Handgun News, Reviews and Technical Information

Handgun News, Reviews and Technical Information

Sig Sauer P320 Replaces Army Beretta M9

Sig Sauer P320

Sig Sauer P320

After almost 30 years of U.S. Army soldiers carrying the M9 Beretta as their sidearm, there’s a new handgun in town. The Beretta will be replaced by the Sig Sauer P320 at a cost of about $580 million. The top of the line weapons range in price from $762 to $830. But those are retail prices. Surely the army gets a substantial discount by ordering in bulk.

Like the Italian-owned Beretta, Sig Sauer is foreign-owned (controlled by the privately held German company L&O Holding). But like the Berettas produced for the Army, the Sig Sauers will be manufactured in America.

The Marines may eventually follow suit in selecting the P320, according to Marine Times.

Among the features of the Sig Sauer P320 that presumably helped it beat out competitors such as Smith & Wesson and Glock are what the company calls a “unique modular and adoptable design.”

  • The grip can be adjusted to the shooter.
  • The P320 can be converted to fire 9mm, .357 SIG and .40 S&W ammunition.
  • It can be configured for silencers.
  • Multiple sizes of the stainless-steel frame are available.

The Sig Sauer P320 will be produced in New Hampshire and phased in over the next decade, according to Army Times.

 

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Browning Hi-Power

Browning High Power

Browning Hi-Power

Belgium Browning Hi-Power 9mm Semi Automatic Handgun FN GP35

For me there are only two pistol designs that fit, function and feel perfect to me and they are both classic designs of John Browning. Those pistols are the 1911 Colt .45  and the Browning Hi-Power 9mm. The Belgium manufactured Browning Hi-Power has long been on my want list from the first time I fired one back in 1992 or so. Over the years I have purchased several  1911 Colt’s but for some reason I never came across the right Browning Hi-Power that appealed to me.

 

Browning Hi-Power Links

Browning Hi-Power Owners Manual – Here is an old scanned copy of an original Hi-Power Power Owners Manual. If anyone has an older manual to share please contact me and I will upload it.

Date Your Browning Hi-Power Pistol – Determine the age of your Browning Hi-Power Pistol based upon it’s serial number.

 

 

 Browning Hi-Power Pistol Specifications

A locked-breech, semi-automatic, single-action, recoil-operated pistol. The Browning Hi-Power Mk I uses a 13-round staggered magazine.

  • Caliber: 9 mm
  • Length: 197 mm
  • Barrel length: 118 mm
    • length of rifled part: 100 mm
    • number of grooves: 6
    • direction of twist: right
  • Height (without sight, loaded): 127.5 mm
  • Width (with stocks): 36 mm
    • (without stocks): 25.5 mm
  • Weight (with empty magazine): 0.9 kg
    • (with loaded magazine): 1.060 kg
  • Capacity of magazine: 13 cartridges
  • Modes of fire: Single action
  • Muzzle velocity: 350 m/s
    • V12.50: 340 m/s
  • Muzzle energy: 500 J
  • Safeties: Half-cock notch, manual thumb safety, firing pin block, and magazine disconnect
  • Trigger pull: 7.5 lb
  • Effective Range: 50 m
  • Dispersion (firing 10 shots with rest)
    • at 15 meters: 95 mm (height 50 mm, width 45 mm)
    • at 30 meters: 200 mm (height 105 mm, width 95 mm)
    • at 50 meters: 320 mm (height 170 mm, width 150 mm)

SIG to Introduce the P227 double-stack .45 ACP at SHOT Show 2013

 

SIG aficionados at SIG Sauer Guns and Accessories blogged about an upcoming addition to the SIG lineup, the P227, a double-stack version of the P220. We have contacted SIG and confirmed that this rumor to be true, and that SIG will be launching the P227 at the 2013 SHOT Show. Not all the final details have been hammered out, so there is still some room for speculation.

We do know that with a capacity of 10+1 rounds of .45 ACP and with 14-round extended magazines, this handgun is already going to be a success and we don’t even have proper photos of it yet.

