History of 9mm Luger, The Most Prolific Centerfire Pistol Round ~VIDEO

H/T AmmoLand.



Logan digs deep into the development of the 9mm Luger cartridge. Is this the most produced pistol round in history?

 

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- The 9mm Luger cartridge is, arguably, the most popular and adaptable cartridge to come out of the 20th century. To take it a step further, it might be the most popular handgun cartridge of all time. Up until very recently, the 9mm cartridge could be found literally everywhere for less than a quarter apiece. Now, they’ve become harder to find than an honest person in Washington.

To help ease the ammo hardship, one lucky AmmoLand subscriber is going to win 5,000 rounds of Blazer Brass 9mm 115-grain FMJ ammo. We’ll tell you how you can win in a minute, but first, what do you really know about the history of the round? In 1902, Austrian arms designer Georg Luger created the new cartridge for DWM to compliment the semi-automatic pistol that they were making that also just so happened to bear his name.

Georg Luger

Nothing ever happens in a vacuum, and all new creations come to be by standing on the shoulders of things that came before them. Georg Luger was no exception to this. He came up with the 9x19mm cartridge by altering his previous 7.65x21mm cartridge that was introduced in 1898.

That cartridge owed its development to an even earlier design: the 7.65x25mm Borchardt, which was developed by Hugo Borchardt for use in his C-93 semi-automatic pistol. Like every proud parent of an ugly child, Hugo thought his gun was great. Unfortunately, anyone not related to him felt otherwise. Sales languished and the guns sat as surplus for about 20 years.

Borchardt’s pistol and cartridge were reworked by Luger to create the first version of the pistol that would bear his name in the 7.65x21mm cartridge, but the Germans were anxious to adopt a larger caliber sidearm.

Luger set to work designing a new cartridge and redesigning his pistol to match it. He removed the bottleneck shape from the cartridge and created a tapered, rimless design. The result was the 9x19mm Parabellum. Or, the 9x19mm Luger, 9mm Luger, 9mm Parabellum, 9mm NATO, or, what most of us simply call the 9mm.

The cartridge was submitted for testing to the British Small Arms Committee in 1902 and to the US for tests at Springfield Armory in Massachusetts in 1903. The following year, an additional 50 pistols and 25,000 rounds of 9mm ammo were sent to Springfield for more serious testing.

Hugo Borchardt

The German Navy adopted the new cartridge in 1904 and the German Army followed suit four years later in 1908. That date provided the name most often associated with the adopted pistol: the Luger P08. Unlike the Germans, the US would, ultimately, choose the .45 ACP cartridge in March 1911 and ignited a caliber war that still rages today.

The idea of developing a variety of different bullet types and grain weights was not something that waited until the cartridge’s popular adoption. Instead, it happened fairly quickly.

For example, in the years before World War I, DWM manufactured truncated hollow point bullets for use by colonial troops in Africa.

During World War I, Germany’s earliest 9mm loads used 124-grain FMJ bullets with truncated noses. By 1915, they had switched to 115-grain FMJ bullets with round noses.

Before getting too far into the 20th century, we have to address the 19th-century elephant in the room: the Hague Convention of 1899. This “meeting of the minds” resulted in a treaty with three major declarations, the final one stating that signatory nations agreed to a “Prohibition of the Use of Bullets which can Easily Expand or Change their Form inside the Human Body such as Bullets with a Hard Covering which does not Completely Cover the Core, or containing Indentations.”

In plain terms, this was meant to prohibit the use of soft-point bullets, which had a partial metal jacket and an exposed soft tip, as well as rounds with incisions in the tip to aid in expansion. The latter is, of course, a distant cousin to the modern hollow point round. This prohibition would limit signatory states to ball ammo.

The 9x19mm cartridge evolved from the 7.65x21mm cartridge.

Countries that participated in the Convention agreed to these declarations and signed on the dotted line … with one big exception: the United States signed part, but not all, of the document. Most notably, we did not sign the portion that limited the type of ammo that could be used.

So, no, the US was not bound to use ball ammo by the Hague Convention, simply because we didn’t sign that part of it. Even if we had, it wouldn’t have mattered much anyway. Germany signed the declaration that forbid use of projectiles whose sole purpose was to spread asphyxiating poison gas, but they made quick use of such weapons (followed quickly by plenty of other countries) in World War I.

Alright, moving on!

9mm Mauser P08 Luger
Despite the first models entering service during the First World War, the P08 was made for several years afterward like this 1936 Mauser-made S/42 Luger. IMG Jim Grant

After World War I, the caliber’s popularity picked up some steam with the widespread development of the machine pistol (or, submachine gun), most of which were chambered in 9mm. Both semi-automatic pistols and submachine guns chambered for 9mm Parabellum were introduced in Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Finland, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland all before World War II.

