Boberg XR9-S vs Kahr PM9 cronagraph results.


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LightningMan
September 30, 2012, 10:02 PM
UPDATE: Hello, Decided to post this seperate anyway rather than leave it attached to the Boberg XR9-S post. I went to the range today with my Boberg XR9-S & my Kahr PM9 as these pistols are very similar in size. The perpose was to do some tests with my cronograph. These will not be actual dimentions but they are what I get with my calipers.
Kahr; width, .893" (without slide lever-lock) width .980" (with lever).
Boberg; width, .960". (lever is within the frame width)
Kahr; height, 4.200" (includes sights).
Boberg; height, 4.240" (includes sights).
Kahr; lenght, 5.530".
Boberg; lenght, 5.110".
Kahr; barrel lenght, 2.800".
Boberg; barrel lenght, 3.187".
Now to my test results, I used Win. brass, & primers. Powder was Win. 231 using 4.3 grs. Bullet was 115 gr. Rainier plated RN. OAL 1.130"
(Note: I had to shoot the XR9-S loading rounds 1 at a time, as I have had plated bullets come apart, this was to avoid that problem.)
Kahr PM9
1). 909 fps.
2). 886 fps.
3). 916 fps.
4). 903 fps.
5). 887 fps.
6). 902 fps.
7). 914 fps.
8). 927 fps.
9). 869 fps.
10). 903 fps.
Average; 901.6 fps.
Boberg XR9-S
1). 944 fps.
2). 968 fps.
3). 954 fps.
4). 971 fps.
5). 995 fps.
6). 918 fps.
7). 969 fps.
8). 919 fps.
9). 965 fps.
10). 935 fps.
Average; 953.8 fps.
Difference of 52.2 fps.
Note; I did check the average throwing out the high/low readings but it didn't make much difference. (902.5 fps. for the PM9 & 953.1 for XR9-S)
These were my results, yours may vary. LM

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Girodin
September 30, 2012, 10:30 PM
Interesting, pretty negligible difference, not surprising for the very small barrel length difference. I would be interested to see numbers for the CM9 as well as one would expect the polygonal rifling of the PM9 to offer slightly higher velocities. I'd imagine there is still very little difference.

JellyJar
October 1, 2012, 01:53 PM
According to my calculations it was just an aprox 5.8% improvement.

Have you tried any factory ammo?

DAdams
October 1, 2012, 02:28 PM
You going to try a Plus P comparison?

I put the first 72 rounds through my Boberg. The only issue I had was my inability to just slingshot the first round in.

I actually ran the same ammo through my PM9, 24 rounds.

All ran without issue. I liked the feel of the Fiochi 123 grain over the Winchester, Remington, and American Eagle.

wow6599
October 1, 2012, 04:07 PM
What was your OAL? The charge seems fine, but the velocities seems a little slow.

oneounceload
October 1, 2012, 04:13 PM
What was your OAL? The charge seems fine, but the velocities seems a little slow.

Compared to what? Published velocities from a 4" test barrel? I expected the differences to be greater - at least according to Boberg's site, there is to be an expected 25% increase n muzzle energy, so corresponding velocities should be greater

The XR9's revolutionary patented design puts a full-sized barrel in an easily concealable gun, generating ~25% more muzzle energy than any other same-size and caliber pocket pistol in the world!



They also list the barrel as 3.35"

wow6599
October 1, 2012, 08:27 PM
Compared to what?

My mind was just wondering.....

I don't know.... I went back and looked at some old loads.....and then on to loaddata.com. I guess that a 902 fps average with 115 grain bullet over 4.3 grs. of 231 from a PM9 might be on the money. I was just thinking it would be closer to 1000 fps.

I found one load from a 4" barrel using 4.9 grs. of 231 and 115 gr. bullets (XTP) and getting 1253 fps.

k_dawg
October 1, 2012, 08:41 PM
Well, do not forget that the 'Marketing hype' also includes Mr Boberg comparing regular ammo in the 'other' gun, and +P in his.

I find that misleading, especially it is conflating two seperate issues: barrel length versus cartridge differences.

Since it appears you were firing the same ammo in both, that explains ~10-15% of the 'non difference'.

StrikeFire83
October 1, 2012, 09:49 PM
Honestly, I hate to admit this because I've been following it since 2008, but the Boberg XR9 is all sizzle and no steak.

