The Kahr CW9 is a 9mm pistol from the company’s value line (read: less expensive) of pistols that include the CW40 (.40 S&W) and CW45 (.45 ACP). I’ve been looking for a single stack 9mm for concealed carry, so I jumped at the chance to review this gun.
Every year a new wonder nine arrives on the scene. While the new gun in town gets all the attention, Kahr’s “pocket nines” – the CM9, PM9, MK9 pistols – and its super short .380 ACP pistols keep on selling to discerning self-defenders. The CW9 has something the other Kahrs don’t: a 3-finger grip length. This additional grip length is welcome for accuracy and control, but it’s also the turning point between a true “pocket pistol” and one that requires a holster. It’s a feature, not a bug . .
Enter the new Kahr CW9 with a carbon fiber finished frame. The carbon fiber finish on this frame is different than many others I have felt. This finish has a rubber feel to it which aides for a firm grip as if a rubber grip sleeve were added. Not only does the carbon fiber finish look beautiful, but the grip itself feels better. All of that aside, I love the mechanics, ease of use and slim profile that the Kahr CW9 offers for CCW. I had no intention of changing my Kahr CM9 as my concealed carry gun but after owning this CW9 and running several hundred flawless rounds through it, I think I need another holster.