Edit: Typing is not my best talent. Pretent like the PF-8 in the title actually says PF-9.
As I mentioned in the mandatory, new-guy post, I felt the “need” for a small, single stack 9mm. Information on this forum led me to the Kel-Tec PF-9.
I picked up my PF-9 at the Kentucky Gun Company (Guns For Sale Online - Kentucky Gun Co.) for $249.99 plus tax. I was amazed how light it was. Never been a fan of plastic guns, but that may be changing.
Took it home for disassembly, cleaning and lubing before a trip to the range. Disassembly was very easy. Cleaning was unnecessary. Put a few drops of Gun Butter on the rails and reassembled. Reassembly is easy IF you remember to push down on the barrel. I was amazed how simple the design was. I installed the magazine extension that comes with the gun because I didn’t like how my little finger had nothing to grip and curled back under the magazine base.
Packed up the gun, a target, hearing protection and a half a box of Winchester 115 gr FMJ and headed to the range. I knew from reading the forum that it would be a handful shooting as it comes right out of the box, unmodified. I fired two magazines and that was enough. The first three shots were from a rest to check the sights. They were dead on. The magazine extension didn’t really help. Instead of supporting the little finger, it dug into it. I ended up putting it under the extension. With only two fingers on the grip, the gun was a little hard to control. Regardless, I was able to put all 14 rounds into a standard silhouette target from the 25 foot line. You could cover the shot group with a garbage can lid.
The grip panels do make shooting the gun uncomfortable. The gun fired flawlessly. I read some negative comments about the trigger, but I found it completely acceptable. A whole lot better than some revolvers I have fire double action.
The first order of business will be the two most widely mentioned upgrades for the PF-9, the Hogue Handall Jr grip sleeve and the 8th round magazine extension.