Was looking for a nice, compact, 9mm summer carry. Something to go into the front pocket of my cargo pants, (in a pocket holster, of course). I have the Glock 42, but never felt totally comfortable with the caliber. The Glock 43 looks promising, but it is pushing the dimensions of a Glock 26, albeit much slimmer. So I bought the KAHR CM 9. Just put over 200 rounds at the range. Only 2 malfunctions, fail to load and slide locked open on a loaded magazine. The last 50 rounds were flawless.
It shoots surprisingly well. No unpleasant recoil. Not snappy to me. The aggressive stippling really helped keep a tight grip. I have medium to large hands and I did not feel the need to re-grip after every shot, which is no bueno. The groups kept getting better with each round as I became more familiar with the gun.
Pros: 1. The price is over 200 LESS than a Glock. 2. Very concealable 3. Pleasant to shoot, with a very smooth trigger. 3. Fairly light
Cons: 1. A bit complicated and finicky when field stripping to clean. 2. Not too crazy about the frame rails being uninforced plastic, (there are two steel guides embedded in the front end of the receiver that do engage the front end of the slide to keep it in place, not sure why they just didn't reinforce the upper receiver like Glock. Time will tell if this is a good design I suppose)
All in all, I think it's a good gun for a great price. I would have no qualms showing this pistol to my enemy.
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]