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A while back I did a post highlighting why firearms enthusiasts like myself, who love to talk about guns, sometimes hesitate when asked exactly which gun to buy.  Well, here I present two very specific, phenomenal handgun recommendations.  Whether you’re deliberating over your first handgun purchase, or adding a new pistol to an existing collection, these are excellent recommendations.  You can’t go wrong with the GLOCK 19, nor with the SIG SAUER P320, both of which are compact handguns chambered for the 9X19 NATO.

 

The GLOCK 19, aka G19.

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A Gen4 GLOCK G19 M.O.S.

The GLOCK 19 – EASILY my first recommendation.  Though, technically, they may not have  invented the genre, GLOCK certainly popularized the  polymer-framed, striker-fired handgun.  I actually remember when GLOCK pistols first hit the U.S. market, way back in 1986.  My Dad and I were early adopters of the then revolutionary, “plastic” handguns.  Now, 30 years later, (Happy Birthday GLOCK!), GLOCK polymer-framed, striker-fired, “Safe-Action” pistols dominate the U.S. handgun market.  In fact, the GLOCK 19,  chambered in 9mm, is one of the most popular semi-automatic pistols of all times, used widely by Military & Law Enforcement around the World.  In fact, roughly 2 in 3 law enforcement professionals choose GLOCK pistols as their primary duty gun. 

So, What Makes the GLOCK 19 so Popular?

  • GLOCK Ruggedness, Reliability, Ease of Use, & Ease of Maintenance.  They flat out work. GLOCK is the AK of the pistols in terms of ease of use, maintenance and reliability.  They are ultra-reliable.  They are also very easy to shoot well, even for new shooters, which instills confidence and promotes use.  Finally, GLOCK pistols are simple to field strip and maintain.

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  • The outstanding GLOCK Safe-Action Trigger.  Any sharp-shooter will tell you the trigger is key, and GLOCK’s “Safe Action” trigger is a great trigger.  Though odd looking when first introduced, you don’t even feel the center tab, which is actually part of a built-in safety system, when firing the gun.  Instead, you feel very little take-up, the slightest bit of creep, and a great, always consistent pull, that breaks around ~5.5lbs.

 

  • The GLOCK 19 is the Jack of All Trades, & Master of Many.  Though considered a Compact (see NUTNFANCY’s “Compact It Ain’t” video), the GLOCK 19 doesn’t give up much in sight radius, barrel length or magazine capacity when compared to traditional, full-size guns.  The low bore axis of the ~4″ barrel, combined with the ~6″ sight radius and full, three finger grip make the GLOCK 19 very soft-shooting, which, like the excellent trigger, improves accuracy and confidence.  This makes the GLOCK 19 a great choice for new shooters, and overall just perfect for home defense, recreational shooting and even entry level competition use.  However, unlike most full-size pistols, the GLOCK 19 is still compact & light enough to easily carry concealed.  In fact, the GLOCK 19 fulfills so many roles, so well, it could be the only handgun you’d ever truly need.  (ha!  except for all the other ones you want, like something smaller and lighter for summer concealment…or maybe a wheel gun…)  Anyway, there are definite advantages to having one gun that flexes easily into a multitude of roles.  

If that’s not enough of an endorsement, check out who else favors the GLOCK 19:

That’s great company.

Honestly, I’ve shot a lot of different handguns over the last 35+ years, of all different types, of all different calibers, from all different manufacturers.  Some of my best shooting is done with GLOCK pistols.  To me, GLOCK pistols feel great in-hand; they point naturally, the balance feels right & the trigger is great.  It’s ready to go, right out of the box.

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A Gen4 GLOCK G19 with most of its trimmings, as it comes from the factory.

So, considering how well I shoot GLOCK pistols, combined with their longstanding, successful track record of ruggedness and reliability, especially knowing who trusts their lives to GLOCK pistols, you can easily understand why the GLOCK 19 is at the top of my list.

