Author Topic: Karl and Eric's R9 Robar/Rohrbaugh Pistols for Sale  (Read 1604 times)

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Karl and Eric's R9 Robar/Rohrbaugh Pistols for Sale
« on: October 07, 2020, 10:24:32 PM »
There are a few Rohrbaugh R9's that are really special. I have two historically significant R9's up for sale. It is very hard to put a value on these guns. I am asking $10,000 for the pair. Both guns are in like new condition.

Here is the story behind these two handguns:

In 2009 the Robar/Rohrbaugh R9 Pistols were created. The first Robar/Rohrbaugh R9 Pistol had the Serial Number R3000. This pistol was given away in the March/April 2009 issue of Handgunner Magazine. Karl owned the second Robar/Rohrbaugh R9 Pistol (Serial Number R3001), which was featured on the cover of the company catalog. Eric owned the third Robar/Rohrbaugh R9 Pistol (Serial Number R3002).

Eric wrote me a letter in July of 2013 explaining all of the above. He also wrote that his gun had received some special attention. It had been hand fitted, small parts were hand sanded and polished by a jeweler.

I bought Ericís gun (R3002) first. A few months later, Eric helped me acquire Karlís gun (R3001).

Items included in this sale:

  • Karl Rohrbaugh's R9 Robar/Robaugh Pistol - Serial Number R3001 - in factory hard case

  • Eric Rohrbaugh's R9 Robar/Robaugh Pistol - Serial Number R3002 - in factory hard case

  • The (July 2013) personal letter from Eric Rohrbaugh on company letterhead

  • Karl Rohrbaugh signed copy of the March/April Handgunner magazine featuring the new Robar/Rohrbaugh R9 pistol

  • Rohrbaugh Company literature featuring the Robar/Rohrbaugh R9 with serial number R3001 plainly visible

I hope someone here on the forum will be excited by this offering.
« Last Edit: October 09, 2020, 06:32:25 AM by AmmonsArms »
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Re: Karl and Eric's R9 Robar/Rohrbaugh Pistols for Sale
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2020, 12:11:41 PM »
Sounds like a great set. Do you have pictures you can post? You might sell faster if you break apart the set.

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Re: Karl and Eric's R9 Robar/Rohrbaugh Pistols for Sale
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2020, 05:22:44 PM »
Provenance plus consecutive numbers????  IMO keep it together!
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Re: Karl and Eric's R9 Robar/Rohrbaugh Pistols for Sale
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2020, 07:39:55 PM »
Ah yes, I recall this long ago. Very nice collection and documentation for the First Robar/Rohrbaugh Pistols.
We really enjoyed developing that line. They were realy quite special, especially working personally with Robbie Barrkman on the finishes. The best of the best for every part on those pistols.
I hope they go to someone who can understand what they represent in small handgun history.

   "The World's Smallest and Lightest 9mm Pistol"

At that time, we were the only game in town. Many followed. . . . . . .

Good Luck with your sale.
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Re: Karl and Eric's R9 Robar/Rohrbaugh Pistols for Sale
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2020, 05:56:58 AM »
Here are pictures of the pistols. Karl's is Serial Number R3001 and Eric's is R3002.

They belong together.
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Re: Karl and Eric's R9 Robar/Rohrbaugh Pistols for Sale
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2020, 06:47:52 PM »
Poetry in Metal.

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Re: Karl and Eric's R9 Robar/Rohrbaugh Pistols for Sale
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2020, 07:24:42 PM »

What, sights on both of them?

Pure blasphemy from the Brothers!    ;)

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Re: Karl and Eric's R9 Robar/Rohrbaugh Pistols for Sale
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2020, 06:53:17 PM »

What, sights on both of them?

Pure blasphemy from the Brothers!    ;)

Ha haa . . . . . . You know. . . . . Karl and I both thought no sights, for real, it's a "gut gun", as Karl used to say ref the R9:  "It's for up close and personal use.".  With that in mind, an early adoptor of the pistol, Bob Jensen, insisted that the gun have sights on it. When we said no, his rebutal was: "Well then, it must be inherently inaccurate if you do not want to put sights on the gun". 
After I expressed Mr. Jensen's concerns, that was when Karl designed the R9S, the fixed sight version. As they say on Long Island:  "Not for Nothin'". . . . . THAT  sighted version became the most popular version of the R9, not the unsighted version.
That is why the Robar/Rohrbaugh Pistols were sighted.  (Yes folks, a little behind the scenes information on the sights).

