Looking for advice on Kahr MK 40 and Sig P239


October 30, 2007, 04:47 AM
Hi, ive read a lot of forums on here but this is my first time posting one. Im looking for a good carry gun in 40 cal. I may carry it on my ankle depending on the situation so i need something that will hold up to the grit and grime. Ive pretty much got my decision narrowed down to The Kahr MK40 and the Sig P239 in 40 cal. I had pretty much decided on the SIG but when i went and held one it was a lot bigger than i expected which isnt bad per say, but i do like being able to conceal to a high degree. If any of you have had any experiance carrying either of these, and how they hold up to the dust and grime...........perticularly in the case of the kahr because i read about the homeland security torure test on the SIgs. Also info on reliability and just any advice in general would be awesome. I know theres a big size difference but these are the two i like.

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evan price
October 30, 2007, 05:59 AM
I carry a P239 in 9mm nearly every day. I visit a lot of dirty places like foundries and junkyards. Never a problem.

October 30, 2007, 06:54 AM
I own a Kahr P9, and a Sig 239. Both 9mm. The Kahr will carry easier in most situations. It is slimmer and lighter. The MK 40's weight might negate most of the difference, but I believe it's still more slim.
My buddy has a PM 40. It is a perfect size. Smaller than my P9 and light weight. It is good for pocket carry.

IMO Kahr makes the easiest carrying handguns out there. The slim width is what makes an easy CCW. I would think their MK series would be a reliable primary carry gun.
Having said that, I would buy the Sig. The 239 is a nice shooting pistol, and reliable.
Good luck

October 30, 2007, 08:00 AM
The P239 is simply too big for comfortable ankle carry. I was a long skeptic of Kahr until I came across a great deal on a NIB MK40. After shooting the pistol I am simply amazed. In comparison to my Glock 27, the Kahr is a lot smaller and when you are dealing with an all-steel pistol, weight will be the deciding factor.

I would, without hesitation, recommend the MK40!

October 30, 2007, 11:01 AM
You've got some big ankles if you think you're going to conceal a SIG 239 down there, or serious bell bottoms. Leaving that concern out, if you feel comfortable concealing the 239 elsewhere, I'd go with the DAK .40 version of that. Just my two cents, and it's not a knock on the Kahr.


Navy joe
October 30, 2007, 04:01 PM
I carried a MK40 for several years, mostly on the ankle. I hope you are tough, I wore high leather boots and a clip holster inside the boot. That thing is a boat anchor on your ankle. Boat anchor. Good gun, lots and lots of recoil with full house .40 loads.

October 30, 2007, 04:37 PM
NavyJoe, while you carried it on your ankle, did you have a lot of trouble with dirt and grime........Any malfunctions because of it? How reliable is the Kahr? How accurate? I woul love some first hand experiance because i cant find one around here, so if i get one ill have to order it from somewhere.

October 30, 2007, 05:54 PM
My Kahr has proven reliable, thus far; however, I've only owned the MK40 a short time. It has handled every type of ammunition that I've thrown at it and it is more reliable than my G27. Yes, I said it, my Kahr MK40 has already proven more reliable than my Glock 27. I purchased the Kahr to replace my Glock for CCW and as a BUG.

The MK40 is like shooting a J-frame .357 in the recoil department. I'm issued Speer 165 gr. Gold Dots and it's rather hot coming out of the Kahr but definitely manageable.

As for ankle carry, that's already been covered (boat anchor), but deep pocket and/or belt carry (IWB/OWB) is definitely discreet and comfortable.

October 30, 2007, 07:12 PM
I carry a 239 a lot concealed and would agree that its much to big for ankle carry. I've never had a problem with it, it feeds everything I put into it and I like the feel of the gun better than anything I've owned.

October 30, 2007, 08:14 PM
I don't have a MK40, but I do have a PM9 that carries very well in a Crossbreed SuperTuck, it's a lot lighter than the MK series. It's not bad to shoot at all. I also have a 239 in .40, and have no problem concealing it in a Milt Sparks VMII. I can't imagine hanging it on my ankle.

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