LightningMan
October 1, 2012, 10:05 PM
wow6599Quote; What was your OAL? The charge seems fine, but the velocities seems a little slow.
It was 1.130" Yes it may seem a bit slow, but I was being cautious as I hadn't used Win 231 untill lately, and these were what I thought would be a good start point. I have sence bumped up the charge to 4.5 gr. FYI, If I do some more tests I will post them, but it may be a few weeks as I won't make it to the range till then. LM

Billy Shears
October 1, 2012, 10:20 PM
Honestly, I hate to admit this because I've been following it since 2008, but the Boberg XR9 is all sizzle and no steak.
This is not really a fair statement. The XR9 was originally intended to be offered with a longer barrel -- over four inches. It ended up being offered with much shorter barrel -- not much longer than that on most subcompact handguns -- after people right here on this website started clamoring for the shorter barreled version that is being offered now. So, Mr. Boberg took a poll, and this is what the majority of potential customers said they wanted. This resulted in a gun that's not all that much smaller than a conventional compact 9mm of conventional design, while also negating the principle advantage of the gun, and it's main selling point: the ability to have the barrel length (and thus the velocity) of a full size handgun, packaged in the overall dimensions of a compact handgun.

Of course the XR9-S doesn't have velocity figures all that much higher than other compact 9s -- it doesn't have a barrel all that much longer than other compact 9s. What did you expect? When Boberg introduces the XR9-L with the 4+ inch barrel (which his website says might be as early as January of next year), then you will see notably higher velocities, because then, finally, you will have the barrel length of a full size gun, in the overall size of a compact 9. That's what I've wanted all along. It's why I didn't bother with the XR9-S. I want the XR9-L.

StrikeFire83
October 1, 2012, 10:46 PM
^I really wanted to like this gun. I like Arnie and wish him the best. But it just seems to be a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. Add to that the expense and the reliability issues that this weapon has experienced, and I'm just not interested. Apparently he's selling them as fast as he can make them, and that's all that matters.

Billy Shears
October 1, 2012, 11:17 PM
I really wanted to like this gun. I like Arnie and wish him the best. But it just seems to be a solution to a problem that doesn't exist.
I've heard those same words "solution to a problem that doesn't exist" used to describe traditional DA autos, DA only autos, piston AR's, etc. -- the list is endless. Just because some people are happy with existing tools doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.

Add to that the expense and the reliability issues that this weapon has experienced...
Name a brand new gun without them. All new designs have bugs to be worked out. If the AR-15, with enormously greater amounts of development, and huge government contracts, for example still had major shortcomings before it settled down to be a reliable design, why do you somehow expect it to be any different from a small company just starting up and introducing its first product?

...and I'm just not interested. Apparently he's selling them as fast as he can make them, and that's all that matters.
In a world where firearms designers have been mostly copying John Browning for the last hundred years, I don't think it's a good thing to discourage someone who comes along with something truly different and innovative. I for one think it's nice to see an American firearms company start up and offer something other than yet another iteration of the M1911 or the AR-15 (even though I own and love both designs).

Jim Watson
October 1, 2012, 11:26 PM
I am with Billy.
I am fascinated with the design and await the introduction of the -L.
Even the -S is marginal for pocket carry and if I am going to wear a holster, I want to get something for my trouble.

I don't understand why the OP did his chronographing with a reload he knew for sure would not work in the gun. I'd have squandered some factory loads, preferably a good hollowpoint carry load.

LightningMan
October 1, 2012, 11:39 PM
JimWatson Quote; I don't understand why the OP did his chronographing with a reload he knew for sure would not work in the gun. I'd have squandered some factory loads, preferably a good hollowpoint carry load. Jim, I had originally planned to use some factory ammo, but the day I had arrived at the range to do the tests, was being used for a match that day, so I blew it off. So when I went to the range the day I did the test, was a spur of the moment, because I forgot I still had the crony in the trunk. By then the only ammo I had that would be do-able was those reloads. I really want to try some factory ammo tests, as I have some Speer GoldDots 124 gr. +P ammo I want to try. As I said next time I get the chance. LM

Billy Shears
October 1, 2012, 11:40 PM
Even the -S is marginal for pocket carry and if I am going to wear a holster, I want to get something for my trouble.
My sentiments exactly. I'm not a fan of pocket carry, and don't practice it. I find it easier and more comfortable to wear a concealable holster, not to mention finding it easier and faster to deploy the weapon. I was not pleased when a majority demanded the shorter length S version; it seemed to me, as I said, like giving up the weapon's major advantage for not all that much reduction in size. Every gun is a balance of characteristics, but the ultra-snub-nosed XR9-S got the balance just a bit wrong for my taste.

