August 1998

Smith & Wesson 4013 TSW Beats Sig, Beretta Compacts

The Smith & Wesson’s better grip put it over the top in this three-way test against the Sig Sauer P239 and the Beretta 8040F Mini-Cougar.

If you have found the full-size pistol you bought is just too big and heavy to carry around for hours at a time, you are not alone. Fortunately, most of the manufacturers are way ahead of us on this one. Chances are you can buy a compact model in the same caliber and from the same company that made your big service-type pistol.

This can be a good thing or it can be a bad thing, depending on your expectations. If you think you are going to shoot the smaller pistol as well as you shoot the larger model, you will probably be disappointed. It isn’t that short-barrelled handguns are less accurate, per se. Quite often they are not. But, for the compacts to shoot as well as their full-size coun...

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