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The Extar EP9 is our vision of the perfect 9mm PDW pistol. We designed it to be extremely lightweight, completely reliable, accurate, and soft shooting. We made it compatible with the most popular 9mm magazines with Last Round Bolt Hold-Open and knew that we had something special.
The EP9 is made of a durable advanced engineering-grade polymers that provides a great texture, light weight, no denting or bending, doesn’t absorb as much heat when under the sun, and doesn’t require the lubrication that metal components do.
Accepting Glock-style magazines, the EP9 sensibly uses the most common 9mm magazine out there. Included with the EP9 is one standard capacity Glock-style magazine. Use up to a 33 round Glock magazine of any model except for G26 and G43.
Our Extar recoil impulse damping system brings soft recoil to extremely lightweight pistols. This design uses special polymer materials; which mitigate bolt bounce, reduce felt recoil, and increase control.
Included is a compensator for reduced recoil. With the option to attach any ½-28 threaded muzzle devices. When suppressed, the EP9 becomes very quiet, making it a perfect for any indoor shooting or home defense.
Conveniently near the hand grip, there is a standard Quick Disconnect point for slings, straps, or other accessories. Connect a single-point or single-to double sling to the QD point for easy carry, while being right there to ready up.

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I've had one of these for over 2 years, absolutely love it. 2k+ rounds no problem, aluminum and mostly brass case. Light, cheap, reliable, comfortable... Can't go wrong with this one. Can't wait to try it in 10mm!

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I bought one and so far have about 500 rounds through it. Impressions:
1. It is remarkably light shooting, even for a 9mm. I'm not a gunsmith, but the bcg has a weight on it that seems to dampen recoil tremendously. Buffer spring is also pretty strong as well.
2. I thought about putting a binary trigger on it, but after shooting it, I don't think it would add much speed. Trigger pull is light and when I was shooting as fast as I could, I could dump 15 round mags in about 2 seconds or so. Very fast shooting gun. Mozambique drills are an absolute pleasure.
3. It's all polymer, sure, but it seems to be made of pretty stout stuff. I had an issue where I got the bolt stuck in the buffer tube (because I'm an idiot) and had to wack at the gun with a mallet to get it free. No damage at all.
4. Trigger is a little gritty, but pulls great.

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This will be my second one, after having such a good experience shooting the first one with no jams or beak in , the lightweight feel and the use of all my glock mags I own, I had to get a second one for my son, the price is a bargain right now.

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I ordered on Friday the 6th, delivered at my dealer Thursday morning on the 12th. Very lightweight, feels nice. Has a magazine I've never heard of but most people buying this already have mags. I have some ETS 31s coming from PSA to go along with my OEM Glock 33s I've had for years. I'll use OEM mags for home defense and try out the ETS at the range. I hope to try it out in the next week or two.

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I got it out shooting a little today and continue to be happy with this purchase. I only had time for about 75 rounds, so it was no endurance test and the conditions weren't adverse. Still it had no snags from the first to the last shot. About a third were Blazer 115 grn, a third commercial 147 grn, an a third 147 grn somewhat hotter handloads. The bolt locked back at the end of every magazine (I usually only loaded a few in at a time to check this.). It handled well and was easy to keep on target. All of this was with a suppressor and i didn't notice any gasses in my face. One downside is the 33- round Glock factory mags weren't dropping free. Just a little too much compression in the magazine well. Maybe this will change over time. So far, I'm still very happy with this purchase.

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I just picked up my Extar EP9. Wow, I love this little gun! Can't wait to get to the range. It's a great little-sister companion to my Extar EXP556.

Here's a couple tips:

1. Installation and removal of the SB Tactical brace, which is included, is easy. See here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOREFARWQlo

2. In my opinion, the Uncle Mike's "Tactical Submachine Gun Case" #52101 made for the MP5 is probably the best case. Fits the Extar EP9 just right and has 6 extra-long 9mm magazine slots on the side. Here's a sample location with one: https://www.opticsplanet.com/uncle-mike-s-gun-cases-tactical-case-for-su... (not endorsing the site, just showing the product). (Also, I use this exact case for my Extar EXP556, but removed the stitching between every other 9mm slot--works GREAT for AR-15 magazines!)

Now I need to stock up on more 9mm ammo and more 30+ 9mm Glock mags. :)

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I've received one already. For $435 delivered and the advertised specifications, I couldn't pass it up and took the risk. I placed the order on Sunday 3/18/18 and received on Thursday 4 days later. My order was 139 and the S/N is in the low 300's.
I haven't yet shot it, so what follows is just my first impression of the little I judge.

It is light weight. At least 2 lb lighter than my 9mm JRC Carbine that I SBRed (filed the paperwork, paid $200, waited 4 months, and cut the barrel down to 7"). The JRC has an aluminum upper/lower with a short aluminum quad-rail.

