Competitors, self defense or collector’s item? (VIDEO)

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When the H9 from Hudson Manufacturing very first released it created a massive splash. There was a lot of speak about how the H9 would be the flattest shooting handgun since of its exclusive style. Early models did have some challenges but bugs are to be anticipated with new platforms. I not too long ago picked up a far more not too long ago made model to see if the hype was true and to see if the kinks had been worked out.

What the hell is it?

The H9’s style derives from the 1911. The steel frame has really comparable profile and weight as the +108 year old firearm but has some apparent modifications. The massive variations are that it is striker fired as an alternative of applying an external hammer. It also is a double stack chambered in 9mm. The recoil program tends to make a chunky front finish but enables for a really low bore axis. The trigger is really comparable to a 1911 but does have an integral security like most other striker fired handguns.

The Hudson H9 came with three metallic 15 round double stack 9mm mags. I enjoy when manufactures give you far more than two magazines when you invest in their gun. It sets you up for achievement ideal out of the gate with no possessing to make a different acquire. The mags blasted out of the gun upon hitting the texture mag release and the beveled mag properly created inserting a fresh mag painless.

The mags blasted out of the gun upon hitting the texture mag release and the beveled mag properly created inserting a fresh mag painless. (Photo: Ben Brown/Guns.com)

A fantastic out of the box function to note was the sights on the H9. (Photo: Ben Brown/Guns.com)

A fantastic out of the box function to note was the sights on the H9. The front was a higher vis orange with tritium insert. The back was a blacked out u-notch. I have a partial preference to higher vis fronts and blacked out rears but I would consider that majority of folks would finish up maintaining these “stock” sights on the gun. These sights did not limit me at all when I began to shoot the Hudson at longer distances.

Ergonomically this gun was almost everything and far more the hype led me to think. Yeah… it is difficult to come across a individual that does not like a 1911 grip angle and a great pair of g10 grips. That was “low hanging fruit” to incorporate these capabilities. But the impressive component was how flat this gun was to shoot. The higher beaver tail combined with the really low bore axis tends to make it straightforward to shoot the H9 flat and speedy.

What is the H9’s part?

As a great deal as I liked shooting this gun, I would not carry it on an each day basis. It is just to heavy. The weight unloaded is 32 ounces. To give you a tiny viewpoint a Glock 19 is 21 ounces. There has been speak that future versions of the H9 will come in an Aluminum frame which will undoubtedly save weight. It does have a rail for a weapon light but it sets the light way to low creating it practically useless. For now I would use the existing steel framed H9 (in conjunction with a hand held light) as a evening stand gun if we are speaking about individual defense.

The sights, trigger, and barrel make this gun a lot precise and like previously stated you can run it really speedy with minimal work. (Photo: Ben Brown/Guns.com)

The Hudson H9 would be a really exciting gun to shoot in competitors. The sights, trigger, and barrel make this gun a lot precise and like previously stated you can run it really speedy with minimal work. Reliability was not an problem either. As normally l like to run a buffet of 9mm rounds via my handguns. Every little thing from steel cased to sub-sonic ammo worked in the H9.

This is not a gun that will win a lions share of the market place but I do think Hudson’s style is on to a thing. It is outdoors the box considering like the H9’s style that will lead to future firearms that do come to be the “standard”. If you are a collector the H9 would be a great 1 to choose up to save as an “origin gun” for 20-30 years down the road. In the imply time shoot it! You will not be disappointed.

NOTE: Guns.com initially scheduled to publish this report and video in January, but we delayed it as news created about Hudson Mfg’s economic challenges. With clearer answers identified about the company’s future and item availability, we decided it was time to publish the report.  

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