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Title: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: Datan on June 13, 2018, 01:18:51 AM
I recently exceeded 5000 days of carrying my R9S.  That is over 14 years of riding in an RJ Hedley pocket holster in my front right pocket with one in the pipe.  I thought Iíd share what it looks like now and some thoughts.

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Before the R9S, it was a long search for the perfect carry gun.  I remember the excitement of trying new guns and ways to carry, hoping each new combination would be the perfect fit for me.  But there was always disappointment in the end for me and I would find that I just didnít carry that often because of one issue or another.  That all ended when I got my hands on the R9S.

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I remember my excitement when seeing this gun in the 2003 Shot Show - day 3 was it?  About a week and many pages of reading later, I sent an email to Rohrbaugh Firearms to Ďget on the listí to buy one.  That was February 23rd, 2003.  In September of 2003, I made payment and Eric told me that my gun was in production in October 2003.  It was one of the very first to receive the gray anodized frame.  I opted for the personalized serial number.  I wanted it to be unique when someday I passed it along to one of my children.  At the time I didnít consider the collectability.  I asked for ďBPD-001Ē; my initials-001.  Maybe if I was a smarter man, Iíd have done something catchy like ďBond-007Ē.  On May 13th, 2004, it arrived at my FFL and it has been a love affair and carried since for all but a few days per year. 

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I was in-love with it from the moment I got my hands on it and, typical of young relationships, I fawned over it quite a bit that first year.  Over time, I came to depend on it and take it for granted (which is a good thing).  Today it isnít as shiny as it was 14 years ago, but I donít love it less for that.  I certainly have a deep respect for it.  We had our bumpy times in the beginning.  F2F / F2E was not uncommon.  I wasnít initially sure that I could count on/trust it.  As is often the case in a relationship, it was just as much me as it was the gun.  I had to learn how to hold and fire the gun.  That went a long way to fixing things.  But the gun was a very early model and had some growing pains as well.  It went back to Rohrbaugh and had the rear of the barrel rounded and the guide rod assembly upgraded.  The magazines were swapped out as well.  After that, the gun ran perfectly and has ever since.     

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Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: Datan on June 13, 2018, 01:22:47 AM
Today the R9S literally feels like a part of me.  My brain has cancelled the weight of it entirely out of my consciousness - I donít feel it at all.  The only time I notice it is on the very rare occasion when it is not there and then it is a nagging sense that something is missing.

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Often carried and seldom fired has been the way with this fine gun for me.  I fired the majority of rounds through this gun during the first year when getting familiar with it and getting it to run reliably.  That was ~600 rounds of Gold Dot HP 115gr and a couple recoil springs back then and it has had no more than 250 since then.  Doing the math, that is a couple of mags per year after the initial set.  This serves to keep me convinced that it works and will fire when I pull the trigger.  It also serves to cycle out the ammo that has lived in the mag for a year.  It has been dry fired quite a bit more than that.  Early on, I got a 9mm chamber insert that shoots a momentary laser dot every time the trigger is pulled.  This was great for training and for the relief of my hand.  I have never loved firing this gun a whole lot but can do so accurately enough and without hesitation that I have no doubt that it will protect me and mine. 

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As far as care and maintenance is concerned, I have done very little with this gun over the years, aside from carrying it and occasionally firing it.  It gets cleaned about once a year, and that is after I fire it.  I do blow the lint off/out of it every so often if I notice it is particularly bad.  So it sits in my pocket for a year, gets fired, gets cleaned, and the cycle repeats.  Some folks may balk at this, cleaning their personal carry guns once a week or month, whether they fire them or not.  Not me.  If I carried the relationship metaphor forward, Iíd be divorced and alone a long time ago due to neglect.  Even so, it has never failed me when I pull the trigger. 

The bottom line is that this gun is reliable and is always with me.  The two things that a gun must be.  I have no desire to try anything else for defensive carry.  What a nice feeling.  I have to thank the Rohrbaugh brothers and company for such a fine handgun. 
 
I never did post much on here, although I joined in May 2004.  I havenít been back in years but it is great to see the community is going strong.  It is cool to see that some of the active folks from back-in-the-day are still here tooÖ DDGator, Richard S, MountainManÖ I am sure that there are others.

Kind Regards, Brian
Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: mannylinda on June 13, 2018, 06:36:49 AM
Thank You
Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: mz368 on June 13, 2018, 06:39:59 AM
Brian-

Congratulations on reaching such a milestone!  Very nice very early production.  Hope you have 5000 more days together.

-Chris
Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: MN Lefty on June 13, 2018, 07:50:46 AM
Great to hear.  I used to carry mine all the time for a few years.  J frame before Rohrbaugh then Kimber solo now NAA mini all pocket.  Iíve got to get back to Rohrbaugh after reading your account.  That was why I bought my Rohrbaugh in the first place.  Thanks for opening my eyes again.
Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: MikeInTexas on June 13, 2018, 09:21:46 AM
Don't fret the serial number, probably not a better choice to be made.  I am sure whatever family member ends up with it will appreciate it a lot more than bond007 or something not near as personal.  I am glad to see you bought the pistol to use, not collect dust and sell later.  That is why I have mine.

Thanks for the good read.
Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: ECR on June 15, 2018, 09:23:31 AM
This is so good to see Brian and it makes me feel good to know you still have her.

I remember building that R9 for you and making sure I found a nice even patterned set of the blue carbon fiber grips for you. She looks marvelous! Ha haa . . . . . .

