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TEC-9 / TEC-DC9 / AB-10
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Intratec TEC-9 (AB-10 Shown)
Type "Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin
Production history
Designer "George Kellgren
Manufacturer "Intratec
Produced 1985—2001
No. built 257,434
Variants
  • KG-99
  • TEC DC-9
  • TEC DC-9M
  • AB-10
  • TEC-9M (Mini, 76 mm barrel, no barrel jacket, 20-round magazine)
  • TEC-9S (stainless steel)[1]
Specifications
Weight 1.23–1.4 kg depending on model
Length 241–317 mm depending on model
"Barrel length 76–127 mm depending on model

"Cartridge "9×19mm Parabellum
"Caliber "9mm
"Action "Blowback-operated, "semi-automatic pistol
"Muzzle velocity 1,181 ft/s (360 m/s)
Effective firing range 50 m (160 ft)
Feed system 10-, 20-, 32-, 36- and 50-round box magazine, 72-round "drum magazine
Sights "Iron sight

The Intratec TEC-9, TEC-DC9, or AB-10 is a "blowback-operated "semi-automatic "pistol. It was developed by "Intratec, an "American "subsidiary of the "Swedish firearms manufacturer Interdynamic AB. Introduced in 1985, the TEC-9 was made of inexpensive molded "polymers and a mixture of stamped and milled steel parts, and the simple design of the gun made it easy to repair and modify. The TEC-9 developed a negative reputation for its association with "organized crime and "mass shootings in the 1990s, however it was a commercial success, and over 250,000 copies were produced until Intratec "dissolved in 2001.

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History[edit]

"Interdynamic AB, a "Swedish "firearms manufacturer based in "Stockholm designed the "Interdynamic MP-9, intended as an inexpensive "9mm "submachine gun based on the "Carl Gustav M/45 for military applications. Interdynamic did not find a government buyer, so it was taken to the "United States domestic market as an "open-bolt "semi-automatic pistol, but the design was deemed too easy to convert to "fully automatic fire. Due to this, the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) forced Interdynamic to redesign the firearm into a "closed-bolt system, which was harder to convert to full automatic. This variant was called the KG-99, and was popularized when it made frequent appearances on the popular television show "Miami Vice, where it was legally converted to full auto by "Title II manufacturers.[2][3] The KG-9 and KG-99 have an open-end upper receiver tube where the "bolt, recoil springs, and "buffer plate are held in place by the plastic/polymer lower receiver frame. This design only allows for 115 grain 9mm ammunition, and if a heavier grain ammunition or hot loads are used, the plastic lower receiver will fail or crack, rendering the firearm unusable. Later versions of the TEC-9 and AB-10 had a "threaded upper receiver tube at the rear and a screw-on end cap to contain the bolt, recoil spring, and buffer plate even if removed from the lower receiver, solving the problem of lower receiver failure when using hot ammo.

Reputation and legislation[edit]

Following the 1989 "Cleveland School massacre, the TEC-9 was placed on "California's list of banned weapons. To circumvent this, Intratec rebranded a variant of the TEC-9 as a TEC-DC9 from 1990 to 1994 (DC standing for "Designed for California"). The most noticeable external difference between the TEC-9 and the later TEC-DC9 is that rings to hold the sling were moved from the side of the gun with the cocking handle to a removable stamped metal clip in the back of the gun. In 1993, the weapon was the subject of further controversy following its use in the "101 California Street shootings. In 1999, the TEC-9 was notoriously used by "Dylan Klebold, one of the perpetrators of "Columbine High School massacre.[4][5] That same year, California amended the 1989 "Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act (AWCA), effective January 2000, to ban handguns having features such as "barrel shrouds.[6][7][8][9] During the 1990s the TEC-9 also developed a reputation for its use by American "street gangs and "organized crime syndicates, who were attracted to the large capacity 32-round magazines and cheap cost of the firearm.[10]

The TEC-9 was produced from 1985 until 1994, when the model and TEC-DC9 variants were banned nationally in the United States, among the 19 firearms banned by name in the now-expired 1994 "Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB).[11] [12]. This ban caused forced Intratec to cease their manufacture, and forced them to introduce a newer model. The following year Intratec introduced the AB-10, a TEC-9 Mini without a "threaded muzzle/barrel shroud and sold with a smaller 10-round magazine instead of 20- or 32-round magazines. However, the AB-10 still accepted the larger capacity magazines of the pre-ban TEC-9 models, and were often acquired by users in place of the standard magazine.

In 2001, the "Supreme Court of California ruled that Intratec was not liable for the 1993 101 California Street attacks, and that same year Intratec was "dissolved and production of the AB-10 model ceased.[4] Although still found on the used firearms market and nationally legal since 2004, the TEC-9 and similar variants are banned, often by name, in several US states including California, "New York, "New Jersey, and "Maryland.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hogg, Ian (1989). Jane's Infantry Weapons 1989-90, 15th Edition. Jane's Information Group. p. 70. "ISBN "0-7106-0889-6. 
  2. ^ Muramatsu, Kevin (18 July 2012). The Gun Digest Book of Automatic Pistols Assembly/Disassembly. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. pp. 361–369. "ISBN "978-1-4402-3006-6. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Peter Harry Brown; Daniel G. Abel (15 June 2010). Outgunned: Up Against the NRA-- The First Complete Insider Account of the Battle Over Gun Control. Free Press. pp. 90–96. "ISBN "978-1-4516-0353-8. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Columbine Gun's Maker Closes Up; Legal Battles Ensnarled Navegar and TEC-9 Pistol". "The Washington Post (August 18, 2001).
  5. ^ "The hidden culprits at columbine". Salon. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  6. ^ "California Supreme Court Turns Back Gun Foes in Merrill v. Navegar". Findlaw. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  7. ^ "Assault Weapons: The Case Against The TEC-9". Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  8. ^ http://www.ux1.eiu.edu/~cfib/courses/silveira.htm
  9. ^ "A California AR/AK "Series" Assault Weapon FAQ…". calguns.net. 
  10. ^ https://www.cpmlegal.com/news-publications-Assault_Weapons_The_Case_Against_The_TEC_9.html
  11. ^ Phillip Peterson (30 September 2008). Gun Digest Buyer's Guide To Assault Weapons. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. p. 139. "ISBN "978-1-4402-2672-4. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Intratec". Violence Policy Center. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  13. ^ Edward Colimore (March 14, 1993). "New Jersey Gun Owners Decry Ban Critics Were Legion At A Sports Shop. They Hope For A Senate Override Tomorrow Of Florio's Veto". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 

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