Interdynamic KG-9 / Intratec TEC-9

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(1981-1982 (KG-9), 1982-1984 (KG-99), 1984-1994 (TEC-9), 1990-1994 (TEC-DC9), 1994-2001 (AB-10))

Type: Pistol (KG-99, TEC-9, DC-9, AB-10) , Machine Pistol / submachine gun (MP-9)

Caliber: 9x19mm

Capacity: 10, 20, 32, 36, 50-round box magazines, 72-round drum magazine

Fire Modes: Safe/Semi (KG-9, KG-99, TEC-9, DC-9, AB-10), Safe/Semi/Full-Auto 1000 RPM (MP-9 with collapsible stock), Safe/Full-Auto 1000 RPM (MP-9 with no stock)

Interdynamic MP9/KG-9

Interdynamic MP-9 with foregrip and telescoping stock - 9x19mm

Interdynamic AB of Sweden first tried to sell their 9x19mm submachine gun design to military buyers. Their design didn't generate much interest amongst the military clients of the world, so they brought their design to the U.S. and it went to market as the open bolt semi-automatic KG-9 pistol, which was bought in large numbers by criminals and often converted to full-auto. Production of the KG-9 only lasted about a year with around 2,500 guns produced in total.

The KG stands for the two founders of Interdynamic USA, Swedish designer George Kellgren (who later ran Grendel, Inc. before founding Kel-Tec) and Cuban-American designer Carlos Garcia.

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Date
Burn Notice Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones Felix Cole MP9, "Hot Spot" (S2E11) 2008
My Name is Earl Faizon Love Reverend Green replica, "Gospel" (S4E24) 2009

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades "Super Illegal Tec9 Mod" Full auto only 2016


Interdynamic KG-99

Interdynamic KG-9 - 9x19mm
Interdynamic KG-9 - 9x19mm

In 1982, after less than a year of production, the ATF classified the KG-9 as a Title II "machine gun" on the basis that its open-bolt design made it "readily convertible" to fully-automatic fire. This forced Interdynamic to redesign the KG-9 into a closed bolt system, birthing the KG-99. This was a somewhat welcome change anyway, as the one-pound bolt slamming forward on firing greatly compromised the accuracy of the open-bolt variants.

As the 1980s progressed, shows like Miami Vice popularized the KG-99/TEC-9. The fully automatic guns in that show were KG-99s legally converted to full auto by Title II manufacturers.

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Miami Vice Drug dealers and gang members 1984-1989


Intratec TEC-9

Intratec TEC-9 - 9x19mm
Intratec TEC-9 Mini - 9x19mm

In 1984, one of the founder of Interdynamic USA, George Kellgren, sold his share of the company to the other founder Carlos Garcia, who renamed the company to Intratec. The KG-99 was rebranded as the TEC-9. The TEC-9 is more or less identical to the KG-99, except for a few differences in the sights and recoil buffer. The sights had their design and placement changed, while the internal recoil buffer was replaced with a threaded metal end cap after reports of shooters destroying their weapons by firing overpressure ammunition out of them. The TEC-9 was a favored firearm during that time by gangs, especially the Cuban and Jamaican posses in Florida, due to its intimidating appearance and similarity to the fully automatic MP-9 machine pistol.

Earlier 1984 to mid-1987 TEC-9s have a "button" front sight, while later TEC-9s from mid-1987 to 1994 have a stamped, spot-welded front sight (like the example pictured on the right). This redesign was a result of Intratec's 1987 bankruptcy after spending huge amounts of money to defend against a lawsuit backed by anti-gun groups, and is indicative of a drastically inferior firearm due to quality control cutbacks; this model is where the TEC-9 got its reputation as a piece of junk.

In addition to the black and satin nickel versions of the full sized TEC-9, there are several 'mini' variations of the gun, missing the barrel shroud / heat shield and sporting a slightly shorter barrel. These are known as the TEC-9 Minis. The TEC-9 series of pistols was built from 1984-1994. This is the most common version of the gun to appear in movies.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Pray for Death James Booth Limehouse Willie 1985
Big Trouble in Little China Kurt Russell Jack Burton 1986
Eye of the Tiger A biker 1986
Avenging Force Michael Dudikoff Matt Hunter TEC-9 Mini 1986
Steve James Larry Richards
Various henchmen
RoboCop One of Sal's thugs TEC-9 Mini 1987
Beverly Hills Cop II Brigitte Nielsen Karla TEC-9 Mini, foregrip, barrel shroud 1987
Rage of Honor Various henchmen 1987
RoboCop 2 One of Cain's thugs 1990
Pure Luck A Mexican criminal 1991
Operation Corned Beef Zargas' henchmen Standard and Mini 1991
Falling Down Michael Douglas William 'D-Fens' Foster 1993
Martial Outlaw A robber 1993
No Way Back Serlano's thugs TEC-9 Mini 1995
Top Dog An illegal arms trader 1995
Mask of Death A street thug 1996
Bounty Hunters 2: Hardball Wald's bodyguard 1997
The Ultimate Weapon Roarke's man With barrel extention 1998
Sin City A prostitute 2005
Missionary Man Smugglers and bikers 2007
Taking of Pelham 123, The (2009) Ramon Rodriguez Delgado 2009
Crank: High Voltage Bai Ling Ria 2009
The Keeper Cross' henchmen 2009
The Town Jeremy Renner Jem 2010
Red Dawn Chris Hemsworth Jed Eckert 2012
Fire with Fire Aryan 2012
Dead Man Down Colin Farrell Victor 2013
The Power of Few Anthony Anderson Junkshow 2013
Blue Ruin Eve Plumb Kris 2013
Bright gang member 2017

