Alfa Proj 9mm revolver and Springfield XD9 Range Reports

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I bought both of these in the past couple of months. I think I posted about them before I shot them, or before I shot them much. Here are quick range reports, in case either handgun might be of interest to you:

Alfa Proj AL9 - I wanted an inexpensive medium-framed 9mm revolver to practice with. It was $443 OTD. It's made in the Czech Republic. RIA is importing them. It has a 3" barrel. The adjustable sights are a bit tall and narrow. The black rubbery grips seem medium-sized, but somehow I can cram my pinky onto them, which is rare for my XXL hands. I wasn't impressed by the finish or trigger. It fits in a S&W k-frame holster just fine.

I've shot about 150 rounds through it now, over the course of three range trips. My friend did some of the shooting. It went bang every time. The moonclips work fine. The empties come out easily, so I didn't use the moonclips much. I got used to the sights easily. The SA trigger is pretty decent. The DA trigger is awfully stiff, but my friend shot a couple of cylinders of nice DA groups with it, so I guess I need to practice harder. The finish isn't as bad as I originally thought. The barrel color doesn't match the frame color exactly, but I haven't managed to scratch it yet.

The AL9 seems okay. On the one hand, it's uglier and has a worse trigger than a medium-framed Taurus. On the other hand, the alternative is a S&W that would be about $1,100 OTD. It's already okay for SA practice. I'm going to experiment with mainsprings. If I can find a substitute mainspring that gives the AL9 a decent DA trigger, it will be fine for any kind of plinking or practice.

Springfield XD9 - It's a double-stack 9mm pistol, smaller than a "compact" but larger than a "micro". It's striker-fired, has a polymer frame, and a ten-round magazine. There's no manual safety; it has a grip safety. I got it used for $277 OTD.

I've shot about 150 rounds through it now, over the course of three range trips. My friend did some of the shooting. It went bang every time. The ergos are good for both of us. The sights are good for both of us. We both liked the trigger a LOT. It's light and crisp and excellent. We both shot it very well. Shooting them back-to-back, I didn't shoot my 9mm 1911 a lot better.

I'm extremely pleased with this pistol. They're also available as single stacks, and full-sized, in 9mm, 40, and 45acp (IIRC). I'm guessing that the used ones are super cheap right now because they seem a little outdated and may be replaced soon? If you want an inexpensive service pistol with a nice trigger, you might consider looking at one. :)


 
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I've had nothing but good luck with XD pistols. They've always been reliable for me.
I haven't seen the revolvers in any store around here. Do you have to use the moonclips with them? Also, how is the felt recoil compared to say a similar sized 38spl.?
 
I'd much rather have the Alpha-proj's then the budget revolver lines my store is offering. But I like my job, so I shut the HECK up! ( always wanted to try one out) The Smith bias is strong in my market area and buyers.
 
I've had nothing but good luck with XD pistols. They've always been reliable for me.
I haven't seen the revolvers in any store around here. Do you have to use the moonclips with them? Also, how is the felt recoil compared to say a similar sized 38spl.?

My FiL had a nice full-sized XD. I remember liking it. Haven't heard anything negative about them that I can recall.

I bought the Alpha Proj on Gunbroker. It comes with a few moonclips, and it was easy to buy more, but you don't need them. It fires fine without them, and the empties mostly just fall out if you point the barrel up and tap the butt.

I have several 9mm revolvers. The recoil is more than 38 special, but it matters less in the larger revolvers. In a steel medium-framed revolver like the Alpha. you can tell the difference, but that's about it.
 
I have Alfa Steel revolver but in .38/357 (A.S.3541) with 4 inch barrel. Very reliable gun, very accurate. I’m using coated 158gr SWC in 357 cases and 148gr LOS HBWC.
 
Doesn't seem the Alfa Proj revolvers live up to the hype that was swirling when Armscor announced they were importing them. For the 9mm, I'd just as soon get the Taurus with the .357 spare cylinder.
 
Doesn't seem the Alfa Proj revolvers live up to the hype that was swirling when Armscor announced they were importing them. For the 9mm, I'd just as soon get the Taurus with the .357 spare cylinder.
I had a the 22lr/22mag version of the Taurus convertible. It was nicer than the Alfa Proj. The Alfa Proj goes bang and the trigger is improving with use, but it's pretty basic.
 
I've been kind of wondering about that Alfa Project revolver. Thanks for the review.

My friend's grandson (from California) has been over to my house to shoot a couple times now. He just got a CCW license for California and mentioned buying and liking an XD compact 9mm. I tried to get him to into a Glock but he said they were way too expensive in CA, even used.

I have an XDM 10mm that's a nice shooter.
 
I have the Alfa Proj (Armscor) as well. Haven't shot it much at all, but it seems to be pretty decent. I definitely paid too much for mine (gun show purchase), but at the time the show price was $100 lower than I could find it anywhere else.
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LGS is running one of Springfield's Gear Up Specials for the XD-9 incl. range bag and a total of 5 mags for $530. Have an XD-45 and no gripes whatsoever. Need to shoot it again and may have to take a look at the 9mm.
 
LGS is running one of Springfield's Gear Up Specials for the XD-9 incl. range bag and a total of 5 mags for $530. Have an XD-45 and no gripes whatsoever. Need to shoot it again and may have to take a look at the 9mm.

I liked them so much at the current prices that I bought a 9, 40, and 45.

All three are suitable for SD.

The 9 is especially nice for range practice.
 
I had a the 22lr/22mag version of the Taurus convertible. It was nicer than the Alfa Proj. The Alfa Proj goes bang and the trigger is improving with use, but it's pretty basic.
Any notion of what the innards are, mechanically? S&W-like, or Taurus, or something else?
A revo burning 9mm ammo makes perfect sense, especially a mid-sized one. Nines can be surprisingly rappy in a really small handguns.
Moon
 
Any notion of what the innards are, mechanically? S&W-like, or Taurus, or something else?
A revo burning 9mm ammo makes perfect sense, especially a mid-sized one. Nines can be surprisingly rappy in a really small handguns.
Moon

A board member made a thread that has pictures:

 
A board member made a thread that has pictures:

Thanks, Tallball. Still not sure what does what, but the works look nicely made.
Moon
 
Thanks Tallball! I was going to add some pics for the op, so thank you for posting that link. Mine is still going strong, and has turned into one of our favorites for "wheelgun Wednesday" at the range.
 
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