So, questions. Again.
Searching for a little "date" gun (meaning, something small and discrete compared to my 1911; a gun I can carry for when I don't feel like carrying a gun or when for whatever reason I can't carry my 1911). I've handled a few small guns, but keep being drawn back to the steel Kahrs. My first experience with Kahr wasn’t exactly positive, but I was drawn to it because of the way it fit my hand.
Short version: The K40 fit great, recoil was too snappy for any chance at a quick and accurate follow-up shot, and the trigger left much to be desired (way too long for me). The CW9 was… bad. Way too skinny to grip very well and someone was nice enough to knock off the sights so they weren’t aligned very well. Not entirely the gun’s fault, but it didn’t exactly fit well. Oh, and I much prefer the steel frame Kahrs over the polymer frame Kahrs.
To borrow Ram Rod’s line, that being said I like the idea of a less-snappy 9mm. I recently learned that I can avoid the NYPD trigger and get a K9 Elite trigger on a non-Elite gun, which is supposed to be quite a bit nicer and have a little shorter pull (but I'm not sure if I could have it added after the fact as an "upgrade"). Since I generally don’t like bright stainless guns, I’m going to call Kahr and see if they can polish the feed ramp on the nickel or matte black K9s (comes standard on the K9 Elite), which are less expensive by a notable amount. Lastly, the K9’s controls are all similarly laid out to the Glock (of which I’m already very familiar) and the 1911 (minus the thumb safety; something I’m growing more familiar with). Manual of arms doesn't change much in use of the firearm.
Does anyone know what the going rate for a Kahr K9 or K9 Elite is these days? Our local shop has the basic K9 (with that NYPD trigger) for $750. Is this a good price for a basic K9 or am I going to have to suck it up and save up?