The PM45—good ergonomics, reliable and easy to carry. For a…

The PM45—good ergonomics, reliable and easy to carry. For a pocket pistol,
It doesn’t get much better than that!

Kahr Arms came on the scene in 1995 with their innovative 9mm K9 pistol, when designer Justin Moon felt that the existing crop of semiauto pistols was not especially well suited for concealed carry and set out to build a better one. A little more than a decade and a half later, Kahr offers the most extensive line of discreet carry pistols in the industry, with offerings available in .380 ACP, 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. Moon’s design is extremely innovative and is covered by six U.S. patents.

Unique Design

Kahr pistols range from compact to subcompact in size and utilize the proven Browning type locked breech operating system. These striker-fired self-loaders have a double action only trigger system with a relatively short 3/8 inches of travel. Many people compare the trigger to a DA revolver, as it shares the same simple point-and-shoot qualities of the wheelgun. I would categorize trigger action of Kahr pistols to be relatively smooth and easy to master.

Modern CNC machining methods enable Kahr to build a reliable pistol to the most exacting tolerances. Barrels are made by Lothar Walther and crafted from a solid billet. Most barrels used in Kahr pistols feature polygonal rifling for a better gas seal, faster muzzle velocity, and greater service life. The slides are made from 416 stainless steel and depending on the model, the frame is constructed of either stainless steel or polymer. Magazines too are a cut above and rendered from 400 stainless steel, plasma-welded and heat-treated to Rockwell 50 for durability.

Several unique design features set the Kahr apart from other semiauto pistols. Most notable is the offset barrel where the trigger mechanism is placed next to the barrel, rather than underneath it. This allows the shooter to get the hand closer to the axis of the bore, minimizing muzzle flip, felt recoil, and recovery time between shots. The drawbar is in very close proximity to the frame, allowing Kahr to keep width dimensions to a minimum.

The original Kahr K9 was offered in carbon steel with a black matte finish. This quickly gave way to a line of all stainless steel pistols, which remain popular to this day. More recently, Kahr began building pistols with high-impact polymer frames, which yield a number of advantages. Polymer frames are significantly lighter than their steel frame cousins and have proven very durable. Also, polymer frames transmit less felt-recoil to the hand. This probably isn’t a big deal with the mild-mannered 9mm, but it is perceptible with the snappier .40 S&W.

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