Educational Zone #141 – The KelTec PF-9 Pistol

When KelTec came out with the PF-9, my buddy Tman and I were interested in the pistol. We saw our first example at the SHOT Show and tried to get one to test, but they never sent me one to test.

Tman had heard rumors of reliability problems with the early models so we were hesitant to buy one without trying it first.

My buddy Shane recently bought one and he was kind enough to go to the range with me today to see how well the pistol ran.

Here it is, compared to a P-3AT .380.

Here it is, compared to a P-3AT .380.

The PF-9 fires the 9mm cartridge and of course is more powerful than the .380.

The main reason for the .380 is that it is a small pistol that only weighs 8.3 ounces unloaded and is easily concealed.

However, the .380 is marginal at best as a self-defense cartridge.

Here, I have placed the .380 on top of the PF-9 and you can see that it is only slightly larger than the .380.

Here, I have placed the .380 on top of the PF-9 and you can see that it is only slightly larger than the .380.

Shane wanted at least a 9mm for carry and bought this one to replace his P-3AT.

The PF-9 weighs only 12.7 ounces unloaded. It has a rear sight that can be adjusted for windage. It also has an under barrel accessory rail.

It is smaller than my Kimber 1911, and will be easier to conceal.

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We started out the day by shooting some rounds from the .380 to see how different the recoil would be.

It also allowed us to compare the group sizes for the two pistols.

The .380 has very poor sights and is basically a “point and shoot” pistol.

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After shooting the .380, we tried the PF-9 and found the recoil to be noticeably more “brisk”.

Not painful or more than can one can stand, but “brisk”.

You know it is a 9mm and not a .380.

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The sights are better and we were able to shoot better groups with the PF-9.

Here are a couple of average targets with the .380 on the bottom target and the PF-9 on the top.

Here are a couple of average targets with the .380 on the bottom target and the PF-9 on the top.

Not a “tack driver”, but good enough to do the job.

We shot several kinds of Ball ammo through it and even some lead ball reloads that Shane had loaded.

The pistol ran great. We shot around 200 rounds through it today and had only one problem, when a single round of loaded ammo, the last in the magazine smoke-stacked.

But that was near the end of the session and the pistol was getting kind of dirty.

All in all, I was very happy with the reliability. It ran great.

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The fired primers had a distinct impression that was different from other 9mm pistols that I have.

But they shot just fine.

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While we were there, I let Shane shoot my 1911 and now he has the hots for one.

It sure feels like a tack driver after shooting one of these little carry pistols.

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After the range trip, we took the pistols home and cleaned them.

After disassembly, it is easy to see that the pistols are very similar.

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If you are in the market for a small and light weight 9mm, I would recommend that you take a look at the PF-9.

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Conclusions:

It seems to be a fine little pistol.

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