Kahr Adds Kryptek Camo Frames

Kahr CW9

Kahr Firearms announced it was adding Kryptek camo finishes as an option on the frames of four pistols in its stable. The new guns use a water transfer process for applying the finish. Along with the new frame finish, the guns will have a Cerakote Armor Black finish on the slide, trigger and slide stop lever.

The smallest of the four guns is the CW3833KRT, more commonly called the CW380. This .380 ACP pistol is a subcompact pistol that weighs in around 10 ounces without a magazine. It holds 6+1 rounds and has a 2.58″ barrel. Kahr set the suggested retail price at $439.

The other three pistols with the Kryptek frame are all in 9mm. The first is the CW9093KRT that is also called the CW9. This is a fairly compact pistol, and one that I have carried on occasion (though in its original finishing.) It holds 7+1 rounds and has a 3.6″ barrel. It has a MSRP of $495.

The CM9090KRT is the Kryptek version of the CM9. The CM9 is a subcompact pistol that holds 6+1 rounds. I’ve found that it performs very well, but has a bit more recoil than some other subcompact 9mm pistols like the Walther PPS (both original and M2) and S&W Shield. Regardless, I’ve found it to be a good gun. This version has a MSRP of $499.

The final new Kryptek pistol is the CT9093KRT. This is the camo finished version of the CT9 pistol. I like the CT9 a lot for concealed carry. It is slightly larger than the others in this group with a 4″ barrel, but as a single stack, it is still very thin (0.9″ slide width) and about 20 ounces unloaded. With a full grip, it is very easy to shoot, and I’ve found them to be very reliable. The suggested pricing on this one is $477.



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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  • Anonymoose

    This will conceal really well if I’m wearing Kryptek. Not so much otherwise.

    • Hoplopfheil

      I think it’s more of a “lifestyle” coloration.

      Like those camo hoodies that say CABELA’S in big collegiate block letters on the front.

      • Anonymoose

        Or the Realtree (or was it Mossy Oak?) shirts that have all solid colors and no camo on them whatsoever?

  • 22winmag

    The more I hear the term “subcompact” applied to guns, the more my head hurts.

  • Edeco

    Aw, Kahr, yech. You used to be so prestigious, the Porsche of IWB guns.

    Let’s get bact to fundamentals; make a TP380; premium, 3″ bbl, grip sized for 7-bullet clips.

    • Charles Meredith

      Kel-Tec P-11 with the extended magazine is my daily carry.
      100% reliable for it’s 12 rounds!!!

      • Edeco

        Oh I’m a Kel-Tec fanboy, but would rather save 1/10″ width and go with 380, and if Kahr would do a primo 3-incher – they apparently have better barrels and reputation for durability than the P3AT

  • T Rex

    ??? Just be careful not to let the too cool Kryptek camo’d out Kahr accidentally fall out of a holster in the woods, you might never find it. ???

    • Risky

      Best not to drop anything on the trail… a pistol could be glow in the dark neon yellow, but covered up with just a couple of leaves and you’d never see it. I helped a neighbor find her pistol she dropped on a trail recently… brought a metal detector and everything. That made me realize that finding anything in the woods when your search area is a quarter mile long is basically pure luck (we did find it, btw).

  • USMC03Vet

    Neat. Really wish more companies would offer stuff like this. Tired of black and FDE.

  • Kelly Jackson

    People still buy Kahrs?

    • jonp

      I have several. All are reliable with different types of ammo and the dao trigger, while long, is very smooth and consistant

    • Marcus D.

      My EDC is a Kahr CW9. It has been entirely reliable. lightweight (at 16 oz empty and under 20 fully loaded +1) and easily concealable. I bought mine a few years ago for a touch under $400, and I saw them advertised recently as a weekly special at Sportsman’s guide at under $300, which is a killer deal.

  • The Punisher

    Or you can just buy the Kryptek vinyl transfers and put on anything you like…I think it’s like $20-30 on Amazon?

  • Nameson

    Poor Kahr. They jumped the gun on pretensioned plastic pistols, so now they just dip or paint them every few months in an attempt to stay in the news.

    I hope Justin Moon is working on something new. The Gen2 pistols never came out, but I’d rather see something completely new and modern.

    • Risky

      I love Kahrs, but their failure to make a double stack with that sweet trigger forced me to get a Glock and go all lego with the connector and springs until I found something that is close.