POF Monolithic Upper Reborn as the Phoenix 9mm Subgun — SHOT Show 2022

Patriot Ordnance Factory (POF) USA broke into an all-new market this year at SHOT Show 2022 with the Phoenix 9mm pistol. Some bill it as a PCC (pistol caliber carbine) or a subgun; however both of those labels are for pistol-caliber firearms but since it’s only a semi-auto and it has no stock, I’d argue it lands solidly in the pistol realm.

However, it’s a very cool 9mm pistol and I’m sure its tons of fun to shoot. With the addition of a pistol brace to the Picatinny rail on the rear of the Phoenix it may be giving the industry PCCs some serious competition.

Unlike most of the similar 9mm PCC/ pistols on the market, the Phoenix has a monolithic upper receiver; meaning the forearm and upper receiver are all one piece. It functions via direct blowback operation and the bolt mechanism has a self-contained spring and tungsten weight to smooth out the operation.

Full length Picatinny rail on monolithic receiver/ forearm allows mounting just about anything.

The look and feel are somewhat of a blend between an AR and an MP5. In true POF USA style, the Phoenix has ambi-controls for most operations, including safety and magazine release.

The Phoenix utilizes proprietary magazines that hold either 10, 20, or 35 rounds. When shipped it comes with a 35 round mag, a QD single point sling mount for the rear Picatinny rail, and a sling. The magazine well on the lower receiver is generously flared to aid in quick reloads.

Left-handed shooters won’t feel left out when shooting the Phoenix.

The Phoenix trigger is an actual AR trigger so swapping in your favorite style or brand won’t be an issue, but POF does have some pretty nice triggers.

To cock or lock the bolt to the rear, the Phoenix has an MP5 style non-reciprocating folding lever on the forward left side of the handguard. As I said, it’s an interesting cross.

Flared and blended magwell is designed for speed loading.

The barrel on the Phoenix is eight inches in length and it has a nice dual port compensator to help control recoil. The pistol weighs a hefty 4.6 pounds so it should be easy to control when firing. The overall length is 17 ½ inches so you have plenty of room to hang on and mount accessories.

The handguard features M-LOK attachment points and the Phoenix comes with a handstop installed on the bottom to let you know if your fingers are getting too close to the compensator.

Compensator should take care of any remaining muzzle rise.

The POF USA Phoenix has an MSRP of $1,699 and should be available soon at your local dealers.

Check HERE to learn more about the POF Phoenix.

About the author: Jeff Cramblit is a world-class competitive shooter having won medals at both the 2012 IPSC World Shotgun Championship in Hungary and more recently the 2017 IPSC World Rifle Championship in Russia. He is passionate about shooting sports and the outdoors. He has followed that passion for over 30 years, hunting and competing in practical pistol, 3gun, precision rifle and sporting clays matches. Jeff is intimately familiar with the shooting industry – competitor, instructor, RO, range master, match director. Among his training credits include NRA Instructor, AR-15 armorer, FBI Rifle Instructor, and Officer Low Light Survival Instructor. As a sponsored shooter, Jeff has represented notable industry names such as: Benelli, 5.11 Tactical, Bushnell, Blackhawk, DoubleStar, and Hornady. He has been featured on several of Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery episodes and on a Downrange TV series. Jeff’s current endeavors cover a broad spectrum and he can be found anywhere from local matches helping and encouraging new shooters as they develop their own love of the sport, to the dove field with his friends, a charity sporting clays shoot, backpack hunting public land in Montana, or the winners podium of a major championship.

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  • Robert Fornefeld February 2, 2022, 10:36 am

    I love POF, but why proprietary mags? There are plenty of options like CZ, Sig MPX, Colt, or HK to name a few. I wonder if POF will make a 16″ barrel. Time will tell.

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