Quality – SIG and Kahr

SIG and Kahr

Two more brands to consider: SIG and Kahr.

Kahr is a relative newcomer to the gun scene.  Founded by the son of the man who headed the Unification Church (the “Moonies”), Kahr makes small and medium-sized handguns with steel or polymer frames.  They are all single-stack, striker-fired designs.

SIG is…SIG.  They used to be designed in Switzerland, and made in Germany.  Nowadays they make slides and other components in the United States as well.  They have a reputation for quality and precision.  They were late to the polymer frame pistol party, but have been making up for lost time.

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Same method as before: every review in Gun Tests magazine back to 1996.  A gun would be judged as “broken” if it stopped working, shed parts, or physically disintegrated in some way.  A gun would be “unreliable” if it had failures to fire, feed, extract or eject that were not attributable to a documented problem with the ammunition.  An obviously defective part like a single bad magazine would not render a gun “unreliable” if the manufacturer’s regular magazines worked when the bad magazine was replaced like-for-like.


SiG vs. Kahr

Not a huge dataset of Kahr tests to draw on.  Kahr specifically states in their owner’s manuals that you must fire 200 rounds through their guns before you can consider them reliable.  In 4 of the 9 guns tested, there were reliability issues during the break-in period.  In each case, however, the guns ran perfectly after the break-in was completed.

Four of the 36 centerfire SIG pistols tested were unreliable: a P239, a P226 (during break-in period) a SP2340 (during break-in period) and a P250.

Three of the 39 SIGs that were tested were .22 target guns, 2 Mosquitos and a Trailside Target.  Both Mosquitos were unreliable, and one of them fired when the gun was out of battery.  The Mosquito has a troubled reputation, much like the Walther P22.

SIG and Kahr Notes

SIG and Kahr Notes


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2 Responses to “Quality – SIG and Kahr”

  1. Counsel says:

    Never had a songle problem with my P239 in. 40 during the last 10 years… Lots of rounds went out…

  2. Gunnutmegger says:

    The word on SIG is that they need to be lubed according to factory instructions. Too much or too little and they aren’t reliable.

    That’s anecdotal.

    But for the most part they run well.