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Kahr .9mm vs Kahr .40mm

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by papadork, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. papadork

    papadork New Member

    I'm sticking with Kahr but I can't decide on the CM9 or the CM40. I heard that the CM40 doesn't have much muzzle flip like other 40's. Does anyone have an opinion on the CM40? They are both about the same size. I'm thinking what the heck, go for the bigger bang.
  2. BushyGuy

    BushyGuy Well-Known Member

    id go with the CM9 cheaper ammo and better follow up shots :eek:
  3. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    Buy the .40S&W first, and pick up the 9mm later -- it'll quickly pay for itself in practice ammo savings. Assuming a box a week, you are looking at about $7 a box savings cheapest 9mm vs cheapest .40S&W practice ammo, so you have paid for your CM9 is about 15 months.

    That's what I did.
  4. skt239

    skt239 Well-Known Member

    I'd just get the .9mm then check out ammo offerings from makers like Underwood.
  5. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

    FWIW, I don't shoot much .40 and I find the Kahr .40 a bit of a handful. I am not able to shot the .40 quickly at all. Even the heavier all metal Kahrs have a fair amount of recoil compared to the 9mm. I'd suggest that if you're used to shooting .40, then you'll be fine, but if it's a new caliber to you, then the lightweight Kahr may not be a lot of fun.
  6. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    Unless you are a regular user of the .40, I don't think a Kahr CM is a good first exposure.

    I'll say that thee Beretta 96 and the S&W M&P40 don't have much more muzzle flip than their 9mm counterparts, but I wouldn't say than about a Kahr
  7. silicosys4

    silicosys4 Well-Known Member

    I have a pm9, and a pm40. Shooting them back to back, I do notice the pm40's muzzle flip more, and would consider a pm9 a better choice for a gun someone isn't going to shoot a lot. the pm40's muzzle flip isn't extreme though, and the pm9 with hot ammo jumps almost as much.
  8. Bozwell

    Bozwell Well-Known Member

    Personally, I'd go with the 9mm hands down. Cheaper ammo, faster follow-up shots and if 9mm won't stop the threat, you need a rifle, not a .40S&W.
  9. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    In that little gun, the .40 will hurt on both ends, and you will lose a round.
  10. Kahr33556

    Kahr33556 Well-Known Member

    get the 9 with some +p Sd loads.
    I have a CW9 looking at buying the CM 9 next.That or a G26.
  11. Hit_Factor

    Hit_Factor Well-Known Member

    I think you heard wrong, the 40 is just plain snotty. Go with the nine.

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  12. papadork

    papadork New Member

    Thanks to all for the comments.
  13. Esoxchaser

    Esoxchaser Well-Known Member

    I had a PM40. It is not as snappy as some would have you believe. After all these years I should have known better, and I still just couldn't learn to love a poly gun, so I sold it and got a Sig P938. Roughly the same size & weight but sleeker, more concealable and an extra round. The kahr is a nice gun tho....
  14. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member

    It's 9mm, not .9mm...and .40 caliber, not .40mm.
    More specifically the 9mm you are looking at would be called 9mm Luger, 9x19, 9mm NATO, 9mm Parabellum, or simply 9mm.

    The .40 is .40 Smith and Wesson (S&W)


    I am not a fan of the .40 S&W, especially in overly small pistols.
  15. LightningMan

    LightningMan Well-Known Member

    Lets not forget the PM40/CM40 (5+1) has one round less than the PM/CM9 (6+1). Personally I'd rather have the extra round over a little extra muzzle energy with some added recoil to boot. LM
  16. marine 97-03

    marine 97-03 Well-Known Member

  17. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Well-Known Member

    , at least at short range;-)
  18. warhwkbb

    warhwkbb Well-Known Member

    I shoot plenty of magnums so I am no stranger to recoil. However, in a pistol as light as the PM/CM's, I think 40S&W is really pushing the limit. I find +P a handful in my PM9. One box of 50 and I'm done for the day. If I had the PM/CM40, I don't think I could make myself practice enough to be proficient with it. But that's with my skill-set not yours. YMMV
  19. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    I had a CW40 and while I didn't feel that the recoil was that bad even with hotter loads, there was considerable muzzle flip and quick follow up shots were a bit more difficult.

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