Many shooters are aware that the B&T GHM9 was initially not feeding hollow points – as designed, it met the EU need of using strictly FMJ. However, B&T listened to the American market and user requests to resolve the issue have been met with a new update.
The ability to feed hollow-points was particularly important to most people: Their primary purpose for GHM9 was to be used as a home defense platform. To deliver the proper ballistics and kinetic energy on target hollow points is paramount.
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Last month from B&T we found out the process necessary to get the feed issue resolved. B&T staff were excellent in keeping things up to date on the each of the steps along the way. The first batch of GHM9s were accepted the first week in April.
B&T charges a $50 gunsmithing fee paid via check or credit card using an emailed form. While the customer is responsible for shipping out the upper, B&T overnights the upper back to the customer via FedEx at their expense.
According to the author, after receiving his uppers he went out and two magazines with old 9mm hollow-points with no malfunctions or failures to feed.
Because B&T’s designs were made for European LE/Mil who use FMJ, failure to feed hollow points was not a fault in design. There was simply a different end user requirement in mind. However, B&T quickly resolved the issue. For a low price and quality build of the GHM9 I highly suggest those looking for a 9mm platform to check out the GHM9 as a top contender. Current production GHM9s will come standard with the update and will feed hollow points reliably. Previous batches are being accepted for the update using the aforementioned process.
There is no comparison of the quality of a B&T firearm and their competitors in similar market segments. They continue to raise the bar in the pistol caliber carbine market.
Sources: Richard L TFB