I trust all is well and I also trust this R9 will find it's way into the hands of one of your family members. If you have any need for communication, please contact me here.

Best Regards,

Eric C. Rohrbaugh
Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: Datan on June 19, 2018, 03:08:25 PM
Thx all.  And thx Eric; I do appreciate the care you took in making this.  Great to see you here and know where to come if I need/want to contact you!

I need to pick up a second R9 at some point, when I can afford it.  I have two children; a 17 yr old boy and a 14 yr old girl.  They are both into shooting and it isn't going to go over well giving the one R9S to one and not giving anything to the other :).

I did buy two RJ Hedley holsters at the time.  I saw some posts that lead me to believe they are being made now?  I know we lost RJ quite a while back...
Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: tracker on June 19, 2018, 03:14:29 PM
RJ's daughter, Lisa Hedley, is making and repairing holsters now. She has done some rehab work for me and her workmanship is outstanding, in addition to a very pleasant experience.
http://hedleyholsters.com
Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: ECR on June 20, 2018, 06:39:19 PM
I'm sure when the time comes, you'll find a wonderful specimen right here for sale Brian.

Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: Datan on June 21, 2018, 01:07:22 PM
Thank you, tracker!  It is very heart-warming to hear that RJ's daughter continued the work.

Eric, I agree and this will be the first place I look :)
Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: johnny on June 21, 2018, 05:35:49 PM
   What a great and interesting read here.
        Problem is I need another holster like I need a hole in my head.But of the hand guns I have for carrying,it has always been my R9 when I need to be really discreet,not illegal,just discreet.I can imagine how much more my "comfort level" would be with an inside the pocket holster.The 3 I already have are already very concealed,but this seems like a notch up.
Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: PhilZ on June 21, 2018, 10:57:08 PM
   What a great and interesting read here.
        Problem is I need another holster like I need a hole in my head.But of the hand guns I have for carrying,it has always been my R9 when I need to be really discreet,not illegal,just discreet.I can imagine how much more my "comfort level" would be with an inside the pocket holster.The 3 I already have are already very concealed,but this seems like a notch up.

In Michigan, the first concealed carry violation is just a civil infraction like a parking ticket, then misdemeanor, then more.  I haven't pushed my luck, but carrying with a holster that prints like a wallet has been attempted by some in places that are otherwise off-limits like school pickup lines, Detroit bars, etc.  If you get caught, you get one "oops", then you have to behave. 
Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: johnny on June 22, 2018, 08:32:30 AM
  To me it seems the way Michigan has their law written is fair.They let you screw up so you wake up.Then shame on you.
     I have never looked to see what's on the books here in Wisconsin.I have never carried where I am not legal.If we are going to Green Bay and my wife says we need to run thru the drop off mail box at the post office,I don't even bring a weapon along.I go to the VA. hospital every few months down in Madison.I leave my gun at home.Like the post office,it's federal property and not even allowed in the parking lot.
       When the concealed carry law passed in Wisconsin some years ago now,I payed very close attention when walking into the different stores,gas stations,and such.And except for most of the large chains,which never put weapon bans up from the get go,I'v seeing most local stores up here in the northern part of Wisconsin take their signs down.Milwaukee and Madison pretty much the same.
             One thing I am going to do now is just out of curiosity find what the penalties are and how they are incremented.
Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: cargaritaville on June 22, 2018, 09:35:10 AM
Thank god for Florida...
Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: johnny on June 22, 2018, 02:20:04 PM
  Yeaaaa!! Especially in winter. Wasn't you that I had a short discussion about Alabama?
           We were delayed a little over a week because of a big snow storm. We actually just fell in love with Alabama.
Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: johnny on June 22, 2018, 02:25:51 PM
  I read over my earlier writing this morning. I allowed a few typos to sneak thru.I usually try to watch that closer but was under  the influence of only 2 cups of coffee, not 3.

      But no worry never a mistake with the "it's" and the"its" mistake that is rampant! ;D ;D ;D 
Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: chameleon on June 30, 2018, 12:02:46 PM
That was a great story I enjoyed reading and it reminds me a little bit of me how much I really love this gun and Iím caring it right now in a beautiful Kydex holster by Dave, I have many holsters for the R9 and I like carrying it in various ways it just proves to be a great carry piece for a 9 mm I donít think thereís any smaller lighter better made and Iím glad everyone here is continuing on with caring and keeping this forum and the pistol alive😀
Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: P93DAO on November 05, 2019, 07:12:07 PM
Old thread I know, but, thatís one beautiful pistol!
Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: tracker on November 05, 2019, 07:26:55 PM
I bought my first one in 2004 from our old friend in Dallas, Tom Watson. It was so beautiful I couldn't bear to shoot it so I bought #747 from Tom as an EDC. He told me that he wanted to keep that number but when I appealed to him that I had a Boeing 747 type rating he graciously sold it to me. #127 is still unfired and has never been disassembled.
Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: cargaritaville on November 05, 2019, 09:08:37 PM
Tom Watson, The Irish Guard...good memories there, and many more good memories from many members on this fine Forum.
Title: Re: 5000 days of carrying an R9S
Post by: backupr9 on November 05, 2019, 10:12:12 PM
Thank god for Florida...

Yup...just hope the influx of Northern liberals fleeing the high tax states donít muck up Florida.  That was a wonderful post BTW.  My R9s are still the best, most comfortable 9mm carry handguns ever made.  I do really like my Sig P365 for winter carry here in Florida, but it is a bit large for many of my pockets where the R9 excels., and this little Pup is powerful enough to take down a Gator!  8) ;D ;D