The Tec-9 is a semi-automatic handgun chambered in 9mm. The Tec-9 was originally designed by Intratec, a US domestic subsidiary of Swedish company Interdynamic AB. Interdynamic designed it to be an inexpensive submachine gun for the military and tactical use. However, Interdynamic failed to attract a buyer for the Tec-9, and the gun was never manufactured on a large scale.
The Tec-9 employs a blowback system in which the motion from the fired cartridge casing is used to propel the rearward motion of the bolt as the spent casing is ejected and a new round is loaded. It has an effective range is about 50 yards. It was originally offered with magazines capable of holding between 10 and 72 cartridges.
The US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officially categorized the Tec-9 as a handgun rather than a rifle.
Following several well publicized mass killings involving the Tec-9, the gun was banned under provisions in the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. It could be easily converted into a fully automatic pistol. Following this ruling, Intratec released the AB-10, a scaled down Tec-9 with a 10-round magazine. This variant also omitted the Tec-9 threaded muzzle. Interestingly, Tec-9 and AB-10 magazines were interchangeable.
|Capacity:||10 to 72|
|Features:||Blowback operated; and interchangeable magazines|
|Material/Finish:||Stamped black steel|
|Weight:||2.71 to 3.09 pounds|
|Barrel Length:||2.9 to 5"|
|Length:||9.48 to 12.48"|