All of the recent hoopla about the SIG P320 potentially firing when dropped reminded me that I had a well-used 1911 in the safe that every once and a while will drop the hammer to half-cock when the slide is racked, particularly on an empty chamber.
Let's get a few things out the way first --
1. No this is not indicative of 1911s in general or even a particular brand. It was actually my first and served a number of years as a 45 Super (with designer Ace Hindman's help - may he RIP). It was in the process of being upgraded from being VERY well used.
2. Yes, I know that it is very hard on a pistol to drop the slide on an empty chamber. In particular, it is frowned on in the 1911 world. Regardless, it should not fire.
Ok, back to the pistol. I had done a number of upgrades a few years back: sear, disconnector, hammer and trigger. However, the trigger I selected was a 1991 trigger. I chose it because I like the way that it looked, liked how it worked in my Colt's and I knew it would drop in. It turns out that it was not a good choice.
As you may have guessed it on occasion dropped to half-cock even after a new and mildly adjusted sear spring. Ok, to be fair, I probably could have really tweaked the leaf spring so that it didn't but I also didn't want a terrible trigger pull.
I ordered a Wilson ultra-light trigger. Why? Because it is a Wilson part, it said "ultra-light" and listed the actual weight. I couldn't find the weight of any of the other triggers I looked at. The theory was that trigger slap - movement actually was activating the hammer.
Disassembly revealed that the trigger was RIDICULOUSLY loose in the pistol. I mean up, down, forward, back. This was DEFINITELY the issue.
Now, with my new Wilson trigger I found that it did not fit in like a modern "modular" (aka mass produced pistol) lol. Let's be honest there is nothing on a Glock that will take more than a few minutes to replace. Fitting? Nah, 100rds on the range will do that.
But, like a traditional 1911 part the new trigger did require some fitting. I set out with a small hand-file watching TV to fit it into the channel. OK, 2 hours later it would fit into the channel but definitely not move freely. I used the hand file for about another hour. After that I took out the rotary tool. Yes, impatient! But, it was getting late and I would not have time to work on it the next day before going to the range in the afternoon. And there was a downside to my impatience - the finish. Between being tired and probably whatever I was watching I did not do a great job of paying attention and did manage to scuff the nice matte finish of the trigger. Drat. Well, this is a working pistol, and I would rather have it work than not.
I took it to the range with me and Voila! The pistol had no issues and the trigger is still decent. A success and a very inexpensive fix!
Here is a pic, at some point I will probably take out the trigger and polish it. Until then, it works and function over form.
My first pistol. Originally purchased back in like 1990! It's seen a few rounds through it.
I'll start with the grand finale - the HK P9SK shoots amazingly straight and very comfortably!
From the first mag I was astounded at how accurately I was able to shoot it. My friend even looked over at a group and asked "How many shots was that, 3?" I replied "Nope, 5, it shoots that straight." He replied: "Let me try that thing." And he too was pleasantly surprised with the grouping.
I think I shoot it better than my Glock 43! It definitely is a lot more pleasant to shoot.
Of course, if you look at the dimensions, you see why. It is thicker, not only in the grip due to its double-stack frame, but also the slide. The VP9SK also weighs about 5oz heavier - unloaded. I didn't take it apart to see if there was anything special in it, but it definitely shoots more pleasantly than say an M&P Compact. The trigger is better than both the Glock 43 and M&P 9c.
There a coupe of things that I should point out.
First, the slide lock is low and long. I found myself accidentally hitting it with my thumb, causing the slide not to lock back a couple of times. This is a training/practice issue. I personally prefer them to be small and out of the way, but I know that others do not.
Second, the mag release it not traditional "U.S. Style" meaning that it is located on the side and activated by your strong thumb. I actually don't mind this as prefer them to be out of the way also, but it is definitely not what I am used to and unlike all of my other pistols, except the Walther.
So, in summary, I do not think that the VP9SK is in the same deep concealment class as say the Glock 43. It is also considerably more expensive. The 43 with MagnaPorting is still less.
However, I think that accuracy is paramount and HK has a winner. Its shootability and accuracy out of the box in this size/weight class is something of an anomaly and I want one. HK needs to come up with an instructor program!
Glock 43 vs HK VP9SK
Glock 43 with Taran +1 baseplate vs HK P9SK. The HK is still noticeably longer and wider.
Update 9/19: Settlement checks are being sent out.
Someone asked me if I knew the status of the EOTech class action lawsuit (Foster vs L-3 EOTech). The official website (http://www.fostersettlement.com/) has not been updated in a while and doesn't show the results of the final approval hearing on 7/7/2017.
In fact, website http://www.eotechlawsuit.com/ actually has more up to date information, including that the order was approved and actually has a copy of the order. So what happens next?
I emailed the law firm Heffler for more up to date information and received back:
"Thank you for your correspondence. On July 7th 2017 Final Approval of the Class Action Settlement was granted at the Final Fairness Hearing. Distribution will occur within 30 days of the class action’s effective date, August 7th 2017, barring an appeal of the final approval. Please visit fostersettlement.com for all updates on the case."
Well, it appears that despite SIG's original press release (bottom) that there had been zero cases of discharge submitted to them, they have now issued a voluntary recall (see below).
Although I know of only one actual 3rd party video showing a discharge and a lot of hearsay regarding the Dallas PD statements (haven't seen any actual documents) it appears that there is a problem.
I am disappointed to be honest. Drop safeties/transfer bar/firing pin blocks have been a mainstay in most firearms since (at least the 1980's) - especially striker fire pistols. One of the big advantages of the pistol IMO was the trigger. I suspect that the triggers will come back a bit heavier.
