Category Archives: Compact

Stoeger STR-9C

By - Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2021

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Rating: 5.4/10. From 5 votes.
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CZ P-10 S

By - Posted: Thursday, March 11, 2021

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Rating: 5.5/10. From 2 votes.
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Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 Subcompact

By - Posted: Friday, February 19, 2021
SW MP M20 Subcompact left side photo

 

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Rating: 8.8/10. From 5 votes.
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Stoeger STR-9

By - Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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Rating: 5.3/10. From 16 votes.
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Colt King Cobra

By - Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2019

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Rating: 5.3/10. From 12 votes.
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Handgun Roundup: the Glock 19 Killers?

By - Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Glock 19 dimensions sketch

The Glock 19’s dimensions place it in the center of the compact camp.

Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time in gun-related forums, and I don’t know how many times I’ve seen a new-to-guns person post something along the lines of, “I’m looking to buy my first self-defense pistol, any advice?” Invariably, someone will respond, “Glock 19.” Sometimes with no explanation, just make and model.

Brevity aside, it’s a standard answer because when it comes to utilitarian, do-it-all self-defense pistols, the 19 arguably is the standard. It’s chambered in 9mm, an adequate self-defense round that doesn’t kick excessively. Its compact, shortened grip improves concealability but still offers a hefty 15+1 rounds of capacity. Its shortened barrel also improves concealability while delivering acceptable velocity and accuracy. Its polymer frame makes it light to ease carry, but not so light that recoil becomes an issue. With a striker-fired trigger system and no manual safety, it’s simple to operate. It’s not expensive, relatively speaking. And probably most importantly, it’s stone-dead reliable.

Since Glock first blitzed the shooting world with its polymer pistols in the 1980s, numerous gun manufacturers have stepped into the arena with their own polymer pistols in a wide range of sizes and varying features. If a new model hews closely to the basic Glock design, it’s sometimes hyped as a “Glock killer,” much as some new smartphones aspire to be iPhone killers.

Glock 19 Killers spreadsheet screenshot

This spreadsheet lists all the below Glock 19-esque guns, and each gun’s user rating and specs.

In 1988, Glock introduced the model 19, and since then several manufacturers have developed pistols that match up well with the 19’s form factor. Are any of them actually better than the Glock 19? I’m not sure, but I think it’s interesting to check them all out side-by-side.

To that end, this article pulls together info on the seven polymer pistols currently in production that closely match the Glock 19’s specs. That means the only guns making it in measure roughly 5″ tall and 7.28″ long, with barrels measuring approximately 4″ long. And of course the other parameters must match up, too—caliber, capacity, firing mechanism, etc. Continue reading

Taurus 1911 Officer

By - Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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Rating: 4.5/10. From 101 votes.
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Ruger Security-9

By - Posted: Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Ruger Security 9 right side photoUsers’ Rating

Rating: 5.2/10. From 103 votes.
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Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 Compact

By - Posted: Saturday, September 30, 2017

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Rating: 5.5/10. From 30 votes.
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Browning Black Label Medallion Pro Compact 1911-380

By - Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017

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Rating: 3.4/10. From 20 votes.
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Glock 19 Gen5

By - Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017

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Rating: 5.0/10. From 24 votes.
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Heckler & Koch VP9SK

By - Posted: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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Rating: 6.4/10. From 21 votes.
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Browning Black Label Medallion Pro 1911-380

By - Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Rating: 6.8/10. From 16 votes.
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STI Hex Tactical 3.0 DS

By - Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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Rating: 6.8/10. From 16 votes.
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Browning Black Label Medallion Compact 1911-380

By - Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017

Browning Black Label 1911-380 Stainless Medallion Compact photoUsers’ Rating (Click a star to rate this gun.)

Rating: 8.5/10. From 6 votes.
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