During World War II, Germany attempted to conserve lead by introducing rounds with iron cores encased in lead. They were identified by a black jacket to begin with, but by 1944 had become the standard, so the colored jacket was discontinued.

At the same time, the Germans also developed a 150-grain FMJ bullet with subsonic properties for use with silenced weapons.

Beretta 92x 9mm Jim Grant
The 92 series of Beretta pistols became the M9 under military use and even morphed into tactical versions like this from Langdon Tactical.IMG Jim Grant

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, better known simply as NATO, was formed in 1949. In 1955, they adopted the 9x19mm cartridge as its official sidearm cartridge. This made sense as many of the member nations were already fielding sidearms chambered for the round.

In the coming decades, the 9mm would steadily increase its foothold in the global ammo market. The United States military adopted the Beretta M9 semi-automatic pistol chambered in 9mm in 1985, ending the .45 ACP’s reign after 74 years.

At the same time, law enforcement firearms underwent a dramatic shift away from revolvers in .38 Special or .357 Magnum to semi-automatic pistols. While there has been some adoption of .40 caliber for these purposes, the 9mm has undeniably risen to the top.

A very similar trend was seen in the civilian handgun market. The prevalence of military, law enforcement, and civilian preference for the cartridge has cemented its place in ammo history. By 2013, the 9mm Luger accounted for 21.4% of the entire world cartridge market.

Seven years later, in 2020, the 9mm is more popular than ever before, but recent developments have certainly made it harder to find on physical shelves and in digital shopping carts.

That’s why we’re coming full circle to the beginning of this history lesson. Now that you know all about the 9mm Luger’s history and development, it means you’ll appreciate it all the more if you’re the lucky AmmoLand subscriber who is chosen to win 5,000 rounds of Blazer Brass 9mm 115-grain FMJ ammo.

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FedEx Driver Pulls His Own Gun, Kills Robber After Being Shot In Stomach

H/T The Daily Caller.

The FedEx driver had presents of mind to return fire and take out the bad guy.

A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania FedEx driver pulled out his own weapon and fatally wounded an armed robber who had just shot him in the stomach.

The 32-year-old driver had just finished making a delivery to a Northeast Philadelphia home Tuesday evening around 7 P.M. when an armed man approached and robbed him. At some point during the encounter, the gunman shot the driver in the abdomen, CBS Philly reported.

The driver then reportedly pulled out his own weapon and fired, then drove himself to a nearby parking lot.

“He was able to tell police that he was making a delivery on the 600 block of Unruh and right when he got done making that delivery he was approached by at least one male and he was robbed at point of gun,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told CBS Philly.

 
 

“Initially, we did not know whether the perpetrator was struck by gunfire,” said Small, until police found the 27-year-old gunman in a residential driveway with chest, back and torso gunshot wounds.

The robber was transported to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Police reportedly found a vehicle with blood, a shell casing, and several stolen items inside, CBS Philly reported. A second suspect was found with the vehicle. 

 

Police are currently determining whether the driver’s actions constituted an act of self-defense.

WATCH: (from CBS Philly)

 

Customer Who Stopped For Takeout In Philadelphia Takes Out Robber With Single Shot, Police Say

H/T The Daily Caller.

A good guy with a gun saves the day at the Wingstop.

 

A man who stopped for takeout late Sunday night in Philadelphia thwarted a robbery, police said.

Police told the Daily Caller they received an emergency call for a robbery-shooting inside Wingstop in the 2100 block Cottman Avenue around 10:15 p.m., where an unidentified 53-year-old male was robbing the store at gunpoint.

“[He] walked in, went behind the counter, announced a robbery and asked for all the money,” Philadelphia Police Department Chief Inspector Scott Small told WPVI.

 

However, before employees could hand over the cash, an unidentified 27-year-old entered the store, according to police. The man was unaware that he walked into a robbery and was reportedly talking on his cell phone, according to WPVI. 

“That’s when the robber pointed a gun at that customer and demanded his cell phone,” Small told WPVI.

The customer then pulled out his legally owned firearm and shot the suspect, hitting him in the neck. The suspect was pronounced dead on the scene by paramedics around 10:30 p.m., according to police.

 

The customer has complied with the investigation, which is still ongoing, and is not expected to face any charges, according to WPVI.

“The customer, who was also a victim because he had the gun pointed at him, remained on the scene, did cooperate with police,” Small said, according to KYW-TV. “We do have his weapon. We know that just one shot was fired from that customer.”

 

 

Disabled Man Fends Off Home Invader After Police Fail To Respond

H/T Bearing Arms.

