Kahr MK9 vs. P380, or any other small gun?
I am looking around for a smaller gun. I have thought of going with a .380 because generally speaking they are available in much smaller packages. I know there are a lot of compact 9mm's out there also. I like the Kahr K's, and am ordering either a 9 or 40 (probably the 40) as a more primary carry gun. They feel awesome in my hands and I want something I can shoot with great precision. Having a full metal frame is one of the big factors in that decision. It also carries through to the MK series also. Considering the size - it is .1" taller, .15" wider, and .4" longer than the P380 = not much different. Weight isn't an issue, heavier the better I think (to a point). A light gun often means controlability and accuracy degradation for me.
So considering the compact'ness of the MK9 - how well does it shoot? What can you compare it to?
I would throw in the MK40 for discussion's sake, but I'm not going to go that route. My guess is the .40 is a handful in comparison to the 9mm.
Kahr MK9 is an excellent carry gun.
I've had a Kahr MK9 for about 5 years and have shot it quite a bit at the range. I have also carried it IWB at the appendix position, where it conceals very easily. The dimensions of the gun make it small and flat, although it weighs about 24 ounces empty, due to all steel construction. The trigger pull is long and smooth, breaking at about 7 pounds. This makes it easy to shoot well with the gun. Mine came with both a 7 round and a 6 round magazine. I put a grip extender on the 6 round magazine, giving me a full finger grip without really affecting concealability. I also have wood grips for the gun, which are more attractive than the stock plastic.
My MK9 has been perfectly reliable through about 1000 rounds. The picture below shows that its size is not much greater than a Sig P238, a .380 gun.