S&W 3913 vs Kahr CW9 ???

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    S&W 3913 vs Kahr CW9 ???

    Hi all,

    I have read the posts with the 3913 thread started by Political Geek, and like him, I have an opportunity to pick up a used one of these at a reasonable price. Everything was going fine until I handled the Kahr CW9. Another slim very concealable 9mm. according to info I've seen so far, both are good weapons, but Where I live, there aren't any ranges where I could rent both and try them, so am asking if any of you have shot both and have any comments.

    TIA guys and gals,

    jim

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    Pros and cons

    The S&W 3913 has the same barrel length (3.5 inches) and slide width (0.90 inches) as the Kahr CW9, but the 3913 is a little wider in the back because of its manual safety, and it holds 8 rounds in the magazine compared to 7 for the Kahr. The Kahr is a lot lighter at 18 ounces because of its polymer frame, while the aluminum frame 3913 weighs 25 ounces.

    The S&W has a DA/SA trigger with external hammer (bobbed), while the Kahr is DAO with a striker instead of a hammer.

    I think it comes down to personal preference, since they both are good guns and fill the same niche.

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    As for me and my money, it would be (and has been on atleast two occasions) the Kahr. I love my TP-9, which has 8 round mags available and the trigger to me is smoother, shorter and consistant unlike the 3913. Oh its a Kahr that typically rides on my hip when I'm off duty and have tucked that nasty Sig 229 into a gun safe.
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    I don't see too many of the smiths' nowadays...
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    Both are fine pistols . I own two kahrs but not a cw . That being said almost everyone who gets a cw seems to love them . Another plus point for the cw is that if down the road you decide to go even smaller you can for the price of a Kahr pm/mk mag. Just trim the butt to length and you have a CW9 Covert lol . The 3913 was my favorite off duty/ccw before the poy kahrs came out and for me the lighter weight smaller footprint made the difference. Either way you should be happy tho .
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    I went with the 3913. I like the ambi safety, metal frame construction, utter reliability, and it felt better than the Kahr, to me.

    I have shot the Kahr 9mm pistols, and have had numerous FTF's. The owners told me, this was due to having fired less rounds than specified for the break in period. My 3913 has gone over 1000 out of the box without a malfunction. IMO, "break in" period means shoddy QA/QC. YMMV. Regards 18DAI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 18DAI View Post
    IMO, "break in" period means shoddy QA/QC. YMMV. Regards 18DAI.
    It can also mean a tigthly fitted, high quality pistol.

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    I would never buy a Smith, on principle alone. Too bad, I've read good things about those Lady Smiths....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Intentional Flincher View Post
    I would never buy a Smith, on principle alone. Too bad, I've read good things about those Lady Smiths....
    What principle would that be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smith&Wessonfan View Post
    It can also mean a tigthly fitted, high quality pistol.
    Tightly fitted and high-quality are not the same things. Defensive pistols should be never be fitted too tightly, (and not too loosely, of course) as their main role is to defend the person carrying them. Not to shoot 1 hole groups at 25 yards.

    When defensive pistols are used, it's usually quick and extremely violent, at close range. Tightly fitted pistols have no business in this environment. Lack of reliability can get you killed.
    Slow is smooth.....smooth is fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metro 40 View Post
    What principle would that be?
    Google search "smith wesson clinton administration"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Intentional Flincher View Post
    Google search "smith wesson clinton administration"
    Smith & Wesson has been under new American ownership since 2001.
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    the whole thing with them during the clinton years is old news. they're under new ownership now, and they make some great guns.

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    jbailey: Which feels best in your hand? I know which feels best to me, but then we're not talkin' about me.

    The Smith should be a fine choice for reliability and basic operation. The Kahr's going to be tighter, stiffer, proably more concealable (thinner), at least as durable. For my smaller hands, I've yet to find something that matches the Kahr's simple fit. Which would I pick, assuming both handled equally well? The Smith, probably.
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    Choose the one that feels right to you, points well for you and is priced right for you. Both are good guns but I like my S&W 3rd gen guns.

    Every $$ you save on the gun means more ammo you have for the gun!
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