SHOT 2013: Boberg XR9-S

By CTD Suzanne published on in Firearms, Handguns, SHOT Show

When I first laid eyes on the Boberg XR9-S, my first thought was “that gun seems a little off.” If you think so too, it is because of the unique and innovative loading mechanism, the Boberg XR9-S operates. Using a reverse loading mechanism—previously only successful in machine guns—the Boberg XR9-S loads ammunition “nose forward.” Boberg calls their tong-like claws that grab the rim of the cartridge XR Feeding Technology. It takes the rim and pulls the cartridge backwards into the gun.

The Boberg XR9-S loads ammunition nose forward.

The Boberg XR9-S loads ammunition nose forward.

Racking the slide is no different from any other semi-automatic handgun and it operates from a rotating barrel and locked breech. The patented XR Feeding Technology design eliminates the need for a feed ramp. The lack of feed ramp means the Boberg XR9-S can have a longer barrel without compromising the rest of the gun’s compact size. This translates into the same power and velocity of a full-sized 9mm +P handgun.

The Boberg XR9-S has no slide stop, but racking the slide is easy due to its light recoil springs. In comparison to guns in the same class, you might find the XR9-S is smoother and easier to cock. Felt recoil is lighter than other compact 9mm +P handguns as well. However, it has a long double-action trigger that Boberg can customize for you.

Ergonomics on the XR9-S “Shorty” are natural and the Zytel polymer grip is comfortable. Sighting is quick with the low profile, windage-adjustable sights.

This palm-sized pistol holds seven rounds of 9mm +P.

This palm-sized pistol holds seven rounds of 9mm +P.

This palm-sized pistol holds seven rounds of 9mm +P ammo and has a 3.35-inch barrel. The frame is billet aluminum and the slide is billet stainless steel. Boberg guns are 100 percent made in the United States.

A basic model retails just shy of $1,000.

Specifications and Features

  • Caliber: 9mm +P
  • Capacity: 7 rounds
  • Barrel: 3.35”
  • Sights: Low profile, windage-adjustable
  • Safety: Trigger and passive firing pin
  • Grips: Black Zytel polymer grips
  • Height: 4.2”
  • Width: 0.96”
  • Length: 5.1”
  • Weight: 17.03 ounces unloaded

    A basic model retails just shy of $1,000.

    A basic model retails just shy of $1,000.

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Comments (4)

  • 2knives

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    Two Glock Model 26s or one of these? Hmmmmmm.

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  • QUALITYvsQUANTITY

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    More power and less recoil. This pistol is made like a luxury time-piece. The owner is one of the nicest people around and the customer service is phenomenal.

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  • Chris Oberg

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    I own a XR9-s with the optional 4.2″ barrel which sticks out a little less than an inch from the frame. Kind of like a mini Walther P38. Simple to operate, compact, fits flush in your front pocket, +P performance with mild recoil. Perfect for the woman in your life! Save some cash and get a cheap blowback design for yourself. Compare the two and you will understand why the Boberg is the best buy at $995.

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