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Kahr Arms CM9

Kahr Arms CM9
Kahr Arms CM9

Kahr holds six patents protecting the unique design features of their pistols. The CM9 is a striker fired sub-compact with a six round magazine. Because of its asymmetric feed ramp design (that’s one patent right there) the CM9 is only .9 inches wide, yes that’s less than an inch. Despite a short overall length of only 5.42 inches, the barrel is still 3 inches long, providing good accuracy. The trigger has a very smooth, light double action feel. The CNC machined 416 stainless steel slide houses the drift-adjustable, white bar-dot combat sights, which the eye easily picks up for rapid target acquisition. The CM9’s frame is made of polymer for lightness, but it still strong enough that the Kahr polymer framed guns enjoy a great reputation for durability. The CM9 stands out as a beautifully crafted, trustworthy, and tiny 9mm that is easily hidden, yet easy to shoot. Kahr’s excellent reliability record gives peace of mind to owners who need a concealable gun they can trust when people’s lives are on the line.

 

 

 

Smith and Wesson M&P9c

S&W M&P9c
S&W M&P9c

The Smith and Wesson M&P series is quickly taking the pistol world by storm. Many serious competitors in IDPA and USPSA competition are using the full sized versions of these guns. Police officers all over the country are learning that they can depend on the M&P to be a trustworthy sidearm. Smith and Wesson also manufactures this compact version for concealed carry. It is only 4.3 inches tall and 1.2 inches wide, but it still holds 10 rounds of 9mm ammo. Accuracy from the 3.5-inch barrel is surprisingly good if you can master the 6.5-pound trigger pull. This model has a magazine safety, so it won’t fire with the magazine removed. There is no active safety, but it features multiple passive safety systems such as a firing pin block and trigger safety. The Novak sights are snag free yet easy to use, the slide-stop is ambidextrous, and the magazine catch is reversible for lefties. S&W coated the barrel and stainless steel slide in Melonite for hardness and corrosion resistance. Three interchangeable grips provide a choice so shooters can configure the M&Pc to fit hands of all sizes.

 

 

Glock 26

Glock 26
Glock 26

The Glock 26 is nicknamed “The Baby Glock” for its small dimensions (only 6.3 inches long) and light weight (19.8 ounces unloaded). Despite its shrunken size, it still holds 10 rounds of 9mm ammo in its flush fitting, double-stack magazine. Many shooters find the Baby Glock to be so small that they purchase aftermarket extended floorplates to give their pinky finger a grip on the gun, it’s that small! The cold hammer forged barrel features polygonal rifling for excellent accuracy out of a tiny gun. Of course, the Glock 26 features the “Safe-Action” striker fired system that everyone else is now copying, and the amazing rust resistant Tennifer coating that has been mimicked many times, but never equaled. The “Baby Glock” is just as durable and reliable as its bigger brothers that have been the standard sidearm for police forces all over the world for decades.

 

 

 

 

Kel-Tec P11

Kel-Tec P11
Kel-Tec P11

Want a lot of 9mm firepower but in the smallest, lightest, and most affordable package possible? The Kel-Tec P11 may be for you. Holding ten rounds of 9mm ammo in a package just 5.6 inches long, 4.3 inches tall, and 1 inch wide, the P11 only weighs 14 ounces unloaded. When Kel-Tec released the P11, it stood alone as the smallest and lightest 9mm ever made. There is no “active” safety on the P11. Therefore, the double-action-only trigger weighs in at a relatively hefty 9 pounds of pull, so there is no chance of pulling it on accident. The barrel and slide are made of 4140 Ordnance Steel, and the frame is machined 7075-T6 aluminum, which is the same material as AR-15 receivers. Kel-Tec covered the frame with a high impact polymer shell to protect it and keep it as light as possible. The P11 is super concealable and super affordable, but it’s not for the recoil sensitive—the recoil when you rapid fire ten rounds through this little gun is also “super” as well!

 

 

 

Diamondback DB9

 

Diamondback DB9
Diamondback DB9

The Diamondback Firearms DB9 currently holds the record for smallest, lightest 9mm pistol on the market. Weighing only 11 ounces unloaded, only .80 inches in width, and only 4 inches tall with the magazine, it’s even smaller than the Kel-Tec P11. The patent-pending “ZERO-energy” striker system results in a light and smooth 5 pound trigger pull. The DB9 doesn’t have a slide stop, and Diamondback doesn’t recommend using bullets heavier than 124 grains. The manufacturer also states that shooting high pressure +P ammunition is also a bad idea. Considering its size and lack of weight, these are small compromises for the shooter who wants a 9mm hideaway gun that is smaller than many .380s. The DB9 features real windage-adjustable sights, a high quality metal magazine and magazine catch, and a proprietary corrosion-resistant coating on the slide, barrel, and all internal parts. Hang on tight though; shooting 9mm ammo through an 11 ounce DB-9 is a heck of a ride!

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Comments (10)

  1. You’re right, RB. I’ve got one of those and you’re right about shortening the trigger pull. However, a criticism, mine has worked loose twice in 8 yrs or so even with a dab of LocTite on both screws. Plus that miniscule allen wrench tends to disappear in the tool box when these 65 yr old eyes go to looking for it. 🙂

  2. The P11 needs one more essential item – the aluminum trigger show. Makes the trigger pull feel better and eliminates trigger bite.

  3. I’ve carried a Kel-Tec P11 for a little over 10 yrs now. I use the S&W 5900 12 rd magazine with a Kel-Tec made extension piece. That makes for a seamless look and feel with the large S&W magazine in the well.

    Combine that with the most important accessory – the Hogue Handall Jr grip – and it’s just a much better handgun to handle and shoot. Like the piece says, that handgun will sting. The Hogue fits like a glove and makes a world of difference in felt recoil.

  4. Chris is right – the PPS is a great little 9mm. Both my daughters grabbed one last year on sale at Cabella’s. They shoot great.

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