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Roger G23
07-17-2010, 23:15
I hear really good things about Kahr. What have your experiences been?

07-18-2010, 00:03
Sounds like you have a P9 on the way. Hopefully you will get a good one. My CW9 took a couple trips back to the factory before it worked ok.......but not perfect.

07-18-2010, 07:24
I think you will like the gun. I have three Kahrs and used to have another, but my thinking was that the premium price was justification for a small .40, not just another 9 mm. The .40 is Kahr's real niche in my opinion, because it at least at one time was smaller than anyone else's...serious firepower in a small gun. If I just wanted a 9mm, I think I would buy a S&W M&P9. The XD9 is a good gun too.

My buddy swears by his CW9, but when I saw it, I thought it looked almost unfinished without the cuts and corners on the slide being softened by extra machining operations used on the more expensive models (like mine).

I find the polygonal barrels to be much easier to clean than the conventional rifling offered on the CW series. However, some CWs are known to come with the "premium barrels".

You will have to order at least one extra mag, if you go with the CW. It includes only one.

07-18-2010, 11:02
I've had a CW9 for about a year and ~2000 rounds. You can't beat it for convenience of carry and it is sufficiently accurate at SD distances. I have had a few primer strike with some of my handloads (I think the problem was primer quality, seating depth, or both), but no problems with factory ammo and no problems since I changed primers. As to carry, I'm happier with either my G23 or G30, but when a smaller weapon is needed, the Kahr will work.

07-18-2010, 11:39
I bought my CW9 in May this year; have about 600 rounds through it.

It's been trouble-free, very accurate.

I prefer carrying one of my .45 ACP pistols for CCW, but when the occasion calls for something lighter weight, the CW9 goes in the holster (fits in my the same Crossbreed SuperTuck as my 1911 style .45s).

I'm very pleased with the CW9. It's thinness and quality are what sold me, and I haven't been disappointed.

07-18-2010, 16:43
I have a CW9, a PM9 and a P380. All excellent. I took them all apart when I got them and cleaned and buffed. Manually rack them hundreds of times in between shooting sessions and dry fire with snap caps.. I like to run my guns wet because I always clean them between shooting times. Carry the PM9 every day, and the P380 when pocket carry is more appropriate.

I can get a round ready with a sling shot rack about 75% of the time after break-in. I love these guns and have gone through long test-drive periods with Glocks, a Colt, Kel-Tecs, Tauruses, etc. Kahrs fit my requirements perfectly. The CW9 is surprisingly accurate even at 25 yards and I'm no dead-eye shot.

Carry a G36 in the winter when I've got layers on. This time of year with a t-shirt and shorts, it's the PM9 in my waistband with a Clipdraw. Totally invisible...

07-18-2010, 21:31
Clipdraw with a dao. No comment.

07-19-2010, 12:41
I like my KAHR P9, good gun!

It's the single stack 9mm GLOCK *should* have made. :whistling: Absolutely hate those GLOCK 26's.

Actually, I don't even own any GLOCK's right now. I sold my GLOCK 19 and bought the KAHR P9 because it was thinner. I carry a 1911 in the winter and the P9 in the summers.

Wouldn't mine having a KAHR P40 or a K40 though, little extra power but over all the 9mm is a good round.

07-19-2010, 16:47
I carry a CW9 when I'm not carrying the S&W 638 or G26. The Kahr is slim and I carry in JIT OWB holster. It shoots fine. I want to know what mags fit it, though.

07-19-2010, 16:58
I hear really good things about Kahr. What have your experiences been?

I have a TP9 which is a P9 just 1/2 inch longer. It's been a great gun. I pocket carry a LCP now. Also been a good gun. I just don't like carrying a bigger gun.

07-19-2010, 19:51
Carry a CW9 everyday. Light, reliable, accurate. What more do you need?

07-20-2010, 00:10
I've had a number of Kahrs over the years. The P9 is probably my favorite. It's an ideal size for concealed carry...not too big, not too small. I currently have a P9 and a K9 in collection.


07-20-2010, 09:17
I just picked up a CW9. After following the instructions for cleaning and breaking in the pistol with 200 rounds mine is fantastic. Great little gun. I shot the 200 rounds of FMJ in less than an hour. The gun did heat up but I did not have any malfunctions.

07-20-2010, 09:35
Since Kahr now carries Night Sights for the CW series i see no reason to spend extra money on a P9.

07-20-2010, 12:03
I'm really liking my CW9. Have about 200 rounds through it so far and zero problems. I did clean it real good before its first shot though...even disassembled the slide to clean out the striker channel just in case there was any gunk built up. My hand loaded 124gr +P Gold Dots measured about 1160 fps @ 15' which isn't too shabby and they aren't too harsh.

I'll be running some 115gr solid copper bullets and 147gr XTPs through it later this week.

Pistol Pedro
07-21-2010, 19:52
Just short of 1K rounds through my P9. Never a problem. I get quicker follow up shots from my Glocks due to their shorter trigger reset but they aren't nearly as easy to carry as the Kahr.

08-18-2010, 19:26
I had a very early P9. Loved the gun. It fit my hand well and was accurate. I had lots of problems with light primer strikes and malfunctions, and this was way past "break-in" and with factory ammo. Just never won
my confidence, and finally "blew out" the side plate and scared me bout to
death. The only thing I could figure was it fired while very slightly out of battery. The case was blown almost *360 degrees just forward of the rim, and bruised my firing hand knuckle pretty badly. After that, the baby glock just did'nt seem so thick to me.:cool: It would have been my favorite handgun if it had worked, though...:crying:

08-20-2010, 07:18
Over 500 rounds through my CW9 and it has never missed a beat. Slim, trim and well balanced. I bought it over the PPS because of the way it fit my hand. Excellent pistol for the money and easy to shoot well with light recoil. First round racking is not easy despite what many say. I just follow the directions which are use the slide lock and let her rip. I did a feed ramp polish on mine as there was an unsightly machine mark but the pistol functioned great both before and after.

08-27-2010, 10:46
I have a P9 I bought used, never had a problem with it. Light, flat, accurate and the recoil is quite manageable.

08-27-2010, 10:50
Shot my CW9 just last week. Had it for a year or two and put a couple 100 rounds through it, mostly just aimless plinking. No malfunctions at all so far. Wanted to see what it really could do, and shot 2 magazines at the 25 yard bullseye slow fire target at 15 yards. Chewed up the X ring and only had 1 nine I called. I was impressed. Not as much by the gun, but the fact that I could still do it with my aging eyes with astigmatism!:crying:

08-31-2010, 17:31
I bought a CW9 because of it being thinner than my G26/27, but with my small(for a male) hands, I can shoot it much better than my Glocks. I thought it was light to ccw until I got my LCR and LCP. Now I like to carry them more, especially in summer, with Cargo shorts. But the CW9 is still a keeper, and my winter CCW.

08-31-2010, 17:41

08-31-2010, 22:53
I've had my P9 for a few months now. I shot approx. 500 rounds without any problems. Also dry fired much. Then one night at a defensive shooting league I step up to the line, loaded the mag and chamber and pulled the trigger and nothing, after several attempts to check every thing out, still nothing.
When I got home and took it completely apart I found that the striker/firing pin tip was broke off. When I took the extractor out and the spring and pins the tip of the firing pin fell out. (glad I found it)
E-mailed Kahr and the next morning they sent a new striker, plunger and spring. Once it got here I installed it and have fired several hundred rounds and all is well. Don't know why it happened but it works great now and the new striker/firing pin looks like it's fine. I will always use snap caps from now on whenever I dry fire even though Kahr says I don't need too.