A short while back Gun Tests magazine tested some pretty small 9mm pistols, by Kahr and by Rohrbaugh. They particularly liked the Kahr PM9’s handling qualities, and the fact that it worked well as a back-up pistol. They noted Kahr produces a similar pistol in .40 S&W caliber, called the PM40. They decided it was appropriate to try one, because anyone who liked the PM9 would probably welcome more power in a package nearly as smal
Well the past few months have found me with more pocket pistols in my hands that the rest of my previous life. I never really cared for the little buggers before but now with CCW needs to be met the search has been on. I believe I have either purchased (and mostly sold) or rented all of the major players now and the Kahr PM40 was the lastest purchase.
I thought about a new one, but they are hard to find in Phoenix and even the PM9 runs $700+! At first, with prices like this I figured they must be the best thing since sliced bread. Then I read reviews, and although the PM9 is usually positively reviewed about two to one, there are some horror stories out there, so I was cautious. But like the proverbial cat, curiosity was killing me so I bit when I found a used model PM40 for about $525 in pretty good shape.
During the latest gun/ammunition ‘scare’ I got tired of not being able to find either 9mm, or, especially .380 Auto ammunition (practice and defense). And the .380 is far more expensive to shoot to begin with. I like to keep a ‘comfortably’ proficient skill level, and you can’t practice shooting what you can’t get ammunition to put in it first. During the ‘rationing’ I noticed that two calibers in particular were always available: .40 and .45.