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I'm new to Kel-Tec and the PF9 and wanted to share my experience.

I bought the pistol (black frame/blued slide) about a month ago for $275 at my local FFL. I carry a Glock 19 Gen 4 (5000 rds, 100% reliable) most of the year but wanted something small for warmer months to conceal with shorts and a t-shirt. I have a Kahr CM9 (1200 rds, 100% reliable) that I carry iwb in the summer but wanted something lighter and that wouldnt print in a pocket holster. Plus I needed an excuse to buy a new gun, but thats a different subject.

So far my experience has been ok with the function of the pistol, 3 FTE during a 200 rd break-in session, but that was with WWB. Since then it has been 200 trouble free rounds with Federal, Blazer Brass, and Speer Lawman. All FMJ, no HP's yet. Also, 2 KT magazines I bought for it only held 6 rds. I took them apart and found the springs not seated properly. Reassembled and problem solved.

The issue I have is with the finish of this gun. To put it bluntly, it sucks. At least it does on mine. The slide was covered with machining scratches and swirl marks, not to mention a small "dip" in the front of the slide. The grip was sharp edge after sharp edge, along the center seam, on the trigger, and along the front and rear of the grip. But the worst of all was the bluing. It started coming off the slide rails on the frame after the first 200 rds, then I noticed it coming off the slide after 300 rds.

I had enough. I got out the sandpaper, dremmel, bought some Flitz (great stuff by the way) and went to work. I read about the "Fluff and Buff" and decided to add to that a "Smooth and Contour". I started by polishing the barrel to a mirror finish, especially the feed ramp as the threads I read indicated this was a "must". I polished the chamber. I deburred the guide rail grooves in the slide. I deburred the firing pin chamber. I then went to work on the frame and trigger, smoothing with 600 grit all the sharp edges that made this gun uncomfortable to hold and shoot. I then took the dremmel to the pinkie extension and made it the same radius as the grip rather than the "hooked" shape it was. The gun is now actually nice to hold.

My next step at fixing this gun was to sand out all of those machining marks in the slide. I sanded, and sanded, and sanded (by hand) until I had removed the scratches and swirls and then polished with Flitz and Dremmel to a mirror finish. After much thought about what to do next (not really, like 30 seconds) I decided to Cerakote the whole fricken thing. But I wanted a professional finish, one that KT should have been able to do at the factory. And so, that is where my new PF9 is, with a gunsmith who is refinishing it in Stealth Black (frame & grip) and Titanium (slide and controls) Cerakote. It should be done next week and I can't wait to see what it looks like. Hopefully I can post some pics.

Sorry for the rant and bitchfest. I am not trying to bash KT or the PF9. I know you guys love your PF9s and I want to love mine too. My expectations for what I paid were probably too high. I know for less than $300 its not a Glock or a Sig, but I think most of the issues that I experienced and have read about on this site could be resolved with a little more quality control and TLC at the factory. I can't speak for anyone else, but I would have been willing to spend a little more for a product that didn't require home gunsmithing on my part to be reliable. I have heard Kel-Tec customer service is very good, but maybe that is because they have so much practice at it. Just sayin'.

Anyway, I am new to KTOG and the PF9 and just wanted to share my experience so far. And thanks to all those who have shared their experiences and advice because it helped me with alot of the work I did. I will say this...even though I had to Fluff, Buff, Smooth and Contour this PF9, there is something about the satisfaction in doing something yourself that feels good. Now if she looks good and shoots good when I get her back, I will feel even better.

J.
 

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Congrats and welcome to the wonderful world of owning a Kel-Tec. I'm sure your PF9 will fit in to your lifestyle and with all the love you have shown it, I'm sure it will reciprocate! Happy carrying!

"Better to be judged by twelve than carried by six."

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Welcome, and thanks for the comments on 'tweaking' your PF9. I did most of the same things minus the refinishing, kind of makes it 'mine'. I don't mind having to 'fluff and buff', sort of welcome the opportunity to improve something.
 

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Two words... hard chrome. :cool:
 

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Two words... hard chrome. :cool:
Yeah that looks nice, but have never actually seen one on a shelf in my area. And for a carry piece I prefer a dark or matte finish. I am hoping the Cerakote turns out to be the right decision. It can't be worse than the factory finish, and for the price I got it was a pretty good deal.
 

