October 1999

9mm Carry Semiautos: The Bad, The Good, and the Not-So-Ugly

The inexpensive Miltex Makarov failed, and we wonder if H&Ks $1,222 P7M8 is overkill. Pistols from Smith & Wesson and Glock hit the center of the target market, in our view.

[IMGCAP(1)] The 9mm cartridge offers great freedom of choice to the prospective gun buyer. It is available worldwide, is inexpensive to buy, comes in a variety of weights and design, and works reliably in many different-sized frames and actions. To get a broad sampling of smaller 9mm guns offered for self-defense applications, we went shopping and found six big chunks of steel and plastic at a variety of price points. As always, we were hoping to find a great gun for a low price, and toward that end, we examined the Miltex-imported Makarov 9X18, $225, and another product from Miltex, a Browning High Power copy named the Arcus 94. We recently saw as many as two dozen of these guns at a local...

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