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The Gun; Kahr CW40
Caliber-40SW. Barrel-3.6", conventional rifling, 1-16 right-hand twist. LOA-6.36". HOA-4.62". WOA-.94". Weight- Pistol 16.8 ounces, Magazine 1.9 ounces.
6+1 and 7+1 with the extended magazine. Brushed stainless steel slide on a polymer frame. Trigger cocking, DAO, lock breech, "Browning - type" recoil lug, passive striker block, no magazine disconnect.
The City; Orem, Utah, at the recreation center.
It was Wednesday, and this is the Range Report on the soon to be main carry gun.
These are the facts…
Ok, maybe there is some personal insight in here too. I'm very please with how this weapon shoots and feels in the hand. The recoil is a little more than the air weight 38 spec but in a different way. Not as straight back as the 38. It's not bad really. I would not have guessed it was 40 cal, for this light of a gun I would have guessed the recoil felt like a 9mm. In fact the new little Ruger LCP 380 had more recoil than the CW40. With the CW40 you can still take quick follow up shots with it, and it is fairly easy to control. I didn't try much rapid fire, which will have to come next time. It shot right to point of aim and is very accurate in my opinion. It shot a 2 1/4" group, off hand no less, at 24 ft. Not bad for the first time out with this gun. The sights where right on, and had a white dot on a post presentation. It points very well for me. It did fail to feed once with the FMJ, I don’t think I seated the first round in the magazine all the way back. The break-in period for this gun is 200 rounds, and I just put 75 through it. I shot FMJ and some Remington JHP 180gr. The trigger was DAO and was very smooth and pretty light. This is a keeper if the reliability is established. It is small enough to carry nicely in a cargo pocket or large front pocket if you have baggy pants, and disappears with an IWB holster. Yet it is large enough to get a full hand grip.
I also shot the Ruger LCP again. No failures and has functioned flawless. I was mostly trying some point shooting, and rapid fire on a silhouette target. The shots were more or less in the vitals zone but sort of scattered all around. I need a bunch more practice with it. It is not a take to the range for fun gun like the CW40 will be. Shooting the LCP is like holding a cute little tinny mule that kicks you with everything it’s got, every time you pull the trigger. Still that can be fun too, and it’s so nice to carry.

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I have about 275 round through the CW40 and it started to have some failure to fire because of light primer hits. After $60 to ship it back to Kahr and a week in transit/gun work, it is back now. It makes me wonder if I should have spent the extra $ and got something with out problems, but how do ya know? Most all gun makers have some problems. Kahr did service the gun and sent it back with out charge but I had to pay the first shipping. What's the deal with having to ship weapons only by overnight service?
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Very good report, really enjoyed it.
 

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scallywag46 said:
I have about 275 round through the CW40 and it started to have some failure to fire because of light primer hits. After $60 to ship it back to Kahr and a week in transit/gun work, it is back now. It makes me wonder if I should have spent the extra $ and got something with out problems, but how do ya know? Most all gun makers have some problems. Kahr did service the gun and sent it back with out charge but I had to pay the first shipping. What's the deal with having to ship weapons only by overnight service?
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Kahr should have taken care of the shipping if there was a problem with the gun.

The overnight shipping started in about 2000 and only applies to handguns. I'm not sure on the reasoning behind it but I would take Jeff's reason to be a good one. FFL holders (gun shops, etc.) can ship guns via US Mail to each other. My FFL said he would ship hanguns for me for $10 plus the shipping costs which are around $15 via Priority Mail.
 

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I too have the Kahr CW40 and love it. I'd like to add a couple of points to the above review. I love this gun as a concealed carry due to its light weight and compact size. The only thing I don't like is the LONG trigger pull. Shooting lots of rounds really works out my hand (granted, I've had surgery on the tendons in my shooter finger). The grip is pretty aggressive but it has to be for the amount of kick it has. It's great for carrying and, of course, it's not a range gun.

Great review.
 

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To drag up an old post. I just purchased a Kahr CW 40 from Dougs. The gun is solidly built with very, very tight tolerances, definitely a gun that needs to be broken in. I haven't had a chance to shoot it yet but my brother took it out last weekend and put about 60 rounds through it. I will be putting the other 150 rounds through it on Monday that they say needs to be done to break it in. My brother said that the gun shot great all the way through the last round in the magazine and then would not feed anymore. Not sure what to do about it but have looked around on the net and haven't really come up with anything yet. I will tear it down today and give it a real good cleaning and lube it up before I head to the range tomorrow. If anyone else has had any other experiences since the OP here I would really appreciate the input.
 
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