Intratec TEC-9

The Intratec TEC-9 is a semi-automatic, blowback-operated, 9mm Parabellum caliber firearm.
MSRP: 
450
Length (mm): 
317.5
Barrel Length (mm): 
127
Weight Empty (kg): 
1.4
Effective Range (meters): 
50
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The Intratec TEC-9 is a semi-automatic, blowback-operated, 9mm Parabellum caliber firearm.

The TEC DC-9 is a low priced single action autoloading pistol made by Intratec Firearms of Miami, Florida. In keeping with the low price, the DC-9 also has an reputation for low quality construction. As for styling, the DC-9 looks like nothing else so much as a miniature submachinegun, although it is not a fully automatic firearm. There are two basic models, the normal DC-9 and the short barrel DC-9M.

The magazine well is located in front of the trigger, and the gun features a threaded barrel, a perforated heat shroud, and a long 30-round magazine, all of which contribute to the SMG-like appearance. The DC-9 is blowback operated and chambers the 9mm Parabellum round.

The TEC DC-9 was originally called the "TEC-9", but was renamed to "DC-9" about a year later, probably in response to a widely publicized crime where some deviant blasted his way through a crowded Washington DC office building with a TEC-9 in each hand.

The DC-9 bears the dubious honor of having been named explicitly in the 1994 "assault weapons" ban, as well as being listed in ninth place on the BATF list of "Top 18 Handguns Used by Criminals". It is legal under current US law for private individuals to own a DC-9 that was constructed prior to the effective date of the ban, although certain states or localities may have more restrictive laws.

For a handgun, the DC-9 is very large and very heavy. It is over a foot in length and weighs in at over four and a half pounds when fully loaded (heavier than some rifles). It is certainly not what most shooters would consider a concealable weapon.

Most of the larger metal components of the pistol are constructed of plain heavy steel. Here there are no exotic alloys as one might find on many other modern pistols, and this contributes to the extraordinary size and weight of the DC-9. The lower receiver / grip assembly is made of a single piece of thick molded plastic resin.

The DC-9 has been criticized for its cheaply finished construction, and some of the most common complaints include:

Machining marks that are clearly visible on many components, poor factory blueing jobs with obvious streaks and patchiness,
Though most of the machined metal edges are reasonably smooth, there are some exceptions where some deburring should be done; in particular the perforations in the heat shroud, which have been very rough edged on some DC-9s.

The DC-9 has poor quality non-adjustable sights are made of punched sheet steel that are spot welded to the upper receiver.

The Pistol is picky about the types of ammo it will feed reliably. It feeds hard round-nosed and pointy-nosed FMJ types very reliably, even aluminum cased CCI/Blazer ammo which many other pistols have problems with. The problem is that DC-9s will not reliably feed any hollow-point or other flat-nosed bullets at all. The DC-9's feeding preferences are stated very clearly in owner's manual, but some critics tend to ignore this and complain about feeding problems when they are really just using ammunition for which the gun was not designed.

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6 years 41 weeks ago, 10:35 AM

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mod ab-10

6 years 27 weeks ago, 3:42 PM

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Model AB-10 is the After Ban model of the Tec-9. Clinton's Ban (which Hillary promised to re-instate if elected)effectively forced Intratec to close it's doors in 2001. Intratec wasn't able to hold out as long as Calico (which returned to business in 2005).

The AB-10 is simply more difficult to modify to create automatic fire. The magazines are not neccessarily interchangeable with other variants, it is best to try each type of magazine IN the weapons before purchasing. Fortunately there are still places where you can purchase the necessary repair items to keep any of the Tec-9 variants working well into the 22nd century :)

Anything else ya wanna know??

6 years 23 weeks ago, 1:06 AM

Anonymous

how much do they go for? whats the price range?

6 years 19 weeks ago, 9:06 AM

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Tec -9

I owned one in the 90's. It was a fun gun to own but it would jam even with ball ammo. If I would buy something like it now it would have to be a M-11 or mini- uzi

4 years 2 weeks ago, 5:47 AM

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Cool...

I'm pretty curious... wouldn't mind trying it at the shooting range!

