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The Hudson H9 Pistol: Half 1911, Half Glock… the Future of Handguns is Here!

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The upcoming H9 combines the best elements of striker-fired pistols and the proven 1911. (Photo: Hudson)

Hudson Mfg. is gearing up to announce their first new product, the American-made Hudson H9. One look says a lot: this handgun does things differently.

The H9 has seven patents to its name, all towards one goal. Hudson wanted to create a striker-fired service pistol with modern features, built around a 1911-style single-action trigger. The result is a modern double-stack service pistol chambered for 9mm Luger with the time-tested ergonomics of a 1911.

There’s a lot of interesting things going on with the H9. It has a very low bore axis and full beavertail grip. That indicates that the H9 will have less felt recoil when shooting rapid strings of fire. That should be easy with a 1911-style trigger set at 4.5 to 5 pounds.

The H9 is interesting enough on paper, we can’t wait to try them in person. (Photo: Hudson)

In order to achieve this low bore axis, Hudson moved the takedown pin and recoil assembly down in front of the trigger guard. This definitely gives the H9 a distinct, futuristic profile.

The trigger is a modular design. It uses a trigger safety like most striker-fired pistols but it can be modified to use a manual safety or safeties. Users can install left- or right-side manual safeties or both for ambidextrous use. The pistol has ambidextrous slide release levers and a reversible mag release, too.

The rest of the on-paper specs look good for the H9. It measures in at 5.2 inches tall and 7.6 inches long with a 4.3-inch barrel. It’s just 1.24 inches wide. That puts the H9 in line with the bulk of mid-size service pistols — big enough to handle most tasks and still concealable.

Compared to alloy-framed handguns it’s weight is average. The pistol weighs 34 ounces unloaded. Standard magazine capacity for the H9 is 15+1, right there with other medium-sized handguns.

See Also: The New Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0

The slide is cut with recessed slide serrations front and rear for easy manipulation. Hudson tapped Trijicon to make the factory sights. The rear sight is a plain serrated steel sight while the front is a Trijicon HD night sight. These have a high-visibility red dot with a green tritium insert for shooting in low light.

Recoil Magazine got to spend time with the first version model in person. (Photo: Recoil)

It has interchangeable grips on the sides and the backstrap. They’re machined G10 panels made to match the aggressive serrations on the frontstrap. The grip panels are by VZ Grips and the backstrap panel is by Hogue.

The suggested retail price is $1,147 but until this hits stores we can’t say for sure what it will actually sell for. Real-world pricing for unique and unconventional guns is always unpredictable.

Recoil Magazine recently got a sneak peek of the H9, both prototype models as well as the final production version. Hudson will debut the H9 at this year’s SHOT Show and at the Industry Day at the Range. This is one gun that will get a lot of attention for sure.  We’ll be there to shoot it in the flesh.  Stay tuned for our SHOT coverage of the H9.

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  • Rick January 19, 2017, 6:59 pm

    Way too expensive!Like a man said,come down to 550.00 to 650.00 it would be a good price!

  • Strongarm January 19, 2017, 9:05 am

    This pistol has a patent application US2016/004613 A1, Published in February 15, 2016, with inventor names: Billie Cyril Hudson and Eugene Cannon Kane. Production piece seems having some different parts staying at detail, but the gun basics seem unchanged, however.

    Very detailed patent text and drawings reveal that;

    – Pistol is of all steel construction,

    – Linear trigger movement feature remains only at twin fake trigger bars acting as a motion güide. Actual trigger bar is a rotationaly acting single sided piece connected to that fake trigger bar. An expensive construction seeming as made as thought for the sake of Colt 1911 type trigger appearance.

    – Striker mechanism seems “Short Action Version” of old Le Francais trigger lockwork degraded from double to single action at the “Sear” section only. Trigger connections are much more detailed and complicated.

    – Tilting barrel lock seems as borrowed from Smith Wesson. But made in a manner that much more complicated and costy.

