How the Tec 9 Became So Popular

How the Tec 9 Became So Popular

Posted by GunShowMags on 20th May 2021

The Tec-9 has to be one of the most notorious semi-automatic pistols manufactured for the gun market. It was first introduced in 1984, the Tec-9 was made of inexpensive molded polymers and a mixture of stamped and milled steel parts. The simplistic design of this handgun made repairs and modification easy to accomplish. A negative reputation began to develop with its association with organized crime, street gangs and mass shootings, but also popularized in American Cinema, you can find one in Big Trouble in Little China, being used by the main character.

Who manufactured the Tec-9?

A company by the name of Interdynamic AB, was a manufacturer from Stockholm, Sweden. The American subsidiary of the Swedish company was named Intratec that developed the Tec-9 in the United States. The Tec-9 was previously named the Interdynamic MP-9 and initially intended to be used by the South African apartheid government, but was rejected and shipped to other various nations. Not finding any government to pick up the MP-9, the firearm was redesigned taken to the US market with a closed-bolt system and renamed the KG-99, then ultimately known as the Tec-9. 

The TEC-9 is a direct descendant of military machine pistols, which provide soldiers with maximum firepower in a small, light-weight, easily maneuverable package. Machine pistols are most effective against multiple targets in close quarters, where precisely aimed shots are not as important as a large volume of fire.

When did the Tec-9 began its reputation?

In 1989 a Tec-9 was used at Cleveland Elementary School by a disturbed drifter. California was quick to place the Tec-9 handgun on is list of banned weapons. 1993 had another mass shooting at a law office in San Francisco. The final straw to completely ban the Tec-9 was the Columbine High School massacre in 1999. The Tec-9 was able to use high capacity handgun magazines, all the way up to 52 round magazine and a 72 round drum. Hollywood would popularize the gun even during the ban, in many high-profile productions. In the 90’s the Tec-9 would unfortunately be involved with the Columbine incident. Between being frowned upon by Politicians, Hollywood, crime and the end of production, curiosity would be on high to get a hold of these nostalgic handguns for collectors.

The TEC-9 and TEC-DC9 variants were listed among the 19 firearms banned by name in the USA by the now expired 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban. This ban caused the cessation of their manufacture, and forced Intratec to introduce a newer model called the AB-10, a TEC-9 Mini without a threaded muzzle/barrel shroud and limited to a 10-round magazine instead of a 20- or 32-round magazine. However, it accepted the standard capacity magazines of the pre-ban models. Although still found on the used firearms market, the TEC-9 and similar variants are banned, often by name, in several states including California, New York, New Jersey[12] and Maryland.

Are there any Tec-9 handguns on the market?

The Tec-9 are no longer manufactured, and are still banned in some states. Although still found on the used firearms market, the TEC-9 and similar variants are banned, often by name, in several states including California, New York, New Jersey and Maryland. Despite having a reputation as the most Banned handgun and its variants, plus being a cheaply made, poor designed handgun, Gun Collectors and Firearm Aficionados still purchase and collect the Tec-9.

Are 9mm Magazines still available for the Tec-9?

The Tec-9 might be a very unpopular 9mm handgun to some, but they are still very much sought out. has that special Tec-9 magazine that you have been looking for.

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