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Old November 19, 2005, 06:17 PM   #1
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Kahr CW9 vs. Springfield XD 9mm

I've been thinking about getting a compact 9mm and am trying to choose between Kahr CW9 (not the P9) and a Springfield XD. According to what I've read, the advantage of the Kahr is primarily in size (.9 inches thick vs. 1.2 inches for Springfield). The Springfield is supposed to have a better trigger and 3 extra rounds per mag.

Any other thoughts on reliability, ergonomics, other?
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Old November 19, 2005, 06:26 PM   #2
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Get the Kahr
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Old November 19, 2005, 06:30 PM   #3
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Hold each gun. Get the one that fits your hand best and just feels right. I think both would be reliable. From what I understand, Kahrs need an initial break-in period of like 200-300 rounds to get out the bugs. I could be wrong in this information though.

Again, ergonomics of your hand. Also...XD will be less expensive.
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Old November 19, 2005, 08:15 PM   #4
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I got a CW9 a while back. Been to the range with it and it is scary accurate. If you decide to buy it order a 2nd mag for it.

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Old November 20, 2005, 07:08 PM   #5
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They`re both nice little guns. After carrying a KelTec P-11 for many years as my primary CCW I ordered an XD-40 Sub compact when they first came out. I waited and waited (and waited...) and it didn`t come in. In the mean time I came accross a used P-40 for a good price so I snagged that instead. Now I`m glad I did. It`s so slim and light it`s easy to forget I`m even carrying it. It makes even the P-11 feel chunky. It`s also a lot more accurate and easy to shoot well than any gun that size has a right to be. You`ll be well served by either but I`d lean slightly towards the Kahr. Marcus
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Old November 20, 2005, 08:57 PM   #6
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I can't speak for the Springfield but I just bought a CW9. Cost was $379.00 which is very good for my area. I have put about 300 rounds through it. About half of those were hollow points of various types. No failures of any kind. It came with only 1 mag but I had a bunch that I kept when I sold a K-9. I loved that one too but it was too heavy for my tastes. I planned to buy at P-9 at some point but when the CW9 was introduced, I couldn't resist. Both of the Kahr pistols that I have owned have been very reliable.

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Old November 20, 2005, 11:43 PM   #7
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Both are excellent. The Kahr will be easier to conceal. Trigger on each is great. I have a P9. I will eventually have an XD9.
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Old November 23, 2005, 08:25 PM   #8
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I would get the Kahr
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Old November 24, 2005, 03:51 PM   #9
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i have owned an xd9 and currently own/carry a kahr p9 covert. the kahr is so slim, lightweight and easy to conceal. the xd on the other hand is very blocky. both are extremely accurate and reliable. both triggers are great, although significantly different. i bought the xd9, then went the slightly smaller glock 26 and ultimately to the kahr covert. it just conceals so much easier and comfortably than the other two. are the other two not as "good" as the kahr? no, they are all absolutely great guns but for my intended purpose(comfortable and discrete concealed carry) the kahr is hands down my choice.
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Old November 25, 2005, 03:57 PM   #10
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I have owned a CW9 for a couple of months and have put 407 rounds through it without one problem. I like it so well I have ordered a Milt Sparks Versa Max 2 holster, Kydex clips, belt, and pocket magazine holder. I would not have invested in a top end rig if I did not have complete confidence in the CW9.
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Old November 25, 2005, 04:47 PM   #11
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There's only one problem with the higher end Kahrs - price.
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Old November 25, 2005, 06:23 PM   #12
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XD.. I've have my xd40 4" for about 3 1/2 months now and fired 1700 rounds through it with no problems
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Old November 26, 2005, 11:55 AM   #13
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How well do they digest +p and +P+ ammo?

Does one have a noticably "better" trigger than the other?
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How well do they digest +p and +P+ ammo?

Does one have a noticably "better" trigger than the other?
I've shot submachinegun +P+ ammo in a XD9 and it's fine, and I also think the XD trigger is much smoother (and more predictable) and not such a long pull compared to the glocks. It really all comes down to your personal preference, both are good guns, just shoot them both and see which one you like more.
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