For the sake of full disclosure, I have to admit that I think Kahr makes a great product (see my review of the CW380 from a few weeks back), so I was thrilled to be assigned to cover their booth at SHOT.
Kahr’s biggest news is a quiet storm of sorts: There will likely be a subtle yet comprehensive redesign of the Kahr standard series, named “Generation 2”, including a new trigger with a shorter pull (I felt it, and it was great), minor grip redesign including a slight slimming of the grip and more aggressive checkering, and maybe new slide striations. Finally, Kahr is also implementing a Picatinny rail into the frame dustcover.
These redesigns are going to be implemented into the T line (the tournament-style line) first in order to gather and evaluate feedback, and then, it is likely that these redesigns will be integrated into the standard line. The economy line will probably not receive any of these improvements, but that is understandable.
Other than that, there are going to be more cosmetic options (such as teal and purple frames, bronzed and blue metallic slides, and etc.), and Kahr will continue to do what they do.
It was clear that Kahr does listen to its customers, as they are considering the trigger redesign based on some feedback from customers who wanted a shorter pull. Kahr’s rep explained that this is slightly trickier with Kahr’s guns since they are only about 60% “pre-cocked” compared to other striker-fired pistols that are nearly completely “pre-cocked” (i.e. the trigger press simply releases the striker without further cocking it). Additionally, some people complained that the Kahr P/CW380 was too small, so Kahr has recently introduced a slightly larger version, the CT380, which was prominently displayed.