Kel-Tec PF9 9mm Handgun Review

By David Gonzales
AmmoLand Youtube Firearms Reporter

Kel-Tec PF9 9mm Handgun
Kel-Tec PF9 9mm Handgun
AmmoLand YouTube Gun Reporter
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Albuquerque, NM --(Ammoland.com)- Check out Sootch00’s review of the Kel Tec PF9, chambered in 9mm.

Sootch00 gives a great review of this small 9mm handgun. If you’re consider purchasing one I recommend also looking at some of the other reviews on YouTube before purchasing it.

According to Kel-Tec’s website, the PF9 is 12.7 oz. unloaded and a loaded magazine will add about 5.5 oz. to its weight. It’s 5.85 inches in length; 4.3 inches in height and 0.88 inches in width, with a barrel length of 3.1 inches. Plus it comes with a seven round factory magazine giving it a 7+1 capacity. Kel-Tec also notes that the trigger has a five pound trigger pull that is double action only.

It’s also rated for for the occasional use of +P ammunition.

The Kel-Tec PF9 appears to be one of the more reviewed conceal carry guns on YouTube. My guess as to why that may be is because this firearm has been around for almost six years. During that time period competitors have released firearms that go head-to-head with the Kel-Tec PF9 in the conceal carry market.

I’ve been in the market for a concealable 9mm handgun for self-defense and the Kel-Tec PF9 is at the top of my list for a number of reasons. The first being that it’s a very affordable weapon to purchase. You may be able to walk out of your favorite gun shop with a new 9mm semi-automatic handgun for right around $300 (or less) if your purchase the PF9. The second being that it does have many favorable reviews on YouTube.

What really draws me to purchasing this weapon is the simplicity in it’s operation and construction. In my opinion, a carry gun should be very uncomplicated if a person wants to trust their life with it. What I am referring to specifically in the PF9 is the fact that it does not have an external safety. The Kel-Tec PF9 also does not have a magazine disconnect feature which would disable the firearm if the magazine was not loaded. Also, it was not manufactured with an internal lock that could be enabled which would then completely disable the weapon if you did not have the key handy to unlock it.

Basically, the thought that I can get the simplicity of a .38 snub-nose revolver in a thinner framed semi-automatic pistol chambered in 9mm is very appealing.

However, I am absolutely not trying to say that this is the perfect conceal carry gun. But, the fact that it has a concealable profile and hovers around the $300 price point, it’s a hard option to not consider.

I would really like to hear what you all consider to be an affordable 9mm carry gun? Or, if you think I should just save up a bit more and get something different?

About David Gonzales:
David Gonzales grew up with firearms and has many fond memories of hunting with his grandfather. He enjoys participating in the occasional shooting match, going to the gun range with his family and friends and still has much to learn about firearms. However, he became a certifiable “Gun Nut” in 2008 when he realized that the constitutional right he took for granted could so easily be taken away. Did you see something on YouTube that David Should review. Leave a link in the comments below.

  • 24 thoughts on “Kel-Tec PF9 9mm Handgun Review

    1. I have a PF 9 and concur that it is a fine handgun. It’s easy to shoot, the trigger is great and it’s easy to carry in a jacket pocket. I’m definitely sold on Kel Tec products.

    2. I can tell you this, I bought one for my wife and I for $240 out the door at my local FFL Chippewa Hardware in Chippewa Falls, WI. so that made that decision..Period..we love our PF-9’s

    3. You know, I know that you are trying to educate the public on firearms and their performance. Just to note, that when you’re testing a weapon, it’s really not fair to the weapon to run trash ammo.for testing. But the real reason I am leaving a comment here is, My 10 year old son, who is more efficient and knowledgeable about weapons than most adults, is watching to see what is the failure in this video, only to hear you guys Throwing the words FUCK and FUCKING often. I already know your response. What is a 10 year old doing messing with guns? Well I started teaching him when he was 3 years old. To date he can disassemble, reassemble and operate every weapon I own safely and efficiently. From an LMT AR10.308, FAL SG58 .308 to SIG 220,226,229,and mosquito and Walther and Smith and Wesson and all 10 Shotguns I own. I think that preparing and educating children about firearms is much better than shielding them from weapons. My only complaint with your video is the unnecessary foul language.

