Kahr CW-Series Pistol


Style Compact Pistol
Frame Textured polymer, Matte stainless steel slide
Grips Textured polymer
Caliber 9mm / .40 SW
Capacity 6/7 rounds
15.8 oz (448 g)
Length 5.9 inches (15 cm)
Barrel 3.5 inches (8.9 cm)
1-10 RH twist
Trigger DAO
Sights Drift adjustable rear sight, pinned in polymer front sight
Manufactured USA by Kahr Arms
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Kahr CW-Series Reviews

58 Reviews


Randy L. from Fredericksburg, VA on Wed, 11 May 2016

Hi All! I'm new to this forum and am really writing this review on the CW 9 for those who like me a few months ago, are looking for a CC 9mm and are concerned by the so-so reviews out there. I traded my Bersa Thunder UC-9 Pro (and some cash) for this little 9 and am happy with the gun. I did the pre-shoot cleaning and lube, followed by the slide racking exercise, then went shooting. Besides the Bersa which I didn't have very long, the only "similar" pistol I have to compare the CW 9 to is a Beretta 92-FS (I know, it's like apples and aardvarks). That resulted in taking some time to get used to the trigger pull and sights on the Kahr. Now that I have just over 1,000 rounds through it, I feel it's time to help the shopper with some observations. 1. The gun is very tight at first but loosens up nicely with rounds down range. 2. The initial shaving I saw from the polymer rails was not terrible and stopped after 2-3 trips to the range. I lube the rails a bit heavy and that may make the difference. I also clean my guns EVERY TIME I shoot, which may also help. 3. The warnings about not sling-shoting the first round WERE initially valid. Now I do it all the time without problems. 4. During the break in period (300-400 rounds for my gun), I had 2 FTFs and maybe 5 FTEs but not one since, regardless of ammo. 5. I learned that you have to pay attention to your grip on the pistol otherwise you right-handers may accidentally actuate the mag release. Speaking of mags, the one that came with the pistol works perfectly but the two Kahr mags I bought subsequently don't drop free. This is definitely not good in a life or death situation! Now that I'm used to the sights and trigger, I can tell you that this thing is very accurate out to 25 feet which is good enough for me. It seems like quite a reliable pistol that is easy and comfortable to carry all day. My initial concerns over no safety were unfounded. The trigger pull is long enought that you have to want it to go BANG. Once the trigger breaks in, it is so smooth that there is really no indication of when the gun will fire (really nice). After 1,000 rounds, the gun rattles when shaken while the Beretta (lost track after >15,000 rounds) is still as solid (and big and heavy) as a brick. If you are looking for a reliable, easy to carry 9mm that won't break the bank, I recommend that you consider the Kahr CW-9. Sorry for the tome.

Reuben C. from Venice, FL on Sat, 7 May 2016

beetlemaster07, After I got my CW9 I took it home and cleaned everything and then lubed the gun. While watching TV, I exercised the gun through maybe 200 cycles of sliding the slide and pulling the trigger. It does not hurt this gun to dry fire it, according to the manufacturer. After all of this dry firing and movement of the slide mechanism, I then cleaned the gun thoroughly, lubed everything, and took it to the range. Now after 300-400 rounds, I have never had any problems with the gun, no matter what ammo is used. The manufacturer says that there is a break-in period, which I felt I did with the dry firing and perhaps that is why I have not had any issues. The gun is still very tight and I have a lot of confidence in this weapon as a carry gun. My magazine insertion is smooth with a click as it goes into place. The manufacturer does tell you to chamber a round with the slide release, which I feel is not really an issue. Once the round is chambered, the gun goes bang every time the trigger is pulled until the gun is empty and that is all I want in a carry weapon. To me, the tightness of the gun mechanism is testament to the close tolerances used during manufacturing which I consider a good thing.