Handing it, you notice the plastic (uh, high tech polymer). It sort of feels like the construction of a Kel-Tech bullpup rifle. I'm not a materials snob, or brand snob. If it works, it works. I recognize that plastic is what makes it affordable and light. Time will tell if the design is robust and suited for the materials. The manufacturer recommends against lubrication.

The controls are AR-15 all the way, including the bolt catch. The trigger is plenty nice for what it is and lighter, smoother than most mil-spec triggers.

Disassembly is very similar to an AR. You don't need tools (unlike my JRC, which is not nearly as simple to disassemble).

You have to mount the brace yourself. I was expecting it to be a challenge, so took an extra step of heating the brace to 170 deg F to milk a little thermal expansion out of relative to the cool buffer tube (expanded the ID of the brace hole a bit). It went on with reasonable persuasion and then seated tightly. (this methodology is often called "sweeting it on" in metals fabrication, but don't know if it's entirely kosher for this application. It worked for me).

I removed the strange muzzle brake (compensator?) and attached a tri-lug mount to adapt to my suppressor. There is about a half inch visible gap between the bottom of my suppressor and the end of the handguard this way. If you have direct thread on your can, this may be about a zero or negative gap. I would have prefered the bottom of the can to be tucked into the shroud, like on my JRC, but I won't lose any sleep over it.

I also mounted a Magpul angle fore-grip I had laying around. It barely fits lengthwise. (Caution, adding a vertical fore-grip to a pistol can turn it into an illegal SBR).

With a red-dot on an AR-height riser, it is perfect. The ergonomics are great for a pistol with a brace.

Glad I went for it, so far. I hope I don't get disappointed shooting it next weekend.

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Here's a YouTube video that shows how to EASILY and QUICKLY install and remove the included SB Tactical brace:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOREFARWQlo

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Thanks for the info! Any way we could see a picture of your set-up? I'm mostly interested in seeing how the fore-grip and suppressor looks.

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Try this link. Again, I have a 3-lug adapter (HK MP5 style). A direct thread can may sit flush.http://www.wingedmelon.com/Compartmentalized/Extar/n-6Rsx9W/
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Looks sweet! I sure hope these are good quality and last many thousands of rounds.

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Badass, man.....like a mustache with titties

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Got mine today. Impressive light weight, however all ploymer built cheapen the look and feel of the pistol. If u expecting aluminum like are u are in for a surprise!

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No sbr stamp is needed for this ar pistol right?

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correct

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Hmm, the below response was supposed to be reply to pc0d607. Weird that it's putting my response messages at the top instead of indented on the message to which I'm responding. Must be something wrong on my phone, because I know it works on my computer. Weird. Sorry for the extra posts.

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I love my EXTAR EXP556, so I’m sure I’ll live this!
I just ordered. Haven’t really dealt with the company.

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Just ordered one. I love my Extar EXP556! Thanks for adding
this! I didn’t even know it existed. Can’t wait to shoot it!

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If EP10 comes out in this price range, hook me up! I just hope the expected release date of Q3 2018 is realistic.

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I mean, damn.... glock mag, last round hold open, side charging handle for suppressed gases, good price... I've been holding out for PSA to replenish their supplies, but this one is tempting. its a shame the upper is so ugly thou. Not sure if i should continue waiting for PSA's 8" mlok pistol, or roll the dice on this one

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I live in Las Vegas, I called New Frontier Armory when I saw this deal to ask if I bought the EP9 and picked it up at their storefront could I save the shipping / transfer etc. You see, having talked to New Frontier staff in the past about the EXP 556 availability we learned (I thought) that they bought the Extar business. Well, the woman on the other end didn’t have a clue what I was asking about. They are backfilling all the 556 orders first and aren’t selling any 556 until then. So now I’m really confused, I called Extar down in Lake Havasu City and spoke with Chad. He tells me New Frontier bought only the 556 line of business, but Extar is still around on their own and making the EP pistols. FWIW that’s my story and I’m in for one. Can’t build it for this price, I just bought a FM Foxtrot Mike front charging complete upper only for $60 less than this price.

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I owned a Extar EXP in 556, different but similar gun from same mfg, and I had no issues whatsoever, went bang when supposed to and pretty accurate at 50 yds with just the stock sights. I ended up selling the Extar after ATF said shouldering a Shockwave was OK and built a 7.5" AR Pistol instead. I've owned both the Extar 556 and also used a New Frontier Armory all poly lower in the AR Pistol Build, both perform as expected.

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Doesn't it worry you that they do not appear to produce the 556 version any more? Hell, I cannot find any page on their website that even mentions it. How long is product support going to last with these?

