Three Year In-Depth Review: The Kahr CW380

    In this video, James discusses the Kahr CW380 that he bought in January 2015.

    Kahr revealed the P380 at the 2007 SHOT Show, and the P380 went in production in 2009. The P380 looks exactly like a scaled-down PM9, and is a mere 11 ounces in weight and .75 inches thick. And while the Kahr P380 is superior in design, build, and function to the Kel-Tec P3AT, the Kahr offering significantly out-cashed both the Ruger and Kel-Tec: Street price on the Kahr P380 is about $525, while the excellent Ruger LCP can be had for about $200-300. Even if the Kahr may be the superior of these three models, the Ruger and Kel-Tec .380s are still well-made and reliable, and it is difficult to justify paying double for the Kahr P380.

    However, that dynamic completely changed in 2013 when Kahr added the P380 to its value line, designated by the “CW” prefix. According to Kahr: “Differences between the Kahr CW380 and Kahr P380 models include: the CW series has a conventional rifled barrel instead of the match grade polygonal barrel found on P models; the CW slide stop lever is MIM (metal-injection-molded) instead of machined; the CW series slide has fewer machining operations, and uses simple roll marking instead of engraved markings; the P380 comes with two magazines, but the CW series comes with one 6 rd steel magazine with flush baseplate.

    The street price of the Kahr CW380 is about $275 (prices have hit ~$250 for the CW380). Are the upgraded barrel, slide stop, and front sight worth double the price for a pocket .380?

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    James Reeves

    • NRA-licensed concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present
    Maxim Magazine’s MAXIMum Warrior, 2011
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    • Former Regional Sales Rep, Interstate Arms Corp., MA
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