They report that the P227 is likely to be offered in three models, a full-size P227 with a 4.4-inch barrel, one with and one without night sights, and a 3.9-inch Compact SIG Anti-Snag model with night sights. SIG’s SAS handguns are dehorned, with the sharp corners rounded off, and are intended for concealed-carry and come without a Picatinney rail and with night sights.

The P227 will be parts-compatible to a large degree with the P220 and you will be able to swap slides between them. They will likely use E2 grips to keep the grip size down. Double-stack .45s are usually on the girthy side and anything to slim down the grip will be welcome.

Prices have not yet been written in stone but they are likely to be priced in-line with SIGs other classic P-series pistols, but of course we wouldn’t be surprised if, by virtue of being shiny, new and awesome will command a bit of a price premium at first.

Actually, the only thing that could hold this gun back is SIG. When they announced the P224 people were ready to buy the instant they got word. However, the execution and delivery wasn’t great. Instead of a 9mm DA/SA concealed-carry pistol with the new, slender E2 grips, they produced a DAK pistol chambered in .40 S&W with chunky “Extreme” grips.

And even with the group of buyers who wanted that exact configuration, availability of the pistol was practically nil. We really hope the case isn’t the same with the P227.

With the P227, SIG needs to bring a DA/SA decocker handgun true to the original P220, just now with a much greater capacity. Down the road they can come out with a SAO model and a DAK for those crowds, an Elite model and a Stainless version, but to launch the gun right they need to stay with their base. SIG is aware of this and is likely to quite literally stick to their guns and kick off the P227 with traditional configurations and controls.

The P220 was developed in 1975 to replace the WWII-era SIG P210 standard issue with the Swiss military, and is the first and original model of what is considered today to be the “classic P-series” SIG pistols. All the other designs are derivatives of the now-iconic P220.

We still have some waiting and seeing to do, and we look forward to every bit of it. It gets the name P227 because it will be similar in size to the P226, even if we think P221 would have made more sense. It will fit in standard P220/P226 holsters.

FN FNP 45 TACTICAL SUPPRESSED AAC TiRANT 45

Finally received my tax stamp for the AAC TiRANT SOUND SUPPRESSOR. Below is the AAC TiRANT SOUND SUPPRESSOR mounted on my FNH FNP 45 TACTICAL.

FN FNP 45 TACTICAL SUPPRESSED AAC TiRANT 45

FN FNP 45 TACTICAL SUPPRESSED AAC TiRANT 45

Colt Crimson Trace New Agent 1911

Colt Crimson Trace New Agent 1911

Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC has teamed up with Crimson Trace Corporation for the first ever Lasergrips®, grip-integrated laser sight emblazoned with the Colt® logo, which is now standard on the Colt New Agent® pistol. This compact, lightweight Colt 1911 series pistol with wrap-around, front activation laser sight, gives shooters increased accuracy and confidence in their shot placement.

“The Colt New Agent is an excellent choice for a concealable pistol for personal protection,” said Joyce Rubino, Colt’s Vice President of Marketing, “With the addition of Crimson Trace® laser sights, New Agent shooters can be increasingly confident that their shots will hit the mark.”

The upgraded New Agent model 1911 weighs less than 24 ounces and measures 6.75 inches in length. While possessing the power and protection of a full sized pistol, this compact model is a great option for concealed carry. Colt’s New Agent offers a seven-round magazine capacity in .45 ACP and an eight-round magazine capacity in 9 mm Parabellum.

The carbon steel slide is finished in matte blue and the lightweight alloy frame is black anodized. The New Agent’s trigger is skeletonized aluminum with a 3-inch bushingless barrel.

The New Agent’s traditional double diamond grips have been replaced with black, wrap-around Crimson Trace grips made of a polymer and rubber combination. With the Crimson Trace laser sight and trench style sighting system in lieu of iron sights, the New Agent has a snagless draw, adding to the capability of this pistol.

Highly visible at self-defense distances, the red laser comes factory-zeroed at 50 feet. The unit may be fine tuned by the user for their choice of ammunition, via integral windage and elevation adjustments. When the pistol is held with a natural firing grip, the instinctive, front-activation laser is initiated.