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The EXP pistols were made under contract to be exclusively distributed by New Frontier Armory. Whereas the EP9/45/10 are being sold direct from Extar. This would explain why the EXP 556 Mk 2 is not on Extar's website, but is listed on NFA and Joe Bob Outfitters.
https://www.newfrontierarmory.com/shop/exp-556-pistol-mk-2/
https://www.joeboboutfitters.com/EXTAR-EXP-MK-2-5-56-AR15-Pistol-8-25-Ba...

Source:
See bottom of page. https://www.extarguns.com/

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And both items are out of stock.....kinda supports my point. Also, did you you try the "buy it now" link from your own post? DEAD. Huh...

Out if the three CURRENT production guns, only the EP9 is orderable. These guys seem to have half assed support for their flavor of the month production runs. Let's just hope your one-year warranty period coincides with the parts that are available that week.

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Salty much, bro? I did in fact try the "buy it now" link at ExtarGuns.com and found it broken. You're abrasively arguing something that I didn't even dispute. All my comment above is meant to do is explain that Extar produced the EXPs under an exclusive contract with NFA.

Cheers,

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You suggested the link you provided showed some kind of connection or support to a product I hypothesized had been abandoned. The dead link is pretty relevant to the complete absence of support or availability. Pretty much my entire entire argument.

Also, you claim the two companies have an "exclusive contract?" Yeah, both receive mail at 150 East Centennial Parkway Suite North Las Vegas, NV 89084. My left butt cheek also has an exclusive contract with the right one. The fact that both butt cheeks receive mail at the same address is not evidence of anything but their ability to produce crap when combined. Crap produced under an "exclusive contract" of course ;)

But yes I do get pretty "salty" when a company uses shills to spread false information or fanboys drone on about something they know nothing about because they have $400 invested in something and don't want to appear foolish to themselves however mislead others in the process.

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I didn't suggest there was any ongoing support for the EXP by posting the link naming NFA as the distributor.

I don't know where you're seeing Extar as being addressed in Las Vegas with NFA. www.extarguns.com seems to be a site made for NFA since they have the only contact info there. Extar USA has their address in Arizona as stated on their website http://extarusa.com/.

Yeah, maybe they're using shills to spread false information and allow them to abandon the EXP pistol line. That's certainly possible. It's also possible that there's more to the story.... I'm no fanboy. lol! I've got no investment in their products. I plan to wait this out and see how the company and the EP9 performs before I give them $400+.

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It appears I am wrong about them using the same address. I was referencing the address from www.extarguns.com which that website is owned by NFA not Extar. Both companies still seem pretty interlinked though being involved in the same lawsuits. Please note I'm not claiming if they're right and wrong regarding these litigations, just the fact that the two corporate entities appear to be very involved with each other's business practices.

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I’ve found a lot of positive reviews on their .556 pistol platform couldn’t find anything negative on their firearms or company. Fuck it for $439.00 shipped I’ll take a chance and order one. They also sell this in .45 and 10mm which both are out of stock.

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I've been looking for a .45 AR pistol. I'll be keeping a eye out for it, thanks for the info!

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It does look promising. Hopefully you get a nice gun.

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PSA $549.00 +17.00 shipping =$566.00
Extar $419.00 + $20.00 shipping =$439.00
More then a few extra dollars.

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How reliable are PSA AR9s these days? I've heard mixed reviews regarding jams.

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I have built two, using the PSA upper, BCG and stripped lowers. I have customed the lowers with EPT triggers, and cosmetics from various places for Purdy mag and bolt releases, furniture, etc. They both shoot great, never had a single FTF/FTE and have ran every type of ammo, HP/+P/lead/steel/hand loads/Subs/Suppressed (Ti-Rant 45 w/9mm adpt). Accurate up to 100yrds within reason on all. Definitely worth buying if you need to ad one to your collection. However, I must say that my favorite and coolest pistol w/brace is my new CZ Evo Scorpion pistol.

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Frequently the PSA is 499 with free shipping for a complete pistol and a bit less if you buy the upper and lower separately. It's also a proven platform and company. This could be the greatest thing since sliced bread but I am not sure if I want pay to be the beta tester.
Also the warranty is only is a year vs lifetime.

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does PSA lack last round hold open?

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Looks cool but without some real info I think a PSA might be worth a few extra dollars for piece of mind.

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Is it side charged or what? Looks weird with no charging handle and that protruding top rail. Other than that,I'm intrigued for the price.

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The video shows it to be non-reciprocating side charge
That might be the best arrangement to reduce getting gassed in the face when shooting supressed.

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$439.00 shipped watched video looks nice would like to order one they said they have them in 9mm, 10mm and .45. Anyone know anything about this gun and company thanks.

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This looks very interesting. I wish this option had been around before SBR-ing my JRC carbine. It looks much easier to clean and assemble. The last round hold open is nice.

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