To chamber that first round you need to do it from the slide being locked back, and use the release lever........this will ensure reliable feeding of the round..........this is common to Kahrs in general.......and they even tell you to do it this way !!Have had mine for about a month that I purchased from a friend who claimed he hardly used it. Perfect for CC. Have had some issues with the first round not wanting to feed into the chamber all the way when I pull and release the slide and spent brass not being ejected all the way. Cleaned and oiled thoroughly with CLP. Ran some Remington rounds through it and have the same problems. Don't know how old it is, guess I'm going to have to contact Kahr. Anyone know it you can determine the date of manufacture from the serial numbers on line?