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Just picked up a Rohrbaugh R9

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by C0untZer0, Dec 30, 2012.

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  1. groundhog34

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    I actually HAVE a Rohrbaugh R9 and have shot it quite a bit. It is without doubt extremely well made and reliable. Accuracy is acceptably for a tiny gun. It is NOT a range gun but designed to drop it in a pocket. It is not designed to shoot +P but with such a short barrel they would not be particularly faster than regular 9mm. The recoil springs need to be changed after 200 or 250 rounds. If you have one get an extra pin the cost is $5.00. Is it worth $1000.00, that depends on how many $1000.00 you have.
     
  2. C0untZer0

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    I shot another 50 rounds. I fired a mix of Winchester 147gr PDX1, 147gr Ranger T - RA9T, 147gr Gold Dots, 124gr Blazzer Brass, 147gr Bonded Golden Sabre, and 124gr Lawman TMJ.

    I had 2 failure to ignite out of 7 Golden Sabres. I noticed on the cases that did fire - I had very shallow indentations on the primers.

    The top left two are Winchester Ranger T and Speer Gold Dot, the bottom left is a Golden Sabre that fired and you can see the primer is barely nicked, although I was watching a video on YouTube where an LC9 user had a similar problem with sabres and he thinks the primers are deforming after firing and the mark is not the firing pin indentation but from the breech.

    The top right two are Remington Golden Sabres that failed to fire.

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    YouTube video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=M0zb3YS0RAQ#t=0s


    I found out on the Rohrbaugh Forum that other owners have trouble with light strikes on the Golden Sabres too... it doesn't matter to me because my round of choice is the Winchester 147gr Ranger "T" Series - RA9T, and the R9 has been flawless with those so far - actually it hasn't had any trouble at all besides the Remington Golden Sabres.

    I shot better with the Winchester RA9Ts than I did previously. I did notice that my first shot is a bullseye and the rest of the shots are low, I'm not sure what's causing that. The next time I go to the range I am going to load and fire one round at a time to see what happens.

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    I bought a few boxes of 124gr Blazzer Brass for practice and learned that was a waste of money - at least for practicing with my R9. I fired 3 shots and stopped when I noticed the rip in the target, the shots were all over the place anyway... I'll save it for my other guns.

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    That's 200 rounds so it's time for a new spring, old spring on the left, new spring on the right:

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  3. heeler

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    Why would the Blazer Brass be keyholing??
    I have used it in my kahr 9mm and several 380's with great luck.
    Strange too about the Golden Sabers.
    Again all my pistols have shot it very well.
    Lastly,have they changed the design of that recoil spring or has that thing actually been hammered down that much in 200 rounds???
     
  4. C0untZer0

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    200 rounds of firing compressed that spring by 3/16" from what it was new.

    I haven't tried the 124gr Blazzer Brass in my Glock yet. I'm pretty sure it won't key hole out of a 9" barrel but I guess I won't know until I try.
     
  5. bikerbill

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    I looked at one when I was choosing a small gun for pocket carry, went with the Kahr PM9 because of the lower cost and have never been sorry ... the Kahr is very accurate, easy to shoot, has never failed to fire since new, is amazingly easy to take down and reassmble for cleaning and IMHO is the equal of your gun in any tactical situation ... as for the holster coming out, either kick it off the gun with your index finger -- it only takes the slightly touch to break the seal between the gun and holster as you draw -- or press the package either to the front or rear of the pocket, holding it inside as you draw ... I use the index finger kick for the four guns I currently have pocket holsters for, and once you train that way for a few days, you won't have any problems.
     
  6. 45crittergitter

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    Now get ready for all the haters to poo-poo your premium gun just because they'd rather spend their grand on cable TV or something.

    Oh, and you're not s'posed to remove the grips....
     
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