Introducing the Kahr CM40: a compact, and affordable, new pistol chambered in .40 S&W. Â According to Kahr, the CM40 is an extension of the CM-series of pistols that was introduced in 2011.
The Kahr CM40 has a 3″ barrel and weighs less than 18 ounces with the magazine. Â The pistols are thin: Â only 0.94″ wide.
The magazines have flush fitting floorplates, and hold five rounds for a total capacity of six. Â I would expect that Kahr will introduce an extended magazine that will hold six rounds (for a total of seven) later in the year, but that is pure speculation on my part.
The sights use the dot/bar configuration and are large enough for real use.
MSRP is $517, which means “street” prices should be in the mid-$400’s. Â Like the CM9, the CM40 draws features from the company’s more expensive lines, but uses some cost-cutting measures to draw down the MSRP.
Among the cost savings measures employed by Kahr:
– ships with one magazine instead of two
– uses a MIM slide stop instead of a machined slide stop
– rifling is conventional instead of polygonal
– markings are simple engravings instead of roll marks
We’ll see this gun at the 2012 SHOT Show, and I’ll bring more photos and impressions of the gun from there. Â I’ve shot the CM9 pistol, a 9mm version of the gun, and found that I really liked it. Â In fact, because I liked it so much, I bought it. Â It shoots very well – no reliability issues, a super smooth trigger and darn accurate for a pistol as small as it is. Â Recoil, even with higher pressure ammo, is very mild. Â I imagine recoil in the .40 S&W caliber version will be a wee bit more stout. Â Only by getting the gun on the range and running it with self-defense ammo will we know how well it runs and what kind of recoil we will be looking at.
2012 SHOT Show Update
The Kahr CM40 is a very compact pistol designed for concealed carry. Â The .40 S&W handgun was introduced just a few months ago, and the 2012 SHOT Show was the first chance I had to put hands on one.
It felt good in the hand, though an extended magazine would be nice so my pinky didn’t fall off the bottom. Â We hope to have a CM40 soon to test on the range.