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Thread: Bought my second Kahr PM9

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    Default Bought my second Kahr PM9

    Hi, I am new to the forum but old to PM9s.

    I like the PM9 for a pocket gun in a situation where a larger gun may not be practical.

    I have an older PM9 that I bought in 2003ish that had one or two malfunctions during break-in then it was fine. I did not shoot it that often and when I did I only shot it at about 21-30 feet. Its night sights have since dimmed and it seems to have an old slide construction that night sights which from what I understand are hard to find. I looked at Kahr's websight and they only offer a front sight that is made by Trijicon. My older gun's nightsights do not have Trijicon listed on them, so I am afraid of getting a new front sight that will not match the rear sights which will result in the gun shooting way off from where the sights are.

    I recently came across a second one with night sights for a good price and bought it. In practicing I discovered that I can keep a whole magazine in the head of a silhouette target at 50 feet away shooting offhand. The big thing is to concentrate on a smooth consistent trigger squeeze. I had never shot the other Kahr at that distance, so I tried and found out that I could do the same with the older one. These guns are way more accurate than I gave them credit for.

    I did notice that different ammo impacted differently in each gun at distance. With some ammo at 50 feet I had to aim at neck level while other ammo was dead on. It even varied from gun to gun.

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    Welcome to the forums Ed!

    If your old night sights are of the three dot variety and factory installed, they are most likely Trijicon or Meprolight.

    Meprolight sights have material, almost like a lens, that covers the tritium capsule and the white ring around it. This "lens" sits flush with the surface of the sight.

    Trijicon sights have a tritium capsule with a white painted ring around it. These are setback from the sight's surface and in the right light you can see the shiny surface of the tritium capsule.

    Here's a Meprolight on my Glock 27:

    ..and "enhanced" to show how the "lens" sits flush with the sight surface:

    Here's a Trijicon on my CW9, see how some dust/dirt has become trapped in the setback area (between the tritium capsule and the paint):


    If your sights are Trijicon, they can can "replace the lamps for a nominal fee": https://www.trijicon.com/na_en/support/faq_BNTNS.php

    Regards,
    Greg
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    Thanks. By your description I think they are Trijicons. But I don't see any marking on the top of the front sight like most Trijicons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed L View Post
    Thanks. By your description I think they are Trijicons. But I don't see any marking on the top of the front sight like most Trijicons.
    The markings were done with paint/ink on the Trijicons I have. Holster wear, cleaning solvents, lubricants, and cold bluing have removed the markings from all my front sights.
    Regards,
    Greg
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    Good!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Now you have a couple of options.

    Paint the front sight on the older PM9,
    Have a complete set of new night sights installed,
    or,
    Look into a set of Big Dot sights.

    My PM9 is approaching ten years old and the night sights are still glowing but when they go I will strongly consider Big Dot sights as an replacement.

    BTW, I have commented here many times as to how surprised I am at how easy it it to shoot the PM9 accurately. Although I am a snubbie lover and more often than not I will have one of them on my hip, whenever I return from the range after shooting my PM9, I question if the Kahr is the one that should really be my primary carry.
    "Never pet a burning dog"

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    Hey Ed L, welcome to the site!

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