The big question is why didn’t the deputies respond to the 911 calls?

As gun owners, we’re well aware of the adage that “when seconds count, police are only minutes away.” Bill Norkunas, a 70-year old resident of Broward County, Florida, can tell you firsthand just how accurate that statement is, because he was forced to fend off a home intruder for more than fifteen minutes earlier this month while sheriff’s deputies waited at the end of his street.

Norkunas, who had polio as a child and has suffered lifelong disabilities ever since, had just gotten out of the shower on the evening of November 7th when he saw a shadowy form outside of his bathroom window. He turned on an outside light hoping to scare the stranger away, but instead the man was drawn like a moth to a flame to the front door of Norkunas’ home.

 

Norkunas grabbed his gun and his phone and called 911 while he warned the stranger that he would shoot if necessary. Despite repeated calls by neighbors and Norkunas himself, however, sheriffs deputies got no closer than 500 yards to Norkunas, and now the Broward County Sheriff’s Office isn’t answering any questions about why deputies didn’t respond, issuing a statement to the Sun-Sentinel newspaper filled with boilerplate language about an ongoing investigation and promises that the office is constantly reviewing and assessing “its responses to emergency calls in order to provide the highest level of service to the public.”

Neighbors would not call the response “the highest level.” Instead of stopping the would-be-intruder at Norkunas’ door, witnesses said, the deputies stayed down the street and around a corner, some 500 yards away while Norkunas and his neighbors flooded the 911 emergency communications system begging for help for almost 15 minutes.

“If he opens the door can I shoot him?” Norkunas asks the 911 dispatcher about two minutes into his phone call for help.

By the third minute, Norkunas is telling the dispatcher that the stranger is trying to kick the door in, according to recording of the call. While still on the phone with the dispatcher, Norkunas can be heard warning the stranger that he better leave or he is going to get shot. Until this point in his life, Norkunas had never pointed a gun at anyone before.

“Get the cops here quick,” he barks into the phone at minute four.

Three minutes later, Norkunas’ voice is weary: “Sheriff, hurry up please.”

Three more minutes pass. “Where the hell are the cruisers? … They are still not here. Jesus Christ. There’s still no cruisers. Come to my house, please please.”

He tells the dispatcher his glass door is smashed in and he doesn’t know what to do. The dispatcher tells him the deputies are canvassing the area to “make sure no one else gets hurt.”

Even after Norkunas’ glass door was shattered deputies failed to respond. In fact, the suspect, 23-year old Timothy Johnson, eventually wandered away from Norkunas’ home and began trying to break into several other homes, all while Norkunas’ neighbor Julio Fuentes watched and followed from a distance while on the phone with dispatchers.

“Oh God, oh God, Oh God he’s walking to my f— house. Holy f—. Please help me. … Please hurry the f– up,” cried out another neighbor, who spent several minutes on the phone with a dispatcher initially trying to get help for Norkunas and then for herself as Johnson headed toward her house.

With each minute that passes, the more incensed the woman becomes.

The dispatcher tries to assure her help is on the way.

With Fuentes still following the man, the man then goes to another neighbor’s house. The woman tells this to the dispatcher. “Oh my God this guy is f— terrorizing everybody’s house and you guys are nowhere to be found.”

She lays into the dispatcher: “He could have gotten away and he could have hurt someone. My neighbor is disabled. My neighbor walks with a cane and you guys take your time. You guys take your f— time.

The dispatcher replies: “They were not taking their time.”

Evenually Johnson wandered close enough to where deputies had gathered several hundred yards away and was taken into custody, but the incident has left Norkunas and his neighbors shaken. Norkunas says that almost every neighbor he’s spoken to says they now want a gun of their own in case something like this happens again.

The response, or lack thereof, on the part of Broward County deputies brings to mind the similar response to the shootings at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, when deputies waited outside the school rather than rush into the building to confront the shooter.

The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that law enforcement have no obligation to protect you as an individual, so Norkunas and his neighbors have no legal recourse against the sheriff’s department for refusing to respond to the multiple 911 calls. Norkunas says the sheriff’s office offered him $500 from the county’s victim services fund, which he refused.

Johnson, meanwhile, has already been released from custody on $14,100 bail. I hope for his sake that he stays far away from Norkunas’ neighborhood, because I have a feeling that the residents aren’t going to be waiting for police to respond the next time someone tries breaking into their homes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CEO Who Defended AR-15 Sales Ban Now Leaving DICK’s

H/T Breitbart.

Dicks Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack is abandoning a sinking ship.

Ed Stack, the CEO who defended banning AR-15 and “high capacity” magazine sales at Dick’s Sporting Goods, is stepping down from his position.

