The Daniel Defense H9 – SHOT Show 2024

The Hudson H9 was quite the draw in 2017. This gun blended qualities of firearms like the M1911 and Glock to create a very modern pistol. Sadly, Hudson failed and was the victim of numerous quality control issues. It’s a long story, and people were sad to see Hudson disappear and bite the dust. The H9 was a cool gun with a lot of features, so it’s not a big surprise that someone picked up the design. What is surprising is the fact it was Daniel Defense, a company known for AR-15 rifles.

Inside the H9

The Daniel Defense H9 incorporates the best parts of the H9 design with Daniel Defense’s quality control. Daniel Defense has the capital to ensure proper quality control and a nice long life for the firearm. One of the big draws to the gun is the low bore axis. A low bore axis held reduces felt recoil and reduces muzzle flip. The recoil goes more in line with your wrist rather than upward. Less muzzle flip makes faster follow-up shots possible.

This design gives the H9 a unique look as it nestles the recoil spring low and forms a distinct look. The H9 is a striker-fired gun, but the grip design and trigger are very similar to those of 1911. The trigger moves straight rearward and incorporates a trigger safety design. The weapon is still a striker-fired design that gives you a really nice and consistent trigger design. It’s odd at first, but still quite nice.

Daniel Defense ensured the weapon had a rail, but it was also adorned with an optics cut. This is a new feature. The Daniel Defense H9 also uses a lightweight aluminum frame, which was promised by Hudson years ago. It’s a fairly lightweight firearm for a weapon that has an all-metal frame. The grip is remarkably thin and feels excellent in the hand. The magazines are proprietary and hold 15 rounds of 9mm.

The Daniel Defense brand is known for its excellent attention to detail and quality control. I have no doubts the Daniel Defense H9 will be a well-made weapon with an excellent level of reliability. Price-wise, it’s coming in at $1,299. I’m excited to see the H9 hit the market one more time and we get to see just how solid the new H9 will be.

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Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record-setting 11 months at sea. Travis has trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines, and the Afghan National Army.

He serves as an NRA-certified pistol instructor and pursues a variety of firearms-based hobbies.


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