It's driven by the hugely increased market for concealed carry that's sprung up in the last couple of decades as shall-issue laws have become more widespread, but I think a great many shooters are a little bit too enamored of having the absolutely smallest and lightest guns they can lay their hands on, while still firing potent calibers. The result has been weapons that are beasts to shoot, and often seem to have reliability issues -- it's just not as easy to make an ultra small, compact, yet powerful gun work as reliably. Too small slides don't have the inertia to resist overly abrupt openings, and even the double captive recoil springs don't always rectify the problem. Ultra small, ultra light revolvers, firing full power cartridges aren't immune from reliability problems either: featherweight revolvers firing such cartridges can have recoil so sharp and snappy that bullets pulling out of the cases can become a problem, and creep forward enough to jam the cylinder and keep it from rotating. Interestingly, one of the reliability problems that is plaguing the XR9 is similar bullet pull-out, since the cartridges get yanked backward out of the magazine instead of being pushed up a feed ramp. Again, the ultra-compact slide ends up having less mass, and therefore less inertia to resist an overly abrupt opening, with the result that bullets that don't have enough crimp get yanked right out of the case. The XR9-L, with the longer barrel and slide, should see this problem greatly reduced.

I've seen the computer renderings on Boberg's site for the XR9-L, which will have a 4.4 inch barrel, and longer slide (and may be offered in versions both with and without a rail), and for which he also plans to offer an extended magazine (with a boot around the base of the magazine to extend the grip). This, to me, would get the balance just about exactly right for a concealed carry weapon: a pistol with similar overall dimensions to a Walther PP, but capable of firing 9mm +P rounds, with a single column magazine holding 8 rounds, and a barrel length basically the same as a full-size Glock 17, and which one could carry with the shorter magazine, without the grip extension, when more concealability is called for.

StrikeFire83
October 1, 2012, 11:54 PM
I've heard those same words "solution to a problem that doesn't exist" used to describe traditional DA autos, DA only autos, piston AR's, etc. -- the list is endless. Just because some people are happy with existing tools doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.
Honestly, I don't see improvement. I see difference. Different doesn't mean better. I see this gun as the Wankel rotary engine of the gun world: Something that is more complicated than what came before which offers few benefits at significant additional cost and complexity.

Name a brand new gun without them. All new designs have bugs to be worked out. ... why do you somehow expect it to be any different from a small company just starting up and introducing its first product?
I don't expect anything to be different, I just don't want to pay over $1,000 to be a beta tester. If you do, more power to ya. Free market and all that jazz.

I don't think it's a good thing to discourage someone who comes along with something truly different and innovative.
I'm not discouraging anything. Look at my posts. I'm really rooting for Arnie and hope his idea and company succeed. But I'm not a fanboy or a true believer. The Boberg XR9-S costs almost as much as two and a half Kahr CM9's and, frankly, can't do ANYTHING better than the Kahr. The only reasons to buy a Boberg right now: 1) It's interesting. 2) It's exclusive. I'm not telling anybody how to spend their money...I'm not a Democrat. I've purchased things for those reasons myself. But until/unless Arnie can address the reliability/cost/benefit issues with his design, these guns will remain nothing more than a mail order curiosity.

Billy Shears
October 2, 2012, 12:10 AM
Honestly, I don't see improvement. I see difference. Different doesn't mean better. I see this gun as the Wankel rotary engine of the gun world: Something that is more complicated than what came before which offers few benefits at significant additional cost and complexity.
Actually, the Wankel is a lot simpler than a piston engine, with far fewer moving parts (no valves or complex valve trains; no connecting rods or crankshaft, etc.; plus the elimination of reciprocating mass means less vibration [with attendant wear and tear], smoother flow of power, and a much higher power-to-weight ratio -- the reason they haven't caught on is the design has an inherently less efficient shape for the combustion chamber, which results in more unburned fuel, leading to less than ideal fuel economy, and makes it harder to make Wankel engines comply with emissions regulations.). And a lot of the additional cost of the Boberg is simply a matter of its being new and low volume in production, not to any inherent complexity of the design. If Boberg can establish his company well enough to greatly increase production, economy of scale will kick in, and per-unit cost will go down.