Breitbart News reported DICK’s banned the sales of “assault-style rifles” and “high capacity” magazines two weeks after the February 14, 2018, Parkland high school shooting.

On April 17, 2018, Breitbart News reported Dick’s was destroying their unsold “assault rifles,” rather than sending them back to their respective manufacturers. Dick’s also chose to destroy their unsold “high capacity” magazines.

On December 3, 2018, Rush Limbaugh referenced the Parkland High School shooting and noted the establishment responded to the incident by trying to make it look like “all of America hates guns” and “Americans want guns gone.” He suggested Dick’s bought the media’s claims hook, line, and sinker, saying, “Dick’s tries to capitalize. They go public announcing they are stopping selling guns, ammo, pictures of guns, whatever it is.”

He added, “Now the bottom’s falling out and they’re warning investors.”

But CEO Stack stood his ground, and in March 2019 made clear he was alright with $150 million loss over the gun control stance.

Bloomberg.com quoted Stack saying, “The system does not work. It’s important that when you know there’s something that’s not working, and it’s to the detriment of the public, you have to stand up.”

Dick’s stock has since returned to pre-2018 levels, and with the New York Post reporting Stack credits a pandemic-driven fitness boom with helping the business’s recovery.

WIVT 34 reports Stack is stepping down from Dick’s. He will be succeeded on February 1, 2021, by Lauren Hobert, currently the president of Dick’s.

Hudson H9, A Failure On Multiple Fronts – Review

H/T AmmoLand.

The Hudson H9 sounds like a real POS.

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- I want to be upfront before we dive into the Hudson H9 review. The Hudson H9 captured my attention to the point that I overlooked the fact that it wasn’t ideal for any practical, competition, or even defensive use. Normally my purchases are reasonably pragmatic, but I ignored logic and bought one of these 9mm disappointments like many others.

Disclaimer: I never received a gun from Hudson for testing but purchased the pistol for roughly $950 in the summer of 2018 from a local dealer. I did call Hudson around June 2018 to tell them that like many others, my pistol would shoot low consistently. Hudson sent out a fiber optic front sight, a few spare mags, and a hat that I gave away to one of my Patreon supporters.

After meeting with Hudson at SHOT 2017, I spoke with Cy Hudson regularly and a professional friendship was quickly formed. I feel this is important to point out because I really wanted to see the H9 do well and was truly saddened when they no-showed at SHOT 2019. Hudson did release a statement following their no-show at SHOT, which I published on RECOIL Web.

 
While the Hudson H9 didn’t ship with a fiber optic front sight, Hudson did send one out to address the low point of impact.

Hudson Wows Media At SHOT Range Day

If you have been around firearms for a bit, you might recall the storm of media coverage of the Hudson H9 at SHOT 2017. It was given several awards, they threw a cool party, and generally made an impressive splash at the show.

Those that shot the pistol were impressed with how it handled, the trigger, and the extremely limited muzzle flip. I was in love with the direction that Hudson was going and had high hopes for the company as well as the design.

There isn’t any denying that the Hudson H9 is a handsome gun.

I don’t think that anyone saw the train wreck that was on the horizon. I was told by a source who has asked to remain anonymous that the pistols we saw at SHOT Show were effectively prototypes. Had that fact been known, what was coming might have been less of a surprise.

Hudson H9 Problems

The issues that plagued the Hudson H9 are well documented, just a Google search nets a ton of results. If I were to touch on every issue that H9 owners experienced, this would be a 3,000-word post about nothing but that.

The undercut on the all-steel frame is rather nice even though it does little to assist in recoil reduction. That is a result of the hefty 34-ounce weight unloaded.

Since I imagine that you likely care about the overall experience, I am going to mention a couple of the main issues and move onto the rest of the review for the sake of brevity.

Broken MIM Parts

I never got a solid answer as to what the issue was with the MIM parts breaking from anyone, but the fact remains that many owners experienced issues. It could have been an issue with the MIM process or some design related stress that was pushing the MIM parts beyond their breaking point.

Interestingly there was quite a lot of wear for only 250 rounds fired.

Reports of broken strikers, slide releases, extractors, and ejectors are some of the more common MIM failure reports. Since Hudson never had spare parts for sale, anyone who saw a failure with their H9 was forced to send it into the factory.

Barrels With Oversized Bores

More than one example of Hudson H9 has shown to have an oversized bore, which explains the poor accuracy I saw with mine. The bore should measure out to .355″ but my example measured .358″. While that isn’t a huge difference, you are relying on a tight fit between the bullet and the inside of the barrel to make the bullet go where it should that .003″ difference isn’t so trivial.

The use of MIM parts inside the Hudson H9 is pretty extensive. The interesting barrel design is a byproduct of the unconventional lockup.

