By September 18, 2007

Kel-tec PF-9 handgun review

Firearms are a passion of mine. If you’re a regular Gibberish reader, you know this. What you may not know is that I’ve held a concealed carry permit in the Commonwealth of Virginia ever since I turned 21. Most kids buy a twelve pack or go barhopping; I bought my Glock 27 and shot five hundred rounds of ammunition instead. I took a carrying hiatus while I lived in Oregon and Maryland, but aside from that time period if you saw me in public, chances were I was armed.

I’ve learned a lot about comfortable concealed carry over the last decade-plus. There are three goals anyone with a CCH license tries to achieve: safety/protection, comfort, and concealment. The desire to safely carry a weapon for protection is obvious. If you wear a handgun (or handguns, redundancy is your friend), then comfort is a major concern. I sit for most of the day, whether it be at the office or riding in my car. The fall and winter give you some allowances on clothing and holster options, but during the summer even small-framed handguns feel like wet anvils as you sweat just standing still.

Lastly, a key part of CCH is concealment. Freaking out that table of soccer mommies at your favorite restaurant doesn’t do anyone any good. You learn very quickly to reach for things at the store with your off-hand so that your shirt doesn’t ride up and show your piece. Take your gun out before you sit down on the toilet, or risk a nice “clank” if your handgun falls onto the bathroom floor. Sure, you might be able to pack a full-framed 1911 .45 ACP if you wear a suit all day, but my standard attire has been a tshirt and shorts/jeans. Even that is easy street compared to the poor guys who have to wear business casual. Too strict to keep a shirt over a belted handgun, too lax to wear a jacket all day. All of these issues combined lead consistent-carriers like myself to smaller and smaller handguns.

So, enter the pocket guns. I have mentioned my North American Arms Guardian .32 ACP before, which has ridden in a pocket holster for a number of years. I recently wrote about some of my concerns with the handgun not discharging properly. Whether it was poor technique on behalf of other people shooting the Guardian, cheap range ammunition, or both, I wasn’t really interested in leaving a failure to chance. I also disliked the fact that my Guardian’s magazine release would disengage whenever I squatted down. I’ve been compulsively checking to see if the magazine was seated properly. I wonder how many people saw me squeeze something in my pocket and wondered what the fuck I was doing. Not very conceal-y. That might also explain why parents rush their children away from me all the time. :shrug:

I was also concerned about the caliber. .32 ACP isn’t the smallest round out there, but it’s pretty damn close. If I ever had to use the Guardian, I knew it would be a short-range, multiple-shot nightmare. I intended to use it at the same range and with the same techniques as using a knife, which basically boiled down to grabbing my assailant with one hand while pulling the trigger with the other. Given the small size of the .32 ACP bullet plus the Guardian’s tendency to misfeed (again, bad range ammo? Who knows), I started looking elsewhere.

The Kel-tec PF-9 is supposedly the thinnest 9mm automatic made. True to the hype, it’s pretty damn thin, less than one inch. It holds seven rounds in the magazine plus one in the chamber. Thanks to the polymer receiver and grip, the pistol is very lightweight. I was surprised to discover that it weighs 18.2 ounces fully loaded. The Guardian weighs 15.8 ounces, and my “big” Glock 27 weighs 27.4 ounces. While the PF-9 is heavier than the Guardian, the increased size makes it feel more balanced. It feels less heavy than the Guardian.
Personal protection pyramid: Glock 27, Kel-tec PF-9, and North American Arms Guardian from bottom to top.
The Kel-tec (left) is thinner than the Glock 27. It may not look like it, but the difference makes a huge impact on comfortable concealed carry. There’s no way I could pocket-carry the G27.
The Kel-tec (right) is close in thickness to the Guardian.

The Kel-tec is built for one thing only: deep concealment carry. It doesn’t have fancy gel grips, it doesn’t have a sweet take-down lever, it doesn’t have a decocker, or an external safety. There is no drop-in laser dot contraption for the Kel-tec. The PF-9 has cheap-o fixed sights with a little dab of high-visibility paint on for good measure. The slide lock lever doesn’t release like a typical auto, so you have to “rack” the slide to chamber a round. The mag release button is plastic but functional. The magazine is metal, but isn’t going to win any awards for design or ergonomics.