I don't expect anything to be different, I just don't want to pay over $1,000 to be a beta tester. If you do, more power to ya. Free market and all that jazz.
Somebody's got to do it, if he's to establish a toehold in the marketplace. But in point of fact, I didn't, when the initial pistol became the shorty version. I'm holding out for the original concept with the longer barrel.

I'm not discouraging anything. Look at my posts. I'm really rooting for Arnie and hope his idea and company succeed.
You'll have to excuse me, but it doesn't sound at all that way when you dismiss the gun as "all sizzle and no steak."

But I'm not a fanboy or a true believer. The Boberg XR9-S costs almost as much as two and a half Kahr CM9's and, frankly, can't do ANYTHING better than the Kahr.
It can if he can get it to run reliably. The last Kahr I bought could not be made to run right after two trips back to the factory, and the local gun shop where I live has stopped carrying them, they've had so many complaints from owners with the same problems.

The only reasons to buy a Boberg right now: 1) It's interesting. 2) It's exclusive.
I sort of agree about the XR9-S. I disagree about the XR9-L, for reasons I explained in my last post.

I'm not telling anybody how to spend their money...I'm not a Democrat. I've purchased things for those reasons myself. But until/unless Arnie can address the reliability/cost/benefit issues with his design, these guns will remain nothing more than a mail order curiosity.
Give him the time to do it before dismissing his product as a non-starter. With a brand new design, do radically different from other pistols, it was inevitable that there would be bugs. From all I've heard, he's bending over backward to offer good customer service and address any issues with pistols he's already sold. That bodes well, and should help him zero in on whatever bugs remain in the design, and eliminate them in subsequent production.

StrikeFire83
October 2, 2012, 12:19 AM
Well, I hope you're right. I hope his business grows and flourishes and that he eventually releases the XR9-L and that you buy one and enjoy it. Another American gun company making firearms right here in the USA is a good thing.

However, I can't agree with you about Kahr. My PM9 was excellent. 3K rounds with only 1 malfunction within the "break in" period.

OcelotZ3
October 2, 2012, 12:39 AM
I wanted the longer version but got on the list for the shorter version.

I'm very glad I did.

The gun is very different, very nice to shoot, interesting, and small. It's more than I thought it would be, and it was <$1000 (contrary to what was said in a previous posting).

I'll be buying the full size version when it becomes available.

Friends who have shot it say the same thing. Not a bad thing to say so far.

k_dawg
October 2, 2012, 06:35 PM
Actually, the Wankel is a lot simpler than a piston engine, with far fewer moving parts (no valves or complex valve trains; no connecting rods or crankshaft, etc.; plus the elimination of reciprocating mass means less vibration [with attendant wear and tear], smoother flow of power, and a much higher power-to-weight ratio -- the reason they haven't caught on is the design has an inherently less efficient shape for the combustion chamber, which results in more unburned fuel, leading to less than ideal fuel economy, and makes it harder to make Wankel engines comply with emissions regulations.).

The real reason was the reliability was terrible. The material science for sealing of the 'pistol' simply is not there.

StrikeFire83
October 2, 2012, 07:24 PM
^Yup. Terrible reliability + lower gas mileage was what I was referencing.

The XR9-S doesn't seem to have "terrible" reliability, but given the feedback on Arnie's own website its reliability is highly questionable at this point.