The other example of the Hudson H9 that I know was properly measured came in right about the same at .3575″. Huge thank you to Joe Chambers of Chambers Custom for pointing me to the bore diameter as the potential culprit and measuring his example to a degree that I wasn’t able.

All of the information that I have been able to gather suggests that all Hudson H9 barrels were oversized.

Hudson’s Boom Turns To Bust

All these problems along with some poor business decisions like revealing the Hudson H9A (The aluminum frame version) before the steel-framed H9 was even available in stores led to Hudson’s demise.

The takedown lever is one of the more overthought aspects of the pistol which I found annoyingly difficult to use.

While we should have seen the signs that Hudson was a paper tiger when they downgraded their SHOT booth from the larger main floor booth to the basement the following year or the fact that the pistols took nearly 10 months to hit retailer shelves. In fact, Hudson was so cash strapped at this point they sent out the very first one to come off the line, serial number 1,000.

 

The largest surprise was when I asked Paul W, one of the writers for my own website Primer Peak, to stop by the Hudson booth at SHOT 2019 to see what was new with the brand and he found an empty space on the floor.

The slide serrations are well done and offer a really solid purchase when gripped.

Hudson had flat out no-showed to SHOT as well as pulled out of Industry Day at the Range without telling anyone, nothing short of a shock. Hudson was sued, closed their doors, and declared bankruptcy shortly after the show leaving owners of the H9 in a bind. More on this in a bit.

The Hudson H9 Features

The Hudson H9 was a large departure from the traditional designs on the market. Hudson took characteristics of the well-loved 1911 design and melded it with a striker-fired design in hopes of appealing to the traditional 1911 customer as well as those looking for a more modern striker-fired design.

By all accounts, had the pistol been reliable and Hudson hadn’t shot themself in the foot, it should have been a hit.

Takedown Lever

While the takedown lever looks great, it was a pain in the butt to use on my example. In order to pop it out, you were forced to stab at it with the corner of a magazine or something else non-marring. Once the lever was protruding from the frame enough to rotate 90-degrees the slide would come off the front once the sear releases the striker similar to most striker-fired pistols.

The rather low mounted light rail was something that drew negative comments from some.

While it sounds straightforward, I had significant issues getting the takedown lever to reliably pop out enough to rotate. Frankly, I would have welcomed a more traditional non-recessed takedown lever like a Smith & Wesson M&P, SIG P320, or even the FN 509.

1911 Style Trigger & Controls

One of the more notable features of the pistol is the straight to the rear 1911-style trigger. It did have an OK trigger, but it wasn’t amazing. My particular example came in at 5 pounds 6 ounces, well in line with most defensive pistols on the market.

The 5-pound 6-ounce trigger is pretty good but not especially well suited to use beyond defensive or range toy roles.

While that would have been fine, the H9 didn’t really fit the defensive role due to its hefty 34-ounce unloaded weight and wasn’t ideal for competition thanks to a multitude of reasons like the trigger weight and lack of competitive sights.

Is The Low Bore Axis Really That Low?

There was a ton of focus paid to give the Hudson H9 the lowest possible bore axis in an effort to remove as much muzzle flip as possible. I have some very controversial opinions about bore axis and how most misunderstand why it helps combat muzzle flip, but that is a topic for another day.

If you take a look at the earlier prototypes of the Hudson, you should thank them for spending a ton of time trying to get the strong hand as high as possible. Even with all of Hudson’s efforts to get a super low bore axis, the result wasn’t as mind-blowing as Hudson likely hoped.

The ejector was yet another part that had several reports of breaking.

You have to set a pistol with a low bore axis next to the Hudson H9 to really get a sense of how the H9 stacks up to one of the most popular pistols in America, the Glock double stack pistols.

The photo below isn’t perfect, but the scale of the Glock 17 to the Hudson H9 should be close enough to really get an idea of how the bore axis stacks up. The red line was placed inline with where the pistol would pivot against the web of your hand and the blue line is roughly in line with the bore.

Even with all that work to keep the bore axis low, other more established designs still beat it out with a lower bore axis.

So why was the Hudson H9 so flat-shooting? Weight. The pistol weighs in at 34-ounces unloaded where something like the Glock 17 comes in at 22-ounces. That 12-ounces makes a large difference in mitigating recoil and is exactly why in competition a heavier gun generally has a bit of an edge over lighter pistols.

Sights

From the factory, the Hudson H9 features a Trijicon HD front sight with a Smith & Wesson M&P dovetail. I mentioned earlier that I switched to a Hudson provided HiViz front sight to address the low point of impact at all distances. Frankly, I prefer a fiber optic front sight over a night sight since I generally run a weapon light on any pistol I might use for defensive reasons because positively identifying a potential target is cool.

