New 9mm CCW for better half

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    My kel Tec PF9 has been great out of the box may 500 rounds through it now.

    However wife does not like it because of mussel flip and difficulty to chamber new rounds.

    Light 9mm with +P ammo is a real chore to bring back on target for followup shots.

    Wife handles P3AT 380acp much better than 9mm and enjoys shooting it and carrying it every where it is legal.

    If thing in USA really get bad and we loose Rule of Law and 911 does not work she will move up to her Mil Pro PT111 9mm that she shoots very well also.

    Except in the most direr straights there is no place for the light slim 9mm in my wife carry or use.
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    Kahr’s are quality firearms. I have a MK9 and it works flawless; I will be getting a PM9 very soon. The 200 rounds break in period should not bother you at all, because you shall always break in a firearm and make sure that it works flawless before CCing it.
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    200 rounds before carrying is a good rule of thumb for any semi-auto pistol for a lot of reasons. Learning the nuances of any particular weapon and getting familiar with it, ensuring proper operation, certain types of ammo cycle better than others, how it shoots with various ammo, etc. is good preparation. I think of it in terms of my confidence and knowing what to expect from a weapon.

    Every manufacturer known to man has had issues at some point or another. Regardless of brand or model, you will find someone that has had a bad experience and others that have had zero issues. It's a mechanical device and things can happen. Two can look identical and yet function very differently (much like cars). You just don't know until you've put it through some range time.
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    Go with the Kahr. High quality pistol, very slim, extremely accurate, smooth trigger, lightweigt, and just big enough to get your whole hand on the grip. Almost every pistol has a break in period(except maybe Glock) and that to me is a good thing. Because during that 150-200 rounds you can put all sorts of range+SD ammo too find out which types feed reliabily. It's also nice to see and feel how the pistol shoots. I refuse to carry any pistol until I have at least 250 rounds through it.
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    CW9

    I have a new CW9. I have over 400 rounds through the pistol. It has been flawless. I had one FTE in the first two magazines. one hundred rounds of WWB, two different JHP brands and the rest reloads. It just shoots and shoots. It is now my carry pistol. Great pistol.

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    The Kahr CW9 gets my vote. Bottom line is what feels good in her hands. I don't like the Kel-Tec PF-9 or Walther PPS. They just don't "feel" good to me.

    You should always, always shoot a couple hundred rounds through any gun you buy to make sure it functions well. The CW9 can be bought new for under $400.
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    That's great feedback guys. Thanks. Now ill start pricing them out. Are additional mags easy to find? I see you only get one with the weapon.

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    The CW9 is as close to a perfect concealed carry pistol as I've found; only the PM9 is better, in my opinion, which is why I sold my CW9 and bought a PM9. :)

    The CW9 has the attributes you liked - slim, light, and it fits the hand well. I bought my CW9 used, so I did not have to shoot the break-in rounds, but you really should shoot any carry pistol at least that much before carrying it to protect your life.

    Good luck with your choice!

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    I have a CW9 I bought for my girlfriend for ccw. She is pretty tiny so she wanted something fairly small. It was a toss-up between the CW9 & the CW40. She loves shooting my Glock 23 but was worried about recoil with such a small frame so we went with the CW9. The guy at the lgs said they require 200 rd break-in period to smooth out. Wow was he right. We have probably 1000 rds thru it now and it is buttery smooth. Never had any kind of malfunction, ever.
    Only 2 drawbacks of it.
    1. It only comes with 1 mag, I guess thats how they keep the price down.
    2. The grip is stippled pretty aggressively. Put an Agrip on it and it really is a pleasure to shoot. When we 1st got it, we went out with 250 rds to shoot. I had her do all of them. Figured its her gun, if she wants to carry it she is going to become one with it. After about 100 rounds her hand was bleeding. Had to put gloves on to finish it. Hence the Agrip which made a world of difference.
    Anyway I would highly recommend it and I am saving for the CW45 for myself right now.

    PS. I carry her CW9 more than she does! :)

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    I just got a Kahr PM9 and love it! Absolutely no FTF or FTE issues. It is so easy to carry and conceal and the 9mm is mild recoil. The break-in thing is no different than any other gun you'd want to carry/use for self defense, be sure it works and this one does! Get one and don't look back, you'll like it!
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    CW9

    My CW9 had two small MF in the first several magazines and ran like a rocket after that. I agree that the grip is cut to be abrasive and for the first session I used IDPA target tape on the front and back of the grip. I kept the tape on the grip while I waited for the order from Kahr for two spare magazines and a Hogue grip. The CW9 is a joy to carry and shoot.

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    My gal loves the PM9....a lot...look in to one of those.
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    Well it will probably be either CW9 or P9 Series. Are they both about equal in quality and reliability? The CW looks like the most reasonable bang for the buck. We'd like the 3.6 inch Barrel.

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    Sorry if I missed it, I'm dying from the heat so my mind may be melting but I think I remember you saying she has issues with concealment. If you're considering the P9 series that's a lot more costly than the cw9 if I remember right. For a bit more you could have a MK9, which is the gun I carry daily in the summer. It's a breeze to pocket carry and they make some nice iwb that should conceal well on any body type or gender. It's a bit heavy for the size, but it helps with the recoil and my girlfriend who's a tiny thing can shoot it comfortably.

    I also have a K40 that's a breeze to shoot and never had any issues during the break in process. The only problems I encountered were with some handloads that I uh....forgot to put the powder in....so I can't really hold my stupidity against the guns.

    Regardless of your pick you'll be getting a fine firearm. The 200 round break in period is just common sense with any firearm, you don't go for a 20 mile hike in brand new hiking boots, not if you wanna keep your feet intact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandiesman00 View Post
    That's great feedback guys. Thanks. Now ill start pricing them out. Are additional mags easy to find? I see you only get one with the weapon.
    Do you really get only one mag with the CW9? That surprises me very much, because from factory the CW9 comes with two 8 rounds stainless mags; check Kahr Arms / 9mm Models / CW9 Series . Personally, I would not buy a firearm from a shop that takes out a mag from the box. I think that doing something like that says a lot about what kind of people they are.
    BTW, mags are easy to get.
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