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I was at the pawn shop today looking around and saw a Kahr laying in the case looked to have a stainless slide on it. I think it was a CW9? Maybe? Anyway, I don't think it was stainless as I could see the rust on it. I asked the guy at the counter to see it and asked if it was rust on it. He said he didn't think so until....he got it out. The thing has rust all over it. In the serations, on the muzzle, on the Barrel, even the trigger was VERY gritty from where I think it has some on it's components.

Does anyone have a Kahr or heard of them having a issue like this? He had $400 on it and after me bringing this to his attention was interested in me making a offer. He didn't like my offer and I wasn't going any higher as I wasn't sure that even if I could get it cleaned up that it wouldn't be all pitted from the rust.

Like I told him if he had taken my offer it would have been a $200 science experiment to see if I could clean it up. He kept his gun (rust in piece) and I kept my $200 but it did get me to wondering about the fit/finish of these guns. I admit I am not a Kahr person never had one and after looking at that one probably never will either. So I thought I would ask. Anyone have one? Any problems with rust?
 

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I just did some research on them and they are supposed to be stainless. I think I will pass on them and not give them another serious look. Shame because it felt ok. Slim design and everything. Oh well.
 

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There are many different varieties of stainless...I understand that those with much less nickel and chromium can be subject to corrosion if in adverse conditions. I am though, surprised at that kind of corrosion on a weapon grade stainless.
 

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There are many different varieties of stainless...I understand that those with much less nickel and chromium can be subject to corrosion if in adverse conditions. I am though, surprised at that kind of corrosion on a weapon grade stainless.
I am not kidding or exagerating about how bad it was. I got kinda nervous when he asked me to make him a offer affraid he might take it. It might all come right off in a sonic cleaner (But I have my doubts) I don't know but I couldn't even scrape it off with a fingernail.
 

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I had a Taurus 709 stainless that started to rust, found out that it had to do with the grade of steel used. The rust was concentrated in the area where the slide would touch skin while IWB carry. It would not come out with fingernail rub. Bummer since it shot well. XDs seem to suffer from the same problem. I didn't mess with it and sold it, don't even know if it could be fixed. Was curious about what other makers suffer from the same, seems like Kahr are also on this list. Shame.
 

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I had a stainless rifle that did the same thing awhile back. Needless to say it got traded in. Even if you could have cleaned it up, I think it would have been a constant problem in the future. Especially if it was a carry gun. Probably a good thing he didnt take your offer.
 
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