This is a discussion on Kimber Solo vs Kahr PM9 vs Ruger LC9 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I carry either the Keltec PF-9 or the Kahr CM9 in my pants pocket every day. While the Kahr has a better fit and finish ...
I carry either the Keltec PF-9 or the Kahr CM9 in my pants pocket every day. While the Kahr has a better fit and finish
than the Keltec, I still shoot the PF-9 better. Have owned the PF-9 for about three years so I've just gotten more accustomed to the trigger and standard three dot sight setup vs the Kahr. Felt recoil from the Kahr is less than the PF-9 which can be a bit of a handful. The Kahr is just a pure pleasure to shoot and will accept the mags from my CW9 or the 8 rounders for the TP9.
Not a fan of the Ruger "California Legal" crap, so I never was enthused by the LC9. Ruger did great with the LCP.....and then really screwed the pooch with the LC9. Price point for the Kimber is typically much too high when the competition for the pocket 9mm market is priced between $250-$450. Also don't and won't own a Kimber 1911, but that's just me.
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Kimbers are the guns you show your friends....Glocks are the ones you show your enemies.
The CM9 is heavier than the PF 9, in case you haven't already found out. Just a heads up, since it may make a difference for you. For me, I don't mind the extra weight as the additional quality really makes up for it.
I do pocket carry the CM9 in a Desantis Nemesis in dress slacks. It is pretty much at the top range of weight that I would be willing to carry in a pocket... meaning, any heavier, and I think it would be a no go. It is just light enough to carry comfortably in a large enough, loose pocket like you find in most of today's dress slacks.
Here's mine next to my XD45 Service compact.
I'm with WonderBra on this one (and noticing his correction on the LC9, of-course ).
These are pretty different guns...you'd be well served to give them a try, first-hand, before you buy.
i spent the extra bit of cash for the PM9 and do not regret it. It is an absolutely top grade pistol IMO.
PM9 here as well, flawless for over 600 rounds now no matter what I feed it.
handle them all, test fire them all if you can't weed any out buy just handling them. Don't let price be a deciding factor in an important decision like this. Get what you yourself like and will carry everyday.
I also bought the kahr cm9. Hate messing with new designs and don't want a safety on a pistol that could be pocket carried. Just a good stringer fired pistol. Kahr also more than a bit lighter than the sig.
I have a PM-9. Nothing to complain about.
When the Kimber Solo came out, I got excited just about the way it looked.
I wanted one. Then I started reading about all the problems, and Kimber eventually
But....what do you want to do with this?
If it's pocket carry, they're all too big IMO.
If it's IWB, then your choices open up more, and there are a lot of other choices (EMP? Sig 225, 239?)
A larger framed gun will be more fun at the range, thus allowing you to practice more.
I carry a PM9 in my pocket daily. It is very reliable, easy to carry, and it shoots well.
I have fired the Kimber Solo on two ocaissions, and have paid for one that is on backorder (5 months now). I will consider carrying it after it proves to be as reliable as the PM9, but I will not carry it in condition one, nor will I use the safety. I'm basically gonna treat it the same as my Kahr and Glocks.
The Solo is not as comfortable to shoot as the Kahr, and I prefer shooting the Kahr at the range over the Solo.
Hope that helps.