HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? It Takes Glock Mags or the Price Tag Makes Me Sad?

Welcome everyone to the 236th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only have Fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

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TFB Review: The Extar EP9 Is True American Affordability

9mm PCCs have been one of the fastest-growing sub-sections of the firearms industry and with so many offerings out there already, it’s hard to stand out. When I first heard about Extar USA and their virtually all-polymer firearms, I was almost certain that they had to be cheaply made import guns. To my surprise, it was the exact opposite and it’s the first reason why I really like the EP9 for what it is. Extar USA was founded in 1995 and was one of the first manufacturers of molded polymer rifle caliber receiver sets. The Extar EP9 was released just a short while ago, and the much anticipated and desired EP9 Carbine followed shortly afterward. With the recent release of the EP9 Carbine, I thought it was finally time to give you all my review of the EP9 “large format pistol” that I’ve been shooting for the last several months. Today I’ll give you some insight into where the platform excels, what I think it’s good for, and where it might fall short for some shooters with specific shooting tastes.

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Best Expensive 9mm Carbine: H&K MP5 vs. B&T APC-9

Two of the best pistol caliber carbines in the game: The LEGENDARY Heckler & Koch MP5 faces off today against the B&T APC-9. The H&K MP5 has been the gold standard for PCCs or SMGs for nearly 60 years, while the B&T APC-9 is newer, having been invented by the Swiss group Brugger & Thomet in 2011. While the B&T doesn’t have the long legacy enjoyed by the MP5, the APC-9 is the first SMG that has been adopted by the U.S. Army since World War II. Which one is the top dog in 2023?

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MCM Firearms 9mm DELTA S DS9 Integrally Suppressed Upper

James Reeves is at TriggrCon 2023 at the MCM Firearms booth to talk about the Delta S DS9 Integrally Suppressed Upper. The DS9 takes design language from other highly successful integrally suppressed designs to give their customers a unique combination of magazine options, ammunition performance, and ease of maintenance. The Delta S DS9 upper features a detachable monocore suppressor, along with a ported barrel for the best performance across a wide variety of 9mm ammunition.

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[NRAAM 2023] A Better Folding AR? The Shield Arms SA-9

Luke C is at the 2023 NRA Annual Meetings and Expo checking out Shield Arms’ new folding stock 9mm pistol caliber carbine – the Shield Arms SA-9. The SA-9 takes the proprietary Shield Arms lower and combines it with some of the industries leading rifle component manufacturers to give their customers an improved folding AR experience.

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Graves G1 COMBAT Pistol Caliber Carbine

Thomas Allen Graves is an engineer from Texas who has numerous patented inventions in a variety of fields including firearms and ammunition. In this article, we’ll take a look at a pistol caliber carbine designed by Mr. Graves called  G1 Combat. Developed in 2014-2015, the Graves G1 Combat has several interesting patented design solutions such as its mechanism of operation which is described by the designer as a multi-staged blow-back with 3-cycle, 2-stroke gas damping. Let’s take a closer look.

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NEW Folding Carbine from Smith & Wesson: The FPC

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves gets his hands on the NEW Smith & Wesson FPC. The FPC (Folding Pistol Carbine) is a 16″ barreled pistol caliber carbine that borrows heavily from the Smith & Wesson M&P pistol series, with a similar trigger and controls. It comes packaged with a soft case, one 17-round capacity and two 23-round capacity magazines. The FPC is obviously similar to the Kel-Tec SUB-2000 folding carbine, so James compares the FPC to his SUB-2000.

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Springfield's NEW 9mm Pistol Caliber Carbine: The Victor 9 Review

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves tests out Springfield Armory’s new 9mm PCC, the SAINT Victor 9mm. It’s a well-featured AR-9, ready to go out of the box. And no, it doesn’t take Glock mags – but that’s not a bad thing? Watch today’s vid to see the full review.

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Parkwest Arms Introduces the PW-P9

Perhaps better known for their bolt action rifles, South Dakota-based Parkwest Arms have introduced a pistol caliber AR-based pistol – the PW-P9. The PW-P9 feeds from Glock magazines, is available with a standard rear or a side charging handle and has a proprietary, patented, bolt hold open design.

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Maxim Defense Introduces the MD-9 9mm Pistol Caliber Carbine

9mm pistol caliber carbines are becoming extremely popular in today’s firearm market. There are already a lot of options for you to choose from like the Heckler & Koch MP5, CZ Scorpion Evo III, SIG Sauer MPX, and more. Today the market is receiving yet another AR-9 style pistol caliber carbine with the introduction of Maxim Defense’s new MD-9 PCC.

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Strike Industries Strike X-Comp Muzzle Devices and Adapters

Strike Industries recently released their new line of muzzle devices in the new Strike X-Comp lineup capable of fitting on multiple firearms in multiple calibers without purchasing an additional compensator. The new X-Comp line features three different muzzle devices, each designed for a specific use, and a full line of thread adapter kits that can convert your threaded barrel to fit the Strike X-Comp or M18X1 RH threaded muzzle devices on virtually any firearm.

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NEW PCC: The B&T USA SPC9 – Special Purpose Carbine

B&T USA has just announced the arrival of the SPC9 – Special Purpose Carbine – that combines features and characteristics from the B&T APC9, H&K MP5, and the AR-15 platforms. Critics of most blow-back operated pistol caliber carbines often note that perceived recoil and suppression characteristics are underwhelming compared to delayed action systems. The B&T SPC9 uses a hydraulic buffer system similar to the APC line of carbines/SMGs to mitigate common blow-back action traits. As an APC9 owner, I can vouch for the hydraulic buffer system’s usefulness. The SPC9 will be available in five configurations, of which the integrally suppressed SD model gets my full attention. Pricing and availability will be provided soon. The press release below contains additional details.

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TFB Review: JP Enterprises JP5 Roller Delayed Blowback PCC

In recent years PCC or pistol caliber carbine has rapidly exploded into popularity in the competition scene with many enjoying it for its ease of entry and fast pace.  For a long time direct blowback guns like CZ Scorpions, AR9’s and gas-operated rifles like the SIG Sauer MPX reigned supreme in the division but JP’s newest offering, the JP5, takes the cake when it comes to high-end PCC’s for competition.

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The Rare B&T KH9-SD: Silenced & Suomi Mag Compatible!

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves reviews the rare, only-400-made B&T KH9-SD, a compact 9mm pistol caliber carbine that competes directly with the H&K MP5-SD, but with a couple of amazing features. For one, the KH9-SD has a ported barrel with an integral suppressor that slides under a custom handguard. Second, the KH9 can accept Suomi quad-stack magazines and Suomi drums! That’s not all the KH9-SD has in its bag of tricks. Check out this video for the full review.

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Modern Lever-Action PCC by British Southern Gun Company

Combining modern firearm designs and layouts with a lever-action mechanism always results in some of the most unusual hybrids of the firearms world. We’ve earlier seen a couple of such guns – the Red Ryd-AR, a lever-action AR-15 made by American BrickWurX Manufacturing, and the belt-fed bullpup lever-action rifle designed by British ADF Projects and Designs. Today we’ll travel across the pond again to take a look at another such firearm – the 9mm lever-action carbine recently introduced by the British Southern Gun Company (SGC).

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