Kahr CW380

The new Kahr CW380

At the 2013 Media Day I had the chance to put my hands on the new Kahr CW380, (Model #CW3833).  The CW380 is a nice compact handgun developed to fill the void in the CW series of pistols for the .380 caliber cartridge.  Previously Kahr had made the CW9 and CW40 in corresponding calibers.  Like its bigger brothers in the CW line, the CW380 has a polymer frame with a 416 stainless steel slide, and uses a single stack magazine to keep the pistol extremely slim.  Here are a list of the other CW380 specifications:

  • Striker fired, Double-action only
  • Trigger cocking
  • 1:16 right-handed twist, with conventional rifling
  • Weight – 10.2 oz. unloaded
  • Magazine weight – 1.3 oz.
  • Overall length – 4.96”
  • Barrel length – 2.58”
  • Width – 0.75”
  • 6+1 capacity, stainless steel magazine
  • Textured grip on front and back
  • 2-dot white dot fixed sights
  • Metal Injection Molded (MIM) slide stop lever instead of machined
  • Slide will lock back after last shot
  • MSRP $419
Although small, the CW380 still allows a solid grip.

Although small, the CW380 still allows a solid grip.

The CW380 has a bit of a long trigger pull, but many DAO actions are like that.  Firing this pistol on the range was an enjoyable experience.  I found the accuracy to be acceptable (hitting steel easily at 15-20 yards).  The recoil was a bit snappy, probably due to such a small frame, but it was still more than manageable.

The Kahr representative said that the CW380 will be ready to ship next week, but in the American market where guns are being bought up in record paces, availability may quickly decrease.  Unfortunately the CW380 will only ship with one magazine.

The CW380 is incredibly thin.

The CW380 is incredibly thin.

The CW380 in my medium sized hand.

The CW380 in my medium sized hand.

The Kahr CW380 next to its magazine.

The Kahr CW380 next to its magazine.



Aaron is a life-long firearm enthusiast and hunter. He has been a police officer for nearly 19 years, and currently is a Sergeant in Special Operations. He has served on the department’s SWAT Team for 14 years, with 8 years as the Sniper Team Leader. When not fussing over fractions of inches, and gut-less wonders, he can usually be found sipping from a ridiculously large coffee mug. Aaron is also the editor and main writer at BlueSheepDog.com.


  • The Rock

    Don’t forget the CW45

    • Aaron

      You’re absolutely correct sir! Thanks for the catch.

  • Get in the Kahr

    Totally forgot to email a screenshot a few months back to TFB … This gun has been listed (probably by mistake) on Davidson’s Inc. for a while! The listing has pictures and all

    • Aaron

      I got my information on “release dates” from the Kahr reps, but it’s quite possible that Kahr released the news to valued distributors/dealers ahead of SHOT.

  • Dan

    So basically a cheap P380.

    • fiwik

      There’s nothing cheap about $400 + dollars

  • Jim McLain

    i have an older kahr 380 and it consistently jams and i used several types of ammo. another friend of mine same gun same problem. he sent his back to kahr in december but have not got it back yet.

    • fiwik

      Could it POSSIBLY be that you’re a piss poor shooter ?

  • Bob

    Kahr is quiet and holding back the cw389 for some reason. Probably having the same FTF that the P380 had and don’t want a recall. I asked them about the release date of the CW380 and they said later in the year. I sent an email to Rich and they just said that he is no longer there. Rich was the guy that promised to swop me a new PM9 (even) for my new P380 that I had to keep sending back, then he charged me $135.oo when I traded for the difference. When I balked, he said I was lucky that he allowed me the new retail price that he subtacted from the new PM9 price. I was so affraid of the P380 that I took the deal. The PM9 is a great gun, but I was getting 13 jams out of 20 in the P380, even when it would come back covered with black carbon. Clearing jams is not funny to me. Then again some people never have trouble with the P380. Kahr does have a great return service and do stand by their product.

  • cassanovafrankenstien

    It was a mag problem.