Walther PPS M2

At Shotshow 2016 Walther Arms introduced a two exciting new offerings. One of those was the PPS M2. The M2 is the newest version of the 9 mm Police Pistol Slim; it’s a subcompact single stack designed for the concealed carry market.   The first thing I noticed was the contoured grip and curvature that was absent in the previous version. Before you pick it up, it just looks like it’s going to be comfortable in the hand. As with many of these pistols there is a regular (6 round) and extended magazine (7 round). The beauty in the M2 is the design of the magazine extension. The mating of the magazine sleeve (or extended floor plate) to the grip is flawless and provides a level of comfort and control you rarely see in a subcompact that borders on a pocket pistol… In fact I’ve not seen it in anything this small.   The magazines that came with my test gun allowed it to fit and feel great in small hands as well as those with longer fingers. The 6 round magazine provides serious concealability while the 7 round magazine makes it feel like a bigger weapon. (It’s worth mentioning a 8 round magazine is also available.)   The PPS M2 is a striker fired single action that just got better for us as time passed. We test fired it out of the box at 25 yards with respectable results. The 3.18 inch barrel is enough to keep us in […]

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Canik TP9SA – Century Arms

After Shotshow 2015 I wrote about having shot the TP9SA from Canik at range day. I told you then it was impressive to find a service sized, reliable handgun with so many extras at such a low price.   Also for most of that time I’ve had a Canik TP9SA that Century Arms sent along for testing. After all this time with it, the Canik may be my new recommendation for those on a tight budget. The Canik offers a lot to a be admired at this price point. In fact one my go as far as to say if Springfield had an adopted refugee child it might have grown into the Canik. It has a trigger safety, single action trigger, adjustable grip and polymer frame much like a Springfield XD though the take down lever and trigger guard are more like the Glock.   The one oddity is the push button decocker that sits just in front of the rear sight like a Walther P99. It is a feature of the double action version of the weapon that was retained in the single action version. As such, when depressed it renders the trigger completely inert. As someone that doesn’t approve of even having an active safety on a defensive firearm I don’t see any issue carrying a fully loaded single action cocked and ready. But, for those that feel better about carrying a decocked pistol, there will be no reason to load one in the pipe because you’ll need to […]

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HiPowered Nighthawk

Nighthawk Customs is well known for top notch 1911s that can stand with any guns on the market today. Nighthawk has a quality version of nearly every variation of 1911 available; Government, Commander, Officer, Bobtails, etc. All of those weapons are tight, beautiful, crisp and everything else you may want. Of course that quality comes at a price. Now Nighthawk has decided to expand that excellence to a new (old) platform. In 2016, Nighthawk has started to produce their own line of Browning HiPower. The venerable HiPower is known to be one of the strongest 9mm platforms ever built. It was the only pistol you could rely on to take hot loads for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The HiPower was +P before there was a +P. Now you can own a HiPower that is as beautiful on the outside as we all know it to be on the inside. The Nighthawk Customs HiPower feels tight and the action is smooth as you would expect. The front strap, back strap and the top of the slide are all hand stippled and the front sight bead is 24kt gold. Best of all, the trigger is enough to make you giggle with each pull. It’s absolutely fantastic and I expect many will run to pick one up.

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Walther Arms at Shotshow 2016

Last year at Shotshow Walther had several pistol offerings to test fire on the range including the 9mm PPS, 9mm CCP and 9mm PPQ. I shot all of them and felt that they were all good guns. The PPQ shot wonderfully with a quick trigger reset and very comfortable grip. The CCP felt great in my hand shot well. The PPS looked awkward but shot well and was exceptionally concealable. In truth, I find all of these weapons to look a little bit ugly, mostly in the contour of the grip and in the case of the PPS the very flat profile. The aesthetic is something I can get past because of how well these guns fit in the hand and the pleasure of shooting them.   This year, Walther returned with two new versions of guns listed above. The PPS got a major makeover as the PPS M2. The new version is far more pleasing to the eye having lost the extreme flat lines of the original. The M2 feels really good in the hand despite it’s very compact size. The magazine marries to the grip lending just the right amount of length. When I first approached the firing line I saw someone shooting the PPS M2 and seeming to have issues with feed reliability. I watched others shoot the pistol without issues and I then stepped up to fire it a little faster than I might have otherwise, just to see if faster fire would create a problem. […]

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Kriss Vector Gen 2 Shotshow 2016

This year I decided to take advantage of industry day at the range and get hands on with a long time object of lust. The Kriss Arms Vector (in this case generation 2). For those that aren’t familiar, the Vector is a completely reimagined design of auto loading firearm. In traditional designs the gas operated bolt moves in a straight line to the rear of the weapon in order to eject the spent casing and load the next bullet. In the case of the Vector, that bolt pivots on a 45 degree angle and spends it’s kinetic energy on a downward trajectory. Having given that brief explanation lets talk recoil. Felt recoil is a result of multiple forces. First, and most obvious, is the force of the escaping projectile and gases emerging from the barrel. The effect is like a jet engine pushing the barrel straight backward (equal and opposite reaction). On top of this the kinetic energy of the moving bolt creates more backward movement at that crucial moment. In a pistol, all this backward force pushes against your hand and the direction of least resistance is upward as your wrist becomes a pivot point of sorts. Further the plain of force is above the hand intensifying muzzle rise. In the case of traditional rifles, you will notice the butt stock generally slopes downward before making contact with the shoulder this aligns the eye with the plain of the barrel in order to facilitate aiming. In this case, the […]

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Is Taurus throwing game winning “curve”balls or whacky screwballs?