Tony E. from Sioux City, IA on Thu, 5 May 2016

I bought a new CW-40 brand new about 3 yrs ago. Went home and disassembled and cleaned and lubed the gun. Took it out to the range with 100 rnds of Rem 180gr truncated metal jacket flat points factory ammo. I also had bought the extra 7 rnd. mag - new. The results were total 100% functioning, 2 1/2" group from a standing two handed stance from 50 feet indoors.. I needed to move the rear sight to compensate for a group that was 1" to the right. Same flawless functioning from the 7 rnd. mag also. I've tried the Win TMJ 180's, and the same flawless 100% functioning. Now I reload my own using 155 XTP's with 10.7gr AA#7 chrono'd at 1120fps, and 180 XTP's with 9.0gr AA#7 chrono'd at 1060fps. Again 100% functioning. I have never had a any FTE, FTL, or FTF in this gun. I now have about 500 rounds through it, and the gun is tight. The trigger is DAO, smooth and constant weight. at 3.5 lbs. The only problem was a cracked weld at the rear top of the weld on the back of the 6 rnd mag before I had fired the gun. A call to the factory resulted in an immediate free replacement. They paid the shipping both ways. This gin is a keeper !!!

Benjamin Q. from Grandview, MO on Mon, 25 Jan 2016

Bought a CW40 a few months ago since I only stock 45 and 40 ammo. Wanted a CCW and the XD SC was too big. Read all the positive and negative on the Kahr and decided to take a chance. 250 rounds of various ammo thru it and only 1 FTF., that was in the first box of ammo. I carry it daily in an IWB. Accurate and easy to shoot - even in 40SW.

Greg B. from Elk River, ID on Tue, 1 Sep 2015

I use the Crossbreed Mini Tuck because I have a small frame and it just disappears under my shirt. Very comfortable holster. Be careful you may forget you are carrying when wearing this holster. I did and almost walked into a metal detector at a court house. When I was reaching for my keys I realized I was carrying and said I left something in the car and ran out to take the gun and lock it in the car. That would have cost me my CCW license and a jail term here in Florida.

Jeffrey N. from Cataula, GA on Fri, 28 Aug 2015

Went to the range yesterday and shoot 1 Colt and 2 Kimbers, all (5"bbl) in 45 ACP and my CW45. On mine, I shoot 80 rds more and I had no problems of any kind. This time I did rack the slide manually several times and had no problems chambering my CW45. So far I've shot 300 rds with it and from the start it has worked without a single hitch. Also had a chance to shoot BIL's Colt 1911, a Kimber with a double stack mag and another one single stack mag and it was wonderful to shot all these 1911's and my CW45 with my bodies.

Reuben C. from Venice, FL on Fri, 21 Aug 2015

I figure that when the manufacturer says that their firearm requires a break in period, like Kahr does, they are telling you something. Since this is printed in their owner's manual, I guess anyone that buys a Kahr, and doesn't believe the manufacturer, or thinks they know more than the manufacturer, is not a person that should be handling a firearm. Once broken in, I have had no issues at all with the Kahr, even with the cheapest ammo I have run through it.

Bryan N. from Stevenson Ranch, CA on Fri, 21 Aug 2015

Here's the thing... When you buy a firearm like this it shouldn't need to be treated with kid gloves to get it to perform as it should and go bang when it should and feed ammo to continue to go bang. It's great to say that you need to use specific ammo and then it will be reliable, or make sure it's clean as a babies butt fresh out of the tub ... If I had experienced the kind of trouble that so many (including myself) have with any other model or line I would feel that people are being unfair but I haven't seen it. I understand the "there's a bad one from any manufacturer line" I wrote it 20 pages pack in this very forum. If you buy a sig, an hk, a glock, even a ruger which is not even in the same kahr price range they just go bang when you pull the trigger and continue to go bang until the mag is empty no matter what ammo you feed into them. There are no excuses for a tool marketed at people to carry for ccw not going bang when you pull the trigger. If it fails one time in fifty you don't put it in your holster when you leave the house because you can't trust it with your life.