The PF-9 shoots like it looks. It’s all business. Lacking one of those “new-fangled” external safeties, the PF-9 has a really, really long trigger pull. I am sure it’s bad self-defense shooting form, but at the range I pre-loaded tension on the trigger before firing the gun. Tutorial: pull the trigger back about two-thirds, feel the trigger start to catch, and then slowly pull the trigger the rest of the way.

Recoil and report are both extreme. The Kel-tec is louder than my G27, which isn’t known for being a mouse. After my first round of shooting, I remarked that the PF-9 may be the only handgun that’s more uncomfortable to shoot than the Guardian. Trigger slap (rebound) is painful. My trigger finger hurt for two days after shooting the Kel-tec for the first time. I’ve named my PF-9 Ike in honor of such a vicious trigger slap. The last time I took it to the range, I got a blister on my palm from the PF-9’s jagged grip pattern. I am able to successfully double-tap my target at seven yards, but shooting my G27 is a dream in comparison.

I was originally pretty down on how rough the PF-9 shot until I remembered I didn’t buy it to replace my Glock, I bought it to replace my Guardian. The PF-9 is a lot more accurate, feels more comfortable in my front pocket, and packs a bigger punch than the Elf Gun. It’s okay if the sights are meh, that the trigger pull is long, and that shooting two hundred rounds in one session makes my hand hurt the next day. This isn’t a target pistol, it’s a people-pistol, and if I fire all eight shots in “real life,” it will have been a very very bad day.

I am very impressed with the form factor of the PF-9, and unlike the Guardian have yet to have a misfeed. Every time I pulled the trigger the pistol went “bang.” I’ve carried it for almost two weeks now and feel like I made the right choice. I put it in my pocket and no one is the wiser. I have two holsters for it (reviews forthcoming), and thanks to them the PF-9 is a great little backup/deep concealment carry package.

It’s hard to find the PF-9 right now, but I found it at a very small-time local gun shop for $4 under the MSRP, at $329.99. The spare mag cost me an arm and a leg ($28), but they are going for $40 and more on right now. Ike is loaded with Federal 124 grain Hydro-shok rounds, which he cycles with aplomb. If you’re looking for a good pocket gun or perhaps even a daily carry piece, take a look at the PF-9.

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  1. David says:

    I agree 100% with Maddog. I’ve put over 300 rounds through my PF-9. I’ve had some FTF with old gunshow reloads and some issues on a cold day with limp wristing (the gun is a handful, especially with hot loads), but with good Hydrashok ammo it is has been flawless. I daily carry it without any qualms.

  2. Qball says:

    Sorry, all you who less than trust your Kel-Tec’s. Regarding my PF-9, I have shot at least 600 rounds (maybe more) through mine…at least 6 brands, standard load, +P, FMJ, HP, steel case, brass, even some CCI 9mm shot, and have not had one misfeed, not one stovepipe, not one ejection problem… nothing. I would trust that gun ANYTIME.

  3. bfree says:

    You will have some Kel-Tec’s that function flawlessly with the right type of ammo. Then you will have more than your share that will misfire, misfeed with good ammo and some that will explode with hot ammo. If you’re plinking, that’s fine, no damage done but you won’t find me carrying a Kel-Tec as a back up. To each their own. Personally, if I needed a pocket gun, I’d go with the Bersa Thunder has a great reputation reliability, unlike the KT’s, it’s accurate at 10yards and it’s very reliable (Bersa has military heritage).

    Why not just buy a gun that will fire any type of ammo, anytime. Glock’s, Sig’s, CZ’s, Kimber’s, Browning High-Power….these are all brands that have a strong reputation for reliability and have been “chosen” by the most elite military in the world (Seals use Sig’s, Spetnaz, until recently, preferred the CZ 75’s.

    People can defend their choice of firearm to their graves and with a Kel-Tec that may be exactly what you end up doing.

  4. bfree says: was off the shelf p+ ammo. With higher quality metallurgy and polymers the gun would not have exploded. Kel-Tec cannot use the higher quality stuff and still sell at their price points. So there is a trade off, for many, that is tolerating a weapon that has shorter barrel life, poor accuracy, poor ergonomics,above average missfeeds and missfires.

    Most people live a pretty docile life. The odds of a self defense encounter is extremely rare, and the chance the weapon will also missfire during that instance might also be rare.

    But what if it does? I’d rather have a weapon that has very high quality assurance standards. AND has been through and passed some type of military testing. You’ll pay the extra $300 bucks but isn’t your life or your friend or family’s life worth that money?

