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Posted: 2/22/2006 9:28:02 AM EDT
Got back from a fun shop during lunch, and have decided against getting a Sig P245 as my next carry piece. However, I've narrowed my selection down to the Kahr and Springfield.

So, any recommendations? I am really (really, really) leaning towards the Kahr, as it is slightly better feeling and is a .45, but the Springfield can take a lot of abuse and has a higher capacity (granted it is in .40 and not .45). Neither pistol offers second strike capability, which would be nice, and the Springfield feels a little heavier than the Kahr.

Kahr .45 - (6+1)


Springfield XD (compact) .40 - (9+1)
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 9:55:32 AM EDT
XD
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 11:24:58 AM EDT
I like the XD myself. I won't get into the whole .45 vs .40 in stopping power. But more rounds is always nice.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 12:18:17 PM EDT
I just bought the CW9 and love it. I went through the 200rnd break in and now have up to 500rnds through it no complaints. I Vote Kahr
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 12:49:29 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 1:04:06 PM EDT
Between those two I would get the Khar. However I would rather have a 4" service XD than the Khar. Just my opinion. I have a 9mm XD and it runs like champ. I just got the .45acp but have not taken it to the range yet.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 1:56:39 PM EDT
Kahr for carrying
XD for shooting

The XD works in an outside-the-belt holster but I just can't deal with it inside the waistband.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 2:34:26 PM EDT
I have the Sub 40 XD and love it . I have no problem carryin it inside the waistband, but it is the only pistol i have ever concealed so i have nothin to compare it to. If you are going for pure conceal...i would go with the micro kahr.

Diesel
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 3:16:28 PM EDT
I would get the XD. When you shoot it you will know why.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 3:41:06 PM EDT
I haven't shot either of these guns, however I've seen them both and held the XD in the hand. I think it feels nice. They do make the XD in .45 now, you just might have to look a little harder. Also, just something to think about...I read an artical where a guy did a 20,000 round test on the XD under some pretty extreme conditions and he didn't have a single failure. He even ran a 1,000 round Glock test on the gun (i don't know if you know what that is but it basically amounds to freezing then gun, droping it in water, filling it with mud and all that good stuff) at somewhere around 17,000 rounds through the gun and there still wasn't any failure. I'd say that makes a darn reliable weapon. I'd feel comfortable putting my life on the line with that gun. It will be my next handgun purchase.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 3:47:53 PM EDT
Kahr, no contest.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 4:41:08 AM EDT
You do know the XD is available in .45, right?

Don't know how it compares to the Kahr .45 for ease of carry, but other posters are saying it fits Glock 19 leather, so it should be close.

Just a thought. I carry a Kahr PM9, and it's hard to beat.
Can even be carried in the front pocket easily.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 7:47:36 AM EDT
I've owned three Kahrs and two XD's. I've never had a problem with any of them. However since they were all considered for carry I only kept what felt right. The XD's were just too chunky and square feeling for what I was looking for in a sub-compact pistol.

I currently own one Kahr and have sold all my XD's. I will never part with the Kahr.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 7:58:55 AM EDT
XD
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 9:24:45 AM EDT
I own a Kahr PM9 and the new Kahr .45 has me very interested.


I love my PM9. The trigger is the best double action trigger of any semi-auto I have ever shot.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 9:37:13 AM EDT
There is an article this month in Shotgun News about the new Kahr .45. They had good things to say about it for what that's worth.

I own a PM9 and it's a great gun. I've put about 800 rounds through it without a problem. Most of it was ball but have shot HP through it without a problem. My carry load is Georgia Arms 124 grn Gold Dots.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 2:48:33 PM EDT
I've owned one Kahr and six XD's. I will never own another Kahr.
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