Jeffrey N. from Cataula, GA on Thu, 20 Aug 2015

I also got a new CW45. I did my research, when to my gun shop to see it and handle it. Tested the slide, the slide release with/without mags, did dry fire it and field stripped it. All was well and since they let me do all that then I bought it. Read the manual, went to the range, followed all the recommendations and had not a single problem with it. First gun range trip I put about 110 rds of (Federal Champion (FC), Winchester white box both FMJ 230 gr.) For personal protection ammo about 10 rds of, both, Winchester PDX1 230 gr JHP bonded and Hornady Critical Defense 185 gr FTX . Everything worked just fine! The only ammo that it didn’t take so well was the cheapo Tulammo (230 gr)with the steel casings. Needles to say I will stay away from this one for now. I’ll give a try later after the break-in is done. Accuracy was just fine for being the first time. At 7 paces (+/- 7 yards) I was hitting the metal plates between 7-8 times out of 10. About the same rate as when I first shot my BIL’s Kimber Pro Carry in 45 ACP. My grip was very good. I didn’t have to readjust my hands after the 6 or 7 shots of the mags were out. In my second time in the range I spent another 110 rds on the CW45 and everything went perfect! No FTF, FTE or anything! Then gave it a good cleaning and is ready for the next time. So far so good and I like very much the way the grip feels in my hand, the snappy and managable recoil and OVERALL how easy is to conceal. The main reason why I got it.

Lawrence J. from Raleigh, NC on Mon, 17 Aug 2015

Had been milling around for a while looking for a conceal carry. Ended up going with the CW45. Ive only put about 150rnds to it so far. First 100 were tul ammo, had a couple issues. One casing got stuck in the chamber and slide got stuck (same time) was able to fix that. Had a couple stove pipes, but I suspect the cheap ammo to the be the source of the problem. Gun shoots smooth. Doesnt kick nearly what I thought it would. I think a Glock 21 (only other .45 I've shot) kicks more. I put a crimson trace laser on it. I think it carries well. Added a picture for your viewing pleasure.

Shawn Q. from Canton, TX on Sat, 8 Aug 2015

ja2thacub: That was your 1st post on this forum, but curiously, you did not ask for, nor show any interest in possible solutions to your problem (i.e. reloads, bad ammo, dirty chamber, bad magazine, etc.). If you are posting merely to rant against a very reputable gun maker, without providing (a) specific details; and (b) what attempts you have made to resolve the problem; then you will likely get no sympathy from this forum.

Reuben C. from Venice, FL on Sat, 18 Jul 2015

With my CW9 I could keep all shots within an 8" bull at 40', so any difference in rifling is not an issue to me. The main thing for me, on a carry weapon, is width. They are both the same. A 1/2" shorter does not make much difference. What matters to me more than anything is the extra 1/2" barrel length on the CW9 verses the PM9. This extra 1/2" is where it counts. This 1/2" means more accuracy(maybe this offsets the different rifling) and less kick. To me the CW9 is a better value then the PM9 and for a large hand, the CW9 may fit better.

Reuben C. from Venice, FL on Mon, 6 Jul 2015

When talking recoil of the CW9 it helps to have something to compare it to. IN other words it has less recoil than what? I have both a SCCY CPX-1 and a Kel0Tec P-11, which are both about the exact same size in length and height. The CW9 is quite a bit narrower. The main reason why I think I feel less recoil with the CW9 than I feel with both the P-11 and CWX-1 is that the barrel of the CW9 is 1/2" longer and that 1/2" is at the rear of the barrel which is closer to the web of your hand. The rear of both the P-11 and CPX-1 slides lean forward at a 45 degree angle. On the CW9 the rear of the slide is almost vertical which allows for the extra barrel length. The more I shoot the gun the more I like it.

Boyd Q. from Lehighton, PA on Sun, 5 Jul 2015

I agree with SW-Insured. My guess is that many of the problems related to semi-automatic handguns, including the Kahrs, are the result of bad ammo or dirty guns. I purchased a new Kahr CW9 last week with the intent of using it as my CCW. I had narrowed my choices down to the CW9, the Glock 26, and the Kel-Tec PF9. I decided on the CW over the Glock because of the lighter weight (which is even more pronounced with the magazines fully loaded), the thinner profile (single stack vs double stack), longer grip (I can get 3 fingers on the CW, but not the Glock without pinkie extension), and the lower price (not a big deal, but a consideration). I chose the CW9 over the Kel-Tec PF9 because it just felt and looked like a more expensive gun (which it is), plus the Kel-Tec wasn't that much smaller when placed next to the CW9. After shooting 100 rounds of 115 grs, FMJ without a single hickup, I'm very pleased with my decision. For a small, 9MM handgun, it is very easy to handle and has less recoil than I expected. I recommend this gun.

