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H&K P9

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Pistol

  • ORIGIN
    Germany

  • NICKNAMES
    EP9S (Greek production model)

  • DESIGNED
    1965 - 1968

  • DESIGNER
    Heckler & Koch

  • PRODUCTION
    1969 - 1973 (P9)
    1973 - 1978 (P9S)

  • PRODUCERS
    Germany - Heckler & Koch

    Licensed production:
    Greece - ELBO

  • QUANTITY
    510 P9 and much more P9S produced, production complete.

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    High production quality
    Easy to silence
    Limited magazine size
    Expensive

Introduction

The P9 is a pistol developed by the German manufacturer Heckler & Koch. Development took place since the early 1960’s and production ran from 1969 to 1978. Development of the P9 started as the designers of the G3 wanted to develop a pistol based on the successful roller locked delayed blowback mechanism.

Design

The P9S is mostly a steel pistol with some polymer elements on the frame. The P9 was the first pistol to feature the delayed roller locking mechanism, which was derived from the G3 battle rifle. The hammer is concealed within the slide. The P9S can be switched between single action and double action. The fixed barrel features polygonal rifling and allows for easy installation of silencers.

Firepower

The P9 is a semi-automatic pistol. It fires the 9x19mm round from a 9 round magazine or the .45 ACP from a 7 round magazine. The effective range is a few dozen meters.

Users

The P9 has been sold worldwide as a civilian, law enforcement an military pistol. The production of the original P9 started in 1969 and stopped in 1973 with only 510 produced. The design was updated with a double action trigger and produced under the name P9S. Currently the P9 remains in limited use and has often been replaced by newer pistols.

Variants

P9S

P9: Original production model. Single action only trigger mechanism. Only several hundred produced before introduction of the P9S.
P9S: The P9Sis the mainstay model of the P9 family. The P9S differs from the original P9 in having a double action trigger. This is denoted by the S which stands for Spannabzug, which is German for double action trigger. The P9S comes in 9x19mm or .45 ACP. For sporting purposes the P9S Sport is available with optional barrel weight, adjustable sights and contour grip and optional 7.65x21.5mm caliber.

TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine9 rounds
OperationDelayed blowback, roller locking
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length102 mm
RiflingPolygonal rifling, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity351 m/s
Stock-
Length192 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight0.88 kg empty
SightsIron sights, 147mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.45 ACP
Magazine7 rounds
OperationDelayed blowback, roller locking
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length102 mm
RiflingPolygonal rifling, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity260 m/s
Stock-
Length192 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight0.75 kg empty
SightsIron sights, 147mm sight radius
Remarks-

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