Street prices range from just under $600 to around $660, for the base model Gen4 G19, and new-for-2016 Gen4 M.O.S. version, respectively.  Those prices include a lock, three 15 round magazines, unless restricted to 10 rounds in your state, and a set of backstops that enable you to perfectly fit the GLOCK 19 to your hand.  Additional factory GLOCK G19 magazines are available at a very modest cost of ~$25, and Magpul has recently released an extremely affordable line of their famous PMAGs for GLOCK pistols.  (One neat thing with GLOCK pistols is magazine compatibility, which in this case means G17 & G18 magazines will work in your G19.  Just make sure those magazines are legal in your jurisdiction should you decide to pursue increased magazine capacity.)  The M.O.S. version, which I believe is well worth the money, includes four adapter plates that enable you to mount your choice of best of breed reflex / holographic style optics, like your EOTECH, to your GLOCK 19.  That’s right, your AR-15 red dot optic now works on your GLOCK.  Click here to find out more.

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GLOCK G19 Backstrap Set

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GLOCK G19 MOS Adapter Set

The SIG SAUER P320. 

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SIG SAUER P320C-9-FDE, for Compact, 9×19, Flat Dark Earth.

The P320 is SIG SAUER‘s GLOCK inspired, polymer-frame, striker-fired pistol, in a Modular Handgun System (MHS).  Developed as SIG’s entry into the U.S. Army’s XM17 competition for a new sidearm, the P320  was introduced at SHOT Show 2014, and has since been extremely well received by the civilian market.  In fact, the SIG SAUERP320 just received the 2016 Handgun of the Year NRA Golden Bullseye award.

So, Why the SIG SAUER P320?

  • Legendary SIG SAUER Quality and Reliability.  Judging from friends and family on the job, it seems that the U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies not carrying a GLOCK are carrying a SIG.  In fact, SIG SAUER is proud to report that nearly 1 in 3 law enforcement professionals use SIG SAUER firearms,” including U.S. Navy SEALs, Federal Air Marshals, the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard.  That’s one hell of an endorsement from agencies that can choose any sidearm they like, and wouldn’t accept something that didn’t work.  As a result of their successful military and law enforcement heritage, SIG SAUER has earned a reputation for producing high-quality, rugged, reliable handguns, with an excellent fit & finish, or attention to detail.  While some may knock GLOCK’s blocky, utilitarian looks, a quick look through some of their different models will show you SIG certainly knows a thing or two about how to build some sexy, high-end looking guns.  Obviously, if you’re a die-hard SIG fan (and there are many), who wants in on the current polymer-framed, striker-fired handgun trend, then the P320 is definitely your gun.  (You had me at, ”polymer-frame, striker-fired SIG!).

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  • The SIG P320 Trigger is Amazing.  Right out of the box, the P320 trigger is simply fantastic!  There’s very little take-up, the slightest bit of creep,  then it breaks like glass, that seems to defy it’s 5.5-6.5lb stated weight.  This is high praise  from someone who for a long time believed GLOCK triggers were the best factory trigger for the genre, and they were, for a long, long time.

 

  •  The P320 Modular Handgun System (MHS) is the rest of the story here. Originally designed as SIG’s entry into the U.S. Army’s XM17 MHS contest for a new sidearm, the SIG SAUER P320 debuted at SHOT Show 2014, and has since been a home run with civilians.  I mentioned the XM17 MHS program, and specifically the SIG P320 in my post on 2016 Firearms Industry Predictions, but in case you missed it, the MHS is great for first time buyers, and for folks who live in more restrictive sates.  Why?  The MHS eliminates the risk of buying the wrong gun, and enables you to flex one gun into a multitude of roles.  Let’s face it, any firearms purchase is a big deal.  I mean, it’s a major responsibility, and buying high-quality, best of breed guns is not an inexpensive proposition.  So, the decision is usually preceded by a lot of research, reflection and analysis.  Depending upon where you live, the process may also involve a lengthy and potentially restrictive permit application process.  It’s a big deal, and there’s nothing worse than  realizing you’ve bought the wrong gun, which believe it or not, happens a lot.  It wrecks your confidence, and takes all the fun out of recreational shooting, which is the last thing you want to do, especially with new shooters. Again, the modular Sig Sauer P320 completely eliminates the risk of being stuck with the wrong gun, and allows you to completely change your gun, or just the COLOR of your gun, as your skills, experience, needs and wants evolve and change.
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The SIG P320 Serialized Chassis; this is actually your gun…

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…and these are all the P320 compatible components that work with your gun.