Shawn Q. from Canton, TX on Sat, 4 Jul 2015

Much misinformation has been circulated regarding alleged issues of misfires, misfeeds & loading an empty chamber in KAHR pistols. In most cases, this can be attributed to shooter error, cheap ammo, dirty pistol, or not following the manufacturer’s recommendations. Many modern sub-compact pistols are designed with tight tolerances – unlike large, combat service pistols that, by design, have greater tolerances between moving parts because they must function reliably in severe combat conditions (dirt, sand & mud) and for longer periods between cleanings. The KAHR out-of-the-box, has tight tolerances to ensure a solid fit, function, accuracy with no slop. Through use, during what is referred to as a break-in period (100-200 rounds), these tight fitting components (such as slide & rails, barrel & slide, feed ramp, etc.) begin to [b]“mate”[/b] together – [b]wearing only where necessary[/b]. There is no guess-work in this process as it would be if parts were smoothed & buffed in volume at the factory. This is also the reason a manufacturer will recommend replacing the slide when replacing the barrel in a pistol – so that the two can be [b]mated[/b] together. While some complain, I actually prefer this [b]“mating”[/b] process during the break-in because it ensures the tightest fit possible without the unnecessary slop between moving parts. For these reasons, a KAHR pistol out-of-the-box should first be cleaned and oiled [b]before[/b] shooting; and loaded using the slide release, which returns the slide smartly – as opposed to riding the slide forward manually (slower) by hand. [b]After[/b] the break-in period, as with all 3 of my KAHR pistols (PM9, PM45, CW9) I can easily & reliably load an empty chamber either way, because the proper mating of parts has been accomplished. This pistol has been flawless & accurate through 2,050 rounds thus far.

Reuben C. from Venice, FL on Mon, 22 Jun 2015

I just took my CW9 to the range today for the first time. After it was sent to me, I thoroughly cleaned the gun and oiled it using Gun Butter. The slide felt a little tight and I guess that is what they mean in the owner's manual when they say that the gun has a 200 round break-in period. After I had cleaned and oiled the gun, I sat on the couch and "exercised" the slide for an hour or so. The slide did seem to loosen up some and I cleaned the gun again, just to remove any debris that I might have created with moving the slide so much. Once I got to the range I loaded the first clip with one of the cheapest rounds around, Russian made Brown Bear 115 gr FMJ bullets. I I ran through 100 rounds of this ammo with no problems at all. I then switched to Fiocchi 115 gr FMJ ammo. Again, after 50 rounds, no problems at all. Then I tried PMC bronze 115 gr FMJ ammo. As before, no problems. The gun seemed to fit my hand well and it did not cause any blisters on the thumb/forefinger web like both my SCCY CPX-1 does and my Kel-Tec P-11 does. Both the CPX-1 and P-11 are not comfortable to shoot for more than a clip or two. The upper part of their grip is wide and it digs into the hand. The Kahr has a narrower, rounder, and smoother part of the grip that rests against the web and it did not cause any discomfort even after 200 rounds of continuous shooting. I feel that the Kahr could be considered a range gun where the CPX-1 and P-11 are just occasionally fired CCW weapons. That said, the CW9 is narrower than both the CPX-1 and the P-11. The height and length are about the same. The Kahr is a 7+1 and the CPX-1 and P-11 are both 10+1. I don't see this to be a problem at all for a carry weapon. The CW9 was accurate right out of the box and at 40.' I could keep all of my shots within an 8" circle. At 30', a 6" circle was fine with rapid fire. Slow shooting, and taking the time to aim the gun, can produce a 2-3" group at 25'. Since the barrel of the Kahr is 1/2" longer than both the CPX-1 and the P-11, this is one reason why it is more accurate, even tho all three guns have about the same exterior dimensions. I did get an extra 8 round clip to go along with the factory 7 round clip. Both clips are not difficult to load but you must make sure that the last round in the clip sort of snaps into the back and is pointed up slightly above the other rounds. I have less than 1/16" gap between the clip and the gun butt with both the 7 and 8 round clips. I locked the slide back when I loaded the gun and used the slide release to put the first bullet in the chamber. This method worked fine for the entire 200 rounds. I never had a jam or failure of any kind. The trigger pull on this weapon is lighter than my CPX-1 and it is smooth and steady. My P-11 had a terrible trigger pull and I will be getting rid of that gun ASAP. Tearing down the CW9 for cleaning is easy and straight forward. My first impression of this weapon is that the quality is first rate. The tolerances are tight out of the box, which is a good thing, but I feel that my hour or so of moving the slide before I went to the range helped to make my first shooting at the range a little easier. Basically I feel very comfortable with the weapon for accuracy and reliability, which is what I want out of a carry gun. Comparing the CW to both the Walther PPS, and even the very expensive Rohrbaugh R9, which are both around the same size for a carry weapon, the CW9 has the longest barrel of all, which should translate to better accuracy. At $400, the CW9 has a lot going for it.