    – Low barrel axis feature seems as hoped to be supported through a lower recoil spring placement and slide strike location for reducing felt recoil and muzzle rise. However, it seems that it was forgotten the ascended leverage to be loaded on for the slide deformation.

    – It seems that the only similarity with Colt 1911 remains at the outside appearance of trigger and magazine catch.

    – There it seems rather lots of parts than other striker firers with lots of manufacturing difficulty.

    With the aid of high price, which seems as a compulsory for the complicated all steel construction, stating “Will not survive very long” should not be considered as a prediction.

  • James JK January 16, 2017, 7:33 pm

    I for one have been looking for a light trigger striker with single action as opposed to the seemingly industry norm of DAO! I have approached several Smith’s to tackle that for my concealment. I agree with a previous author that stated you need both a concealment and a full size. I am not in a position to need a 10 hour carry for work so I can express no opinion there, however, when I am at the ranch that is a full size Sig 357 or my full size Kimber, or my FN 57×28.

    This has huge trickle down chariteristics that may make it truly a game changer. A non DAO striker in all sizes!!!!!! This may not be the Gun for me this year but a varient in the future…May Be!
    This year I plan on visiting with the new 50 caliber. Just cause!

  • Mjb January 14, 2017, 4:06 pm

    Gun people are a tough crowd and very apprehensive about anything new or innovative or divergent from the same old accepted “normal” . It will have to be exceptional to break through that bull headed barrier.

  • Glen M January 14, 2017, 1:39 pm

    I like it nice gun would love to have one but not at that price ($1.147.00) get down to$500-$600 then maybe

  • Lance January 14, 2017, 7:56 am

    If that’s the future then I will stay with the past. As ugly as a Glock if not uglier so I will own neither. Hudson? I say it sinks.

  • glenn January 13, 2017, 11:56 pm

    $1100 dollars – for what, exactly?! I predict it will be as successful as the FN Five-Seven.. ( there is just too little room for ANOTHER 9mm pistol – look at FMK and Honor Guard..)

  • Eric Holder January 13, 2017, 10:36 pm

    I like Glocks but also like steel frames. Plastics seem to get a bit beat up and there is no real refinishing, just texturing which is basically melting. If you look at it and discount the large front cavity it is pretty nice. It will have to work really good for people to get past the new design and frontal bulk. I am interested in finding out about the rifling and finishing and specific materials. Guess we will see. Yes hats off to Made in America.

  • FirstStateMark January 13, 2017, 10:36 pm

    No thanks. I’ll keep my old S&W revolvers and my normal looking 1911s & Glocks. That thing is UGGG-LEEE

  • Bob Nagy January 13, 2017, 9:42 pm

    A Glock 19 weighs 23.6 ounces, this is 34, 10.4 ounces more. Case closed, I’ll take the Glock if forced to pick between the two. Actually, I’ll take a Kimber Super Carry Pro if I had my “pick!”

    • Mark Hutchins January 15, 2017, 8:45 pm

      I have a Glock, XD, and 1911 and like them all. I agree the Super Carry Pro is also a real desire of mine, too! But personally, I like the looks of this Hudson. I think it looks cool, but to each his own. I have always been more of a “function before looks” guy. So I would reserve judgement until it has been proven to either be great or bad. As far as weight, well I also have a Kahr CW9, and this is what I actually carry, if not my J-frame or Bulldog. I hardly ever carry my full size pistols, but I’m glad I have them. I think we all need something to fight with, if it were to become necessary, and my XD or Glock would then be with me. But weight can be a good thing too. Not all pistols need to be built for everyday carry. That is 2 different tools you are talking about. For a gun to keep for home defense purposes, this one sounds very good, and the low bore axis and weight could make it a very easy gun to shoot well.

  • Bob Nagy January 13, 2017, 9:35 pm

    The weight is out of line with other pistols of the same size, a Kimber Super Carry Pro with it’s aluminum frame weights only 28 ounces, whereas this one weighs 34, and six ounces is a lot when carried for 8-12 hours. Other than that issue it looks and sounds pretty cool.

