Magnum Research News 2016

Magnum Research News 2016

Black Bear thanks its biggest donors

December 28, 2016 / Pike County Courier

From left: Frank Harris of Kahr Firearms Group,
the festival's biggest sponsor in 2016, with Will Voelkel and Bob Keiber

Milford, PA – The Black Bear Film Festival recently honored its top business sponsors and private patrons with "certificates of gratitude."

“We are grateful to each and every one of our supporters, and we are especially pleased to recognize our biggest donors,” said Bob Keiber, the festival's incoming executive director. “All of them made Black Bear Film Festival 2016 a big success by allowing us to honor the traditions of Black Bear while initiating many new programs that engage young people and the community at large in new and exciting ways.”

The festival honored Barbara Buchanan for her outstanding contributions as the founding member of the new Patrons Den membership club, and Frank Harris of Kahr Firearms, its biggest business sponsor in 2016.

“We are thrilled whenever we have an opportunity to give back to the community,” said Harris as he accepted the honor.

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Michael Bane to appear in Kahr® Booth at SHOT Show

December 15, 2016

Michael Bane

Greeley, PA – Stop by the Kahr Firearms Group booth #15949 during the SHOT Show between 2:00-3:00 PM on Thursday, January 19th to chat with Michael Bane and get an autographed photo.

Michael Bane, noted author, TV personality and producer, is a long-time supporter of the Kahr Firearms Group. His impressive list of credits include: executive producer and scriptwriter of Outdoor Channel’s Gun Stories; executive producer and co-host of The Best Defense on Outdoor Channel; and creator, host and executive producer of Shooting Gallery on Outdoor Channel. He has authored 22 books, countless articles, and also hosts a weekly radio show and video podcast. Throughout the outdoor industry, his dedication to shooting sports has earned him the respect of not only his peers, but the industry as a whole.

Bane has demonstrated a long and much appreciated history of support to Kahr Firearms Group for many years and he will be in the Kahr booth to share his experiences as an avid shooter and fan of Kahr, Magnum Research and Auto-Ordnance products. Stop by and chat with him. He always has a great tale to share.


Kahr Firearms Group Introduces Seven New Models for 2017

November 22, 2016

Greeley, PA – In 2015, when Magnum Research first introduced the new lightweight Desert Eagle L5 in .357 Magnum, it quickly gained widespread appeal, especially among loyal Desert Eagle fans. Now, new for 2017, the Mark XIX L5 is now also offered in .44 Magnum.

The new L5 is offered with a 5” barrel, and features a hard-coat anodized black aluminum frame, black carbon steel slide and barrel, and Hogue finger groove rubber grips. The pistol also has Magnum Research’s widely popular integral muzzle brake. The new lighter version of this popular Desert Eagle .44 Mag puts it under 50 oz. which also makes it New York State compliant. Overall length is 9.75”, height is 6.25” and the slide width is 1.25”. The DE44L5IMB ships with one 8-round magazine and suggested MSRP is $1,790.

Also new for 2017, Magnum Research now offers the aluminum frame L6 with stainless slide and barrel both in a .44 Mag and a .357 Mag in addition to the popular .50 AE which was also introduced in 2015.

Both the Desert Eagle L6 DE357ASIMB and the L6 DE44ASIMB feature a 6-inch stainless steel barrel and slide with a hard-coat anodized black aluminum frame with a stainless steel slide and integral muzzle brake. It also has attractive black appointments and features a picatinny rail on the frame. And like the L5, the new L6 also features a Hogue finger groove rubber grip. Overall length is 10.75”, height is 6.25”, and the slide width is 1.25”. The single action pistol has a 4-pound trigger pull. The L6 ships with one 8-round magazine for the DE44ASIMB and a 9-round magazine on the DE357ASIMB. The MSRP for both models is $2,054 each.

Lastly, also introduced for 2017 are some exciting new features for 4 of Kahr Arms most popular models – the CM9093, CM4543, CW3833, and CT3833.