Vernon F. from District Heights, MD on Fri, 27 Feb 2015

FYI, went to the Kahr website and purchased another mag (for CW9), but also saw a 3rd-party finger extensions for the Kahr mags. Nifty I thought, hey for $14 bucks or so, a person gets two finger extensions. Well, I should have kept my $14, those 3rd-party finger extensions were crap - to say the least. First, they hang down a little too much for me, and second, they leave too much of the metal showing on the mag when it is inserted - just not a good fit. Well what do you expect for $14. I'll just go back to the regular Kahr brand. Anybody else try these things out?

Vernon F. from District Heights, MD on Thu, 19 Feb 2015

Hey, just wanted to let everyone know that I recently traded in a DB380, a real POS, for a Kahr CW9. This gun is fantastic; it will basically eat anything that you load into it - and the accuracy is fantastic. I am very pleased with my trade - and it was definitely a trade UP!!! No doubt about it!!

Herman B. from Bradenton, FL on Wed, 8 Oct 2014

I fired a few more rounds through mine today, no problems. I don't know why brainchill is having so much trouble. And yes, any gun has a break in period. My Kahr is getting better and better and I don't quite have 100 rounds through it yet. Haven't found any signs of wear either. Kahr is the only gun I can recall off hand that actually says in the instructions that it requires a break in period. But all things with moving parts require some sort of break in. I have dozens of handguns and rifles, all require some kind of break in. It gives the springs a chance to seat or loosen up and it gives all the moving parts a chance to match up against one another. The biggest number one problem I've found with guns that people are having troubles with is that they didn't clean the gun before the first shoot. The dealer cleans it all up on the outside and sticks it on the shelf, the buyer takes the gun out and shoots away with all the gum and goo still slithering around on the inside. They don't clean the magazines before shooting, and often they don't even look in the barrel for any obstructions. It's a recipe for disaster. I'm not having a lick of trouble with mine and it keeps getting better. I clean it after every shoot, even if it's only a 6 round shoot. (I clean every gun after every shoot...) And it doesn't seem to matter what ammo either. I use whatever the wife brings home. Great gun....

Herman B. from Bradenton, FL on Tue, 7 Oct 2014

Rogue1202, it was a San Diego Policeman, I'm not 100% sure but I think he and his wife run the police range, that refered me to the KAHR for a CC gun. He said the reliability is impeckable. So far he's been on the money. I did two months of research on the CW before buying this one and I'm glad I did. The day I bought it I was on the phone with two people, the policeman and one of my supervisors. Both said to go with this one. I haven't tried to qualify with it yet but I did fire a handfull more rounds through it yesterday with no problems. And as usual, one of the Mattel Toy lovers at the range said, "Where's it made? Korea???" I'll be shooting a little more today between the snow flakes. Great Gun!!!

Kahr CW-Series Questions & Comments



Benjamin J. from Cranberry Twp, PA on Fri, 13 May 2016

Sounds like this gun works better in smaller calibers than larger types. I would really love to buy a smith and wesson chiefs special in 9mm but they stopped building them a few years ago and they have become very hard to find, nowadays you see them on gunbroker for 500 bucks or so which is what they used to cost new.

Jason C. from Narvon, PA on Tue, 10 May 2016

I purchased a CW45 for my EDC and really wanted to like it but after 8 month of use sold it "practically gave it away".had to many FTF'S (all factory ammo),chewed right front polymer rail,plus the slide stop would jump out after almost every round was told by Kahr i had a bent slide stop spring.i now carry the Springfield XD 45 compact which i love, no probs at all.

