The Hudson Mfg H9 pistol seems to be the most talked-about product at SHOT Show 2017, and it’s easy enough to see why. Like it or, for whatever absurd reason, hate it, it’s nothing if not new and interesting. It combines many of the aspects of the 1911 that have made it a classic, lasting design and modernizes much of the rest.
I’m not one to turn down an as-high-as-physically-possible grip under an as-low-as-possible slide, an insanely short, crisp trigger with a tuned 1911-like reset, some weight at the dust cover, great sights, and more. Who would? I’m impressed.
Were I to purchase an H9 — and I gotta say, at this point I’m as good as saving up for the $1,147 MSRP gun — I’d opt for the trigger sans safety blade and add the optional thumb safety. That done, it’s truly a 1911 for 2017.