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You can be forgiven if you’ve never heard of Rex firearms. Most people in the U.S. aren’t familiar with the company despite being popular in Europe, but that may be about to change.

Rex pistols, made in the Arex factory in Slovenia, are imported solely by the FIME Group of Las Vegas (local dealers can order from FIME), so you may need to search a little, but, if you’re a fan of the double/single action platform, this may be worth looking at. Eve Flanigan writes,

For those familiar with traditional DA/SA design, such as the Sig Sauer P220, the Rex offers a couple of differences. First is 9mm chambering. Modern 9mm defense rounds are, of course, smaller than 45 ACP, but their higher velocity and improved bullet design offer undeniable destructive power. Also, you get higher capacity magazines. The standard model holds 17 rounds. The compact packs 15. A newer tactical model holds 20.

In addition to bigger capacity and the reduced recoil of a 9mm, the Rex adds a thumb-operated safety lever. It can thus be carried in the cocked and locked position, allowing the user to avoid the time and effort associated with its 13-pound double-action trigger pull. Of course, a sturdy holster that shields the trigger guard should be part of wearing or storing the gun in this configuration, keeping in mind there is no mechanical substitute for muzzle and finger discipline.

Additionally, the full-size model weighs in at 29 ounces unloaded. Flanigan reports the pistols has “very little felt recoil.” Interestingly, the grip of this pistol is shaped differently than you might expect, and this has a pleasant benefit. Flanigan writes,

Despite the thickness of the grip, I am able to operate the trigger in double action without much effort, thanks to thoughtful sculpting of the grip that makes it thinner right where the trigger finger lies. That’s not true for every DA/SA pistol, including full-size Sigs. A short and light five-pound pull is found in single-action mode. Trigger reset is good, crisp, and what I consider just long enough to be appropriate for a non-competition handgun.

All-in-all, the Rex pistol appears to be a good, solid, dependable pistol with nice forethought in it’s design to make it as user-friendly as possible. This is a pistol that at least deserves consideration for your next pistol purchase.

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Should you buy a Mini-14 Over an AR15? Maybe that isn’t a relevant question for you. Maybe you have already bought completely into having an AR-15. That’s a great choice. But there are legitimate reasons why you may want to consider having a Mini-14.

If you’re not familiar with it, the Mini-14 is a semi-automatic rifle by Ruger that is magazine fed and gets its name from being a smaller version of the M14 using 223 ammo. However, there are some reasons why you may want to consider adding a Mini-14 to your collection. James at TFBTV gives eight of these reasons (with our commentary):

  1. Lower profile: Many (ignorant) people think they know what guns are dangerous by how they look (that includes many lawmakers, unfortunately). The Mini-14 is less likely to make people think “assault rifle” than an AR-15 simply because it looks a bit more like a traditional hunting rifle. But it’s not a traditional hunting rifle.
  2. “Outstanding” stock trigger: 5.5 – 6 lbs of pull and a short break make the later model Mini-14s’ triggers pull very nicely.
  3. Maneuverability: The Mini-14 is a shorter weapon than an AR-15 (and you can either saw off the stock or install a folding stock to make it even shorter). This means more ease of movement. It can also mean that it’s easier to stash in a bug out bag, for example, so that you can be ready to go, and it can be quick to grab if you have to move out quickly. Also, the fact that it’s shorter means that it will be easier to stash away so that unwanted prying eyes are less likely to see it (if you stash it in your car under a blanket, for example) when walking by your vehicle. Less likely to be seen means less likely to be stolen.
  4. Sight Radius: Believe it or not, the Mini-14 has a longer sight radius than the AR-15. The Mini-14 has a pin site almost at the end of the muzzle. The longer the site radius, the more accurate the shot. Why is this? “Gun Noob” writes,

    By being able to see and adjust for those slight deviations [from every twitch, shake and jerk your body makes], your shot is going to be more accurate. Considering that a long sight radius is accompanied by a similarly long barrel, the bullet will generally be more stable and will be travelling faster when it hits the target.

