Kahr full-frame CT4043 and the CT4543

Kahr is now making a full-framed versions of their budget priced CT40 and CT45 compact pistols. The new CT4043 and the CT4543 are chambered in .40 S&W and .45 ACP respectively and have 4″ barrels with 7+1 capacity. While having a longer slide and grip, they retain the slim profile of their compact counterparts making them a good choice for concealed carry for those who prefer full sized pistols. The downside to the slim profile is the limited capacity of the single stack magazines compared. With an MSRP of $499 these new pistols are good value. From the press release …

Kahr introduces their new full-frame CT40 and CT45. The first value-priced full frame firearm offering from Kahr.

For decades, Kahr has offered gun enthusiasts the option of both compact and full-frame firearms. Their popular TP9, TP40 and TP45 have become legendary, but as the economy continues to take a hit, the demand for more affordable firearms has become a call to duty. Kahr took the best features of their TP-series and with ingenuity and their meticulous dedication to detail and quality, they developed the CT Series.

Both the new CT4043 and the CT4543 features a full-size polymer frame with a stainless steel slide and white bar-dot sight configuration. The CT4043 features a 4” barrel, overall length of 6.5”, height of 5.13” and a slide width of .94”. It weighs just 21.8 oz. with the magazine, making it very slim, lightweight and perfect for concealed carry. The CT4543 has a barrel length of 4.04”, overall length of 6.57”, height of 5.25” and a slide width of 1.01”. It weighs 23.7 oz. with the magazine, and both models feature a 7+1 capacity and ship with one 7-round stainless steel magazine. The two models will retail at an affordable $499 for both .40 S&W and .45 ACP configurations. Kahr’s larger frame CT Series is new for 2014 and shipments will be available beginning February 2014.

In the last four years, Kahr has dramatically improved their USA manufacturing and production processes making it possible to pass along the savings to consumers with this price breakthrough. Kahr is currently the only firearms manufacturer to offer this level of technology and innovation at this level of value.

Both the CT4043 and CT4543 feature Kahr’s seven patents and industry-leading slim and clean single stack design for concealed carry and home defense.

Watch for a CT Series version of the T9, TP40 and TP45 late in the year 2014.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Nicks87

    Maybe include a pic that displays how thin these pistols are, if possible? I do believe that is one of the selling points for these models.

    • Mark N.

      I have a CW9, and at .90 it is indeed very slim. So slim it just disappears under a cover garment. So slim that I bought a Hogue HandAll Jr. to add some width (palm swells) to the grip–and now it is pure pleasure to shoot. The Hogue also solves the problem that the side panels are slick, an issue not overcome by the aggressive checkering on the front and back straps. (With the HandAll, the grip is now 1 1/8 inches at the swell. fractionally thicker elsewhere, and does not effect concealability).

    • Right now all we have are stock photos sent by the company. When we get one I’ll try and remember that.

      • nicks87

        Thats what I figured but you would think the company would include some better pics or some sort of reference photos.

  • allannon

    Nice. I wouldn’t CC one (grip is too long), but they look like they’d make for a very comfortable non-concealed carry. Hiking, or a backup gun hunting.

    I’ll have to keep an eye out at the local gun shop.

    • They won’t be out until February.

      • allannon

        It’s Christmas season…that’s probably the next time I’ll have the budget for a new gun anyway.

    • Mark N.

      In actuality, is about the same size–just thinner–as a Colt Commander sized 1911.

  • Frank

    Something tells me this is partially aimed at the NY market.

    • Mark N.

      Not necessarily, as these Kahrs are single stack. Case in point: my CW9 is 4.5″ high and is 7+1, and the CW40 is 4.55″ and 6+1 rounds. By my math, it takes an additional 3/4″ for Kahr to fit in another round for those who want more oomph than the 7+1 round 4.5″ high 9 mm models.