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Kahr P9 and PM9?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by drf, Apr 2, 2004.

  1. drf

    drf Member

    Aug 13, 2003
    Thinking of buying another gun and was considering the Kahr.. I was looking for some information on these guns so I went to the Kahr web site but I cant tell the difference between the P9 and the PM9....
    Could someone enlighten me please! Thank you...drf
  2. XLMiguel

    XLMiguel Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Santa Fe, NM
    The PM-9 is a smaller gun, both in barrel and grip length, as well as capacity (6+1 vs 8+1, IIRC). The PM is more appropriate as a 'pocket gun' (well, depending on the size of your pockets). Both are quite concealable ( all of .75" thick), but I prefer the P-9 because I like to be able to get my whole hand around the grip. HTH, YMMV.
  3. cratz2

    cratz2 Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Central IN
    I think the standard P9 is just a 7+1 capacity, but I could certainly be wrong. I think the 'Tactical' series Kahrs in 9mm hold 8 rounds and have a bit longer grip than even the standard P9.

    Basically, the PM9 has .5" shorted slide and barrel and a .5" shorter grip. Reports are mixed, but folks with the 3.5" barrel seem to report a bit more consistant reliability than folks with the 3.0" PM9 and MK9. And the .5" longer barrel helps keep velocity up just a bit more than the 3.0".

    In my opinion and in my experience, I would prefer to carry a Kahr on my hip than in my pocket and you aren't likely to notice a .5" longer barrel, but you may find a .5" longer grip slightly harder to conceal so they make the P9 Covert... It combines the longer slide from the P9 and the shorter grip from the PM9 but seems to be one of the lesser popular models. I had one which I daily carried for almost a year and loved it.

    They also make a TP9 which is the same size slide as the tacitcal series which has a full 4" barrel but has the the P9 grip with its 7 round capacity.

    Hopefully, you'll enjoy your Kahr and keep it forever but if not, one thing to keep in mind is that the PM9 is likely to bring a higher resale value than the P9... at least they do around here. HAving said that, unless you were primarily considering pocket carry, I'd go for the P9 or the TP9 if you wanted a poly Kahr.
  4. mini14jac

    mini14jac Active Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    MK9 and PM9 have both worked well for me.
    The PM9 is the smaller of the two that you are asking about.
    It works great for pocket carry.

    If you are going to carry on a belt, or use as a range or home defense gun, I would sugges the bigger P9.

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