After a couple of emails, a comment and finally some site statistics on the PF-9 article posted, I found the need to post a brief article offering a pretty decent size comparison over a few other handguns. Kel-Tec does state that the PF-9 is the lightest and “flattest” 9mm handgun on the market and I can attest to that after not only owning so many handguns, but also after extensive research on the ultimate 9mm “pocket handgun”.
The first comparison is against the excellent and highly reliable RAMI 9mm (alloy model). For those unfamiliar with this handgun from CZ, the 2075 RAMI is a sub-compact, hi-cap 9mm pistol that supports 10+1 rounds of 9mm ammo. While this is an excellent option, the problem with the RAMI is its overall width and weight when loaded. Yes, it is small and compact, but being a hi-cap pistol, its thickness may be an issue for many. When compared to the Kel-Tec PF-9, its length and height is pretty close in comparison. However, its width and weight (with or without a loaded mag) is no comparison.
The second comparison is against my older but 100% trusty Para P10-45. This is also a hi-cap pistol but chambered for the .45 caliber. Unlike the RAMI 9mm in comparison, it does come fairly close in terms of overall length and height. However, it is still a bit thicker and significantly heavier than the PF-9.
Last but not least is a size comparison against the ultra-small and lightweight Kel-Tec P-32. While there is obviously no doubt that the P-32 is in a class of its own, the PF-9 is honestly not too far behind and if your one who is looking for the ultimate pocket handgun but would not resort to nothing less than 9mm, the PF-9 is your best option.
Bottom line here is simply that no other handgun manufacturer has been able to offer a competitive product. Kel-Tec, for years now, has had a strong hold of the market when it comes to ultra light and concealable handguns. Sure, there is Rohrbaugh, which claims to offer the smallest 9mm pistol on the market. However, when you look at the hard facts, this pistol is just slightly heavier than the PF-9 and its price tag is absolutely absurd and not what most most would be willing to shell out on a pistol. Besides, the service from Kel-Tec is nothing less than exceptional and when you add a lifetime warranty to the picture, there’s really no better option out there.
Agree? Disagree? Know of another 9mm pistol in production that rivals the PF-9? Discuss it here…