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No talk about the Kahr CW380?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by TennJed, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. TennJed

    TennJed Well-Known Member

    Looks like new for 2013 is the Kahr CW380. MSRP $419, so it should run about $350 like the other CWs. I think it may be on my short list

    Caliber: .380 ACP
    Capacity: 6+1
    Operation: Trigger cocking DAO; lock breech; "Browning - type" recoil lug; passive striker block; no magazine disconnect
    Barrel: 2.58", Conventional Rifling, 1 - 16 right-hand twist
    Length O/A: 4.96"
    Height: 3.9"
    Slide Width: .75"
    Weight: Pistol 10.2 ounces (w/o magazine)
    Grips: Textured polymer
    Sights: Drift adjustable white bar-dot combat rear sight, pinned in polymer front sight
    Finish: Black polymer frame, matte stainless steel slide
    Magazine: 1 - 6 rd, Stainless

  2. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    To be honest, I didn't know they made one.:confused:
  3. JERRY

    JERRY Well-Known Member

    hope they work better than their expensive 380s do.
  4. gazpacho

    gazpacho Well-Known Member

    Never had any worry with my Kahr P380 from target loads thru to Buffalo Bore loads, except of one hollow point that it just didn't like. I settled with Speer GoldDot Short Barrel load.

    I've never been a fan of plastic sights.
  5. greenlion

    greenlion Well-Known Member

    Jerry, do you have personal experience with them or do you just not like them?

    My p380 has been 100%. I haven't gotten past the 1000 round mark yet, but I've probably put 500+ through it. I've owned 5 KAHRs over the years and have never had one malfunction with any of them. I will say this though; when I cleaned and lubed them before I took them to the range the first time, they had more dust and machining debris in them than I have ever seen from any factory. This may be the reason some experience a "break in" period.

    I tried the Kel-tec, Ruger, and KAHR 380's when I was looking to buy one a few years ago. The KAHR was definitely worth the extra money.
  6. kokapelli

    kokapelli Well-Known Member

    Why would you want a weaker cartridge in the same size gun?
  7. Coyote3855

    Coyote3855 Well-Known Member

    Kahr doesn't make a 9mm in the same size package as the .380. This new issue is just a less expensive version of the P380. I carry the P380 when I can't carry a larger pistol. I've never had a reliability issue after initial break in. I have shot other small .380s. The Kahr is the best of the bunch in my opinion. Best trigger, best sights, best recoil control.
  8. kokapelli

    kokapelli Well-Known Member

    Ok, I thought it was in the CW size.

    By the way, have you shot a P238? I have shot both and in my opinion the P238 is by far the best pocket 380.
  9. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    New pistol with advertising out way ahead of the pistols . You may not see any in a gun shop for soeme time. Order one and wait , and wait , and

    Same thing happens with every new I got have it firearm. Because of price this kahr will sell way beyound its production amount and probably do it for the next year.

    kokapelli yep the p238 is great if an extenal safety and a single action for a pocket sized gun is your want or need. For some of us it just another choice among many. no better no worse than others. And yes I have shot one!!
  10. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    I'm waiting on the CM45, myself.
  11. WRGADog

    WRGADog Well-Known Member

    My P380 has worked fine

    Gun has worked well and is unbelievably easy to conceal. I use Corbon 90 grain JHP with no problems. I have ~1000 rounds through the pistol.
  12. WCraven

    WCraven Well-Known Member

    I have a CW9 in layaway :banghead: ..hope there is ammo around when i get it out lol.. but i really like the CW line they offer..
  13. Girodin

    Girodin Well-Known Member

    This really depends on what value you assign to various attributes. I'd agree the P238/Mustangs are the best shooters. In my experience the mustangs have had better triggers, but in stock trim the sigs have better sights, and it is probably cheaper to tune the trigger on the sig than to add better sights to the colt.
  14. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Well-Known Member

    No availability means little to talk about. If one shows up near me I'll buy on sight as I'm lacking a lightweight pocket pistol.
  15. dogtown tom

    dogtown tom Well-Known Member

    The 238 isn't anywhere close to the size & weight of the LCP, P3at or Kahr .380's.

    It's closer in size to the Kahr PM9/CM9.....both 9mm's. In your own words "Why would you want a weaker cartridge in the same size gun?":scrutiny:

    For a pocket pistol, it violates John Brownings belief that pocket pistols shouldn't have an exposed hammer.
  16. kokapelli

    kokapelli Well-Known Member

    Yes I have a PM9 and the P238 pocket carries much more comfortably than the PM9.

    I also own a P3AT, Micro Desert Eagle, Taurus TCP and have owned an NAA Guardian, P32 and a Berretta Tomcat and the P238 pocket carries better than the NAA, Micro Deser Eagle or the Barretta and shoots better than any of them.
  17. Rubber_Duck

    Rubber_Duck Well-Known Member

    The Kahr P380 is REALLY small....LGS has one and I don't know how I would hold onto it if I fired one.
  18. rchery59

    rchery59 Well-Known Member

    To Rubber duck, My wife carries a p380. She loves it. I have the biggest ham hands you have ever seen but I can shoot that little thing all day

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