Keltec PF9 Trigger Job


February 15, 2013, 07:36 PM
I did a quick search and didn't see a thread addressing this. I have a friend with a PF9 (yes it really is a friend and not me) and he wants to lighten the trigger pull a tad. I refered him to a local gunsmith that I believe in. The smith told my friend he has performed 3 trigger jobs on similar Keltecs and ended up with light primer strikes. He says he won't attempt another.

My friend consulted a smith he knows and the guy claims no problem, does them all the time without a hitch.

Which smith is most likely telling the truth?

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Walt Sherrill
February 15, 2013, 08:00 PM
There's no reason to think that either 'smith is being untruthful. Some folks have a knack and experience with some types of guns, and others do better with a range of different guns.

There are a couple of websites dedicated to Kel-Tecs, and you ought to see what they have to say. Here's a good place to start -- you might be able to do something, yourself.

I have a PF9 (and a number of much finer weapons) and I don't find the PF9 trigger to be particularly bad or heavy. It is NOT a target pistol, and I don't shoot it for the fun of it. It's a carry weapon, and I shoot it periodically to convince myself that it's working properly and that I can hit the broad side of a barn with it. If I want to shoot for fun, I shoot other guns.

February 15, 2013, 08:48 PM
I'm a PF9 owner too, and I only have one complaint about the gun... that long trigger pull. Not really heavy, just long. IMO, there's no fixing it... reliably.

There are a few discussions on this at KTOG. Don't expect miracles. The PF9 ain't a Glock.

February 16, 2013, 06:36 AM
I'll check out the Keltec site. Thanks for the suggestion. I agree on the "need" for the trigger job, just gathering info for a friend. He is supposedly tweaking it for his wife to carry. I told him to leave it as is or look at a different gun like maybe a Kahr but people will do what people will do. And you are correct, sort of, the Keltec trigger is nothing like a Springfield XD triggger. :D

February 17, 2013, 04:39 PM
The gunsmith at my range won't do trigger jobs on the kel-Tec. He says for reliability and safety reasons.

February 17, 2013, 04:45 PM
Which smith is most likely telling the truth? Smith #1.

Kel-Tec hammer spring strength is already as light as it has to be to be reliable with all brands of primers after a few hundred rounds.

You can lighten it now, and get mis-fires later if you want too I guess?

It is what it is and will get lighter after it is shot a while.
And your finger will get stronger.


Walt Sherrill
February 17, 2013, 06:18 PM
There are some other options, including a METAL Trigger, which seems to improve things a bit, as well as ways of polishing parts internally. I almost ordered one of the triggers for mine, and may still do that, one of these days.

The only reason I haven't is that it goes BANG when I pull the trigger, and I can practice with it as it is, and I'm not interested into making it a "fun gun" for range play. It does what it should, when it should, and that may just be enough.

February 17, 2013, 09:48 PM
rc is exactly right. There is a fix some have tried and it's explained on the Kel-Tec forum. I tried it on a P11 a few years back and it caused light strikes and unreliable performance.

Travel is dictated by the sear cam and the weight by the spring travel. Only real solution is to get used to it. If it's really called into duty, the adrenalin rush will surely overcome both.

I've had a few Kel-Tecs and like them, but eventually moved to Kahr when I stashed a few $$ away.

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