    So it’s not really that a longer sight radius gives you better accuracy (some might even argue a shorter barrel is more rigid and thus gives better accuracy), but it’s just easier to be more accurate since you can see the movement.

  5. Piston Operated: Some argue that this piston operation works cleaner than the gas tube system in the AR-15.
  6. Accuracy: While this may have previously been a problem, the post-2008 Mini-14s have seen improvements from Ruger which have improved accuracy on these weapons.
  7. Cold Hammer Forged Barrel: Great durability. It’s nice that it comes stock with this weapon.
  8. All-Stainless: You can get the Mini-14 all stainless from the factory which is nice if your location has humidity issues.

You can see TFBTV’s video here:

So, there you have 8 reasons why you may want to consider a Mini-14 over an AR15.

Personally, I have no experience with the Ruger Mini-14, but I trust Greg Ellifritz and he wrote an article called “Hating on the Ruger Mini-14“.

What are your thoughts? Sound off below.

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The phrase “.357” has a certain connotation that goes along with it. Many people thing of it (as in “.357 Magnum”) as a tough guy gun, something only rough and ready guys would carry. And there may be some truth to that, but, if you love innovations in pistols, then you may want to check out the Chiappa Rhino whether you think of yourself as a tough guy or not.

Emilio Ghisoni apparently likes to put a twist on the weapons that he designs, and the Chiappa Rhino is no different. Andy C gives us some details:

The Rhino isn’t cheap, retailing for an MSRP between $1500 and $1100 depending on the model. Sold in a variety of barrel lengths, finishes, and calibers (including rimless cartridges like 9mm) [and including .357], the Rhino is a double-action revolver that mounts it’s firing chamber at the six o’clock position in the cylinder, and places the barrel low on the gun. This, coupled with a futuristic styling, makes it stand out in aesthetic and function.

Andy also notes that the gun weighs less than two pounds due to being made mostly of aluminum and that, unlike many pistols, this may not be a gun that you want to take apart yourself for cleaning purposes due to the complexity of parts inside. Aesthetically, the Rhino is it’s own weapon, and you’re not likely to confuse it with any other gun. You’ll likely either love it or hate it.

But, what you’ll really want to know is how it shoots. Andy tells us more:

Obviously, the low-slung barrel makes a difference compared to most revolvers. The first time I fired my Rhino I started laughing because the recoil impulse is so strange I didn’t know what to think. Does it diminish recoil? No. The gun’s low barrel axis and very light frame mean you just feel it differently (it doesn’t make a .38 Special feel like a .22 LR). It pushes the gun back straight into your strong hand.

Does it allow for some fast splits? Absolutely. Is hot .357 ammo punishing? Very much so, especially given the trigger and trigger guard’s shape, which are prone to biting your hand a bit.

But the low barrel axis isn’t the most notable thing about the Rhino when shooting it; it’s the trigger. The trigger is horrible in double action. It’s heavy and inconsistent, the worst of both worlds. Sometimes I find myself staging the trigger because the pressure required to advance it gets so heavy. I’ve measured the trigger requiring 18 pounds of pressure to drop the hammer. Make no bones about it—the double action trigger is horrible.

So, there you have it: an unusual looking revolver with a recoil that will feel different than probably any other weapon out there, but which you may not be able to use (even if you like everything else) because the trigger is so uncomfortable.

Still, if you’re one for something out of the ordinary, the Rhino may be a revolver for you to get. Especially if you want to look tough by buying .357 ammunition.

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If you’ve bought a gun (and you’re reading this, so I’ll assume that means that you have), you know that a $300 price point is typically only going to buy you a very entry level pistol. If that’s your budget, you are not likely to be going in expecting beautiful inlays and engraving on the weapon, and you may be expecting some aspects that make the pistol a bit “rough around the edges.”

But, sometimes things pleasantly surprise you.

