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.
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.
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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.
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.