“We’re thrilled to offer this quality Colt pistol paired with Crimson Trace’s popular laser sight to give shooters a product combination that will increase shot confidence,” said Rubino. Coltsmfg.com. Crimsontrace.com.

Brownells & Glockworx Team Up To Deliver Slides For Glocks

Glockworx Slide

 

Through an exclusive partnership with Glockworx, Brownells is now offering a selection of slides pre-cut for popular optics to fit the Glock 17, in-stock and ready-to-ship.

Made for the Glock 17, the top rear of each Optic Cut Slide features a large precision-relieved slot allowing close-to-the-bore mounting of optics to minimize sight offset problems on short range targets. Also, the slide top near the front sight is ported to reduce overall slide weight, reduce recoil impulse and improve control of the pistol.

“The design teams at Glockworx and Brownells have worked together to develop four Glock slides to fit the Model 17 with pre-cut slots at the precise depth, width and angle to fit the most popular optics on the market.,” said Pete Brownell, President of Brownells Inc. “The custom work has been done already, just swap your Glock 17 factory slide for a Glockwork slide, install your optics or iron sights, and you’re ready to shoot.”

The Optic Cut Slides accommodate Dr Optic, Burris FastFire, JPoint, and RMR Optics. The cut on each slide model varies to fit the specialized base shape and mounting-screw pattern of those optics. There’s also an iron-sight-ready model. Because the optics sit down into the Glockworx cuts, they present a reduced profile and have very little offset between the sight and barrel – a critical advantage for those really close shots.

Six ports cut into the top of the slides reduce slide weight for faster target transitions and reduced recoil impulse.

Each replacement Glockworx slide is CNC-machined from aircraft-grade heat-treated stainless steel for long life. The sight cuts, ports, lowered ejection port, firing pin hole, breech face, and front and rear cocking serrations are precision-machined to ensure a precise fit and flawless function. The surfaces are finished with Zev Technology’s black DLC coating to resist corrosion and damage. All are currently available here.

At Brownells everything is guaranteed period! …Forever, 100%, with no restocking fees. Founded in 1939, they supply more than 50,000 firearms parts, accessories, gunsmithing tools and ammunition to armorers, gunsmiths, and shooters worldwide. Brownells provides free tech help and there’s no minimum order size or small order fees. To place an order, or for more information, call 800-741-0015 or visit www.brownells.com

FNP 45 TACTICAL RED DOT SIGHT OPTIONS

FNP45 TACTICAL RED DOT SIGHT

FNP 45 Tactical with Docter Red Dot Sight

 

The FN FNP tactical 45 comes with a slide machined ready to accept a red dot optic. Additionally there is a factory version of this model that ships with the red dot optic installed. The purpose of this post is for me to select the correct red dot sight for my pistol.

There are several different options available some are better suited than others to be installed on this pistol. It’s worth noting that FN ships this pistol with a docter optic Red dot sight. while I investigate my options I would also like feedback from visitors of this website. If you have any experience with a red dot sight on the FN FNP tactical 45 I would love to hear about it.

 

I will update this page as my search progresses.

TangoDown VICKERS GLOCK SLIDE STOP

VICKERS GLOCK SLIDE STOP

VICKERS GLOCK SLIDE STOP

 

Vickers Tactical perfects the Glock yet again. Having difficulty executing fast reloads with the stock slide stop? Extended slide stops locking the slide back with rounds still in the gun due to your shooting grip? Try the VTSS and never look back. Extensive prototyping and testing created the optimum slide stop shape enabling positive slide lock and release, especially with gloves. Precision stamped and formed from 4130 chrome moly steel with durable hard coat, the VTSS will outlive your Glock. We recommend professional gunsmith installation only.

