Rock Island Armory XT 22 51996 22 Magnum
As tested with an additional magazine we bought separately and a Wilson Combat Slide Lock, the total comes to $614.
KelTec PMR-30 PMR30TACGY 22 Magnum
The PMR-30 has been out the longest of the three handguns and still appears futuristic in profile.
Walther WMP 5220300 22 Magnum
The Walther WMP has received a lot of attention. Walther’s ad campaign stresses a duty to be ready.
Canik METE SFT HG5636-N 9mm Luger
In hand, the full-size SFT has nice balance and grip. The beavertail is extended. The grip girth is manageable for small-handed shooters.
Girsan MC28 SA 390100 9mm Luger
Modular back straps seem to be the norm with striker-fire pistols, and the Girsan provides three options: small, medium, and large. A tool is provided to push out the plastic pin that holds the back strap in place.
IWI Masada M9ORP17 9mm Luger
Most striker-fire pistols use a trigger bar assembly that articulates, with the striker acting as both a trigger bar and a sear.
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Dan Wesson Specialist 01802 45 ACP
The Specialist was designed for tactical use. There are no forward cocking serrations. It does have an ambidextrous safety. There is no full-length guide rod (FLGR), which may be a plus.
Les Baer 572 Hemi 45 ACP
A Les Baer pistol often requires a break-in period, according to conventional wisdom and the maker. This is the second new Les Baer we have tested that came out of the box running, after having its long bearing surfaces lubricated. A pistol tested several years ago demanded a brief break in.
Springfield Armory 1911 TRPPC9107L18 45 ACP
The test pistol is stainless steel. The fit and finish are good; however, there was an apparent tool mark near the rear of the trigger guard where the pistol is marked “SS” for stainless steel.
Wilson Combat Close Quarters Battle 45 ACP
We lubricated the pistol and then fired an 80-round combat course with the same loads used in the other handguns. There were no failures to feed, chamber, fire, or eject.