Kahr CT380 Pistol

Kahr CT380

Kahr announced the company is now shipping the CT380. The pistol is a 380 ACP compact pistol in the company’s Value Series.

The CT380 has a polymer frame and 3″ barrel with conventional rifling. The slide and barrel are stainless steel. Without a magazine, the gun weighs about 11.4 ounces. Standard mags hold seven rounds. The MSRP is $399.

By way of comparison, the Glock 42 has a 3.25″ barrel, six round magazine and MSRP of $475.

From Kahr:

Kahr® Arms Introduces the CT380

Pomona, NY – Kahr is proud to introduce the latest addition to their double-action compact pistol product line – the Kahr CT380. The new .380 ACP caliber is the fourth pistol in the Kahr Value Series to be introduced in 2014. Earlier this year, Kahr introduced the CT40, CT45, and the CT9.

The new CT380 features a 3.0 inch barrel, an overall length of 5.52 inches and a height of 4.4 inches. It weighs just 11.44 ounces without a magazine. The pistol has a black polymer frame and features 4140 steel inserts molded into the front and back of the frame for added rigidity. It has a machined, solid 416 matte stainless steel slide and a textured polymer grip.

The Kahr CT380 features a lock breech, modified Browning type recoil lug, and features the “safe cam” action and offset recoil lug barrel design found in all Kahr pistols. The result is a compact pistol with very little felt recoil and quick follow-up shots. The pistol features drift adjustable white bar-dot combat rear sight and pinned-in polymer front sight. Lastly, the slide locks back after firing the last round – another feature missing on a number of other value-priced compact semi-auto pistols. The durability and reliability of the CT380 model makes it a strong consideration as a backup gun for law enforcement.

Differences between the Kahr Value Series CT380 and the Kahr Premium Series P380 models include: the CT series has a conventional rifled barrel instead of the match grade polygonal barrel found on Premium models; the CT slide stop lever is MIM (metal-injection-molded) instead of machined; the CT series slide has fewer machining operations, and uses simple engraved markings instead of roll markings; the P380 comes with three magazines and is shipped in a lockable plastic case.  The CT Value series comes with one 7 rd. stainless steel magazine and ships in a cardboard box.

The MSRP on the Kahr CT380 is $399.  For more information, visit www.kahr.com.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Yojimbo556

    I went ahead and spent the big bucks on the PM45. I do not regret it.

  • Mark N.

    The only difference between this and the CT9 (or the CW9 for that matter) is a few ounces (5) and a few bucks. (Actually, I spent $390 for my CW9, and they are advertised on the internet for even less.) Why by the .380?

    • Jimmy Ray

      Yes why the .380?? I have 3 of the sizes, CT9, CW9, and an old black PM9. Kahr must have wanted to get the rest of the .380 cream that was left after the .380 insanity. It must be along the lines of Glock and the 42.

      • kipy

        I believe the targeted market for the Glock 42, new lc380, and this new Kahr is for the lady shooters or people with reduced hand strength. I have a cw380 (the smallest model) and although the recoil is manageable there’s no way my girlfriend can rack the slide.