Interestingly, Hudson did away with the Trijicon HD front sight and moved to a fiber optic front sight on the H9A they showed at SHOT 2018. Sadly the H9A never even made it to market.

The Hudson H9 features a factory serrated U notch sight.

Keeping with what was popular at the time the Hudson H9 was released, the rear sight features an all-black u notch with only horizontal serrations. While this was something that was popular at the time, there was a financial upside as well. Because the rear site had no tritium, that makes it substantially cheaper and removes some challenges that come with meeting regulatory requirements for Tritium. 

Shooting The Hudson H9

The limited-time I had with the Hudson H9 at SHOT Range Day impressed me, I was infatuated with the pistol. It wasn’t until I got my own copy of the gun that I became disappointed in my purchase almost immediately.

Does It Shoot Flat?

I mentioned it earlier, but yes the Hudson H9 does shoot flat. I suspect the reason for that isn’t the claimed low bore axis, but rather the hefty 34-ounce unloaded weight of the pistol.

There are some things that Hudson could have done to allow more positive control of the pistol in recoil like more aggressive texturing on the grip panels, a place to use as a “gas pedal” on the frame, or even removing as much mass from the slide as they could.

Again, the Hudson H9 has some awesome lines. It would be hard to call it an unattractive gun.

They did try an aluminum frame model of the Hudson H9 called the H9A that removed roughly a half a pound still came in at 26-ounces. Predictably the H9A had more muzzle flip than the H9, but most coverage of the H9A overlooked this. After all, it is kinda hard to really get a feel for a pistol with only 5-rounds to get a feel for it at SHOT Industry Day At The Range.

Is The Hudson H9 Accurate?

The first chance I got, I headed out to Triple C Range in Cresson, TX with some other pistols I was reviewing at the time and loaded 10-rounds into the mag. Taking aim with a “combat hold” sight picture (front sight over the intended point of impact) at a steel target 15-yards away, all but 2 of the 10 shots taken hit dirt just under the 10″ bottom plate on the spinner target.

Chalking it up to fatigue, I packed it up for the day with only the 10-rounds fired.

With all of the nice machined steel, I felt the choice to go with a G10 mainspring housing was odd.

The next time I got the Hudson H9 on the range, I can say for sure that my example of the Hudson H9 isn’t a pistol that I could call remotely accurate. Depending on the ammunition that I put in the gun, I might not even be able to hit a 10.5″ x 10.5″ NRA B8 repair center reliably when shooting from a supported position at 25-yards.

The inclusion of checkering on the front strap is a nice touch and much appreciated.

Like I mentioned, group sizes carried widely depending on ammunition and distance. The best 10-yard target was a 10-shot group measuring at about 2.6″ shot supported with 124-grain American Eagle. That might sound acceptable until you take into account that the FN 509 Compact MRD (A Glock 26 size gun) shot groups under 2″ at more than double that distance out of the box. The second best I managed with the Hudson H9 was a 5.345″ 10-shot group using Blaser Brass 115-grain ammo, an abysmal result.

It is strange how much of a change in group size a simple ammunition change caused. This result is rather abnormal and I would have sent the pistol into Hudson for diagnosis had they not closed their doors.

At 25-yards, the Hudson H9 continues to disappoint in the accuracy department. The best 10-shot group that I could manage to get out of the Hudson H9 with the 124-grain American Eagle FMJ it seemed to prefer was 7.16″ on the NRA B8 repair center I prefer to shoot.

A 7.16″ 10-shot group is pretty abysmal when the Glock 26 Gen 5 I reviewed a while back will produce groups in the 4″ to 4.5″ range with the same ammunition.

Every other attempt to shoot the Hudson at 25-yards resulted in some shots missing the paper entirely even though I was shooting slow fire from a supported position. I couldn’t even measure these groups if I tried since they didn’t even all land on paper.

The fact that I wasn’t able to land all 10-shots at 25-yards when shooting off a rest tells me that there was something wrong with the pistol. The new owner was made well aware of the accuracy issues but wanted it anyhow.

Reliability

During the 250 rounds I fired through my Hudon H9, I didn’t experience any malfunctions or part failures. That said, 250 rounds isn’t enough to determine if a gun is reliable or not in my personal opinion.

Hudson contracted VZ Grips to make the H9’s grip panels. They also may have made the backstrap as well but I didn’t remove it to check.

We can make a determination of how reliable the Hudson H9 is based on reports from other owners though. You don’t need to look far to find owners of Hudson H9s reporting interesting internal parts breakages at uncomfortably low round counts. Based on my research, broken strikers, slide stops, and ejectors seemed to be the most common issues like I previously mentioned.