At SHOTShow 2015 Taurus had a large display of all that we’ve expected from them including judges, polymer revolvers, assorted pistols etc. The most interesting of the Taurus displays was, of course, the new for 2015 section which was repeated a few times so all could see the “innovations” Taurus was premiering. First in line was the ultralight model 85 that was known as the View last year only this year there’s no clear acrylic side plate. Personally, I’m no fan of the design. Even though it’s only a 38 special the super light frame and lack of any padding in the grip would lead to a less than comfortable gun to practice with, and we should practice with what we carry. Also I don’t see the point in a uncomfortable wheelgun in a lesser caliber when you could carry a 40 caliber in the same size with other brands. Next in line we saw the much advertised Curve 380 acp. The Curve could develop a following as it does a lot of things correctly. It’s definitely snag free! The curve has no sights and really doesn’t even have a single corner on the weapon. Everything is rounded. The weapon is curved to better fit the contours of the body and likely print less than other weapons in a pocket carry situation. The gun has built in smooth edged button activated on board lighting and laser for those nighttime needs which I’m sure is quite a selling point. I’m sure […]

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Canik TP9sa Via Century Arms

Century arms, best known for a wide world of AK variants has become the importer for the new Canik TP9 from Turkey. I got a chance to get hands on with the weapon at SHOTShow range day. The TP9 is an interesting design. It’s a polymer framed single action 9mm. It’s got an adjustable backstrap and a great quick trigger reset. The oddity is the pistol has a decocker, on a single action. It was sold as an added safety feature but even the rep on the line admits it’s a little different. Now let’s talk shooting, it’s not a custom race gun but for the price point it is a real gem. The gun is pretty accurate from what I can see with my short time with it. The trigger is decent and the short reset is very nice. The Canik is comfortable in the hand and would serve well as an EDC handgun so long as are ok carrying a nearly full sized sidearm. The gun had been shot all day and I saw no malfunction or failures of any kind. On top of a quality firearm the Canik TP9 cost also buys you a set of accessories similar to the gear Springfield offers with the XDS; you get holster with belt and paddle attachments, loader assist and extra magazine included. All this for $400 is pretty impressive. This is the type of competition we need on the market to force the manufacturers to offer more for less. […]

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A closer look at the Mod 2

Not long ago we all heard the announcement from Springfield Armory that the subcompact XD was getting a facelift. The photos came out to what was called mixed reviews but most of what I heard was negativity. Everyone was saying how the heavy textured grip was too corny because they actually printed a raised area saying “Grip Zone”. Ok to some extent maybe people have a point on the surface. Like everyone else I didn’t appreciate much of a difference in the Mod 2 version. Maybe “Grip Zone” distracted me. But in the end I have 2 of the original XDSC 9mms in my house and I use them often in testing and it wasn’t until I got the Mod 2 in my hand that I began to really see what had been done. First, the “Grip Zone” texture feels fantastic in the hand. Having tried it I won’t make fun of the name again, that’s for sure. Now for the obvious changes, the sights. The new Mod 2 has a fiber optic front sight and the rear sight has been moved all the way to the back of the slide providing an improved sight radius for more accurate shooting. As for less obvious stuff, there’s a lot so we will cover the biggest three. The frame was slimmed down by .2 of an inch. That’s quite a big difference for a gun that was already a lightweight subcompact best seller. The thinner frame makes the grip even more comfortable, […]

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Smith&Wesson SW99 .40 Caliber

Smith&Wesson SW99 .40 Caliber  The SW99 I own is from the first generation of this weapon line (considering both the SW99 and Walther P99). When the Walther P99 was introduced, Walther was under contract to import their firearms through Smith&Wesson. During this agreement, the SW99 was born. The SW99 was exactly the same weapon as the P99 with the exception of a rounded trigger guard, a S&W name stamp and a price tag that was $100 lower than the Walther variant. The SW99 was my first foray into the realm of .40 caliber. The stats on that new caliber were impressive to say the least and the SW99 became my CCW for quite a while. The weapon in it’s time was very innovative. It was the first I’ve owned with an accessory rail. It was the first weapon I’d seen with an interchangeable backstrap allowing the shooter to fit the gun to the hand better. This allowed me to carry a double stacked magazine for the first time.  The gun was polymer and striker fired and thus quite light in comparison to competitors. There was an indicator for both loaded chamber and striker position. The SW99 had a decocker built into the slide. Finally, there were several trigger options available. My SW99 has the AS (Anti-Stress) trigger. The AS trigger allows DA or SA fire with a 3rd option of a long SA pull that is easily stageable. Overall, the Walther influence marked a vast improvement in the S&W pistol manufacturing. […]

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Sig Sauer P230 .380 ACP

Sig Sauer P230 .380 ACP Sadly, this gun is no longer in production. This is a loss to anyone that still believes in the .380 ACP caliber. The P230 is basically a clone of the Walther PPK with a slightly larger (and improved) wrap-around grip. The gun is a fine example of Sig quality. Like the PPK it has a loaded chamber indicator and decocker. The real story with this weapon is it’s accuracy and ease of use. If there is someone in you life that chooses the .380 ACP caliber, they will find no better weapon. While the gun is a compact it gives groups like a long bull barreled target gun. It’s awesome, and probably the one .380 I would sell if an offer came up. [whohit]-http://www.guncarryreviews.com/?p=976-[/whohit]

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