Kahr CW40

Selecting the right hand gun is like choosing the right glove - a good gun should fit well in your hands. But just like the quality of the glove, gun quality can also suggest as to how the hand gun can fit in your hand. A badly made gun will never be handled easily no matter how your hand can be perfectly held in your hands.

Performance

The Kahr CW40 is a relatively small hand gun. Measuring 3.5" in barrel length, the gun is almost miniature in size as it can be easily dwarfed by other guns in the same category. But while it lacks the size, it makes up for its ease of handling. The rugged handle of Kahr CW40 allows a near perfect grip to the hand. You'll feel your hand easily attached to the gun because of the rough surface in the handle. The trigger and the safety pin are also placed relatively farther from the handle. In various images you'll see online, the positioning of the safety and trigger in relation to the handle is a little bit farther. But since Kahr CW40 is relatively small, reaching the safety is still easy. The advantage of this setting is that the thumb will rest easier.

Features

Power in Small Package
Don't mistake Kahr CW40 as a pushover gun. Its power and accuracy is amazing even with its size. Users should be familiar with the gun's handling really fast and improve on its accuracy without too much effort. The secret of this feature in the handgun is in the "land-and-groove" form of rifling. This will allow the gun to better control the bullet and maintain accuracy. This feature actually reduces velocity nearly 10% but its barely noticeable when compared to other hand guns. It's a little trade-off with great advantage.

Appeal

But even with the trouble in break-in and holsters, Kahr CW40 is still a recommended gun for enthusiasts. A week or two with the gun should be more than enough for the users to adjust to transportation and break in while the rest of the features of the gun are admirable.

Summary

Headline: 

Selecting the right hand gun is like choosing the right glove - a good gun should fit well in your hands. But just like the quality of the glove, gun quality can also suggest as to how the hand gun can fit in your hand. A badly made gun will never be handled easily no matter how your hand can be perfectly held in your hands.

Performance Rating: 
8.4
Performance: 

The Kahr CW40 is a relatively small hand gun. Measuring 3.5" in barrel length, the gun is almost miniature in size as it can be easily dwarfed by other guns in the same category. But while it lacks the size, it makes up for its ease of handling. The rugged handle of Kahr CW40 allows a near perfect grip to the hand. You'll feel your hand easily attached to the gun because of the rough surface in the handle. The trigger and the safety pin are also placed relatively farther from the handle. In various images you'll see online, the positioning of the safety and trigger in relation to the handle is a little bit farther. But since Kahr CW40 is relatively small, reaching the safety is still easy. The advantage of this setting is that the thumb will rest easier.

Features Rating: 
8.2
Features: 

Power in Small Package
Don't mistake Kahr CW40 as a pushover gun. Its power and accuracy is amazing even with its size. Users should be familiar with the gun's handling really fast and improve on its accuracy without too much effort. The secret of this feature in the handgun is in the "land-and-groove" form of rifling. This will allow the gun to better control the bullet and maintain accuracy. This feature actually reduces velocity nearly 10% but its barely noticeable when compared to other hand guns. It's a little trade-off with great advantage.

Appeal Rating: 
8.6
Appeal: 

But even with the trouble in break-in and holsters, Kahr CW40 is still a recommended gun for enthusiasts. A week or two with the gun should be more than enough for the users to adjust to transportation and break in while the rest of the features of the gun are admirable.

Break In Requirement

Before you hail this hand gun as the ultimate concealment weapon, there is a small disadvantage that the manufacturer themselves issued. Break in is required before the gun could be used. This should hold you back for a few hours before you can start using the Kahr CW40. But more than just breaking in the gun before it's used, this requirement means the gun might slowly become unreliable if not used for a long time. This should not be a problem for those who are constantly in the firing range. But this would be a problem to those who are looking for a gun that will be placed in a shelf only to be taken out when trouble arises.
Holster and Concealment

Aside from break in concerns, some users have pointed out that the gun is quite difficult to fit in a holster. That means transportation can be a little bit challenging for this gun. Concealment features is also a little bit lacking since it’s very noticeable, partly because of the challenge in holster.

4 Comments

4 years 30 weeks ago, 4:28 PM

cooltoolzzUSMC

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Anyone have experience with the Pistol as a concealed carry?

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4 years 18 weeks ago, 6:43 AM

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I had one and got rid of it in two weeks because it would jam everytime I hah to help the slide on every shot , maybe I got a leamon.

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2 years 42 weeks ago, 9:10 PM

Jim Hall

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I carry a concealed Kahr CW40 and have found that it is one of the finest pistols that I have ever had the honor of carrying.
The pistol is extremely accurate and the front fixed site helps put you aim on target quickly.
While breaking all my guns in I take everything very seriously, as if my life may depend on it because it does. Hopefully you will never have to use the gun or any in self defense, but if you do this gun will be one that you can rely on.
I have matched my Kahr CW40 against my Beretta 380 Cheetah. You will find this unusual but
I noticed very little if any recoil difference between either gun. I love shooting and try to practice every week while shooting a minimum of 100 rounds through every gun that I find myself carrying.
Please take serious the responsibility when you carry. It does not make you any bigger or tougher so don't let it make you braver. If you carry be ready to use it and then be able to defend yourself in court. Another good gun that I recommend is the Walther 380 is almost an identical match to the Kahr only the Walther has an external safety. The Kahr is like carrying a flat six shot revolver that shoots 7 times. Whatever you decide on, practice, practice and then practice again.

2 years 42 weeks ago, 9:25 PM

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is taken apart to clean and the person gets the Slide Stop spring installed wrong upon assenbly and it screws it up, locking the slide back or causing it to drag bleeding off the inertia needed to chamber the next rounds...

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!

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