    How are you going to feel if you are in that circumstance, you whip out your Kel-Tec and it doesn’t get the job done. You’ll have to live with the fact that you knowingly purchased a low quality, price point weapon so you could save a few hundred dollars.

    Of course, maybe you’ll be able to collect on the insurance.

  5. Brad says:

    I just bought a PF9 and went to the range today, hearing about the limp wrist made me hold the gun very tightly. Well the clip popped out after every shot and did not cycle the next round. Very frustrated, I checked to make sure the magazine was all the way in and locked and tried again. Same thing several times!!! I went home and called Kel Tec they suggested since I have big hands I may be hitting the mag release button on accident. I unloaded my PF9 and observed my hold, sure enough when holding it really tight my left thumb was on top of my right thumb forceing it down on the mag release at every shot. I adjusted my grip so my right thumb is now on top od my left thumb insted of the opposite! Problem solved. I did not even know I was doing it, no gun problem OPERATOR PROBLEM!! I will say the accuracy is awesome and I really like the size and power for a conceal carry weapon. I had the P32 and loved it but wanted something biggeer, very happy PF9 owner.

  6. Maddog says:

    Brad….. good going…. just keep it cleaned and don’t pay any attention to Bfree… you get a bad on in a 1000….. the PF-9 is a good dun and I would stake my life on it…. however limp wrist is a problem…. I had several of these a few days ago…. I’d like to blame the gun but I know better…you may want to go to Ebay and look up CTC laser grips… you can get one for about $158.xx… I did and they are great… and I would also depend on it in a gun fight any time…. DON’T DRY FIRE IT….. it’s against the rules…..- page 13….GOOD LUCK

  7. Maddog says:

    That’s “GUN” not dun….! I went to Alton High…@

  8. Sup'r X says:

    Hey, All- Relatively new CC owner here. Picked up the Beretta Px4 Storm(9mm) as my first handgun early this year, then followed-up with the Kel-Tec PF-9. Couldn’t be happier with both, and for entirely different reasons. The PF-9 does kick, but has about 1500 rounds of all different types ammo through it, mostly target 115 grain cheap stuff, and it just seems to get smoother operating and more accurate as the casings pile up. No significant maint. or firing issues out of this(s/n REYxx) up-graded model. Would consider other offerings from both Beretta and Kel-Tec, as i am very satisfied with both.
    Just wanted to say, good review. Thanks!

  9. Stephen says:

    Have carried my Pf9 as my Briefcase Gun for quite a while. I only practice with it every couple of months. I gave it a fluff and buff which provides flawless function with hot corbon ammo. It is my “last ditch” gun just in case the G20,G23,G27, and Rohrbaugh R9 (ankle) all fail or can’t be reached. It hides away like Bin Laden, and is almost as light as the Rohrbaugh 9mm. I do not recommend it as a main gun though. It would be hell to win a gunfight with. But as a “get off me” gun, I think it will do just fine. Anyone considering one, I recommend an extra mag, as well as a polish job by a good gunsmith. I’ve had several KelTecs and they all seem to prefer very hot ammo. Just my .02
    Be Safe and carry a Glock at all times.

  10. Beatnik says:

    Thanks for the review, it’s nice not to have it sugar-coated.
    I don’t know what you’re talking about with not being able to pocket-carry a G27. I have a G26 in my pocket every single day. I’m 5’10” 180 lbs.
    Of course I don’t like tight pants, and I rely on the fact that nobody ever stops and asks “what’s in your pocket”.
    I use the Desantis Nemesis and it works OK but is really hampered by not having a clip on it. If it was possible for me to have the grip up out of my pocket while I’m in stores & stuff but I could shove it all the way down when I’m at work, then it’d be just about perfect.

  11. Nicky says:

    Hi, I have no experience with guns, but living in a suburb of Houston, I realize that I need one! I’m looking for an easy-to-use gun that I can keep in my purse–and at my bed-side. The Kel-Tec PF-9 sounds interesting, but is that the best gun for defense for someone like me who has no experience with guns, is probably not a good shot, and may have trouble loading, etc.?? I do intend to get training (plenty of friends own guns who will help me), but for now I’m looking for EASY. Suggestions?

  12. bfree says:

    Nicky, although many people really like the Kel-Tec’s, but they are a price point weapon. Personally, I highly recommend you stay away from them.

