EVALUATION: TOP 3 SHADOW PISTOLS

When it comes to the pistol there are more manufacturers in the Gun Game than GLOCK, Smith & Wesson, Beretta and Sig (which for the most part are too bulky for me). And for the record Gun-Fighters simply don't entertain the use of 1911's as they are to be considered a tool of last resort when it comes to the use of a firearm in SD (Self-Defense); so that's the end of that conversation. But with that said I would like to take the time out to identify the sleeper pistols in the Gun Game. The Sleepers are as follows:

 

Taurus

FN FNS™
CZ

 

Taurus

First off when it comes to either the Taurus 24/7 and 800 series of pistols fuck what you heard. I say this because I have empirically watched people fire this pistol with great success and I myself have through participant observation shot this pistol I used to qualify originally to obtain my North Carolina Concealed Carry Handgun license. The tour is 24/7 and the 800 series of pistols simply performs exceptionally well.

No I think we can all agree that there is no such thing as a "Perfect pistol" unless we are referencing the slogan or motto of GLOCK. But what I can say about the Taurus 24/7 series or the Taurus 800 series of pistols is that I enjoy the fact that I had a good ratio of metal to polymer. What I mean by this is that unlike a Springfield XD/XDM series of pistols the weight that is distributed between the polymer frame in the metal slide is evenly distributed. Thus, this makes these two weapon systems well balanced. The Taurus is so well balanced in fact that it allows the Shooter to effectively place follow up shots exactly where they desire them to be.

Another thing that I like about the Taurus 24/7 and the 800 series of pistols is that they are both extremely smooth shooting. For me, when I use the terminology "smooth shooting", I'm speaking about the way in which the bullet travels through the barrel and exits the muzzle. When shooting the Taurus, it's like a hot knife through butter. And it is accentuated when either one of these pistols are chambered in .45 ACP.

In addition, another thing that caught my eye about the 24/7 and the 800 series of pistols is that they have quality magazines. The magazine ejection is very positive with these metal magazines. The carrying capacity of these magazines when chambered in 9mm, .357, .40 and .45 are reasonable enough for the Civilian Operator ™ who chooses the carry either one of these weapon systems for an SD application (Self-Defense) has the potential to excel.

However, there’s always delimitations that exist or the “Pros and Cons” that exist with anything in life. And two of the Cons that I didn't really particularly care for it regard to the 24/7 or the 800 series of Taurus pistols were the external safety and loaded chamber indicator. For me, I'm always checking the status of my weapon system out of sheer habit. Meaning I'm always checking my round count, I'm always checking to see if I have a round in my chamber so for me these to added steps of safety are not really needed – but for others it might be. Another thing other than the external safety I think should be done without is the external locking device (literal lock and key = safety redundancy) I can personally do without the external locking device. However, it is great if you have children and you're concerned about them accessing that firearm without permission.

But even more than that, looking past the delimitations of the Taurus Pistol, the best thing about the Taurus 24/7 and the 800 series of pistols is the price. You simply cannot beat it. This is especially true if you are a 1st time Shooter/1st time Buyer and you’re looking to just get a feel of what it's like owning a pistol or simply seeking to obtain a feel of what it's like to either carry a pistol in an Open Carry or Conceal Carry Status.

FN FNS™

As you well know I'm not a fan of hammers on any pistol in any shape form or fashion. And this is where the FN FNS™ (Fabrique Nationale d'Herstal) for what it is: a mighty fine pistol. It is very familiar to me based off the fact that the frame of the pistol which is polymer is very GLOCK like. It has the temperament of a Generation 4 GLOCK; however it does not have a finger grooves this is something that the FBI wanted for their GLOCK series of pistols which I can understand.

As an added bonus, FN made it so that the magazine release was totally ambidextrous on this particular weapon system. The total design of the pistol itself overall was very straightforward. And that is something that I can really appreciate because it resonates with me as a sort of robustness that can really be beneficial during the firing of the weapon. What I mean by that statement is that I know exactly what I'm getting when I either spend my money for this particular weapon system or when I pick it up for whatever reason.

