Monday, March 26, 2012

Boberg XR9-S Another 2012 Wish List Update

Earlier today, I received a long awaited email from Boberg Arms with the instructions on how I could pay for the XR9-S I had put on pre-order back in September 2011.  Most folks wouldn't get excited about shelling out dough for something that's still 8 weeks away, but since it's on my 2012 Wish List I didn't hesitate. 

I'd like to spend a few minutes and let you know why this little guy gets my attention.  I highlighted a few attention grabbers.  The published specs are as follows.

Caliber: 9mm / 9mm+P
Capacity: 7+1
17.5 oz with magazine, unloaded
Barrel Length:
Rotating-Barrel Locked-Breech
Low Profile, Dovetail Windage
Sight Radius:
Trigger Pull:
5.5 lb, 7.5 lb & 9 lb DAO
2 (DAO & Passive Firing Pin)

Frame: 7075-T6 Aluminum Alloy
Slide: High-Strength, High-Toughness Stainless Steel
Springs: Zinc-plated Music Wire
Grips:  High-Toughness Zytel (tm) Polymer
Pins: High-Strength, High Toughness Stainless Steel
Internal Parts: High-Strength Stainless Steel
Magazine: High-Strength Stainless Steel, Laser-Welded Construction

By now you have to be wondering how a 5.1" long pistol can have a 3.35 inch barrel.  There just aren't enough inches between the grip frame and the muzzle to fit in a barrel that long.  That's what makes the Boberg unique and pretty special.  Unlike most auto loading pistols that shove a round out of the magazine, up a feed ramp, and into the chamber the Boberg does things a little differently.  Check out their magazines.

Do you notice anything funky about that magazine?  It looks like the rounds are stripped from the rear of the magazine.  Therein lies the Boberg difference.  As the slide cycles, the round is stripped from the rear of the magazine and into the feed ramp and chamber.  This allows for a much longer barrel on a very short frame.  Boberg has put a slow motion CAD drawing of the pistol going through a firing cycle on their website.

So on one hand I'm starting to get excited about the Boberg.  On the other hand, I was just starting to get pretty good shooting with my Diamondback DB9.  I even got it feeding reliably with Federal HST again after finding the right magazine spring to replace the Diamondback factory spring.

So be on the lookout for the next Wish List Review.  With some luck it could be coming out in early June.

1 comment:

  1. Very impressive and pricey gun that I never knew anything about. With a 1/4" longer barrel in a frame that's 3/4" shorter than a Kel-Tec, wow! The little extra weight over a K-T will probably be an advantage in reducing recoil along with the set-back of the firing chamber. I look forward to your review and range test.