The Honor Guard has endured a pretty long line of scrutiny from people who were outraged by testing that was conducted under questionable circumstances. I conducted similar testing of my own that was a bit more based on a realistic scenario that I feel I could face when using a firearm as a civilian. Anyways, the testing I conducted ended up with me finding out that my pistol was not really drop-safe. But, recently it would seem that this has changed.
Recently I reached out to Honor Defense in order to see if I could get some updated springs. I noticed independent tests on the Honor Guard that showed that the more current pistols were completely drop-safe. This led me to think that perhaps it was just a spring issue. The light trigger I had was also something that I felt might be a sign of whether the pistol is good to use. My trigger was coming in at less than 4.5lb which is too light, in my opinion. Anyways, Honor Defense sent me a spring kit that included the new striker spring, sear spring, and a trigger return spring.
I was pretty happy to get the updated springs that you will get in current Honor Defense pistols. I immediately took apart the pistol and the chassis system to replace the springs. All springs in the chassis are different in design and size, which makes it easy to get it right. Now remember that if you do this type of thing yourself, you need to take detailed note or pictures of how the chassis goes back together. I will say that it took me a bit of fumbling in order to get the chassis back together. I had to learn along the way on how to competently reassemble it with good technique. The hardest thing to get into the chassis was the sear spring. It was tiny and I neglected to use a pair of needle nose pliers to make sure the springs go exactly where I intend them to go. Exchanging the striker spring was darn near a breeze, and within no time, I was done.
Once I got the pistol back together, I found that the trigger pull indeed was heavier. I would judge that the trigger had a pull of about 6 pounds or a bit more. I am fine with this type of thing for two reasons. First reason is that the trigger does not have a trigger safety, which can arguably make people nervous about reholstering and snagging the trigger. Also, I find that the heavier trigger is more like other pistols I have great experience and proficiency with. Shooting the pistol with a heavier trigger pull is going to take a bit of getting used to when trying to squeeze fine precision out of the pistol. Though, the tension will no doubt lessen and smooth out with time, which will make it more conducive to greater precision.
I am very happy to get my Honor Guard in safe order. I have done a few drop tests and found the gun to be nothing short of safe. I am glad that I can now incorporate this pistol into my carry rotation again. This pistol gives me everything I need in a single stack pistol. In all, I am pretty happy with the customer service from Honor Defense and it would seem that the drop-safe fiasco is not really even an issue with more recent models. With the current generations of springs, the pistols inherently are drop-safe, so don't be too quick to judge.
Do It Rite
Alaska-Based Youtube Vlogger, Retired Marine, gun enthusiast, and his wife