For the very first time, these 4 models now offer white 3-dot sights, a Pachmayr® Tactical Grip Glove, and a Pearce finger rest magazine extension. The CM4543 does not include the Pearce Finger Rest. These 4 models will be offered in Cerakote® Tungsten on the slide, trigger and slide stop lever. This new finish has been very popular for Kahr Firearms Group, and with the added features, on even more calibers, this is a great value for shooting enthusiasts. MSRP is $439 for the CW3833TU3 and the CT3833TU3. The MSRP on the CM9093TU3 and the CM4543TU3 is $499.



Magnum Research® Congratulates Pro Shooter John Nagel

Pro Shooter John Nagel

October 25, 2016

Greeley, PA – Last fall, John Nagel from Lawrenceville, Georgia, was introduced as the Pro Shooter representing Magnum Research at shooting events across the U.S. Now, Magnum Research is proud to announce that Nagel has earned even higher honors among the shooting community.

Since July of this year, John has earned three Grand Masters classifications in the USPSA/SCSA. This is the highest class level and only 5% of shooters in the country have earned this status. John earned titles in three divisions including: RFRI (Rimfire Rifle Iron Sights), RFRO (Rimfire Rifle Open Sights), RFPO (Rimfire Pistol Open).

“This has been a 15 year goal of mine and a personal triumph, and I have worked long and hard towards reaching this goal” stated Nagel. “The support I got from Magnum Research, my family, friends, and the shooting community has been so rewarding and I am honored to be part of this elite group of professional shooters.”

According to Jim Tertin, Director of Design, Research and Development, Nagel is the perfect pro shooter to represent Magnum Research. “When John first joined the Magnum Research team, he already had an impressive list of accomplishments, but now, with his Grand Masters wins, he has clearly demonstrated not only his skill as a professional shooter but truly the tremendous accuracy of our Magnum Light .22 rifles. We couldn’t be more proud of him.”

In addition to John’s three newly-acquired Grand Masters Classifications, he has earned his AAA card from IHMSA competitions, a master classification from NSSF at the 2013 world match, and is a member of the 1-Second Club, hitting 3 targets with 5 shots in just 1 second. In addition, Nagel has competed in USPSA GSSF and various other competitions, including cowboy action and extreme long range silhouette matches. His success also includes at least 13 NSSF regional wins in 3 separate divisions, 2 silver medals from the 2014 US Steel Nationals and silver medals from two previous NSSF World Championships. Additionally, Nagel has received 2 silver medals at the Steel Challenge Shooting Association World Championship. In total, he has earned 7 world records with rimfire rifle competitions. Most recently, John has won two USPSA/SCSA Level 3 titles in two separate divisions at the 2016 Pennsylvania East Coast Steel Challenge.


Kahr Arms Sponsors AmmoLand News Gun Giveaway

October 13, 2016

AmmoLand News Gun Giveaway

Greeley, PA – Kahr Arms is proud to be the sponsor of the most recent AmmoLand News Gun Giveaway which runs from October 1, 2016 until November 15, 2016. In support of AmmoLand News, Kahr has donated the Magnum Research Baby Desert Eagle III as the prize for one lucky winner.

Magnum Research’s popularity with their Desert Eagle models was the reason behind the manufacturing of the Baby Desert Eagles. The trimmed down slide and frame as well as the lighter weight gave Desert Eagle fans even more options to choose from.

The Baby Desert Eagle, known for having one of the most reliable mechanisms in the world, can also be found in the new BDE III series. The model selected for the AmmoLand News Gun Giveaway, is model number BE94133RL which features a full size black textured polymer frame in .40 S&W and has a barrel length of 4.43”, overall length of 8.375”. It has a precision land and groove match barrel, ambidextrous teardrop-shaped decocking mechanism on the slide, smoother trigger pull, fully interchangeable magazines with the popular Desert Eagle II models, and a reversible magazine catch for either left- or right-handed shooters. It has combat-type white three dot fixed sights and it comes with two 13-round magazines. The MSRP is $646. For Mike Searson’s review of the Baby Desert Eagle, please visit

To enter the Gun Giveaway, you must be an existing or new subscriber to AmmoLand Shooting Sports News daily and monthly emails. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older, a legal resident of the United States and lawfully eligible under local, state and federal rules to accept the transfer of firearms through a licensed Federal Firearms License (FFL). For a complete list of rules and to register visit


Kahr® Sponsors YouTube Shooting Video Contest

October 11, 2016

Greeley, PA – How creative can you be with your shooting skills? Kahr Firearms Group (KFG) is challenging shooting enthusiasts to submit their most impressive videos demonstrating their use of any Kahr, Magnum Research or Auto-Ordnance firearm. Shooters must be 18-years or older to participate in the KFG 2016 YouTube Shooting Video Contest. The winner will receive $5,000 in value on any Kahr Firearms Group products which includes; Kahr, Magnum Research and Auto-Ordnance.

