Boberg Goes Micro in a Big Way with XR9-S
Micro pistols are the hottest item in an already sizzling concealed carry market. Manufacturers are churning out the latest “ultimate” concealed carry weapon in what seems like a weekly parade of new subcompact firearms, so why would Boberg Arms want to put in the time and effort to launch yet another micro into an overcrowded market? One word: accuracy.
The XR9-S utilizes Boberg’s unique gun design template and combines it with a lightweight frame and stainless steel slide to create a pistol with pinpoint accuracy.
The gun is available in various finishes as well as a long model sporting a 4.2 inch barrel.
The XR9-S is a double-action only system, but the weapon has a visible hammer, as well as a takedown lever that also can be used to hold the slide open.
While most micros are essentially scaled down versions of the manufacturer’s main line, the XR9-S designers at Boberg’s manufacturing facility in White Bear Lake, Minnesota have taken originality by the horns and created an entirely new operating system based on a rear feeding magazine mechanism.
In the Boberg design, rounds are pulled to the rear and then pushed forward to the chamber. Boberg uses the space that would normally be allotted to a feed ramp to extend the barrel by nearly an inch without altering the overall appearance of the gun. The result is a velocity boost of about 100fps, which translates into more stopping power.
The impressive accuracy of the XR9-S can also be attributed to its non-traditional design. Author Scott W. Wagner describes how the XR9-S ‘s locked breech rotating barrel system indirectly improves accuracy in his article “ The Boberg XR9-S 9mm Micro-Compact Pistol” at USConcealedCarry.com:
“While the rotating barrel type of mechanism (as opposed to the traditional Browning tilt-barrel operating system) does not intrinsically make the XR9 more accurate, it definitely helps mitigate the recoil and keeps the pistol from climbing off target. I did not discern any feeling of torque while firing.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
At the range, the XR9-S consistently produced one-inch groupings from 20 feet, using the white, three-dot Novak sights. On more than one occasion, the bullets followed each other through the same target hole. Recoil was negligible. The trigger pull on the Boberg XR9-S contributes to the accuracy as well. It is an exceptionally smooth 6 pounds, which improves accuracy overall, but is especially noticeable during rapid-fire shooting.
The Boberg XR9-S may turn out to be the ultimate concealed carry weapon and either way, it’s going to end up on many shooters’ wishlists. The list price for the XR9-S is a steep $1349. Time to start putting in for those overtime hours.