Buckle your seatbelts, we're taking the time machine to 1995 to look at a Wonder-Nine

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Miami_JBT, Nov 22, 2020.

  1. jrmiddleton425

    jrmiddleton425 Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    Hmm...I seem to have fallen off your time machine in the fine city of České Budějovice. I believe I will indulge in a real Budweiser beer, take the train to Prague, and arrange to have a CZ-75 imported. They were nearly unobtainable in America before 1993-94.
    jdh likes this.
  2. Miami_JBT

    Miami_JBT Member

    May 19, 2009
    Big Bend of FL, originally from Miami.
    Wonder-Nine was term the gun rags created in the early 80s to describe the double stack DA/SA 9mms hitting the market. The Beretta, Taurus, Sig, HK, S&W, Ruger, etc...
    Reinz and Alex Clayton like this.
  3. Alex Clayton

    Alex Clayton Member

    Jun 25, 2020
    When young I had tried a few of the high cap 9s. Never were my thing as I was already a die hard 1911 fanboy. When I met the Current Wife that changed. When the great Clinton ban was going in I wanted one double stack just to have it. Bought a Ruger P89. Butt ugly it seemed to me at the time. Wife who is VERY recoil sensitive would shoot it though, even with +P ammo. After it proved it's self to be willing to just work, no matter what, even with ultra cheap (USA) mags in 15 and 20 round that were on sale for a while. It started to look not so ugly to me. Was Wife's "house pistol" for a very long time. Finally upgraded her to a Ruger American she liked. Still take that old Ruger to the range now and then and it still impresses me for what I paid for the damn thing back then :D
    That "P series trigger" even grew on me over time. Seemed really weird at first and I did not like it but soon got used to it enough that I don't even notice it any more.
    sparkyfender likes this.
  4. hemiram

    hemiram Member

    Dec 29, 2006
    Toledo, Ohio
    I bought a Beretta 92 for my 5th gun, I think, after the awful Taurus 83, the Dan Wesson 15-2 that replaced the Taurus, an S&W 28-2, a Browning BDA 380, and then the 92. It was mid 1979, I guess, but I'm terrible on when stuff happened, but it had to be that because I started carrying it at work a few days after I got it, so that made it at least July of '79. I loved it, and was sorry to have to sell it in 1983, when I needed money for other stuff. I've had two more 92FS's, but right now, I only have it's Brazilian cousin, a Taurus PT-92, which is close enough, and I can't really tell the difference while I'm shooting it. I want another 92FS though, the last one I had has been gone 7 years and I miss just looking at the custom grips and grip screws I put on it.
  5. jdh

    jdh Member

    Jan 5, 2008

    Mine is dated 90 and carries no import marks. The story is it was purchased in a Rod and Gun Club in Germany by an GI and imported on a blue (ATF-6) form.
  6. MistWolf

    MistWolf Member

    Aug 17, 2005
    "Wonder Nine" is a phrase coined to describe hammer fired pistols that combined a DA/SA trigger with a double stack magazine, chambered for (of course) the 9x19mm. The first "Wonder Nine" was the Smith & Wesson Model 59. It was used by several police departments.

    By the time 1995 rolled around, hollow points in Colt 1911s weren't much of a problem and the major gun magazines used color photos almost exclusively. I remember weight of duty handguns being a major topic of discussion in print going back to the 70s. Likely it was being discussed long before that.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2020
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice