The PSA PA-9 features an 8-inch chrome-moly steel barrel chambered in 9mm, of course. These new PCCs feature PSA’s Gen 4 Hybrid 9mm bolt carrier group that features an enhanced firing pin and external 5.56 style extractor. The bolt weights 14.5 ounces and combined with a 5.5-ounce buffer.
The lower is assembled with a Palmetto State Armory MOE SBA3 lower build kit with a Magpul Grip, PSA six-position buffer tube, and SBA3 Adjustable Brace. The lower is compatible with Glock-style magazines. The downside is that it doesn’t feature a bolt hold open on the last round; more about this later.
Historically, PSA hasn’t had a great reputation as far as quality goes. However, I had a chance to visit their factory and see the improvements that they are making. When PSA was outsourcing parts, things were hit-and-miss. Now the manufacture of most parts has been brought in-house. They even have a Lifetime Warranty on their PSA firearms. So if you have issues, then send it back to them, and they are going to fix it and make it right. Again, for the sub $600 price, depending on features, that is hard to complain about.