    4. Have to agree on the language. It’s not just children, but my wife was quite offended as well. If you are providing a general review, make it at least PG. THANKS!

    5. scott and david are f***ing pussys! I LOVE MY PF9 IT IS BAD ASS AND EASY TO TAKE APART FOR THE PRICE YOU CANNOT LOSE

    6. The PF-9 is not perfect. It’s a hit or miss sometimes I surmise this from YouTube. I took a chance and got a hit. My PF9 (Parkerized) needed a bit of breaking before I conceded to a hit. First, I cleaned it & lubed he rails. Shot 60 rounds and it shot all over the place. Six inches high and right then left, and then dead center. On the last mag round it was always dead center. I thought DAG-NABIT. Went home cleaned it again, next day I was making 4″ groups at 7 yards. The first firing could have been me, but I was also firing my 45 24/7 OSS with 1″ groups both times. The PF-9 never jammed, FTF or FTE. Knock Knock. Fired PMC 115gr. It is the lightest and narrowest 9mm out of the pack of copies or similar weapons. Yes it kicks, but it didn’t bother my hand a bit. Lesser men cry too much. Ouch! In the end I have a happy ending. I hope you do too.

    7. i rate the pf9 a one star only and thats too many. i bought the keltec pf 9 due to the reviews i read online. do not get this gun…the reviews are not true. i bought the gun brand new at cheaper than dirt in mckinney tx. the price on the gun is great. i loved the weight, the slim build, the ease in which it can be broken down and cleaned, and the ease to conceal and carry. their customer service is grade A. But thats the only thing good about them. after about 100 to 150 rounds the magazine started falling out and causing the gun to jam. i emailed keltec and they responded quickly. i thought maybe the magazine was faulty. but they said i must have gotten an older model prior to the “upgrade”. so they sent me free of charge a mag release, release spring, ejector and ejector spring. i had the parts put on and the gun worked flawlessly for 50 rounds. i was so happy i bought a hogue grip, an extra magazine, and two 1+ mag extentions. i cleaned the gun after each use and oiled it regularly. i even tried several different types of ammo. i bought another box of shells a week later and the mag started falling out again, and jamming. omg i was pissed, emailed keltec again and havent heard back from them. dont take my word on this issue, simply look at youtube. so i went back to cheaper than dirt and bought a ruger LC9. i told the sales lady at the counter about my problems with the pf9, and she smiled and said that has been a problem with keltec, that they already knew that. i asked her why they didnt tell consumers before purchasing the gun, and she said they couldnt talk bad about any manufacturers. shame on you cheaper than dirt!! you should inform consumers of any potential problems with the guns you sell. i spent over $300 on this gun, could only get $175 for it. people trust cheaper than dirt to be truthful about products. i will write a review on the LC9 after i shoot another 100 rounds through it. thank you.

    8. I purchased PF 9 few months back. Didn’t like trigger so I researched and found a guy named Ross who makes a trigger called RTK short stroke trigger. $55 and easy to install, theres a youtube vid that walks through the process. Anyway, this guy is amazing. Even with the $55 I am at $300 invested and can’t be happier. The guy Trey that left a comment earlier sounds like an asshole who loves complaining about everything. Honestly, for the price and cost of the upgraded trigger, you easily get $250 out of it selling used. They are in demand. And the trigger, is a MUST have. Turns it into a much more expensive gun and you get to learn some light gunsmithing. Cheers

    9. My PF9 has been out of commission 3 times since new purchase March 2012. First off, a broken firing pin. That was an easy fix, but took time to get factory moving. Next: Jamming and more jamming. Factory asked for slide only to be returned. That is like auto company asking you send only the transmission for service, not bring in the whole car. Slide returned after 4 weeks, jammed 4th round. Returned July 9th (factory took 15 plus days to “authorize” the return). Stll no sign of gun. Call to factory reveals terrible customer service. I have no idea what factory is deciding. You be the judge. I no longer trust the gun.

    10. Like most inexpensive guns, yours may be great and the next one isn’t. Quality control seems to be the biggest problem, when you buy a cheap gun. You usually get what you pay for. Being the slimmest, cheapest, most concealable whatever doesn’t matter if it doesn’t work all the time. If it malfunctions, you can’ trust, grit your teeth and sell it

    11. It’s true Quality control could be better at Kel Tec to provide you a weapon that is ready when it comes out of the box…BUT for those of us who can only afford the $250 vs the $500 for a out of the box ready weopon, the PF9 is great.