Benjamin J. from Cranberry Twp, PA on Tue, 10 May 2016

I just got my mom an LC9 for christmas and once I get enough money saved up I'll be getting one of these for conceal carry. Right now I carry my LCP but I want something with a little more weight behind it and better sights. V35Pilot glad to know the rails on yours are fine cause I saw a CW9 on the net that had chewed up looking rails and that scared me a bit from buying this pistol, also I've noticed the plunger on the end of the guide rod likes to pop off on some of these models does the CW series do that as well or is the guide rod one solid piece? Still with all of these quirks it sounds like a great pistol for everyday carry or range use.

Tony E. from Sioux City, IA on Tue, 10 May 2016

Beetlemaster, The mag will drop out, unassisted when I press the release. It is a nice fit. I've examined the rails on the slide and the frame, and they are polished where they interact. No galling, and no rough spots. I grease the rails with Gunslick anhydrous graphite. Works great on this gun and on my Glock 20 in 10mm. I agree with RVdriver on Bud's gun shop. I carry the Kahr CW40 in a Mike's IWB nylon holster, with 1 in the chamber and the 6 round mag. You must load the chamber by using a magazine, as the right side of the slide facing the brass has a controlled feed slot. I love this gun !!! Good Luck!

Reuben C. from Venice, FL on Sat, 7 May 2016

Bud's is a great place to deal with. Good prices and fast shipping. I think that you will be pleased with the Kahr. It is one of the small guns that you can take to the range, go through a few boxes of ammo, and not have a sore hand. That is why the Kahr replaced my Skyy CPX-1 and my Kel-Tec.

Benjamin J. from Cranberry Twp, PA on Sat, 7 May 2016

Thanks for the advice, makes me a little less fearful of this weapon as far as reliability goes. I have read a ton of reviews on these guns and they seem like a pretty good deal and I feel confident that I can buy one by Christmas time. I am thinking about buying one from Buds Gun Shop online once I order it and pay the FFL fee it'll be about $400 so I figure that's not a bad deal at all.

Benjamin J. from Cranberry Twp, PA on Thu, 5 May 2016

Hi v35pilot, have you had any issues with the slide rails having any rough edges or serious wear to worry about. I really want to like this gun in 9mm but I am a skeptical buyer and like to check before buying. I also held a cw9 at my local gun shop and the magazine release is hard to operate and you really have to jam the mag back in, is your pistol like that as well or is it easy to operate?

Benjamin J. from Cranberry Twp, PA on Wed, 20 Apr 2016

I am looking into buying the CW9 as my ccw but I also am looking at the Ruger LC9 as well. Right now I carry an LCP but I want a little bit larger caliber and a gun that will be able to take holster wear without rusting. I am a bit worried about the 200 rd. break in period and only being able to chamber a round with the slide stop, that would be a habit that I don't usually do because on my Glock and other pistols I use the old fashioned sling shot method. I can buy either the LC9 or CW9 for about $375-400 from an online retailer but I do not like the Ruger and its many safety features which make the gun look terrible and totally idiot proof. I just want a gun I can draw from a holster and it'll go bang without too many bells and whistles, but I am not too keen on the Glock 26 cause its like carrying a gold bar in your pocket and costs $550 where I live. I'm ok with losing a few rounds if the gun is thinner and can fit in the pocket of my Dockers without a hitch, which is why this Kahr looks like a great choice. If anyone has any advice I would greatly appreciate it.

Jeffrey N. from Cataula, GA on Fri, 4 Sep 2015

You may try the Remora holsters. They are clipless and an IWB type could also be used in the pockets of jackets, cargo pants, between the seat & console of your car, etc, etc.

Lawrence J. from Raleigh, NC on Mon, 31 Aug 2015

Crossbreed or comp-tac if you carry small of the back/ kidney.

Jason C. from Narvon, PA on Mon, 31 Aug 2015

Looking for a nice conceal carry holster for my CW45.

Jeffrey N. from Cataula, GA on Sun, 30 Aug 2015

Thanks for the updates guys! Good to know that everything is workinkg fine. Lot of good info in the Kahrtalk forum.

