SHOT 2014 — Kahr CT 40 and CT 45

Picture shows a two-toned Kahr Arms CT 40 pistol.

Known for reliable, tough pocket pistols in a price range that reflects their quality, a Kahr goes bang every time. For self-defense, you can trust your life on a Kahr handgun. Now, with a saturated market of affordable and even cheap, small defensive handguns, Kahr Arms introduces two new full-sized pistols that it hopes will grab a portion of the market share.

The “aggressively-priced” CT 40 and CT 45 are double-action only, striker-fired polymer pistols that operate from a locked breech with a Browning-style recoil lug. The barrel on both is 4 inches long with a 1-16 right hand twist and the single-stack magazine holds 7 rounds. Each gun ships with only one magazine. The CT 40 is chambered for .40 S&W and the CT .45 for .45 ACP.

Kahr is marketing the CT 45 as an alternative to the 1911. Some of you—I’m not sure who—aren’t fans of the 1911, but still want a carry or home-defense gun chambered for .45 ACP, but can’t afford a Glock. Lucky for you, Kahr’s brand new, value-priced CT 40 and CT 45 are selling for less than $500, at just $449.

The black textured polymer grips, black polymer frame and the matte stainless steel barrel and slide are undoubtedly characteristic of Kahr. Both have a passive striker block safety and no magazine disconnect. There are a pinned front and drift adjustable white bar dot combat rear sights.

A full-sized grip gives you a complete and secure grip on the handgun, but the Kahr CT 40 and CT 45 still remains lightweight and flat.

This isn’t Kahr’s first rodeo in the full-sized handgun market. Its TP series of handguns have been around for a while. However, they cost over $700. Kahr’s 2014 handguns mixes some of the high-quality features that the TP series has, but have found ways to cut costs in manufacturing on the CT series to pass the savings on to you. There is less machining and contouring on the CT 40 and 45, but still no rough edges. A button-cut rifled barrel and metal injection molded slide stop and extractor also keeps costs down.

Everything about the CT 40 and 45 was designed with every day carry in mind. Kahr expects to start shipping the new guns in February.

Specifications and Features

  • Caliber: .40 S&W or .45 ACP
  • Capacity: 7 rounds, single-stack mag
  • Barrel length: 4”
  • Frame: polymer
  • Slide and barrel: matte stainless steel
  • Safety: passive striker block
  • Grips: full-length black polymer
  • Sights: pinned front and drift adjustable white bar dot combat rear
  • Overall length: 6.5”
  • Height: 5.13”
  • Slide width: 0.94”
  • Weight: 21.8 ounces
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Comments (2)

  1. Nice write up Suzanne, thank you. Once you break a Kahr in, they are butter. It’s a love it or hate it deal, call me hooked. I carry the cm45, but I can’t quite get the pinky to grip up, so will probably get the extended mag. Great for carry and packs a good punch with very manageable recoil, for me anyway. I am not seeing the ct 45 or 40 here as of mid- March. Hope they come in soon – one of them has my name on it.

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