Khar PM9 given the Massachusetts makeover

Khar have given the PM9 sub-compact what I call the “Massachusetts makeover”. An external thumb safety has been added along with a loaded chamber indicator. It has already been added to the Massachusetts EOPS Approved Firearms Roster. I think this model, with the safety, is probably going to be popular outside of MA.

Model PM9193 / PM9193N
Caliber 9mm Luger
Capacity 6+1, 7+1 (magazine with grip extension)
Operation Trigger cocking DAO; lock breech; “Browning – type” recoil lug; passive striker block; no magazine disconnect
Barrel 3.0″, polygonal rifling; 1 – 10 right-hand twist
Length O/A 5.3″
Height 4.0″
Slide Width .90″
Weight Magazine 1.9 ounces, Pistol 14 ounces,
Grips Textured polymer
Sights Drift adjustable, white bar-dot combat sights
Finish Black frame, matte stainless steel slide (PM9093), matte blackened stainless steel slide (PM9094)
MA Approved YES
MSRP (Price) $924.00 (PM9193), $1,049.00 (PM9193N)
Availability Fall 2009

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  • Don

    I love the MK9 and PM9, and I do like having the option of using a safety and loaded chamber indicators, but do they really need to stamp “INDICATOR” and a warning on the thing? That’s just ugly.

    I heard that the CA model has the “TRIGGER” labled and “WARNING: BULLETS COME OUT OF THIS HOLE” on the front of the barrel.


  • Um…what was wrong with the loaded chamber indicator the PM9 already had?

  • Wow. Welcome to kindergarten. Next they will etch “point this somewhere else” around the muzzle end of the slide.

  • John K.

    I love the PM9’s trigger (or I should say the old PM9’s trigger since I don’t know if they made any changes to it now that they added the safety they said the PM9 didn’t need). I still absolutely love the look but that warning on the slide is just ridiculous and ruins this gun for me.

    Sorry, Kahr, you guys are asking some big bucks for that small pistol (MSRP for the night sight version is $1,049 – yikes!) so you’d better make it perfect. And “warning: loaded when indicator is up” says “our lawyers and the Brady bunch have convinced us that our customers are idiots”, not “perfect”.

  • Note that the safety works in the reverse direction of most frame mounted safeties.

  • Kurgen99

    How small is this compared to a PPK/s?

  • Not want. That safety would get me killed.

  • jdun1911

    Who the hell want to buy a DAO pistol with manual safety?

    Liberals are dumb and makes laws that they don’t understand. DAO IS THE SAFETY. Manual safety is only needed for SA handgun.

    Load indicator is bad because you should have learned the first rule of gun safety. The GUN IS ALWAYS LOADED. If you relied on load indicator instead of visually checking the gun you will blow your dick off soon or later.

  • jdun1911


    Yeah they messed up with the safety switch. Bet you people will start blowing up their dicks because of the piss poor way the company design the safety.

  • EzGoingKev

    To live in MA is to truly hate MA.

  • And/or to shoot yourself in the privates, it seems. Backwards safety on a DAO: double bad.

    • Hey Roberta, great to see you on The Firearm Blog 🙂

  • Cymond

    I have to play devil’s advocate on the loaded chamber indicator.

    A loaded chamber indicator is only useful if the person looking at it understands what it means. Everyone else seems to have assumed that the owner/operator will be the only person who gets ahold of this thing. Arguably, possibly, some idiot may find this in a desk drawer, under the couch, in a glove compartment, etc. In those cases, labeling that funny little thing that’s sticking up may inform the idiot that the gun is loaded.

    Personally, the only safety I trust is a visually inspected empty chamber. Anything less can malfunction and fail. However, not everyone knows about guns.

  • Durham68

    Backwards safety on a DAO pocket gun that will almost exclusively be used in high stress self defense situations. Great! It seems Mass really wants you to have to think about it before you defend yourself.

  • Tam

    They seem to have attached the safety upside-down.

  • Aron

    Take it easy on Massachsetts, eh? Liberal doesn’t mean evil. Some of us like it there just fine.

  • carl

    the more safety the better. you cant have enough. i think everyone who a gun should have a permit. that means a background check, medical records ect. then i believe a safety course should be mandatory. one like the police use to qualify. last a course taught by the d/a or a lawyer as to the legal responsibilities to gun ownership. that said, this should allow concealed carry in all states. we expect our police to be trained and qualified …so should we be.

  • Steve T

    Ugh great, I been looking for one of these for months and now this? What happened here? They had a product that was in such high demand in a brutal economy and they change it? My quest has ended.

  • Kevin

    Looks like a great little pistol for states that have chosen to cripple their citizens with “idiot proof” legislation.

    Carl, we expect our Police to be trained, qualified and PAID. How much are you willing to pay an individual to go through your training regimen? If it’s mandatory and/or unfunded, it’s just infringement.

  • Mathew P.

    Kind of expensive!

    I would prefer the Sig P290 or the new Ruger LC9, but neither are MA compliant. Go figure.

    Whats the next best compact 9mm for the $