Kahr and Auto-Ordnance are proud to announce three new 9mm firearms for sport and self-defense. They’ve got two new single-stack concealed-carry pistols and a full-size Thompson chambered for 9mm Luger.
The single-stacks are both additions to the company’s S-series of low-cost pistols. The S-series has simpler machining and conventional barrel rifling to lower manufacturing costs while still delivering pistols with excellent ergonomics and high-quality triggers.
Kahr’s new pistols are the S9 and the ST9. Both are lightweight, polymer-framed striker-fired handguns built for everyday carry. The S9 is a compact with a 3.6-inch barrel and short grip. The S9 has a 7+1-round capacity. The ST9 offers a little more grip and barrel with an 8+1-round capacity and 4-inch barrel.
Some shooters really prefer the smaller guns that are a hair lighter and a whole lot easier to conceal. Other shooters prefer the larger guns with full-length grips, less felt recoil and better performance at the muzzle. With these S-series guns people have both options to choose from right now.
These guns have a two-tone look thanks to the simple matte stainless slides, slide stops and triggers. They both have railed frames for lights, lasers and other compact accessories. With a small laser sight the S9 is a straightforward concealed-carry pistol, and with a weapon light the ST9 will make for a handy little all-purpose gun.
The cost-cutting measures don’t make these handguns any less reliable or functional, they just don’t have the same level of polish as Kahr’s more expensive guns. That makes them especially affordable at $477 for the S9 and just $456 for the ST9. Real-world prices should be even lower, closer to $400 and maybe even less.
Both guns ship with two standard Kahr magazines and come with factory white 3-dot sights. The S9 weighs 18 ounces unloaded with a magazine and the ST9 comes in at just a hair over 20.
Of course the new Tommy gun is the real head-turner. Due to popular demand, Kahr and Auto-Ordnance are releasing a Thompson carbine chambered for 9mm. While traditionalists may not like the idea of a Tommy gun in anything other than .45 ACP–even though experimental Thompsons were chambered for a handful of different cartridges–for range time fun a 9mm version makes great sense.
While recoil isn’t an issue with these carbines, the ammo costs can add up and a 9mm Tommy gun is a lot cheaper to feed.
“Fans of the Thompson product line have been asking about a 9mm for a number of years,” said company Vice President Frank Harris. “We took our time to make sure that we got it perfect before we introduced it to the market. We really think that this 9mm Thompson is going to be a hit with shooting enthusiasts across the globe.”
The 9mm model is built on their updated lightweight alloy aluminum receiver and frame with classic American walnut furniture. All steel components including the finned barrel have a traditional blued finish. The 9mm model comes standard with a 16-inch barrel and 2-inch Cutts-style compensator.
For now Auto-Ordnance is only offering the Thompson in one 9mm version. It comes with one 20-round stick magazine and we hope to see more options down the line. After all, a Tommy gun isn’t a Tommy gun without the option for drum mags. We also hope they introduce compact barrels for NFA-regulated short-barrel rifle builds.
This is still a great start. It may have taken close to a century of development, but the commercial 9mm Tommy Gun is finally here. The MSRP for the new 9mm model is $1,364.