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Single stack, lightweight, pocketable 9mm guns seem to be the hot selling guns this year as concealed carry continues to becomes increasing popular. I've owned the Karh CM9 since mid 2011 and here's what I've found...

Pros:
-100% reliable through over 800 rounds of all types
-Cost. The gun can be had for under $400 most places
-Trigger. It's very smooth and breaks crisply
-Size. The gun is 'pocketable' in most outfits (5.42'' long, 4'' high, 0.9'' wide)
-Uses the proven 'Browning type' recoil lug
-Easy disassembly/maintenance/reassembly
-7 round mags are available (flush 6 rounder comes from factory)
-Lots of holster options available
-I like 'straight-8' type sights for fast close range defensive shooting
-Lightweight. Only weighs 14oz empty

Cons:
-The gun moved around a little under rapid fire when hands are wet (re: sweaty). I fixed this with the Talon grips however
-The gun doesn't feel as 'solid' as the Shield or PPS. That said, it's never failed so I can't say it impacts performance
-The trigger reset is too long in my opinion
-Only comes with one magazine
-Kahr recommends (as do I based on experience) that you use the slide release to reload the gun. I've found rounds can hang up if you try slingshotting it. Since I typically use the slingshot method, this required a conscious thought on my part at first
-All small/pocket guns are more difficult to shoot well vs. larger firearms so it's certainly not a gun you're going to win many competitions with

Below is a video of me shooting the gun on some steel, a demonstration of disassembly/reassembly, a side by side size comparison with the Shield, Glock 26, and the Bodyguard 380:


All in all, if you're looking for a pocket 9mm at a reasonable price, the CM9 should be on your list of contenders. It's reliable and (for its' size) is a very shootable gun. It seems to have gotten past the reliability issues that were reported when it first came out.

Chrono numbers:

Winchester Ranger 115gr JHP: 968fps, 239 ft/lbs energy
Federal HST 124gr JHP: 1014 fps, 283 ft/lbs energy
Speer Gold Dot 124gr JHP: 1053, 305 ft/lbs energy
 

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nice review !!!! bought a cm9 about a week ago.Took it right from the lgs to the range and now have 300 trouble free rounds through it . I like it a lot . Looking at the p380 next
 

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My PM9 once broken in, slingshots fine. You just have to be conscious and not ride your hand on the slide, release it completely once it is pulled all the way back and it works every time. Trigger is long yet smooth, but not as long as some others like the LC9.

I use Federal HST 124gr +P, and have done some (Non Scientific testing myself with that round in the Kahr) :D http://www.carolinashootersclub.com/threads/7814-Defense-Ammo-for-Concealed-Carry-Review?highlight=Kahr+Federal+HST+Review+Carry

When I get time I need to post some of the other reviews I have done that are posted on other forums.

Thanks plouffedaddy , Good Review
 

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The wife was interested in one of those. Earlier this week we went to SportsmansInc in Rock Hill to rent one to try out. The one we rented was the biggest piece of crap either of us has ever held. Every second or third round would nosedive and fail to feed. I don't know if they don't maintain their rental guns or what the problem was. We have rented other (higher end) guns there without problems, so maybe they don't maintain the lower end guns to push you up to a higher end gun, I don't know. From our experience there, the Kahr is off the list of candidates for either of us.

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The wife was interested in one of those. Earlier this week we went to SportsmansInc in Rock Hill to rent one to try out. The one we rented was the biggest piece of crap either of us has ever held. Every second or third round would nosedive and fail to feed. I don't know if they don't maintain their rental guns or what the problem was. We have rented other (higher end) guns there without problems, so maybe they don't maintain the lower end guns to push you up to a higher end gun, I don't know. From our experience there, the Kahr is off the list of candidates for either of us.

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What type of ammo? Also they have a 200 round break in period because they are manufactured tight.

You think of Kahr as Lower end???? LMAO
Try one of those high end Kel-tecs if your not happy.
 

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tophat Maybe that unknown rental needs a new recoil or mag spring from the many, many thousands of rounds it could have fired, or as you wondered the lack of mantanence or even operator eror could be possible. But when all else fails call it a bpoc and run along and buy what you feels a proper handgun for you. Good luck.
 

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Yeah, there was something wrong with it or it was poorly maintained. Kahrs are not for everyone but whether folks like them or not, most agree that they are very well made.

I too have have had bad rental experiences, XD's and Glocks that would not eject casings, Ruger revolvers that all the spent cases would get stuck in, M&P's that kept dropping magazines etc... You have to realize what you are dealing with when renting firearms as they tend to be like rentals cars, beat to crap and poorly (never) maintained.
 

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Picked up the cw 45 at the last gun show in charlotte 379otd put 200 rounds through it friday love the gun it did not like some of my reloads but pmc win white box went through it flawless.... love the gun so far.....
 
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