Take the Canik TP9 SA. Eve Flanigan tells us about this pistol:

The TP9 SA, [Canik’s] first striker-fired 9mm semiauto that I’m aware of in the U.S. market, became my choice of range gun four years ago. More than 6,000 rounds and with a few other Canik product experiences later, it remains my favorite handgun.

The TP9 SA emerged with apparent design influence from the Walther P99, but with an American magazine release. Canik wisely kept a low bore axis (hence low recoil) design, simple disassembly, and modular grip panels which are included with each gun. Other handy features include an accessory rail, lanyard hole in the grip, a highly visible three-dot sight system with a subtle vertical highlight on the rear sight, and a Serpa-style Kydex holster that can be used as a paddle or belt-borne. Color choices include black and desert tan. Magazines, now readily available for a reasonable price, hold an impressive 18 rounds in the same space a Glock mag holds 17.

Now, to be fair, there is a warning to be made if you are buying one of these pistols used. Again, from Flanigan:

It was after the repair experience that I learned that premature striker failures are common among TP9s made earlier than 2016. A gunsmith who knows the TP9 SA well showed me the seemingly minor difference in construction between the trigger on my repaired handgun and the original.

Canik has had time to learn from early mistakes in the TP9 series. From my own experience and conversations with people in the industry, it seems those issues have been resolved.

So, with a price point for a new pistol as low as $310 and with some nice features, this may be the pistol to consider for your next gun purchase.

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Are you considering buying a shotgun? If so, then there is a model which has become almost a staple of shotgun owners in the U.S. for fifty years that you may want to consider: the Mossberg 500.

You may wonder why it’s been a popular weapon for fifty years. Great question. David Maccar explains:

Why have they been so popular? Several reasons: The 500 is a simple, no-frills shotgun. It’s affordable. It appeals to shooters who prefer a tough, functional gun rather than something prettier and more refined. But the biggest reason for its longevity is its balance of adaptability and consistency.

And how did Mossberg achieve that consistency? Maccar continues:

The gun was made with as few parts as possible, and could be produced easily with less machining than pump guns of the day. It required no hand-fitting, which saved on production time and costs. This translated into an extremely affordable shotgun that just about anyone could own. It also meant the shotgun was particularly robust and could take a beating in the field and still function.

To give you another idea of the simplicity of design, you can almost take a Mossberg 500 apart by hand, with the exception of pins that hold the trigger assembly in place. How many other guns can you take apart, clean, and put back together without precision tools?

Additionally, you can swap barrels by yourself in seconds so you can use the same shotgun for multiple uses (you only have to loosen one bolt), and the inside design of the gun allows for movement without wear due to components rubbing against each other. Another plus for longevity.

This dependability, versatility, and economic pricing go a long way in explaining why Mossberg has manufactured over nine million of this model over the years and why everyone from hunters to law enforcement to military personnel have used this shotgun.

In a nutshell, the Mossberg 500 is incredibly versatile while still being incredibly affordable. If you’re looking for a shotgun, this may be a weapon to consider.

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You already know that to keep your weapon clean. That goes without saying, but, sometimes things happen. With that in mind, you ideally would want a weapon that you can get running again quickly.

Well, one that came across our screen to look at surprised us: The Hi-Point Firearms C9.

Now, before you think I’ve lost my mind, let me acknowledge that a lot of serious shooters hate this pistol. It’s inexpensive. It’s not pretty. It’s ergonomics leave something to be desired, and some people hate the way that it sights.

Having said that, for someone without a lot of money who is buying their first gun, this may be a great way to go. It’s plain, basic, does the job, and is well under $200.

Having said that, if you’ve got the money, people such as Benjamin Shotzberger are going to tell you to spend the money to go with a nicer weapon. He hated the nine-pound trigger, the overlap of the slide to his thumb, the safety, and the sights.

