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Kel-Tec or Kahr

Need some help reaching a decision on what to buy next. I've managed to narrow it down to the Kel-Tec PF9 or Kahr CM9. Looking for a single stack 9mm w/o any external or mag safeties to ankle carry regularly (not thrilled about the ankle, but it's the only way). I can get the PF9 for $269 or the CM9 for $399. I can't seem to make a decision. I like the Kahr better (just slightly) but them polymer rails scare me. I am also aware that Kahr is rumored to be owned by the devil, but that's not necessarily a deal breaker. I know the fit and finish on the Kel-Tec is somewhat lacking, but I fully intend to beat the snot out of it either way so that's not super important. Any experience, advice, or suggestions you guys can offer would be greatly appreciated. TIA

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The Kahr is a better gun. I carry a PM9 as do several others I know. Been through several carry weapons.



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I like the Kahr better
Well there you go.

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them polymer rails scare me.
They shouldn't. Polymer has been around for a while.
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Whats the weight diff? I think the Kel Tec is lighter by right much, not sure though, but weight is important, take it from someone who has carried on the ankle for many years.

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I hear good things about Kahrs not so much with Kel tecs.

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This is a personal thing but I buy american when I can.......

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Whats the weight diff? I think the Kel Tec is lighter by right much, not sure though, but weight is important, take it from someone who has carried on the ankle for many years.
I believe the Kel-tec is slightly lighter, but I don't think its by much. I was initially looking at Glock 26's, so either of these are considerably lighter
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They shouldn't. Polymer has been around for a while.
When I saw the polymer shavings on the brand new model at the store after running the slide just a few times, it freaked me out a little. I actually went in with the intentions of buying the Kahr today, but that made me sleep on it.
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This is a personal thing but I buy american when I can.......
I agree 100% As far as I know, they are both American made. One just has alleged ties to a S. Korean cult master.

Thank you all for your input. I know the Kahr is the nicer pistol, just not sure if I "need" a nicer pistol just to get grimy and dusty swinging on my ankle all day. I guess I'm wondering if I can buff and polish the Kel-Tec into submission and end up with a reliable pistol and $130 left over for ammo?
Thanks again y'all!

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I carry a PM40. The weight isn't a big deal but I carry IWB with a gun belt and kydex holster. Not sure about ankle carry. I have both kel-tecs and Kahrs. Biggest thing is break in and what you feel most comfortable with. Try them both if possible. they are and act different.

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Went with the Kahr. Thanks again for the help you all

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So, now that I've had the Kahr a few months I figured I'd update with my impressions. I've carried this sucker every single day since buying it. I've shot about 2,000 rounds through it without so much as a hiccup. I never clean it, and it still works without issue. My only complaints are with the crappy magazines and sights. Patiently waiting for some big dots for it All in all, I'm super happy with this little gun, and am glad I decided against the Kel-tec. Thnks again y'all for helping me make a good decision.

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