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    Kahr CW380

    Yeah, you read that right; Kahr will be releasing an economy version of its pocket .380 in 2013. Finally! Street price should be in the low to mid-$300s. This will put a lot of pressure on sales of the Diamondback DB380 and Ruger LCP (for only a few dollars more, you get a better trigger, a real set of sights and a last-round hold-open), but Kel-Tec and Taurus will still own the low end of the price range.

    I will most likely pick one of these up as a spare/backup to my P380.
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    Dumb question,

    But how does the CW380 compare to the P380? Other than price, what's different?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine View Post
    But how does the CW380 compare to the P380? Other than price, what's different?
    Should be the same differences that exist between Kahr's other C-Series and P-Series pistols:

    traditionally rifled (C) vs. polygonal rifled (P) barrel
    squared (C) vs. contoured (P) slide edges
    staked (C) vs. dovetailed (P) front sight
    polymer (C) vs. metal (P) rear sight
    cast (C) vs. machined (P) slide stop lever
    one (C) vs. two (P) magazines

    In related news, Kahr will also be releasing a CM45 next year...
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    I'm assuming it will be larger than the P model?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squib View Post
    I'm assuming it will be larger than the P model?
    The CW series are the same size as the P series.

    The CM series are the same size as the PM series.

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    How would you rate this with the Sig p238, I have been considering this as a back up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy_Guy_77 View Post
    The CW series are the same size as the P series.

    The CM series are the same size as the PM series.
    The confusing thing is that the 380 is a "P" and not a "PM" like the other subcompacts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rip007 View Post
    How would you rate this with the Sig p238, I have been considering this as a back up?
    I have fired P238s on several occasions and like them quite a bit, but I would not recommend a single-action gun for pocket carry, which is how I carry my BUG. The Kahr P380 has a similar level of quality to the SIG, but in a smaller, lighter, DAO format. The forthcoming CW380 will be a bit blockier in the slide, but not enough to impact the gun's suitability for carry.
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    Wonderful news, I can't wait to replace my P32 with this. I just didn't want to spend almost $600 to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jesse485 View Post
    Wonderful news, I can't wait to replace my P32 with this. I just didn't want to spend almost $600 to do it.
    Too bad you aren't closer; we've got factory demo P380s at $419.95.
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    Haven't seen the P380 in a while. How much smaller is it than the CM9? I really like my CM9 and the P380 would be even more convenient for pocket carry... obvious downsides of course being the 380 v 9 and the price to shoot both.

    I put alot of rounds through my Kahr before feeling comfortable with it. A few early issues. Doing that with the p380 would be painful.
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