I have a P380.
I had one or two FTF's in the first 50rds of ball when it was new. No issues at all in the last ... oh.... probably 800-900 by now. Ball, 2 or 3 different hollow points.
It is my daily deep conceal (3rd gun) on duty and has been for about 5 years now.
To quote L Thompson from years ago... "It's a nice thing to have in your pocket when you can't carry a gun." But then he was saying that about a Seecamp 32 at the time.
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My CW380 has been flawless. I did a little fluff and buff to it when it was new, and probably racked the slide 500 or so times before I shot it. Never a malfunction in at least a thousand rounds. Also shoots Gold Dot HP's like candy. I have a box of xtp's, but haven't tried them yet.
And yes, you need to use the slide lock lever to chamber a round. The only pistol I've ever fired that won't go into battery from slingshotting.
I just picked up a new P380 for a good price. First 380 for me. How do Gold Dots or Sig V crown fair in these? Any particular target ammo that these do not like?
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Good luck finding ANYTHING to put in that right now!
My go to's have been:
Range/FMJ: Aguila .380 (PPU has worked well too)
Carry/JHP: Hornady Critical Defense .380
Both function very well in this pistol. Don't forget to use the slide release to chamber a round, Kahr does not advise slingshotting these guns.
Mine doesnt like Gold Dots. But its never failed with Hornady Critical Defense.
I have a relatively new CT 380 in the Tungsten (gray) color. It had a couple of FTEs in the first 50 rounds, but it’s been great since. Exceptionally accurate and easy to carry. I put Magguts in the magazines to gain an extra round and they’ve worked well. I have many Kahr pistols, both metal and polymer, and have appreciated their quality and value.
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P220 in 45acp
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Any of you guys who just purchased one, I have 2 excellent Kydex holsters for sale in the classifieds. A pocket and IWB. Thanks.
I was able to scrounge up up HST and Underwood to try out along with some ball target ammo.
I have a P380 that struggled with reliability. i found that it does not like thick rimmed ammunition. Seems to digest domestic brands better than european stuff. Magguts magazine followers and springs brought it into the "reliable enough" realm, I would buy the Magguts again even if they didn't provide for an extra round. They are that good.
Tiny, well made, and very accurate. My take on it is that just a bit to tiny for total reliability].....
I carry it.
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My experience with my P380 is similar. Won’t even chamber a Fiocchi hardball. Domestic stuff, fine.
Oddly enough 100% reliability so far with Hornady XTP. So that’s my carry ammo...
My wife's current EDC is a PINK Kahr P380. It took the place of her S&W 351PD about 3 years ago. She absolutely loves it, especially with Ruger ARX rounds.
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Just thought I'd share this-
This CW380 has about 600rds+ through it and has always been a great little pocket gun which is always with me regardless if I have my Glock27 or not.
Memorial Day (Monday) a few friends and I did some fly fishing and afterwards we were chatting about pocket guns and full-size guns, etc.
My little 380 is always in my pocket so I offered if anyone wanted to try it and one guy shot the pistol, but after 3 shots he said the trigger wouldn't fire the gun anymore.
So after I got home and stripped it down I found the firing pin had snapped off the assembly body. After sending a pic and email off to Kahr Customer Service, I continued to poke around the internet and found that other people had this same problem (seems just with the 380).
I also saw that a company named Lakeline LLC makes a tool steel replacement which is beefed up in the problem areas. I sent them an order Monday night and I just received the new part today (Friday), great service!
The new part features a more robust construction of steel (I'm assuming the original was MIM?), but it also addresses the issue of the bottom of the striker foot dragging on the top round in the magazine (which I wasn't aware of).
Anyway, installed just now and seems to cycle and dry fire smoothly, I'll shoot it tomorrow.
Also, Kahr Customer Service sent me a nice email first thing Tuesday morning after the holiday. She asked that I register the gun online and then let her know and she'd send a replacement firing pin asmy out asap. I did and we will see what arrives. Some of the online posts about Lakeline LLC indicated that thy are supplying Kahr with upgraded firing pins, but I'll see when it gets here.
If it is the steel unit I'll put it up for Karma to anyone who has a P or CW 380.
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