Best known for their full-sized .45ACP single actions, Colt tried to break that mold by marketing a double action 9mm pocket gun in the 1990s.
With the Federal Assault Weapons Ban afoot, which put the kybosh on the commercial market for semi-autos with a magazine capacity that went over 10 rounds, Colt debuted several double action pistols during the Clinton era. These included the 6+1 capacity Pony Series 90 .380ACP and various versions of the much larger Colt Double Eagle. Among this tide was the Pocket Nine.
Tipping the scales at just 17-ounces, the very compact DAO used a 2.75-inch barrel and a very slim profile. Like the Pony 90, it had a 6+1 capacity but was chambered in the more powerful 9mm. Shipping standard with rubber wraparounds and 3-dot sights, the Pocket Nine was only produced in a stainless variant.
When it comes to specs, it rivals Kahr’s CM9 pistol, only it should be noted that Kahr introduced that polymer-framed model in 2011 — over a decade after Colt added the Pocket Nine to its catalog. Likewise, the Kimber Solo is similar in size but sports an aluminum frame and a striker-fired action. In short, Colt’s single stack 9mm was interesting for its time. Its only contemporary rivals when it came to DAO hammer-fired single stack 9mms were the S&W 3953 and Sig’s P239, both of which are now out of production.
Speaking of out of production, the Pocket Nine is today a collector’s item, as Colt only produced about 5,000 of these guns in 1999, then closed the line. Facing competition like the Glock G26 subcompact, which was heavier and longer but offered a 10+1 capacity, the new 9mm had an uphill battle.
The one we currently have in the Guns.com Vault has two magazines and runs $599. Now 20 years young, it is looking for a forever home.