6 years 10 weeks ago, 12:50 PM

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teh 9

how well does this weapon work can someone give me a hards up

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6 years 10 weeks ago, 1:22 PM

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It of course works, It fires fast and furious...when it wants to work. I have not actually used one but my brother has and he said that not only did it jam but there was also problems with the firing pin wearing down rather quickly. This gun, despite it's problems is still an intriguing weapon and would be on hell of a ride when it worked.

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6 years 10 weeks ago, 1:39 PM

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Mostly

Mostly for looks this gun is.

6 years 1 day ago, 9:47 AM

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Very nice!

I have had multiple range time with this weapon. It's a must have!

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5 years 46 weeks ago, 11:25 AM

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intratec AB-10

I recently got this gun, Are ther accesories , High round mags , shoulder straps, fold out stock, etc you can add ? Where is there a source for these?

3 years 40 weeks ago, 2:16 AM

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intratec AB-10

I'm about to buy an AB-10 its my first but I'm have experience with my uncles service duty guns a Glock 26 and a s&w 5964(not sure if the S&W model is right) they are only asking $286 is that too much for a post ban Tec-9 and I've also been looking in to parts and accessories the but site I've seen is gunbroker.com and sksparts.com/TEC9AB10PARTS.htm the sksparts has upgrade kits,new firing pins,rebuild kits, and just about anything you need. gunbroker is a bid site but right now they have a 72 round drum clip

2 years 44 weeks ago, 6:30 AM

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Fair weapon.

Hone the feed and clean good and don't fill clips to the max and it will shoot. BUT unless you like the LOOK spend a little more and get reliability without all the work..

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2 years 41 weeks ago, 10:09 PM

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Agree

do not fill the clips to the max. 30 instead of 32 rounds

2 years 48 weeks ago, 1:39 PM

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DC 9 parts

i need a rebild kit for a DC tec 9 bolt please respond

2 years 44 weeks ago, 5:47 AM

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Tech 9

Did you ever find a rebuild kit for the Tech 9, i have one don't need the kit but a breakdown for cleaning

2 years 48 weeks ago, 2:27 PM

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I don't mean to be

an asshole but perhaps you should use Google to more of your advantage, I don't know of any regular around here who has a TEC9, nor do I remember much discussion about them, other than these posts that are several years old.

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2 years 48 weeks ago, 7:07 PM

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Tec 9

If you are serious about looking for parts and all.

Go to AVGuns.com and email Felix with what you need. Crazy Russian will hunt the stuff you need down if it can be found if he feels like messing with it.

He will definitely suggest you dump it and get a different firearm though and you can agree or ignore it as you like.

But if it can be found he will find it with his connections.

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
2 years 44 weeks ago, 5:37 AM

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AB-10 Tech 9

Does anyone have a breakdown of the Tech 9 for cleaning?

2 years 44 weeks ago, 5:46 AM

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Goggle broken?

http://robert.furtkamp.com/tec9-disassembly/index.php

have fun, follow the instruction to the T or you could end up with an unintended burp gun or grenade.

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
2 years 44 weeks ago, 5:48 AM

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Thank You

2 years 44 weeks ago, 5:51 AM

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no problem

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
2 years 42 weeks ago, 4:49 PM

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tec-9

i have a dc tec 9 and its a shootin sob! breakedown is easy and fast. i keep mine clean as a whistle and it has NEVER NEVER jamed. i found a barrel exstension that makes it look like a 50 cal machine gun at machine gunworks.com,hes got parts and alot of goodies.

2 years 41 weeks ago, 10:07 PM

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Tec 9

I have had one since the first year they came out. I am totally satisfied. It is accurate and reliable. I do not like the plastic handel but no problems after shooting over 1000 rounds. Only time it jammed was when I used the 50 shot clip. The 32 shot works well. I am going to buy another one. Oh yeah, I have killed two dear, a porqupine, skunk, rabbit and raccoon one shot hollow point. Not much left.

2 years 41 weeks ago, 11:17 PM

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How did they taste?

Enquirering minds want to know.

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!

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Intratec TEC-9 Info

Category:
Pistols
Manufacturer:
Intratec
Action:
Blowback
Type:
Semi-automatic
Caliber:
9mm
Barrel Length:
5 inches
Frame/Material:
molded polymer and stamped steel
Finish/Color:
Black
Capacity:
10, 20, 32, 36, 50 round magazines

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