Should You Buy One?

Simply put, no. But, if you are a collector it might not be the worst idea in the world. Currently, it will cost you somewhere around $1,000 up to $1,599.99 depending on who you buy it from on Gunbroker. 

When the Hudson H9 hit the market, it carried an MSRP of $1,147 and had a street price of just under $1,000. Prices got as low as $599 when the last remaining pistols were being cleared out by distributors.

If you do buy one make sure that you pick up a ton of spare parts from KE Arms and Hudson Gun Parts even if you don’t plan on shooting the pistol. As is the case with most out of production guns, the spare parts will dry up sooner rather than later. Nothing sucks more than having a broken gun that you can’t find a part for.

Here Is Who Runs Things If Perdue & Loeffler Lose the Race for U.S. Senate

H/T AmmoLand.

If Smuckie Schumer(Delusional-NY)becomes Senate Majority we can kiss our Second Amendment Rights goodbye.

United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- Things should not have come to runoff elections in Georgia. But they have. The stakes are extremely high for Second Amendment supporters. Just how high? Look at who will be running things or who could be running things if anti-Second Amendment extremists Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock win the runoffs.

 

Here’s what we know for sure:

Chuck Schumer as Senate Majority Leader

If Chuck Schumer is Senate Majority Leader, at a bare minimum we will be facing a potential nuke. That’s the elimination of the filibuster – a protection that in 2013 saved tens of millions of innocent, law-abiding Americans who would have seen their Second Amendment rights infringed over a horrific act they did not commit (the Sandy Hook shooting).

What is worse is that the nuke would unleash campaign finance “reform” that would, in essence, rig future campaigns and election against Second Amendment supporters. The first line of defense for the Second Amendment has always been the exercising of our First Amendment rights. Schumer will go after our First Amendment rights, then he will move to pack the courts so that the resulting stooges appointed will ratify the denial of our ability to even make the argument, then our Second Amendment rights become easy pickings.

Now, for the awful possibilities:

Attorney General

Should he take office on January 20, 2021 we know that whoever Joe Biden appoints will be hostile to our rights. The name doesn’t really matter. We’ll see no defense of unjust infringements on our rights. We’ll see a refusal to prosecute various crimes, often while the same big-city mayors blame states that respect the Second Amendment. Then, there is the chance this Attorney General may be tasked with various prosecutions, whether of Trump officials or if they will join with the tyrannical Cuomo-James regime in New York.

Secretary of the Treasury

BATF is not part of the Treasury Department any longer, but this position could still matter. Why? Because Treasury still has the Internal Revenue Service, and you can bet that one thing we will see is an army of Lois Lerner wannabes being unleashed against Second Amendment supporters.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman

Who would have thought that Dianne Feinstein would have been the least bad option for Second Amendment supporters?

Well, she is going to be stepping down as the top Dem. So, it’s good news in once sense. The problem is, who replaces her? Will it be Sheldon Whitehouse, who has not only spouted conspiracy theories about the Federalist Society, but who also sought to use RICO against opponents of his environmental policies? Or would it be Richard Durbin, the number two Democrat, who was one of five Senators who threatened the Supreme Court over the New York City gun case? How about Mazie Hirono, who thinks one’s political views are determinative of guilt?

Literally, it would be a case of picking your poison. These would be avowed enemies, and they would be willing to act on that animus, targeting you for your rights.

That does not have to be the case. To build a firewall to protect our rights, Second Amendment supporters need to back Loeffler and Perdue, then also support the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund and their Institute for Legislative Action, in order to be ready for 2022 and 2024.

Confiscation Clock 1 Minute Closer to Midnite

H/T JPFO.

The Biden presidency will be hard for gun owners but when he is removed under the 25th Amendment the Harris presidency will be worse.

Second Amendment Threat Is Growing.

Blatant level of threats even without final election results increases tensions

President Trump and the nation are waiting to see the results of the Georgia election, to know who will control the U.S. Senate, and possibly the entire country. The president is driving the left and news media bonkers while he waits to learn all final results of the election, and everyone should be outraged at how long it is taking, a fubar nightmare now under investigation. The debacle in Pennsylvania, from illegally closing off viewing windows and denying access, to an 860,000 vote swing to Biden in the dead of night, needs resolution. But it is the boldness of Democrat’s attacks on the First, Second and Fourth Amendments specifically, leading up to and after the election that merits advancing the JPFO Gun Confiscation Clock ahead by one minute, no matter the election’s final outcome. One example of each violated Amendment clarifies, though there are many:

• Closing arms supply stores, or threatening punishment if the citizenry goes legally armed, should earn swift response from the militia, as it was understood in original times—the citizenry itself rising up, prepared, in times of crisis to prevent tyranny and unrest. Proposed bills from last session were blatant infringements, handing arbitrary controls to authorities.

