PREMIER: B&T KH9 Ready For US Release

Brügger and Thomet is on a roll: a couple of weeks ago we got a sneak peak at a pre-production APC308 and now we are seeing the first KH9-A1’s to arrive here in the US. Minh at The Hardpoint/HiCaliberMfg an FFL/SOT in Ashland, Virginia was nice enough to share pictures of one of the two Swiss-made pistols that they received from B&T. Only 400 total KH9’s will be imported and available for purchase by American shooters and the MSRP is currently set at $2,250.

KH9 @TFB - Credit: The Hardpoint/HiCaliberMfg

KH9 @TFB – Credit: The Hardpoint/HiCaliberMfg

I spoke briefly with Tim Nickler from B&T USA about the KH9. “There’s a small possibility of a .45 caliber KH45 model if the KH9 release goes well,” said Nickler. “We also expect that the GHM9 will be available around the first of the year.” Nickler also stated that 50-100 KH9s per year might be imported into the US depending on demand.

Aesthetically, the KH9 makes me think a MAC-10 and a Yugo AK had a love child. In reality the grip assembly was borrowed from the STGW-90 Swiss Assault Rifle and the magazine well resembles an MP44. Mechanically, the pistol has some unique features, starting with a swappable magazine well that will be able to accept Suomi mags and possibly others in the future.


KH9A1 @TFB – Credit: The Hardpoint/HiCaliberMfg

Side folding stocks will be available for owners who have completed the ATF Form 1 “Making” process, although at the moment there is no supply of US-made parts – a requirement when complying with 922r regulations.

From the specifications, the KH9 operates on a “recoil-reduced closed bolt blowback” action and features a three-lug muzzle adapter for the quick detachment of a suppressor. Details specify the use of the B&T SD-988100-US suppressor, but the recessed three-lug mount initially made me curious if other silencers will fit. Not to worry:


KH9A1 @TFB – Credit: The Hardpoint/HiCaliberMfg



KH9A1 @TFB – Credit: The Hardpoint/HiCaliberMfg



KH9A1 @TFB – Credit: The Hardpoint/HiCaliberMfg



KH9 @TFB – Credit: The Hardpoint/HiCaliberMfg



KH9A1 @TFB – Credit: The Hardpoint/HiCaliberMfgq



There are no safeties to be found on this blend of engineering and art – a decocker returns the KH9 back to double action after cycling. As with other B&T products, reports show that the KH9 is made with legendary Swiss precision.

I want one.

Writer’s Note: Putting aside my AK/Uzi humor above, the KH9 takes its true heritage from the late Italian-designed Sites Spectre which saw use by the Swiss Armed Forces.

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  • Guest Poster

    Man, they are really trying to out-ugly the Glock.

    • PK

      I love how it looks, personally.

      • Pete – TFB Writer

        I do too.

        • PK

          I bet you like how the Spectre looked, as well. Same interesting appearance.

    • Anomanom

      Well, it’s kind of the down-market product, originally designed to use surplus mags. That said, it’s not as pretty as their other offerings, but it looks solid and well crafted. Price point is a bit high, but hey it’s Swiss.

  • “and the magazine well resembles an MP44” – You mean in the way that all magazine wells resemble one another.

    B&T seem to be really desperate to get as many of their SMG products into the US in pistol form.

    • It is a reference to its ability to accept magazines from the Hispano-Suiza MP43/44: the licensed Suomi KP/-31.

      • Pete – TFB Writer

        Thank you for for stating that better than I did.

  • alex waits

    that is cool. I want one, but 2 grand for a PCC is a tough pill to swallow.

  • Joseph Goins

    It looks like Glock’s deformed twin brother.

  • wildman0708

    Looks incredibly simple for something made by the Swiss.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      This was my issue with and one of the reasons I sold my B&T TP9. Far too complex for what it is / does.

    • Mark Are Reynolds Ⓥ

      LOL! Yea, who would have guessed.

  • ReadyorNot

    “MSRP is currently set at $2,250”

    That come with a Swiss bank account too? =)

    • Martin M

      I was ok up until that point, too. Um, TEC-9s are crazy cheap, relatively speaking.

    • PersonCommenting

      I am satisfied with my ATI ARish 9mm carbine. $775. They use to be around 650 but the 9mm market has exploded.

      • Jim N Jenna SK

        I bought a scorpion evo for $750… But I can tell you this – this pistol will be right up there with my hk sp5k – that being a collector item. Get one will you can.

        • PersonCommenting

          The B&T? Idk, they arent that well known.

          • Jim N Jenna SK

            They will be soon, oh I can’t wait to see how this baby performs.

          • Jim N Jenna SK

            Also for that person that has a APC 9, a APC 300, a APC 556… They most likely would not have this. Only 400 ever imported to the USA. Very rare. This most likely means that the guy who needs to complete his collection won’t mind forking over 4K for one down the road when the last of the imports are gone. Also only 50 a year coming in for the next 4 years. Then poof, gone forever.

          • Mark Are Reynolds Ⓥ

            Oh well.

    • Steve_7

      Kind of a lot for an M11/9.

  • Slim934

    Kind of reminds me of a Thompson.

