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Kahr PM9 & Crimson Trace Laserguard. ightweight and good stopping power has L arrived in the Kahr PM9. While it is the same basic pistol as the earlier all-steel K9, the PM9 John Taffin PhoTos: JosePh r. noVeloZo is better suited for comfortable pocket carry as it is 40-percent lighter and 1/2" shorter, and the grip frame is 1/4" slimmer, and 1/2" shorter. To arrive at the much smaller grip frame it was necessary to cut the flush-fitting magazine by one round, however the PM9 comes with a second magazine with a grip extension and also with an additional 1-round capacity. Carrying the standard magazine for ultimate concealment with the Sights for the PM9 consist of drift adjustable front with white dot and extended magazine stashed on the body gives you square notch rear with a white bar at 6 o’clock. 14 rounds of 9mm ammunition carried in a most Let’s take a closer look at the Kahr PM9. Life is full of comfortable fashion. trade-offs. Scientifically speaking, this equates to, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” This is certainly true when coming up with the best pocket pistol. Slimming and shortening the grip frame to arrive at the PM9 results in a much different feel than the larger grip frame of the original K9. I also expected the reduction in weight to result in much more felt recoil. The question in my mind was, how would increasing the portability and concealability affect performance? To satisfy my curiosity the newer PM9 was run side-by-side with the older K9. Despite dealing with 10 ounces less weight and a shorter sight radius, I could discern little if any significant difference in felt recoil or accuracy. The double-action-only pistols are both relatively easy to shoot as their double action pulls—6-1/2 pounds for the PM9 and 8-1/4 pounds for the K9—rival most double action revolvers. My latest S&W .44 Special, an old classic 1950 4" Military, has an exceptionally The PM9 And K9 The Kahr PM9 is fitted with Crimson Trace Laserguard sights, which are easily attached around the triggerguard. By the time you read this, Kahr will be offering the PM9 factory-fitted with the Laserguard unit. Life used to be so simple. Whether it was as a backup gun for law enforcement, an easy to carry gun for plainclothes use, or for civilian concealed carry, the choice usually came down to a .38 Special. From Smith & Wesson there was the 5-shot Chief’s Special while Colt offered the Detective Special, which held one more round. As time passed, both companies offered lightweight versions and, in the case of S&W, concealed hammers. For those who preferred semi-automatics, about the only thing available was the Walther PPK, if one could be found. I lusted over Skeeter The original K9 40 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • JULY 2010

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