May 2000

Compact Alloy 9mm Sidearms: Too Heavy, Too Big, Too Slow?

Does alloy really mean lightweight? Does compact really mean small? We find answers when we test CZ’s new 75D PCR, SIG’s P239, and Ruger’s KP93DAO.

[IMGCAP(1)] When we think of a compact pistol with an alloy frame, we tend to think of a gun that is light in weight and small enough to conceal without excessive compromise in grip area. However, some pistols that are advertised and categorized as compact are not necessarily diminutive nor are they especially easy to conceal. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines compact in terms of “automobiles smaller than intermediate but larger than sub-compact.” In the world of handguns, the compact benchmark seems to be built around the 3.5- to 3.8-inch barrel.

Likewise, this same dictionary defines alloy ten different ways and never once refers to weight, but uses variations on the word mix...

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