For a while now I have been carrying a FNP9 around the house to break in my Comp-Tac MTAC holster while I waited for my appointment for my CWL. During the few weeks I carried it around the house I realized it was pretty hard to conceal in Florida attire. Im 23 years old and wear the "typical" outfits for someone my age. Just some sort of cargo shorts and a t-shirt, polo, or button down shirt with the sleeves rolled up.
My problem was the darn butt of the gun aways got hung up on my shirt. Always! So as my appointment rolled around the corner I began looking for a new carry piece. I had my sights set on a 3rd gen S&W 39xx but they were so darn expensive and not one was anywhere remotely local for me to look at. I kept hearing reviews about the Kahr lineup online for their concealed abilities.
Enter the Solution...
I was floored on how slim this little jasper was! :2thumsup Maybe its because I really never ventured into the single stack world. So I went on my merry way and did some more research to get some first hand opinions on it. I went back to check it out and after drooling over it for who knows how long, I bought it.
From everything I read online and the stickies I read on KahrTalk, I brought it home and gave it a detailed check over. Kahrtalk recommends you rack the slide 500 times to loosen the recoil spring. Ugh. I was pretty surprised when I noticed how stiff that spring was. After that I broke it down the cleaned it out and lubed it up. Anyways, I havent gotten to the range yet but plan to in the next few days.
I guess I will do a mini comparison strictly on size against my FNP9 since thats all I have.
CW9: Pistol 15.8 ounces, Magazine 1.9 ounces
FNP9: 24.7 oz. empty
The CW9 is just flat out light. I threw it in the FNP holster while the kydex sleeve for the CW9 arrives and i could not believe how much lighter it is.
Again the FNP was not designed to be a concealed carry weapon. It is a full size service weapon. It is very possible to carry depending on the climate, holster type, and the users body type. I was about to conceal it well enough. Im 6'2" and weight 200lbs. I could hide it in my MTAC but had to be very conscious of how I bent and twisted my body.
CW9 Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.. Not really a good comparison since the FNP is a double stack but its all I had to work with. The CW9 is still very thin in its class. For reference the Walther PPS come in at 1.04 inches wide, and at 1.04" the PPS is consider a very slim firearm.
No real comparison. The FNP is a full size pistol unlike the CW9. Just a good reference for potential buyers.
Ill give the win here to the FNP. FN did an awesome job packaging this sucker with 3 magazines! Unfortunately the CW9 only came with one so I will have to find some extras. The CW is considered Kahrs budget line so thats why it is limited to 1 magazine.
Appearance: 9 out of 10
Ease of Use: 9.5 out of 10
Reliability: Unknown as of yet
Trigger: 9 out of 10
Ergonomics: 8 out of 10
Price: 8 out of 10
I like this pistol. I plan to use it for carry for a long time as long as it passes the range break-in. My only complaint about this little pistol so far is its "cheese grater" style of a grip. After racking that slide for 500 times my hand was raw. I plan to get a Hogue grip or use a bicycle tire "ghetto" grip I saw. The trigger on it is veryyy smooth and just a tad long. No complaints though since it has no external safety. I wish Kahr could have done a little more detailed machine work on the lettering but its not really an issue to me.
I am extremely happy with my purchase. As of 4/21/2011 I paid $459.00. Overall I think it was a great purchase and at a very decent price.
I will keep those thread updated along the way just to post any unlikely problems or complaints. Enjoy!