20 Oct 98
We recently completed a Defensive Handgun Class in Nevada, and one of our students was a very slightly-built woman, who came to us with virtually no experience but an excellent learning attitude. She brought an S&W 3914.
The trigger reach on the S&W turned out to be an impediment to her success. She just couldn’t get enough finger on the trigger, and her trigger press was thus jerky and involved her finger sliding excessively over the trigger face.
In any event, we switched her to a Lady-Kahr-Nine, and that did the trick! She was suddenly able to get the first joint of her trigger finger on the middle of the trigger and thus press the trigger smoothly and gingerly. Her subsequent success was well noted by all. She is in the process of purchasing her new Kahr now!
Another student at the same Program had a Kahr-Nine, and, during one of our high-volume drills, he managed to break the drawbar. We had a gunsmith in the Class, and replacing the drawbar was not a major problem, but this is the first time I’ve seen one break on a Kahr. As you know, we’ve also had them break on S&W’s and H&K USP’s. With trigger-cocking, autoloading pistols, the drawbar is an inherently weak part.