TOP THIS: The Hudson H9 Gets Red Dot Ready

by Pete

I have yet to pull the trigger on a Hudson H9, but the veteran-owned pistol manufacturer keeps giving me reason to break away from my love for Austrian polymer. Earlier this year Hudson introduced a threaded barrel for compensators and yes, silencers. And now the H9 gets red dot ready with the H_RD slide that has cuts and mounts for a few of the most popular MRDS. If the H_RD shoots as good as it looks, Hudson has a winner.

Spiler alert, James has an H9 tucked it his albeit tight waistband, ready for a TFBTV review shortly. Stay tuned.

TOP THIS: The Hudson H9 Gets Red Dot Ready

TEMPLE, TX, Jul 27, 2018—Hudson Mfg continues to expand their line of factory-built accessories for the H9. Earlier this year, Hudson successfully introduced a 1/2×28 TPI drop-in threaded barrel for the H9. Then, followed that up by shipping their C1 Compensator a week ahead of schedule, ending a pre-sale that began on July 3rd.

Today Hudson announced the pre-sale of the H_RD Slide (short for Hudson Red Dot Slide). The H_RD comes complete with slide internals, frontserrations, and a patent-pending steel mounting plate system at an MSRP of $747. During the pre-sale, Hudson is offering a 9% discount towardthe purchase of the H_RD. During the first nine days of the pre-sale, three lucky customers who purchase the H_RD will receive their choice of aTrijicon RMR, Shield RMS, or a Leupold DeltaPoint Pro.

The H_RD Slide is a variant of the H9 slide engineered to allow for the mounting of red dot optics. The H_RD Slide mounting plate system allows a single slide to use multiple optics. Initially, Hudson Mfg is offering a choice of three hardened steel mounting plates for the Trijicon RMR, ShieldRMS, and Leupold DeltaPoint Pro, and every H_RD slide will ship with an aluminum block-off plate to use when an optic is not mounted. The H_RD features a suppressor height front sight and a suppressor height rear sight integrated into the initial plate offerings.

The hardened steel mounting plates fit over a robust pivot surface and rotate into dual dovetail joints cut into the slide. The result is a robust system that prevents forward and rearward motion of the plate and provides the assurance that the H_RD plates will keep your

optic in place while shooting. The H_RD Slide is engineered to allow for the lowest possible mounting surface without sacrificing weight, reliability, or compromising critical dimensions.

“I’m excited where we ended up with the H_RD slide. We could have opted to mill individual optics, but with how rapid the red dot optic market is changing, we wanted H9 owners to be able to change out a machined mounting plate. Red dot sights are going to continue to impact the handgun market in the same way optics transformed rifles. We’re going to ensure our customers have the options to run their H9s the way they want.” – Cy Hudson, CEO

The availability of the H_RD changes how shooters utilize the H9. The H9 will be more competitive in additional divisions, and H9 owners have more options in configuring the H9. The H_RD Slide is available at MSRP $747


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  • ClintTorres ClintTorres on Aug 01, 2018

    When, oh, when is one of these gun companies gonna wise up and integrate a red dot right into the factory slide? C'mon, we can put a television in a phone and we can't get this done?

  • Mike Mike on Aug 01, 2018

    I have not worked out why I should buy a Hudson when it is twice the price of the competition. Ones with a proven tract record.