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Review & Engineering: Kahr Arms PM45 and K9 subcompact pistols

Kahr Arms PM45 Stainless Pistol in .45 ACP

The small subcompact pistol PM45 from Kahr Arms’ Premium series comes in the powerful .45 ACP caliber. The barrel length is only 8.2 cm (3.24 inches). The slide has a matte stainless steel finish, but the receiver of the subcompact pistol is made of black polymer. 

Kahr PM45 in caliber .45 Auto
The compact Kahr Arms PM45 Stainless pistol.

On the inside of the pistol is a Browning system with a tilting barrel and a DAO trigger. The drifting rear sight has a white line to facilitate aiming, and the front sight has a white dot. 

The Kahr PM45 comes in a transport box and with 3 magazines, each with a capacity of 5 rounds. One of the magazines is equipped with an extension (enlarged floor plate). This allows even shooters with large hands to securely grab onto the frame of the compact pistol.

Rear sight on Kahr PM45
The rear sight of the Kahr PM45 has a white line for a better overview.
Tilting barrel on Kahr PM45
The Browning system has also proved itself in the PM45.

The Kahr Arms PM45 pistol is available in Germany via the importer Waffen Ferkinghoff. Link to product: Kahr PM45.

Technical data and characteristics of the Kahr PM45 Pistol

Caliber:.45 ACP
Magazine capacity:

5 rounds
Barrel length:8.2 cm (3.24")
Sights:Drifting, rear sight with white line, front sight with white dot
Size:147 mm length × 114 mm height × 25.6 mm width
Weight:547 g with magazine
Material:Black polymer frame; slide, trigger, and slide stop made of matte stainless steel
Price:1,169 Euros

Kahr Arms K9 Stainless pistol in 9mm Luger

Unlike the PM45, the K9 comes in 9mm Luger. The frame is not made of polymer, but of stainless steel with a matte finish. This also makes the pistol heavier than the PM45 model. Only the Hogue grip panels are made of soft black rubber. The barrel on the K9 is slightly longer: 8.9 cm (3.5 inches). In the USA, both pistols are designed specifically for concealed carry and self-defense or as back-up weapons. 

Kahr Arms K9 Stainless pistol
The subcompact pistol Kahr Arms K9 in 9mm Luger caliber.

The stainless steel K9 has a DAO trigger and a modified Browning system. Here too, the drifting rear sight has a contrasting white line and the drifting front sight a white dot. 

The K9 pistol in 9mm Luger caliber comes in a transport box and with 3 magazines. All magazines are made of stainless steel. You will find a comprehensive review of the pistol here: Review of Kahr K9.

Front sight on Kahr K9 pistol
The front sight of the Kahr K9 has a white dot for a better overview.
Kahr K9, stainless steel model
The K9 Stainless is a full steel pistol with soft rubber grip plates.

The Kahr Arms K9 Stainless pistol is available in Germany via the importer Waffen Ferkinghoff. Link to product: Kahr K9 Stainless Premium.

Technical data and characteristics of the Kahr K9 pistol

Caliber:9mm Luger (9x19mm)
Magazine capacity:
7 rounds
Barrel length:
8.9 cm (3.5")
Sights:Drifting rear sight with white line, front sight with white dot
Size:152 mm length × 114 mm height × 23 mm width
Weight:709 g with magazine
Material:Frame, slide, trigger, and slide stop made of matte stainless steel; Hogue grip panels made of soft rubber
Price:1,159  Euros

Waffen Ferkinghoff has provided us the Magnum Research Desert Eagle WMD pistol for a test. Here are some features and the video: Magnum Research Desert Eagle WMD Pistol

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