New P380 owner

This is a discussion on New P380 owner within the Ammo Dump forums, part of the Kahr Discussions category; I recently purchased a new Kahr P380 and the dealer recommended Winchester 95 gr/ FMJ Target/Range ammunition. I have not shot this gun yet and ...

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    New P380 owner

    I recently purchased a new Kahr P380 and the dealer recommended Winchester 95 gr/ FMJ Target/Range ammunition. I have not shot this gun yet and am hesitant because I have read several messages on line that say this ammunition frequently fails to feed. I don't want to damage my new P380. I would appreciate any suggestions or recommendations for Target/Range ammunition.

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    Probably gonna have to shoot what you can find.
    Hornady Cd is what I carried in my 380. Shot mostly S&B and cci fmjs.
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    Failure to feed will not damage the gun, but if true, don't consider it for self-defense. If you have a problem with it, it can provide valuable training in clearing jams.

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    my dealer told me that as a rule of thumb, anything rounded tip will work through my P380... can anyone give me ammo that they use that is working for them?

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    I had good luck with pmc bronze, remington green box. As Toney said in a previous post, your gonna have to shoot whatever you can find. Check out in the forum about lubing a Kahr. That's very important to minimize feeding and ejecting issues, a good cleaning and lube out of the box could save you grief afterwards.

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    Ron, Thanks for the tip about checking out the forum on Lubing my new gun.... Hmmm.. kind of sounds a little... uhh..
    The first thing that I did when I bought it was strip it down and clean and oil it. That is just me but any tips I can get is always appreciated.

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    Yeah, I'm glad to see that you know what you are doing. Sometimes a new gun goes straight to the range without cleaning and oiling. This is not always a problem, but Kahrs have very tight tolerances and stiff springs. They can, and in many cases do need a couple of hundred rounds of fmj run thru them to function reliably. That 1st cleaning and lubrication is really important. I have had 4 new Kahrs and never had the first problem with any of them, all flawless from day one. I have found they like to be very well lubed, and racked the slide a hundred or so times before that 1st range visit. Also important is a firm grip, as any limp wristing will cause the gun not to cycle properly. These are basic things that I think if not done, cause some folks to have problems with their new Kahrs, and other new guns as well.

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    In the words of John Lennon, "I've got Blisters on my Fingers" from Racking this gun.... I racked it about 100 times before I gave it up. Now that my blister has healed I figured I would cycle a few clips a day until I hit the range. I believe that you can learn quite a lot about a gun just working with it.

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    That slide is tight as you found out. You have done all the right prep, you should be good to go. Next step is go to the range and enjoy shooting that fine weapon. Good shooting, have fun !!!!!

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    I just got to shoot my New Kahr P380 for the first time today and I have to tell you that I am very impressed with this little gun!! The FMJ's went through it like a knife through butter!! Not one failure, miss-feeds etc.. Just pure perfection!! This gun has a really easy trigger, very little recoil, and just incredibly easy to manage. I definitely got more out of this gun than I ever anticipated. For my first day at the range I am really pleased about the accuracy, slow or rapid fire it is spot on target. Where ever you point this little pocket pistol it will put the hole. Just so you know, I did take the time to give it a good thorough cleaning when I purchased the gun. After that I spent some time racking bullets through the chamber and allowing them to eject so it would loosen up a bit. By the time I hit the range, I had already racked and put bullets through this gun well over 300 times. During that time period, this gun did jam a few times because it was so tight but the more I worked with it the better it got. I will tell you that it took a good 200 times for it to really finally feel broken in and proper. Going to the range was just icing on the cake. Looks like my wife will be getting her Black Rose Addition after all.... What a great little gun!!

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