Which Kahr for IWB only

Which Kahr for IWB only

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    Which Kahr for IWB only

    This is a poll to see which model you would choose to carry for IWB only,the smaller pm40 or the P40. This would not be for pocket carry only IWB.

    I'm wondering if there Is only so small you wold want to go for IWB carry, would drawing be an issue? Obviously the smaller the more comfortable, but is there a point where a gun can be too small for IWB Carry?? (law of diminishing returns)


    Model, Capacity, Length, Width, Weight,
    P40, 6 rds, 6.10 in, .94 in, 4.55 in, 16.8 oz
    PM40, 5 rds, 5.35 in, .94 in, 4.00 in, 15.8 oz


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    Don't carry a PM40, but I do carry a PM9. I've found the 8-round mag with the grip extension helps with giving draws a "solid" feeling (i.e., all of your fingers are occupied on the draw).

    My hands aren't large, so I don't know how well this would go over for a person with large hands.
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    The P40 is my primary.











    I absolutely love it.

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    In my humble opinion, if you're looking to go IWB only, you may want to consider the steel versions, such as the K40 and MK40. I personally love my MK9 as an IWB gun.

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    I would choose the P40, it will hide almost as well as the PM. It is light enough and should handle recoil better. You will have enough grip to get all your fingers on the grip, unless you have huge hands.

    I just got a P9 and a Don Humme PCCH IWB holster. I am waiting to order a VM11 for it but I wanted something right away so I got the PCCH. It is very uncomfortable. The type and brand makes all the difference in the world with comfort, I look forward too getting my VM11. The PCCH is not flat enough so all the pistol hits you in one spot.

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    The P40 will carry better IWB. If you really want a 40, I suggest you get the steal frame.
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    The weight won't be an issue for IWB...

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    can someone elaborate as to why i would want a steel frame? wouldn't the weight be an issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwalker497 View Post
    can someone elaborate as to why i would want a steel frame? wouldn't the weight be an issue?
    No, weight will not be, not in these terms anyway.

    The steel framed Kahrs are much more robust and forgiving in everyway, the higher pressured 40 will beat a small frame to death. The steel is much stronger and will take the beating much easier.

    If we were talking 9mm, I'd say get the poly gun.
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    There would be less felt recoil and they say they are more reliable. My P9 has alot of recoil for a 9mm so I know a .40 would wake you up in such a little pistol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    The P40 will carry better IWB. If you really want a 40, I suggest you get the steal frame.
    +1 just as easy to carry to with a good holster and belt.
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    I guess I don't understand why the added weight of a steel pistol wouldn't be an issue when carrying IWB.

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    I've been carrying a PM40 for the past two years without any problems. It's not a pistol for a day at the range, but it's as good as it gets for my EDC. I carry it in a Mitch Rosen Clipper.

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    The weight doesn't make a huge difference in carry if you have a good belt. You'll notice the weight when you go to the biffy or change as that's when the weight of the gun really becomes a nuisance but other than that it's all a matter of how good your belt is.

    Weight does a make a difference in felt recoil, as somebody pointed out. Now, we are talking about a carry piece here. We don't expect it to be a joy to shoot - like a Sig 226 or some full size pistol. The carry piece isn't a target gun.

    So I said all that to say this. If you are going to shoot your carry gun ALOT then you probably should go with a steel frame, but if you are going to be only a 500 rounds a year with it (after break-in) then the poly is fine. My opinion only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post

    The steel framed Kahrs are much more robust and forgiving in everyway, the higher pressured 40 will beat a small frame to death. The steel is much stronger and will take the beating much easier.
    I gave up on my CW40, kept having problems with it. I really think the reason was the fact it was a 40. Listen to Sixto on the all steel if you want a kahr in 40.
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