Intratec Tec 9 / DC 9 [Automatic Pistol]:

The TEC DC-9 is a low priced single action autoloading pistol made by Intratec Firearms of Miami, Florida. In keeping with the low price, the DC-9 also has an reputation for low quality construction. As for styling, the DC-9 looks like nothing else so much as a miniature submachinegun, although it is not a fully automatic firearm. There are two basic models, the normal DC-9 and the short barrel DC-9M.

The magazine well is located in front of the trigger, and the gun features a threaded barrel, a perforated heat shroud, and a long 30-round magazine, all of which contribute to the SMG-like appearance. The DC-9 is blowback operated and chambers the 9mm Parabellum round.

The TEC DC-9 was originally called the "TEC-9", but was renamed to "DC-9" about a year later, probably in response to a widely publicized crime where some deviant blasted his way through a crowded Washington DC office building with a TEC-9 in each hand.

The DC-9 bears the dubious honor of having been named explicitly in the 1994 "assault weapons" ban, as well as being listed in ninth place on the BATF list of "Top 18 Handguns Used by Criminals". It is legal under current US law for private individuals to own a DC-9 that was constructed prior to the effective date of the ban, although certain states or localities may have more restrictive laws.

For a handgun, the DC-9 is very large and very heavy. It is over a foot in length and weighs in at over four and a half pounds when fully loaded (heavier than some rifles). It is certainly not what most shooters would consider a concealable weapon.

Most of the larger metal components of the pistol are constructed of plain heavy steel. Here there are no exotic alloys as one might find on many other modern pistols, and this contributes to the extraordinary size and weight of the DC-9. The lower receiver / grip assembly is made of a single piece of thick molded plastic resin.

The DC-9 has been criticized for its cheaply finished construction, and some of the most common complaints include:

Weight:DC-9: 3.1 lbs (1.4 kg.) DC-9M: 2.75 lbs (1.25 kg)
Caliber: 9mm Parabellum.
Barrel Length:DC-9: 5 inches (12.7 cm.) DC-9M: 3 inches (7.62 cm)
Total Length:DC-9: 12 inches (31.75 cm.) DC-9M: 9.5 inches (24.1 cm)
Action: Single Action.
Mode of Fire: Semi Automatic only.
Range: 165 ft (50 m).
Magazine: 20 or 30 rounds with factory magazines and up to 50 rounds with aftermarket magazines.
Cost: $400
Made in: United States.
Special: Fairly cheap and can feed Blazer Ammunition.

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Writeup by Mischa (E-Mail Mischa ) and by Kitsune (E-Mail Kitsune).

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