The P380 is the most popular pocket pistol from Kahr Arms. It is small, light, and easy to conceal. These are all of the primary characteristics which are the basis for a good pocket gun. Low cost is a bonus. Accuracy is good to have but at 10 feet or less, which is the usual distance these guns are used for self defense, match grade performance is not a requirement to get the job done.
Luckily, the P380 has all the benefits described above and unlike most pocket pistols made in the last 35 years, the Kahr P380 is chambered in .380 Automatic. Some call this round the “9mm Short” and many have said that it is the absolute bare minimum that should be used when carrying a gun to defend yourself.
The P380 pocket pistol is a simple design, but not too simple. While it lacks any type of external safety it still sports a locked breech/tilting barrel system instead of the less reliable blow-back design found on many of these smaller type of guns. Built on the tried-and-true framework of a forged steel slide and barrel matched to a polymer frame, the Kahr P380 has a lot of other features often overlooked by other manufacturers which the company intended to add value to the pistol and bring greater overall satisfaction to the end user.
To start with, the gun comes standard with dove-tailed combat sights of the 3-dot variety. These have become almost standard in the self-defense pistol market but they have not been completely adopted by pocket pistol makers who often build them with both front and rear sights fixed and integrated into the frame. The benefit of dove-tailed sights on a pocket pistol is that the shooter is able to upgrade to night sights or another brand of premium sights which he or she may prefer. Upgraded models (KP38233N, KP3833N, and KP3834N) come equipped with Tritium night sights already installed.
Weighting in at only 9.97 ounces when not loaded, the P380 is the lightest pistol which Kahr offers. It is just under 5” in total length and under 4” in height. Both the slide and barrel are made from forged steel with the latter coming from the Lothar Walther Match Grade barrel lineup. The textured grip of this gun's polymer frame houses the pistol's 6 round magazine, two of which ship with the gun when it is new.
All safety systems on this pistol are internal which makes sense as this gun is not intended for range or competition use and and many shooters who don't have time to continually train with a gun like a 1911 will want to pull the trigger and have the gun fire when under duress. The trigger is double-action-only and works the internal striker-fired components. Beginning in 2010 the gun was shipping from the factory with a tip-up loaded chamber indicator to let you know if the gun has one in the pipe or not.
Both bi-tone stainless steel slide and traditional black finishes are available for the Kahr P380. A “Black Rose Edition” with custom engraving on the slide is also available but it runs about $100 more than the traditional version.
Reviews for the Kahr P380 pocket pistol can be found below. Please write a review of your own if you've had the chance to use this gun before. People often are concerned about how well it shoots, how good the trigger works and whether you have experienced any problems with the gun. Any info you have about the company's customer service department should you have had to have warranty work done is helpful as well. Thanks in advance for sharing your first-hand perspective on this gun's overall value.
I am surprised considering some of the earlier problems with the P380 that that you have to scroll to bottom of this web page to see the more recent reviews. I purchased a P380 in September 2013. Having read all the reviews and forums about break in, I made a concerted effort to break it in correctly. First, I racked the slide back and left it in that condition for 3 days. Then I put 200 rounds of FMJ through it followed by a series of JHP. The cheaper JHP, mostly reloads, had a few FTF. Using higher quality JHP like Critical Defense and Speer Gold Dot, I had zero issues. This is my main CCW, and the only reason I might consider another CCW is to go to 9mm. I have added the CT laser guard and find this much better than the iron sights due to failing (aging) eyesight. The only reason I didn't give this pistol 5 stars for value is the cost. But in retrospect, how much is your life worth? Read More
This entry is a follow-up to the entry above... I've since found some postings that P380 with seial numbers starting with RC0... seem to be problematic (mine falls into this lot). After emailing the Kahr service group; I didn't get a response after a few days. I then sent a follow-up email after a week. A service person replied next day and said they didn't see the earlier email. No questions asked beyond the report I gave (similar to above); the immediately sent a pre-paid FedEx label. A week and a half later the firearm was returned to me (without notification). Luckily, my wife was home. The service worksheet provided detailed a "complete parts update- replaced: cocking cam, cocking cam pin, ejector, striker block, recoil springs, mag catch, slide stop and magazine- lubed and test fired-OK." I immediately took it to the range with a new Hogue Handall jr grip this time- I felt even more in control with this- especially with quick consecutive rounds. Fired 145 rounds of four different brands of ammo (~100 rounds Brazers Brass, 20 rounds hydra-shok, 25 rounds hornaday)- not a single failure. I really liked the hyda-shok even though I've read some people have had problems with hollow points. Next, I installed Kahr's stainless steel rod; and fired about 50 more rounds of Brazers Brass- I immediately noticed tighter groupings. Definitely worth the $20 I say. I'm much more confident about this firearm. I'd re-rank; but this site put a "like" on your facebook profile so everyone in your network will know you have this firearm- beware. Read More
