Took the wife to the shooting range yesterday. Trying to decide on which gun she wants to carry. Choice is between the Ruger LC9 and the Kahr CW9.
Overall Length: 5.9"
Weight: Pistol 17.7 ounces
Grips: Textured polymer
Sights: Drift adjustable white bar-dot combat rear sight, pinned in polymer front sight
Finish: matte stainless steel slide
Magazine: 1 - 7 rd, Stainless
Overall Length: 6.0”
Weight: 17.1 ounces
Grip: Black glass filled nylon, textured
Sights: Drift adjustable white 3 Dot (dovetailed)
Finish: Blued slide
Magazine: 1 – 7 rd, blue
Impression of the 2 guns.
While the Kahr is billed as a TAD shorter in length and the same height, comparing the 2 side by side finds the Ruger about an 1/8th of an inch shorter in length and 1/8 of an inch shorter in height. Weight of the Ruger felt like it was lighter than the .6 ounces billed by the 2 makers (unfortunately I didn’t have a scale to measure them).
Both guns accuracy was acceptable for a short barrel pistol at standard defensive range (21 feet). Sights were easy to use on both guns.
Trigger pull would have to go to the Kahr’s favor. Definitely shorter, lighter and crisper break than the Ruger. The Ruger trigger pull seemed extremely long.
Recoil was manageable with both guns, however the Ruger seemed to have more felt recoil (snappier) than the Kahr.
Both guns functioned well. About 150 rounds through both guns with no FTF or FTE.
Wife liked the Ruger for the size and weight of the gun, and the Kahr for the sight system on it. Deciding factor though was the trigger pull. She had difficulty shooting the Ruger due to the extremely long trigger pull. Her new carry gun is the Kahr CW9 and I’ll keep the LC9 for myself as a toss in the pocket and go gun.