August 1999

Polymer-Bodied 9mms: Ruger Scores Surprise Victory

In our hand-pounding head-to-head tests, we found the H&K USP9, Glock 17, Sig Sauer Sigarms Pro 2009, and CZ 100 took a back seat to Ruger’s P95DC—a Best Buy at $351.

[IMGCAP(1)] When it comes to caliber and handgun design, handgun owners and manufacturers alike have taken cues from law enforcement agencies across the country. When police departments changed from the 4-inch .357 magnum to 9mm Parabellum, the market was soon flooded with semi-autos chambered for this round. The logic for the change was largely based on higher capacity, as many as 15 rounds in the mag plus one in the chamber. Once the legal limit for civilian-owned magazines was set at a maximum of 10 rounds, a new trend toward larger calibers began. We’re not sure who moved first, but many police departments geared up to more powerful .40-caliber semi-autos, giving up capacity for power....

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