Monday, April 14, 2014

CZ P-09 9mm

So, I got the email asking if I would like to test the CZ P-09 and I thought surely the person sending me the email was not a regular reader of my blog or they would know that I am a CZ fanatic.  In my opinion the pistols coming from the Czech Republic are "World Class".  They are well designed, reliable, very accurate and still one of the best values in the firearms market.

The CZ P-09 also gives the shooter options.  The pistol has a traditional double action with a decocker lever to safely lower the hammer on a loaded chamber but, with a few easily performed steps, you can remove the decocking mechanism and replace it with a manufacturer supplied manual safety turning your P-09 into a single action pistol.  The double action pull is a smooth 10.5 pounds and the single action pull is steady at an even 5 pounds.
The P-09 also includes small, medium and large interchangeable backstraps to give the shooter the option of finding the best fit between their hand and the pistol.

Here are the pistols standard specifications:

1.85 pounds
Overall Length
8.1 inches
Barrel Length
4.53 inches
5.79 inches
1.46 inches

As you can tell from the photos the P-09 has a polymer frame which is nicely textured to help maintain your grip from shot to shot.  The pistol also employs CZ's Omega trigger system which uses fewer parts than their original CZ 75 trigger system.  The CZ 75 already had one of the best double action pulls available on any handgun but the Omega system provides a smoother trigger pull and, due to the fewer parts, is less likely to suffer any breakage. 

The P-09 also has very flat controls as evidenced by the slide stop release and the decocting lever shown above.

The pistol also has cocking serrations at the front of the slide.  I don't use them but if you need them CZ has accommodated your preference.

It is evident that the design team of the P-09 was focused on ergonomics and function.  The photos above show a excellently stippled surface on the sides of the grip frame, molded serrations on the front strap, a generously undercut trigger guard, a trigger guard large enough to accommodate a shooter wearing gloves, a smooth and contoured trigger that helps mitigate trigger finger fatigue during long shooting sessions and the front of the trigger guard is hooked and serrated if you still place the index finger of your non-dominate hand on the trigger guard.

The sights on the pistol as of the fixed, three dot variety with one dot up front
and two dots on the rear sight.
CZ states that the sights are fixed but the rear sight can be drift adjusted for windage correction although you will probably find that it shoots to point of aim right out of the box.  

All in all this is an extremely fine defensive weapon combining intuitive ergonomics, reliability, accuracy and a very comforting 19 +1 rounds of 9mm.  The P-09 is also chambered in a .40 caliber offering, if that is your preference, holding 15 + 1 rounds of ammunition.   

So let's review how she shot:

All rounds used in the evaluation were Magtech 115 grain full-metal jacketed ammunition.

At 21 feet all 10 rounds were nicely centered and stayed inside of the 3 inch Birchwood Casey target with eight of those ten rounds touching.

At 30 feet all 20 rounds fired stayed inside the 3 inch target.

At 50 feet all 32 rounds fired stayed inside an 8 inch Birchwood Casey target.

You might look at the CZ P-09 and like what you see but still be concerned about how easily an 8 inch long and almost 5 and 3/4 inch tall handgun would be to carry.  I understand your concern but with the right holster and cover garment the light weight and flat controls will make this pistol easier to conceal than you might imagine and with a 20 round capacity you can go about your day confident that you prepared for any eventuality that the day may bring.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Gemini Customs Ruger SP101

These are the photos that go with the review I will be doing tomorrow night on the Gun Nation Podcast (

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dan Wesson Pointman Nine


The Dan Wesson Pointman Nine is one graceful, smooth, reliable and accurate 1911 holding 9 + 1 rounds of 9mm.  This is a full-sized 1911 loaded with features such as a five inch hand-fit match barrel, lowered and flared ejection port, beveled magazine well, carry bevel treatment and hand polished flats. For those to which these things matter, the pistol contains no MIM parts.   The pistol features a hand fit series 70 frame and slide and I can attest to the fact the slide to frame fit is incredibly smooth, tight and that the process of racking the slide is the easiest of any 1911 I have ever handled.  I could not find any information on the grips but they are probably rosewood with well executed checkering.  

Let's count off the official stat's:

  1. The overall length is 8.75 inches
  2. The barrel length, as already mentioned is 5 inches
  3. The overall height is 5.5 inches
  4. The pistol is 1.43 inches wide
  5. The PM-9 weighs in at 2.42 pounds
  6. The trigger pull on mine came in at 2.5 pounds
  7. The pistol is pretty pricey an MSRP of about $1600.00.  I have not seen any retailers discounting this pistol due to it's rarity.  With the amount of hand fitting on this pistol the factory just can't crank them out like production guns.
But let's take a look at what else you get with the Pointman Nine: 

The Pointman also has front cocking serrations and a very nice dovetailed red fiber optic front sight.

The rear sight is all black and fully adjustable with a fairly low profile which gives a great sight picture.

One of the things I like about the cosmetic appearance of the Dan Wesson pistols is that they are humble and the company doesn't turn the sides of the slides in billboards.

(Above photo posted at the demand of Grant Cunningham)

The PM-9 designation and Dan Wesson name are tastefully small.

The trigger guard is slightly undercut, the pistol sports an extended magazine release and you can decide how much trigger over-travel you desire via the adjustable hex screw at the bottom of the trigger.

Finding the PM-9's place in this world is interesting to ponder.  CZ/Dan Wesson state in their catalogue that this pistol is designed for carry.  However in today's 4 inch barreled, polymer framed world the pistol is large, heavy and holds fewer rounds.  For instance, in comparison with a Glock model 17 we see that the Pointman-9 is 3/4 of an inch longer in overall length, the barrel is a half inch longer, it is a quarter inch wider, half a pound heavier, and hold 8 fewer rounds than the G17.  But there is a large market of people who eschew Glocks for 1911s and a substantial sub-market of those who only want the best 1911 they can find.  I have owned and handled a variety of 1911s that a go between $2K to almost $4K and none of them have anything on the Dan Wesson Pointman Nine.  The action all the way around this pistol is ultra smooth.  Oh, and for the 1911 detractors, there were no failures to feed or extract.