“For three years now, we have hosted these YouTube Shooting Challenges” said Frank Harris, VP Sales and Marketing for Kahr Firearms Group. “In our first challenge, we asked contestants to demonstrate their accuracy and skill at long-range shooting. In year two, it was an action-packed speed shooting contest. This year we are looking for some safe, fun, creative shooting demonstrations. Responsible shooting of any Kahr Firearm Group gun is always enjoyable – and we want videos that demonstrate that in a creative way.”

Original videos must be a minimum of 30-seconds and no more than 5-minutes in length and must be posted to YouTube. Next, provide a URL link directly to KFG and the winner will be determined by the video that has garnered a combination of the most Views and Likes. Each Like will be counted as 5 Views. The contest period runs October 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. The winner will be announced by January 16, 2017.

>> KAHR FIREARMS GROUP Shooting Video Contest 2016 Official Rules


Kahr® Firearms Group Honored with NSSF Voting Membership

September 14, 2016

Greeley, PA – Kahr Firearms Group (KFG) is proud to announce that they have been approved to join the growing group of corporations, organizations, associations, and clubs to be accepted as a voting member of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

“We are extremely pleased that Kahr Arms has become a voting member,” said Steve Sanetti, NSSF President and CEO. “Kahr’s brands are well recognized and very successful in the American marketplace, so a more prominent role for Kahr Arms in helping to direct the NSSF mission to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports is both welcome and appropriate at this point in the company’s history.”

In an effort to gain voting membership status, Kahr Firearms Group underwent an extensive evaluation and was approved by the NSSF Board of Governors at the end of August. Kahr Firearms Group has been a supporting member of the NSSF for more than a decade and has been an ongoing exhibitor at SHOT Show since 1994.

“All of us at Kahr Firearms Group share many of the same values as that of the NSSF in our mission to promote the shooting sports” stated Frank Harris, VP of Sales and Marketing, Kahr Firearms Group. “The NSSF is the voice and the power behind the firearm industry to help all of us in passing on the legacy of the shooting sports so that future generations can enjoy what we have preserved.”


Magnum Research® Upgrades Popular BFR Series

June 30, 2016

Greeley, PA – Magnum Research (MRI) has always counted their BFR (Big Frame Revolver) series among their many success stories. It all began in 1999, when an independent gunsmith/designer named Jim Tertin, was approached by MRI to manufacture the new large caliber revolver for them. Tertin mastered the base pin design, firing pin, barrels, frame and cylinder, and fine-tuned the timing of all BFR revolvers, and then put it into production for Magnum Research. In 2005, Tertin sold the BFR design to MRI and was hired by them as the Director of Manufacturing. His focus is now that of Director of Design, Research and Development for all MRI products including the iconic Desert Eagles and Baby Desert Eagles.

In an effort to always keep the BFR in the forefront of this competitive industry of revolver manufacturers, the BFR has been redesigned with some exciting new features. The hammer spur was addressed first and it is now taller and narrower than previous models. It was raised vertically allowing for easier cocking and is significantly easier to shoot, even with a gloved hand. The new hammer is 100% machined in stainless steel and is made with extremely tight tolerances giving it a very smooth and consistent trigger pull.

Also new for the entire BFR product line is the soft rubber, one-piece grip. They were designed with the most correct taper needed for single-action shooting. With its new ergonomic design, it is just slightly longer than the original two-piece grip MRI used prior to this. The new Hogue grip is a brand new “screwless design” that has never before been offered on a single-action revolver. The one-piece rubber grip fits snugly to the grip frame and will not move under recoil. Each grip is shipped with an assembly/disassembly tool that aids in installing or removing the grip. The new grips and hammers will fit any BFR manufactured since 2000 and are available directly from Magnum Research.

