During our recent trip to B&T AG in Switzerland, B&T unveiled their new KH9 Covert. This newest version will be made exclusively in Flat Dark Earth (FDE) and will be imported into the U.S. in limited numbers as a pistol. I had the opportunity to sit down with B&T executives while in Switzerland to talk about the new KH9 Covert.
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TFB HANDS ON: The B&T KH9 Covert
For those unfamiliar with the KH9, it’s based on the Italian SITES Spectre M4 that would be later made famous by video games like 007 Goldeneye. The KH9 was a ground-up built by B&T in 2015. The original tooling had been destroyed, so B&T designed a gun with a similar trigger mechanism but with more modern technology.
The original KH9 saw 222 built for the Swiss Market, and 444 delivered to the U.S. market. The new covert version takes things a step further and is specifically designed to be deployed from a bag or pouch.
The mag well on the KH9 covert can now be folded forward. Even with a full mag inserted.
In addition, the pistol grip folds rearward underneath the telescoping stock pictured above.
The mechanism to fold the mag well is just forward of the trigger guard and easy to access for quick storage. In addition, the pistol grip has a large button on the left-hand side to fold the grip away.
All the controls on the KH9 are ambidextrous. The kit will include a charging handle that hangs off the top left or right of the receiver for faster manipulation (not pictured).
One of my favorite features of the KH9 is its decocking mechanism. With the gun loaded, it can be decocked making the first trigger pull double action. The green dot on the left-hand side gives you a visual indicator when the gun is decocked.
There are three rail sections on the KH9 Covert. Two up top, and one at the 6-o’clock position. All will feature a tri-lug barrel mount for suppressors or other accessories. Price hasn’t officially been announced, but we did get an indication these would be in the $2,000-$2,400 range. B&T indicated 555 KH9 Coverts were scheduled to be delivered in January, and they’ll decide based on demand if more will be made after that. KH9 Coverts will ship as a pistol with a green messenger bag for discreet transport. Brace and stock options for the KH9 Covert will be available at launch.
Ever wondered what KH stood for in KH9? Quite simply, it’s “Karl’s Hobby”. For more information and details on the KH9 Covert check out the TFBtv video below. Thank you again to B&T AG staff as well as B&T USA employees for coordinating this event. Stay tuned for more from B&T, and thanks for reading.