Kel-Tec PF9 Gun Review

The Kel-Tec PF9 is one of the smallest and possibly the lightest handgun developed by the US based manufacturer. The gun was first released in 2006 and immediately gained positive response from various gun enthusiasts for many reasons.

Performance

It's often regarded as a back-up handgun but can also be an effective defense pistol because of its ability to be fully concealed. The lightweight factor was also admired by many gun owners. While it's powerful enough to inflict harm, its light and sturdy enough to work well in various conditions.

To be precise, the gun can weight up to 411 grams (loaded). The gun's magazine has the maximum capacity of seven rounds. With one extra bullet in the chamber, a gun owner can have as much as 8 rounds in the PF9. 9mm bullets are used in the handgun and almost any form of 9mm can work well with the handgun. The PF9's body is a combination of polymer and steel frame. The lower part of the handgun features polymer parts while the upper (just above the trigger) uses steel frame. This combination has significantly contributed to its ideal weight.

Features

A feature that should be noticed by most gun enthusiasts on PF9 is the floating system for self-reloading. This feature can also be referred to as a short-recoil action handgun. A probable reason why the gun was on floating system instead of blowback is that the manufacturer does not want to deal with too much movement that could displace the metal part of the handgun. As already indicated, the handgun is made up of polymer and metal so continuous blowback action might displace the metal portion of the handgun. But this feature came with the price: although it will protect your handgun, the short-recoil will be a bit difficult to handle.

Appeal

The Kel-Tec PF9 is a small, smart and highly accurate defensive weapon. The price range of the handgun is from $300 to $350. This means the price is not as expensive as the standard Glock but its usage could easily rival other small handguns.

Summary

Headline: 

The Kel-Tec PF9 is one of the smallest and possibly the lightest handgun developed by the US based manufacturer. The gun was first released in 2006 and immediately gained positive response from various gun enthusiasts for many reasons.

Performance Rating: 
9.2
Performance: 

It's often regarded as a back-up handgun but can also be an effective defense pistol because of its ability to be fully concealed. The lightweight factor was also admired by many gun owners. While it's powerful enough to inflict harm, its light and sturdy enough to work well in various conditions.

To be precise, the gun can weight up to 411 grams (loaded). The gun's magazine has the maximum capacity of seven rounds. With one extra bullet in the chamber, a gun owner can have as much as 8 rounds in the PF9. 9mm bullets are used in the handgun and almost any form of 9mm can work well with the handgun. The PF9's body is a combination of polymer and steel frame. The lower part of the handgun features polymer parts while the upper (just above the trigger) uses steel frame. This combination has significantly contributed to its ideal weight.

Features Rating: 
9.4
Features: 

A feature that should be noticed by most gun enthusiasts on PF9 is the floating system for self-reloading. This feature can also be referred to as a short-recoil action handgun. A probable reason why the gun was on floating system instead of blowback is that the manufacturer does not want to deal with too much movement that could displace the metal part of the handgun. As already indicated, the handgun is made up of polymer and metal so continuous blowback action might displace the metal portion of the handgun. But this feature came with the price: although it will protect your handgun, the short-recoil will be a bit difficult to handle.

Appeal Rating: 
8.8
Appeal: 

The Kel-Tec PF9 is a small, smart and highly accurate defensive weapon. The price range of the handgun is from $300 to $350. This means the price is not as expensive as the standard Glock but its usage could easily rival other small handguns.

Handling could be a bit challenging for first time gun owners because of the size of the handgun. Handle or grip could be difficult because of the magazine size. This can be dangerous since the gun could have strong recoil. It can be a good idea to have an extension on the handgrip but this should only be added after the gun has been tried for a few times. The manufacturer recommends in breaking-in the gun first for at least 100 rounds before storage. With this initial use, issues on the handgun might be noticed. But the main reason for break-in is to improve accuracy as well as handling.

The Kel-Tec PF9 has a very unique disassembly method. Gun owners should remember that an assembly pin located near the magazine keeps the gun together. This should be removed before the barrel could be taken out. During assembly, the reset strike should be implemented which is practically pulling the strike slightly.

3 Comments

4 years 34 weeks ago, 1:19 AM

judge_harper

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keltec

its a good gun if you cant afford to buy something better.
Im kinda prejudice against cheap guns.
sorry

3 years 28 weeks ago, 11:39 AM

phonse65

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Kel-Tec PF9

judge_harper wrote:
its a good gun if you cant afford to buy something better.
Im kinda prejudice against cheap guns.
sorry

I have been a gun owner for >50 years. One thing that has always bothered me was the shortage of reliable, durable, and inexpensive handguns. Industry pricing practices totally ignore the low income folks that really new a good home/personal defense handgun, but can't even come close to the S&W, Colts, Kimber, Kahr, etc. prices.

I'm amused about anyone's prejudice against "cheap guns". There are some handguns out there that are "cheap" (I prefer inexpensive) that are fine and fully acceptable defense handguns. They are reliable, durable, and available handguns in calibers from .32ACP to .45ACP. Both revolvers and semi-autos can be found! Kel-Tec first brought out the P11, which was a small 10 +1 9mm pistol. I think my first cost me $214. Now I can afford any handgun on the market, yet I bought 3 of the P11's. They are a great, and highly concealable piece. I couldn't NOT buy. Then came their .32ACP and 3AT(.380ACP). They met the purpose for which they were produced magnificently. Falling in behind Taurus and Ruger both jumped in with reliable, inexpensive .380ACP's at great prices. Lest I forget Hi-Point is the king of the reliable, well built, highly rated handguns at incredibly low prices. The turn out huge numbers for under $200.

Hey we all have a need for defensive handguns. We can't all pay mega bucks. Another example, Ruger has long produced the P90, SS, +P, .45ACP that define reliability, durability, combat accuracy, built like an Abrams tank. Now when Mas and I can pick one up for less than $400, that flat performs; why drop $1800 on a Kimber, or $1000 on a S&W, $1,000 + for a Springfield 1911?

It would be nice if we could simply passout Sig/Sauers to all needing a fine weapon, but that ain't gonna happen! I don't believe that there is any reason to discriminate against a low price handgun, just like I believe there is no reason to buy "high priced" just for name recognition and perceived qualty.

4 years 32 weeks ago, 9:04 AM

steves76

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PF9

I picked one up for a concealed cary piece. I like how its small and easy to use. I do agree its a little cheap but it does the trick for me. I do have other pistols that deff are more accurate but I choose to carry the PF9 everyday because of the size and weight. Just my .02's

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