• Preventing places of worship from assembling for prayer, especially when secular or political assemblies are approved, is such rank hypocrisy and exercise of uncontrolled power the perpetrators belong removed from office and cannot recover from the offense they gave.

• But it is the recent usurpation of power, nowhere delegated or contemplated in the Bill of Rights, to control how many people may enter a private home at Thanksgiving, that finally nudges the clock’s hands. It earns the people who issue such edicts arrest. Calling an officer treasonous who would refuse to enforce such a Fourth Amendment violation is to shift blame from the person committing the offense to the one obeying the law. Resisting and repelling such invasive behavior is why we the people are armed.

One minute may be too small a change, but so much is only pending. Time remains to save the Republic from loss of our Constitution.

Armed Confrontation Inside Convenience Store Ends With Clerk Shot As He Fights Back

H/T Concealed Nation.

The clerk when he pulled his gun should have shot the perp.

The clerk was lucky he was not killed.

AURORA, COLORADO — An armed convenience store clerk suffered a gunshot wound after he resisted a mid-morning armed robbery attempt.

Around 9:45 a.m. on November 2nd, an individual wearing gloves, a hoodie and a medical facemask entered the PJ Mart in the 900 block of South Peoria Street. After walking around the perimeter aisles of the store, he gets a soft drink from the cooler and walks up to the counter.

With no one else in the store, he immediately pulls a pistol from the pocket of his hoodie and points it at the clerk.  The clerk runs from behind the counter with his own gun, forcing the robber to drop the gun, sit in the floor and raise his hands. When the clerk attempts to kick the gun away from the suspect, he picks it up and fires at the clerk, wounding him before fleeing the store on foot.

Anytime a gun is pointed at you in a robbery or other crime, you have two choices…comply or resist. If you comply or resist, you may or may not be shot.  Compliance and resistance can often mean the difference between life and death.  The intended victim has no way of knowing if the assailant will be content with money and property and leave them unharmed, or if they are intent on taking what they want and shooting the victim regardless. 

No two situations are exactly the same, and it is a decision that the victim must make in a matter of seconds, based on many variables including the number of assailants, the physical circumstances, innocent bystanders, and others. 

Most important is the knowledge, skill and ability of the victim. Good defensive equipment, training and practice with that equipment, mental clarity, decisiveness and the proper mindset are all required to mount a defensive response to any perceived threat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Security Official Allegedly Traded $70k In iPads For 4 Concealed Carry Permits That Were Withheld From Apple Employees

H/T Concealed Nation.

Will undersheriff Rick Sung and sheriff’s Capt. James Jensen be held accountable for this quid pro quo?

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA — The ‘pay to play’ world of concealed carry permits in Santa Clara County has made front page news on Google, when an Apple security official was indicted after allegedly donating $70,000 in iPads to the Sheriff’s office in exchange for 4 concealed carry permits for Apple employees.

The head of global security for Apple is among the new defendants in a scheme in which coveted concealed-weapons were issued by the Santa Clara County sheriff’s office in exchange for political donations, investigators said Monday.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said undersheriff Rick Sung and sheriff’s Capt. James Jensen withheld four gun permits for Apple employees until security official Thomas Moyer promised to donate 200 iPads worth $70,000.

via ktuv.com

If you think it’s the first time something like this has happened with this office, it’s not.

Investigators said the sheriff’s officials also withheld a gun license for insurance broker Harpreet Chadha until Chadha promised to provide luxury box-seat tickets worth $6,000 for a San Jose Sharks game on Valentine’s Day 2019.

If you’ve got the money, then you’ve got the right to protect yourself with a firearm while out and about.

If not, well, you’re out of luck.

Earlier this year, when riots were in full swing, we did a piece out of the same county that discussed the possibility of lethal self-defense against rioters attacking vehicles on the highway.

As that article came together, we uncovered some information about concealed carry permits in the county:

Since 2013, Santa Clara County has issued or renewed a total of 150 concealed carry permits. The County population is just shy of 2 million residents. The numbers aren’t low because people don’t want the permits, rather they’re low because the Sheriff doesn’t issue them unless you’re ‘special’.

Yikes.

Is this how public officials should handle concealed carry permits? Of course not. While their attorneys state that their clients did nothing wrong, someone obviously did something wrong. You can’t choose favorites based on the dollars that flow through the door when it comes to a *cough* permitted right *cough*, and hold someone like Moyer as more important than the average American looking to defend themselves.

Yet, money talks, and will continue to make people corrupt.