What I’m Carrying Now: Kahr CM45 and a Montecristo Edmundo

JT in upstate New York writes . . .

Never realized how much stuff I carry in the course of a day. Here’s my list:

PISTOL: Kahr CM45 with an extra magazine
AMMO: Federal HST 230 grain
KNIFE: Sypderco Delica Kahr Edition
HOLSTER: Alien Gear 3.0
BELT: Bullhide
LIGHT: Browning Mini Mag
PHONE: Samsung J7
WATCH: Rolex Vintage Explorer
(CIGAR: Montecristo Edmundo  )


[This post is part of our series, What I’m Carrying Now. If you’d like to submit a photo and description of the gun, holster and gear you’re carrying in the new world in which we live, send it to us at [email protected] with WICN in the subject field.]


  1. avatar eagle10 says:

    That cigar and a nice single barrel bourbon on the rocks sounds like a relaxing time.

    1. avatar Rev. Philip E. Evans says:

      Same cigar with a good Dark and Stormy is also fine!

    2. avatar Bill C says:

      That cigar and a Monica Lewinsky is all you need

      1. avatar Dude says:

        Cigars are very versatile!

  2. avatar strych9 says:


    But wait, in NY you’re not limited to a Capone sized cigar?

    1. avatar 41mag says:

      Been waiting for a KAHR to show up. Love ‘em.

      CM9, CW45, and T40 are awesome to carry and shoot.

      1. avatar The Crimson Pirate says:

        Yeah, I have a CW9 in my rotation. Love the Alien Gear holsters too. I wish they made a Shape Shift Shell for it.

        1. avatar Yep says:

          Seems like the Kahr have lost popularity since the Shield, Glock 43, and now Sig P365 came on line.

        2. avatar SoCalJack says:

          @Yep, I agree. One of My buddies had one that kept having a FTF after 2 factory visits. The G43, Shield and P365 are all reliable guns that eat almost any ammo. Can’t be a carry gun if it isn’t 100% reliable. But I’m sure this CM45 is.
          BTW the picture looks nice enough to be in a magazine ad. Seems like its missing a cigar cutter and a lighter.

        3. avatar Don from CT says:

          I carried various Kahrs until I got my G43. MK9, P9, P9 Covert, PM9, then back to a P9.

          All my full sized guns are Glocks so I switched to a G43. Then I found I shot the P9 much better than the G43 and went back to the P9.

          Which is how things stayed until I purchased a P365 last year. The 365 is small enough and the most shootable of all of them.

      2. avatar strych9 says:

        I’ve shot a few and they seemed pretty alright. A few of the LGS’s around here seem to seek a number of them.

        Personally I’ve never owned one but if I saw one at a decent price I’d take it.

        1. avatar strych9 says:

          *sell. FML with this phone today.

  3. avatar Peter Gunn says:

    How’s the recoil on that CM45? What would you say it’s comparable to, roughly? I seriously considered getting a TP45, but after watching all of the online reviews I could find I concluded it must have some serious recoil. A Colt LTWT Commander is just this side of the “iffy” line for recoil for me.

    1. avatar 41mag says:

      Ever shot a 1911?

      My CW45 feels the same.

      1. avatar Don from CT says:

        Uh. The CW45 weighs about half of what even an alloy framed 1911 weighs. Apples to oranges. Though its not too bad considering everything.

        1. avatar Don from CT says:

          Though if you want recoil absorbing mass, Kahr makes that gun with a steel frame also.

        2. avatar Peter Gunn says:

          Yes. I am extremely familiar with a Colt Mk IV Series 80 LTWT Commander. I was thinking more along the lines of what the felt recoil of the CM45 was in comparison to, let’s say, a snubby in .38 or .357? This would give me a practical point of comparison. For me, a snubby with standard-pressure .38s is not fun, but is tolerable. Going to .38 plus P in a snubby pushes me past the “iffy” line solidly into the discomfort zone. Touching off .357 Magnums in a snubby?… unh-uh, not me, not ever again, not nohow!

    2. avatar Nate in CA says:

      The CW45 recoils isn’t harsh, just shoves you around a bit more than a little 9mm – I found both the .45 and the 9mm pretty pleasant, and the DAO trigger is really nice, IMHO.

