View Full Version : Kahr slide release alteration

May 14, 2002, 03:01 PM
I am considering getting a spare slide release for my Kahr in order to knock down the "button" to keep it from diggin into my thumb and to lower the profile. Has anyone done this? Anything I should know or look out for?

Jim Watson
May 14, 2002, 04:57 PM
Mine is considerably rounded off on the rear edge, especially the lower corner. I have not cut down the height of the pad, but see no reason not to. It is not a gun I will be doing many fast slidelock reloads on.

May 15, 2002, 12:05 PM

I think he's talking about the other side of the slide stop...


May 15, 2002, 12:38 PM
Actually, I am refering to the raised button or pad or whatever it's called on the slide lock that you press to release the slide. My original post was not very clear b/c I'm not real sure what to call the raised portion of the slide lock. I apologize. What the heck do you call it since it's not a separate part of the lock/release, but rather just the raised part of the lever? Just the "slide release"?

So, did you just take a grinder to it? I had planned on doing it with my Dremel (don't flinch - it will be with a spare;) ) and trying different sanding wheels. Maybe a file or two. Does it require something more serious than this?

J.R. Bob Dobbs
May 15, 2002, 04:11 PM
I hear Kahr has a lower-profile slide stop, and will send one to you if you call and ask. I'd try that.

deputy tom
May 15, 2002, 11:51 PM
The new style slide release is shallower by design but still just as sharp.To fix either style(old or new) file the edges then use crocus cloth or emery cloth strips to smooth the edges.I took an additional step in having My gunsmith Buddy bead blast it so the finish matched original look,more or less.I hope this helps.tom.:)

May 16, 2002, 05:07 PM
thanks for all the info guys!

Dep. Tom - bead blasting probably won't be an option for me. Any ideas on how to manually get it to match reasonably well? Or should I just polish the whole darn thing?

Eric Larsen
May 27, 2002, 07:35 PM
I dremmeled the front corner off and shaped it with polishing compound and finished it off with emery cloth. A little blueing solution and your rocking...it helps alot. I slightly melted my whole gun this same way.......shoot well

May 27, 2002, 09:15 PM
Unfortunately, mine is stainless. I have considered "melting" the slide stop a bit and then blueing it afterward. Does anybody know if it will take cold blueing?

Jim Watson
May 27, 2002, 10:34 PM
It will not take bluing. Just file or grind it to the shape you want and sand the toolmarks out with successively finer paper until it is close in texture. Polishing the whole darn thing will just make a mess. Work on a spare slide stop if you are concerned about the appearance. Mine is the very plain, even rough finish E9 and not much could hurt its looks... it hasn't got any.

deputy tom
May 29, 2002, 11:48 PM
bikeguy,sorry for not getting back to You sooner.Mine looked just fine after using the emery cloth on it but I have a tendency to go overboard on projects..As stated above blueing won't work but if You have access to a buffer it might look like a nice satin finish or if You really feel the need to, go for the hi-polished look.tom.