LightningMan
October 7, 2012, 09:15 PM
I wanted to update some new test results with factory ammunition, and add some info for some comparision to a full size pistol. So here's what I posted in the original post results of the PM9 vs XR9-S;
Kahr PM9
1). 909 fps.
2). 886 fps.
3). 916 fps.
4). 903 fps.
5). 887 fps.
6). 902 fps.
7). 914 fps.
8). 927 fps.
9). 869 fps.
10). 903 fps.
Average; 901.6 fps.
Boberg XR9-S
1). 944 fps.
2). 968 fps.
3). 954 fps.
4). 971 fps.
5). 995 fps.
6). 918 fps.
7). 969 fps.
8). 919 fps.
9). 965 fps.
10). 935 fps.
Average; 953.8 fps.
Difference of 52.2 fps.
Now using some of the same ammunition used in the original test and shooting it out of my SIG P226 9mm. (see original post for load data)
1). 1020 fps.
2). 1024 fps.
3). 996 fps.
4). 1021 fps.
5). 1018 fps.
6). 1025 fps.
7). 1018 fps.
8). 1041 fps.
9). 1004 fps.
10). 1013 fps.
SIG Average velocity 1018 fps.
Kahr Average was 901.6 fps.
XR9-S Average was 953.8 fps.
Now for the Factory Speer 124gr. GoldDot's +P ammo.
For this test I only had 25 rds. so only 5 rds were fired in the P226 to use for comparision.
SIG 226
1). 1183 fps.
2). 1232 fps.
3). 1204 fps.
4). 1193 fps.
5). 1211 fps.
Average velocity; 1204.6 fps.
Kahr PM9
1). 1126 fps.
2). 1132 fps.
3). 1123 fps.
4). 1125 fps.
5). 1120 fps.
6). 1110 fps.
7). 1104 fps.
8). 1111 fps.
9). 1126 fps.
10). 1110 fps.
Average velocity; 1118.7 fps.
XR9-S
1). 1144 fps.
2). 1162 fps.
3). 1184 fps.
4). 1123 fps.
5). 1142 fps.
6). 1168 fps.
7). 1145 fps.
8). 1136 fps.
9). 1149 fps.
10). 1169 fps.
Average velocity; 1152.2 fps.
Difference between PM9 & XR9-S only 33.5 fps. and a difference of 52.4 fps. between the XR9-S and SIG P226.

hardluk1
October 8, 2012, 01:11 PM
I have a cm9 and my carry ammo is a 124gr GD from georgia arms with a advertised 1200fps. From my cm9 it does run allong at 1142fps average. Little better than speer advertise's. Wonder how Underwoods 124gr +P would do. Notice how the difference in velocity was tighter with the pm9 than the xr9

LightningMan
October 8, 2012, 06:57 PM
hardluk1, I should note that the Speer ammunition was some older stuff I had, and not some of that new ammo made for short barrels. So I should get a little more velocity out of both the PM9 & XR9-S with that new stuff. So far have not seen it on my gun stores shelfs yet. LM

outerlimit
October 8, 2012, 08:46 PM
I have followed the Boberg for awhile now and expected a much larger difference in velocity. I'll keep my Kahrs.

Boberg is a very nice gun, but just doesn't seen worth the 10 to 30fps tradeoff, you just don't have that piece of mind thinking of bullet separation. It's enough hoping the next bullet chambers and fires.

I understand the Boberg comes with 7rd mags, is this correct? Maybe Boberg could eventually offer an extended one. Or does the Boberg have a heel release I forget? That offers advantages and disadvantages IMO.

LightningMan
October 8, 2012, 10:16 PM
outerlimit, Yes they come with 7rd mags. BTW I would agree with; is the velocity difference worth it, and it's probably not. I would say the original increase in velocity is based on the longer barreled version of the XR-9, which I believe was said to be 100 fps faster than similar sized pistols. I agree about your other point about bullet seperation, this is an issue with ammunition, as most manufacturers worry about setback, but probably don't consider seperation could even happen. I know while testing the GoldDots I had a few come apart on me, so I too would be concerned about what ammo to use for carry. My best advise to anyone wanting to use the XR9-S for CCW would be test your ammunition, and it may be worth while (if you reload) to put a little extra crimp on your factory carry ammo and function test it again. As of yet, other than reloaded plated ammo, I have not had bullet seperation with any lead or jacketed reloads. LM

alienbogey
October 9, 2012, 08:39 PM
Just to ballpark the muzzle energy difference, I took the average 50fps increase in muzzle velocity of the Boberg per the OP, assumed a 124 grain bullet, which is common for 9mm. Then I saw that the Kahr might average around 900fps in his chart, so I assumed 950 for the Boberg.

