July 13, 2010

Gun Tests 9mm Compact Pistol Showdown: Glock, Springfield, CZ, Ruger

(GunReports.com) -- Four similar and equally matched 380 ACP pistols turned in a tightly fought battle in the August 2010 issue of Gun Tests, says its editor, and the magazine’s test team had trouble picking a winner.

"When we tested the Glock 19, Springfield Armory’s XDM 3.8, the CZ USA 75D PCR Compact, and the new Ruger SR9C, our evaluators found four very good handguns you’re sure to like," said Gun Tests editor Todd Woodard.

In the feature, the magazine tested the four handguns with three test ammunition choices, consisting of Remington UMC 115-grain JHP rounds, Federal American Eagle 124-grain FMJ rounds and 115-grain FMJ rounds of new manufacture (red box) Black Hills ammunition.

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The $651 CZ USA 75D PCR was full of surprises.

“When the team realized the supply of the American Eagle rounds was going to be limited, they decided to shoot action tests with a fourth, less expensive, round. These were the Black Hills remanufactured 124-grain FMJ rounds sold in the blue boxes,” Woodard said.

“Curious about the accuracy of the economical Black Hill rounds, we decided to add them to our bench session as well,” said Roger Eckstine, contributing editor. Test distance from support was 15 yards.

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The Ruger SR9C was the shortest, most concealable gun in the test.

Excerpts from the Gun Tests magazine comparison:

All of our pistols offered a balance of speed, accuracy, and reliability. But we must single out the $697 Springfield Armory XDM 3.8 as the best. Although each gun completed our action tests with good groups in the target’s torso and head, the XDM 3.8 delivered 10/10 hits inside or touching the A-zone, which measured a stingy 4 inches by 2 inches.

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All of our pistols offered a balance of speed, accuracy, and reliability. But we must single out the $697 Springfield Armory XDM 3.8 as the best.

The $651 CZ USA 75D PCR was full of surprises. From the bench, it gave out slightly more muzzle flip than our other pistols. But the CZ produced the tightest 10-shot accuracy group, and with remanufactured ammunition to boot. The Black Hills 124-grain FMJ ammunition was the cheapest and the most powerful load we fired.

Takedown of the Glock 19 was easy. Empty the chamber, press the trigger, retract the slide, pull down the locks, and let the slide forward. We still marvel at reassembly. Just put the slide back on to the frame, and it locks itself into place. For some shooters, easy disassembly might be the make-or-break reason to pick the Glock over the others.

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Takedown of the Glock 19 was easy. Empty the chamber, press the trigger, retract the slide, pull down the locks, and let the slide forward.

The Ruger SR9C was the shortest, most concealable gun in the test, but we were still happy with its accuracy.

"Subscribers should be receiving their issues in the mail any day now," Woodard said. “Or online subscribers can find out the results now at www.Gun-Tests.com.”

Comments (10)

excuse me, my comment was to Wild Romanian, not The Shot

Posted by: thunderOne | December 21, 2011 4:23 PM    Report this comment

To The Shot for others reading these comments:

WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG.... even though I do agree with you about the CZ being the number one out of all these, the CZ PCR does NOT come with a safety, and is NOT made of all steel. The PCR is made of an aluminum frame, albeit better than polymer, and has ONLY a decocker. The DA trigger pull is 10-12 lbs. If you still do not feel safe without a safety then maybe you should not be around guns. YOU are the safety, no excuses, and I agree with the others that sweeping off a safety can be costly in a dangerous situation, you do NOT want to pull the trigger and forget you left the safety on! And if you accidentally pull a 12 lb DA trigger all the way back to make the gun go bang, then you should be in special ed, not at a shooting range.

And whoever said "I'd hate to lug around the CZ all day" pick it up, it's pretty light. Don't let the tard who said it was steel fool you. Do some research.

End rant

Posted by: thunderOne | December 21, 2011 4:22 PM    Report this comment

IMO, a safety is also a personal preference. To some, it can even be dangerous. An assault can happen in a split second, and having to thumb-off a safety (when that is possible) can be a deadly delay. On the other hand, if you've been around revolvers all your life and, no matter what you do, cannot break yourself of putting your finger inside the trigger guard when you handle your firearm, then a manual safety is indispensable. If you have kids or are around them a lot, then said safety can also be very smart. So like a lot of things concerning guns, "to each his own."

Posted by: DJStuCrew | July 23, 2010 12:39 AM    Report this comment

"...but the "right wing" still opposes these very necessary safety features..."

Oh. Well, dang. And all this time I thought you were serious and had valid, experienced, well-researched opinions. My mistake. Sorry.