Another thing that caught my eye was I immediately saw a trigger safety; one of which is very much in line with GLOCK. Being that the FNS™ is striker fired, there was no need for FN to manufacture an external hammer on this weapon system (and should permanently do without it). As you guessed it this weapon is a true Double Action weapon system. 


For me it is not so much about the “whether or not I like the features of a gun”. For me it's more about two things: “Can I appreciate how the pistol was crafted in the first place?” Which it is something that I can definitely appreciate even though I tend to prefer a Double Action or GLOCK Safe-Action press when it comes to semi-automatic pistols. The second thing that concerns me over whether or not I like the pistol is the following reality check: “Can I run the gun as effectively and as efficiently as possible?” This is what goes through my mind when I pick up a weapon system for any reason or at anytime.

The trigger is somewhat predictable. It should also be noted that the trigger being Double Action does not have excessive "uptake" in regards to "slack" in the trigger like the 2 1/2 mile long trigger press on a Khar pistol and it does not have a long reset like I would need as if Super-Head was blowing my cock. Either way, the trigger on that FNS™ is something that I can definitely appreciate being used to the Double Action of most semi-automatic pistols I have shot over the years. Moreover, it [FNS™ trigger] is something that I know I would be able to manipulate efficiently and effectively. Remember, when considering a weapon system for your choosing the final say should revolve around increasing your Fight-Efficiency™ not the cosmetic appearance of the firearm.

Amongst other things I have to shed light on are the cocking serrations on the slide which are what I would consider to be semi-aggressive meaning that they are not too deep but they are not too level with the rest of the metal it does allow for easy manipulation of the slide. The FNS™ also comes with Tritium Night Sights which is a good thing; however I'm not a fan of the rear sight because it's not robust enough to allow for the unconventional manipulation of the slide.

This pistol [FNX™] is chambered in 9mm, .40 caliber, and .45 caliber. The magazine capacity for the FNS™ falls within a considerable standard. The pistol does include a decocker depending on the model (LEO models vary). For all of those that want one a little bit more gun you can purchase the FNX .45 tactical (damn I hate that word) for a little over $1,300 (new). Last but not least again, I am not a fan of external safeties. I'm not against them it's just that and external safety is simply something that I don't look for when I make a purchase for a pistol. In addition, I would recommend they get rid of the loaded chamber indicator because it is simply a waste. Remember it's an Operator's Preference thing.

CZ

One of the first things I noticed about the Česká zbrojovka or the Czech Armory without even physically handling the CZ P-09 for firing was its significantly low bore axis. And if you don't know what that means, it a great thing. The RULE OF THUMB: the higher you can get into the "tang" or "beaver tail" of the firearm the more control you will generally have over the firearm.

One of the best things about this but if I get home is that it cost A little less than $500. And even more impressive is it magazine count. I'm talking about 19 rounds in the magazine plus one in the chamber will give you a total of 20 rounds. Now that's something to really make you want to consider purchasing this pistol right off the bat. In fact the CZ P–09 should have been placed on my list of "The Best Entry Level Pistols". Here's the link to that article copy and paste:


http://www.vodalogic.com/single-post/VODA-Consulting-CONSULTATION-THE-BEST-ENTRY-LEVEL-PISTOLS

 

But nothing about this CZ P-09 is what you would consider "entry level". The trigger press is smooth and kind of "crisp". However, on the negative the trigger on this firearm is somewhat heavy. Not by a whole lot but it is noticeable; especially since this pistol has an external hammer.

Another thing that caught my eye was the fact that the Operator of the CZ P-09 has the option to manually swap out the decocker for the provided external safety switch. Again like the two previous pistols mentioned the rear sight is too smooth. The CZ-09 also sports an external safety (again I'm not a fan of external safeties). The cocking serrations are on point as well as being in the most optimum places in context of the slide and the frame and doubles as a point of reference for hand positioning (muscle memory). 

 

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REFERENCES

  • www.cz-usa.com

  • www.taurususa.com

  • www.fnamerica.com

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