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Phoenix 9mm: A $1,700 ‘Subgun’ That Holds 35 Rounds

Phoenix 9mm
Phoenix 9mm marketing image. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Phoenix, Arizona-based Patriot Ordnance Factory (POF-USA) has carved out a significant niche in the firearms industry since it was founded by aerospace engineer Frank DeSomma twenty years ago in 2002. DeSomma, who had no previous firearms design experience, had looked to solve the common issues of carbon fouling and timing issues with gas impingement system-based firearms when used in dusty conditions. The result was a respected line of modern sporting rifles, and those were among the first to utilize a gas-piston-operated weapon system on an AR-style rifle.

Now to mark its 20th anniversary, the Phoenix is rising, but not from the ashes of a failure. Rather, POF-USA has announced an all new 9mm subgun, the Phoenix. It was built from the ground up, and the result is a smooth shooting 9mm perfect for target shooting or plinking, yet is designed and built for professionals.

It is also meant to honor the legacy of Frank DeSomma, who was killed in a June 2020 automobile accident.

“We’re extremely pleased with the final result and couldn’t be happier to bring another one of Frank DeSomma’s visions to the market,” said Jeremy Selting, vice president of sales and marketing at POF-USA. “He worked tirelessly on this design over the years, and the team couldn’t be more proud to finish it.”

The Phoenix 9mm is built around the direct blowback system that has been proven around the world in combat firearms, while POF-USA has adapted it with its own unique enhancements. The upper and lower receivers were built with aerospace-grade aluminum, while the firearm offers a completely ambidextrous design with familiar AR15 controls. It is also compatible with AR15 Mil-Spec triggers, grips, and selectors, while the monolithic upper receiver is M-LOK compatible with an ambidextrous forward charging handle and integrated sling mounts. The Phoenix will ship to retailers as a pistol with a 1913 Picatinny rail at the rear of the receiver, which will offer the operator the option to add a brace if they choose to.

Phoenix 9mm Specifications

Caliber: 9mm

Action: Semi-auto

Weight: 4.6 lbs. (empty)

Barrel: 8.5”

Rifling: 1:10, 1/2-28 muzzle threads

Length: 17.5-inch

Finish: Black anodized

Handguard: Monolithic upper receiver with M-LOK

Muzzle Device: Dual Chamber Muzzle Brake

Trigger: AR15 MilSpec trigger

Grip: Mission First Tactical

Fire Control: Ambidextrous

Magazine: 35 round proprietary

MSRP: $1699

The Phoenix 9mm will make its rising at this week’s 2022 SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show) at Patriot Ordnance Factory’s booth. The compact 9mm will ship to retailers later in the first quarter (Q1) of 2022 and it will include a proprietary 35 round magazine, magazine loader, muzzle brake, single-point adjustable sling, and hand stop. Dealers are advised to contact Patriot Ordnance Factory or their distributor to order.

Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He regularly writes about military small arms, and is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on

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Expert Biography: A Senior Editor for 1945, Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers, and websites with over 3,000 published pieces over a twenty-year career in journalism. He regularly writes about military hardware, firearms history, cybersecurity, and international affairs. Peter is also a Contributing Writer for Forbes. You can follow him on Twitter: @PeterSuciu.