Pocket 9 Roundup

Jay G. has posted a roundup of compact and subcompact 9mm pistols

Only very recently – the past decade or so – have we seen the proliferation of the very small, nearly pocketable 9mm carry gun. The Kel-Tec PF9 has been out since 2006; other than that the market for light, compact single stack 9mm handguns has been fairly light. Advances in frame construction have given firearms manufacturers the opportunity to release firearms hardly larger than 380s that are chambered in 9mm, leading to an explosion in this particular market segment.

Kel-Tec PF9 is the “old man” of the group

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  • KC

    I have a P11 which was the double stack precursor to it which used (at the time) preban S&W high cap mags and I’m pretty happy with it.

  • Many of the PF9’s imitators have improved on it by offering exciting new features such as “extraction” and “ejection”.

  • Travis

    The PF-9 is the old man? Then whats the Kahr PM9? Grand Daddy? I guess so, the first mass produced, commercially successful pocket nine. But that’s not on the list. This list has several guns you cant even get yet and omits the primary one you can. Also the CM9 is left off as well. No one can question the success of the Kahr pocket pistols, yet the can be slighted for reasons unknown.

  • El Duderino

    Retardo —

    My PF9 has worked 100% of the time.

    I carry it in preference to a nice SIG and a 1911.

  • El D.: Mine was failing to extract at least once per mag, so I sent it back to Kel-Tec. Just got it back last week. 100 rounds through it since it came back, working fine so far.

    They’ve built a top-notch customer service operation. Maybe they work on quality control next.

  • Bill Lester


    I’m in full agreement regarding the P-11. Great little pistol. I’ve had mine a couple of years and have not had the slightest problem in something approaching 1800-2000 rounds.

  • Neil

    Looking at a DB 9 and a DB 9C what is your opinion of this 9mm tks