With it’s sleek, compact and polished design, single-stack magazine and DAO trigger, the CW Series is a viable choice for both carry conceal and home protection.
Based on its weight 17oz and most reviews I bought this for concealed carry. Fortunately I saw a youtube video about the need to give these guns a break in period of 200 rounds before the gun will operate dependable. The owners manual says the same thing, which really means add another $70-$80 to the price to have a reliable gun. My first time to the range I put about 85 rounds through it most of those had FTFs Failure to Feed. I had disassembled it previously and wiped out some excessive oil from the slide but it wasn't really dirty or had shavings that I noticed.
Today I put another 50 rounds through it but still had to bump the slide forward the last 3/4 to get the shell fully chambered a lot of the time - so I can say its improving. The jury is still out but so far this is the worst gun I've ever had. I've got 2 cheap semi autos - a Hi Point c9 and a Phoenix Arms HP 22a that each cost less than half the price of this gun and they both shot fine right out of the box with no pre cleaning. If this gun isnt at 99% by 250 rounds, its going back to Kahr. I won't carry a gun that's a lot less reliable than a Hi Point.
I'll update this review if it gets dependable and I'll give it a chance, but at this point I'm not a happy camper. As for Sportsman's Outdoor Superstore, the price on the gun was great at $319 and it shipped fast even though it was Christmas time. No complaints there.
Kahr makes some good guns and this is a really nice single stack. Overall it's about the size of the Glock 19, but it is thinner with a better grip design, okay sights and and a very different trigger.
I've put several hundred rounds of just about everything through mine except steel case and it has run flawlessly. HP, FMJ, Cheap, Expensive, no problem with anything.
Like all Kahrs it has a long, smooth, light double action feeling trigger pull. The pistol is actually a striker fired single action and the trigger pull only moves stuff around inside to let it fire. This long pull can be hard for some to adjust to, but as a defensive pistol it's good to have when you are excited and your fine motor skills are gone. It takes some practice to master it - but overall its better for defensive work IMO.
PROS: This gun is just the right size. Small enough for AIWB concealment but big enough to handle well under recoil and be reasonably accurate. It will work for both CCW and nightstand. It is market sector competition for the Glock 19 at about 60% of the price and just as well made. It is a little bigger than the M&P Shield. If you need parts or accessories they are easy to get from Kahrs website. Just click them into your cart!
CONS: The recoil spring is stiff and if you have reduced hand strength it can be difficult to rack the slide. The single stack design that makes it more concealable, and feel better also makes limits the gun to 8 rounds. You will have to practice a little with the long trigger pull and don't try to shoot it the same as you would an M&P or Glock. You should pull the trigger like paddling a canoe. Once the paddle is in the water keep going. With this pistol put the trigger on the finger joint, not the pad, and pull the buttery smooth 5lb trigger continuously while aligning the sights. Sounds hard but its not, and if you have to shoot while moving it is actually better.
All in all this is a great little pistol which is an excellent choice for an only gun which can go CCW and also protect your castle at night.
Excellent weapon, fit, finish and performance. Excellent service from SOS.
Ordered this gun and it arrived 3 days later. Took it to the gun ranch 2 days after it and run 100 rounds through it. Different brands and even reloads. had not one malfunction with it. The only problem: my fingers hurt from loading manual, because the loader arrived a day later. The first 5-6 shots where around 3-4 inches low, but then all within 4-5 . Had to get used to the long trigger pull.