Kimber’s new little Solo sub-compact is developing into quite the nice little carry package. While the main competitor, the Kahr sub-compacts are just not measuring up anymore.
The best selling Kahrs are the CW series guns. These have a cast slide, polymer frame, and come with just one magazine… but they are only 400 bucks. The nicer forged steel P series guns are right up there in Kimber Solo price territory, but they do come with an extra mag. They are good little guns and I am quite fond of them… but the ones people buy are the CW series and we’ve had some issues with them lately. The new ones from the factory are real notchy, sticky, and sharp. Very unpleasant guns to hold and operate. They are hard to pull the slide back and even more difficult to drop the slide again… the fit an finish look fine on the outside, but the way they work… just very poorly. These CW guns are actually hurting the Kahr brand. Had to take a return on one this week on one I sold, and that’s just not cool. A CW45. Those folks are never going to look at buying another Kahr for the rest of their lives. And I can’t blame them. At that point you can’t try to talk them into the upper end Kahr pistol – because they look damn near the same. They just got turned off one to spend more on another that looks the same? Doesn’t work.
Then you pick up that Kimber solo. Whole other world. It’s like going from a Flinstones
Kahr Car, sorry… to a Mercedes Benz. Smooth action like melted chocolate. None of the Kahrs can come close to that feeling. They could – but they don’t. Kahr persists in their sharp edged slide lock levers and sharp frames textures. It’s like you reward yourself with buying a Solo, and punish yourself with a Kahr… and I have to say that I hate saying that. Because I really do like Kahr! They are accurate, reliable, with great triggers… but they feel sharp and rough and are a hard sell.
Kahr needs to revamp their lines. New cosmetic lines, a more agreeable texture on the grips. The actions need to feel smooth and when someone – specifically women – try to press the slide release lever, that slide needs to drop with little effort instead of making their thumbs bleed. Round off the sharp corners on everything. Make it something you want to hold on to. You do that… simple reworking of existing stuff without any reengineering… then Kahr would dominate the CCW market and we could price those at 499 instead of 399. The upper end P-series… would be redundant. Kahr could dominate… they seriously could.