Jeffrey N. from Cataula, GA on Sun, 30 Aug 2015

Thanks for the update guys! Good to know that everything is working just fine. Just in case...the kahrtalk forum has a lot of good info, for obvious reasons.

Jason C. from Narvon, PA on Sun, 30 Aug 2015

Just came back from the range. like i mentioned before with all the mixed reviews, i did not know what to expect?Think i bought a bad gun!LOL...Right outta the box just made sure bore was nice and clean,this baby(CW45) just ate up all the Federal 230 gr. FMJ's,i could feed it.with no malfunctions of any kind AT ALL!I have only fired 150 rounds so far,even though i wasnt too worried about accuracy i still hit around 95% of my shots inside a 1'x1' target at 15 yds and closer.recoil is minimum for large caliber and light frame, This seems to be a perfect CCW, very compact but also has a good size grip for larger hands..manual states this gun has a "200 shot break in period".LOOK'S VERY VERY GOOD SO FAR!..........

Roger I. from Arlington Heights, IL on Mon, 24 Aug 2015

Henry, you hit it right on the head! There are so many "old" routines that we used to perform as an unwritten rule. Of course there were times when they were! (performed faithfully) I can't remember how many odd looks I would get when I brought that kind of thought to the conversation. Not only did we have a 2000 mile break in period, we also had a 50 mph speed limit for 500 miles! Remember that one?) As you mentioned, those were the days when American cars ruled the roads and nobody knew what a Toyota was.

Greg B. from Elk River, ID on Sun, 23 Aug 2015

If you don't like a gun with a break in period don't buy it. My Kahr CW9 worked flawlessly out of the box from day one. But the manual clearly states that the gun is more reliable after a break in period. The reason for this according to Kahr is that the gun is made to tight specs and microscopic burrs on the slide may impede smooth operation until it has been worn down by firing. If you research before buying the gun you will find out about this break in period before you buy it. So why did you buy the gun if you don't trust a gun with a break in period? Kahr does not hide that fact. If you bought the gun knowing a break in period is recommended or bought it without researching the gun thoroughly first then its your screw up so live with it or sell the gun. Some of the Kel-Tec PF9 had to undergo the "fluff and Buff" to cut down on friction of the slide in order to work reliably. This is something that the company never disclosed to the buyers but many buyers swear by it after the "fluff and buff" routine. You might be too young to know this but years ago (many years) American cars came with a recommended "break in period" of two thousand miles. Actually those vehicles were a lot more reliable, lasted longer and were a lot prettier than the new no break in period vehicles Detroit is making now.

Bryan N. from Stevenson Ranch, CA on Fri, 21 Aug 2015

I agree you should follow the manufacturers instructions. It's funny though that I've never had to do this with any other gun from any other manufacturer.

Gerald F. from Brooklyn, MD on Fri, 21 Aug 2015

There was a quotation below: "Kahr designed the CW9 as a lower cost alternative to the PM9 to broaden its market share." Actually, the CW9 is a lower cost alternative the the P9. They are similar sized pistols. The PM9 is smaller.

Gerald F. from Brooklyn, MD on Fri, 21 Aug 2015

Just want to qualify my post below about my Kahr(s) perfect records. I shoot nothing but Winchester, CCI, and Federal FMJs, and Winchester, Speer, Remington, and Federal JHPs in my Kahrs. I buy it in bulk. Nothing but brass or plated brass cases. I consider Tula, Wolf, and Fiocchi 2nd tier ammunition, and do not consider it any pistol's fault if there is a problem when using it. I never bought any of my Kahrs to use as range guns. I make sure they function correctly with the 1st tier ammuniton in my opening paragraph. Guess I've become an "ammo snob".

Jeffrey N. from Cataula, GA on Fri, 21 Aug 2015

If I have to say anything is that you follow the instructions of the manual. I did just that after reading some of the mix reviews here and I didn't have a single problem whatsoever after shooting about 220 rds so far!! And is true, Kahr is a little more demanding in their guns, different to any other gun that I have. Nonetheless I'm happy with my CW45 so far. I'm planning to continue using it and I will post whatever it is that happens. So Joe, let us know what kind of Kahr pistol you got and how it worked. And please remember to follow the intructions on your manual.

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