Range report on PF 9

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      Range report on PF 9

      I went to the range to try out some of my .45 ACP reloads in my Taurus 1911. I ran into this thing on the way. I took a photo of it with a S&W 442 for comparison. Overall, they are very similar in size except the PF 9 is much flatter.







      Kel-Tec PF9
      TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
      Calibers: 9mm Luger (9x19mm)
      Weight unloaded (no magazine): 12.7 oz.
      Loaded magazine: 2.8 oz.
      Length: 5.85"
      Height: 4.3"
      Width: .88"
      Barrel Length: 3.1"
      Capacity: 7 + 1 rounds

      This little gun shoots really well (at least at 7 yards). It's very, very flat - only .88" thick. It is double-action only and has a nice light, very smooth trigger pull. The sights are dead on at that range and are quite nice for a pocket pistol. They're the 3 dot syle with enough daylight around the front sight to make it easy to get on target, even with my old eyes.

      It's a pretty good handful to shoot. It's not a range gun, but fed some good ammo it should be a nice little CCW. Recoil is sharp, but manageable, even shooting fast 5 shot strings. I found out on the first magazine that it is sensitive to limp wristing. I had 3 failures to feed in the first magazine. After that I made sure I had a good firm grip and it fired the next 45 rounds without a hitch. I was using WWB from Wally World. Here's some photos of the targets:

      First 5 rounds at 7 yards:



      25 rounds at 7 yards:



      20 rounds at 7 yards:


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      Thats pretty good shooting

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      Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
      Thats pretty good shooting
      Damn good for a pocket gun!

      Nice photos Rman!

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      Looks good to me all the way around there Rman.

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      Been seriously considering this one. Any major problems beside limp wrsting it? I've read of many problems with 'em.

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      I've got one and mine shoots great. Kel-Tec had some major issues with this gun at first, but redesigned the barrel and feed ramp and the problems were pretty much solved. The serial # where they started using the new barrels is around #ROGxx, according to the folks over at KTOG.

      I sent my slide and three magazines in to Fuselier Plating http://www.gunsmith.fuselier.com/ eight days ago and got them back today with a satin nickel finish...


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      Now that's a sharp little pocket pistol you got there Jam. How does it shoot? Did you find the same thing as Rman about the limp wrist? I might have to have one if they got the bugs worked out. Good luck with yours.

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      In 200 rds I haven't had any malfunctions, but a friend of mine who doesn't shoot much tried it and had a FTE that I believe was caused by limp wristing. When I suggested he tighten his grip a little he had no more malfunctions.

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      That was a nice write up. I might start to consider one my self for off duty use.

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      How do you fix limp wristing? Does tighting your grip fix it? I saw one at my last gun show but they wanted in the high 3's for it. I'll wait until I see more of them out there. Great rightup.

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      Good shootin!

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      I was wondering how it felt in your hands since it looks like you have good sized hands. My hands are pretty big since I'm(6'7"220#), I've recently been contemplating purchasing one for carry since they are so small. I would like to get it in a 9mm. Any feedback other than what has already been listed would be greatly appreciated.

      Nate

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      Have been try'en to keep track of this little mouse gun,, Glad to see some positive reports on it,, I don't normally advise or carry any thing smaller then a 9mm, but at present, working where I do even my Kahr Pm9 is just a tad to big, this is looking like a great zipper gun, may just have to go back and modify a couple of pants pockets again

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      Quote Originally Posted by Dave James View Post
      ...working where I do even my Kahr Pm9 is just a tad too big...
      The PM9 is shorter than the PF-9 in height and length, but the PF-9 is a little bit thinner and lighter. For a pocket gun, the Kahr PM9 may be a bit more concealable. The ultimate in concealability would be the Kel-Tec P3AT in .380 ACP.

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      Seems like a good toss up, what I'm looking for would be thinner and lighter, as it will have to ride just off the kangaroo pouch , or in the shirt tail holster,either way looking good. and if I have to lose it better than my Kahr or secamp

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      You've got a point there. I could have bought three PF-9's for what I have invested in my PM9.

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      CDNN Sports has them for around $230. Find the web site, call the 800 number...they no longer list guns online.
      They are very good to deal with, as is Keltec.
      After seeing those targets, I will be getting one later this month...maybe two.
      Great shooting!
      Mark

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      . I have 2 pf-9's. It gives me the option of back-up or significant other to carry. No problems to date. 2,000+ rounds through one & appx. 1,000 through second one. They do have a stiff recoil but not severe. This is a light weapon, so expect some reI coil. There is a trigger pad available & the Northwood trigger is a worthwhile mod. I use a two handed grip & usually shoot 100-200 rounds at a time. You can expect 5-6" groups at 30 yds if you are a good shot.This is a small gun & MUST be kept clean to function well. I cannot remember the last problem I had. Technique is important. Ccleaning your weapon is important. Shooting your weapon is important. I like 115gr or 224gr ammo. I use: Blazer brass, Red box Federal, Sellier, Speer, Lawman, Belloit, Federal maroon & champion. My defence loads are Golden Saber, Hornady HP, Critical Defence, Cor-Bon. This is a small weapon & not much room for crud. You MUST clean it every time you shoot it. This isn't a show gun but a good defence weapon. The trigger pad mod & Northwood trigger are good mods.

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