80 rounds – American Eagle 9mm 115gr FMJ
20 round – Winchester JHP 9mm 115gr JHP
I recently purchased a Kahr CW9 to replace my Walther PPS as the gun I carry in my fanny pack while at the gym. I wanted to be able to feel confident with putting my new Kahr CW9 into my fanny pack tonight when I went to the gym so I ran out to the range with it today. I took 80 rounds of FMJ and 20 rounds of hollow point (Winchester) with me to run through it.
This is a very streamline polymer framed gun designed for ease of carry. The polymer frame is very simple and sleek. It lacks a lot of the accessories rail, dramatic cuts, and sharp angles of many other polymer guns…but I think that works in it’s favor. It gives it a very simple and clean look. You would almost describe it as “classy” looking…as far as polymer pistols go.
The slide is fashioned from stainless steel and has a very nice feel to it.
It is a simple lock-breech style pistol with a very smooth and consistent DAO trigger. The trigger itself is steel, and not polymer. I find that an attractive quality.
This is Kahr’s “bare bones” model so it is not loaded down with features.
The combat style sights are very basic but quite easy to use. The front sight is fixed instead of adjustable, but that does not bother me at all. The rear sight is dovetailed.
The slide itself is a little less “shaped” than other Kahrs, but I actually like the simple lines and beveled edge of this gun. Instead of the traditional Kahr milling, it has a simple “jewel cut” look to it. It has that simple but elegant look to it.
The barrel rifling is also a more standard rifling and not the “polygonal” rifling used in the more expensive Kahr models.
The only other difference is that the slide release on this model is MIM and not machined. It is a thick and substantial slide release so I do not see that ever being an issue.
The Kahr pistols do lack the cocked/chamber indicators of some semi-autos, but with the type of trigger this gun has I do not feel they are necessary. I treat this gun as I would a revolver.
There is also no manual safety. Once again, it is unneeded on this type of firearm.
FIT & FINISH:
Like most Kahrs, the gun is very well put together. The tolerances are tight, all the parts fit together very well, and all seams and connections are uniformed and straight.
As I said before, the slide is a little less finished. It does not have as much milling done on it and the finish has a plainer “bead blasted” look to it with no brushing done. I can always brush it out to a nicer finish if I choose to do so. All the mechanics of the slide seem every bit as nice as the higher end Kahrs.
Another small difference is the engraving on the slide. it is simple single line engraving and not the usual Kahr blocked roll marks. I actually kind of like the simple clean looks of it.
I was a little worried right off the bat. The first round gave me a hard time while chambering it. It was a hollow point and did not want to chamber smoothly. I was quite surprised when that issue seemed to fade after only a couple of magazine run through it. Right out of the box the gun managed to shoot all 100 rounds without a single failure.
I did all my shooting at a range of 15 yards.
After the first magazine, I was thinking the gun was a little off as far as accuracy. It was shooting a little low and left. Then on the next mag it seemed to be shooting at the perfect height but a little to the right. I decided to rest on the bench and try some shots. Then the gun seemed to be hitting within an inch of the mark, so I can pretty much conclude that the gun is pretty well sighted right out of the box and any slop is on my part. I was managing 4″-5″ inch groups at 15 yards, which is more than acceptable to me for this type of gun.
The recoil is very manageable but still a bit intense for a 9mm pistol, but what do you expect from a gun that only weighs a little over 17 ounces.
The trigger is a bit long but very smooth. Much smoother than the trigger on the Walther. It makes extreme accuracy a bit more difficult but this is not meant as a long range weapon. Being used to DA revolvers I find that I am quite comfortable with the trigger pull.
The only real issue I have with the gun is the aggressive checkering on the grip. It is like holding onto a cheese grater. I had to put on a shooters glove after the first few mags.
Another issue that could be considered a flaw is that the mag is not flush. The mag that comes with it is also a bit cheap looking with its lack luster extension. I will have to replace it with a nicer extension from Kahr.
It also only comes with one mag, which is not really a flaw. It is just a condition of the low price tag. I only paid $419 for this gun new.
I walked away very happy with this gun. I am much more pleased with it than I was with it predecessor. It is super small, very reliable, acceptably accurate, easy to use, and looks pretty good too.
This gun was bought to ride inconspicuously inside my fanny pack at the gym and it did it’s first night of duty this evening and I felt very comfortable and secure with it being there.
As I have said, I am not the biggest fan of polymer guns…but I actually find this gun to be an attractive gun. The simple black polymer frame and stainless slide compliment each other very well.
The gun is very small. It disappears in the fanny pack easily as well as the Walther if not better.
I also find that it fits my hand very well. It fits much better than the Walther PPS it is replacing. It is just as thin, maybe even thinner, but the grip does not feel like holding onto a 1×2 like the PPS did.
I am very fond of the DAO trigger pull and lack of a manual safety. It is a very similar gun to a revolver as far as general operation goes.
I am very pleased with my decision to say good-bye to the Walther and pick up my second, but first polymer, Kahr pistol.
Author: Playboypeguin over at the firingline wrote and authorized the posting of this content.