However, other reviewers have better words for this pistol. InRange TV felt that, for the price point, this pistol is worth considering. It’s an inexpensive gun that isn’t going to be a show piece and will do the job. InRange TV even went so far as to take the C9, drop it in mud, test it, then rinse it off with water, and retest it to give you an idea of how this pistol stands up to ugly conditions. They were pleasantly surprised. See it here:

(hat tip here for the source)

 

A few more stats to help you decide on this weapon: You already know that it’s a 9mm. It’s a relatively short-barrel pistol (3.5″) but is physically bigger than many concealed carry pistols, so, if size is an issue, be aware of this. Also, it comes standard with an 8-round magazine.

Bottom line: If you’re being cost conscious, this pistol can be worth considering, but if you have an extra $200-$300 to put into your everyday carry, that may be money well spent.

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These guys thought of everything. The new Urban carry G2 holster allows you to wear your gun well below your belt line without having to fish around in your pants to draw.

Check this thing out for yourself:

Imagine the shock on a criminal’s face when a full size 1911 almost magically pops out of your waistline. What’s really exciting about this style of draw, is that it makes wearing a large frame pistol much more practicable.

This is one of those — I hesitate to call it a “gimmick” — things — that has a very limited use. It’s kind of like the “Sneaky Pete” holsters that are look like “pager” or cell phone holsters — but they hold a gun. For some remote reason you might want to carry something like this.

A big drawback is that it’s going to be a little slow drawing with one hand. In fact, without some practice, it will be very slow one handed. Plus, why would you make a deep concealment rig with a picture of a gun on the only part that clips on your belt that everyone can see? Stupid.

All in all, kind of neat idea even if the reality isn’t as great as they might think … Just when you thought you had seen it all, someone pushes the boundaries yet again. God bless American ingenuity!

 

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I know that's Marpat and not Ranger Green ... but hopefully John understands

If you consider yourself one of the growing number of liberty-loving folks who think to be a TRULY prepared gun owner … you need to consider the possibility of one day being a freedom-fighting guerrilla war fighter … then I have two things to say.

Number one, you’re smart.

America was founded by a bunch of liberty-loving guys that had to fight a revolution to become more free.

And two, you’re in luck because today I want to tell you about a book that is truly “The prepared citizen’s answer to The Ranger Handbook.

In short, if you want to know anything about unconventional warfare as it relates to being a freedom fighter, you need this book!

What Are You Preparing For?

Whether you’re worried about a total socio-economic collapse of society where you will be facing increasingly bold and violent street crime, robberies, home invasions and (at least temporarily) mass riots, mobs, looting and a full blown WROL (without-rule-of-law) situation …

Or an increasingly authoritarian Federal government that has slowly morphed into a tyrannical regime hellbent on painting traditional, conservative Americans as “Domestic Terrorists” over the last few decades (while increasing their ‘legal’ powers such as Martial Law, the PATRIOT Act, the NDAA, etc) …

Or an invasion by Russians, the Chinese or even Foreign UN-backed “blue helmet peace keeping” troops being called into our country (possible in any one of the aforementioned scenarios).

And especially if you consider yourself a “Modern Minuteman” or “3 Percenter” …

In short, for ANY reason, if you want to take your preparedness to the next level by learning the basic doctrine of Unconventional Warfare Guerrilla Operations as it applies to the liberty-minded American civilian in the modern world — THIS is the book to read.

It’s a 384 page handbook called The Reluctant Partisan Vol I: The Guerrilla

Who Is The Author And Why Should You Listen To Him?

The Reluctant Partisan Volume One: The Guerrilla is written by John Mosby. He spent 10 years in Army SOF (Special Operation Forces), including the 75th Ranger Regiment and Special Forces. He’s also currently the author of an online blog entitled “Mountain Guerrilla” which I have been frequenting over the last few years …

His blog and book are, of course, a study of individual and small-unit irregular warfare, as it applies to those of us concerned about impending disquiet in the socio-economic structures of the world and our nation.

