The problem with buying *one* gun ...


July 9, 2008, 10:17 PM
... is that one is such a small number.

While I was picking up the new Witness the other day, waiting for the State to bless me with its favor, another customer in the store and I struck up a conversation, of the kind that gun stores seem to inspire. Favorite guns, least favorite guns, guns on the wish list ...

In this conversation, it came out that he owned a Kahr CW9093, barely fired, that he was thinking of selling to finance a new race gun, probably a 1911. We got to talking; after I was approved (oh thank you! thank you!), and we were both leaving the store, I took a look at the gun, which looks newer than some of the *actually* new guns in the shop. I idly asked (knowing full well I've spent more than this summer's gun budget, and was not intending to buy) what he was hoping to sell it for. He said $400, with a nice DeSantis holster thrown in, and a Hogue grip-wrap as well. I (this being the South) allowed as to that being a seemingly good deal (which I still think it was), and wished him luck with it.

Then, curiosity being a constant nag, I started reading up on the Kahrs, spent some of my insomniac phase last night seeking knowledge of the polymer 9s in particular. The Cw9 is "merely" very small (under 6 inches OAL), while there are smaller Kahrs as well, and of course the tantalizing .380 that will be here in the soon-enough by and by. I was pretty impressed by what I read; the worst things I could find here on THR relating to Kahrs has to do with the slide-slicing problem that some (a few?) readers report with their .40 cal models. (example: About the CW9, it seems that most people had astoundingly good things to say.

I'll soon enough be applying for my WA state concealed carry permit (I *love* asking special permission to exercise a right!), and I'd been considering various guns slim enough to conceal, light enough to carry with a smile, and inexpensive enough that I could buy without wincing. High on the list had been the P11 and the PF9 from Kel-Tec; a P11 (with hard-chromed slide) each seem to run slightly shy of $300 by mail-to-FFL (and a bit more that that, once shipping and state-fealty costs are figured in). The new Ruger .380's appealing, too, but that involves getting into a caliber which seems to cost as much as 9mm, and for which I'd have no other guns, always seems a waste. I have been impressed with (though never owned) the Kel-Tec pistols, and with the Fischer-Price industrial quality of the one KT gun I own (a Sub-2000), but the Kahrs seem to occupy a higher tier of the gun-quality totem-pole.

Looked on gunbroker (dernit, I knew signing up there was a potentially hazardous thing), found that the same model of Kahr could be had for $340 (the best price I've ever seen on them!), plus $25 shipping, plus the $30 transfer + NICS fee + (optional, I realize, but desired) $20 for the Hogue grip, for a realistic cost (modulo gas and time) of $415. However, that doesn't include a holster, and it does involve yet another piece of paper that will never ever be used in harebrained registration schemes, nosirreebob. Call the holster $50, make the total $465. This, note, would still be well under the MSRP, which for *some* guns is difficult to beat.

So, long story long, I made an admittedly lowball -- but polite -- offer for the Kahr: $350. I figured, the worst that could happen is he says No; alternate theory, the worst that could happen for my wallet is he says Yes. Made the call, and as of several minutes ago, I am the proud pre-owner of that gun. (He made a slight counteroffer, again fair: $375 with, and $350 without, the holster, and I chose with.) I figure it's time for me to get holsters for at least some of my guns ;) I hope it lives up to the reasonable hype as a good CCW gun -- the size, weight, and caliber all seem in its favor.

I pledge not to buy any more guns this week. Promise.


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July 10, 2008, 02:09 AM
It happens to the best of us. You can never have just one gun. Hope it works out great for you. I've heard nothing but good things about karhs

July 10, 2008, 12:43 PM
It happens to the best of us. You can never have just one gun. Hope it works out great for you. I've heard nothing but good things about karhs

Heh, if it was only two in sum, that would be one thing ;)

July 10, 2008, 12:48 PM
Sounds to me like you got a good deal... enjoy your CW9!

July 10, 2008, 02:02 PM

Picked up the gun this morning, smooth and friendly transaction with the seller. Chose to meet at his place of employ (a store), because no matter how good an impression people make, meeting on neutral ground (i.e. neither one's home or otherwise exclusive / private territory) seems like the smartest way for anyone I haven't known for a pretty long time.

Impressions so far: Dang! :) That's a happy Dang, not a Dang of disappointment ;) This gun is truly LNIB. Seller provided the receipt for when he bought the gun initially, and (I think wisely) two copies of a sheet (we each signed both) commemorating the sale. Trigger (dry firing) is about as nice as I've ever personally felt on a DAO-only gun, grip is no-disputing-it smalll, but nonetheless substantial enough that I have zero worry about recoil, esp. with the Hogue grip. Wish it came with two mags, but that's hardly a complaint -- I shall get more. Holster also appears as new as straight from a store, well fits the gun.

Pictures soon, though I realize one CW9 looks just about like all the others, and I've never seen pics of one of them kaboomed to upset that theory ;)


July 10, 2008, 08:45 PM
Kahr makes really nice guns. I have a K40 that I bought new way back in 1997. Its a great gun and I've never had an issue with it. Kahr makes the best out of the box DAO trigger on the market. I lost count long ago of how many rounds I've fire through it. I'm sure you'll thoroughly enjoy it!

July 10, 2008, 09:36 PM
One is the loneliest number!

July 11, 2008, 12:34 AM
Because if you only have one gun, what is your "gunless" friend going to do at the range? :p

July 11, 2008, 01:39 AM
One gun. Yeah. Like that's going to happen.

July 11, 2008, 01:42 AM
like lays chips bet you cant have just one.

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