    I would recommend a smith and wesson 340pd..but use .38 p++ ammo in the handgun.


    1. Very small and lightweight (only 12oz unloaded,,,you’ll forget it’s in your purse)

    2. IDIOT PROOF (no offense)…this gun has no hammer, you just pull the trigger, and it will go off every time…no worries about loading magazines, magazines not fully inserted, misfeeds (kel-tec is notorious for this) or other issues with a semi-auto.

    3. Very safe…it’s a revolver, it has no hammer and the trigger pull is fairly heavy so it’s extremely safe weapon.

    4. It’s a Smith and Wesson…it’s the highest quality revolver brand in the world…six months from now you’ll be able to sell it basically what you bought it for…buy a used one on

    The downside…..

    This is .357 magnum and although I recommend shooting .38p++ ammot out of it, if you shoot .357 it will not be a gun you will want to shoot anymore than you have to…the upside is that if you do shoot someone with a .357 magnum, it’s unlikely they will bother you again.

    Good luck..

  13. drfaulken says:

    Hi Nicky,

    Thanks for your post. Unfortunately there are a lot of factors that should go into deciding a firearm, such as your physical build, housing situation, number and age of occupants in the home, etc. Finding an appropriate answer to your question is further complicated by lots of conflicting opinions from non-professionals.

    Without knowing more about your individual situation and needs, I don’t think an Internet blog is the best place to ask for home defense firearm advice.

    I would recommend many other handguns over the PF-9 for home defense, but I wouldn’t recommend a single handgun by anyone or of any type over a pump shotgun. Talk about idiot proof and effective.

    Also, don’t fall into the common trap of being pushed into a revolver because they are “easy” to handle or figure out. That’s a last bastion of male chauvinism in the firearm world, and a woman can handle a semi-automatic pistol or a shotgun just as well as a man. Choose what’s right for you, and if it winds up being a .38 revolver, so be it. Most carry revolvers are very harsh with recoil and they are the last thing I’d recommend for a novice shooter. My niece weighs about 95lbs and had no difficulty with my shotgun or any of the handguns I have taught her how to use.

    Here’s a piece I wrote awhile ago about how women are talked down to in the gun world. You are smart enough to take on your safety as your own responsibility; you deserve to be treated the same as anyone else.

    You may want to attend a firearm safety course first, and then ask the instructor for their personal opinion. Just keep in mind, however, that it’s an opinion, and your friends may also play a role in helping you decide.

    Shoot as many types of firearms as you can before making your choice. Most gun owners are happy to share their firearms with new shooters, and a local range may offer rentals.

    Good luck, and please feel free to email me if you have further questions.

  14. bfree says:

    Nicky, here’s my advice. Don’t over analyze all this b.s. This is a personal defense weapon that you want to use as a last resort in an up close and personal situation. You’ll be so close it won’t matter if you even go to the range with a Smith and Wesson 340pd. Just buy it, have someone show you how to take the safety off, then load it, stick it in your purse and if you have to use it, point it and pull the trigger that simple. It’s not rocket science, a dumb chimpanzee can do it. Don’t bother with anything else, this will do the trick in a pinch….

  15. drfaulken says:

    Frankly that’s the most dangerous advice I’ve ever read. Suggesting to anyone, sight unseen, that one particular firearm is a best for them is bad enough advice. Telling them they don’t need to go to the range to practice is grossly irresponsible.

    I find it interesting that bfree recommends the S&W 340PD as the #1 Google search result for S&W 340PD is this article about a defective revolver. Doing further research on the 340PD reveals that S&W themselves caution against using magnum ammunition in the revolver and that some owners have reported cracks in the frames after firing as little as fifty rounds.

    bfree, the 340PD doesn’t have a safety, so what did you mean by having someone show her how to take the safety off?

    This is a classic example of why you shouldn’t take random advice from some random dude on the Internet.

    Nicky, please go to an NRA accredited safety course taught by an NRA-certified instructor and find the right self-defense option for you.

    In the meantime, I’d like to remind everyone to keep comments on this page about the Kel-Tec PF-9.

