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Thread: Can't believe it's that nice! First week production K9.

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    Default Can't believe it's that nice! First week production K9.

    So gb6491 linked me an active Gunbroker listing for a first week production of the Kahr K9......well....I bid! I had never bid on anything linked on a forum before. I won!

    Got it for min. bid of $500.00....I had some "buyer's remorse" since I was like "why buy that now?"

    I picked it up today......

    Not wanting to stay in the store (tiny store, 7 people in there, no masks (except me with mine)) so I got out of there as fast as possible. I never fail to proofread any form but this time, no way! Scribbled out the blanks, turned that in, handed over the transfer fee, jetted. Thankfully WV has no background check if you have a CCW, even less time in there. I was originally going to do the 4473 outside on the back of the truck but it was on and off raining.....decided to go inside.

    Just checked he weapon....

    Looks like shipped with wrong magazine as it won't engage the mag button......but......

    SMOOTH AS GLASS ACTION. Better than my 2nd year production Kahr, the P9, and CW 45.

    The wood grips are amazing. Even the trigger's edges feel smoother than my other K9.

    The sights seem "better" somehow.

    I swear I might end up carrying this thing! It's like holding something you don't want to put down!

    Thank you so much for linking me the ad....

    Here is the ad again so you guys can view the pics.

    https://www.gunbroker.com/item/854062567

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    Definitely not the correct magazine, says Firestar on it in the ad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I_Like_Turtles View Post
    So gb6491 linked me an active Gunbroker listing for a first week production of the Kahr K9......well....I bid! I had never bid on anything linked on a forum before. I won!

    Got it for min. bid of $500.00....I had some "buyer's remorse" since I was like "why buy that now?"

    I picked it up today......

    Not wanting to stay in the store (tiny store, 7 people in there, no masks (except me with mine)) so I got out of there as fast as possible. I never fail to proofread any form but this time, no way! Scribbled out the blanks, turned that in, handed over the transfer fee, jetted. Thankfully WV has no background check if you have a CCW, even less time in there. I was originally going to do the 4473 outside on the back of the truck but it was on and off raining.....decided to go inside.

    Just checked he weapon....

    Looks like shipped with wrong magazine as it won't engage the mag button......but......

    SMOOTH AS GLASS ACTION. Better than my 2nd year production Kahr, the P9, and CW 45.

    The wood grips are amazing. Even the trigger's edges feel smoother than my other K9.

    The sights seem "better" somehow.

    I swear I might end up carrying this thing! It's like holding something you don't want to put down!

    Thank you so much for linking me the ad....

    Here is the ad again so you guys can view the pics.

    https://www.gunbroker.com/item/854062567
    Cool, man. So "first week"... as in, like, the actual first week these things were being made? That's pretty cool. Is there a way to tell the production year, based on the serial number?

    Either way, I like the hint of patina on the high points. Looks rugged and like it means business. Congrats.

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    Serial number is "18."

    I'll email Kahr and see if they can send me some info on it.....something in print would be nice.

    No "patina"...looks to be a parkerized finish with some of it worn off at front where slide reciprocates. Gun came from an estate in PA. Out of that estate I bought four WW2 bayonets with scabbards...including a nice J ap model with deteriorated leather frog. Seller didn't mention the leather falling apart though....so the review will reflect that. Still, the collector had good tastes.

    Mag is a "Firestar" and locks the slide back but will not stay in gun without being held in. Won't drop free either but a K9 mag works fine.

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    Somewhere out there is a proud new owner of a Star Firestar M43 wondering why it shipped with a Kahr mag.

    Nice find. Look like new grips. I personally like the smooth grips. Something classic about them.

    Enjoy.

    I've never seen a parkerized finish on a Kahr. Here's my early (not as early as yours) black carbon steel K9 with it's smooth grips.
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    Nice find Turtles, always cool to find something that has historic meaning of some sort. And when it's a working gun that likely needs nothing more than a new mag, it's even nicer.

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    Great find. Especially in comparison to this listing:
    https://www.gunbroker.com/item/868746509 , another early production K9. This listing includes a email from Kahr giving more details about the serial number. It should allow you to pin your's down exactly. Scroll through the pics in the listing to see a picture of the email.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dao View Post
    Nice find Turtles, always cool to find something that has historic meaning of some sort. And when it's a working gun that likely needs nothing more than a new mag, it's even nicer.
    I appreciate it but it was that "gb####" guy that found it. I had started a thread with a link to a similar (but few numbers off) 1st year production K9 with a price tag 3X what I got mine for. He replied with a link to what I ended up buying.

    I think it's parkerizing....may not be....I'll ask Kahr. It's a sweet handgun for sure though....

    Hard to say about the missing/mismatched mag. Could be older guy forgot where he put it and his heirs put whatever would fit in there. I bought an all matching Swiss 96/11 that was missing the mag. I asked the pawnbroker but he wouldn't give out the seller's info.....I would have paid him for his trouble if he could find it but the pawnbroker has his rules for a reason I guess.

    Thanks for the pic of the early K9! I swear I think this #18 is lighter than my 2nd year production example!

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    That gb#### guy is what we call an enabler. He enables us to fix the issues we have with our Kahrs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidR View Post
    That gb#### guy is what we call an enabler. He enables us to fix the issues we have with our Kahrs.
    Generally an "enabler" is a bad thing.......but not this time.

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