Kahr CW380

Kahr_CW380_imageKahr has been in the firearm business since 1981 and has made a solid name for itself in the shooting industry. This company uses CNC machining to produce quality compact firearms at competitive prices. It also has several patents on firearm systems. The Kahr CW380 is one of the newest firearms, which offers these exciting features.

Kahr owns six patents covering the locking, firing, and extraction systems of its firearms. One patent covers the cocking cam trigger system that unlocks the passive safety in order to finish cocking and releases the firing pin. Kahr claims this design creates a safe and smooth double action trigger system. I have personally pulled the trigger on several Kahr firearms. These devices do fire smoothly with a reasonable DOA (double action only) pull.


Another patent, which Kahr holds is the unique offset barrel. The trigger mechanism sits beside the barrel lug. This provides a more compact mechanism and allows your hand to be closer to the center line of the bore. Having your hand closer to the bore reduces recoil and muzzle flip, which will make you a more accurate shooter.

The Kahr CW380 incorporates all these features in a very compact pistol, making it a great option for those of you that are looking for a concealed carry gun. A striker fired pistol, the CW380 has an overall length of 4.96-inches, while being only 3.9-inches tall. The CW380 is a mere 0.75-inches wide, and weighs only 10.2 ounces, without the magazine.

While this is a nice smaller gun, if you have larger hands, you may have problems holding it. My hands are medium sized and even my ring finger is only about half way on the grip. If you have larger hands, you may find the CW380 too small for you to grip well. I would advise you to go to your local gun shop and see how this gun fits in your hand, before you purchase one.


The CW380 pistol comes with a textured, black polymer frame and matte stainless steel slide, making it quite a show piece. This firearm also offers a 6+1 round capacity and flush-fitting steel magazines.

The sights of CW380 are very low profile, drift adjustable and white-bar rear sight with white dot polymer front sight. Snap or reflex shooting is no problem with the CW380’s other features, but a true sight picture is more of a challenge for longer shots.

The CW380 has an MSRP of $419. However, if you look around, you can purchase this pistol for less than $400. Overall, I feel the CW380 is a great option for a concealed carry pistol. For another impression of the CW380 click here.

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