I recommend starting with the Compact 9mm, which is essentially the same size as the above recommended GLOCK 19, and therefore provides many of the same benefits.  However, unlike the GLOCK 19, the SIG P320 can be changed into a Subcompact, a Full-size or even made to fire a different caliber without technically having to buy a new gun, and for a little less cost than buying a complete new gun.  It’s almost like having the GLOCK 17,  19 and 26 all in one “gun.”  It may not make sense for everyone, but the modularity of the SIG SAUER P320 is a major advantage for folks who live in states that have lengthy, potentially restrictive handgun application processes, which normally don’t allow you to exchange, or trade-in your new gun for a different model if you discover the gun you just purchased doesn’t work for you.  It’s also incredibly useful for NRA instructors, like myself, who may frequently work with new shooters of all different sizes and statures, or who may want to try shooting a full-size, compact and subcompact before making their own purchase decision.      

Street prices for the Compact 9mm with SIGLITE night sights are around $650, which is a great price for legendary SIG quality, and right in-line with the GLOCK 19.  The price includes a lock, two 15 round magazines, unless restricted to 10 rounds in your state, and a fairly nice, very usable holster.

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A SIG SAUER P320C-9-FDE, with most of its trimmings, as it comes from the factory.

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The included OWB (outside the waistband) paddle holster is actually quite nice and has decent retention right out of the box, that can also be adjusted if it loosens up over time.

The included holster is a nice touch SIG SAUER, though frankly I would have preferred an additional magazine.  Speaking of which, factory SIG magazines for the P320 are readily available, they just cost ~$50, because SIG is really proud of their magazines… 🙂 Regardless of whether you get the full-size, Carry, Compact, or Subcompact, most guns ship with the Medium size frame, but additional Small and Large grip modules are available in your choice of Black, FDE (Flat Dark Earth) or ODG (Olive Drab Green) for ~$50 so you can perfectly fit the SIG P320 to your hand size and color preferences.  Complete caliber / size conversion kits cost ~$400, and yes, we’re all hoping that number comes down a bit over time.

 

The GLOCK 19 and SIG SAUER P320: You Can’t Go Wrong with Either.  Get ‘Em Both if You Can’t Decide!

I’ve recently spent time on the firing line with both the GLOCK 19 and SIG P320, and I’ve subsequently field-stripped both, and given them a thorough cleaning.  Both are HIGH-QUALITY, EXTREMELY DEPENDABLE, RELIABLE, EXCELLENT PISTOLS that are easy to shoot well – so long as you do your part – and both will serve you very well, in a multitude of roles; be it home defense, recreational shooting, concealed carry, or even as a way to test your skills at competition.  Whether you’re choosing your first handgun or just expanding the collection, you can’t go wrong with either.  If you want the original, and are heavily influenced by what the NYPD & Navy SEALs carry, then get the GLOCK 19.  If you’re partial to SIG, or like the flexibility and “wrong-gun-risk-mitigation” provided by modularity, then get the P320.  And if you really can’t decide, then get em both!

 

Be Aware! Be Prepared! Be Safe!

© 2016 Inside The X Ring.

So, now a month into 2016, and with SHOT Show over, here are my Top 5 Firearms Industry Predictions for 2016.  Take a read and let me know what you think!

1. Firearms Sales will Skyrocket. Again.  Existing gun owners will continue to add to their collections, and there will, again be significant increases in first-time gun buyers, the fastest growing segment of which are women and minorities.

Why?

  • Given the current political environment, existing gun owners are going to accelerate purchases they would otherwise put off, and prospective gun owners are going to finally pull the trigger (pun intended) on that purchase they’ve been contemplating.  The gun control movement, currently championed by President Obama, defined by a series of ineffective Executive Actions as he rides out his lame duck session, coupled with the fear of someone even worse, has many afraid that guns on their wish lists might be unavailable in the future.  And we all know nothing sells anything better than the threat of not being able to get it later.  (The worst kept secret in the firearms industry is that Obama’s been Gun Salesman of the Year for the last 8 years running.  Ironic, no?!)
  • More people are going to embrace the idea of having a gun for home defense and personal protection.  Recent terror events in Paris and San Bernardino, CA, ironically two areas with some of the strictest gun control laws, have forced folks to realize that laws don’t always keep people safe, and that those sworn To Serve and Protect can’t be everywhere at once.  Put it all together and you’ll understand why many smart, realistic, logical people exercise their Second Amendment Right.
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Courtesy of NSSF. Please note the chart is missing  2015 data.

