Kel-Tec P3AT 380 ACP

Kel-Tec P3AT 380 ACP The P3AT is an inexpensive pocket gun developed by Kel-Tec based on it’s popular P32 design. It is also very nearly identical to the Ruger LCP. The P3AT has been a wildly popular choice for pocket sized concealed carry due to size, caliber and low relative cost. While the gun is only a 380acp it does kick enough to feel the rough grips effect on your hand after firing a few mags. The P3AT can be a serviceable back up gun though it is not without it’s problems. The P3AT is widely know for having feed problems. Some will say it’s a problem with the gun loading hollow points. In actuality it has nothing to do with the type of ammo used. The hang up happens when the edge of the casing catches on the corner of the frame located just below the feed ramp. I am not a gunsmith, and any alterations to the gun could void warranty and of course be potentially dangerous. Therefore I am not telling you what to do about this issue. I can say what I did was take a small file to that edge and rounded it a bit. This seems to have solved the problem for me but I will not tell you to try it. On the bright side there is a nice variety of accessories for this weapon grime Kel-Tec and others. I personally use a sticky holster, crimson trace laserguard, Pearce finger extension and a […]

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Smith&Wesson M&P .40 caliber Compact

Smith&Wesson M&P 40 caliber Compact  I recently borrowed a M&P40C for testing a new drop in barrel. I have been looking at a lot of pro shooters using the M&P line and I had high expectations.  As it turns out, this particular M&P knocked my opinion down a few notches. First the positives, it’s a good reliable concealable powerhouse. It’s hard to go wrong with an easily concealed 40 caliber with a 10 + 1 capacity. The grips feel good in the hand. The gun has a nice styling and highly visible 3 white dot stock sights.  S&W provides an extra magazine and interchangeable backstraps for size adjustment. Upon test firing this gun I felt it was fairly accurate for it’s size and would potentially fall into the very accurate category. The problem is the trigger. I fully realize a subcompact pistol designed for deep cover doesn’t usually have anything approaching a target trigger. That being said, the first word to describe this trigger is CRUNCHY. There is no reason for any trigger to be crunchy. Obviously, some trigger smoothing is in order here. Secondly, the trigger pull after long travel is suddenly quite heavy in the last 1/4 of the pull. In testing, my first magazine was the most accurate. After that fatigue and crunch led to falling accuracy. All in all, the M&PC is a solid platform and a good purchase. With the 40 caliber you have the choice of buying conversion barrels to 357 or 9mm (I would […]

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Kimber Solo 9mm

Kimber Solo 9mm This is Kimber’s entry in the pocket rocket category. The Solo came to the market with great fanfare followed by moderate disappointment. The Solo is an attractive 1911ish styling in double action only. The weapon is kept light with an aluminum frame (at least on the version I shot).  It’s reasonably accurate with a fairly good trigger. I was a little concerned with the amount the barrel can move when the slide is locked back but it seems the concerns were unfounded. As may be expected the light weight and small size lead to a snappy shooting experience. Sadly, the reports you’ve heard about the Solo’s finicky eating habits are true. The owner of the Solo told me he has to buy only high quality ammo with heavier grain bullets from Hornady it he wishes to avoid feed problems.  It’s a pretty little gun but with the ammo issues size and weight I think I will stick with the far cheaper Kahr CM series. [whohit]-http://www.guncarryreviews.com/?p=765-[/whohit]

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Ruger SR22

Ruger SR22 In theory the SR22 is a good move for Ruger giving the public a practice gun that mimics the styling and feel of a defensive firearm.  Another nice touch was the interchangeable grips that allow the gun to be small enough for a child’s hand and giving junior a chance at a handgun for a change.  The downside is rimfire ammunition is very dirty.  My only real observation on this gun is having seen it rented at the range many times.  Invariably it jams on the shooter.  I can’t say if it’s a design flaw by Ruger or poor cleaning at the range.  Either way I would be wary and do some extra homework before this purchase. [whohit]-http://www.guncarryreviews.com/?p=757-[/whohit]

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High Standard Supermatic Citation 22LR

High Standard Supermatic Citation 22LR High Standard is a company with a rich history of some of the best production accuracy ever available. For this reason, the U.S. Military issued many of these 22LR pistols to pilots as a survival gun to use for hunting and defense in the case of a crash landing. The company made many different models through the years with the Supermatic Citation and the Victor being considered amongst to most accurate. The Citation models came with an easily removable bull barrel of varying length with optional barrel weights, target grip, adjustable sights and trigger pull adjustment screw. Originally the weapon came with what is called a “Slant” grip design that makes the gun feel like an extension of your pointing finger. Later, the “Military” grip style came into popularity giving people a training weapon with the angle and feel of a 1911 grip.  Due to the overwhelming popularity of the military grip design far more were made with this configuration making the slant grip slightly more rare. I used to go to the range weekly with a Master Sergeant who was annually ranked number one in the nation for the Army reserves slow fire pistol championship. His choice of weapon in the 22 caliber class was a High Standard Victor or a backup Citation model. This is a gun that is capable of more than it’s owner. Simply put a steady hand should be able to drill the bull with every shot at 25 yards. […]