Fits Glock models G17, G17L, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31, 32, 33, 34 and 35

COLT DELTA ELITE 10mm AUTO BACK IN PRODUCTION

Colt Delta Elite 10mm Pistol

Colt Delta Elite 10mm Pistol

Colt released the Delta Elite in the late 80’s. Unfortunately for a host of reasons the world wasn’t ready for the 10mm auto cartridge and its lower powered sibling the 40S&W took all the fame and purchase orders. The Delta Elite was discontinued. Through the years that followed the 10mm cartridge began to see its popularity grow and manufacturer’s began to offer 10mm pistols. The discontinued Delta Elite saw it’s value increase as they became sought after by shooters who understood the calibers near 41 magnum performance and ballistics. Around 2008 Colt recognized that the shooting world was now ready for a Delta Elite. Colt went back to the drawing board and redesigned the Delta Elite to correct some of the issues of the original model.

I have one issue with the improved Delta Elite and that’s the rear sight. I feel Colt should have opted for the Novak Low Profile sight offered on the Colt Combat Elite. Additionally if they used their rail gun frame  the Delta elite would appeal to a much bigger shooting group. Then again this is Colt being Colt.

Anyhow I do plan on owning a Delta Elite by winter 2012. I think it will be a great project gun.

GLOCK 22 SHOULDER HOLSTER

I am currently looking for input on suitable shoulder holsters for a GLOCK 22 GEN4. Read more here.

U.S. Army Purchases Additional Beretta 9mm Pistols

Beretta 92FS

Beretta 92FS

 

The US Army announced today that Beretta U.S.A. has been awarded a purchase order for 15,778 new Beretta 92FS pistols and cleaning kits. Delivery of the pistols will begin in 60 days and will proceed at a rate of 2,000 pistols per month.

“This order reminds us that Beretta 9mm pistols remain a central part of the American arsenal,” commented Jeff Reh, Vice-General Manager for Beretta U.S.A. “These particular pistols are being supplied as part of the U.S. Army Foreign Military Sales program in aid to Afghan troops and to assist other U.S. allies around the world.”

The Beretta 92FS 9mm pistol and its U.S. military equivalent, designated the M9, have been manufactured in the U.S. since 1987 by an American work force that now stands at around 300 employees. To date, over 600,000 Beretta 9mm pistols have been delivered to the U.S. military by the Beretta U.S.A. facility in Accokeek, Maryland.

“We are very proud to continue supplying the 92FS and M9 pistols to the U.S. Armed Forces” said Gabriele de Plano, Beretta U.S.A.’s Vice President of Military Marketing & Sales, “and we are looking forward to future opportunities to support our troops in the field with either our improved Model 92A1 line or the new Px4 Storm family of pistols”.

In addition to Beretta, Benelli, Sako and Steiner, are part of Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT). This alliance of leading companies is unified to provide advanced products, services, in-house R&D and manufacturing in support of military personnel around the world. For additional information, visit www.berettadefensetechnologies.com.

Beretta, established in 1526, is the oldest industrial dynasty in the world tracing its roots through 16 generations of continuous family ownership. Firearms bearing the Beretta name have been sold for almost 500 years. Beretta U.S.A. Corp. was founded in 1977 and supplies the standard sidearm to the U.S. Armed Forces. Today Beretta manufactures, distributes and markets a complete line of firearms, accessories and apparel. Beretta also owns and operates six retail Beretta Gallery stores worldwide. For additional information, visit www.berettaUSA.com.

PARA USA’s customer service relocates to its North Carolina headquarters.

Service for all PARA USA and Para-Ordnance firearms will now be done at its new home in the Charlotte, North Carolina area

Effective June 1, 2010 all firearms being returned to PARA USA for any purpose should be sent to the new company headquarters in Pineville, North Carolina. The relocation of its Customer Service Center to the Charlotte area is part of the continuing consolidation of PARA’s operations to its new North Carolina home. Now getting a return authorization number for service is quicker than ever.

Returning a firearm to PARA is easy, all the owner needs to do is call PARA’s Customer Service Department to request a return authorization number. All firearms being returned to the Pineville headquarters must have a return authorization number to insure that they are quickly and efficiently directed to the proper department. All firearms shipments should have a clear and concise letter with them explaining the reason they are being returned.