2. Concealed Carry Permits will Continue to Soar. Again.  Inline with an increase in general firearms sales, more people will make the decision to take their firearm outside the home, primarily for personal protection, and pursue their concealed carry license.

Why?

  • Personal protection!  Let’s face it, the bad guys are already carrying guns (oh, but why aren’t the laws stopping them??…), so knowing that, more and more Good Guys will make a conscious decision to give themselves an advantage, or at least level the playing field.  “Sometimes the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun” is NOT just a catchy slogan.  It’s a proven fact!  And while such stories rarely make national news, you can find plenty of examples if you take the time to look into it objectively.
  • National Reciprocity.  In addition to getting a carry permit for personal protection, folks will continue to pursue carry licenses to get ahead of the curve in hopes that 2016 will finally bring about a National Concealed Carry Standard.  In terms of concealed carry, the U.S. currently has an overly complex, inherently risky patchwork of state level statutes, comprised of Shall-Issue, May-Issue, No-Issue and Unrestricted States, plus Resident and Non-Resident Permits in some.  Imagine if your Driver’s License was suddenly not valid the second you hit the State Line.  On top of that, imagine that if, for whatever reason, you wandered across state lines, even by accident, and suddenly got arrested for committing a major felony.  That’s just asinine!!  It all too often severely, forever, negatively impacts the lives of otherwise good, law abiding citizens!!
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Photo Courtesy of Falia Photography

 

3. All major handgun makers will offer a Modular Handgun System, like the Sig Sauer P320, Beretta APX, and Ruger American Pistol.  As such, Modular Handgun Systems will all become increasingly popular.  While handgun modularity has been around for a while – interchangeable backstops are nothing new, Glock enabled caliber changes between 9×19 and 40S&W, or .45ACP and 10mm for decades, and chassis based handguns, like the Sig P250 and Beretta Nano, have been around for years – but 2016 will focus on modular, chassis based guns like never before.

Why?

  • The U.S. Army is looking to award a new XM17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) Contract to replace an aging fleet of Beretta M9 pistols, which have been in U.S. Military service since 1985.   So, why does the U.S. Army want a Modular Handgun System (MHS)?  The research I did indicates that a MHS will allow the gun to be caliber agnostic, easily upgraded without having to replace the entire gun, and easily customized to work well for different sized shooters.  So, the MHS can be configured to specific mission needs, and/or specific shooter needs, as well as upgraded easily to take advantage of component level improvements, without having to buy an entire new gun, which theoretically means less cost.  How will this translate to civilian demand?   Military and LE use generally make it a proven commodity.  If it works well for those guys, it’ll work great for us…

Editor’s Note: It’s a great concept on paper; one “gun” you can change as needed, and/or customize to your hearts content.  Wish, after purchase, you got 9mm instead of the snappier and more costly .40 S&W?  Suddenly need that new Flat Dark Earth frame, or just want to create a cool two-tone, OD frame, black slide combo?  Want to change the grip size so your wife can shoot more comfortably, and more accurately at the range?  None of that is a problem with a MHS (modular handgun system).  Simply order up a new barrel, slide and/or frame and have it shipped right to your house, where you change the parts yourself.  No gunsmith or special tools necessary.  Aside from Military use, the MHS may make a lot of sense for first time gun buyers who aren’t 100% sure of what they want, or who’s needs may evolve.  It may also make some sense in places like Massachusetts, NYC or New Jersey, where it’s not as easy to buy, nor sell and replace a handgun as it is other places.  Ultimately, though, no matter where you live, the cost and availability of components will make or break the design, at least in the civilian market.   I mean, if it’s gonna cost just as much to buy a new gun as it will to change a Sig P320 from a compact to a sub-compact, folks will more often than not simply buy a whole new gun.  And Beretta, where are ya??  The Nano’s been out for 5 years!!  The APX was announced one year ago, yet no public news on the APX since July 2015, and SHOT Show 2016 is over.  What’s the hold-up?! 

 

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The Sig Sauer P320 Chassis. This serialized part is “The Gun”…

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…and everything else is interchangeable, with these Sig Sauer P320 Accessories.