WARNING: John is extremely foul-mouthed. He is a former Special Forces operator after all. I don’t know if you’ve ever spent time around anyone in the military but they tend to use language for effect.

If that offends you, or if you can’t look past or (God forbid!) enjoy his use of ‘colorful’ language then there is no need to read any further.

(I should point out though, that you’re a certified idiot if you think that because someone happens to cuss like a soldier, you should not listen to them. In short, if mere words offend you, you would never make it as a guerrilla fighter anyways, so there is no need for you to read this book.)

Moving on …

John shares with you the Guerrilla warfare Special Forces doctrine that’s heavily influenced by three things (as he says himself):

1. John’s personal, real-world experiences in small-unit combat and failed state environments during “nation building” operations …

2. Undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in history, with the resulting perspectives they may or may not offer …

3. John’s personal interpretations–based on the previous two factors–of what the continuing decline of socio-economic structure will resemble.

In other words, you have the perfect teacher in John. Why?

I’m not sure if you’re aware of the differences in the different types of U.S. Military Special Operations forces, but Johns’ background is all you could hope for in a teacher of these topics.

That’s because the primary and original purpose and mission of the Army Special Forces (also known as the Green Berets) has always been to train and lead unconventional warfare (UW) forces, or a clandestine guerrilla force in an occupied nation.

Which, obviously, means John is exactly the teacher you’d hope to stumble across if you want to learn these skills and why I’m so excited to share him and his book with you.

What Will You Learn?

John has actually posted the full table of contents to his website, so I feel comfortable posting it here too:

The Reluctant Partisan, Volume One: The Guerrilla

A Comprehensive Training and Evaluation Program for Community, Tribal, and Family Security Preparedness

by “John Mosby.”

Table of Contents

  1. Cogito, Ergo Armatum Sum (I think, therefore I am armed). The introduction to the book and the reasons why I wrote it and consider the information important.

  2. Tactics are Like Assholes…Everybody has One. This chapter is a discussion of doctrinal considerations for irregular warfare and how to develop doctrine and training doctrine for your own group.

  3. Strong People are Harder to Kill….and More Useful in General. It’s not secret that I believe a sound, solid PT programming is the baseline foundation of life in general, and preparedness specifically. This chapter discusses in detail, my thoughts and beliefs on that, as well as offering a complete strength and conditioning program.

  4. Throat-Punching and Skull-Stomping, or “Put the Pointy End in the Soft Spots”…The Sho Kosugi Shit. This is a discussion on the realities of what works and doesn’t work in the context of unarmed and close-quarters combatives, in the face of people who actually want to fuck you up, versus people who are more concerned with protecting themselves.

  5. Hips and Heads, Kids! A discussion of the realities of running a rifle in modern combative environments, whether an AR15, AK, or “battle rifle.” This is not Basic Rifle Marksmanship alone, nor is it a cool-guy “carbine at pistol range” subject, but spans both…and more.

  6. Oh Shit! I’ve Been Shot! Ouch, That Hurts! Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Casualty Evacuation Care…including extended care in Austere Environments for Irregular Warfighters.

  7. Who Has the Map? Oh Damn! We’re Lost! A primer on tactical land navigation skills and training.

  8. Hide-and-Seek for Grown-Ups. Escape-and-Evasion considerations for bug-out and “get home” planning.

  9. A Chihuahua Can Kick a Great Dane’s Ass…If He Remembers that He’s a Chihuahua. A discussion of the fundamental battle drills for irregular force small-unit warfighters, and how to train them effectively.

  10. Get Off My Lawn! Defending the Homestead and Community.

  11. Nocturnal Nature Walks. Fundamental skills and application of those skills for effective security patrolling operations.

Appendices

  1. Schoolyard Stuff. Copies of the Mountain Guerrilla programs-of-instruction outlines. These are the notes and plans I use to teach my classes.