Voluntary recall press release from SIG:
Date: Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 10:44 AM
Subject: SIG SAUER Issues Voluntary Upgrade of P320 Pistol
Original no problem press release from SIG:
(ALSO FEATURING * COMPENSATED PISTOLS)
A few words about my Glock 19c. It is a Gen4 and is made in the U.S.A. It is noteworthy that it is the only Glock that I have ever owned or shot (a lot) that I have ever had problems with. Now, I will caveat this with the fact that I was using very old factory target ammo that is not exactly known for being high powered (i.e. cheap). I am talking about a few failures in the first 100 rounds or so. I am pleased to say that after 300+ rounds, it runs like a champ. However, it is very out of the ordinary so noteworthy. I know that over the 19c's iterations that they now make a cut into the top of the hood - we know there had to be a reason for it. But, it is only one example, so take it for what it is worth.
And now the requested pics:
Comparison of the barrel ports vs slide ports (19c top, 43 bottom)
Notice the top of the barrel. The 19c (top) has a cut in the middle of the hood
Top 19c - the barrel port is so much smaller than the slide port
Somebody asked me how I liked my Glock 43, which was purchased as a summer carry/backup. I absolutely love the size and the quality. Slap a Taran extension mag plate and it is a perfect size.
What I was not super impressed with is the trigger and the muzzle flip. To be honest, I would rather shoot any of the micro-9mm's over it or even my Glock 27.
They really didn't do any work on the connector and the small space changed the geometry enough to impact it negatively. I also installed the Taran connector, and while cleaner it didn't make much of a difference on that initial take up. Even after a quick call and polishing out some of the surfaces leads to an trigger not as nice as say a (gasp) Shield or XDS. But, it is doable, and I see that Lone Wolf now has theirs out.
The little pistol flips a surprising amount in my hand. Again more than some of the competitors including the P938. I fixed that though.
MagnaPort did a spectacular job!! The recoil is negligible - it shoots like a 19 now. The cuts are clean and the blast is vented WELL away from the pistol and the sights.
I also own a 19c and to be honest - MagnaPort does a much better job.
With some night sites it will make a great summer/backup pistol.
The CZ P10 has generated a lot of buzz. I am a long-time CZ fan and I was surprised to see them out as I have only seen a handful of P-01 Omegas and they were introduced and displayed at SHOT 2016. However, folks do appear to be getting P10's so I guess that their Glock 19 competitor is where their focus is. Shouldn't be too surprising since the Glock 19 is their best seller. But I digress. I had high hopes for the P10 but being a Glock "knockoff" (as some are calling it) I wasn't sure of what to expect.
Lots of write ups and videos have been done on the pistols details so I will just give my impressions:
First and foremost is a straight shooter - very accurate out of the box. Very easy for anyone used to striker pistols to pick up and shoot.
Build quality of the pistol is very good. I have always been impressed with CZ's QC. The only very minor exceptions are mentioned below.
The grip fits the hand ergonomically and the trigger is very good - think 3.5# connector-ish with a slightly stronger initial pull (but nowhere as heavy as say a NY1 trigger spring).
Gone is the classic Glock "sproing" when firing! Also, the reset is an almost instant click (for those focusing on this feature).
Recoil is negligible, not that a 19 has recoil, but I would rather shoot a P10 all day over a 19. VERY comfortable to shoot.
The only negatives I potentially saw...
The rear grip is sharper than I expected. Not bad, but noticeable. Similar to the FNX back panel that I never use.The range gun didn't have the option to switch it out.
I didn't have a Glock to hold side-by-side but the P10 does seem marginally bigger. I know that they are supposed to take the same holsters, so maybe that is because the P10 sides are not flat. I wish I had a holster on me to try. I wonder if it will conceal as well as a 19/23/32.
I know that recoil spring assembly (RSA) has little function other than to keep the spring properly "guided" (straight), but every semi-auto has one and they are all pretty much the same. The P10 RSA is a plastic captured unit with a flat spring. Spring was pretty much on par but the guide rod felt cheap. The end on the range pistol was a little chewed up. Cosmetic-only but stuck out on a range pistol only out for less than a week. I regret not getting a picture of it, but if I did you see how minor of a complaint it is.
Perhaps the guide rod was a victim of improper re-assembly which leads me to my next observation - the guide rod notch on the barrel. It is very small and it would be easy to attempt to assemble it with it off. I did a get a picture of it, and it looks pretty good, but the rod doesn't positively snap-in like my other striker pistols. However, it's not bad as say a S&W 3rd gen where if you weren't careful you could launch the non-captured rod and spring across the range.
Anyway, those are minor points - overall this is a great pistol and I think that CZ has a winner! I am definitely getting one, right after my P-01 Omega :)
Wow. It looks like the CA DOJ has modeled their "assault weapons" guidelines off of the NFA. Engraved with a CA specific SN? That is insane.
This is exactly the type of thing that gun owners complain about regarding gun control legislation - it NEVER ends. You may have been legal during the last two assault weapon bans, and even complied with the ridiculous requirements like the gun being on the "safe to own exclusively in CA list" and the bullet button ban rendering mag changes impossible without a tool but ... how about "featureless" rifles? .... but .... engraving!!
and there is NEVER and end to the anti-gunners' "but..." part. There will always be one more thing.
Anyway, here is a link to well-written article which also includes a picture of the new application:
The Kahr Arms Pricing and order form is now online.
I was hoping that they still had the 1927A1's still available, but they have not for awhile. I just kind of want one :)
Pricing on the "value series" is very nice. Pricing on the P's has held for quite a few years, which is nice.
I have received many requests for this and got it today. I will warn you though, last year I inquired on a number of products and was told that the only thing readily available for the program were P07's and P09's due to demand. It looks like this year the program reflects this. There are no CZ75 variants listed. :(
And before anyone asks, also removed: Scorpion EVO pistol, and definitely no P10.