This is a discussion on CM9 vs Glock 43 size comparison: not much real-world difference within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I've always wanted to do a comparison thread but never had anything to add. Took my CM9 to the range today and had about 3 ...
I've always wanted to do a comparison thread but never had anything to add. Took my CM9 to the range today and had about 3 malfunctions in 100 rounds. This is after the break-in period in which I also experienced malfunctions. Anyways, I'm stubborn and have always felt that the CM9 is the best single stack 9 because of its size. Well, then a guy at the range let me try out the new rental Glock 43 that just came in. I was blown away. It isn't nearly as large as the stats had me thinking. So, I was convinced I had to have one. I called my local store and asked how long the waiting list was. They said it is first come first serve and that they just got one in last night. I rushed over and bought it. So, here are some comparison pics for those of you who may be considering these two pistols.
The Glock 43 is only noticeably larger in the slide length and just barely in the weight and height. The 43 is actually thinner in the slide and grip than the Kahr, but it still fills my hand because of the contour of the backstrap, and because it is decently thick front-to-back. It seems that Glock specs are based on maximum dimensions while Kahr specs are based on the minimum. I think the extra slide length will help for three reasons: less muzzle flip, great balance, and makes the grip of the 43 ride a bit higher in my pocket which makes it easier for me to draw. The 43 feels amazing to me, because I love the Glock angle and beaver-tail which keeps the pistol low in my hand. It functions just like my G19. The 43 also has a much easier slide to work than the CM9. The magazine design and trigger are also miles ahead of the CM9 IMO. Anyways, I hope you enjoy.
Edit: The bullets are 124gr Hornady Custom (closet box to me). Each mag holds 6 rounds.
If anyone is curious I also have a LCP, G19, SR40C, and LCR that I can compare it to if you need the info for other carry guns.
Last edited by jpricewood; May 6th, 2015 at 01:06 AM.
Thank you for the comparison. I'll pass on that Glock despite all of the glorious reports.
yup, got my girl the pm9.
She's in love.
I'm on the blue label waiting list at our LGS for a G43. I have a G42 and love to carry it. Can't wait to hold the 43 in my hand.
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Why are you comparing a CM9 to a little glock 43 when the CW9 kahr is very closer to the same size ?? CW9 is 1/4" taller and 1/4" shorter with a 3.5" barrel . Did your cycling issues came after a shooting a while and why do you not add some to the grip for added traction like free used inner tube from a bike shop like the rest of use do for a bit more traction. 100 rounds at a section might be more than most people can control well. When group size start to open up STOP shooting before YOU cause cycling issues that may not happen other wise do to grip control . Nice to have a easier to control handgun along for a break . Your just comparing different handguns , Ones a good pocket pistol in most any pants or shorts the other and a better iwb far better suited to the a inside the waist holster . Put a metal base on the cw9 mag and its 1/8" closer to the glock height and still shorter over all. But it sounds like you not fond of a 1911 grip angle . That's what kahr has . The cw9 is far easier for the average person to shoot compared to the cm9
I have very close 1800 rounds fired thru my cm9 in the 8 years I have had it and have not had a single problem with it from the very first round . I also don't try to shoot 100 rounds in one session . I'll shot 50 rounds then swap to my primary CC when braking it in .
It does not matter to most what you carry . Just try not to compare apples and oranges like it means anything . You like a glock in general so buy the little one . I hate the grip angle . I can shoot them but find no reason to own them . Just hope the G43 starts off better than the G42.
Great job on the comparison, I am considering a single stack 9MM and the CM9 and 43 are on my list as is the Ruger LC9S.
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As far a fatigue goes, I'm 27 and have vice grips for hands. 100 rounds really is not that hard for me to do. Plus, the CM9 has had many of its malfunctions early in my shooting sessions. I've had friends with unreliable Kahrs as well. Not bashing, just stating what I've experienced. I don't want to add a grip because that just adds weight and thickness.
303british. The LC9s is a great pistol as well and I owned one for a short time. I just didn't keep it because the grip was a bit long for my pocket. The reset is also much longer than the G43.
I think its a great comparison if it were a PM9,CM9 lacks a few features to take the fight from the G43
Kahrs PM9 is the original single stack 9MM the standard IMO which all others should be judged..Its smaller
lighter,holds more bullets,has night sights,has more mags to choose from,made in usa... No brainer..
I also think a Nano would give the 43 a run for its money..
I've compared the Glock 43, the PM/CM9 and the CM45 (which I have) along with the Shield,(I have that too) the LCP, and the PF9..(this one as well)
I find the 43 to be right at about the same size and weight as the Shield. The PM/CM9 is smaller than the 43, but the CM45 is the same size (but not thickness) as the Shield.
Come down to a toss up to what feels best in your hands.....As for me, I'm not hot for the 43 (we've got a couple dozen in stock right now, andpeople arn't beating the doors down for them either. I think it's a "wait and see" type of thought process right now..
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I agree on the feel being a toss up. Like I said , these are just my opinions. I'm just the type who loves the Mark iii grip and dislikes the 22/45 grip. I guess that carries over some to carry guns.