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
The A-Team 1983-1987
Strapped Bokeem Woodbine Diquan Mitchell 1993
The Stand Flagg's Enforcers 1994
Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei Thugs 1996-
Tremors: The Series Michael Rooker Kinney 2003
CSI: Miami Assassin "Dispo Day" (S1E18) 2003
Smallville Michael Adamthwaite Rick "Crossfire" (S9E06) 2009
Longmire Terry Dale Parks "Agent Daxner" "A Damn Shame" (S01E03) 2012
The Walking Dead - Season 7 Savior "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be" (S7E01) 2016
Savior "Sing Me A Song" (S7E07)
Training Day 2017

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories 2005
Resonance of Fate Only seen in prerendered video sequence and made of riveted metal 2010
Saints Row 2 T3K Urban 2011
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action 2011
Söldner: Secret Wars 2011
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Tec-9 Semi-automatic 2012
Contagion Intratec KG9 2013
Far Cry 4 2014
Payday 2 Blaster 9mm Hotline Miami DLC 2014
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Tec9 Available in both semi-auto and full-auto forms 2016
Far Cry 5 A-99 Select-fire 2018

Intratec TEC-DC9

Intratec TEC-DC9 - 9x19mm

The TEC-DC9 pistol first appeared in 1990. It was a slight redesign of the original TEC-9 pistol. The TEC-DC9 was the first "assault pistol" designed to comply with a legislative ban after the TEC-9 was specifically named in the California state gun ban. Intratec had been manufacturing the TEC-9 for years, but after the 1989 schoolyard shooting in Stockton and the subsequent Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act of 1989, which banned a number of "named guns", Intratec complied with the law more or less just by renaming the gun. Thus the "DC" nomenclature meant "Designed for California" because the DC9 was able to be sold in California.

The most noticeable external difference between the original TEC-9 and the TEC-DC9 is the sling mount was changed from a D-shaped projection on the left side of the barrel shroud, to a removable stamped metal clip on the back of the gun. Since the TEC-9 and the DC9 can swap parts, sometimes live-action works will feature DC9 barreled upper receivers mated to TEC-9 lower receivers. This is typically the case for full-auto weapons that appear to be DC9s in films. The TEC-DC9 series of pistols was built from 1990-1994.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Bad Boys Frank John Hughes Casper 1995
Hannibal Gangsters 2001
Outside the Law Cynthia Rothrock Julie Cosgrove Without barrel shroud 2002
Outside the Law Delgado's bodyguard Without barrel shroud 2002
S.W.A.T. Bad Guys 2003
Bad Boys II Bad Guys 2003
No Country for Old Men Javier Bardem Anton Chigurh 2007
Josh Brolin Llewelyn Moss
New Kids Nitro Huub Smit Richard 2011
Plan C Ton Kas Bram 2012

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Walker, Texas Ranger Numerous assailants 1993-2001
NCIS Arms Dealer "Deliverance" (S6E15) 2009
Sanctuary John Novak Thug boss "Monsoon" (S04E04) 2011
Tora Hylands Nicholls


Intratec AB-10

Intratec AB-10 in factory Black Finish - 9x19mm. Note the short barrel with no threaded portion: this distinguishes an AB-10 from a TEC-9 Mini or any other TEC-9 with the barrel shroud removed.
Intratec AB-10 in factory Nickel Finish - 9x19mm

In the wake of the Federal Assault Weapon Ban of 1994 (part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and often referred to as the "Clinton Ban"), Intratec had to further alter their guns. This time there was not only a name ban on previous TEC-9 variants (this time nationwide), but also a list of banned features any two of which would render a semi-automatic firearm with a detachable magazine an illegal "assault weapon." The TEC series had two of the "bad" features, namely a threaded barrel and a barrel shroud. Despite much hyperbole, no one could truly explain how these cosmetic features made a firearm either more or less dangerous. Intratec duly removed the barrel shroud and threaded barrel, dubbing the new variant AB-10 ("After Ban"). Due to the magazine capacity limit imposed by the same law, AB-10s were only sold with 10-round magazines, though they were compatible with "grandfathered" pre-ban magazines of higher capacity.

Redesigning and renaming the TEC-9 series didn't help Intratec much. In 1999 media sources claimed the killers at Columbine used the "post ban" AB-10 (sometimes also misidentifying the weapon used as a TEC-DC9). According to the Jefferson County Sheriff Department, the pistol was actually a pre-ban TEC-9 Mini, a gun that had already ceased to be manufactured by Intratec. Despite reports in the press, the TEC-9 Mini and the Hi-Point 9mm Carbine were supplied by private parties and not gun dealers and thus would not have been affected by any of the proposed gun control laws.

Intratec's last model of this series of firearm fully complied with all legislative restrictions, but it was still vilified primarily due to misinformation by the media and law enforcement, and Intratec's reputation took another hit. Intratec was approaching its second bankruptcy by the end of 2000 and the company voluntarily dissolved in 2001.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Long Kiss Goodnight Geena Davis Charly Baltimore 1996
End Game Peter Greene Jack Baldwin 2006

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Payday 2 Blaster 9mm (with Short Barrel modification) Hotline Miami DLC 2014


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