Review of Kahr PM9 with CTI LaserGuard
As a Utah Concealed Carry Permit Instructor, I was recently able to participate in Kahr's Handgun Instructor Program. Kahr Arms offers a discount to certified firearm instructors to acquire one of their concealed carry pistols, to be used for demonstration purposes. After much research, test firing of a variety of sub-compacts over a several month period, and due consideration, I selected the Kahr PM9, with the matte-blackened stainless steel slide, and drift-adjustable Tritium night sights (Model # PM9094N). Kahr was very prompt in getting my new pistol delivered to my local FFL dealer (in only 11 days). This seemed like very quick service, especially at a busy time of year.
Prior to selecting this gun, I had only one concern. I had heard that you would have to return your pistol to the manufacturer if you made a mistake in re-assembly of the slide, after field-stripping. I reviewed the YouTube videos of this process, and read the Owner's Manual instructions and proceeded with the initial disassembly to clean and inspect this new gun for any apparent defects or problems, and lubricate it prior to test-firing. Even though a flathead screwdriver is required to facilitate the process, I found it to be very straight-forward, and of little concern after all.
Upon initial inspection, this gun appeared to be built to very tight tolerances, and of the highest quality. It's overall millwork, snag-resistant design, and finish of both the metal and polymer components was excellent. It was shipped with one 6-round, and one 7-round magazine. I purchased the Pearce grip extension for use with the 6-rd magazine. It provides an additional 1/2" to hold on to.
Given that concealed carry is by it's very nature "one big compromise", this gun very nicely fills the requirement for ease of conceal-ability, along with providing adequate threat-stopping power for a primary carry gun. The easier to conceal, the higher the likelihood of having it on you when you desperately need it to "make it to tomorrow".
I selected a DeSantis Super Fly pocket holster. I also tried an inexpensive inside the pant holster, but found it to be not secure enough for my liking.
Kahr Arms recommends a "break-in" process of at least 200 rounds, so at a local indoor range I ran an initial 250 rounds through this pistol. I experienced not a single malfunction of any kind. I found the recoil of this little 9mm powerhouse to be very easily manageable, which is quite a feat for a micro-sized semi-auto weighing in at only 15.9 oz. (with empty mag.). I was likewise amazed at the off-hand accuracy of this little guy.
Based on my extremely positive evaluation up to this point, I decided to pop for a Crimson Trace Laserguard (LG-437) to install on this pistol. It is fully adjustable for both windage & elevation, and was very quick & simple to install. It appears to be a perfect match for this model... and I basically can't be happier with this combination.
This pistol is now part of my daily carry regimen, and I am unaware of any other option out there currently which can provide the reliability, stopping-power, and convenience to carry as this Kahr PM9. It's small overall size (only 5.42" O/A length, and .90" width) enables it to be reasonably concealed inside a pocket, and makes it one of the most practical and potentially effective carry pistols I have ever seen in the powerful 9mm caliber. I think it's as good as it gets for someone who is serious about concealed carry.
Mike Munnerlyn, Instructor
Utah Concealed Carry Permit
Salt Lake City, UT
I am currently retired from teaching. My son-in-law Rob Wilkinson, who used to teach with me, is now teaching on his own. Please call him at 801-671-6773.
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