First outing with Kahr CW9

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    First outing with Kahr CW9

    I bought this gun a few weeks ago and just had my first chance to take it to the range.

    I put 150 rounds through it and had no issues at all. It took a while to get used to the trigger, as I'm used to my S&W 686. On the first few shots, I found I wasn't pulling the trigger back far enough to fire. I got over this quickly, though.

    Accuracy was good at 15 yards. Not as good as the 6" 686, but pretty good. I found that I was typically in the 5" center of the target, but many of the shots drifted down out of the red circle towards the bottom of the 10 1/2 x 12" NRA target. I'll work on that next time I get out. All in all, I was happy with the performance of this lightweight gun.

    Hopefully, I can score some more ammo tomorrow!!!
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    That 3" barrel and short sight radius does tend to take it out of the bullseye class !!. But it should be easier to shot than the DA trigger on that s&w. No stacking of the trigger. With rounds down range you will get better but nothing much sound wrong with your groups now. Hard to complane much when you look at the size of them. Plus P ammo is easy to shot in them too. Pull a piece of 1.75" bike inner tube on the grip to help with control as round count goes up. There free at bike shops if any are near by.

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    Yep, a gun with a 3-inch shorter sighting radius and a pound and a half lighter might just take the edge off accuracy!

    My guess is that as you learn the CW9 trigger a little more, you'll find your shots won't drift as low. It's that longer trigger stroke that you're not used to that's probably responsible.

    I like mine a lot and shoot it better than the .38 snubs. Its compactness means it goes a lot of places.

    If you haven't already, make sure you get a couple of extra magazines. Stick with Kahr - they're pricey but the ProMag alternatives are junk.
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    I got one of the Hogue Handall grips for $10 and it works well--I like the notch for the finger in front. Obviously free would be nice, but this is ok. It was comfortable and didn't slip at all.


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    That 3" barrel and short sight radius does tend to take it out of the bullseye class !!. But it should be easier to shot than the DA trigger on that s&w. No stacking of the trigger. With rounds down range you will get better but nothing much sound wrong with your groups now. Hard to complane much when you look at the size of them. Plus P ammo is easy to shot in them too. Pull a piece of 1.75" bike inner tube on the grip to help with control as round count goes up. There free at bike shops if any are near by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Yep, a gun with a 3-inch shorter sighting radius and a pound and a half lighter might just take the edge off accuracy!

    My guess is that as you learn the CW9 trigger a little more, you'll find your shots won't drift as low. It's that longer trigger stroke that you're not used to that's probably responsible.

    I like mine a lot and shoot it better than the .38 snubs. Its compactness means it goes a lot of places.

    If you haven't already, make sure you get a couple of extra magazines. Stick with Kahr - they're pricey but the ProMag alternatives are junk.
    I just got a pair of Kahr Mags from Cheaper than Dirt. I'd ordered some nearly a month ago from Cabelas, but they were backordered and haven't shown up yet. I also got a set of the Pearce grip extensions and like those a lot.

    Yes, I bought the Kahr because it was light and compact. I've got a small snubbie .38 in addition to the 686, but it has a hammer, and I'm a bit paranoid about concealing it and catching the hammer on clothing.
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    It just takes some trigger time to become more accurate. The Kahr CW9 was the first pistol I was able to make accurate body shots at 25 yards off-hand. The CW9 is a great natural point of aim shooter. Get some snap caps and get used to the trigger. i would not call this a combat handgun, but it is a perfect CCW. I now have a second CW9 and am thinking of picking up a CW45.

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    Another thing I thought of--I was shooting at 45 feet.com. Suarez et al say that most encounters happen at 21 feet max. If I'm hitting the 10 x 12" paper, that's a solid body shot. Still, I think I can do better.


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    Yea it does not sound like you have any real issues with your kahr are your shooting. Just prof the new mags and get aenough HP thru it to be comfy and it sounds like your good to go. Now a good holster!!! I carried a hammered snubby for 20 years and just learned to cover the hammer with my thumb when drawing to I clear the top of the pocket. Still do that with my kahr.? Old habits.

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    Anytime you change guns, especially to a totally different platform you'll have to relearn to shoot it. I have the CW45 that has been flawless for me. Easy to carry, not really punishing to shoot.
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