TALK OF THE TOWN PISTOLS AT SHOT SHOW 2018

 

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This year’s Shot Show saw the introduction of some impressive pistols from some of the industry’s most highly regarded manufacturers. Ruger, Kimber and Hudson all had solid offerings, but striker pistol offerings ruled the roost. The Glock 19X, a hybrid design that pairs a Glock 19 slide with a Glock 17 frame, met with a great deal of enthusiasm. The 19X is finished in all coyote and ships with a standard 17-round magazine and two 17+2-round magazines. Glocks latest offering uses the Glock marksman barrel for enhanced accuracy.  The 19X was Glock’s entry for the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) competition . The version shipped to the Army included a lanyard loop and external thumb safety, the later was eliminated in the 19X, Glock’s commercial version.

DSC_2370SIG’s P365 was the talk of the town in the micro-compact arena. This is a very sweet CCW platform. This little gem is chambered for 9mm +P and ships with (2) 10-round magazines and (1) 12-round. Loaded for business you have 10+1 and 12+1. Wow, this  is unheard of in a pistol with an overall length of 5.8 inches and 4.3 inches in overall height. The trigger is smooth with a short crisp reset. The P365 ships with front slide serrations and SIGLITE night sights. Haven’t fired the P365 but all the signs are positive.

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The Walther PPS M2 is Walther through and through, a superb grip geometry and texturing along with the best out of the box trigger available. The model depicted on the left is the RMSc. The Shield mini red dot makes for very rapid target acquisition and co-witnesses with the pistol’s iron sights. The PPS M2 is a dream to shoot and sits in the hand very comfortably, the end result is enhanced weapon control. The PPS M2 comes with front slide serrations and ships with 2 6-round magazines for a 6+1 capacity. The PPS M2 is available in a couple of configurations, an LE model that ships with 3 magazines and a CTC Laserguard Package. Shooting the PPS M2 will thrill you so you’ll practice more.

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The FN509 was FN’s submission for the U.S. Army’s MHS competition. FN released it into the commercial space in 2017. The pistol is a full sized 9mm, double-action offering and ships with (2) 10 or (2) 17  round magazines. The 509 hallmark characteristics is it reliability and superb manufacturing quality. The 509 features ambidextrous slide stop lever and magazine release. There’s been some chatter about the slide stop being difficult to operate. which is more of a cockpit problem that the pistol itself. The 509’s magazine spring is heavy to ensure reliable feeding so dropping the slide on an empty magazine may be hard to do. All of that is a non-issue with a full magazine or an empty pistol.

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The Beretta APX is another commercial offering originating from the U.S. Army’s MHS competition. Beretta has done an amazing job evolving this pistol to where it is today. The APX is built on a striker-fired stainless steel chassis which is the serialized component as a result, Beretta is able to offer a variety of calibers as well as frame colors. Weapon serial numbers are visible through a cutout on the polymer frame. As of this writing, Beretta offers Flat Dark Earth (FDE), Wolf Grey and OD Green frame colors. Breaking down the Beretta APX, once you’re familiar with the procedure, is straight forward and does not require a trigger pull to remove the slide. The APX is chambered in 9mm and ships with (2) 17 round magazines for a 17+1 capacity.

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