Category Archives: Semiauto

PTR 9C

By - Last updated: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Rating: 4.3. From 12 votes.
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FightLite SCR Raider

By - Last updated: Saturday, February 3, 2018

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Rating: 7.3. From 7 votes.
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Taurus 1911 Officer

By - Last updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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Rating: 3.7. From 15 votes.
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Hudson H9A

By - Last updated: Monday, January 29, 2018

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Rating: 7.3. From 3 votes.
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SIG Sauer P365

By - Last updated: Saturday, January 27, 2018

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Rating: 7.4. From 12 votes.
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Taurus 1911 Commander

By - Last updated: Friday, January 26, 2018

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Rating: 7.0. From 3 votes.
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Ruger Security-9

By - Last updated: Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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Rating: 5.1. From 76 votes.
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Colt Combat Unit Rail Gun

By - Last updated: Thursday, November 30, 2017

Colt Combat Unit Rail Gun left side photoUsers’ Rating

Rating: 5.4. From 8 votes.
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IWI Masada

By - Last updated: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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Rating: 6.0. From 11 votes.
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Ruger Mark IV Standard

By - Last updated: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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Rating: 5.4. From 14 votes.
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Smith & Wesson M&P Shield M2.0

By - Last updated: Thursday, November 2, 2017

Smith Wesson MP Shield M2 9mm no safety left side photoUsers’ Rating (Click a star to rate this gun.)

Rating: 4.8. From 14 votes.
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STI HOST SS 4.0

By - Last updated: Friday, October 27, 2017

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Rating: 5.0. From 12 votes.
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Ruger Mark IV 22/45 Tactical

By - Last updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Rating: 4.4. From 14 votes.
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STI HOST SS 5.0

By - Last updated: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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Rating: 4.1. From 11 votes.
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Handgun Roundup: the Glock 19 Killers?

By - Last updated: Monday, October 2, 2017
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 a 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 six 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