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New p380 in layaway! Have had a p3at for several years,looking forward to the upgrade. Serial # is RA1xxx, is there any known problems with these?
 

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Unfortunately, the answer is yes. The P380 is still hit and miss. Some are great and others full of problems. Kahr does work with you to resolve any issues, but there are stories of 3 trips back to Kahr before getting a reliable gun. If you are willing to risk the potential hassle of sending it back for service and you have something else to use while it's gone then go for it. If you have no patience, it's probably best to pass on the P380 at this time.

There is another Kahr forum that's full of good and bad stories right now.
 

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I'm guessing that this a used gun then? If so, do you know anything about its history or previous owner(s)? Also look into Kahr's warranty policy on used pistols.

If possible, try to shoot it before you pay for it. (Ask Ljutic for some ammo recommendations.) If it malfunctions, just get your deposit back & walk away.
 

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It's new, old stock. Been at the shop for over 2 years! Think I may pass on this one and look at the Seecamp instead.
Thanks for the replies and info!
 

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holiday009 said:
It's new, old stock. Been at the shop for over 2 years! Think I may pass on this one and look at the Seecamp instead.
Thanks for the replies and info!
Seecamp 380? Are you a bit of a masochist? It's the least fun to shoot gun I own, but will be treasured for life. If you are willing to shell out that kind of coin for a pocket gun, get the Rohrbaugh R9. Alternately, you may want to look at the Masterpiece Arms Protector II that was just announced last week. It's a ported 380 that "shoots like a .32" if you buy into the marketing story. Styled after (copied from?) the Autauga .32 acp, it's of similar size to the LWS380, made in the USA, has a Lifetime Warranty, and it's half the price of the Seecamp. I really want one, but can't justify buying one in addition to the Seecamp.
 

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I don't know? Some p380's get great reviews some don't. I like the Seecamp,but see it as a safe queen and not for edc.
 

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holiday009 said:
It's new, old stock. Been at the shop for over 2 years! Think I may pass on this one and look at the Seecamp instead.
Thanks for the replies and info!
I don't meant to talk you out of a P380; they are great little guns. Their track record has been a little spotty, but like Ljutic says, Kahr does seem to stand behind them.

Mine is also an early serial#, in the RA1xxx range as a matter of fact. It did have a few issues at first, but it seems that most were operator-induced. ::) I tend to over-lube, especially on a new gun, but these little guys hate lube (& what sticks to it) in the striker & extractor areas. Ooops. After I cleaned that up, the only problem I had was the well-documented issue of the slide locking back before the mag is empty.

Since I bought mine used, I opted to try a minor modification that I read about. It seems to have done the trick; I've had NO problems for the last 4 or 5 range sessions.
 

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Are you getting a deal because it's older?
 

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Did you get it?
 

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Well hurry up. :D
 

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+1 on the Master Piece Arms, I have the original protector model and not the ported version. I've lost the round count by now but I would bet over 500. It goes bang every time although not a range pistol, just to painful after a bit.

Good Luck

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Can we see them?
 

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The P380 is a great little pistol - I had problems breaking in mine (I have 2) and they like the higher powered stuff like corbon and speer gold dot for 100% reliability - But they are great pocket pistols and are suprisingly easy to shoot considering their size. They also have great triggers
 
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