  • Jake January 13, 2017, 8:48 pm

    A striker fire pistol with 1911 ergonomics? It’s called the Ruger American and it is completely ambidextrous, weighs less and holds more rounds. At half the price too.

    • BADDFROGG January 15, 2017, 8:19 am

      Love my Ruger American in .45 Auto. Also, really enjoy the Steyr S 40 and FN FNS 40. Truly amazing handguns.

  • Charles Valenzuela January 13, 2017, 8:34 pm

    Wow! This really fantastic. No one else makes anything like this! I’ll just click your handy link and go to their website to order this truly unique pistol right away!
    Thanks ever so much for the review!

  • Scotty Gunn January 13, 2017, 6:04 pm

    I understand the beaver tail, but looks too pointy. That being said, what with the large block under the slide? (Dustcover). Built in suppressor? But hey, for a mere $1147, I’ll take two….

    • Mjb January 14, 2017, 5:19 pm

      The guide rod and spring are located in that large block in front of the trigger guard which gives it an amazingly low bore access. That is supposedly the innovation that allows it to shoot extremely flat.

  • mrpski January 13, 2017, 3:13 pm

    If this is the future of the pistol industry I am blessed I have a fine assortment of revolvers and semi-autos in my safe!

  • Jeff January 13, 2017, 2:32 pm

    John Browning made a striker fired 1911 type pistol prototype, but it was not produced. Service requirements insisted on a visible hammer. Obviously this is not that pistol, but I am definitely intrigued about this Hudson. I see this more of an improved Browning Hi Power then a 1911 and that can’t be a bad thing. I will be keeping my eye open for this one.

    • Frank January 14, 2017, 8:57 am

      The Browning striker fired pistols WERE produced, by FN. According to an article in V70 #3 of “Firearms News” the first three semi-auto pistols Browning designed for FN were striker fired — the Model 1900 (.32 ACP — the first with that cartridge), Model 1903 (9mm Browning Long… hadn’t heard of that one before!), and Model 1910 (caliber not noted, but since it’s a “pocket pistol” I would assume .32). The 1910 was up-sized in 1922 (Model 1910-22), and the article mentions chambering for .32 and 9mm Browning Court (.380 ACP). I would assume the larger framed model was for .380, but just a guess. It is stated that several armiew and police forces in Europe adopted the striker fired designs. Probably for officers to carry and military police, I doubt the small calibers were really intended for general combat use, but that’s just my opinion.

      These were all before the Hi-Power, which wasn’t designed by Browning at all, but his successor at FN, Dieudonne Saive. FN had rights to many Browning patents and the HP was an improvement based on his original designs, so they kept his name attached to the new gun, which came out two years after JMB died (came out in 1928). Good article…

  • Eric Holder January 13, 2017, 2:00 pm

    Like the Detonics STX which I have no idea what happened with? Think the STX looked better.

  • chuck January 13, 2017, 1:29 pm

    I also love my 1911, always have and may never change…this looks interesting , that being said I would not pick this hybred up too even look at it at a gun show table..just not something for me,,but for starwars fans go for it …at the price they are after, one would wonder why, what for, and HOW MUCH ??? NO WAY

  • Norm Fishler January 13, 2017, 12:49 pm

    $1147 ! ! ! That’s more than I paid for my last vehicle! Looks okay, but that’s a purely subjective opinion. Large magazine capacity is offset by weight. Looks okay, and I have no religious or moral objections against striker fired pistols, but it’s one of those sort of guns I’ll pick up, examine, shrug & walk on.

  • Thinkingblade January 13, 2017, 12:37 pm

    Definitely interested in seeing the range report. I guess I have a broader sense of aesthetics because it looks interesting to me. Whether the price makes sense will be a function of what quality of firearm it is. If it is steel frame and shoots like a match grade pistol then the price is more than reasonable and certainly fits in with the 1911s that are out there in that mold.