Gaviota

Posted by: Lee W | July 20, 2010 8:56 PM    Report this comment

Quote:To wild romanian...Everybody has an opinion and some are actually respected but the Glock and SA XD are plasticized junk that are dangerous? Finger off the trigger till your ready to shoot and these two pistols just shoot and shoot. I'm actually trying to wear out my xd9 just for a personal test. 2k rounds and counting in less than a year of ownership. Quote:

This reminds me of the early 20Th century philosophy of: "The best safety is between your ears". Of course nothing could be further from the truth. In many factories of that era you only had one "Go button" to operate very dangerous presses. Inevitably when one one distracted one pushed the "Go button" when ones hand was still in the press. Many people lost fingers and hands because of this stupid philosophy. Fast forward to today and we now have two "Go buttons" which makes this type of industrial accident a thing of the past. Today if we stuck with the early 20Th century philosophy we would have no safety glass in automobiles, no padded dash boards and no air bags, all of which have saved countless thousands of lives but the "right wing" still opposes these very necessary safety features.

Putting a manual safety on guns like the Glock and XD is only pure common sense. Its nothing revolutionary. In 1911 "the master" John Browning himself screwed up royal when he original designed the 1911 with only a grip safety and not a manual safety. Someone on the ordinance board (a clear thinking modernistic individual, who was 100 years ahead of his time) demanded a manual safety be included also. You would think that Glock and Springfield would have by now heard of such a device.

Posted by: wild romanian | July 18, 2010 1:20 PM    Report this comment

Guns are a very personal thing, as fit is every bit as important as function. As long as it's a good fit for you, I'm guessing that any of these pistols would be excellent. I must admit to a Glock bias, since they're by far the most prevalent pistol in law enforcement, not to mention that none other than Massad Ayoob recommends the G19 in his LFI courses. I've had the pleasure of shooting each of these guns at one time or another and I'd be comfortable defending myself with any of 'em. If you're looking for pretty, the XD and Glock isn't for you. In fact, I'd probably go for a Beretta. CZ is a solid gun, but I'd hate to lug it around all day. Ruger is a great value. In short, it's all good and quibbles are minor IMO.

Posted by: DJStuCrew | July 17, 2010 6:17 AM    Report this comment

To wild romanian...Everybody has an opinion and some are actually respected but the Glock and SA XD are plasticized junk that are dangerous? Finger off the trigger till your ready to shoot and these two pistols just shoot and shoot. I'm actually trying to wear out my xd9 just for a personal test. 2k rounds and counting in less than a year of ownership.

Posted by: liljimi | July 17, 2010 1:20 AM    Report this comment

I would give the CZ the No. 1 spot for several reasons: Its the safest pistol to carry of the three, it is of all steel construction which means in a "REAL COMBAT SITUATION" you could actually beat someone over the head with one and not have it disintegrate or fall apart as many of the junk plastic pistols will. Some earlier model Glocks actually lost their slides when simply dropped hard on a concrete floor, the slide separated from the frame. The only thing that holds the slide on is 4 very small and brittle carbide buttons which can snap off. Also the plastic frame flexes when dropped which can also cause the slide to exit from the frame.

The Cz can be carried hammer down or cocked and locked, an option not available with the Glock or the XD.

I have found the XD's trigger pulls on their stock guns to be so bad that I would not be able to use them except at point blank range. I do give them a thumbs up for the grip safety but wish they would have gone the extra mile and put a manual safety on as well.

I currently own a Gock 19 but I have never felt comfortable carrying this gun because of its lack of a manual safety. Its perhaps the easiest gun in the world to accidentally shoot your self with. Only a split second of non-attention will result in an accidental discharge and it cannot be carried with a round in the chamber unless it is in a very hard shell holster. In an emergency the CZ could be simply tucked into the waistband with the hammer down, not so with either the Glock or the XD. Running with the Glock and the XD in hand also is extremely dangerous but not so with the CZ as it can be carried with the safety on or the hammer down, an option not available with the other two.

The all steel CZ feels like a real handgun not a plasticized piece of junk like the plastic Glock and XD do. You can take pride in owning a CZ and not have to hide it when your friends want to see your gun collection.

Posted by: wild romanian | July 16, 2010 7:18 PM    Report this comment

I like the classic look of the CZ, plus it feels good in the hand. That's very important. Another feature that appeals to me is the use of an external hammer, as I want to see when it's cocked and ready to fire. The fact that this pistol groups well with factory ammo indicates its finely engineered with moving parts that return to battery in exact re-alignment shot after shot.

Well Done Again CZ!!!

Posted by: TheShot | July 15, 2010 8:33 PM    Report this comment

Your opening line refers to these pistols as .380s, they are all 9mm. The glock 380 I don't believe is even sold in the US.

Posted by: usnret30 | July 15, 2010 6:37 PM    Report this comment

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