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 Kelgren (who later ran Grendel, Inc. before founding Kel-Tec) and Cuban-American designer Carlos Garcia. In 1984, Kelgren sold his share of Interdynamic to Garcia, who renamed the company Intratec.


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 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. To say nothing of the fact that having an almost one pound bolt slam forward every time the weapon was fired greatly compromising any accuracy. Thus the closed bolt KG-99 was born. It was around 1984 that Interdynamic ownership changed and the name was also changed to Intratec giving a new name of TEC-9 to the KG-99 gun, along with some minor alterations to the sights and recoil buffer.

Eventually the 1980s progressed and 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.


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

Intratec TEC-9

Intratec TEC-9 - 9x19mm. The stamped, spot-welded front sight on this gun dates it in the period from mid-1987 to 1994. This redesign was a result of Intratec's 1987 bankruptcy after spending huge amounts successfully defending 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. The much better 1984 to mid-1987 TEC-9s have a "button" front sight.
Intratec TEC-9 Mini - 9x19mm

The design is identical to the KG-99 except for a few manufacturing changes mainly in the sight design and placement: the TEC-9 also replaces the KG-99's internal recoil buffer 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. This is the most common version of the gun to appear in movies. 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 shield and sporting a slightly shorter barrel. These are known as the TEC-9 Minis. The TEC-9 series of pistols was built between 1984-1994.


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
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


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
The A-Team 1983-1987
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
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 Available in both semi-auto and full-auto forms 2016

Intratec TEC-DC9

Intratec TEC-DC9 - California Legal variant built after 1990 - 9x19mm

The TEC-DC9 pistol first appeared in 1990. It was a renamed version 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 Ban on "named guns", Intratec complied with the law, by simply renaming the gun. Thus the "DC" nomenclature meant "Designed for California" because the DC9 was able to be sold in California after the 1989 Roberti-Roos Assault Weapon Law banned the sale of the TEC-9.

The most noticeable external difference between the TEC-9 and the later TEC-DC9 is that rings to hold the sling was moved from the side of the gun with the cocking handle, to a removable stamped metal clip in the back of the gun. Though slight, it allows one to know which version of the gun they are looking at. Since the TEC-9 and the DC-9 can swap parts, we sometimes see DC-9 barreled upper receivers mated to TEC-9 Lower receivers. Usually those are the full-auto versions of the DC-9 seen in films. The TEC-DC9 series of pistols was built between 1990-1994.


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


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 pistol in factory Black Finish - 9x19mm. Note the absence of barrel threads.
Intratec AB-10 pistol in factory Nickel Finish - 9x19mm

In the wake of the Clinton Assault Weapon Ban of 1994 (known as the Omnibus Crime Bill of 1994), Intratec had to alter their guns to eliminate the threaded barrels and heat shields, since such 'cosmetic features' were deemed dangerous by politicians. Despite much hyperbole, no one could truly explain how cosmetic features made a firearm either more or less dangerous. Intratec showed a sense of humor and a defiance of poorly written laws, by renaming even more cosmetically altered guns. AB ("After Ban") was the new name of the AB-10 which was the 1994 Assault Weapon Ban compliant version of the same gun.


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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