Last week, I took my friend Tim’s Kel-Tec PF-9 to the range to do some reliability testing. He was having some issues with extraction, and had replaced the extractor (Kel-Tec had sent him a replacement extractor and spring free of charge). The gun performed better, but still showed some intermittent extraction issues. This is a bit strange because my PF-9 does not exhibit the same problems.
In the process of testing his gun, I had probably the best grouping that I’ve shot with a PF-9. For a 7-shot group, 6 shots fell within .627″ and 7 shots in 1.200″. I was very pleased with this performance at a typical defense range (12′ in this case). I normally don’t shoot anywhere near this well with mine, but on that day I did quite a bit of practice. I think that was the key!
I was reminded of something during this range trip: be careful when inserting magazines into the PF-9! because of the flush fit between the magazine and the grip, you can really get pinched (think of needle nose pliers when they slip off something they are gripping when your finger is in the way!). This lead to a cut that looked a lot more sever than it actually was.
So what’s a man to do when suffering a bleeder at the range? Improvise. I took a cleaning patch and taped it around my hand with the masking tape I use to secure targets. Worked like a charm (except I couldn’t really bend my finger 🙂 )
I’m thinking a chamber polish is in order… Then, more shooting! Stay tuned for more PF-9 news here on NWGUN.