The last new feature offered on the entire BFR product line is the new BFR logo. The logo was designed internally by Kevin Yoon, Marketing Manager, Kahr Firearms Group and it truly reflects a more modern look for the BFR revolvers.

All BFR special ordered calibers, and all twelve BFR standard models with calibers that include: .454 Casull, .44 Magnum, .30/30 Win, .45/70 Govt., .460 S&W, .500 S&W, and .45LC/.410, and with barrel lengths of 5” up to 10” will feature the new upgrades.

BFR: Big Frame Revolver


Magnum Research® Sponsors SASP National Championship

June 13, 2016

Greeley, PA – Magnum Research is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the Scholastic Action Shooting (SASP) National Championship. The event will take place at the Cardinal Center in Marengo, OH July 9-16.

The family-friendly championship event invites youth, 12 years old through college age, to compete in a 4-station timed action shooting event – which includes four “Low Ready” challenges: Focus, Go Fast, In & Out, and Speed Trap. The SASP program is designed to teach young people about fair play, individual responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline and personal commitment while also competing in a fun event.

As a Silver Sponsor, Magnum Research has donated five .22 rifles from their Magnum Lite series. One of the donations is the MLR22ATUT which is a 22LR rifle featuring the new Ultra Barrel. This 18-1/2” long, high-tech, modular tensioned-type barrel took Magnum Research over a year to develop and is extraordinary accurate, in part, because of the patented heat sink located inside the barrel. The MLR22ATUT measures 36-5/8” in length and weighs less than 5 pounds. This model can also accommodate a suppressor and has muzzle threads of ½ x 28. Other features include: 1 in 16 twist, Bentz chamber, a black polymer ambidextrous thumbhole stock design with a comb designed for scopes, integral Weaver-type scope mount base on the receiver, and an extended magazine release. MSRP on the rifle is $596.00.

Also donated by Magnum Research is the MLR22H. This .22LR Hogue® OverMolded™ rifle is from the Magnum Lite® Series and features a patented graphite barrel which makes it lighter weight and has better heat dissipation than that of steel while still maintaining rigidity. This exceptionally accurate rifle features a 17” barrel, an overall length of 35.5” and weighs in less than 5 pounds. The integral rail can accommodate Weaver style rings for optics. The stock is a Hogue OverMolded model. The MSRP on the MLR22H is $669.

“We are so happy that Magnum Research, Inc. has joined the Scholastic Action Shooting Program as a Silver level sponsor” stated National Director of SASP, Tammy Mowry. “With the rebranding of the Scholastic Pistol Program earlier this year to the Scholastic Action Shooting Program and the addition of the rimfire rifle program, Magnum Research’s .22 rifles will fit nicely into our program.”

For more information on the Scholastic Action Shooting Program National Championship, go to


Michael Bane to appear in Kahr® Booth at NRA Annual Convention

Michael Bane

May 10, 2016

Greeley, PA – Stop by the Kahr Firearms Group booth #3815 during the 145th NRA Annual Convention in Louisville, Kentucky between 2:00-3:00 PM on Friday May 20th to chat with Michael Bane.

Michael Bane, noted author, TV personality and producer is host of Best Defense, Shooting Gallery, Midway USA’s Best Defense:Survival, and is also the producer of Gun Stories on Outdoor Channel. He has authored more than 20 books and also hosts a weekly radio show and video podcast. Throughout the outdoor industry, his dedication to shooting sports has earned him the respect of not only his peers, but the industry as a whole. His development of the Media Education Program through the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) demonstrates his strong commitment to industry leaders by giving them an opportunity to share their knowledge of the media with firearms manufacturers and shooting enthusiasts worldwide.

Bane has demonstrated a long and well-respected history of support to Kahr Firearms Group for many years and he will be in the Kahr booth to share his experiences as an avid shooter and fan of Kahr, Magnum Research and Auto-Ordnance products. Stop by and chat with him. He always has a great tale to share.


Kahr® Firearms Group Promotes Jodi DePorter to National Sales Manager

Jodi DePorter

April 28, 2016

Greeley, PA – Congratulations are being extended to Jodi DePorter who was recently promoted from Regional Sales Manager of Kahr Firearms Group to her new position as National Sales Manager, effective immediately.

