Kahr Introduces Three New Handguns and a New Kahr/Spyderco Knife Series—SHOT Show 2014

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Whether you are looking for modern polymer frame pistols or the enduring Model 1911, Kahr has you covered. When it comes to a self-defense carry gun, you have to find a balance between concealability and function. Kahr has done a remarkable job with their slim, lightweight CT45 and CT40. These two guns achieve excellent concealability through the use of a single stack magazine, narrow frame and clean, snag-free design. However, Kahr didn’t do it at the expense of shootability. Both guns feature 4” barrels, and a full length grip holding seven rounds of either .40 S&W or .45 acp. With the stopping power of these two calibers and the accuracy of a 4” barrel, eight rounds should be enough to win the fight. A polymer frame, stainless steel barrel & slide assembly and an MSRP of $449 makes for a winning combination.

Kahr12Their third new gun is a Magnum Research 1911U. The U is for “undercover.” They bill it as full-size .45 caliber power in a concealable package; judge for yourself. The 1911U features an aluminum alloy frame, 3” bushingless barrel, and a six-round magazine. Weighing in at only 25.8 ounces, it also includes the standard custom features of their other 1911 designs—the 1911 C Model, G Model and GR Model. They all feature a skeletonized hammer, extended magazine release, extended thumb safety, checkered flat mainspring housing, and stainless steel full length guide rod. The 3-4 pound 1911 trigger pull and an MSRP of $949 completes a sweet package.


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  • Gem Gram December 8, 2017, 6:45 am

    I have a CM9 as well as a P9 from Kahr. I much prefer the P9. It simply feels better in my hand and shoots better. It also seems about the same for concealability. But the real reason is that the P( seems like what I would want if I needed to use it. Loaded with Underwood this really is a fighting machine. Of course I had it before Glock came out with their concealable 9MM and one of the reason I like the P9 is that it reminds me of a small G17. Glock 17 really is the one gun that I would most want if my life depended on it. And it has on several occassions. BUT I carry that P9 in the summer and really anytime I am just running out the door now, so from just a what is your favorite gun it would probably be the P9 just on the basis of which I have on me most of the time. By the way, a few times when going into what I thought might be life threatening situations I also carried the P9, BUT I had also stuck a G17 in a paddle holster quickly on my side. All the bull put aside if you might have to really fight for your life you want something that will work every time no matter what. And that really is that same old G17. BUT any gun with you is worth ten great guns left at home so I most often am carrying that P9…hell not ten…worth a thousand… 🙂

  • jd July 14, 2017, 1:46 pm

    I have owned and shot my CM9 for about 3 years. Maybe 7-800 rounds. have only shot standard pressure FMJ rounds. No failures to feed or eject. Gun is easy enough to control with the 3 finger grip. I carry one spare 7 shot mag in my weak side pocket. I carry the gun in a Uncle Mikes #4 pocket holster in the strong side pocket. It is fairly light weight and really light weight if you compare with other 9s. Very concealable. Sometimes I tap my pocket to make sure I have it in my pocket. it is that comfortable to carry. I carry almost every day when away from home. Not the quickest to draw but it is almost always with me. I wear a good belt and suspenders. Looks a little old fashioned but my pants don’t fall down or need to be continually pulled up. Also stays right where it is when I sit on the toilet when I am out. Paid around $400 for gun and one mag.

  • Jay Smith June 17, 2017, 11:55 pm

    I am looking at the CT380 but there seems to be some issues with hangups and other malfunctions. Have these problems been cleared up?

    • Alan July 22, 2017, 3:28 pm

      I bought a CT380 online, through a local gun shop’s web site. I was considering 3 or 4 pocket pistols when this showed up for $229 – I couldn’t say no. (Two days later it was $339 on the same web site.) I bought a box of Fiocchi, took it to the range and could not feed a single round. Tried 30 – 40 times, each round either jammed in a nose up position, or fed part way. I went through a box of Federal .380 and haven’t had a single failure. I’ll try some Winchester, Hornady and CCI next week. If they fire OK, I’ll just be sure what ammo to avoid. If any of these others fail, I’ll send it back to Kahr.

  • Marron King June 27, 2016, 10:31 am

    I have owned a KAHR for about ten years, never had a problem with it, never heard of nose dive until I read this article, Would someone in lighten me, think you MK

  • Curt January 15, 2014, 7:43 pm

    My PM9 had chronic nosedive feed issues. It took 3 returns to the factory before they successfully fixed the problem. On the last return, Kahr replaced the entire polymer frame saying some don’t work in a high humidity environment. Too bad that changed the S/N so I got stuck paying a XFER fee but I’ve now shot about 2000 rds with no problems. It originally often nosedived on the 2nd rd in the mag.

  • JTD January 15, 2014, 7:02 pm

    Was looking for a small CC weapon but wanted a 9 as opposed to the .380 cal. Purchased a PPS as my first choice but after holding the CM9 I had to have one. Over 1000 rounds of target American Eagle as well as a few boxes of critical defense without any issues. Love the trigger, weight and ergonomics.. Great gun.

  • Mark Wynn January 15, 2014, 2:26 pm

    The guns are interesting … the”Kahr” Spyderco knife is not one of their more useful designs, and is grossly overprices. Could get a better Spyderco design … in a better steel, for less than a hundred bucks.

  • Mediocrates January 15, 2014, 1:31 pm

    I love my Kahr CM9 and will definitely have to consider the 1911U. I just wish Kahr would do more to address their magazine/nose dive issues and feed ramp/broken followers. Kahrs are fine pistols and we, the end users, should not have to worry about these things.

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