  4. avatar RedEagle says:

    Worst gun manufacturer in my opinion at least hi-point will fire and not jam up!

    I would never, ever pay money for a gun that requires a break-in period.

    1. avatar Turd Furgeson says:

      What’ve you ever built?

  5. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    Good carry. Personally, I don’t care for tobacco. I had a friend give me a real Cuban Cohiba [sic?] All it did was ruin an expensive glass of bourbon and any chance of getting laid that night. Owned three Khar Arms. Good pistols, but I can work a small/medium frame DA revolver faster.

    1. avatar Monica L says:

      I don’t mind the smell of tobacco, my boss used to stuff me with a cigar before I gave him head.

      1. avatar William Jefferson C. says:

        Oh you loved it

        1. avatar HRC says:

          I knew it!

  6. avatar possum says:

    That’s a nice outfit , but plastic melts in a nuclear holocaust.

    1. avatar Darkman says:

      Everything melts in a nuclear holocaust.

    2. avatar Ing says:

      You still planning that neutron bomb, Possum?

      1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

        Why is it I have a slightly uneasy feeling that he isn’t kidding about building that nuke?

        1. avatar pwrscourge says:

          Because you’re an idiot.

    3. avatar strych9 says:

      Some days I picture possum as being Dr. Farnsworth in his jammies but with a possum head.

      How many doomsday devices do you actually have in your collection there, Mr. Marsupial?

      1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        Doc Brown from back to the future.

        1. avatar strych9 says:

          When it comes to doomsday devices I prefer cartoons.

          So I propose a compromise: The parody of Doc. Brown: Rick from Rick and Morty.

        2. avatar Jim in Oregon says:

          To Tom in Oregon, Greetings. I am pleased to know you are about. I have my single malt, no cigar, wishing there were more real people and less of aunt katie. Jim in Oregon ( from Alaska ).

  7. avatar CentralVirginian says:

    I had a kahr pm9, it was shaving pieces of polymer off the top of the frame. Granted those are just faux rails and the real rails are metal inside the frame but i was still unhappy and worked out a deal with the gun shop to get rid of it. It soured me on the polymer kahrs.

  8. avatar Porridgeweasel says:

    Interesting Loadout that you have there. I’m glad that it works for you because that’s what’s important.
    I had an opportunity to shoot that 45 once and decided it was probably one of the most unpleasant 45 carry guns I ever shot. Don’t mistake my statement for disparaging your choice, I just find it interesting that there are folks out there who truly do like them enough to carry them. I could very possibly have missed something about them.

    1. avatar Boomer45 says:

      I mean, you gotta make sacrifices if you wanna carry the hand of god.

    2. avatar Theguywiththegun says:

      CM40 is a, uh, spirited one to shoot, the P40 is much better all around. I find them conforting and comfortable. Really liked the cw45 I shot. Chamber mouths benefit greatly from a little polishing. Shouldn’t have to be that way, but I really like them once that is finished.

  9. avatar Larry says:

    JT, Rochester area here. Let’s see Spyderco check , Rolex Explorer check , my humidor is full of Montecristos , but my normal carry is a shield .

  10. avatar Captain Insano says:

    About time somebody carries a Spyderco. Tired of looking at load outs with Kershaws.

    1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

      I’ve carried Spydercos daily for nearly 30 years, now…

  11. avatar John Farley says:

    Hey Folks, JT here
    Thanks for the great comments. Couple quick hits. I’ve been a 2nd Amendment Supporter, and Carry holder for over forty years. I’ve shot tons of great guns. Smith & Wesson, Beretta, Walther. One of my all time favorites….Para Ordnance LDA. Love the 1911s. Just got to the point where they were just to heavy. So now I’m a Kahr Guy. I’ve got the cw 380 that stays locked in my car, two cm 9, lot of fun to shoot. And the cm 45. And you’re correct the break in period of kahr is a bitch. Any way thanks again for comments.
    Stay safe, God bless the 2nd Amendment and America

  12. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

    robusto, rothschild; maduro, oscuro.
    it’s all about the wrapper and the gauge.
    and get that zippo dual jet butane retrofit.
    these b52 edge’s are kicking ass.

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