If you could only choose one, which would you choose? In my whole time shooting and owning guns, I never really gave this idea much thought. When I was in the military, you were given one rifle and some optics that were yours to babysit and sometimes use. At times, my job required me to use a pistol, a machine gun, or even an anti-tank rocket. There was no choosing or debating. You just take what you get and do your job. All I remember is that I used my weapons and gear as I needed them and never really remember wishing I could choose just one. In fact, I remember feeling the opposite after having issues with my rifles(M4/M16) in terms of maneuverability, ergos, handling, etc. When I got out and started playing with different designs, I found the bullpup to fit every need I ever needed a rifle to fit.
I have owned my Steyr M9-A1 for about a year now, and I have sporadically shot it and given it little attention. Around the time I got the Steyr pistol, I started committing myself to double action pistols and perfecting the use of their triggers. Lately I have started expanding my horizons and gone back to old acquaintances in order to see what they have to offer. The Steyr M9-A1 has held a high regard for me, though I have given it little attention.
Recently I got into two pistols that are not very highly regarded by the general population of shooters. The SCCY CPX-2 and the Kel-Tec PF9 have both been personal purchases and for the same reasons. I needed a pistol that could offer me a reliable pistol that I could be effective with. Due to the fact that I am not limited or scared of different trigger systems, I chose pistols that had qualities I was looking for. Those qualities are low height, good capacity relative to size, good price, and natural point of aim. Many pistols did not fit this list and therefore I was left with the two pistols listed.
Ever since I got the opportunity to shoot and use a PX4 Storm, I have become a believer in the platform. The platform itself has seen some attention, but not to the extent that I would have expected. Now, contracts for the PX4 have been increasing around the world, but it is slow. Most of the contracts are with police forces with contracts numbering a little less than 50,000 pistols per contract. The list of countries using them in their militaries and police forces is getting longer. This is something I like to see because I find the PX4 to be a refreshing design that brings an old design back into the world. Furthermore, it proves that we are not stuck with the Browning lock-up system when it comes to pistol technology that is reliable.
It should be no surprise by now that I am a big fan of CZ. Not to say that I think all of their designs are spot on to what I like, but the general focus that they have on their designs is what I find attractive.
I want to quickly look over the Girsan Regard. This one is the railed version, which just became available through Zenith. You can expect to pay about $420 for this pistol. It comes with three magazines, a cleaning kit, and other standard items found in gun boxes nowadays. Just so you know, this is not necessarily going to be a review, but a quick look at this pistol. Now with that aside, let us move on to the next subject.
Budget gun has an interesting sound to it that sends mixed emotions. Some people feel that guns priced below a certain amount can not be reliable or good in any way, shape, or form. That price range can vary from being over $400 to over $600. But no matter what this dedicated price range judgement is, I think people need to realize the fact that you don't always get what you pay for. Also, just because something is really inexpensive, it doesn't mean it is junk.
One of the scariest things for someone who carries is not knowing if their pistol is going to be reliable or not. i encountered that recently with one of my single stack pistols. This caused me to go out for "emergency shopping" for a pistol to replace it. This took me on a little bit of a journey where I bounced back and forth between priorities before I settled on the Kel-Tec PF9.
There are times that I go for a week without even looking at my guns. This is not a common occurrence at my house, but it has been something that has been happening recently. When this happens, I have to find out how good my skills are and what firearm I can work with while I get back into the grind of focusing on remaining proficient with a variety of firearms and trigger systems.
I took out three pistols in order to see how well I work with these pistols and which one I will have to work with in order to get back into constant practice. All of these firearms were 9mm DA/SA and are about the size of the Glock 19. This size pistol is seen as a fine option for those looking for a good pistol that offers the best size/capacity ratio. The pistols used were the Beretta PX4 Compact, the CZ P-07, and the H&K P2000.
Do It Rite
Alaska-Based Youtube Vlogger, Retired Marine, gun enthusiast, and his wife