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Karh CW9 with 8 Round Mag Karh CW9 Sights N8 Tactical O2 Micro Holster Kahr CW9
Karh CW9 with 8 Round Mag Karh CW9 Sights N8 Tactical O2 Micro Holster Kahr CW9
  • Budget friendly
  • Good for concealed carry
  • Two-tone design
  • Feels a bit clunky
  • Sharp edges
Editor’s Note:

“It feels great in hand, although we prefer a bit more aggressive grip.  The slide starts off a little stiff…as does the magazine release…so make sure you can confidently rack it. And because it’s the more budget of Kahr’s offerings, there are some sharp corners in the ejection port and the front of the slide and some machining marks on the barrel. But again, as a budget 9mm for concealed carry, you have to expect some concessions. Overall, if you’re looking for a concealable single-stack 9mm at a great price, you can’t go wrong with the CW9.” – Eric Hung

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Product Description

The Kahr CW9 is a budget 9mm with a single-stack design. It boasts an overall length of 5.9 inches with a barrel length of 3.565 inches. It stands at 4.5 inches tall and weighs 15.8 ounces. Its trigger is a DAO (double-action only) style, so be prepared for that.

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Kahr CW9 Specs

Double Action Only
Barrel Length
Magazine Capacity
9mm Luger
1.36 lbs

Kahr CW9 Features

DAO trigger
7+1 capacity

By The Numbers - Kahr CW9

I didn’t test 50 yards+…but at reasonable distances it’s still way more accurate than I could be.
No failures of any kind in the ~500 rounds I’ve put through of factory ammo and hollow-points. Manufacturer suggests a 200 round break-in period but for me…it wasn’t necessary.
It’s not really meant to be customized. You can add some grip tape, magazines, and a holster…but that’s about it.
Fits my hand well and I can manipulate the magazine release + slide release. Could use more grip but that’s personal preference.

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final verdict

“If you’re looking for a concealable single-stack 9mm at a great price…you can’t go wrong with the CW9. Be sure to try out the trigger in store and also the grip.  If you can’t fit all your fingers on it, we would recommend going with something bigger.” – Eric Hung

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