  16. turbo07748 says:

    I bought a PF9 for my girlfriend who has a Carry License in Tennessee.. It fits her perfectly.. I feel Kel Tec gives you a good bang for the buck.. I carry a P-11 and have an A2000 for plinking.. MT Taurus PT-111 Pro 9mm feels good at the range & I wear it at work; but it’s not a very concealable gun.. My P-11 is just a little smaller; but still not fully concealable.. I’ll probably buy a PF9 for myself to carry concealed..

  17. Mike Willett says:

    I have fitted my PF9 with CTC laser sites…. great stuff…. hope one one steps in from of them that shouldn’t////

  18. IceRail says:

    What are these things going for now?

    At the last gunshow I attended (Indy 1500), I noticed AR lowers, uppers, LPK’s, and most Glocks, Springfields, etc. seem to have topped off from the “big election panic”, and are actually starting to return to (kinda) reasonable prices.
    I didn’t notice many Kel-tecs though (no PF-9’s at all).

  19. Mike Willett says:

    Nicky.. you might want to look at a S&W Mod. 368 with CTC laser sites. It kicks a bit but it will go off very time with a nice steady pull. You can even get a used one and the laser sites on eBay…you only have 5 shots so make um good

  20. Mike Willett says:

    NickyOPS… that’s a model 638… I went nuts..

  21. Chris says:

    I just bought a PF-9 in Anchorage against the recomendation of my fellow Alaskan gun-toting friends. They claim the 9mm is underpowered and won’t protect me. I calmly explained to them that I can carry it where my .44 mag won’t go. I love the size of the PF-9 and the 9mm caliber. Sure, there may be other handguns that could be better, but I am comfortable with my choice and especially with the size and price of the PF-9. I love revolvers, and they are great, but for deep concealed carry, I prefer the PF-9 every time.

  22. Tim says:

    9mm is underpowered? Come on that is stupid as hell. A 9mm will most definitely stop a person. If your that worried about it then pick up some jacketed hollow points anyways.

    Next time you see your friends ask them to stand in front of your target and see if they are so sure its underpowered and wont protect you.

  23. Tedd says:

    A .22 will stop a person. 9mm is better than any caliber smaller than it, but less effective than larger calibers. As a deep CCW, the PF9 is fine, and better than nothing. However, the FBI concluded the 9mm cartridge was insufficient after two agents were killed in a Miami shootout in 1986 and that is why most law enforcement agencies across the country have switched to .40 or .45.

    So pick the 9mm if the other options are .380 or smaller. The benefit vs .38 will be size and ammo capacity but carry the largest caliber possible (.357, .40 or .45).

    As for Chris’ friends who favor the .44 mag – what is their intended target? For a human, the .44 mag is far more than necessary and the trade off of weight, ammo capacity and recoil make it not worth it. But if you’re fending off angry grizzlies it’s a must because 9mm will just tick them off even more.

  24. Maddog says:

    Tim’s got it right… Hitler’s boys killed a bunch of Americans with 9mm….there are reports that 9mm is a better load than the .45 in some cases…. 9mm is a far better for shooting into auto’s than a .40 or .45….

  25. B-Ren says:

    Wow, the comments here are almost as entertaining as the review itself! I’m shopping for my first carry gun, and came across the pf-9 at a local gun shop. I fell in love with the size and price (250 used). I noticed a comment earlier that the earlier production models may have more FTF/FTE/mag issues than recent models. Is there much to this theory? I have yet to fire a pf-9, but plan on calling local ranges that rent to see if any are available to try. I’m a smaller woman with fairly tiny hands. Are there any similarly-sized guns that anyone would recommend? I’m not afraid of a little kick.

  26. Maddog says:

    Personally… I wouldn’t buy a used PF9…. you have issues with the ejection button and clip issues.. If you need a smaller gun… I would look a buying a new one, which you could probably get somewhere around $279. The clip release button is metal. The PF9 is also nice because you can get a CTC laser site on eBay for about $219.00
    By the way… I does kick but in a gun fight… you’ll not notice it…

  27. Justin says:

    Hey guys, I too have a PF9 and have put almost 2k rounds through it and I could count on one hand if I have ever had a misfeed. This is the BEST concealment gun out there BAR NONE when you factor everything that goes into a concealment gun, I had an EMP 9mm with a 4-5lb. trigger pull which scared me a little because if I ever need to use it then I would rather have the creep of my PF9 trigger then an accidental discharge from the EMP,also the EMP is awful at cycling almost any type of ammo. Now, unlike Ike my hands have never been hurting after putting a couple hundred rounds through it, I do have large hands but I did put a trigger shoe on it and let me tell you, it makes all the difference. I also put the belt clip on and mag extension to conform to my large hands but make no mistake about it, the PF9 is the best all around everyday carry gun. Just keep in mind, as long as you have the right set up for the gun AND the right ammo, you will not need anything else for a deep concealment gun.
    Stay safe and support your NRA…