900 fps for 124 grain bullet ==> 223 ft# muzzle energy Kahr

950 fps for 124 grain bullet ==> 248 ft# muzzle energy Boberg

So, continuing to approximate, the XR-9S offers about 11% additional muzzle energy for a given ammunition versus the tested Kahr.

Whether that additional energy is worth it to you when considering the relative advantages and disadvantages of each is up to you.

I have a Boberg, and I've never fired a Kahr, but I've never had ammo separation issued with factory, and once I tightened the crimp on my reloads I've had no further problems.

Another Boberg advantage is that I perceive much lower than expected recoil for a 9mmm that size. It is much more pleasant to shoot than my Ruger LCP .380, for example.

LightningMan
October 9, 2012, 11:33 PM
alienbogey quote; I have a Boberg, and I've never fired a Kahr, but I've never had ammo separation issued with factory, and once I tightened the crimp on my reloads I've had no further problems.
While I see you haven't had this happen on factory ammo, I did, and couldn't believe it. FWIW, One test anyone can try to make sure their reloads are not going to have seperation is to first of all, use a set of calipers and check the OAL of rounds to be used. Then load and fire the first round, then instead of firing the next, remove the mag, and eject the chambered round, then check to see if that round is any longer than before. If so, your crimp is not holding the bullet secure enough, and after adjusting the crimp, repeat this process till it doesn't get longer. I noticed this problem on some of my first reloads I used in my XR9-S. LM

k_dawg
October 10, 2012, 05:44 PM
alienbogey quote; I have a Boberg, and I've never fired a Kahr, but I've never had ammo separation issued with factory, and once I tightened the crimp on my reloads I've had no further problems.
While I see you haven't had this happen on factory ammo, I did, and couldn't believe it. FWIW, One test anyone can try to make sure their reloads are not going to have seperation is to first of all, use a set of calipers and check the OAL of rounds to be used. Then load and fire the first round, then instead of firing the next, remove the mag, and eject the chambered round, then check to see if that round is any longer than before. If so, your crimp is not holding the bullet secure enough, and after adjusting the crimp, repeat this process till it doesn't get longer. I noticed this problem on some of my first reloads I used in my XR9-S. LM

I just can not see relying on a pistol for self defense, that requires such an effort on the ammunition.

Billy Shears
October 10, 2012, 09:26 PM
The XR9-L, which will have the longer barrel and slide, should cure that problem I hope. The current version, which has a shorter barrel and slide than the original design, opens very abruptly thanks to the abbreviated slide having less inertia. It's not the only subcompact auto firing a full power cartridge with reliability issues. Not by a long shot.

outerlimit
October 13, 2012, 10:24 PM
I haven't chrono'd any ammo out of a micro Kahr in many years, but I seem to recall the 124gr. ammo traveling at a speed of more like 1030fps-1080fps, not 900fps.

It usually travels out of service sized pistols at 1160-1250fps.

This is with +P or NATO ammo though. Next time I am at the range, hopefully soon, I would like to chronograph some out of a Kahr again.

That 900fps number seems weak even for standard pressure 124gr. 9x19mm

LightningMan
October 13, 2012, 11:13 PM
outerlimit those first set of test results were my own reloaded ammunition, they were ment to be a target loads. Thats why the such lower velocity readings. As you can see by the gold dot readings, they are much hotter. LM

cpileri
October 14, 2012, 04:38 PM
Isnt the whole point of the Boberg that it is a "small subcompact"; even smaller than the Glock 26?

Obviously comparing one barrel length to another for velocity is not going to give suprising results, for the most part.

But the purpose of the Boberg is that it gives a longer (not long, longER) barrel in a shorter pistol.

So to be fair, wouldnt it be preferable to compare the Boberg -S to a smiliarly small pistol, regardless of barrel length? or maybe to the closest in size up and down: example compare the Boberg -S to the glock 26 and to the Ruger LC9.

One would then be comparing velocity-per-package-size. If that's what one is looking for.

Now, if they werent so darn expensive.

