SHOT Show® 2017’s “Industry day”: Shooting the Hudson Mfg. H9

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It’s not often you get an opportunity to fire a handgun that’s truly innovative.

To be clear, the Hudson Mfg. H9 is truly innovative, and it really shoots.

For me, and for many of you, it was the one handgun that I had to get my hands on.

The line to shoot the H9 was long, and we were only allocated five rounds, but it was definitely worth the wait and it exceeded my expectations.

The Hudson representatives said the trigger was “inspired” by the 1911. I think this was an understatement. It’s as good as any high-end 1911 trigger on the market.

And not enough has been said about the H9s low bore access, which reduces felt recoil substantially. It’s as though a Steyr MA-1 mated with a 1911. The H9 fits the hand very, very well.

MSRP is around $1,100.

There’s been a lot of buzz and hype about the H9 here in Las Vegas.

In my humble opinion, it’s merited. This will be the “it” gun of SHOT Show 2017.

Congrats Hudson Mfg.

Here’s the company’s press release and images, which were released today:

Hudson Mfg unveils innovative new pistol design; the Hudson H9

Temple, TX – Hudson Mfg has finally launched the highly anticipated Hudson H9 pistol. The all new H9_Left_016Hudson H9 is a firearm that was Engineered to Advance. This pistol combines a 1911 inspired trigger with striker fired reliability and a substantially lower bore axis, resulting in reduced felt recoil and unparalleled precision and accuracy. This new pistol was designed with a distinct focus on the needs of the shooter.

The H9 pistol is the flagship product from Hudson Mfg and is unlike anything else. Forging new ground, this start-up business from Texas is delivering a modern pistol that is inspired by the past and motivated by the future. This pistol has many distinct features with the most notable being the unique profile and incredibly low bore axis. The H9 is constructed of premium quality materials with a stainless-steel slide, insert chassis and barrel chambered in 9mm with a double stack magazine capacity of 15 + 1.

The H9 possesses a 1911-style, single axis, straight pull trigger with an integrated trigger safety. Shooters will be pleased to find that while the H9 by Hudson was inspired by the classic 1911, it shares characteristics with modern pistols with its striker fired design and does not have a grip or backstrap safety. Its unique collection of characteristics make the Hudson H9 practical in its delivery yet advanced in its design and accommodates any shooter.

This pistol delivers unrivaled modularity. With ambidextrous slide stop levers and a reversible magazine catch, the H9 is great for left or right-handed shooters. For the true 1911 purist, the trigger of the H9 can be replaced with a Hudson trigger that does not contain the integrated trigger safety. Additionally, Hudson external thumb safeties can be easily added to allow a user to run the pistol much more like a traditional 1911.

The H9 by Hudson contains premium features and components from some of the industry’s leading manufacturers. The front sight of the H9 is a Trijicon HD. The premium G10 grip panels have been designed and manufactured by VZ. The textured lower back strap is designed and manufactured by Hogue out of G10 material. The premium Blacknitride finishing will be provided by H&M Metal Processing.

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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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