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Kahr Arms CM9093 CM 9mm 3" 6+1 Textured Blk Poly Grip and Fr [CM9093]
by Brian A
Date Added: Wednesday 19 October, 2011
One word... WOW!
This is the best concealable, single-stack, sub-compact 9mm on the market. The craftsmanship is outstanding and really puts others to shame. It seems as though Kahr has filled a niche in the market that Glock refuses to fill - slim, single-stack handguns for maximum comfort and concealability. And best of all, the buyer receives a high-quality American-made product with excellent customer service. I have yet to deal with Kahr (or Auto Ordnance, who actually makes the gun) but have heard praise for the friendly service. I guess this can be expected from any American company like Ruger, Smith and Wesson, Colt, Winchester, or Remington with great track records, but Kahr also seems to back its products with confidence and friendliness.
This gun is extremely accurate and I was able to dial in quickly. I found the best aim was about a 12 o'clock hold since the sights were a little low (for me at least). I have only used 3-dot systems and the bar-dot was new to me, but after 200+ rounds at the range, I would have to say I prefer it.
The grip on this gun is pretty good but can be improved and lengthened by purchasing a 7-round mag that extends enough for a pinky. I would also suggest getting a rubber slip-on grip or traction grips of some kind to keep the checkering from digging into your hands so much. That is the one thing I did not like about the grip. The serrations on the slide are also pretty aggressive and can hurt after repeated cycling by hand, but I see this as a plus since it gives extra traction for sweaty hands.
The gun functioned very well for me and was flawless in terms of feeding, primer igniting, and ejection. I shot 3 types of hollow points, 135gr Federal Hydrashock, 124gr Hornady XTP, 124gr Winchester PDX1 +P, and 4 variations of my own reloads, 124gr round nose, 124gr flat point, 124gr hollow point, 100gr round nose (.380 projectile), and a 115gr flat point, all of which are Berry's Mfg. plated bullets. This CM9 ate and spit out everything I threw at it. The slide did fail to lock on the last round of the second mag but is part of the break-in and can be expected. The important thing to take to heart is that it was 100% in shooting and I would depend my life on it (and will when I start carrying it, which will probably be tomorrow).
The recoil is slightly snappy, which can be expected in a 9mm pocket gun. In comparison to my buddy's Keltec PF9, recoil is much lighter. Kahr utilizes a low bore axis in its handguns and offers the shooter more of a push in the hand than a snap upward like the Keltec. The only thing that started to hurt were the checkering marks on the grip that I mentioned earlier. I may eventually put a rubber grip on it to make it more fun, but for now, it is already plenty of fun and watching the fireball from my reloads with Power Pistol powder was extremely satisfying.
As mentioned earlier the craftsmanship is astounding. The fit is tight but just works and works. The two men behind the counter at the range, one of which carries a Ruger LC9, both agree that this has one of the best triggers in a pocket gun. I love the stainless trigger, and although long, it is very smooth and has a crisp break. It also has a very smooth feel and no notch in it like a Glock or Ruger SR-series handgun. The CM9 is quite an attractive and functional piece of work.
All-in-all, this is an amazing gun and Kahr has won me over. I love buying from an American company with an American-made piece of artwork like this CM9. The quality is unmatched (except by other Kahrs!) and the user-friendliness is quite welcoming.
As always, when dealing with Bud's the service is A+. I ordered this gun Saturday night and received it Tuesday afternoon at my FFL. I always recommend Bud's to my friends, not just for the prices, but for the outstanding service. The employees are very friendly over the phone and shipping is always lightning-fast. I have zero complaints.