So let's see the targets!

Here are a few targets at 21 feet:
 The first target below was shot at 21 feet and the one next to it was shot at 31 feet.  The two under them were also shot at 31 feet.
The next two targets were shot at 50 feet.
And the final two targets were fired at 75 feet.

At about $1600.00 the Dan Wesson Pointman Nine is not really an Average Joe pistol but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see what it offered.  My Doctor has asked for my opinion of shotguns in the past and if he asks about a 1911 pistol my recommendation will be for the PM-9.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Glock "Ready to Rock" G17-22 Package

As regular readers know I frequently write the reviews to Bill's Gun Shop's "Gun of the Month" (Click on the Bill's logo in the sidebar to be taken to their site).  Now, let's be honest, sometimes the "Gun of the Month" doesn't always appeal to a broad spectrum of the shooting public but Bill's does a good job of varying their offerings so that value-priced, moderately priced, and special interest firearms are offered in order to serve their diverse customer base.

The April "GOTM" is a very special package that will have broad appeal.  I am so excited about this package that I am publishing this review early because I just can't wait to tell you about what Bill's has in store for you in April.

This is the Glock "Ready to Rock" G17 and .22 Long Rifle Conversion package specially priced at $1,049.00.  Now you may be thinking that $1,049.00 is a lot of money (and it is) but you need to fully understand what you are getting for your money.  Here it is:

1. You get a Glock model 17 9mm pistol which has been a law enforcement and personal defense staple for about 28 years.

You'd had to have been living under a rock for the last three decades not to know about now legendary reliability, accuracy and ease of handling of the G17, the first pistol that Glock introduced into the U.S. The stand alone price of the G17 is $599.00.

2. You also get a Tactical Solutions TSG 22 STD .22 Long Rifle Conversion slide and barrel which is regularly priced at $359.00.

3. The package includes one Tactical Solutions 15 round .22 LR magazine valued at $29.95 (also included are three G17 magazines as well).

4.  Bill's is also putting a set of Tru Glo TG131GT green fiber optic night sights on the G17 Slide which would normally set you back $124.95 with installation.

5. The package is wrapped up in a Glock Shooting Sports soft-sided range bag normally priced at $19.95.

6. And finally...wait for it...wait for get an RWB 50 round 9mm drum magazine which normally retails for $99.95.

This complete package would have a value of $1232.80 if you were to buy all of these components separately.  

This is one amazing set that makes a lot of sense to include into your personal battery.  This kit gives you both a defensive pistol and a low powered, but same sized, trainer for the shooter that is introducing a son, daughter, spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend into the wonderful world of shooting. 

The Tactical Solutions conversion also gives you a lower cost practice alternative by shooting .22's instead of 9mms.  A lot of companies that have built a .22 caliber version of their service or defensive pistols change the firing system which means that their .22 caliber version has a significantly different (usually lighter) trigger pull than their defensive caliber pistol.  This is not so with the G17 Tactical Solutions .22 caliber conversion as the frame remains the same, there is no difference in the trigger pull for the 9mm or the .22 LR version.

This is not to say that there aren't some differences between the G17 slide and components and the Tactical Solutions .22 caliber set up.

Obviously the bore size for the Tactical Solutions barrel will be smaller than the Glock 9mm barrel.

Naturally, the G17 pistol utilizes the Gen 4 dual recoil spring assembly
while the Tactical Solutions Conversion uses a single recoil spring assemble for the lower powered .22 cartridges.

Lastly, the 15 round Tactical Solutions magazine does not sit flush with the base of the grip.  

While this is a bit unusual it takes about 1 second to get over it once you bring the pistol on target and begin to fire.

Let's start evaluating!  For the purposes of this review I did not fire the pistol in it's G17 format.  I've shot Glock 9mm pistols countless times and I doubt I could write anything that you probably hadn't heard before.  Therefore I spent my time (and a lot of .22 rounds) having a boatload of fun getting to know the .22 conversion kit.

The function of the combined components was superb.  The slide has been perfectly crafted to fit the G17 frame and there were no hitches or hang-ups in the slide to frame movement.  I used CCI Mini-Mag ammunition (I am partial to this brand and load) and there were no failures to feed, failures to eject or any other malfunctions.

For your viewing pleasure here are a couple of targets:

Here is 21 rounds fired at 21 feet.
And here is 54 rounds fired at 35 feet.

You might think that these targets aren't all that impressive and I would agree.  The pistol was so much fun to shoot that I just could not contain my exuberance in order to slow down and shoot bulls eyes.  

So, how do I wrap this evaluation up?  Simple: I want one!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

New at Arnzen Arms

Arnzen just received 6 CZ Accu-Shadow pistols today.  Four have are already spoken for but, as of 3 PM, two are still for sale at $1695.00.  If you don't know what these are then you will have to wait for my review.  If you do know what they are you had better click on the Arnzen logo in the side panel right away.

Here's the red fiber optic front sight and the barrel bushing that is the key to the Accu-Shadow's accuracy which is evident in the factory test target.
4 of the 5 test shots went into one small cluster.  There was one flier which I would say was probably the testers fault.

The rear sight is fully adjustable for height and drift adjustable for windage.

While I was there they did have a couple of new additions to their used handguns section that are worth a look.
First is a Dan Wesson Pointman in 9mm and the second is the CZ 75 Polished Stainless.
Unfortunately I did not get the the prices for these last two.