A little over ten years ago, I purchased my first Kahr – the original Kahr K9. The K9 was a single stack 9mm, which was a much less common configuration ten years ago than it is today. At the time, there was no S&W Shield, Beretta Nano, Kel-Tec PF9, Springfield XD-S, Ruger LC9, or the host of other competitors that have entered the single stack 9mm market. In the late 90s and early 00s, there was Kahr, maybe the Rohrbaugh, and The Munich Trio.
For the past couple of years my primary concealed carry handgun has been the Kahr CW4543 – their ultra-slim 6+1 .45ACP. It’s pretty easy to conceal and has a nice flat profile so there’s a reduced chance of it “printing” under anything I wear. That said, in the summer time, unless I want to wear that extra shirt, a belly band, or an IWB (not a big fan because of comfort issues), it’s nice to have an even smaller handgun that I can pocket carry. Enter the Kahr CW380.
Just because I carry a boat anchor cleverly disguised as a 1911 doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a gun that’s roughly the same size and weight as an iPhone 6+. Pocket pistols have their place. Guess where? And no, I’m not a hypocrite. When I advise people to schlep the heaviest gun they can comfortably carry I’m aware that a 13.9 ounce fully loaded CW380 is the heaviest gun some people can comfortably carry. Have you slipped a 9mm sub-compact in the front pocket of an Ermenegildo Zegna summer weight suit? Let’s just say no one’s pleased to see you. Anyway, here’s the thing about the Kahr CW380