In her new position, DePorter will be responsible for directing sales activities for all three KFG brands, including; Kahr, Magnum Research and Auto Ordnance. In addition, she will provide leadership to the company’s manufacturer’s reps and will be the point of contact for key distributors and dealer accounts throughout the country. She will also work in conjunction with Frank Harris, VP of Sales and Marketing, to assist with monitoring and directing sales objectives in accordance with sales forecast and production plans.

“I am excited to take on this new responsibility and I look forward to being a part of the growth and development of the sales channels for Kahr Firearms Group” said Jodi DePorter. “I am so thankful to the many people from the firearms industry that have taught, inspired, and influenced me through my career. I feel so blessed to be part of such an exciting industry.”

Ms. DePorter began her career with Kahr Firearms Group in 2006 as a regional sales manager. Prior to coming to Kahr, she worked for ArmaLite and Springfield Armory. She has spent 17 years in the firearms industry.

“Jodi and I have worked together for more than 9 years and I have always been impressed with her approach to sales and how she relates so well to our dealers and distributors” stated Frank Harris, VP Sales and Marketing, Kahr Firearms Group. “From simple problem-solving issues to complicated sales negotiations, she has always demonstrated exceptional skills and a strong work ethic. We are delighted to have her on our team.”


Magnum Research® Introduces Black Tiger Stripe Desert Eagles


April 20, 2016

Greeley, PA – The latest and popular trend in handguns is exciting new finishes that gun enthusiasts feel best matches their personality. In keeping with this trend, Kahr Firearms Group has created yet another custom finish with their new Black Tiger Stripe Desert Eagle in both .50 AE and .44 Magnum.

The Desert Eagle .50 AE is a gas-operated, semi-automatic pistol with a 7-round capacity in .50 AE and 8-round capacity in .44 Magnum. Both guns measure 10.75” in length with a 6” barrel. Slide width is 1.25”, height 6.25” and the weight with an empty magazine is approximately 4 lbs. 5.8 oz. in .50 AE, and 4 lbs. 6.6 oz. in the .44 Mag. It has a trigger reach of 2.75” and a sight radius of 8.5” with the 6” barrel. The construction of the Desert Eagle utilizes the latest CNC machine technology providing exacting specifications with tight tolerances creating a work of art in a precision firearm. The grip is anatomically formed and provides an ideal hand seating angle for two-handed shooting allowing for comfortable, rapid and accurate firing. The Weaver style accessory rail easily allows for aftermarket optics and scope rings.

“While there are many people that appreciate an unadorned pistol, there are still those that feel they need something more – something that complements their personality” stated Frank Harris, VP of Sales of Marketing. “To address those fans who want something ‘flashier’, we have introduced our handguns in multiple colors, polished gold or chrome and even animal prints. The Black Tiger Stripe Desert Eagle was first exhibited at the 2016 SHOT Show and already we anticipate it will be one of our more popular models.”

The MSRP on the Desert Eagle DE50BTS is $1922 and the Desert Eagle DE44BTS is $1895.


Kahr® Firearms Group Enjoying Their Bear Family Neighbors

March 28, 2016

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Greeley, PA – In 2014, when Kahr Firearms Group purchased their 620-acre parcel of land for the new corporate headquarters, they knew that some of their new “neighbors” in the wooded acreage would be home to various species of wildlife. Much to their delight, a sow bear and her cubs would find all the comforts of home less than 400 yards from the corporate building.

For the third year since Kahr Firearms Group acquired the land, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has come out to check the vitals on the sow that they actually collared in 2006.

Last year, we reported that the sow was healthy and that she had given birth to 4 cubs. Sadly, those 4 cubs did not live, so this year, mama bear gave birth to two adorable cubs, now weighing in at 5 lbs.

Upon receiving permission from Kahr Firearms Group to enter the property and check on the status of the bears, the sow was located using a tracking device and was then darted with a sedative. While the Pennsylvania Game Commission officer collected blood, hair and vitals on the sow, the officer handed over the two cubs to Kahr personnel in order to keep them warm while outside of the den and away from their mom.

