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First carry gun Kahr CW9 vs Ruger LC9

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by NewGlocker28, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. NewGlocker28


    Nov 26, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    Looking for my first carry pistol and considering the Kahr CW9 or the Ruger LC9. Looking for some advice/user experience. Anything else I should look at in the price point (yes, a Shield would be nice but are scarce and haven't even seen one in person). APpreciate the advice.
  2. SmithietheFox

    SmithietheFox M76Valmet

    Feb 28, 2011
    Richmond, VA
    Can't speak for the Kahr but a friend has an LC9 and on the 1st mag he put thru it it hung up twice.

  3. NewGlocker28


    Nov 26, 2009
    Raleigh, NC

    Thanks for the advice. I don't like how short the grip is on the cm9. I'm 6'6 250 so can conceal the cw9 or lc9 easily. The cm9, and similiar sized guns, just don't feel comfortable in my hands. But I appreciate the thought. I assume this means you'd vote Kahr over Ruger in this case?
  4. I vote Kahr. I love my CM9, it shoots great and has been 100% reliable out of the box. I dislike the Ruger's trigger pull, giant loaded chamber indicator, and manual/magazine safety.
  5. Rick305


    May 14, 2012
    I personally feel you should not pick either of the two for your first carry gun. I'd recommend the shield over both of those options for a first carry gun. You'll get a manageable , top of the line single stack 9mm that can be carried how you see fit.

    I'm sure if you pick up an lc9 you will regret if after shooting a shield. G26 is also a good option .. The cm9 is a good gun , but it's not something I would recommend to a new CCW guy.
  6. PhotoFeller


    Nov 18, 2010
    SW Florida
    I recently bought my first Kahr, a CW9, because it will carry a little easier than my Glock 19 and G26. The Kahr feels good in my hand and it does conceal easier than the Glocks.

    I'd be surprised if the CW9 fits your hand as well as it does mine. If you've actually handled it and can operate the trigger comfortably, it might be ok. I'm about 5'10", and trigger reach is almost too short.

    My impression is that Kahr pistols are well built. The trigger is smooth. It's a handsome little 9mm that will carry like a charm. If you're seriously considering one, just make sure your hand isn't too large for it.
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2012
  7. RRP


    Oct 28, 2012
    I chose the Kahr PM9 over the Ruger LC9, for exactly the reasons you list.

    I really did not like the trigger on the LC9, especially the reset. The Kahr trigger is long, but buttery smooth.

    To the OP, do a side-by-side comparison of the triggers on these weapons. That may tip the scale for you.
  8. RRP


    Oct 28, 2012
    I'm interested in why you say the Kahr and the Ruger would not be a wise choice for a first carry gun. Can you explain, please?
  9. cluznar


    Apr 8, 2012
    Get a real carry gun like the Ruger SR9c. I have one and it is accurate, dependable with 10 and 17 round mags.
  10. rozz421


    Jan 30, 2011
    I have both the CW and CM9. Love the triggers
  11. Given just those 2 choices I'd go with the Ruger.

    My son has one and I really like it.

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  12. farmer2


    Nov 13, 2005
    Spokane Washington
    I have a CW9 for carry and it is a reliably and comfortable gun. However, I have a major complaint with the trigger. It is verrrrry long, revolver like, and I am used to glock triggers. Therefore, I have short-stroked the trigger several times on drills. Most people like the trigger. It is smooth and light, but if you have fired a lot of rounds through a glock it might be a problem.

  13. Wishoot


    Aug 13, 2010
    The trigger on the LC9 can be a huge deal breaker IMO. I've been trying to adjust to the long pull for several months and it's just not happening. Personally, I much prefer the LCR.

    For a very close range, self defense pistol, the LC9 is OK. I have a feeling there are better choices out there however.
  14. mikesull415


    May 27, 2009
    I personally prefer the cm9 as well over the ruger. Had both, still have the cm9. Ruger was a great pistol, but the trigger was no where near as good as on the kahr. Both are long. But the kahr is smooth. That being said I also like the kahr better because even though they're similar in size, the cm9 could easily and comfortably be carried in a front pocket, jeans, slacks, whatever. The lc9 couldn't. YMMV. If you're not worried about pocket carry and want a slim 9 to carry my vote's for the CW9
  15. got2hav1


    Apr 9, 2010
    Eastern NC
    I have the CW9 for my carry gun. Love the smooth trigger and easy carry. Might also look at the K9 all steel gun. I would definately take the Kahr over the Ruger.
  16. hsprincipal


    Nov 19, 2011
    My vote is for the CW9.
  17. matt_lowry123


    Nov 23, 2008
    owensboro KY
    I have a cw9 that has been perfect. It's easy to shoot and eats everything. That's my main carry piece. It's thin and light, but the trigger is long. If you have good trigger control when shooting, then it shouldn't be a problem. It's a gun I don't mind to shoot at the range every so often, because the recoil is light!!
  18. R*E


    May 12, 2008
    I was choosing between the same two guns and bought the Kahr. As others have said, it has a buttery smooth trigger. It's so easy to carry with it's light weight and slim profile.
  19. TexasVine


    Feb 9, 2010
    Central Texas
    I have an Ruger LC9, second time around. Sold the first one and regretted it. It is one of many "carry type" guns I own. I have yet to understand why a "one in the chamber" indicator is talked down about. I find it rather convenient and reassuring, especially in the dark. The size of the gun is very favorable for carry. As far as a long trigger pull, suits me well for carrying without a holster in a pocket or backpack. If there is a time when I will need to use the gun for protection, the long pull will not be an issue. The long pull of the LC9 is not as favorable as my carry Colt Comander, but the Colt is often shot at the range for fun where as the LC9 is only there for protection.

    I will not compare it to a Kahr because I do not own one, I'm sure they are a great carry gun as well.
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2012