  • Martin Grønsdal

    charging handle forbids optical sights… sigh

    • iksnilol

      How? There’s a decent rail behind the charging handle.

      • Martin Grønsdal

        there is no room for my 7 backup sights, and the one operator sight I need to operate on a daily basis

    • Joseph Goins

      It depends on how low you want to mount it.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Is there something insanely bad a-s about this that I missed?
    Im hoping there is since its ugly, expensive and semi auto.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      One word. RARE

      • TheNotoriousIUD


        • Harry’s Holsters

          You could add high quality. This is for the collector and collector/shooter market only. People like weird things. A guy that shops at my local gun shop collects recalled guns that have safety and mechanical defects. I can’t see doing that but he enjoys it.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Thats cool, I just dont see the value.

  • iksnilol

    The square receiver and the position of the grip remind me of a Thompson.

  • So it is basically an updated SITES Spectre?

    • Chrono777


    • CharlesH

      Do want

    • Giolli Joker

      Needs more quad stack…

      • As the article states, the magwell can be swapped out to accept the 50rd casket magazines from the Hispano-Suiza MP43/44 & Suomi KP/-31.

        • noob

          Hmm in 22tcm9r it could give the p90 a run for its money at 7 to 21 yards.

    • n0truscotsman

      Wow….I had to google that. Very interesting.

  • Swissguy

    Hi from Switzerland!

    This Gun should not been taken seriously. It was just a fun project for one of the co-funder of Brügger&Thomet(B&T) The name KH-9 stands for KarlsHobby9mm. Karl Brügger is the current Boss of B&T. Sales in Switzerland are also limited too.


    • Harry’s Holsters

      Thanks for confirming my suspicions. The no safety had me thinking that.

  • Jim N Jenna SK

    How can I order one?

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I think copper custom and G&T tactical are getting some in.

      • Jim N Jenna SK

        Thank you.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          I’ve never dealt with either I saw Miliary Arms Channel and owner of Copper post on instagram they were getting some in and G&R gets a ton of B&T stuff in also. There are also a couple companies in TX who are dealers but most of their B&T stuff is pre sold months before they get it.

          • Jim N Jenna SK

            I snagged one from the FFL listed above.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            Awesome man I’m Jealous! I hope it gets to you soon.

          • Jim N Jenna SK

            Will report back asap when it’s in my hands.

          • Jim N Jenna SK

            It’s awesome ! Has a unique recoil impulse. It’s a keeper

    • Minh Nguyen

      Hi Jim. I’m the one that took all these pics. If you want one give The Hardpoint a call at 1130 Eastern Time tomorrow and we’ll get you straight.


      • Pete – TFB Writer

        Thanks for stopping by, Minh. And thanks again for sharing your pics. Well done.

      • Jim N Jenna SK

        Will do!

  • Edeco

    Pleasant looking, but otherwise bleh. Apparently heavy, primitive (blowback), expensive, no coffin mags.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    The no safety DA/SA is interesting for a range gun but I’d never use this for self defense because of it.

    I hope these do well and maybe more will come in when I’m in a position to purchase.

  • ColonelColt

    Let me just say this for everyone, “Bahahahahahahahahaha” There are plenty of other 9mm pipes out there, even nice ones like the SIG MPX that cost quite a bit less than this. This looks like it’s made out of nothing complicated and it’s all bolted together.

  • micmac80

    B&T is basically a company that rumages trough some guys collection of old guns and then launches dead old designs a fancy new bling at bling prices.

    • RSG

      Don’t know if you respect Tim (his opinion) at the military arms channel, but he swears that all of the new B&T models recently released are some of the highest quality he’s ever seen. See his channel for reviews.

  • CS

    For me; The irony for a moment, was that I thought Hipoint was the importer.

  • Raoul O’Shaugnessy

    “KH9” keeps getting aurtocorrected in my head to “HK”.

  • Dear God, my dream of being Gordon Freeman is one step closer!

  • David Harmon

    Looks like I could have a new trunk gun… Come on .45!!!

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      I want to live in your trunk.

      • David Harmon

        No, bad Pete. You know you’re not supposed to pee on my trunk liner!

        I’m afraid this arrangement would end something like that.

  • Jim N Jenna SK

    “Only 400 will be imported”
    -does this mean ever or just the first initial run?

    • Henrik Bergdahl

      Ever afaik.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    You know, I’m not normally one to complain about prices but….

    $2200 for a blowback 9mm pistol?

    Someones on drugs.

  • Voice_of_Reason

    Meh, for $2250 you can get 3 or 4 other 9mm carbines, like kel-tec sub 2000 plus a Mech-Tech CCU plus a 9mm AR and maybe have enough left over for a Hi-Point.

  • ??
  • mazkact

    I would like to know more about

    “recoil-reduced closed bolt blowback”

  • fmike15

    At that price they will be flying off the shelves!

  • Mark Are Reynolds Ⓥ

    $2250 for a 9mm PISTOL? You have to be nuts to buy one. And if you want it to be an SBR, simply get a Roni and pay the tax stamp and put a Glock 9mm in it. For a bit over $1000. Geezzzz…

  • $2,250.?? Are you serious? HAHAHAHA no thanks.