The SAR9 was a personal purchase that I made almost immediately after SHOT show 2018. The pistol shot well enough at range day, but wasn't anything special, really. I figured that I would get this pistol because it seemed to have promise in being a good Glock alternative.
The SAR9 is a new pistol that is being imported by SAR USA. The pistol was supposed to be an overkill competitor to the Glock 17. This came about because the government of Turkey was offended that the Turkish military was considering Glock pistols over the domestic offerings available to them. Turkey as a whole is typically very prideful, as they should be. They take things very seriously and personally if someone is not pleased with a product. The pride that Turkish manufacturers have in their products goes back many generations and they have a sense of honoring the reputation of themselves, their families, and their culture.I respect that level of dedication to quality.
There is a short list of firearms that I was looking forward to testing in 2018, and the SAR9 was on it. On the surface, it seemed to be a blend between a Glock 17 and the H&K VP9/P30 series of pistols. But, on the inside, the pistol is entirely different. The pistol is basically like a fully modular Glock on the inside. Everything in the frame is removable and is beefed up compared to a Glock. But shooting the pistol is not quite like shooting a Glock.
I often hear people talking about how they dress around the gun they want to wear or how they pick the gun that suits their wardrobe choice for that particular day. I personally do both depending on my mood and what I am doing. Sometimes, I choose a pistol that I want to carry, then decide on a set of clothing that is appropriate for what I am doing that day. For the most part, I do this in the winter time. Realistically, I mostly roll around in a hoody all year around in Alaska, which sets me up to carry full sized guns with relative ease. But then there are days in the summer where I just cruise around in a t-shirt and jeans. In that case, I will have to choose a pistol that fits my clothing choice.
I know we have all seen those awesome YouTube videos where people are "Breaking In" their carry pistols by shooting 500 rounds from a static range. Perhaps they plink at steel from varying distances, test the accuracy with slow fire, or even just casually shoot one round every few seconds to judge the recoil. This is a terrible example of how someone should be testing their new carry pistol in order to run it through its paces.
As a gun owner, I feel that we are obligated to maintain our proficiency in handling, marksmanship, and understanding when we can use it. With all of that, many people think that the most important thing to do is to go to the range and practice hitting a bullseye as accurately as possible. When it comes to that, I think that people are going about it in a way that does not really help prepare you for when you need it.
First thing I want to cover is that marksmanship is something you will spend the least amount of time doing, but what will carry the day is when you use it, and what you do after you have to use it. But, the thing I am going to focus on here is what you should do to practice for defending yourself with a firearm. This is going to most likely fly in the face of most peoples perception on what you should do, so just be careful about that.
First thing I want to say is that it is important to realize that when you are carrying, if you should have to draw your pistol, you wont have the luxury of "warming up" before using it. Therefore, I feel that it would be wise to include this in your training and practice. The way this would look is you use your highest levels of training to put yourself in a scenario that stresses your training. Things like drawing and shooting while moving, communicating, etc. Perhaps even practicing drawing and holding at gunpoint, or engaging an active shooter from cover. Add in different scenarios every time and try to stay away from shot timers. Most of the time you are not going to need to draw in under a second, and if you do, it will most likely be a shot from the hip and at close range.
I understand that there are limitations people may have at the range, but at the least, you should learn to shoot fast with a quick up and shoot scenario. The most you can do is stop the warming up crap and use your carry gun the way you will use it to confirm that you can actually take care of business when you need to.
The Honor Guard pistols from Honor Defense are one of the most underestimated pistols out there. The pistol is commonly put down as being cheap and just a copy of the S&W Shield. I get that it has similarities, but it functions so much differently and has far more capabilities. Once you shoot the Honor Guard pistol, you will probably understand why I find it to be one of the best single stack pistols, even above the Shield.
Recently I returned from a very much needed vacation in Hawaii with my wife while my guns and my animals all remained under the care of another person. After about 2 weeks it was time to come home to a frozen winter wonderland here in Alaska and get back to doing my routine with my animals and my firearms training. So what is it like to go 2 weeks without even thinking about guns and then jumping back into it again? Well it is not the first time that I have had to jump back into the game after a bit of a pause, but it is an interesting discussion to have.
First thing you gotta realize is that the first priority I have is to my household and to myself. I have to come home and establish control of my environment. Check all the animals over physically, play with them, feed them. Them I have to make sure the house is arranged the way it should be and make sure all the dishes are done and all my luggage is unpacked and getting put away or washed. Only then can I comfortably move onto the firearms aspect of my life. You see, in my life, firearms are not things I need in order to feel safe 24/7. There are plenty of times that I go out without a gun inside my waistband. Some of you may feel differently, and that is okay.
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.
Do It Rite
Alaska-Based Youtube Vlogger, Retired Marine, gun enthusiast, and his wife