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How many of you guys own a P9S? It is one that I have wanted for some time. If you have one, tell us about it. Thanks.

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I've got a target that I'm still trying to talk myself into shooting.
 

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Is your target is unfired?

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Sweet. I'm looking at a couple right now, none are unfired however. Regardless, I've always wanted one.

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P9S in .45 was the first handgun I ever bought when I turned 21. Well used former Idaho Fish and Game gun. This gun began the HK sickness I still suffer with to this day. I still own it. I picked up a second one that's LNIB over the years, but I still shoot the first one. You MUST inspect the buffer regularly and change them out when needed. They are unique and special pistols.
 

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They have a lot of plastic parts that, given their age usually (40+ years), tend to crack fairly easily. The rear sight bases and trigger guards are the most common areas. I'm also usually not a fan of designs that use screws anywhere but the grips/grip panels.

That said, P9S sport/target guns and especially the SAO P9 guns are truly a joy to shoot.

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I own 3 they are 2, 9mm combat versions and a 9mm Target version without sport grip.

I have only shot the 2 combat versions. Can't bring myself to fire the target, but it has been fired.

I use one of the combat versions as my firing pistol (when I want to shoot a P9S).

They are the most accurate pistols I've ever fired. They are dead on and fits my hand like a glove.

The safety lever is a bit of a pain if you are doing draw drills at the range. It's just a bit too awkward for me to throw it with my shooting hand thumb. I have to use my off-hand to throw it when I draw.

The trigger is incredibly light. I used it in a Tactical class with @Marine0303 last March and again this past October. He warned me about the trigger and made the comment in October to be careful and not shoot off my manly parts as I was carrying it in the center of my chest rig. And he was right; the trigger is damn light. And I still have all my manly bits all where they should be thank you very much.

I mentioned James, Marine0303 on the chance he'll chime in. He knows them inside and out.

The buffers need to be kept lube free lest they deteriorate faster than normal. And you need to build a stash of them if you plan to keep the pistol for the long haul. I've only had mine for 1 year and I haven't had to change them. But they can be a bear to find so when I did, I stocked up.
 

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The trigger is incredibly light. I used it in a Tactical class with @Marine0303 last March and again this past October. He warned me about the trigger and made the comment in October to be careful and not shoot off my manly parts as I was carrying it in the center of my chest rig. And he was right; the trigger is damn light. And I still have all my manly bits all where they should be thank you very much.

I mentioned James, Marine0303 on the chance he'll chime in. He knows them inside and out.
Yes, David ran his like a boss! Impressive to see in such a fast paced course too.
Happy to help with any questions you might have on the P9 series platform. It is one that I have extensive experience with.
 

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Thanks Marine.

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I wanted to add one more thing. They have a weak spot. The decocking lever pin can sheer off the metal lower receiver and you cannot reconnect it. The pin is welded on while the lower receiver is flat. Once the factory rolls it/bends it to final shape, you cannot access the inside of the mag well to spot weld the pin back on.

I learned this the hard way as one of mine was damaged when I received it. The pin was sheered and only being held in place by the pistol grip. The rear Sight was banged up as well. The pics I was provided showed it in stellar shape. Once it was received, it looked to be an unfired pistol and no wonder with a broken decocking lever pin. James explained to me the issues and helped me get it put back together after I found a replacement lower receiver at Numrich.

This brings me to one last thing. Be aware that there is an early and late model. The only difference of which I am aware between the two is the slide release button to remove the upper and barrel for cleaning and maintenance. They have a different connection method, so to speak and are not interchangeable. The model change occurred around 1976-1978.

My brain is now drained of P9S info other than it's the best damn pistol I've ever fired. But I haven't fired a P7 yet:biggrin:
 

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I am going to further research this pistol. Great information guys, I really appreciate that.

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In my opinion it is a novelty/range gun, but a fascinating one I am very fond of.

It sure ain't no P7 though!
 
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One of these days I'm going to find a sport model for a reasonable price to add to my collection. Although that seems to be getting increasingly unlikely as the prices have been rising.
 

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My Sport Group III is one of my favorite 9mms to shoot. It's hard to be inaccurate with that crazy SAO trigger. I do admit it has a lot of design quirks and the build quality isn't exactly world-beating but for just regular non-tactical range/target shooting enjoyment I think they're great and sort of an underrated pistol from HK's more experimental youth.
 

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De-cocking requires pulling the trigger and that just makes me uneasy. You get used to it but it never feels right to me. But it is a fun pistol with an unbelievable trigger.
 

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Not only accurate, but incredible recoil impulse. By that I mean linear and smoother than typical browning tilting barrel pistols. Several times I have taken relatively new shooters (in other words with minimal bias) to the range with 10 or so different 9mm handguns to shoot back to back. When they get to the P9S, they smile.


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I own one combat model and it was my first firearm. I have accumulated some accessories including a DiSantis leather shoulder holster that also holds mags, a Bianchi leather OWB holster, a Pachmeyr grip, mag loader and an armorer's manual. Maybe some other things too. I have enjoyed it and have considered modifying for suppression. Really impressive model in my opinion.
 
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