  28. Alfred McCabe says:

    Bought Kel=Tec PF-9 about 6 Months ago. Love gun, Had hard time with Conceled Carry because of my overhanging middle. Purchased a Uncle Mikes Sidekick (IWB) Holster #1, the clip on the holster wasn’t adjustable and the gun rode too high and wasn’t concealable. Next I bought the IWB clip from Kel Tec, This worked fine but the gun ended up riding against my sweaty skin, this did not work for obvious reasons. Removed the waist band clip from the holster, now I carry the PF-9 in the Felt holster using the KF-9 belt clip to hold the holster and the gun. When I draw the
    holster stays inside the pants and the gun comes out clean.

  29. reerc says:

    Thanks for the review. I carry an assortment, like most do. Put a down payment on the counter to hold a PF9 when they were first coming out a few years ago. Every time I checked back, they still didn’t have one. Later I learned this was just after the little gun had hit the streets, and there were some “issues” that KelTec was addressing. Rather than take my C note back, I let the nice man install a set of night sights on my G27.

    Some time later I DID pick up a P3AT – which I carry frequently, but have never been able to get the PF9 out of my mind – for a few reasons. I just think I would personally feel better with a 9mm in my pocket than a 380 (PLEASE, comment NOT intended to start a caliber war!), plus, I just really like the look of that PF9. The size – especially the thinness, looks awesome. I definitely hope to have a PF9 in my future.

  30. drfaulken says:

    Hi reerc, thanks for the comments.

    You can find the PF9 around here with minimal wear and tear for about $200 – $225 new.

    I am happy paying retail for mine, but if you’re patient (and it sounds like you are), you might be able to find a used later-production model pistol at a discounted price.

  31. Donald says:

    I have sat here and read every post on this page and I have come to the conclusion that I must be the only one that has problems with reassembly of my P-9. I have tried many times to insure that every thing is lined up but I still haven’t gotten it together yet.Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated

  32. jaspmatt says:

    Where can I go to find out approximately when a PF-9 was built in order to get a new one with all the ‘bugs’ ironed out?

  33. David in MS says:

    Jaspmatt, you can try calling the company. Or, check out the forum at Seems like I’ve seen a key there.

  34. Mark says:

    Just bought a PF-9 after reading this and many other reviews 200 rounds thru without a burp.
    Gonna see if I can get some night sights for this thing…seems like a keeper to me.

  35. KCM says:

    Just purchase new PF9 from local sporting goods store here in Montana. Purchased for pocket carry primarily as that afforded continual carry mode under nearly all circumstances. Have put over one hundred rounds of various manufactures (Winchester, Federal and Corbon) thru it without a single malfunction (i.e., no failures to feed, fire, or eject). I’ve used and carried handguns for fifty years now and this pistol seems like an incredible value and a nearly ideal size for concealed carry, be it backup or even primary where size governs. My chronograph results were particularily satisfying if anyone is interested. Blessings to you all.

  36. MikeL says:

    I have fired around 150 rounds through my 2 month old Keltec PF9. I have had several mis-fires. In addition, the slide did not stay open on around 8 times after it was empty. Keltec told me it was the “Follower” in the clip and is sending me a new one. Does any one have a similar problem or any suggestions? Other then that, the gun is great . Mike in Miami. Thanks.

  37. Brice says:

    If by miss fires you mean light primer strikes, you should pull the firing pin and make sure nothing is clogging the channel. Look for burrs on the firing pin as well.

    Usually a failure to hold open is caused by taking the recoil in your wrists instead of your elbows. Bend your elbows and grip twenty percent harder and see if the problem goes away. It’s a snappy little gun and it likes a firm hand. I sometimes have problems when doing slow fire for accuracy.

    A bad mag follower will also make it hard to remove the magazine.

  38. Leo Powell says:

    I almost spit my Coke all over my desk when I read you named this little beast “Ike”. Good review and thanks!