    In principle, if it really does have a 1911 style trigger – which can be tuned like a 1911 style trigger – and a low bore axis on a steel frame – it is going to be really fast. Particularly if that underlug area has a little weight to it. Likely fast enough to start showing up in IPSC competition and speed steel pretty quickly. Lot of ifs in that though. Everything I’ve read about the Strike 1 is that it has a relatively poor trigger, but it is rare as hens teeth where I am so I haven’t been able to find one to try. So we haven’t really seen those show up on the competition circuit much yet.

    Two other things I am curious about – it looks like it might accept 1911 grips and backstraps – that would be a nice feature. Second, as others have mentioned, light short reset trigger with no safety (no I don’t count a Glock style trigger safety) seems questionable. However, in the photo there appears to be a pin or something about where a thumb safety would go. I’ll be curious if something like that is at least an option.

    • Fred January 13, 2017, 4:31 pm

      I noted that they spoke of safety add-ons at the manufacturer web site. They were the thumb type. It intrigued me even more to see and fire this weapon.

      • Thinkingblade January 14, 2017, 2:59 pm

        Doh! Missed that in the article about the optional thumb safeties. Looking forward to a range review. Has potential to me.

  • Michael Keim January 13, 2017, 12:15 pm

    Ugly as a Hi Point at about 10 times the price.

  • Bill January 13, 2017, 12:13 pm

    Two and a half times the price of the new Cz P-10C. Where is the logic to that, other than bragging rights of having the latest whiz bang special?

  • singleshotcajun January 13, 2017, 11:49 am

    MY EYES!

  • Jemimy January 13, 2017, 11:34 am

    The faux beavertail is just silly; like a man-bun. Hipsters and low information types might like this thing. Imagine a light hanging off the front of this portmanteau of a firearm.

  • GradyPhilpott January 13, 2017, 11:27 am

    I like the idea, but we need to read some reports from the range and also get some information about street price.

  • Robert January 13, 2017, 11:14 am

    At 34 ounces its about 9 ounces heavier than a Glock 17, and 10 more than a Glock 19. Thats over half a pound more weight without being loaded. It seems to use some interesting design features. The high grip should prove easy to shoot and in a 9 with that much weight recoil will be extremely light. I guess only time will tell if it will be as great as it has the potential to be. Also with a retail of over $1100 it will never become that common.

  • Greg Gritsch January 13, 2017, 11:14 am

    Lots of neg comments, why all the whining? Wait for the shooting report. It’s different in many ways and similar in others.
    Quit your bitching and appreciate that someone is trying to expand the boundaries of handgun design.

    • steve January 13, 2017, 12:46 pm

      Maybe because it’s ugly as Hell, much heavier than the currently available pistols and the MSRP is 3-4x the price point of the handguns in the same caliber that have already proven themselves to be reliable in any situation .

      • Greg Gritsch January 14, 2017, 1:37 am

        Ugly is in the eye of the beholder, I don’t share your view.

        Weight lessens recoil.

        MSRP doesn’t matter. Many dealers sell below MSRP, example Ruger. Many 1911 clones sell for 1K (and they sell).

        Nothing wrong with another pistol that works (provided it does).

        YMMV

  • John Nicholson January 13, 2017, 10:57 am

    Seems to be a good gun. Do they plan to put a safety on it? With a 4.5-5 lb trigger pull it’s seems to me that it would be like carrying a single-action pistol, armed, but with the safety off. Unfortunately, a lot of people who buy it will not follow the safety rule of keeping their finger off the trigger until actually firing.

    • Slingblade January 13, 2017, 11:37 am

      I am still trying to figure out WTH the point is you are trying to make?

    • Carroll January 13, 2017, 1:32 pm

      It stated in the article that the user can install a left, or right-safety, or both(ambidextrous).

    • Joe Citizen January 13, 2017, 1:39 pm

      It says right in the article that it’s got a built in trigger safety and you can add a thumb safety if you want.

  • Leighton Cavendish January 13, 2017, 10:52 am

    Too expensive for a 9mm…maybe if it was 10mm or 45…
    And with Trump in…no real rush to get anything new…especially if it is USA made.

