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.
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 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