW9 preventing the gun from going into battery (this has been reported by others as well); well actually, it was bad enough to preclude assembly of the pistol. I was able to work around it by cleaning up and enlarging the countersink done by Kahr on the front sight post hole (see post #63 for further instruction in regards to fitting the front sight):


    Note: Some members have posted photos of newer CW9 and CM9 pistols that show Kahr has increased the depth of the countersink on these pistols.
    Finished:

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    dam gb6491. I wish we could get that entire thread of yours as a sticky. Your photo work is excellent as is your fixes to. I have mentioned it on here a coule of times but so far on "deaf ears".
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    This should DEFINITELY be a stickie. gb6491 is to be commended for his concise explanations and excellent photography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmdalton View Post
    ... very light reloads (4.0 grn Bullseye over 200 LSWC).
    I'm sending you a PM query regarding this so as not to clutter up the thread with OT stuff.

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