      Some people get lucky and it works fine, me on the other hand I had 2 problems from the git-go. Failure to load and failure to eject. BUT..after calling Kel Tec and discussing the problem they told me to send it in. I had to email them proof of purchase and they sent me a pre-paid UPS shipping sticker to send it to them for free. 3 weeks later I had a gun that will shoot ANY ammo u put thru it (800 rounds of 6 differnt types so far) without a glitch.

      The moral of the story is… you may have to put some time in, but you still will get a very nice gun for $250. Keep in mind those 800 rounds were spent trying to make it fail-slow fire, rapid fire 3 clips and never cleaning it.

    12. My pf9 is easy to carry, accurate, and well worth more than I spent on it. Perfect for CCW or in home protection. It’s such an easy carry I can hold it In my swim trunks and forget its there. The customer service is great. I made a rookie mistake and got locktite glue in the trigger. I sent it in for warranty repair and they fixed it for free and returned it two weeks sooner than scheduled. All around fantastic gun, buy it.

    13. I liked what I saw at our local pawn shop. I believe the PF9 would work for me. I now carry a Bersa T. .380, a very nice gun but it getting to long & heavy for IWB ccw, Anyway, Kel-Tec seems like a responsible company. Sending a fire arm back for fine tuning is par for the course. Even Ruger doesn’t guarantee their guns, you depend on their good will.

    14. Thanks for AmmoLand article, David. No offensive language was noted in the Sootch00 PF9 video, which was appreciated by this old navy guy (grin). I own the PF9 and have experienced no significant difficulty with the gun apart from occasional “pinching” of the tigger-finger due to the clearance issue mentioned in the video; moving the finger from the pad to the first joint might help, but may impact one’s accuracy a bit, which practice should assist with.

    15. I agree with trey, this gun is crap, pure crap, I got one brand new little under 3 bills, cleaned gun as I would all my others before first shots, first thing noticed was not all rounds fire first trigger pull, how reliable is that? That’s just what you need a gun that when you really need it won’t shoot all the time

    16. aquired my pf9 2 weeks ago. seemed to cover all ccw needs. fired 6 mags with 115gr.fmjs. averaged jamming 2 times per mag. broke down to clean but could not get assembly pin to go back in place. took back to gunsmith to have him give me his opinion. after trying to replace assembly pin for 20 mins. he said it was defective. very disappointing for a new pistol. i have a keltec p32 that has been a wonderful pistol. the plot thickens

    17. I own two PF-9’s & both have broken. First one took 3 months for return. Second still broken. I bought a Springfield & ok so far. I have not fired the repaired gun yet but not real optimistic. Love the PF-9 but don’t trust it. Ex military & sheriff experience.

    18. Own two PF-9’s & both failed. First returned this week & took 3 months. Second on the way to KT for repair. Bought Springfield 9mm. Love the PF-9 but…..not betting my life on it without concerns.

    19. I’ve got a couple hundred rounds thru my PF9 and it’s great. I’ve got several other pistols I could carry (G36 and G17) but I prefer the Keltec…lighter and slimmer and has always gone boom when it’s supposed to. It’s not a range gun but I’ve got 1911’s for that purpose.

    20. Bought new and jammed every time using two different types of ammo . Don’t waste your money ! If i had been in a fire fight i’d be dead!

    21. I’ve had my PF-9 for over 3 years. Taken it out and shot numerous times probably around 500 rounds. It’s not really my everyday shooter, but I like to stay sharp with it. I have never had a feed issue with this gun oddly enough. I do have a couple habits though when it comes to something I need to rely on. I never shoot steel when I need reliability and every gun I purchase I polish the feed ramp. Some firearms I have also treated magazines with graphite as magazines can cause a lot of feed issues. If I had it to do over again, I would buy this gun. It has been very reliable and it is very concealable for a 9mm.

    22. Two PF 9’s. One w/problems but resolved. The other problem was not all the gun. Still have other brands but nothing carries easily as PF-9. Confidence is restored. Thousands (yes thousands of rounds sent down range. For CC good to go.

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