SHOT 2013: Kahr Arms CW380

By CTD Suzanne published on in Firearms, Handguns, SHOT Show

Kahr Arms does pistols right and that is why every Kahr Arms handgun is indistinguishable—you can tell it’s a Kahr. They don’t mess with fancy aesthetics that make no difference to the functionality of their guns, they just make a gun that works reliably every time. Kahr’s new 2013 CW380 is no different. It looks just like the P380, but at a considerably lower price point.

Kahr’s new 2013 CW380.

Kahr’s new 2013 CW380.

Due to their ease to conceal, adequate defense round and lower recoil, pocket .380s are incredibly popular right now. Gun manufactures have realized that offering a compact .380 in every price point will please first time buyers as well as those seeking a back-up gun.

The CW380 operates from a locked breech with a Browning-style recoil lug. It is double-action only and ships with one, six-round magazine. It is marginally bigger than the Kahr P380 with a 2.58-inch barrel and 4.96 inches overall length. It weighs 13 ounces with an unloaded magazine inserted.

Like almost every single Kahr model, the CW380 has textured polymer grips and black polymer frame with a matte 416R stainless steel slide.

Kahr’s new 2013 CW380.

Kahr’s new 2013 CW380.

Sights are useable, but basic—a drift-adjustable white dot combat rear sight with a pinned polymer front sight.

Kahr keeps the price point down on the CW380 with the pistol’s conventional rifled barrel, metal-injection molded slide stop lever and fewer operating parts.

Kahr proudly makes their handguns in the U.S.A. and lists the CW380 at $419.

Specifications and Features

Caliber: .380 ACP
Capacity: 6+1
Barrel: 2.58″, Conventional Rifling, 1 – 16 right-hand twist
Length: 4.96″
Height: 3.9″
Slide Width: .75″
Weight: Pistol 10.2 ounces (w/o magazine)
Grips: Textured polymer
Sights: Drift adjustable white bar-dot combat rear sight, pinned in polymer front sight
Finish: Black polymer frame, matte stainless steel slide

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Comments (5)

  • R Baker

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    Looks another nice pistol from Kahr. However, I doubt it weighs 1.3 oz with unloaded magazine inserted. Did the author mean 13 oz? Also, indistinguishable means “impossible to differentiate or tell apart”, which doesn’t seem like what was intended. Thanks.

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  • Richard Warner

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    In the article it says it weighs 1.3 oz. I know its actually 13 oz, but thought I’d point out the small error.

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  • Edward.Henderson

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    In spite of the small error about the weight, it is still considerable litter then my Springfield XD9, I believe I will beppurchasing this firearm very soon! Thanks for the information CTD!

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  • Randy. Lachermeier

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    Why is it $200 less than the P380. Does anyone know where you can get a good side by side comparison?

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