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High Standard Model A 22LR

High Standard Model A 22LR High Standard is a company with a rich history of some of the best production accuracy ever available. For this reason, the U.S. Military issued many of these 22LR pistols to pilots as a survival gun to use for hunting and defense in the case of a crash landing. One of the early models that earned that reputation was the Model A. The Model A is a 22LR pistol similar in looks to a Luger with checkered walnut grips over an extended slant style grip and an adjustable sight. It was introduced in 1938 with approximately 7,300 made during the model’s manufacture.  It was available with either a 4.50″ or a 6.75″ light round barrel (pencil barrel). The Model A I own was built in 1939 and still shoots very well today. Like other quality target pistols it is an absolute joy to shoot. The Model A was designed with a single button release for disassembly and cleaning needs. It is far easier to clean than any other target gun I’ve seen. WARNING: FIREARMS FROM THIS ERA WERE NOT MADE TO SHOOT TODAY’S HIGH AMMUNITION PRESSURES. IN THIS CASE STANDARD VELOCITY 22LR IS REQUIRED. FAILURE TO DO SO COULD LEAD TO DAMAGE. [whohit]-http://www.guncarryreviews.com/?p=739-[/whohit]

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SCCY CPX-2 9mm

SCCY CPX-2 9mm (MSRP $339 as tested) Carbon steel (Black Nitrate) finish MSRP $299I received this weapon to test some time ago and have taken it out for test firing several times. The CPX-2 is a subcompact 9mm with double stacked capacity of 10+1 9mm parabellum rounds (not rated for +p). The gun is a similar styling to a classic Walther PPK with a bulkier though comfortable grip. (This may be the first subcompact that people with large hands find comfortable.) The gun is a combination of steel and polymer and is a light and easy carry option. Cons: I find the gun shoots a little high at defensive range (though it seems to be better at longer distances). The trigger is a very heavy double action only. After being used to so much single action trigger time it takes adjustment and causes fatigue with extensive firing. Pros: The cons seem to balance each other out, while I shoot high at defensive range the tough trigger can cause you to pull the muzzle down with fast fire. The result seems to be effortlessly tagging my target at defensive range. Another big point is durability. I’ve seen other reviews that put a crazy amount of ammo through the gun without cleaning. I, personally, barely cleaned the gun the entire time I was testing. I also fired filthy reloads and bad Russian ammo almost exclusively. The result was a very dirty gun that continued to consume everything I gave it without misfires […]

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Walther PPKs 380 ACP

Walther PPKs 380 ACP What can you say about the classic sidearm of 007?  Well for me it was my first carry weapon when I turned 21.  I chose the PPKs because it was a fantastic fit for my smaller hands and short fingers.  The upside to this weapon is all steel reliability and durability.  The weapon will fire when you need it every time.  When I bought mine in 1996 I was very proud to have it and considered it a great carry option due to safety features like a built in de-cocker, double/single action trigger options and a 7+1 capacity.  Today the story is different.  This classic is no longer in my possession because it has become a bit of a relic in the last few years.   In a world where Kel-Tec and Ruger offer up polymer options that are a fraction of the weight and a size you can hide in the palm of your hand with the same or similar capacity, I don’t see a place for the Walther any longer.  While these smaller options don’t provide single action triggers or safeties I feel the trade is more than worth it for greater concealability and reduced weight.  My experience with the PPKs showed it was capable of passable accuracy but nothing that would negate the tradeoff mentioned above.  The niche for this pistol is with collectors and new shooters.  The collectors will want them for the icon they are.  The new shooters may like the size and […]

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Springfield XD Subcompact 9MM

Springfield XD Subcompact 9MM What’s the most flattering thing I can say about this pistol? It’s the only model we own two of in the house (unless you count the recent purchase of the CM9 and CM40).  When my brother approached me for advice on my nephew’s first handgun my pick was the XD9SC.  The gun is easy to control, packed with safety features, single action trigger, accurate and cheap!  Further, in the XD line most of these guns were improved for the XDM line the XDSC was not.  I feel this is because it gives so much as it is that any upgrade would be marginal.  All around good gun, reliable and female friendly.  If you can only buy one handgun and want it to be a CCW this is my pick.  With Critical Duty ammo you have great power while still being able to practice for a relatively small ammo price. [whohit]-http://www.guncarryreviews.com/?p=605-[/whohit]

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Springfield XD(M) 3.8 compact .45 ACP

 Springfield XD(M) 3.8 compact .45 ACP This is my everyday carry gun.  While it’s a bit heavier than other options on the market, it brings a lot to the table and it’s a little fussy with reloads.  This is a polymer 45 that offers great capacity in a nice CCW size.  The short mag holds 9 round and the extended mag holds 13 plus one in the barrel.  The gun offers the best accuracy I have seen in a polymer weapon to date.  Springfield paid close attention to many little features that make this a joy to own and fire.  The M series added better grip to the slide rail for positive traction when loading and unloading.  The barrel lends great accuracy.  The trigger is a good SA trigger out the box but improves to great with a little break-in.  One feature that really makes this weapon is the adjustable backstrap.  Springfield offered 3 sizes to fit most any hand but they went a step further by offering 3 sizes of mag sleeve to make sure your extended magazine always matches nicely to your chosen grip.   With the standard addition of Springfield accessories (paddle holster, 2 mag holster, load assist) this is a bargain.   [whohit]-http://www.guncarryreviews.com/?p=600-[/whohit]

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