Alchemy Prime 9MM has arrived

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by JJM7288, Feb 18, 2020.

  1. JJM7288

    JJM7288 Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2018
    I received notification my Prime 9MM is ready for pickup!
    Purchased this on GB last week after seeing a post from a fellow addict it was available. I read nothing but good things about ACW, just hope I like it as much as my 9mm Les Baer.
  2. Whiten

    Whiten Well-Known Member

    Jun 9, 2017
    Congrats, looking forward to your review of it. :cigar:

  3. bnaples

    bnaples Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2013
    I almost pushed the button on this one. Congrats!
  4. Cheeks1989

    Cheeks1989 Active Member

    Nov 13, 2019
    Congratulations! Can you post a picture?
  5. Whiten

    Whiten Well-Known Member

    Jun 9, 2017
    Here is a pic from Gunbroker

  6. Cheeks1989

    Cheeks1989 Active Member

    Nov 13, 2019
  7. dash

    dash Well-Known Member

    Apr 3, 2016
    I’m glad a member here grabbed it. Congrats!
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  8. duketbrd88

    duketbrd88 Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2011
    I was ready to hit buy it now.

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  9. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    Gorgeous gun. I'm interested in Rob's work.
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  10. jcc7x7

    jcc7x7 Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2019
    Looking forward to the range report and more photo's
    Congratulations on the buy!
  11. JJM7288

    JJM7288 Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2018
    Thanks Whiten. I didn't have the wherewithal to figure that out.
    I'm going to pick it up Thursday.
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  12. crc01

    crc01 Active Member

    Apr 24, 2018
    Congrats! I ordered a Classic Carry 9mm direct from Alchemy back in October and just picked it up last Friday. You are going to love that gun.

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  13. CHS71

    CHS71 Active Member

    Jan 11, 2018
    Congrats on your new pistol. Be sure to give us a range report!
  14. aaronsappl

    aaronsappl Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2015
    Give us a range report soon. I am thinking my next will be a Prime Elite in 9mm. Never held or shot one of Rob's pistols, but he is turning out a very nice 1911 from the pics.
  15. JJM7288

    JJM7288 Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2018
    I had the opportunity to go to the outdoor range and shoot the new Prime. The first 150 rounds were Sellier & Bellot 115 and MEN 124g NATO. Both manufacturers product ran fine.

    I had to tap the slide into battery a couple times.

    Next test, my hand loads 124g Blue bullet 1.140" (.355") over 4.1g of Alliant Sport Pistol and 125g Blue bullet 1.110" (.356") over 3.7g Alliant Sport Pistol. Both loads functioned 100% and were accurate. All shooting was done at 7 yards to avoid the mud as much as possible.

    I used the magazines included with the Prime, Tripp Cobra and Wilson ETM. All magazines functioned well with each ammunition type.


    The targets are standard N-SSA (Musket and Carbine 50 yard) 4" 9 ring, 2" 10 ring. I was shooting at a rapid pace.

    The sights are nice, it took a few rounds to acclimate to a black front sight (I like Dawson Fiber Optic). Orienting the front sight about 3/4 from the bottom of the round notch produces the desired result at 7 yards. This is nice as it takes me back to my former life as an N-SSA Skirmisher! I think with practice one could shoot these target sights, fast.

    The trigger out of the box is 3.5lbs, crisp, very smooth and the reset is positive. The Alchemy trigger is smoother than my LB P2 out of the box and on par with my Ithaca hand-fit 1911 trigger.

    The high cut of the frame is very nice, fits the hand like a glove. Controlling the (mild) recoil and getting the sights back on target is effortless.

    The finish of the Prime is superb, it is a beautiful 1911. One can see the time and care the Alchemy team puts into small details.

    Now my only concern: The slide to frame fit is not what I expected. It is on the loose side and when the hammer is cocked, it rattles when shaken. I had a Dan Wesson PM-9 and have a Dan Wesson Valor (9mm) that did not and do not rattle. Hopefully this will not create problems and I trust Rob and the Alchemy team. I inquired about it and they indicate the 9mm pistols have a looser fit for reliability.

    Like I said, the Dan Wessons and Baer 9mm guns are tight and reliable so time will tell. Alchemy offers a hard fit (tighter) but it's a $250 option which makes the Premier 2 with 1.5" accuracy option, a better value.

    Overall the Alchemy Prime is a beautiful, well crafted pistol and made in Indiana!

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