Kahr CW380

Kahr CW380

Kahr announced the new CW380 at the SHOT Show.  The new pistol is chamered in .380 ACP and continues the budget line of pistols the company has been putting out for several years.  Other calibers in this line include the CW9 and CW40 in 9mm and .40 S&W respectively.

The CW380 has a 2.58″ barrel and is less than 5″ in total length.  Height is less than 4″.  Throw in an unloaded weight (no magazine) of 10.2 ounces and you can see how someone wanting a very lightweight, concealable firearm might like the new Kahr.

Unlike some of the .380 ACP pistols on the market, the CW380 is not a simple blow-back gun.  Instead, it uses the locked breech action that Kahr uses on its other pistols.  This means less recoil and greater reliability in this small handgun.

The frame is polymer and the slide is machined stainless steel.  The sights are the bar/dot combo found on other Kahr pistols.

I previously reviewed the CM9 pistol, and I found it to be a reliable, easy shooting gun.  I expect the CW380 to be the same.  MSRP is $419, so figure a street price of upper $300′s.

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