“Everyone loves a good bear story, and at Kahr, we feel like these bears add so much interest to this beautiful piece of property where we go to work every day” said Frank Harris, VP of Sales & Marketing. “Every year, a small group of us gather around the Pennsylvania Game Commission officer eager to once again see how our bear neighbor is doing and what offspring she gave birth to over the winter. Sadly, the two previous years she had lost her cubs due to her ailing health and also natural predators, but we were thrilled to see two more this year. We respect the animals of this forest and are so grateful that in spite of our busy office this has not disturbed her and she has decided to stay for the duration.”

The new Kahr Firearms Group corporate headquarters was finished in 2015 and the office in Pomona, NY was closed.


Magnum Research® Introduces Apocalyptic Desert Eagle®


February 15, 2016

Greeley, PA – Should you ever find yourself surrounded by Zombies or other unworldly forces, the new Magnum Research Mark XIX Apocalyptic Desert Eagle may very well be your best defense. The new Cerakote™ white matte distressed finish would intimidate even the most wild of beasts and evil immortals.

For shooting enthusiasts who do not really worry about the apocalypse, this new Mark XIX Desert Eagle distressed white finish just earns kudos for its “cool factor”. The new Cerakote finish consists of a multi-step process which involves a high temperature ceramic coating that holds up well under normal use. It has been extensively tested for durability and has proven to be very tough.

The Apocalyptic Desert Eagle comes in two calibers: .50 AE and .44 Magnum. The .50 AE is a gas-operated, semi-automatic pistol with a 7-round capacity. The .44 Magnum has an 8-round capacity. Both guns measure 10.75” in length with a 6” barrel. Slide width is 1.25”, height 6.25” and the weight with an empty magazine is approximately 4 lbs. 5.8 oz. in .50 AE, and 4 lbs. 6.6 oz. in the .44 Mag. It has a trigger reach of 2.75” and a sight radius of 8.5” with the 6” barrel. The construction of the Desert Eagle utilizes the latest CNC machine technology providing exacting specifications with tight tolerances creating a work of art in a precision firearm. This Desert Eagle features a G10 grip. The G10 material is a high-pressure thermoset plastic laminate consisting of multiple layers of woven fiberglass mesh cloth impregnated with an epoxy resin binder. It is anatomically formed and provides an ideal hand seating angle for two-handed shooting allowing for comfortable, rapid and accurate firing. The Weaver style accessory rail easily allows for aftermarket optics and scope rings.

The MSRP on the new Apocalyptic white matte distressed pattern for the Mark XIX Desert Eagle is $1895 for the DE44WMD and $1922 for the DE50WMD.


Kahr® Is Title Sponsor of IDPA West Virginia Championship

January 11, 2016

Greeley, PA – For the second consecutive year, Kahr Firearms Group is proud to be a sponsor of the IDPA West Virginia Championship. The event will take place at the Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, WV June 3-5, 2016.

“Last year, Kahr Firearms Group was a contributing sponsor of the IDPA Championship. The 2015 event drew in over 150 shooters, and we really appreciated the opportunity to share our pistols with this talented group of shooters. This year, we decided to become a title sponsor so we could offer even more support to IDPA” said Frank Harris, VP of Sales & Marketing, Kahr Firearms Group. “We are proud to sponsor an event that brings together some of the top defensive pistol shooting enthusiasts in the world. This championship brings together civilians, law enforcement, federal agents, retired military, and also some international shooters. It is a fun event to attend and a great organization for us to support.”

The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) has clubs throughout the USA and internationally. The focus of IDPA is to hone sport-based defensive handgun shooting skills and give shooters with mid-level to expert shooting skills an opportunity to compete against each other in various divisions for rankings.

“The 2016 match will improve over last year by adding even more props, movers, vehicles, challenging stage designs, and better Safety Officer incentives” stated IDPA Match Director, Cody Claxton. “With Kahr as our title sponsor, we will also have even more great guns to give away. It will be a truly fun event for everyone.”

“There will be 7 divisions in total at the match and shooters will participate in 12 defensive handgun stages of fire” stated Cole McCulloch, President Peacemaker National Training Center. “Each stage is based on real time defensive concealed carry scenarios involving moving targets, vehicles and even an airplane. The event is open free of charge to spectators. We are thrilled that Kahr Firearms Group is our title sponsor this year. Kahr pistols are ideal because they are highly concealable, practical and fit the Compact Carry Pistol and Back Up Gun Divisions now offered in IDPA.


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