B&T TP9: The Modern Day Swiss Tec-9
The Uzi has been with us since 1950 and it has sold more than any other sub-machine gun in the world, to the military at least. The Israeli machine has maintained its small form and super reliable function, which has helped special forces teams around the world choose it as their main weapon.
In the 1990s, the Uzi became a legend for all the wrong reasons. Gangbangers loved this sub-machine gun and it became the unofficial face of organized crime thanks to its compact, easily concealed frame. The Tec-9 was another favorite with the wrong crowd. Pitbull dogs, too, while we’re at it.
Now the B&T TP9 doesn’t look exactly the same. It is the antithesis of the cheap mass market weapon of mass destruction that paved the way for it too.
But, there’s no getting round the fact. This little Swiss 9mm is a spiritual successor to that urban Lord of War and the old-school, cheaper Tec-9.
A Small 9mm Semi-Auto
The whole gun is less than 12 inches long, but it comes with 30+1 rounds and a trigger system that means you can rapid fire the lot through that five inch barrel.
There are no NFA regulations, but you can turn it into an SBR if you add a stock. A tactical brace, on the other hand, turns this into a super compact weapon you can shoulder, and also open carry in a special rigid leg holster.
It’s an intriguing mixture of sidearm and SBR then.
Swiss Guns Are Stunning
We have waxed lyrical about B&T recently and we think the Swiss weapons are a match for anything on the market in this compact 9mm class.
This TP9 might actually be our favorite, because it’s got a clear and defined purpose. It’s tiny, it packs a real punch and you can hang it off a sling or brace it. So you can carry it alongside a shotgun and a handgun as a home defense system.
We dearly love B&T’s tactical weapons, but they’re civilian versions of military hardware and that has a different emphasis. Soldiers need a versatile gun. In the home you need something you can move freely with that will deliver a devastating assault.
The TP9 might just be that firearm. It isn’t cheap, but then this is a perfectly engineered gun that could well be the first one you reach for when you hear a noise downstairs. It will certainly be one of the first you take to the range, especially if you run real world drills. It’s just such a versatile weapon and the 9mm ammo is cheap enough to turn this into an upscale plinking gun.
Go Tactical With Rails
You get Picatinny rails for a tactical light and a scope, but I’d go with the full red dot effect and let whoever’s in your sights know that this is a bad, bad idea.
B&T TP9 Need To Know
Barrel length: 5 inches
Length: 11.9 inches
Where to get cheap 9mm ammunition online?
If you invest in this sub-machine gun, or even the other offerings from CZ, Sig Sauer or HK, then you’re going to burn through a serious amount of ammunition.
So buy in bulk, from Lucky Gunner. Get the right compromise between quality and price, then stick with that bullet and learn its eccentricities. No two bullets really fly alike, so perfect your technique with one and always try and shoot what you train.
Blazer Brass has got a lot of positive, five-star reviews for its 9mm Boxer-primed, 124gr bullets that cost 19.9c/round.
Hornady Custom hollowpoints will set you back 63c/round, but if your life depends on it then the most expensive bullet in the world will feel like the best investment you ever made at that particular time and space.
Get yours here…