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Range Report: Rohrbaugh R9s 9mm

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by PlayboyPenguin, May 9, 2010.

  1. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Firearm tested
    Rohrbaugh R9s

    Ammo used
    100 rounds - American Eagle 9mm 115gr FMJ

    Rohrbaugh-1.jpg

    INITIAL IMPRESSION

    Looks: This gun looks hot. I love the black and silver two-tone appearance and the shape and style are cutting edge. Very "Seecamp on steroids-ish."

    Build quality: This gun is solid. One of the tightest gun I have even has the pleasure of owning. This gun is definitely in the same category as Seecamps when it comes to attention to detail.

    Materials: This is where it falls a small bit short of Seecamp. The slide is solid stainless but the grip frame is aluminum. I know this is not a bad thing but I prefer all stainless builds. I knew this going into the purchase so it is not really a negative. I just wish a heavier, all stainless version was available. The old carbon fiber grips have been replaced with G10 grips. In my opinion, the new G10 grips are an improvement over the old carbon fiber ones. In my experience with knives I have found G10 to be more durable and not to get that fuzzy look and feel o the edges after use that CF can get.

    AT THE RANGE

    Out of the box: I took this lil' pup out of the box and immediately got some attention. Most people at the range had never heard of nor seen one before but they seemed very interested. I gave them a quick spiel about the gun and showed it off a bit. I then loaded up my first magazine. I The spring was pretty stiff and after 5 rounds it gets difficult to load. I was very amazed at how easily the first round chambered. I was expecting a stiff and picky slide but it was easy and smooth.

    Trigger pull: The trigger is long and deliberate but very smooth and consistent. It was very easy to get used to for me since it is similar to the trigger on my NAA Guardian and Seecamps. It takes a lot more effort than a SA 1911 trigger but I found it to be a slight bit superior to the trigger on my Kahr. Even though the Kahr trigger is very good.

    Recoil: Recoil was managable and even suprisingly light. I would compare it to my NAA Guardian and my PPK. Which is suprising since this gun is lighter than both of those and fires a more powerful round. I attribute this to the fact that the PPK and Guardian are both blow-back designs and the R9s is a lock breech pistol.

    Reliability: The gun never failed once to go into battery. It had a very solid and fluid motion. I even intentionally limp wristed a couple times with no failure. Although I would not recommend doing that if your life was on the line. Once again I will say how amazed I was at how easily the first round chambered each and every time. Every time I pulled the trigger the gun went boom and was ready to fire again.

    Accuracy: I cannot swear to or against accuracy since I am not the worlds greatest shot. I will say it did much better at the beginning of the day but by the end the gun had developed a serious case of the shakes. Even a young, solid buck like myself could not manage to hold it still. My last few targets did not have any impressive groups on them but like I said...I blame the gun.

    Below are some of the targets I used during the test. I used groups of 5 rounds. Partly because it is easier to load 5 rounds because of the very stiff magazine spring and partially because it is easier to keep track that way since the boxes have rows of 5 rounds in them.

    Target 1 is at 20-25ft (hard to see the mark on the floor). These where the firs attempts to achieve a good group after first firing the gun to get used to the trigger. One group was aimed at the head and one was aimed center of mass. These were slow and deliberate groups. Each group of 5 rounds took up to 10 seconds to complete.

    Target 2 is also at 20-25ft. These were fast paced groups. Allowing only enough time between shots to recover position. Each group taking under 5 seconds to complete. Group 1 was aimed center of mass and group 2 was alternated between head and center of mass.

    Target 3 is at 50ft (maximum distance on this range.) Groups 1 and 2 were aimed center of mass and group 3 was alternated between center of mass and head. These were very slow and deliberate groups with time taken to recover, steady, and aim between each round. Some of the groups took up to two minutes because of allowing my hand to steady between shots. I even leaned on the bench for added steadiness.

    Clean up: The gun is not the easiest to disassemble and clean. It took me a few attempts to get it apart and was a slow task to put back together. I guess this is understandable considering the size and low tolerances it was not a pleasure but it was not too bad.

    Final overall impression: This gun is amazing. The build quality is top notch, performance was flawless, accuracy was acceptable, and it looks hot to boot. It does not quite go as far as pushing my Seecamp LWS380 out of it's "go anywhere, anytime gun" but it is a contender to unseat my Kahr MK40 from it position of favorite small OWB carry. Only time will tell but things look very good for this pistol.

    Target 1

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    Target 2

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    Target 3

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  2. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    I've always wanted to shoot one of those.
    My rep keeps begging me to buy some from him.
     
  3. Sig Guy

    Sig Guy Redmond, WA. New Member

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    I read that this gun is not designed to use +P or +P+ ammo which is too bad. While I'm sure you used the standard stuff at the range, what are your thoughts about praying and carrying the hotter rounds when you conceal carry?

    Beautiful gun and very nice review! Thanks.
     
  4. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I actually am quite comfortable with the performance of the standard Hornady 124gr JHP/XTP ammo. I do not see the need for any marketing gimmicks or unrated rounds. :)
     
  5. soberups

    soberups Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I have never handled one, but just by looking at the small size of the grips combined with the light weight I am guessing the recoil of a +P round would be almost uncontrollable. And with only 2.9" of barrel, most of that extra powder would do nothing but create more muzzle flash and blast. I will trade a bit of muzzle energy for fast and accurate followup shots any day of the week.
     
  6. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    PP, let me know if you want to get together to go shooting.
    I would like to compare it to my PM9 and P380.

    I'll bring the ammo,
    you ring Bacon-Bleu burger.
     
  7. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    I hate to keep saying this, but there are no guns designed for +P+, because +P+ isn't an actual rating, it just means higher pressures than the +P rating.
     
  8. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Sounds like fun. We need to meet at the English Pit one day. Someone else suggested a NWFA group shoot at the Pit.
     
  9. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    Ya, that's even closer for me.
    They let me shoot my machine guns in there also.:D
     
  10. cyclesarge

    cyclesarge Eugene OR, DUH! We're ALL in the NORTHWEST Well-Known Member

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    Is this the gun that needs the recoil spring replaced at 200 rounds? Do you plan on doing an endurance test on the spring?
     
  11. rodell

    rodell Newcastle, WA Active Member

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    Aren't you sick of it yet, now that you have it all wore out? I have room for it in my safe.

    Did you pick it up locally? (Does someone stock these?)

    Bob
     
  12. sports-shooter

    sports-shooter Seattle East Side Member

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    Good choice!

    In the February issue of American Rifleman, they did a review of several contemporary .380 CC pistols. This included the Kahr P380, Kel-tec P3AT, MR Micro DE, NAA Guardian, Rohrbaugh R380, Ruger LCP and SIG P238.

    Of those pistols, only the Rohrbaugh R380 did not experience any malfunction! To me, reliability is the first consideration.
     
  13. zeezee

    zeezee nowheresville Member

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    PP, aren't they like $1400 to $1600 in price?
     
  14. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I think they are closer to $1100-$1200. When I bought mine new it was $899 or something like that. :)