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Old March 25, 2011, 11:30 AM   #1
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Kahr CW9 vs Ruger LC9 -- which one?

I am thinking about adding a smaller pistol to my current CC pistols; Walther P99, 1911 5", Sig P6. Likely, when I get a smaller pistol, it will be carried more often than the others.

If Ruger LC9 and Kahr CW9 were priced the same, which one of the 2 would you pick? I am leaning towards the Kahr CW9.
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I have shot a CW9 and was impressed by it. Surprisingly mild recoil for a small light pistol.
I have not shot a Ruger LC9 but have shot a Keltec FP9. Keltec FP9 - long heavy DA. Otherwise, OK but did not give me a feeling of "I want one for CC" like the Kahr did.
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Old March 25, 2011, 11:50 AM   #2
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Cw9 ..Although I'm biased a bit bc I own a p40 but they really fit my hands well and I shoot them well.

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Old March 25, 2011, 12:14 PM   #3
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I'll second CW9
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Old March 25, 2011, 12:17 PM   #4
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KAHR

the kahr would be my choice as well.
don't get me wrong,i like all my rugers.in fact i just ordered the SR9 17R stainless. and last week the wife was eyeballn the LCR at our lgs and now it's her every day carry buddy..
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Old March 25, 2011, 12:18 PM   #5
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I have CW9 & CW45 and like them both a lot (as you can see by my name).
I also have 2 Rugers (not LC9) and like them a lot too so I'm already in your club either way. You know about the just-released Kahr CM9, right?... Economy version of the PM9 (if you might be interested in a sightly smaller model).
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Old March 25, 2011, 12:29 PM   #6
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CM9

did not know it was out yet but I'll add it to my short list.
till i get my grubby Lil mitts on one I'll carry this. MK9 elite.
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Old March 25, 2011, 12:39 PM   #7
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I would choose the CW9 because I don't like that safety on the LC9.
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Old March 25, 2011, 01:01 PM   #8
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I would go with a cw40, but since that wasn't one of your listed options, cw9.
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Old March 25, 2011, 01:16 PM   #9
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i would go for the cw9. very solid , its one of those guns that are really comfortable to hold... at least to me
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Old March 25, 2011, 01:26 PM   #10
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The CM9, as stated above, will be the same size as the PM9, but sell for $100 to $150 less, when they hit the streets. Kahr tends to run behind their release dates, then trickles them out slowly. For size comparison, a link to a "los" post.
los chart PM9 vs LC9
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Old March 25, 2011, 01:30 PM   #11
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To answer the question you actually asked, I'd probably go with the CW9, as I've had 3 Kahrs, and love them. As you mentioned, they have superb triggers. But I've never owned a bad Ruger either.

Looks like it's time for the "whichever feels best to you" answer.!
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Old March 25, 2011, 01:30 PM   #12
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Get the Kahr: my P380 shoots softer and more accurately than my LCP. The LC9 is the LCP's big brother and the CW9 (or rather, my PM9) is the P380's big brother.

If you do get the Kahr, I suggest you check out the following threads and save yourself some break-in ammo and headaches:

http://kahrtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1521

http://kahrtalk.com/showthread.php?t=308

Good luck and I hope you like whatever you get.
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Old March 25, 2011, 06:42 PM   #13
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Kahr!

I would also go with the Kahr. I have owned my CW9 for a few years now and ran at least a few thousand rounds through it (new FMJ, reloads, and HPs) and have had only one failure to eject (first trip to range, did not clean well enough, too excited). I think it has the best DA trigger I have ever felt (complared to Glock, XD, XDm, and Sigma). I have not shot an LC9 but have the LCP and was impressed however. But you definitely can't go wrong with the Kahr.
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Old March 25, 2011, 07:18 PM   #14
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Definitely the CW9.
I love my LCP, but not the LC9.
The muzzle is weird - barrel seems too short.
The safety is unnecessary and its not positioned in the right spot
It has a mag disconnect.
It has a big nasty silver loaded chamber indicator. :barf:
The slide and extractor do not fit well together - the extractor hangs outside of the slide a bit and has a sharp edge.

The LC9 does have a angled slide at the rear that wont print a pointy corner.
Thats a big plus, but not big enough to overcome all of the fails.

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Old March 25, 2011, 07:23 PM   #15
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The C Dub 9. i got a Houge Handall Jr grip sleeve. fits my hand great.
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Old March 25, 2011, 07:24 PM   #16
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Ruger for me - don't know why but never shot a Kahr with a trigger I liked And I wanted to like it lol. YMMV.
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Old March 25, 2011, 07:44 PM   #17
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CW9 is excellent. Really excellent. Great carry choice.

But all things being equal, the LC9 is a new release and there will be issues. They all do - Colt, Kimber, Sig, etc. Even everybody's favorite "Perfection" guns have issues. See Gen 4, any model.
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Old March 25, 2011, 08:18 PM   #18
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I must be missing something on the Kahrs because I'd take the Ruger hands down. You guys make me want to give a Kahr a second look though.
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Old March 25, 2011, 08:22 PM   #19
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Get the Kahr.
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Old March 25, 2011, 10:18 PM   #20
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The combination of the external safety, the mag disconnect and the loaded chamber indicator make it three strikes for the LC9.

The Kahr trigger is just another plus.

The fact that Ruger has a recent history of recalls with it's new semi-auto pistols (SR9, LCP) adds one more check-mark in the Kahr column.

Yes, I have owned two LCPs (one 370 series and one 371...still own the 370) and have fired an SR9.

I have also owned three Kahrs--PM9, P45, PM45. I still own the first two.
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Old March 25, 2011, 10:29 PM   #21
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Based on my experience with the PM series (PM9), my vote goes to Kahr, hands down.
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Old March 25, 2011, 10:54 PM   #22
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CW9, same dimensions, better gun IMO. I LOVE the trigger.
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Old March 25, 2011, 11:10 PM   #23
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cw9 for these reasons:

- it's cheaper (@ bud's)
- lighter in weight
- better grip
- no ridiculous key to disassemble
- no manual safety (never intended for DAO)
- no magazine disconnect
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Old March 25, 2011, 11:38 PM   #24
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My choice

would be to go with the Kahr. But, a big reason for my vote is its similarity to the Glock 26 which I already own and carry daily. I'm sure the LC9 will be a great cc...once all the bugs and kinks are worked out. I generally don't buy brand new guns that haven't proven themselves to my buddies. Both are made for self defense. That being said, I'd rather go with the one that's been out for awhile.
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Old March 26, 2011, 12:21 AM   #25
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CW9, for the exact reasons hgmike stated.
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