Considering the PF9

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    Considering the PF9

    I am considering purchasing a Hard Chrome Pf9. I was wondering if the reliability of these guns is improved now over the past. Right now it's what I can afford but I don't want to rely on something that is unreliable. I don't like to get involved in the gun brand bashing but I did have one in the past along with the P3AT that had issues but I have a Taurus 380 now, which a lot of people bash, and it works perfectly so I know every brand has a lemon. I would like feedback from those who actually have ownership/user experience.

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    My PF9 has run without error. I have no complaints other than its propensity towards rust. Hard Chrome may help that.

    If you're expecting a match trigger on something with the quality of an Ed Brown heirloom, you'll be disappointed.

    If you're looking for a very affordable, reliable single-stack 9mm with a long trigger pull, you should be good to go.
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    I agree with WHEC724. I own a PF9 and have never had any problems with it. From what I understand the newer ones are pretty much problem free.

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    Well my PF9 had so many malfunctions that it became impossible to count them. It may have been a lemon but I still would not consider another Kel Tec. They are cheaply made and look like they were manufactured in a dimly lit Chinese garage.

    With so many other micro 9 options out there keep shopping. There are a lot of guns better than the PF9- Berretta Nano, Ruger LC9, Sig P290, Kimber Solo, M&P Shield etc.
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    Our PF9 has been 100% reliable out of the box. I think it has probably 5-800 rds total through it without issue.

    As stated, you do need to keep on eye on the rust issue. A wipe down every night with a silicon cloth seems to do the trick on days when it gets sweated on. Other than it not being entirely fun to shoot for a long time at the range, I can't complain about the gun based on price/performance.

    Good luck in your quest.
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    Mine has been super reliable through about 500 rounds. HP and fmj alike. I will say it doesn't like reloads because its really tight as are most small guns. I put a pocket clip on mine and a crimson trace laser and she is perfect for summer time shorts carry. As far as rust goes I can't speak for hard chrome as I opted for parkerized. I did this because I heard a lot of people on here say there's rusted bad being blued. My parked version doesn't rust at all though.

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    I did a lot of research when I was looking for a small CC handgun. There are quite a few mixed reviews on the PF9 so I didn't really want to risk it. But here is a good link comparing the LC9 and the PF9. LC9 vs PF9 - YouTube

    If you are looking for a small 9mm pistol the PF9 and LC9 are both good choices. If you are looking for something even smaller and don't mind a .380 I would definitely recommend the LCP.


    The PF9 is about $300
    The LC9 is about $350
    The LCP is about $300

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    Even if you get a bad one, CS will work with you. I had to send mine back 3 times before I could get it to work consistently. I don't think they attempt to "Fix" anything. They asked for the slide\Barrel and sent back new ones. It was a bit frustrating, but CS was very polite and I eventually got a working pistol.

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    I have a hard chrome Keltec PF9 and like it very much. I have seen new blued model ones at gun shows go for $230 new. I hope this helps. God Bless

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    Quote Originally Posted by rammerjammer View Post
    Well my PF9 had so many malfunctions that it became impossible to count them. It may have been a lemon but I still would not consider another Kel Tec. They are cheaply made and look like they were manufactured in a dimly lit Chinese garage.

    With so many other micro 9 options out there keep shopping. There are a lot of guns better than the PF9- Berretta Nano, Ruger LC9, Sig P290, Kimber Solo, M&P Shield etc.
    The only one on that list that I liked was the Shield and I don't like to buy something when it first comes out. I did like the CW9 and the Taurus 709 but they have mixed reviews. My Taurus TCP runs without a hitch though so at least that Taurus is ok.

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    You could go for a PF9 that may or may not have problems. On the bright side, they have a no questions asked, lifetime warranty.

    You might also consider a Kahr. They seem to function a little better than Kel-Tecs out of the box. However, the warranty is somewhat limited.

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    at 12 oz, its hard to not like the PF-9 for its ability to go where other guns can't.....in a full service caliber.
    Not the most fun gun to shoot, but plenty accurate and reliable if you take care of it.

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    Another hard chrome pf9 owner here.
    Mine has been 100% as well through hundreds of rounds.
    Would recommend for a reasonably-priced, light-weight, easy to conceal piece.
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    I have a hard chromed one and I carry it a lot in summer. It is very reliable with anyone who has shot it.

    Very good carry option and still the thinnest 9mm I have found.
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