Regards,

Eric C. Rohrbaugh
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Re: Karl and Eric's R9 Robar/Rohrbaugh Pistols for Sale
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2020, 07:28:58 PM »

What, sights on both of them?

Pure blasphemy from the Brothers!    ;)

Ha haa . . . . . . You know. . . . . Karl and I both thought no sights, for real, it's a "gut gun", as Karl used to say ref the R9:  "It's for up close and personal use.".  With that in mind, an early adoptor of the pistol, Bob Jensen, insisted that the gun have sights on it. When we said no, his rebutal was: "Well then, it must be inherently inaccurate if you do not want to put sights on the gun". 
After I expressed Mr. Jensen's concerns, that was when Karl designed the R9S, the fixed sight version. As they say on Long Island:  "Not for Nothin'". . . . . THAT  sighted version became the most popular version of the R9, not the unsighted version.
That is why the Robar/Rohrbaugh Pistols were sighted.  (Yes folks, a little behind the scenes information on the sights).

Regards,

Eric C. Rohrbaugh

I am glad you knew I was trying to be humorous.

I remember the guns but I did not remember that they both had sights.

I wish him good luck with his sale!

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Re: Karl and Eric's R9 Robar/Rohrbaugh Pistols for Sale
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2020, 09:27:42 AM »
Seems my personal messages donít always make it.  Hereís a suggestion: put them on gun broker and Iíll place an opening bid of $6000.00 for the pair.
There has to be a few collectors out there, besides myself.

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Re: Karl and Eric's R9 Robar/Rohrbaugh Pistols for Sale
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2021, 09:25:39 PM »
There are a few Rohrbaugh R9's that are really special. I have two historically significant R9's up for sale. It is very hard to put a value on these guns. I am asking $10,000 for the pair. Both guns are in like new condition.

Here is the story behind these two handguns:

In 2009 the Robar/Rohrbaugh R9 Pistols were created. The first Robar/Rohrbaugh R9 Pistol had the Serial Number R3000. This pistol was given away in the March/April 2009 issue of Handgunner Magazine. Karl owned the second Robar/Rohrbaugh R9 Pistol (Serial Number R3001), which was featured on the cover of the company catalog. Eric owned the third Robar/Rohrbaugh R9 Pistol (Serial Number R3002).

Eric wrote me a letter in July of 2013 explaining all of the above. He also wrote that his gun had received some special attention. It had been hand fitted, small parts were hand sanded and polished by a jeweler.

I bought Ericís gun (R3002) first. A few months later, Eric helped me acquire Karlís gun (R3001).

Items included in this sale:

  • Karl Rohrbaugh's R9 Robar/Robaugh Pistol - Serial Number R3001 - in factory hard case

  • Eric Rohrbaugh's R9 Robar/Robaugh Pistol - Serial Number R3002 - in factory hard case

  • The (July 2013) personal letter from Eric Rohrbaugh on company letterhead

  • Karl Rohrbaugh signed copy of the March/April Handgunner magazine featuring the new Robar/Rohrbaugh R9 pistol

  • Rohrbaugh Company literature featuring the Robar/Rohrbaugh R9 with serial number R3001 plainly visible

I hope someone here on the forum will be excited by this offering.
Hello Iím new. But a collector especially of guns with a story. Have these been sold? If not, no need to post them on an auction site. Please PM me and we can figure something out to respect and honor the history and all your hard work to put them together.


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Re: Karl and Eric's R9 Robar/Rohrbaugh Pistols for Sale
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2021, 07:42:58 PM »
That is very nice of you good Sir! 

Welcome to the forum!

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Re: Karl and Eric's R9 Robar/Rohrbaugh Pistols for Sale
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2021, 07:51:52 PM »
Thank you. Seems like a great bunch of people.

Iím still impressed by the engineering. Picked up a used one last week and after everything worthwhile I have read, Iím fortunate to be an owner of one.

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Re: Karl and Eric's R9 Robar/Rohrbaugh Pistols for Sale
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2021, 07:53:12 PM »
As we say:  "Welcome to The Family". 

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