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Slightly off topic... what do you guys think of the Kahr CW? It's a lot cheaper than the P or PM series, do you wish you upgraded? I was considering getting one.
First I wanted the MK9, then decided the PM9 would be ideal, but when the CW9 suddenly appeared on the shelf I decided to "settle". I have absolutely no regrets. The size, for me, is a bit of an issue as I was replacing a KelTec P3AT that I often "boot carried". I have decided to just work around the boot carry issue and enjoy the Kahr CW9. I'm still amazed at the trigger and ease of follow-up shots. The only thing I really have issue with is the plastic, pinned front sight. It would be nice to have the option of installing night sights. Other than that, the standard rifling, plain roll stamping rather than engraving, and single magazine in the box just weren't that big of a deal breaker to me.
I have a lot of toys, but I keep coming back to the CW9. it is very thin, very light, and goes bang every time. IWB it is like you have nothing at all, and I throw a seecamp into my pocket for BU. I know it is not a lot of firepower compared to other options, but I can forget completely about printing with that thing at a 15 degree cant. And in Florida heat, it makes a difference to carry a light weapon.
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Sounds like you guys think the CW9 is a good compromise between quality and price. My local gun shop dosen't have one for me to look at, let alone shoot, so your input is greatly appreciated. I do love the small package of the Kahar.
By the way, what good is the polygonal rifling over standard?
I have gone thru quite a few carry guns lately looking for the one that felt right... XD9 SubCompact...loved the way it shoots..just too thick, Glock 39 shot great...just too thick for me.., PPS never could warm up to it...no complaints...shot good..just too spaceage looking for my tastes...CW40 too much recoil...kept thinking that if it was a 9mm it would be perfect...got a CW9 at my local dealer and couldn't be happier...I have shot some of the tightest groups with this pistol... once you get used to the trigger it is very easy to hit your target with it..mine had a defective mag when I got it (wouldn't drop free..functioned fine otherwise) and Kahr happily replaced it...mine has never hiccuped on me...No FTF's or FTE's.. best deal for the money in my opinion...I had the CW and a MK9 both on the counter at the same time and I couldn't justify the higher price for the MK...Robbie
When I leave the home port:
S&W 642 Airweight, Ruger SP 101, Colt Detective Spec., CZ RAMI, Kahr PM9, Kahr CW40, S&W Model 10-7, Glock 30, 19, and 26, Browning Hi Power, CZ82, Colt Commander, Dan Wesson PM7, Ruger LCP
I have a CW9 and really like it... I bought mine as a experiment, I wasn't sure if I'd like the Kahr's so I didn't want to spend alot of money. It has become one of my favorites.... I'm not sure about Polygonal rifling, except you can't shoot lead rounds thru it, as you can with standard rifling... if you reload.
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Note: I've heard some say, "I don't give into the break-in for a pistol, they should work outa the box" I would say, They do! It was shot and tested at the factory. Allot of mechanical/machined items you might purchase requires some break-in time. New automobiles ask for a 500 to 10000 mile break-in, seems reasonable enough.
If you aren't too worried about night sights, the CW9 is a good value. If you are planning on getting night sights, I'd go with a P9 or PM9 instead. The CW series have a pinned in front sight that will make putting in a night sight a job for a gunsmith; they will have to cut a dovetail. It's like buying a stripped down version of a car that normally has power windows, sunroof, etc.
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when i bought my Kahr CW9 i was undecided between the Glock 19/26,Kel Tec PF9 and the Kahr CW9/PM9..the CW9/PM9 just felt better in the hand and were lighter/thinner then the Glocks..the gun shop was out of the Kel Tecs so i went with the Kahr CW9..The price differance between the two Kahrs was around $300.00..since i had no experience with Kahrs before i went with less expensive CW9..i did have one issue with the gun that Kahr promptly resolved..only time will tell how good the gun turns out to be..
Last edited by crue2009; August 16th, 2009 at 09:40 AM.
The manufacturers claim the barrel life is longer.
I think the polygonal barrel is easier to clean too.
My CW9 experience was not great. After about 1000 rounds and several attempts to correct problems, it was put into the "never carry" pile due to light strikes.
My CW9 experience was not great. After about 1000 rounds and several attempts to correct problems, it was put into the "never carry" pile due to light strikes.[/QUOTE]
Ouch, that stinks, happens with all ammo? What is the expected service life of these guns, anyone know? I like to shoot my ccw often (shouldn't everybody?). I have heard some cc guns are pathetically low, like extremely light S&W revolvers in .357