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Hard chrome is a matt, non-reflective finish. KT will do a hard chrome exchange for $75. Ceracoat is a decent finish, just not as good as hard chrome as it is essentially "paint."

From Kt's hard chrome vendor:

PLATED FINISH: INDUSTRIAL HARD CHROME, On Blued or Stainless Firearms.
Hard Chrome offers the best all-around properties of any finish available for firearms that exists today. Hard Chrome, when applied to a steel, or stainless steel surface that has been properly prepared, will not chip or peel. No mis-understanding here, Hard Chrome is not Bumper Chrome. We are not talking about thick layers of softer Chrome made to flow and eventually peel.


This is INDUSTRIAL Chrome used to make tooling stronger and more wear resistant. How hard? The hardness rating averages 65 R.C., or about 1000 on the Vickersscale. Its friction co-efficient is .1 (point one) when working with all surfaces chromed. Polishing the surface decreases the friction co-efficienteven further. The salt spray ratings average around 100 plus hours. The surfaces available are Matte hard Chrome Finishes are a light grey and completely non-reflective, Brushed Hard Chrome Finishes are the easiest to clean and have a very low reflectivity.
http://www.apwcogan.com/plating-and-refinishing/finishes-metal-finishes.html
 

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Bought my PF9 around 3 years ago and only had one jam...earlier this year with WWB. I always shoot WWB except for my carry mags. Did the fluff & buff when I first got it and have had no real issue yet. Nice gun for a 300.00 gun. Of course, I don't tear mine down and change everything on it. Mostly as Kel Tec built it and good to go. 98% time I carry a Springfield XD9 SC but it is not a 300.00 gun either. I trust the XP 100 % and the PF9 98 %....JMO
 

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NO, KT does not offer a black chrome finish. However, their vendor does black chrome, although it is something of a compromise compared to hard chrome.

PLATED FINISH: BLACK CHROME PLATING
Black Chrome is the second hardest black finish available for firearms and the hardest finish available at a reasonable price. It is the premier finish when concealment is the first priority. Black Chrome has many of the same properties as regular chrome. However, in changing the plated deposit from a Light Grey color to Jet Black, we diminish two major properties of regular chrome, hardness and abrasion resistance. Yet it (Black Chrome) is slightly harder than Nickel, Chromes nearest competitor.

It was never intended to be a highly wear resistant finish, like Hard Chrome. It has much greater wear resistance than any form of Bluing (Black Oxide) and due to the presence of Nickel, or Chrome, as a base coat, a greater corrosion resistance than a single coating of Chrome, or Nickel the to the base metal. Some of our clients are adamant about Black Finishes. This is the best bang for your dollar, if you are stuck on Black. For technical reasons we only offer this finish in a Matte surface texture and suggest the use of a wax impregnated oil on the exposed surface. Brownells offers a water soluble oil “Pro-Sheen” that is wax impregnated and works well on Black Chrome at two parts oil to one part water.
http://www.apwcogan.com/plating-and-refinishing/finishes-metal-finishes.html
 

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congrats on your new gun , the one nice thing about these is they don't cost alot and you can take some time and make them yours
 

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First off


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Unfortunately I didn't take any pics before I sanded down the slide, but I do have 1 poor quality photo I took with my phone before I took it in for Cerakote. This thread was just to share my new PF9 purchase experience, that a new gun required so much work and refinishing after so few rounds. I'm sorry if you feel this was worthless to you.
 

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I'm sorry if you feel this was worthless to you.
That's just a running Joke with gun forums...
Everyone wants to see 'Gun Porn'. :)
(I usually just post a stock picture from the manufacturer's/store's website and say 'It looks JUST like this' as a payback) :D
 

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Unfortunately I didn't take any pics before I sanded down the slide, but I do have 1 poor quality photo I took with my phone before I took it in for Cerakote. This thread was just to share my new PF9 purchase experience, that a new gun required so much work and refinishing after so few rounds. I'm sorry if you feel this was worthless to you.
It was just in fun. We all like pics of guns. It was not a useless post. ;)
 
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