In early October 2014, Kahr introduced the latest addition to their double-action compact pistol product line – the Kahr CT380. The CT380 features a 3.0 inch barrel, an overall length of 5.52 inches and a height of 4.4 inches. It weighs just 11.44 ounces without a magazine. The pistol has a black polymer frame and features 4140 steel inserts molded into the front and back of the frame for added rigidity. It has a machined, solid 416 matte stainless steel slide and a textured polymer grip.
The Kahr CT380 features a lock breech, modified Browning type recoil lug, and features the “safe cam” action and offset recoil lug barrel design found in all Kahr pistols. The result is a compact pistol with very little felt recoil and quick follow-up shots. The pistol features drift adjustable white bar-dot combat rear sight and pinnedin polymer front sight. Lastly, the slide locks back after firing the last round – another feature missing on a number of other value-priced compact semi-auto pistols. The durability and reliability of the CT380 model makes it a strong consideration as a backup gun for law enforcement.
Differences between the Kahr Value Series CT380 and the Kahr Premium Series P380 models include: the CT series has a conventional rifled barrel instead of the match grade polygonal barrel found on Premium models; the CT slide stop lever is MIM (metal-injection-molded) instead of machined; the CT series slide has fewer machining operations, and uses simple engraved markings instead of roll markings; the P380 comes with three magazines and is shipped in a lockable plastic case. The CT Value series comes with one 7 rd. stainless steel magazine and ships in a cardboard box.