Kahr CW9 or RIA Compact

Kahr CW9 or RIA Compact

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    Kahr CW9 or RIA Compact

    New guy here. About 3 weeks ago I wrote a letter to the judge that issued me my permit requesting I have the the restrictions removed. It's a long shot, but in case he grants me a CCW, I'd like to have a set-up in mind to buy.
    I'm torn between the Kahr CW9 and a RIA Officer Compact. I got to handle a kahr at my LGS and man, that thing is sweet. It fits me really good and points very well for me. I currently shoot a RIA Match for 3 gun and it has been a superb gun. It has never failed me no matter what ammo I run through it. So, naturally I can't get a compact 1911 off my mind as a possible contender. Whichever one I choose, it will be carried IWB.

    Now, I know I'm at completely different ends of the spectrum with these 2 guns. I'm just curious what the seasoned guys thought. Any help is appreciated.

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    I think the CW9 is tough to beat as a carry weapon IMO. But what really matters is how YOU shoot each of them.
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    If you are already very familiar with a 1911 style pistol...why change for something completely different in feel and operation?

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    Since I've never carried before, I'm a bit concerned about the weight of the 1911. With a good belt and holster, will the extra weight of the 1911 make that much of a difference?

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    Either would serve you well. You could also go with a CW45. Same feel and trigger as the CW9, but in a .45ACP format.
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    Personally I would want to run a bunch of ammo through any 1911 smaller than a commander before I carried it. Never held or have seen a kahr, but reliability and comfort would be my only concerns that would come with any carry weapon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski View Post
    Since I've never carried before, I'm a bit concerned about the weight of the 1911. With a good belt and holster, will the extra weight of the 1911 make that much of a difference?
    IMO...No

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski View Post
    Since I've never carried before, I'm a bit concerned about the weight of the 1911. With a good belt and holster, will the extra weight of the 1911 make that much of a difference?
    Not in my opinion. I would steer you towards a commander length 1911. The barrel is not so much the issue as the grip, and I carry the one in my avatar with a beltman belt and a milt sparks vm2. After doing that for a while it is a simple and strong setup I trust completely. Belt and holster will make a huge difference as the weight increases
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski View Post
    New guy here. About 3 weeks ago I wrote a letter to the judge that issued me my permit requesting I have the the restrictions removed. It's a long shot, but in case he grants me a CCW, I'd like to have a set-up in mind to buy.
    I'm torn between the Kahr CW9 and a RIA Officer Compact. I got to handle a kahr at my LGS and man, that thing is sweet. It fits me really good and points very well for me. I currently shoot a RIA Match for 3 gun and it has been a superb gun. It has never failed me no matter what ammo I run through it. So, naturally I can't get a compact 1911 off my mind as a possible contender. Whichever one I choose, it will be carried IWB.

    Now, I know I'm at completely different ends of the spectrum with these 2 guns. I'm just curious what the seasoned guys thought. Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks
    Adam
    A little off topic here but what a shame that you have to ask for permission to carry. What type of restrictions are there?
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    Since you are a 1911, you should take a REAL look at Sig 938, if $$$$ a none issue, Springfield EMP.

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    Money is always an issue...lol.

    My permit is restricted to hunting, hiking and target shooting. I know, it's ridiculous, but it is what it is. Living in NY is awful.

    Comfort is #1 on my list. I'm a housing inspector, so I am constantly bending up and down.

    I really wish there was a place one could go to try different gun/holster/belt set-ups.

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    Just explain to them that you have the RIGHT to bear arms. If you have to ask it isn't a right, it's a privilege. That should do the trick.
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    I wish that was good enough, Brad. Putting down anything related to the 2nd amendment will pretty much guarantee that it will get declined. You can't even mention self-defense or they'll reject it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski View Post
    I wish that was good enough, Brad. Putting down anything related to the 2nd amendment will pretty much guarantee that it will get declined. You can't even mention self-defense or they'll reject it.
    Sounds about right that NY would decline a request for a concealed carry license should one say they want it for self defense. On account of it's asinine, I mean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski View Post
    Money is always an issue...lol.

    My permit is restricted to hunting, hiking and target shooting. I know, it's ridiculous, but it is what it is. Living in NY is awful.

    Comfort is #1 on my list. I'm a housing inspector, so I am constantly bending up and down.

    I really wish there was a place one could go to try different gun/holster/belt set-ups.
    You have to have a permit to hunt...in addition to your license?

    Wow......I understand there is no place like home but I think I'd be trying to figure out a way to get out as soon as it was financially feasible. I wish you luck and apologize for going off topic.
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