  39. Eric Jackson says:

    Purchased my pf-9 two weeks ago after almost a year of research and the problems some of you may be haveing with feeding could be the throat of the feeding ramp. Found out that some of the earlier models had a short ramp but kel-tec has fixed the problem and is willing to exchange your barrle from what ive heard. Search or ask kel-tec directly thought this may help.

  40. glenn frischmann says:


  41. SSGPat says:

    Donald, I hope that you have gotten it together by now, but if you haven’t, try pushing down on the barrel while you are putting the pin in.

    I just bought mine. I wrote Kel Tec and they told me that mine had a “born on date” of October 4, 2010 (I bought it less than a month old). It has the metal mag release, the longer feeding ramp, and I believe that they buffed up the feeding ramp as well.

    I’ve only been able to shoot about 75 rounds through it so far (I broke my arm and am shooting with one hand). I have not had any problems with the 2 brands of ammo.

    It has a little bit of a kick, but I expected that. I am still able to get 4 inch groupings with my one arm shooting technique.

  42. DrFaulken says:

    Hello SSGPat, thanks for the comment, and congrats on your new purchase of the PF-9.

    I am glad you are shooting one-handed. We train one-handed shooting about 75%+ of the time here. This allows for more movement and redundancy in case of an injury to the opposite side.

    Have you tried shooting your PF-9 with your carry ammunition yet? I actually find mine easier to manage with higher velocity, lighter grain bullets.

    Thanks for your comment!

  43. Mike T says:

    Kel-Tec’s warranty is second to none! I purchased a used P3AT and needed a couple of parts because of rust (prior owner neglect) and they sent them for free postage paid! I have also owned a P11 for years. I have put countless rounds through it. Anytime I have needed replacement parts-Kel-Tec has sent them for FREE. Both guns have been very reliable with both factory ammo and reloads. I wish they made a .40 or .45. This is a great American Company!

  44. Todd H says:

    Ken B., # 35
    If my memory serves me correctly, Kel-Tec did make a .45 on the fram of the PF-9, but quickly discontinued it because the frame could not withstand the force and would crack after a few hundred rounds.

  45. Norm W says:

    I just bought a brand new pf 9 and put about 50 rounds through it and cleaned it.After reassembly, the receiver seems to have some play or slop in it. The gun does not feel tight,holding the frame and receiver it wiggles a tiny bit. I wondered if anyone else had this issue.

  46. gfrischmann says:

    I used to carry the S+W Sigma .380 for years as an off duty/back up/ road job gun. I purchased a DeSantis D-9 thumb break holster for it. The Kel-Tec P9 fits this holster perfectly. This holster is a thumb break pancake style holster, with a 13/4 belt slits. The holster is 15 yrs old so I do not know if they make them any more but if you can find one they work great, P9 fits perfect!

  47. Phil C says:

    i just bought the pf 9 and it jammed after the tird round being fired out of it. i got it only for conceal and carry. i like that it is very light and thin but was not blown away by the accuracy. i also noticed what norm said the frame and the reciever did wiggle and raddle a bit brand new.

  48. Adam says:

    I have a love hate relationship with my pf9. The bluing is cheap, and out of the box it was misfeeding, failing to eject and a whole slew of other malfunctions. Sent it back to the factory (lifetime warranty!) and now have a really reliable, accurate pistol. I shoot within the 8 ring at 25 yards without fail.

    As you mentioned the grip is horribly jagged. It hurt my hand just gripping it at the shop. So first thing I did was get some hockey stick tape and wrap the grip with a ribbed shape (almost cord wrapped). It looks ghetto, but works like a dream. I can rattle off 100 rounds without any discomfort.

    @NormW, that’s normal. Nothing to be concerned over unless it’s having reliability issues.

  49. Magnum says:

    Didn’t notice the trigger slap, and wasn’t in pain at all after shooting this gun. Made me want to buy my own after shooting my brothers. Nice step up in power etc from the P32. I’ll be loading 124 grain Gold Dots for it. Saw them tear up hydroshocks in the ballistic wound seminar. No I don’t work for Speer, and I pay full price, so I reload.

  50. Joe P says:

    Well boys and girls just received two of the new grip extension/extra round mag extensions. OK, one word SWEET. Flawless install and just completes the form factor for this weapon. Great grip, great look, and – one more bang.
    Can’t go wrong. They also sell them complete with mags.
    Hurry, hurry, your gonna thank yourself for it.
    Stay safe, Joe P