 

 

4. 2016 Will Be the Year of the AK-47 in the U.S. Civilian Market.  While we Americans are by no means bored with our AR-15’s – pretty much everyone who wants one already has one  – over the last year or so, there’s been a lot of U.S. civilian interested in Mikhail Kalashnikov’s famous AK-47 design, and similar AK pattern rifles, like IWI’s Galil ACE.  So, AK pattern rifles will sell very well in the U.S. in 2016.

Why?

  • The AK-47 is a historically significant, notoriously reliable, relatively inexpensive, and a very effective firearms platform.  As the AK platform continues to lose that bad guy image, and instead becomes recognized as just another good, effective firearm, that can be had relatively cheap, that is cheap to shoot, and that can be used for many different, legit, legal purposes, like hunting, recreational shooting and defense, more people will want an AK pattern rifle.
  • Reduced availability of “authentic,” foreign made AKs will drive demand for import based, 922r compliant AKs!  In July of 2014, as part of sanctions against Russia, Obama banned the importation of products from Russian gun maker Kalashnikov Concern (formerly Izhmash), which were then sold in the U.S. under the  extremely popular Saiga brand rifles and shotguns.  (Russian AK’s are considered the best of the best.  Demand, and prices, for Saiga’s instantly went through the roof.  Nothing sets off a good buying spree like a ban.) Anyway, as of January 2016, you can still legally purchase 922r compliant AK’s from Bulgaria, Romania (WAS), Serbia (N-PAP / O-PAP), and potentially a few other European nations.  However, as the Global War on Terror continues to heat up, many of these manufactures will be producing guns for their own military and civilian markets, rather than for export, which may reduce availability.  And finally, 92 Democrats have recently  asked Obama to go further with his Executive Action, and ban the import of all “Assault” style guns.  Get yours while you can!
  • More U.S. companies are making AK pattern rifles, and parts for AK’s right here, which further legitimizes the platform.  Century Arms, Kalashnikov-USA, DDI all produce 100% U.S. made AK-47 variants.  This might be just the ticket for someone who has always wanted an AK pattern rifle, but would rather invest in a U.S. product or company.  Likewise, it might be appealing for those who think U.S. manufactured, milled receivers and U.S. made, nitride treated barrels might make the gun more rigid overall, and improve accuracy of the platform.     And with big name accessory manufacturers like, Magpul and Geissele, making great accessories for the platform – the AK platform will only gain popularity here in the U.S.
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Russian Saiga

 

 

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Century Arms 100% American Made AK-47 Pattern Rifle.

 

 

5. Pistol Caliber Carbines and Bullpups will Gain Popularity, and everybody wants an IWI X95-9mm.

Why?

  • The pistol caliber, bullpup carbine might just be the Best of All Worlds for Home Defense.  Talk to guys on the job, or who have been on the battlefield, and they’ll all tell you they’d much rather have a rifle than a handgun when things go down.  However, depending upon your situation, a traditional rifle might not be the best choice in a home defense, or CQB situation.  Why? That long, protruding barrel may give you away, and at worst, could give the bad guys something to grab onto as you turn corners or enter rooms.  Second, over-penetration is going to be worse with a traditional rifle round than with a handgun, and over-penetration is certainly something to think about in any home defense / CQB situation.  On the flip side, if you can’t quickly and repeatedly hit your target, under incredibly stressful circumstances, with your home defense handgun, that’s a problem!  And, will that handgun have enough “knock-down“power to end a conflict?  Well, a good pistol caliber bullpup might just be the perfect answer.  Shooting pistol caliber ammo from a rifle is generally a very low recoil event, making it very easy for even new shooters to hit their target, quickly and repeatedly.  Pistol rounds fired from a rifle barrel will come out hotter, and carry more energy, giving them more “knock-down” power, compared to when fired out of a handgun.  Finally, the bullpup design, which locates the action behind the trigger group, leaves much less of the rifle barrel sticking out in front of you, which is better in CQB situations.  More rounds on target.  Faster. Easier.  With more knock-down power, and better CQB handling?  Sounds like the no-brainer home defense winner to me!  (The only thing you probably won’t like about the IWI X95-9mm is the price tag.)
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IWI X95-9mm. Photo courtesy of IWI

 

So that’s it, my Top 5 2016 Firearms Industry Predictions!  Let me know what you think!

 

Be Aware! Be Prepared! Be Safe!

© 2016 Inside The X Ring.