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AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG/KAHRCM9
AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG/CTSERIES

SHOOTING RESULTS (7 YDS.)
double-action-only, trigger-cocking semi-automatic pistol, which
denotes a striker-fired ignition
system. The pistol does not have an
external safety, a magazine disconnect or a loaded-chamber indicator.
An internal passive striker block
safety prevents the pistol from firing
unless the trigger is fully depressed.
Several modern pocket-size .380
pistols employ a simple blowback
action, relying on the weight of
the slide and the recoil assembly
to retard the rearward movement
of the slide. However, this pistol's
action is of the locked-breech
variety, employing a barrel hood
that locks into the ejection port. The
CW380's slide locks open when
the last round is fired, yet another
feature commonly missing in many
sub-compact .380 ACPs.
On the range the CW380 proved
to be a reliable pistol. Some pocket
semi-automatics chambered for
.380 ACP, due to their blowback
operation and low weight, can produce a snappy or intense level of
felt recoil. The locked-breech action
of this pistol tangibly reduced the
perceived recoil and muzzle rise.
The low-profile sights were relatively small and, therefore, not the
easiest to acquire but they were
certainly adequate for close-range
defensive applications.
Kahr included its highly
acclaimed trigger system on the
CW380. The trigger has a factory rating of 5 lbs., 8 ozs., of pull.
This particular pistol's trigger was
lighter at 5 lbs., 4 ozs., according to
a Lyman digital trigger gauge. After
a quarter-inch of takeup, the trigger moved through its arc of travel
smoothly to finish with a crisp, clean
break; however, the trigger reset
was relatively long, requiring almost
a full release to the starting point.
The wide, rounded trigger is shaped
properly, preventing the abrasion
or bruising to the trigger finger that
some pocket pistols can deliver.
The owner's manual provided with
the CW380 recommends a 200-round
break-in period before the pistol is

.380 ACP
CARTRIDGE

VEL. @ 15'
(F .S.)
.P

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

GROUP SIZE IN INCHES
SMALLEST LARGEST AVERAGE

BARNES TAC XPD
80-GR. CHP

862 AVG.
18 SD

132

1.38

1.69

1.54

FEDERAL
AMERICAN EAGLE
95-GR. FMJ

895 AVG.
14 SD

169

1.39

1.71

1.56

HORNADY
CRITICAL
DEFENSE
90-GR. FTX

903 AVG.
16 SD

163

1.22

1.56

1.42

WINCHESTER
SUPREME ELITE
95-GR. PDX1 BJHP

869 AVG.
22 SD

159

1.44

1.82

1.64

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD

1.54

NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 ROUNDS FIRED OVER A CED M2 CHRONOGRAPH
.
15 FT. FROM THE MUZZLE. TEMPERATURE: 47° F HUMIDITY: 49%. ACCURACY MEASURED FOR
FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS FIRED FROM A BENCH REST AT 7 YDS. ABBREVIATIONS:
BJHP (BONDED JACKETED HOLLOW POINT), CHP (COPPER HOLLOW POINT), FMJ (FULL
METAL JACKET), FTX (FLEX TIP EXPANDING), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION).

to be considered fully reliable. Our
example, however, ran without any
malfunctions throughout the entirety
of the function and accuracy testing
process, through the first 200 rounds
and beyond. The CW380 proved
to be dependable with a variety of
loads ranging from value-priced
full-metal-jacket practice rounds to
defense-grade hollow points.
Accuracy testing was comprised
of firing five, five-shot groups from
a benchrest into targets set at a
distance of 7 yds. The four ammunition varieties fired, including
three defensive cartridges and one
practice-grade load, averaged 1.54"
at that distance. Defensive drills at
this same distance produced tight
central groups on the targets. The
smooth trigger certainly contributed to the pistol's accuracy.
In reducing the cost of the CW
series of pistol, Kahr has preserved
the core features, functionality and
quality of its premium pistol line.
The engineering of these unique
concealed-carry pistols and the
proven reliability of this Americanmade design combine to offer real
value for the money. The CW380
does not feel or perform like a lowgrade knock-off of the original gun.
Instead, it provides the same shooting experience as the premium
Kahr pistols, but without the frills
and a more affordable price.

Backstrap checkering and sidepanel texturing are molded-in to the CW380's
polymer frame. The slide's cocking serrations are deep and numerous
enough to provide sure purchase when chambering a round (r.).

KAHR ARMS CW380
MODEL: CW3833
MANUFACTURER: KAHR ARMS

(DEPT. AR), 130 GODDARD MEMORIAL
DRIVE, WORCESTER, MA 01603;
(508) 795-3919; KAHR.COM
CALIBER: .380 ACP
ACTION TYPE: DOUBLE-ACTION-ONLY,
LOCKED-BREECH, STRIKER-FIRED
SEMI-AUTOMATIC CENTER-FIRE PISTOL
FRAME: BLACK TEXTURED POLYMER
SLIDE: MATTE 416R STAINLESS STEEL
BARREL: 2.58" STAINLESS STEEL
RIFLING: SIX-GROOVE, 1:16" RH TWIST
SIGHTS: DRIFT-ADJUSTABLE WHITE BAR

REAR, PINNED POLYMER WHITE DOT FRONT

SINGLE-STAGE;
5-LB., 4-OZ. PULL
OVERALL LENGTH: 4.96"
WIDTH: 0.77"
HEIGHT: 3.90"
WEIGHT: 11.5 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S MANUAL
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $419

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