Springfield XD-40 Service vs Kahr CW9
My old CCW vs my new CCW
Well after much searching for a new CCW I ended up buying a Kahr CW9. Other contenders in the search were the CW40 XD-9SC XD-40SC, Taurus Millennium Pro (9mm) and to a lesser degree a S&W 5-shot 38 Special snub nose revolver. So far I am very please with the CW9

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In a side by side or on top of each other images above it does not look much smaller than my XD-40 I had been carrying. But the big difference is the overall height and the thickness. Both of which make this a much easier gun to hide.

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It was not as friendly to shoot as I thought it was going to be. Iíve always read that 40S&W has such snappy recoil, but I never really found it all that bad in my XD-40 Service or Tactical. So I guess I thought the little old 9mm was going to be real mild. I failed to take the weight difference (XD-40s ~29oz CW9 ~18oz) between the pistols into account when I came to that conclusion. The recoil was very snappy but not painful. After ~175rds through it and a few magazines through the XD my right thumb was a bit sore in the more proximal knuckle. But than again I haven't fired any handgun since late October of last year (over three months) so no doubt my hands need to reacclimatize to the recoil.

After putting several magazines through the CW9 I switch to the XD-40. Wow! What a difference. First thing you notice it just how much bigger the XD is, both in the hand, and sight picture. Firing them both was like going for driving down a bumpy road in a Geo Metro and then getting in a full size pickup truck and going down the same road. They are very different guns despite similarities in operation and grip angle.
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It does shoot pretty good when I do my part, the target to the right was shot at 50ft. The outer ring is 4 inches in diameter. Seven shots of Remington UMC 115gr FMJ. I'm still getting use to the Glock like trigger. Its pull is pretty much the same all the way through and does not have the nice two stage feel the XD has that lets you know when its going to break. It's a heavy pull but not overly so although I shoot a lot of revolver so the long pull DA feel does not bother me. A good trigger pull for a CCW where you only want that gun going off when you really really mean it. Its only slightly heavier than my S&W 610 revolver in DA and almost as smooth.

A slight pet peeve of mine is the whole Double Action vs Single Action crap that goes on with semi-auto handguns. IMHO this gun is single action despite the fact Kahr says its double action only and pulling the trigger does actually perform two functions, cocking and releasing the stiker.

Here my reasons why. When you pull the trigger it does finish retracting the striker and then releases the striker to fire the cartridge. Sounds like double action but itís not because if that cartridge fails to ignite pulling the trigger a second time does not cock and release the striker again to strike the cartridge. The slide cycling partially cocks the striker and the trigger pull only finish the cocking procedure. Now a Taurus Millennium Pro has a true double action trigger group and you can pull the trigger multiple times for a second, third or more strikes on a given cartridge.

So IMHO Glock, XD and Kahrs are more like single actions than double action no matter what any yahoo out there says. If you call a trigger mechanism Double Action then it should be able to repeatedly strike a fautly cartridge. If not then you should probably not call it Double Action, maybe its not Single Action but its definitely not Double Action.


None-the-less getting off that side rant, I put about 175rd through the CW9 the first night at the range and not one failure of any kind. The first round in a magazine would dive into the feed ramp but only if I rode the slide. If I used the slide release or a proper slingshot release it never failed. Given that I had read in the manual and online several times that a Kahr handguns needs at least 200rds to be reliable this particular CW9 seemed to run flawless out of the box. I will have to start looking for a good JHP to test in it for carry but with FMJ is runs very well and for winter carry FMJ isnít a complete mistake.
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My Spare magazines showed up. An extra 7rd and two 8rd magazines. I'll see how they work out the next time I get to the range.

The hostler if just a very simple unlined DeSantis leather IWB holster. It was orginaly a thumb break for my XD-40. A few snips with a razor knife and a few stitches with the old leather awl and you have a very slim clip on IWB holster.
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