It has been over three years now since I
reviewed the dandy little Kahr PM9.
The PM9 is an excellent choice for a small 9mm pocket pistol,
exhibiting excellent workmanship in a very compact, reliable
design. This new CM9 is very similar, so I won’t re-plow the
same ground here, but instead refer the reader to the review of
the PM9 for details.
Looking at the PM9 and the new CM9
side-by-side, most folks ask, “What’s the difference?”,
and that is a good question. When it comes to performance,
reliability, and accuracy, there is no difference. The CM9 has
the same quality of material and workmanship, the same smooth
Kahr trigger pull, the same look, the same feel, and it uses the
same magazines as the PM9. The CM9 comes supplied with one
six-round magazine that seats flush with the grip, but a
seven-round version is available that gives a bit more purchase
for the hand. Buying extra mags, I would get the seven-round
version, and carry the pistol concealed in the pocket with the
shorter mag in place. Kahr uses a barrel with polygonal rifling
on their higher-priced PM9 pistol, and traditional rifling on
this CM9. For this reason, and using a different method of
marking the pistol, Kahr can produce and sell the CM9 for a lot
less money than the PM9. I do not care that the rifling is
different, nor that the slide markings are different. The little
CM9 shoots every bit as well as does the PM9, and the money
saved is substantial. The CM9 only comes with one magazine
instead of two, but extra magazines can be purchased for forty
bucks each, and the price difference between the two pistols, as
of the date of this review, is $221 US.
Night sights and
Crimson Trace Laserguards are available for either of these
pistols, so I just do not see any advantage to buying the more
expensive PM9 when this new CM9 is a superb little carry gun.
Weighing in at just 16.6 ounces with an empty magazine, the
compact pistol is also relatively lightweight.
I fired a variety of ammunition over the
chronograph to check velocities, with the results listed in the
chart below. Velocities are listed in feet-per-second. Bullet
weights are listed in grains. JHP is a jacketed hollowpoint
bullet. DPX is a hollow nose homogenous copper bullet. EPR is a
specialty premium bullet from Extreme
Shock. FP is a frangible, pre-fragmented flatnose bullet.
FMJ is a full metal jacket roundnose bullet. Velocities were
taken at an elevation of 541 feet above sea level, with an air
temperature of fifty-five degrees Fahrenheit. Velocities were
recorded at ten feet from the muzzle.
|WCC NATO FMJ
|Buffalo Bore +P JHP
|Buffalo Bore +P JHP
|Cor-Bon +P DPX
|Extreme Shock EPR
The 3.06 inch barrel of the CM9 turned in
very respectable velocities. The little pistol is easy to
control, especially when using the optional seven-round
magazine. Employing a passive internal firing pin block safety,
the Kahr is a point-and-shoot design. No manual safeties are
needed. The pistol will not fire until the trigger is pulled,
releasing the striker to fire the weapon. It is a very simple
and reliable design. The Kahr functioned perfectly with every
brand and type of ammo that I tried to feed it. Reliability was
one hundred percent. It is a dandy weapon that carries 9mm
power, but is small enough and light enough to always be within
reach. The Kahr CM9 is built right, and built in the USA. The
CM9 is due to start shipping to dealers on March 20, 2011.
Check out this and other Kahr products online
To order any of the high performance
ammunition shown here, go to www.buffalobore.com,
For the location of a Kahr dealer near you,
click on the DEALER LOCATOR at www.lipseys.com.
To order the CM9 online, go to www.galleryofguns.com.