  • dash January 13, 2017, 10:48 am

    Ooof… This proves you CAN make a 1911 ugly.
    Looks like Steyr tried to make a 1911 for Robocop.
    There is something off-putting about mating the iconic 1911 grip with that awful muzzle, it hurts my eyes, much like the Ford Ranchero, Chevy El Camino, or a Harley with training wheels.

    • James Slick January 13, 2017, 12:43 pm

      I’ve seen plenty of uglyized 1911s. But then I’m a traditionalist. Give me a bone stock G.I. version.😀

    • Jake January 13, 2017, 8:53 pm

      If you think a 1959 or 1960 El Camino is ugly there is no hope for you.

  • JoshO January 13, 2017, 10:26 am

    “The future of handguns is here”? Guns America: where we schill for anyone who’ll pay the fee.

    • S.H. Blannelberry January 13, 2017, 10:43 am

      They didn’t pay us $.01 to write that headline… Just, FYI.

      Gun looks cool, IMO. We plan on shooting it Monday. So, stay tuned for the SHOT Show report 🙂

      • George January 13, 2017, 11:04 am

        It looks fugly as hell. If the front end contained a light or laser, I could see that guppy belly but if not, the hype of “the future of handguns is here” is BS. I don’t care how many patents that weapon has, it will be relegated to the annals of history in under 5 years. Ugly and overpriced. The Strike 1 is much more innovative and doesn’t look like the Rosie O’Donnell of the handgun world. You might not have been paid to write the headline but your praise for a gun you’ve never even shot yet is, like most gun scribes, a little too fawning for most people.

        • Marky-Mark's FunkyBunch January 13, 2017, 12:24 pm

          Opinion’s are like a**holes…. Everyone’s got one and they all stink.
          Only to the “Eye of the Beholder” does it matter.
          No reason to hate on something/someone over a disagreement of opinion.

          Carry on, carry well, carry safe.

  • Ted January 13, 2017, 10:23 am

    Finally. Someone has taken John Browning’s 1908 and done something modern with it. This is a step in the right direction. I’d like to see someone do this in a small platform in 9mm or even 45 ACP, patterned after the 25 ACP model 1908.

  • Rich K. January 13, 2017, 10:14 am

    Meh, if I want something in 9mm that resembles a 1911, I’ll get a Tokarev – not a huge capacity, but they’re nice and flat and I doubt they weigh much more (and maybe even less) than the Hudson abomination. There’s a new Tok variation out now that has a better safety setup than the ones previously imported. Otherwise, I will take either a Glock (I like my gen-2 G-19: it’s the most reliable and least ammo-picky semi auto I’ve ever fired), or a 1911 if I want a bigger caliber.

  • Don Beck January 13, 2017, 9:54 am

    I see nothing about looks like glock. Needs the safety and some metal removed from the dust cover of the frame, that would lighten it some. It also should be a polymer frame to lighten it more. Then maybe it could sell for that high end price.

  • BobDole January 13, 2017, 9:22 am

    I thought it looked kind of interesting until I saw that tail/tab spur hanging off the back. That and it’s a 9mm not a .45 is enough for me to pass on this one.

  • Kent I January 13, 2017, 9:05 am

    Which side is the grip, ugly duckling

  • ToolsForLiberty January 13, 2017, 9:01 am

    Isn’t this pretty much what SIG has built for years? Only, instead of making sure they are designing their parts to certain parameters to ensure they can have a successful marketing gimmick, they just designed them to work. Now, I’m. It hating on it. It may be a great pistol, I’m just suspect of designing something with functionality taking a backseat to engineering.

    • Thinkingblade January 14, 2017, 3:03 pm

      Not really. Sigs are really tall and tough to get a high grip on to shoot fast. It takes a different approach then shooting fast with something like an SP-01. Or a 1911 for that matter. Great guns none the less and I’ve competed and have one, but certainly not perfect.

