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Op-Ed: Five reasons the Kahr PM9 is excellent

Kahr PM9 handgun. (Courtesy of Dan Abraham)
November 21, 2018

The Kahr PM9 is a small and lightweight semi-auto polymer-frame pistol that many shooters choose to carry daily. It would be hard to find a handgun of this quality and size in the sub-compact 9mm class. When compared to other single stack 9mm handguns, the Kahr PM9 is by far the easiest for deep concealment. Whether it is holstered on the hip, carried in the pocket or an ankle holster, the Kahr PM9 conceals so well.

I have been a fan of Kahr handguns for years and owned several of the Kahr pistols, so it’s fair to say that I know Kahr handguns inside and out. Shooting and carrying Kahr handguns is what I have done for years. There are few Kahr models from their vast line of pistols that I have not owned. I have experienced just about every model from the micro-sized Kahr CW380 to the larger .45 ACP models.

I especially admire the Kahr PM9. That little powerhouse can pack a punch while only weighing 20 ounces loaded with seven rounds. It sports a three-inch long barrel, yet the slide is much shorter than other sub-compact 9mm handguns. The Kahr PM9 is one of the “premium series” Kahr handguns. A higher-end, premium series Kahr pistol means the parts are milled from bar-stock steel, the engraving and slide cuts are precisely detailed, and the barrel has polygonal rifling. The Kahr PM9 featured in this review has a blackened slide and upgraded Tru-Glo night sights.

I  decided to share five reasons why the Kahr PM9 is excellent. When considering the size and weight, trigger action and build quality, it’s not hard to come up with five reasons. I also discussed the stiff dual recoil spring that Kahr uses. Kahr handguns are very tight and solid. The heavier recoil spring creates tighter slide manipulation, however, decreased recoil is felt when shooting. There is less recoil and muzzle rise when shooting and that is a credit to the tight recoil spring.

Check out the video below and let us know your thoughts on the Kahr PM9. Also, share with us your experiences with Kahr handguns.

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