  2. How Many Suitcases Did You Bring? Packing for Partisans in both rural and urban environments.

  3. Mine is WAY Cooler Than Yours! A primer on effective weapon selection and set-up.

  4. Old School. Hard School. Best School. A revised and updated version of the classic SF/Recon Tricks of the Trade

To me, the best part about this book is the way John teaches this stuff …

As you can obviously tell from the chapter names in the table of contents — John has an entertaining personality. Which is CRITICAL because I don’t know about you, but actual Military Field Manuals are the most BORING manuals in the world to read.

I find this teaching style to be much easier to learn from. And that’s important because this is a DENSE book packed full of information and every one of the 380+ pages is valuable.

I Learned a LOT From This Book (So Much, I Bought It Twice!)

As you should know by now, I have no military or law enforcement background. I’m just a “regular Joe” who decided to become a Prepared Gun Owner. That means I know next to nothing about operating in a war fighter capacity because I have no previous military training.

And the fact is that — while I’ve taken over 170+ hours of open enrollment firearms/tactical training classes — for the most part, I’ve avoided most all “cool guy” spec ops type training classes …

In fact, I had only taken one formal, 1-day, carbine training class before reading John’s book.

That’s because — as I’ve explained before — training time is limited and the Prepared Gun Owner needs to seek out training that’s most applicable to his own paradigm as an armed civilian. In other words, most of the stuff you learn from Tier-1 door kickers– like running around with your AR-15 and full “battle rattle” — is not applicable to your daily life where you’re armed with a concealed handgun.

You’re not a member of a SWAT team doing entries, you’re not a member of a direct action spec ops unit doing smash and grab black ops–you’re a civilian dude that occasionally has to go get milk from the gas station and may have to deal with a violent criminal there or you may find yourself in a public place that some terrorist decides to shoot up (with your wife and kids right next to you I might add).

That said, if you have ALREADY taken quite a few applicable and excellent concealed carry courses that teach you what you need to know to operate in your civilian concealed carrier capacity …

And you’re looking to take it to the next level …

Then THIS is the handbook you need.

John shares the entire unconventional warfare doctrine to give you the correct frame of reference for you to later take those same courses and be able to apply them in a way that works if and when the SHTF!

As far as I know you can still order the book directly through John by going to his website or by visiting the Forward Observer website.

The book is NOT cheap, but it’s worth — at a bare minimum — 10 times what you will pay for it.

For example, at the time of this article publishing, it’s going for $70 over at Forward Observer.

And I can unequivocally state it’s worth TEN TIMES that.

Why?

That’s $700 bucks which is about the lowest price you’ll ever pay to acquire a suitable fighting rifle like the AR-15 … and … if you’re wanting to be prepared, but you don’t know how to actually FIGHT with that rifle (like John shows you in chapter 5) then you wasted $700.

I like this book so much, I not only bought my own personal copy but I also bought a second as a “backup” and to support the “cause”.

The truth is that unless you happen to be super lucky and know someone personally that has served in the GWOT as a Special Forces soldier, you simply can NOT get this type of “NO STUPID, THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT!” info anywhere else.

That’s why I think it’s so incredibly valuable. And I recommend you pickup a copy of it today if you want to be a seriously prepared gun owner.

DISCLOSURE: I was not paid for this review or compensated in any way. I paid for my two personal copies of this book at full retail price. While I’ve never taken a live class from John I plan to do so in the very near future. And before publishing this review, I contacted John to make sure it was OK.

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We all love firearms. Shooting is a fun and fulfilling hobby, and the pursuit of building an extensive gun collection is part of the experience. However, not everybody can afford to build up a massive arsenal like the ones we see online.

So what’s the best course of action if you could only own three guns? You want to have a wide range of flexibility when it comes to the type of shooting you can do, but you don’t want to break the bank. What should you do?

Well, if you’re interested in having just three guns that can serve as self-defense, hunting, and sporting firearms, then there’s a video you have to see. It tells us the best three guns to own, and it tells you exactly why.

