I was on the fence about keeping my B&T TP9, mainly due to the cost of the proprietary suppressor. Using the new Tech Smith MFG Tailhook adapter (which we announced here) and angled fore grip doesn’t address the suppressor issue it does completely transform the pistol into a much more useful weapon.
Tech Smith takes a B&T stock, cuts the end off and attaches a 3D printed plastic adapter that allows for the attachment of the excellent Tailhook pistol stabilizing brace. I initially had some doubts about the stability and strength of a 3D printed part that can see a fair amount of lateral stress. Whatever concerns I had quickly disappeared after installing the adapter and trying to break it. I hit it, tried to twist it and pulled on it from every angle. After 300 rounds down range my opinion only improved. The thing is just plain solid. The adapter works with the B&T TP9, MP9, GHM9, KH9 and P26.
The brace adapter setup uses factory B&T mounting hardware which allows the adapter to be folded to the right. When folded the adapter does not lock however the adapter stays put due to friction. I prefer this setup over a locking mechanism because deploying the adapter is very fast.
The pistol can still be fired with the adapter folded which is a plus. Installing the adapter is a breeze, slide the adapter into the slot, screw in the hardware and adapter screw and you are done. When folded the adapter protrudes about an inch, its not a big deal but it is worth pointing out. If you want one for your Swiss heater click here.
Tech Smith MFG also sells a 3D printed angled fore grip for the TP9. I was never a fan of the factory installed rail that ships with the TP9. The angled fore grip is a huge improvement. It provides a much more natural grip which results in faster operation and increased accuracy. Installation is easy, simply unscrew the current rail and screw in the angled fore grip. You will have to unhook the spring that partially obstructs the nut towards the front of the TP9, which is easily done with a dental pic or something else small and pointy. Order your grip here.
Tech Smith MFG makes an excellent product and at $190.95 the tailhook adapter is priced fairly considering they use B&T hardware. The angled fore grip sells for $45.99.
The Tech Smith Tailhook adapter and angled fore grip transforms a gun that’s awkward to shoot (in its non-SBR configuration) into a comfortable and accurate PDW type of weapon. A keeper for sure, who knows I might end up getting that suppressor after all..
Jeremy will be doing a video review of the Tech Smith Tailhook adapter soon, probably, maybe.
Star Rating (out of 5)
Quality * * * *
Tech Smith uses a modified B&T wire stock and hardware with a Gearhead works Tailhook adapter which are both top shelf parts. The 3D printed mount is strong and secure. The angled fore grip is also well made and sturdy.
Value * * *
At $190 the Tailhook adapter isn’t cheap but anything B&T comes at a cost. The angled fore grip at $45.99 is also fair value, considering it completely transforms the TP9.
Ergonomics * * * *
Shooting the TP9 with the tailhook adapter and angled fore grip are comfortable. The grip angle provides a natural grip and the tailhook adapter increase stability and controllability.