We got word of this review today and thought we’d share, since some of what we’ve heard about the Stag Arms previously has been dubious at best — but that seems to be changing. Read on, and we’ll explain. Yes, we know, there’s a lot of exclamation points. Apparently Futch was excited. Mad Duo
Review: Stag Arms Model 9
Breach Bang Clear News Team, via reviewer Jeremiah Futch
Since its inception in 2003, Stag Arms has been manufacturing quality, mil-spec modern sporting rifles at an attractive price point.
When I learned that I was going to be able to spend some quality time with Stag’s innovative and market-ready 9mm carbine, the Model 9, I shouldn’t need to describe my excitement about seeing how this thing would fire.
Stag Arms Model 9 Carbine in 9mm
The Stag Arms Model 9 is a 9mm carbine that at first impression appears to be a standard AR-15 type rifle. It uses a true AR-15 upper and lower receiver with 7075-T6 forging. The carbines are machined in-house at Stag, then hard-coat anodized to the proper mil-spec Type III standard. Out of the box the Model 9 weighs a mere 6.8 Pounds, and measures 32.5″ collapsed and 35.75″ extended. So not only is this rifle compact and light weight, it’s also easy to conceal when carried on a mission or trip to the range.
The Stag Arms Model 9 wears a carbine-length barrel with Diamondhead VRS Drop-In Modular Handguard, which are both cool looking and comfortable. Another plus is that they’re made by Diamondhead USA – America.
The receiver holds the dimensions of a true AR-15 upper and lower, so you can swap out parts like the trigger and furniture to truly customize it for any AR-15 part on the market.
Stag Arms Model 9
On the inside, the Model 9 is like every other AR in Stag’s catalog, which gives you the added confidence that you’re getting a quality product! The barrel is a 4140 steel tube, button-rifled to a twist of 1:10—which stabilized my 9mm 147gr competition, 124gr NATO Full Metal Jacket, 115gr ball and 124gr hollow point defense when I tested the rifle at Fort Lewis Range 43. 500 rounds were fired in total, and not one was disappointed by this incredible machine.
Stag altered the mag well of the lower, machining it specifically for a 9mm mag—a seemingly commonsense step, but not one that goes unnoticed. At the rear of the mag well is a fixed-blade ejector to eject the spent brass to the side.
Stag Arms Model 9 Carbine Shell Ejector
The bolt on a 9mm AR is different from a 5.56 because as a semi-automatic blowback design, there’s no need for a rotating bolt. This means that the rifle is recoil operated, so the recoil is a tad rougher than that of a gas operated AR. While it’s only a 9mm, you don’t have any of the recoil reduction of a gas system to help you. It’s not a deal breaker if you know how to find a different load or position to handle the recoil bounce.
With a standard Mil-Spec charging handle, and small (.154”) trigger pin, the 32-round magazine cycles without issue.
Accuracy is simply brilliant. My PCC was very reliable, had zero malfunctions and shot every round I put through it.
The best part about Stag’s Model 9 Rifle is range accessibility. As many of you who shoot longer range targets know, indoor ranges aren’t the biggest fans of rifles (understandably so). But if you go to an indoor range, and can shoot a handgun, you can shoot a Stag Arms Model 9!
Stag Arms Model 9
The Stag Arms Model 9 Carbine had a long list of pleasant surprises while shooting. And let’s not forget that because it’s a Stag, it’s also available in a left-hand version!
The Stag Arms Model 9 AR Rifle is fun to shoot, economical (thank you ammo gods), accurate, and able to accept all the normal accessories for an AR. Knowing it came from the hands of the folks at Stag, with their history of innovation and market research, I knew I was in for a treat with this gun. The company has relied on end-user feedback to ensure they’re producing market-relevant products, and this was no exception.
About Stag Arms, in their own words
Stag Arms has a rich history filled with innovation, pioneering the left-handed modern sporting rifle. Although Stag Arms started out with a focus on mil-spec rifles, Stag is moving forward and evolving with the ever-changing trends in the market. Stag continues to work on new product development with their most recent releases being the Stag-10 which is offered in .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor for both right and left-handed shooters.
About the Author: Jeremiah Futch is the Head Combat Marksmanship Instructor for 1st Special Forces Groups (A) Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Committee. He is a professionally sponsored shooter competing in USPSA, Multi-gun and 3 Gun competitions. Futch consistently places in the top 50 at multiple National Championships, and is currently the USPSA Washington State Champion in Carry Optics Division. His title sponsors include Grey Ghost Precision, Blade-tech, Vortex Optics and Rainier Ballistics.
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