XR9 – Backwards Loading

I’m not sure what the advantages to this design are, but it looks interesting.

UPDATE: Uncle says it’s to get a longer barrel in a smaller package.  Didn’t think of that.  One thing though, is I thought it was pretty difficult to do a straight blowback operation with a cartridge as powerful as 9mm?  Hi-point does it with its 9mm pistol, but it also has a huge block of metal for a slide.  Exceptionally powerful springs in this maybe?   Is that going to be reliable enough?  Someone who knows more about gun design that I do can hopefully answer.

4 Responses to “XR9 – Backwards Loading”

  1. SayUncle says:

    longer barrel in smaller package?

  2. Justin Buist says:

    I don’t see anything that says it’s blowback operated. In fact it looks like there’s a locking lug of some sort atop the barrel near the chamber that matches up with the slide.

  3. Mike M. says:

    The recoil spring encircles the barrel, so I’d guess it’s pretty stout. Nifty design, I wish it was coming out sooner as I’m getting ready to buy a Kahr PM9. I’d love to hold both in my hand to compare, but really don’t want to go through another summer trying to hide my Glock 30 under shorts and a t-shirt. 6 months until expected release, and then probably another 6 months before I could find one to buy (the local distributor STILL hasn’t gotten hold of the new Walther PPS).

  4. Ahab says:

    Yeah, the big advantage is that you squeeze a 4 inch tube into a subcompact package. Since the 9mm performs best when you give it as much velocity as possible, this is patently a “good thing”.

    The demo model also had a sweet trigger, but then again it’s a prototype so it ought to.