  • Arley Dean January 13, 2017, 8:30 am

    I like it a lot ,

  • Andy January 13, 2017, 8:11 am

    I think they meant a cross between High Point and CZ looks too much like a High Point for me I like CZ but High Point is nothing but junk and I know we’re not talking about High point but just looked at the gun and it looks like it’s over priced. Just my opinion by looking at the picture my opinion could change if I held in my hand and looked at it real close and shot it. Kinda like the Glock’s when they the first hit the market.

  • Infidel7.62 January 13, 2017, 7:53 am

    Friends, don’t let friends carry striker fired pistols.

    • Alan January 13, 2017, 1:44 pm

      What a silly comment.
      If you wish to limit yourself, that’s your business.
      There are thousands, if not tens of thousands of competent and dangerous (to the bad guys) striker fired carrying Pistoleros out there.
      I’m one of them, and I’m damned good with a 1911 too.

  • flintman50 January 13, 2017, 7:41 am

    Let’s see…..Am I a Glock or am I a 1911?…..This one will go the way of the Edsel.

  • morgan January 13, 2017, 7:39 am

    I hope it shoots better than it looks.

  • Matt January 13, 2017, 7:34 am

    That thing is hideous. Ill take a 1911 over that everyday of the week.

  • Mike January 13, 2017, 7:25 am

    Awesome and about time. I’ve always wanted a modern striker fired polymer pistol with the undeniably comfortable ergonomics of a 1911 and a double stack mag! Hope it has second strike capability and no magazine disconnect. The look isn’t bad at all. Reminiscent of the Steyr M9 (great gun, awesome trigger but points like a Glock). Lets hope the price comes down a bunch otherwise I’m going with a CZ P10 ($499) for my 2017 gun.

    • Brent January 13, 2017, 8:23 am

      It’s a single action, no double strike.

      • Greg Gritsch January 13, 2017, 3:15 pm

        If goes click and not bang you better be doing tap rack. No need for a second strike capability.

    • akjc77 January 13, 2017, 8:29 am

      I guess there is some new territory. Here with the H9 but I thought everyone knew if ya like Glock reliability and durability but prefer the 1911 ergonomics and better trigger you should just check out Springfield XD? The lower bore axis is maybe something. Different than a XD? I’m not over impressed with looks either but maybe its a have to shoot to love pistol kinda like Glock was in early 80’s?

    • Lon. January 13, 2017, 9:06 am

      At a rotund 34 oz empty, I doubt any part of this is polymer. At this size/weight I’ll stick wth a CZ 75b. (You could buy 2 at this price).

  • A. P. Schuler January 13, 2017, 7:04 am

    Introduction of the H9 is the latest attempt to improve a firearm that was, and still is, about as near perfect than it can be.

  • Steve January 13, 2017, 6:49 am

    I like it !

  • Wendell Harlow January 13, 2017, 5:05 am

    I can only speak for myself, but I have to say it. In my humble opinion, the thing’s as ugly as a mud fence. Your mileage, of course, may vary.

  • Cam January 13, 2017, 4:59 am

    That gun is either as they ugly as a high point or pretty as one. IMO that is one of the ugliest pistols I’ve ever seen.

  • Ed Sjolin January 13, 2017, 4:50 am

    It appears to be an aesthetically pleasing firearm but I fail to see the comparison to the 1911. After dragging the old “walnut cracker” around for years as my service weapon and a familiarity with 9mm handguns, I feel qualified to say that there is no substitute for that big old bumble bee of a .45 round. If it hits you, you stay hit.

  • Mike D. January 12, 2017, 6:58 am

    Always good to see new thinking in full sized handguns. Looking forward to seeing what this design really brings to the table.

    • James Slick January 13, 2017, 12:49 pm

      While I understand the popularity of small carry guns, It is nice to see new service sized arms.

  • Will Drider January 12, 2017, 1:07 am

    “Compared to alloy-framed guns its weight is average” Whats this mean? Does it have a alloy frame or if it a heavy poly?
    They need to round the edges atound the trigger guard.

    • Max Slowik January 12, 2017, 6:35 pm

      According to Hudson’s website it’s a steel frame.

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