C-

IndyBanjo
November 16, 2012, 02:51 PM
Boberg XR-9 unreliable? Not in my experience with well over 1,000 rounds through mine. It simply has a more limited range of ammo you can use -- but if you stick with recommended ammo it is dead reliable. Another factor not discussed -- ignoring size and barrel length and purely measurable criteria -- what I like about the XR-9 is that it has minimal muzzle flip even with the +P (I use Winchester 124 grain PDX1 +P). This is because the "activity" occurs farther back into your hand. I had a DB9 and it really was horrible to shoot, I shot a Kahr and it is pretty bad although it's weight helps. But the Boberg shoots like a dream -- fast followup shots are easy, and it carries 7+1 which is one better than most of the mouse guns. Also, although the size difference seems little -- in practice I fine the Boberg more easily concealable in a PDA style case made for the small .380 pistols. I don't think the fps is the best reason to carry the Boberg, it is how well it shoots. You have to go to more medium framed conventional guns to reduce muzzle flip that much. And that may be an individual thing. I have very small hands and I am small in general. Some people like that little DB9 and I flat out hated it -- probably could not hit a barn wall from inside the barn. I have gotten almost as good with the Boberg as with a compact Glock G27 at 15 or less yards.

hardluk1
November 17, 2012, 09:35 AM
Humm, almost as good as a g27. Maybe its a good thing your glock is not a 9mm version. Same barrel lenght and your glock is in 40 cal. with more recoil?? And your almost as good!! Atleast with my kahrs, no, any of my centerfire firearms, they will cycle anything I feed them. Some of us also feel the recoil is not better or worse as long as you compare pistols in the same weight class. Concedering the boberg as as heavy as a cw9 or sheild or nano that sorta is not a fair comparison to the cm/pm kahrs , DB9, kt or others that simply are smaller and lighter. Personaly for me if the db9 is completely reliable or should i say as reliable as a boberg i have no problem with one as a cc pistol. When weight is under 11oz the darn thing should have a heavier amount of recoil. What did you expect fro yours. I look at a guy that buys a boberg like a guys tha would buy a wilson 1911 . Is it really better than than a glock or m&p or even a springfield 1911 or ruger 1911 or a les baer. Just different and costlier. Just another option for a few.

Anyhow you like your boberg, great!!

hardluk1
November 17, 2012, 02:45 PM
I have handled one and shot it. I look at them like a wilson 1911. Kinda cool i guess, just dose nothing better than some pistol that cost way less money.

hardluk1
November 17, 2012, 02:47 PM
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Rembrandt
November 17, 2012, 04:42 PM
Had mine for about a month....still in awe at the fit, finish, and quality. Been using the recommended ammo list with flawless results. Thanks Lightningman for the detailed chrono testing, have enjoyed reading this thread very much.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/Rembrandt51/Firearms/003.jpg

HankB
November 21, 2012, 11:10 PM
Folks who think ammo separations with some brands of ammo are unique to the Boberg haven't shot scandium .357s very much. ;)

5% velocity gain from the same size package with the same ammo may not be hugely significant, but it's better than a 5% loss.

The Boberg is rated for +P, right? Not all pocket 9s are. If comparing it, head-to-head, with a similar sized pistol, I think it's fine to use the best ammo each pistol is rated for.

If the Boberg actually works, that puts it miles ahead of the Kahr P9 (or is it POS9?) that both Kahr and I struggled - unsuccessfully - to get working.

I think Arne has produced an innovative pistol, and I wish him well.

kokapelli
November 22, 2012, 04:33 PM
Thanks lightningman, very informative.

I have been watching threads on this pistol and after seeing your tests see no reason to replace my flawless PM9 with a marginally more effective pistol that still needs to be proven.

hardluk1
November 22, 2012, 05:52 PM
hankb kahr is +P rated. My cw9 came from a guy that could not get it to run too. Great pistol for me. So good infact I bought a cm9 to go with it. To each there own. also had a pf-9 thats was reliable as anyone could ask for. Just not fun to shot.

wow6599
November 22, 2012, 08:37 PM
If the Boberg actually works, that puts it miles ahead of the Kahr P9 (or is it POS9?)

Not sure about the P9 (or POS9), but my PM9 has been outstanding, and for nearly half the price of the Boberg. YMMV.

kokapelli
November 23, 2012, 07:20 PM
hankb kahr is +P rated ? What?
Yes and my K9 is +P+ rated.

Highland Ranger
April 20, 2013, 06:34 PM
Isnt the Boberg now +P+ rated?

From what I read of the marketing, I think the statement is more power from a smaller gun.

So a practical comparison would be max load for each respective gun because that'd be what you'd carry.

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