I read somewhere that if you grab a gun for the first time and it feels like the handshake of your long lost brother, you should buy it. That is pretty much what happens when I grab my wife’s CW9.
After she bought it, we went to the range where she graciously allowed me to shoot a mag worth of ammo through it. I expected a snappy recoil, but I did not feel it (then again I am not bothered by recoil unless we are talking triple digit revolvers starting with “4”) and I found myself placing a beautiful tight headshot groups at 7 yards.I think this is partially because of the texture of the frame: soft on the sides and aggressive but not painfully so in the front and back. It gives you a very positive control if the gun while shooting.
The sights are notch & post with a white vertical line painted in the rear sight and a withe dot in the front. It was also a nice surprise that with my corrected vision I han no trouble aligning them, it was almost a natural thing to do. I was ready to hate the vertical line but my mind was happily changed.
Lately I’ve been thinking about buying a gun for Back Up/NY reload/”pocket.” Something small and slim that I could hide in my less than perfect figure without having to wear a cover garment or even (gasp!) an inside the love handle holster and my brain kept going back to the CW9. The other option was the Ruger LC9 which is a nice little weapon and with almost the same dimensions and price, but somehow it did not feel quite as well as the CW9. In the Plus Plus column, Ruger and everybody else are just joining the Sub-Compact madness while Kahr has been in it for many many moons (pun intended.) I think by now they have the whole pocket pistol thing down to an art.
Then it hit me: it makes sense to buy the CW9 if for nothing else, redundancy. All but one of the other handguns in the house are too big or too hard to manipulate for my petite wife and if hers is to be in need of repairs, she will surely commandeer mine till hers is back from repairs. It also makes sense that if for any reason I am to be out of the fight in a situation, she can retrieve it and carry on with a gun she already knows.
The only problem is that I need to dispose of a gun to get this one. The economics are not that good and I got permission to buy the CW9 only by not affecting the budget, zero sum. I already have selected a Safe Hermit that has not been shot in almost 2 years and that should cover the price of a new CW9 and a couple of spare mags.
I may have to beg for the holster and the mag pouches though. Birthday is several months ahead. 🙁