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While the debate between 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP will rage for decades to come, Kahr Arms has worked hard to produce some of the best semi-autos for concealment in each of those chamberings. The company’s mini .45s are top-notch, and the CW45 is no exception. In the upcoming November 2013 issue of Combat Handguns, author William Bell got his hands on one to see how it stacks up against the competition.

As Bell writes, “The goal behind this pistol was to offer Kahr quality and features at a reduced price.” Cost-cutting measures include a slide that is roll-marked rather than engraved, a barrel with land-and-groove rifling instead of polygonal, and the pistol only comes with one magazine. “What that amounts to is an MSRP of $485, as opposed to the $805 price tag on the P45.”
So how did it do on the range? Was it able to soar during Bell’s combat firing drills, or did it’s budget-friendly construction hinder its performance? To learn more, check out the November 2013 issue of Combat Handguns, available on newsstands and digitally August 6, 2013. To subscribe, go to