PARA USA has the best service policy in the firearms industry with its Lifetime Gold Medallion Service Policy for all original owners of PARA and Para-Ordnance firearms purchased after January 1, 2001. Having the Customer Service Center located at its headquarters facility will mean improved turnaround time if a PARA owner should need to have his firearm serviced.

MAKE SURE THAT THE FIREARM AND ANY MAGAZINES ARE UNLOADED. DO NOT SHIP ANY CARTRIDGES WITH A FIREARM.

Starting, Tuesday, June 1, 2010 all firearms being returned to PARA USA need to be shipped to its headquarters in Pineville, North Carolina.

PARA Customer Service is open from 9 AM to 5 PM (EST) and may be reached at 704-930-7600. The address for PARA USA, Inc. is 10620 Southern Loop Blvd., Pineville, NC. 28134.

GLOCK RECALLS GENERATION 4 RECOIL SPRING ASSEMBLIES

 

 

 

GLOCK Inc. is voluntarily exchanging the recoil spring assembly (RSA) on its new Gen4 pistols (with the exception of G26 and G27 models). GLOCK has developed a new design to the recoil spring assemblies on its Gen4 pistols to replace several variations that are functioning in the market today. As part of the company’s commitment to perfection, we are voluntarily exchanging the existing RSA in order to ensure our products perform up to GLOCK’s stringent standards.

GLOCK is replacing the RSA in all Gen4s sold before July 22, 2011 at no cost. Please complete the following procedure to receive a new RSA. The RSA can safely and simply be swapped out using normal field stripping protocols. If you have additional questions, please contact GLOCK at 1-877-745-8523 with your serial number and model number.

CONSUMER ACTION:

  1. Call 1-877-745-8523 with your serial number and model number to request your modified RSA. GLOCK will verify your serial number and collect shipping information
  2. Within 30 days, GLOCK will send you a replacement RSA along with a pre-addressed envelope to mail in your old spring
  3. Ensure your Gen4 is completely unloaded
  4. Field strip your GLOCK per the instructions found in your ‘Instructions for Use’ manual that came with your pistol and replace the old RSA with the new one
  5. Place the old RSA in the supplied shipping container and give to the United States Postal Service (USPS)
Glock Recoil Spring Assembly ID Chart

Glock Recoil Spring Assembly ID Chart

 

 

FNP-45 TACTICAL PREMATURE SLIDE RELEASE

So I headed off to Blue Trail Range in Wallingford Connecticut last Friday to put a few new weapons through their paces. First up was the FNP 45 TACTICAL and a surprise. Upon inserting a loaded  to capacity  magazine the slide closed by itself chambering a round. To say I was caught off guard was an understatement. Initially I thought that maybe somehow I managed to hit the slide stop but further shooting revealed it was repeatable for four out of five magazines. After I got used to this action I joked to myself that this would be a slick feature in combat situations. I continued shooting and havng a great experience the the FNP 45 TACTICAL.

Later when I was home I decided to see if I missed something in the operators manual. After browsing cover to cover a few times I didnt fimd anything unsual or any cautionary notes on the slide release and magazine changes. I next decided to search Google. Low and behold this seems to be a common comment about all of the FN FNP series of handguns. Some comments state it is in the design. Others state it’s from inserting magazines with too much force.  My personal experience is that I inserted the magazine gently butt had to give it a smack to lock in place when the magazine was loaded to capacity. Furthermore I am unable to recreate the action with an empty magazine regardless of the force used.

If anyone knows the facts on this subject please drop me a line by commenting here.

FNH FNP 45 TACTICAL in BLACK PICTURES

I picked up my black FNH FNP 45 TACTICAL yesterday. Dont see many of these in black. Most are FDE or Flat Dark Earth. The pistol came with this nice case and three magazine. My initial impressions are very favorable.  I am hoping to get out shooting Friday. Will report back with a full review soon.

FNH FNP 45 TACTICAL

FNH FNP 45 TACTICAL INSIDE FACTORY CASE

FNH FNP 45 TACTICAL

FNH FNP 45 TACTICAL

FNH FNP 45 TACTICAL

FNH FNP 45 TACTICAL