My dad has a Kahr 9mm, not sure which model, but says that if the magazine is fully loaded, and he racks the slide back, the gun won't fully chamber and he has to hit the back of the slide with his palm to get it to chamber. Anyone else have this problem, or know if that has been fixed with the newer models?
I know EXACTLY what you're referring to. My wife's CW9 did the same thing. It's part of the "break-in" process where you're suppose to run 200 rounds through it before it's considered ready for official use. We thought it was the "cheaper" ammo that we had bought for the break-in. Somewhere between 50-100 rounds it wasn't getting any better. Now seeing how we're both fairly new to firearms, she went and asked for help. Boyd (sp?) there at Get Some showed us a little trick - oil. He said that it's not always in your manuals but you're suppose to oil new firearms from the factory. Immediately we saw results - we didn't have any more jams through the rest of the ammo to #200! He said that especially with cheaper ammo and the fact that new gun's chambers are are a little dry, it makes it more difficult for the ammo to slide into the chamber - which is why your dad had to hit the back of the slide to force the cartridge to chamber.
Ever since then, she has ABSOLUTELY LOVED the gun a hundred times over her .38 spl. We go shooting regularly now with no jams whatsoever and she even bought us an annual pass to the range! I never would've expected that from my wife so that says A LOT!
From everything that you have said about your gf and her reactions to shooting (the flinching etc), she sounds just like my wife at the beginning so I have full confidence that she would be much more comfortable with the CW9 then compared to the .38.