Boberg XR9-S

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by IMTHDUKE, Sep 21, 2012.

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  1. IMTHDUKE

    IMTHDUKE Member

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    Anyone actually have one of these? Anyone fired one? Anyone seen one? Pricy but looks unique design.
     
  2. VA27

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    Nope, nope and nope. But there are some vids on youtube and Mr. Boberg is a member here. A search should turn up some threads on it. I like the look of it, but I haven't pulled the trigger (so to speak) on one yet.
     
  3. gbelleh

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    I handled one at a gun show. It was very nicely made, and very small. A unique and interesting mechanism. I'm currently on the waiting list for one.
     
  4. OcelotZ3

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    I've had mine for quite a while now and it's a great gun. I really love the design and Arne really stands behind his product.

    I still need to buy a holster for it though...
     
  5. LightningMan

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    I started a thread a couple days ago, that I had just got mine on Tuesday the 19th, and today I got the chance to shoot it for the first time. So before giving my range report you must understand that it is NOT recommended to use Wal-Mart Federal (red box) ammo, as it uses plated bullets not jacketed. The reason I got was; they may not have enough crimp to hold the bullet in the case. Now for my report; I shot 50 rds of my own ammo which used 124 gr. Berry's plated bullets, over 4.3 grs. of Win 231, of those I had one round come apart. (Probably not enough crimp) Other than that the pistol shot flawless, easy on the recoil, and if I did my part I could keep my hits in the black at 10 yards. The trigger is long but smooth, and must return nearly all the way forward to reset. So it takes a little getting used to. I also shot a box of factory Cor-Bon 90 gr. JHP +P rounds rated to be 1500 fps. (don't believe you will get that out of a short barreled pistol) These shot just fine, no hick-ups, and while these rounds sounded like they had a lot of bark, they didn't have much bite, as the pistol tamed the recoil just fine. So far I am really pleased with this little pistol, and will add to this report when I get more range time. I think I'm going to try some 125 gr. lead round nose ammo next time, and I've got a box of 124 gr. JHP Federal Hydra-Shok's I'm going to try. LM
     
  6. DAdams

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    I have two Platinum Edition XR9-S. Took about 8 months to make it through the queue for an opportunity to purchase. I like the ergonomics and with the design barrel length and in conjunction with Plus P it makes for strong performance stats for a 9mm that is dimensionally and weight wise similar to a PM9. I don't envision it as a pocket pistol for me, it's too heavy.

    I have been trial IWB carrying it around the house in a Remora holster. I have not had them to the range yet. It takes substantial time before I carry something therefore it will take awhile before the Boberg qualifies for PD carry.

    I bought a box of 50 Hornady Critical Defense 135gr Plus P to put through it. Modern handgun modern ammunition. I have an inventory of three other Plus I'm going to get it qualified with..or not.
    I am making this my 8 round plus P 9mm carry if it works out.

    I spoke with Arne Boberg for awhile prior to purchasing.
    He's doing a good customer service job right now.

    http://www.bobergarms.com/

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    To provide a size/scale reference:

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    Boberg in Remora IWB compared to Seecamp .380 in a DeSantis Nemesis

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    J Frame with 305 Grip

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    PM9 with CT Laser and Pearce Grip

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  8. IMTHDUKE

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    Great post and great info....I have R9....it does not have +P capablity, so am looking at the Boberg.

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  9. TAKtical

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    Man that is one ugly mother. Very interesting internals though.
     
  10. Mr.Revolverguy

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    Here is a range review

    Boberg Range Review
     
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    Wow. So these little pistols are finally starting to trickle down. It seemed like it was never going to happen a couple years ago but now we have people who actually have them in their hands. I've been pretty happy with my Kahr, but I might switch it up if I find one and feel the cost is worth it.
     
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    Another range report; As stated earlier I tried some loads using 125 RNL bullets loaded over 5.6 grs. AA#5. First though, I shot a box of Fed. 124 gr. Hydra-Shoks without any issues. Then out of 50 rds. of the RNL's I had one that would not chamber (out of spec, I'm sure) These loads were loaded a while ago when I was not using a factory size/crimp die. Otherwise the gun ran flawless. As accuracy go's: I didn't have as good of groups with the Hydra-Shoks as the previous ammo shot, but my 125 RNL's grouped as good as any ammo I tried in my earlier post. Can't say why, could have been me or maybe it was the ammo. So far I really enjoy shooting this little pistol. I showed this pistol to a couple of guys at the range which I have shot IDPA with, and they really liked it. One said; "its got a cool factor to it, and that would only be cooler if it were his"" the other said; Someone was really thinking outside the box when they designed it" Anyway I will try and report anything worth while when needed. LM
     
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    TACtical:

    I'm prejudiced (as I have one), but I think the Onyx version of the XR9-S has a better "look" to it than the other models.

    I'm sure owners of the other models will disagree, but I've always preferred a black (or dark) pistol for any of my concealed carry choices.

    Truthfully, the qualities of the Boberg XR9-S are more in "performance" than appearance. :D

    I like mine.

    Best Wishes,

    Jesse
     
  14. OcelotZ3

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    Yup, great in performance. One of the best 9mm's I've ever shot, and especially for a small compact one.
     
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    I haven't shot one but I am on the list. But I am pretty far down on the list. Looks innovative and I want one. :)
     
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    It seems like it would help to keep muzzle flip to a minimum. Most pistols want to pivot off of the web of you palm, I think moving the chamber back would lock it in to your hand better and as long as you can keep your wrist straight it would prevent any muzzle flip. I like the idea. Has there ever been any talk of a .45 version? That might diminish the compactness of it but some people just prefer .45s.
     
  17. PabloJ

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    I would rather have that too. The parts schematic for Boberg is almost as scary as that of Italian Rhino revolver.
     
  18. LightningMan

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    FWIW, I don't know if it has been mentioned yet, but compared to my PM9 & my DiamondBack DB9, the Boberg XR9-S is easier to rack the slide. This might be a consideration to some with limited strength. LM
     
  19. DAdams

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    I had both an Onyx and Platinum on order. Arne Boberg talked me out of the Onyx.
     
  20. Pilot

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    Why? Is it not as good as the other ones?
     
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    I'm about 3-to-4 months out on the waiting list......can't wait!
     
  22. TennJed

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    Honestly suprised the PM9 looks pretty close in size
     
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    Kansas Sasquatch (and others),

    Check out www.bobergarms.com. The designer/owner has a discussion going on a version in 45 GAP. The shorter length of 45 GAP vs. 45 ACP will allow a less extensive redesign apparently. Check out the discussion for all the details.

    There also is a more conventional looking design the XR9L, with an even longer barrel. It has the same operating system but with a barrel that protrudes beyond the trigger guard. With the chamber close to the rear of the gun this gives quite a long barrel in a still compact (but not Uber-compact) design. I don't know where this one stands.

    Interesting stuff. It is good to see innovation. Best of luck.

    Dan
     
  24. DAdams

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    Two items. At the time the vendor doing the coating apparently was backed up and it was affecting delivery by a few weeks. The deal breaker for me was that apparently the finish was a little rough on the contact parts and causing some "fail to" so there was a "wear in" of some number of rounds.

    I went through that with a Kahr PM9 and a break in or wear in can cost substantial money, especially if it has to happen more than once. 400 rounds in the case of the Kahr.

    I took a pass on the Onyx. YMMV.
     
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    Thanks Dadams. Good info.
     
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