Kahr Arms CW9 Handgun Review ~ American-Made, Affordable, 9mm Pistol ~ VIDEO

By Graham Baates
YouTube personality, Graham Baates, gives us a video review of the Kahr Arms CW9 in 9mm.

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USA – -(Ammoland.com)-  In a time when the President wants to make American great again we’ve all rejoiced at what seems to be a lull in the war on our right to defend ourselves.

This inspired a re-evaluation of the American handgun market and I was a bit saddened to realize just how few choices we have that are actually made in America.

There are a few companies that still manufacture in the US, but those that equate to the Wal-Mart of gun companies didn’t interest me and so I kept looking.

What I found was Kahr and the CW 9 from their Value Series.

Kahr Arms CW9 Pistol

Kahr Arms CW9 Pistol Handgun in 9mm
Kahr Arms CW9 Pistol Handgun in 9mm

With an MSRP of $449 and a street price about $100 less Kahr has found a way to make a quality firearm in the United States and still have it be both quality and affordable. Cost reduction is accomplished by reducing machining on the slide, conventional rifling, and using a polymer front sight and MIM slide stop lever.

Other that it remains the same quality from Kahr that fans have come to expect.

Kahr Arms CW9 Pistol Trigger
Kahr Arms CW9 Pistol Trigger : Note the very-comfortable, wide, metal trigger shoe.
Kahr Arms CW9 Pistol Made in Worcester MA USA
Kahr Arms CW9 Pistol Made in Worcester MA USA

The Kahr CW9 Pistol is a Double-Action Only, but the trigger feels more like it is made of ball bearings as it glides through its stroke into the firing position. Perhaps part of that feel comes from the broad metal trigger shoe which feels remarkably comfortable after spending too much time handling guns with trigger-mounted safeties. Comfortable is probably the best single-word description I can offer for the CWP hand gun.

Beyond the trigger shoe is the reassuring double action providing both safety and readiness while carrying, and the 7+1 capacity proved just the right size for my larger hands to remain slim for carry, yet provide enough handle to be comfortable on the range.

Kahr CW9 Pistol Rear Beavertail : img MMP Guns
Kahr CW9 Pistol Rear Beavertail : img MMP Guns

For a tabletop video review of the Kahr Arms CW9 Pistol check the video below:

Kahr Arms CW 9 Pistol Specifications:

Caliber 9mm
Capacity 7+1
Operation Trigger cocking DAO; lock breech; “Browning – type” recoil lug; passive striker block; no magazine disconnect
Barrel 3.6” conventional rifling, 1:10 right-hand twist
Overall Length 5.9”
Height 4.5”
Slide Width 0.9”
Weight Pistol 15.8oz

Magazine 1.9oz

The Kahr Arms CW9 Pistol is a great quality, “Made in America” handgun and gets thumbs up on the purchase list.

About Graham Baates

“Graham Baates” is a pen name used by a 15-year active Army veteran who spent most of his time in the tactical side of the Intelligence community including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Post-Army Graham spent some time in the 3-Gun circuit before becoming a full-time NRA Certified defensive handgun instructor and now works as an industry writer while curating a YouTube channel and blog on the side. Visit Graham on Youtube .

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My “go to pocket gun” is an ALL stainless steel Kahr MK9 2000 Elite chambered in 9 MM, NOT .380!!!


Have had one for several years now, and I absolutely love this firearm. It’s easy to carry and functions flawlessly. I also have the Kahr P380, which is also a great firearm. The CM9 is my #2 carry gun behind my Kimber 1911. The P380 is my go to pocket gun.


I had mine less than a year. Took it to the range weekly. I never liked it. Sold back to the dealer I bought it from after 8 months.


Trigger reset is way too long.


Look at Bersa BP9cc made in Argentina but a fine firearm &cost $330.00 @ Sportsmen Guide cheaper than Buds.Just put 100 rounds (reloads) thru it,right out of the box,and I have 7 Glocks,Kimber ,Colt the list goes on.Not a single issue has Glock rear sights & Sig front sights.Approx 3.5lb trigger.can’t say enough good about it.


Kentucky Gun Co. has a sale going on right now. 9mm Shield for $250. shipping included!


Looks like the 380 to me. All 9mm Shields starting at $325 and up.


I’m looking for a replacement for my SCCY CPX2. Not because of any problems…at all! It has been 100% for well over 3k rd. It holds 10 rd, fits in my pocket, is accurate and is easy to shoot with the double stack grip frame. I am looking for another same sized gun, that doesn’t have a mile long trigger pull AND reset. That CW9 has the same long trigger pull and reset, is larger than the CPX2, and holds less ammo. If the trigger on my CPX2 was like those on a Glock, it would be ideal. And no,… Read more »


…though, a G26 might just be right. I need to check that one out.


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Wild Bill

Why, oh why, is Kahr Arms making their firearms in Massachusetts?


Wild Bill. I couldn’t agree with you more!
Sorry to be biased but I can’t understand how ANY gun mfg can stay in MA.
That is hypocrisy at its max IMHO and I Will Not knowingly buy Anything made in MA no matter how well made!


Also, I CANNOT understand why shooting competitions drawing shooters from all over the US and foreign countries are held in states like Mass and Cal!!!


So a Ruger, 100% American made weapon, is considered “WalMart-ish” to you… I will stick with the Ruger.


Reminds me of Rodney Dangerfields pants on Caddy Shack !