Kahr P380 CA-Legal model

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Kahr will soon be shipping a California approved version of their P380 pistol. They are claiming it is the only polymer framed ultra-compact that is approved for sale in the state.

The pistol has the required loaded chamber indicator …

Loaded Chamber Indicator

The MSRP will be $733 and it should be shipping later this year.


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  • Sian

    I’m not sure of the need for an ultra-compact in California. The only people allowed to carry are also connected and rich enough to afford bodyguards.

    Good on Kahr though!

  • MrMaigo

    WOW! I guess if you factor in the cost of living in Cali $733 is cheap.

  • Adam

    Looks like the chamber indicator pokes up rather far… Mightn’t that affect its fit in it’s holster?

  • Bandito762

    Sian, you seem to forget about the mexican cartels running drugs into every major city.

  • Squidpuppy

    I’ve had one of these on order for months, as soon as Kahr announced them way back in July, or whatever. But since then I got a Colt Government MkIV and a Colt Mustang PocketLite. The Mustang is pretty much awesome. The Colt Govt is a Series 80, so the trigger suxxor, but a bit of work will fix that.

    There’s a case going to the 9th Circuit right now, from San Diego County that will either make the difference for Shall Issue CCW, or lock CA down to May Issue (i.e., no issue for most of us). If the 9th Circuit finds in favor of strict adherence with a nod to inclusion, Californians might just get to be like most of the rest of the Union. In the 9th Circuit’s jurisdiction, only CA and HI don’t have Shall Issue, or constitutional carry (no CCW required).

    Aside from CCW, the problem for these mouse guns in CA is the safety requirements, and the absurd certification process to get on the list of approved for sale handguns. Magazine safeties and loaded chamber indicators are difficult to accommodate on tiny pistols. My small Colts are okay, because they’re legacy grandfathered and were already in the state.

    The certification thing costs a lot of money and something like 5 samples each of every model to be certified, that you never get back. Smaller manufacturers choke on this, which ticks me off, because some of them have really cool stuff.

    Guy I know who owns the shop where I pre-ordered the Kahr, says these things are gonna be on “allocation” meaning very limited distribution. Still want one, I guess.

  • Sian

    @Adam it shouldn’t, it only sticks up as much as the front sight, and the front sight has to clear the holster too.

  • Adam

    Good point, Sian.

    I guess I’m not used to seeing sights on a .380. The top of my P-3AT is practically flat.

  • Richsi

    I have had a Kahr P380 with night sights (CA) on order since April. (50% downpayment). I emailed Kahr sales in Sept. and they said it will be shipping late Sept. first week of Nov. Nothing yet! I email them another email again in Dec. and they NEVER emailed back so something is up with these guys for sure. I checked the the CA DOJ website and found that the certification will expire for this weapon on Feb. 18, 2012. I don’t think they are even going to make delivery before the certification expires. Not a very class outfit if you ask me. Wonder what’s going on has anyone any inside information?

  • Richsi

    Correction from above comment,

    I checked the the CA DOJ website and found that the certification will expire for this weapon on Feb. 18, 2012. I don’t think they are even going to make delivery before the certification expires.

    Correction: I meant to say “Feb. 18, 2011″ sorry about that!