So my local FFL called yesterday around lunch time to let me know that the Boberg SR9-S pistol had arrived, was in-processed, and ready for me to pick up. If you’re not familiar with the pistol, or are too lazy to scroll down the page (you know who you are), here’s a pic.
It is a teeny, tiny little 9mm rated for a steady diet of hard-hitting +P ammunition, and I think I can claim that it may be the only pocket 9mm that can boast of that (others are OK’d for “occasional use” or some other such verbiage).
The XR9-S is the only 9mm I’ve ever picked up that when I put my trigger finger along the slide, it actually touches the end, though it doesn’t wrap around in front of the barrel. That would be bad.
It has been a long time since I’ve fired a true DAO, so I spent the evening dry-firing it to get back into the swing of things. It is a smooth and long trigger pull with a full reset that should help with shot-to-shot consistency. You might be be tempted to stack it, even though it says not to in the manual. The sights were easy to keep on target when I did my part, and I think when I get to the range I’ll do okay with it.
The Boberg is a semi-auto, and should probably be compared against other “pocket nines,”especially the concept behind the Glock G26 it was designed to improve upon.
That allowed, my first impression is that the Boberg is a direct competitor and marked improvement over DAO snub-nosed revolvers. It has roughly the same perceived barrel length, while having a much longer actual barrel. It is a 7+1 semi-auto, which means that it has both higher initial round count and faster reloads. Of course, it is also a lot flatter and easier to conceal than any revolver, or any other “pocket nine” I can find, and is smaller than many .380s while packing a heck of a lot more punch, especially when loaded with +P ammo.
It’s going to be fun to wring this little pistol out for Shooting Illustrated.
The things I do for you guys…