Check it out below:

What do you think? Do agree with the video’s stance?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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Finding the right pistol for you is the number one factor in successful concealed carry. You can tweak your setup all you like, but if you’re not carrying the right handgun it’ll all be for naught.

Having said that, some guns are better suited to concealed carry than others. Size, weight, and ease of firing are all important things to consider, and it can be difficult to find a gun that meets all your needs.

By the same token, some guns are ideal for concealed carry. From grip to tip, they dominate the concealed carry market.

You’ve probably already got a few in mind right now.

What you don’t have in mind, however, is this awesome concealed carry handgun that practically nobody knows about.

It’s the Steyr S9-A1, and Off the Grid News just published a fantastic write-up on it. Check it out below:

One of my favorite carry pieces is a little known Austrian-made pistol: the Steyr S9-A1. On the surface it looks like a typical polymer framed, striker-fired pistol. But its utility is deeper than this.

Most people know of Steyr for their iconic AUG rifles. These futuristic bullpup rifles have been around for over three decades and represented innovations for rifle manufacture and deployment.

The S9-A1 pistol is no different.

Like the majority of polymer-framed striker-fired pistols, there are no external safeties or de-cocking mechanisms. This is not new, in and of itself. These types of pistols have proven themselves time and time again.

Where the Steyr starts to depart from the rest of the pack is in its trigger.

Wilhelm Bubits, who was the brain behind the Glock 20, developed this trigger. It is a two-piece type that is preset to a crisp-and-clean four pounds, and rearward movement is more reminiscent of a 1911 style pistol. A very short reset allows the shooter to make quicker follow-up shots.

Another key difference is the unique trapezoidal-type sights. Instead of traditional “three dots,” the Steyr S9-A1 makes use of a triangular front sight that reminds us of the reticle on our Trijicon ACOG. Diagonal lines cut into the rear sight allow the shooter to bring the sights to alignment and seem to allow the eye to capture this sight picture readily.

Some shooters have a hard time adapting to this sight picture, and that can be remedied by replacing them with traditional three-dot sights with tritium inserts.

My main reason for loving this pistol is the Steyr S9-A1’s superb-grip angle. Cut high into the frame, the shooter can easily maintain a grip which is close to the axis of the bore. I find it to be the most perfect grip design on any polymer-framed handgun, and think it needs no “grip reduction,” texturing or interchangeable back straps.

There is a short accessory rail on the frame to attach a visible white light or laser.

The magazines are masterpieces of construction, but this is one of the pistol’s shortcomings in my view. They are easily capable of holding 12 or 13 rounds, yet they are blocked off to hold only 10 rounds. They resemble circa 1994-2004 restricted capacity magazines and probably help sales in states with restrictive bans on magazine capacity, but I would like to see true factory magazines that are unrestricted.

Fortunately, magazines for the full-size M9 and L9 series will fit in the pistol, although they protrude from the bottom of the frame an inch or so.

Unlike other polymer-framed striker-fired pistols on the market, there are very few aftermarket accessories for the S9-A1. Part of the reason is that the pistols are just about perfect out of the box; the other is that it is not a well-known firearm.
The holster makers are getting better at producing holsters for the Steyr pistols, though. I went with a custom Kydex rig through L.A.G. Tactical of Reno, Nevada.

My main reason above all these for going with the Steyr is its accuracy. I regularly achieve sub-two-inch groups at distances of 50 feet with my Steyr. It replaced my H&K P7M8 for carry based on this alone.

They can be tough to find, but MSRP is less than $500, and every now and then you can find them on sale.

Caliber: 9mm

Weight: 26 ounces

Overall length: 6.7 inches

Barrel length: 3.6 inches

MSRP: $469

Had you heard of this gun before? What’s your opinion of it?

Tell us what you think in the comments.

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You can be forgiven if you've never heard of Rex firearms. Most people in the U.S. aren't familiar with the company despite being popular...