I'm still in the break-in period on my Kahr (paid ~$670); so I won't judge any of the Failure To Eject/Stovepipe events (only 50 rounds fired- remington UMC, 95 grain)- most of these were my fault due to the placement of the magazine release button- sometimes on firing; my thumb hits the release button. The LCI feature is a pain and the directions for dismatling with this feature makes me suspect that many of the service complaints about Kahr may be true. You need an orange plastic tool locked into the magazine chamber to remove the slide. Kahr's directions are horrible for this. This procedure isn't mentioned in the manual or on the Kahr website video for dismantiling the slide. There is an orange card tucked in with the marketing material with instructions for this which states that not following this procedure could damage the weapon and that not following it will null the warranty. The gun is a little jumpy in my large hands- I'm waiting on some Pearce Ends for the magazine; as well as a couple different types of grips (Hogue and the cushioned grips in the Kahr accessories). Kahr also has a 7 round magazine that may help. I will say that with each shot; my groupings got tighter and tighter at ten yards- enough so that I went out to 15yards. It is very accurate for such a small firearm and you can feel the quality. I've got a Crimson Trace Laser to add on after it's broken in. Even with the laser; it is highly concealable. You can't just rack a round into the chamber as far as I can tell. It seems you have to lock out the slide, and then hit the release to chamber a round from the magazine. If there is a misfire, you need to release the magazine, clear the chamber, reinsert the magazine, lock the slide out, release the slide, fire (no safety- I have no issues with this; internal safety features are pretty ingeneous). The springs in the Kahr are very strong; so the process above is tiresome! The dealer said that it'll have a really nice feel after the break-in; but for now, my fingers are sore after pre-cleaning, clearing misfires, re-cleaning. This weapon would have higher marks from me from me on durability and overall value if the manual were written better. First impressions count for a lot! In the meantime; I have a tickling worry in the back of my mind that I hope nothing was damaged while trying to dismantle. Read More
Okay, This is a hard gun to rate! I have two, one was much better than the other. Both function just fine now but it was a long road to get here. The first thing you need to know about these little pistols is that they are VERY ammo sensitive. Mine love "Botique" ammo. I can't tell you why but they do. I suspect that if I just started shooting Buffalo Bore (any load - doesn't seem to matter)or Grizzly +P, the gun would have been 100% out of the box. But I didn't and most of the standard brands were less than 100% reliable. There are two style magazines - the difference being the left lip profile - and the newer one is best. These pistols are beautifully made with great metalurgy and are well worth the cost for the design and machining effort that goes into them. My first one took 1600 rounds to break in (YEP!) but a lot of that was my fault because I had not tried "botique" ammo. Keep them clean, change the springs every 800 rounds or so and shoot high power stuff. They have no problem with plus p ammo. I hung a laserguard on one of mine and now have a "p380 wit da beam!" Lots of fun! Read More
Bought a P380 yesterday with a crimson Trace for the wife's ccw, went to the range today and was less than impressed. We could not get through a magazine without getting at least one failure. We had the same problems that all he other writers were getting. In addition to that, both of us had to modify our grips to keep from hitting the magazine release while shooting. Then after spending quite awhile on that then the gun would not chamber a round fully or the round would get stuck coming out of the magazine. The wife has now refused to ever try it again. You know for a $600.00 gun I couldnt be less impressed. (Should have gone with the sig) Read More
I first tried this pistol before buying it and noticed that the slide didn't always go all the way forward after shots. You'd have to pop it. I purchased it for maybe $420...? I've taken mine out on the range perhaps 3 times and shot about 50-100 rounds through it each time. I've never cleaned it. The last time I went I took my trainer with me because I can't figure out how to get my groupings less than 6 or 7 inches at 5 yards and I cannot hit my intended target without pure luck. This is not the kind of skill-level you want when you're you're the only female in a combative training class. Anyway my my trainer and I both fired it and it kept double feeding. This is within the first 20 rounds. He had the range's gun smith take a look at it and it turns out this gun wasn't liking the ammo. Fiocchi. I switched to Federal and got the double-feeding to stop. It still does the weird slide thing though. On the subject of concealment, I'd say this is perfect for small framed women. I'm 5 foot tall and weigh 92 pounds. I have no problems concealing this firearm so long as I wear a longer-waisted top or jacket that drops below my pants' belt line. Of course my hands are small, but - surprisingly - the grip is so narrow, I can cut my left index finger with my short-cut right index finger nail every time I fire. I try to keep my triggering limited to just the finger tip, but that doesn't make any difference. I'll admit I've dropped this gun before. When I first bought it, I opened the box and tried to get more comfortable in my back porch, and dropped it. No gings on it. As far as the subject of use goes, I feel lame saying it, but my hands are too soft and tender to be able to lock the slide open, but unlike my husband's Tanfoglio (Tanfuglio 🙂 ), I can at least pull the slide back. I'm overall very happy with the Kahr P380 and have recommended it to most of my female relatives and female co-workers. I can't recommend this for primary carry to big boys like my giant-handed husband, but if you're looking for a pocket gun to carry as a back up, this one should do the trick. Just keep it away from Fiocchi bullets. Read More
I have had my P380 foe a couple weeks now and put Around 200 rounds thru it. It doesnt matter what ammo I put through it, it works. It is more accurate with +P hollow points. It can do a 4?group at 25 yards if I do my part. Whats not to like? Read More
I have decided to go ahead and give a star rating on this weapon.... two returns is TOO much. Read More
It took me a few days to get to the range... The p380 is still failing to go into battery, slide lock back when ammunition is still in weapon. I guess it's back to the factory again... more ammo wasted, more gas money wasted. Read More
I received my p380 back.. they changed out the ejector, recoil spring,cocking cam, cocking cam pin, striker block, slide stop, extractor and magazine. Off to the range tomorrow. Will update. Read More
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