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UM TACTICAL’S 9MM AR-STYLE SUB GUN… SO COOL AND SO VERY BADASS
UM Tactical’s 9mm Ar-style sub gun ... so cool and so very badass.
My first run in with UM Tactical was during BAT Defense’s Aerial Target Interdiction course. A mutual friend made the introduction and wanted to showcase UM’S R.A.G.E. muzzle brake. I got my hands on one, shot it and was sold!
The R.A.G.E. (Rapid Adjustable Gas Expulsion) is the world’s first re-configurable recoil tuning and management device. This system allows you to divert the high pressure with interchangeable angled ports, providing exceptional performance – which translates to more rounds on target.
It was a couple months before I saw UM again. I had recently witnessed UM’S SS9M sub gun on that same friend’s social media feed. Seeing this weapon system in action, I knew that I had to get one. Fortunately, less than a week later, I was contacted by Brian Wilson from UM Tactical to take a test run with the SS9M.
Once in my hands, a few things stood out. First, it’s a 9mm sub gun on an AR style platform that takes Glock 9mm magazines. It’s something I have been very familiar with for more than a decade of being downrange around the world, both with the military and with clandestine services. This platform looks and feels just like any other AR equipped with an ambidextrous bolt release. My attention was drawn to the MVB Industries’ ARC-X collapsible stock. This five-position collapsible stock conveniently requires only a one-handed operation to extend.
The integrally suppressed 6-inch barrel was screaming at me to pick this thing up and lay some “scunion” down. Setting a Shield RMS sight on top of the rails and throwing a set of rubber dummies with P3DT steel targets down range, I finally had my chance to get after it.
UM Tactical currently makes two versions of their SS9M sub gun. One comes with a lower that accepts Glock magazines, and one is a more traditional Colt 9mm sub gun. Agencies that wish to utilize this system on their
“THE INTEGRALLY SUPPRESSED 6-INCH BARREL WAS SCREAMING AT ME TO PICK THIS THING UP…”
inventoried Colts and existing magazines can easily do so by changing the original upper with a new UM Tactical integrally suppressed upper. Each of these versions is available in a 10-inch barrel version and a 12-inch version. For testing, I ran the 12-inch model with Glock mags.
Setting up at the 25-yard line, outfitted with 20 ETS Group 31 round magazines and a case of RUAG Ammotech GECO ammo (9mm 124gr), I finally got to work. At 25 yards I found myself consistently shooting 1-inch groups. Once I was satisfied with the grouping on the semi-automatic setting, I began testing the full auto grouping capabilities. With a short three-round burst, I still found a tight group within 4 inches.
I then switched over to the rubber dummies and P3DT steel targets to run some drills. The drills consisted of speed and accuracy drills, target transitioning and mag changes. While running these drills in full auto, I looked for muzzle rise, and it was minimal to non-existent. Witnessing the tight groups appear on the faces of the rubber dummies and hearing multiple rounds strikes ring off the P3DT steel targets was phenomenal. “Rounds on target:” That’s what I want to see and hear. That’s what lets me know that I’m coming home.
Next I threw some kit on and worked mag changes. Some magazines had 10 rounds, and some had 15 to 25 rounds. The point was to never know how many I would be getting so I could work those mag changes. I always tell those I train that a monkey can shoot a 30-round magazine (yes, there’s a YouTube video to prove it). It’s mag changes and immediate action drills that truly save lives. The SS9M’S familiar AR platform ergonomics – particularly the position mag and bolt releases – made reloading a fluid task.
We decided to stretch our legs a little and get some distance out of this bad boy. We’d been shooting at the 25-yard line all day, so we pushed it back to the 50-yard line. No issues there or at the 75-yard line. Backing up to the 100-yard line, we still got first-round hits standing off hand. Well beyond the engagement ranges of a typical 9mm pistol, the SS9M is a reliable and accurate sub gun when it comes to eradicating the threat.
REACT TO CONTACT
At the end of the day, we added a vehicle “react to contact” drill at 50 yards’ distance to the berm. This drill consisted of two BAT Defense instructors sitting inside of a ’96 Jeep Cherokee. One rubber dummy target was placed in front of the vehicle and another dummy was placed down by the berm along with some P3DT steel targets. Along the way we placed barricades/barrels for us to maneuver to and shoot from. The drill started with a near threat right in front of us. Upon receiving the threat call, both driver and passenger engaged and eliminated the threat through the windshield.
The SS9M was placed along the right leg of the driver with a 31-round mag inserted. There were no issues manipulating this gun and getting after it inside the vehicle. We simulated a downed vehicle for this drill, so the driver bailed out and changed mags while the passenger provided cover fire. With the familiar AR platform-style controls facilitating a seamless mag change, the driver quickly got back into the fight. Once at a barricade, the driver gained fire superiority, allowing the passenger to bail out and take cover. Bounding from one barricade to another, we took turns conducting mag changes and eliminating the threats until we closed the distance and ended the drill. Conducting this drill showed and proved that the SS9M can be taken into a gunfight and be manipulated easily in and around vehicles and barricades all while maintaining rounds on target.
The ability to get after it with this full auto sub gun left me with the feeling that I would not have any issues to closing in and destroying my threats. From experiences and in my opinion, whether it be hostile environment encounters overseas or domestic threats, I know shouldering the SS9M means I’ll be coming home.
My overall impression of the UM Tactical’s SS9M is that it’s a purposefully designed and a well-built sub gun that’s made in the USA. The reliability was impeccable and the accuracy was outstanding.
Now… I’ve traveled to Israel and shot Uzis with the Duvdevan. I’ve shot MP5S with US elements. I definitely have love for those platforms, but I will tell you that there’s nothing like shooting the integrally suppressed SS9M. TW
“WITH A SHORT THREEROUND BURST, I STILL FOUND A TIGHT GROUP WITHIN 4 INCHES.”