Thinking of a used AB-10


May 24, 2003, 03:02 AM
After perusing through the local pawn shops, I saw an "evil" looking gun. It's an Intertec AB-10 (blued), with a purty 10 round mag, and a rather beat up hi-cap mag (no markings, not sure of capacity), and the original case. The gun itself amazingly looks to be in very good condition...considering the bottom half is plastic, it has no scratches or dents. They're asking $200 for it. I've been doing some reading on TFL and google'ing for info, and opinions seem to be varied...but i'm seeing a steady "fun as hell to shoot...when it doesn't jam" consensus. This would be my second gun, first handgun. I'm ONLY going to use it for plinking and defective appliance disposal.

Is this a fair price?

There's a gun show coming up in 2 weeks...and I get paid again in 2 weeks. :) Should I just save my money and look for something there instead? I was thinking of a hi-point for 80 bucks less, but I figured this might be more fun. :D Plus, when I get a normal handgun, I figure I'll get a Ruger P95...that's a gun I won't be ashamed of! :neener:

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May 24, 2003, 04:36 AM
I dont know much about this gun, but I DO like to post here is a pic...just for giggles.

May 24, 2003, 09:42 AM
If you want it, go for it. It's a personal decision. I have the pre-ban version with threaded barrel and barrel extension. It's ok for making noise, but not very accurate. You can get 20 and 32 round magazines for it.

As long as you know you're not going to be able to shoot IPSC with it or use it for a CCW gun, buy it.

May 24, 2003, 10:08 AM
For charging hordes of tin cans, there are few better (as long as you are skilled at clearing jams. ;) )

They're fun noisemakers.

May 25, 2003, 12:18 AM
I'd put that $200 towards your future Ruger P-95 because I get no enjoyment of guns that jam. It's your call, so if you think it would be fun, then go for it.

May 25, 2003, 11:27 PM
I have no doubt that it would be fun (well, except for jams). But, you must have read my mind, because I did decide that given my limited budget, I would be better suited putting that 200 towards the ruger. Actually, a .22 pistol first, then the ruger. Maybe after I have all the guns I want, I'll think about an AB-10...but that'll be a while.

May 25, 2003, 11:43 PM
POS! Not accurate and not reliable. Save your cash for something that will work.

May 26, 2003, 09:04 PM
save your money and get something better.for 75 more you can get a rpb ( plastic and fun if you are into the evil scary gun thing.ab10s only work with factory mags(10 round mags are junk),hot ammo and when they break,you are outta for the no longer made ab10s or any intratec are going to be expensive(i know..)..i sold mine after i had to replace the extractor and the firing pin,recoil springs and the rubber thing.probably due to the hot ammo but it only lasted a few months with the stuff in it .there is no warrenty,intratec went out a long time ago.get something else. p.s. i found a original manual for a tec-dc-9 or an to anyone needing one,just need self addressed and stamped envelope.

May 26, 2003, 11:18 PM
Simply put, they're JUNK!!!!!! I bought one a few years ago, because of the relatively high Gee-Whiz factor, sold it last year at a loss just to be rid of it. I wasted money buying a 50 round mag from an ad in Shotgun News. The 10 round mag fed fairly reliably, but the 50 round jammed more often than not. I almost feel guilty for not telling the guy who bought it about the 50 round mag. (well, ok, only a bit guilty)

I echo the opinion that you should save the money and buy the Ruger. Once you've got a useful tool or two, or 100, then consider buying a POS because of the Gee-Whiz factor.


May 27, 2003, 12:56 PM
there were a few other manufacturers making similar pistols to the tec-9 (predecessor to the ab-10). i have two such items from one of them. AA Arms made the AP-9 and AP-9 Mini.
the AP-9 was my first gun i bought from a friend. cool to look at, kinda fun to shoot if all you want to do is put holes in groups that average 12 inches at 7 yards. i have a 20 round magazine and 30. then i thought it would be nifty to ge the ap-9 mini, so i found one on gunbroker or auctionarms, i forget which and bought that, new condition, supposedly unfired.
it jams quite a bit, maybe still needs to be broken in, but i havent shot it in about a year, nor the ap-9 either. between both guns i have invested $700 total (paid $350 for each). i know i wouldnt get what i paid for if i tried to sell them, so i'll just keep them unless someone offers me a decent price for them, knowing full well that they are unreliable, but loading the 20 round magazines with 10-12 rounds seems to improve its reliability somewhat.

if anyone is interested, PM me.

May 27, 2003, 05:53 PM
I don't see the point in these "evil" guns.:p Not because they are evil, just because they are stupid. I had one because it seemed like a cool thing to have but then I shot the thing and realized that unless they are full auto, guns like this really are no better than a pistol with a hi-cap mag. I have a few "wonder nines" that can hold any size mag that you want and they will be more accurat eand more reliable,

May 27, 2003, 08:11 PM
Unless you are after practice clearing Type 2 and type 3 malfunctions.... Save your money. Pass on the Hi Point too.

There are better options. Focus on the Ruger, they are solid guns!


January 24, 2006, 05:06 PM
I was thinking about getting one that is untill i heard they were p.o.s guns, however on a interesting note. a friend of mine pointed out that the particular Tec 9 your looking at getting was used in the Columbine massacre in Colorado.

January 26, 2006, 01:10 AM
I noticed that a lot of guns I have were also the same models used by various famous mass murders and assassins. It's almost like I have a collection based on that theme! (Oswald Carcano down to same year and arsenal, the same typeCA Bulldog as Berkowitz are two examples)

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