Reviewed By: Robert G on 08/19/2012
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]
This is part 1 of my review of this gun. Part 2 will come after my first range visit with this gun. It appears no one is interested in talking about the fit and finish of this gun. While the gun has really nice looks, though some with disagree, there are some things that should be mentioned about the gun.Keep it mind, this review is about MY gun which I received last week. These items may vary from gun to gun. Here are my comments:
1. The gun is huge and very heavy. This is the largest, heaviest 9mm I've ever handled. I am guessing the weight translates to more stable shooting. The majority of the weight is in the front of the gun. The frame mass is very heavy up front, making up for a smaller, lighter slide. Fill up the magazine and the pistol is even heavier. If you buy this gun you will get a very good weight lifting work-out on your right arm.(it's not ambidextrous)
2. With a full magazine inserted, this gun is amazingly balanced, though still very heavy. It seems to aim itself perfectly.
3. This sights are so low it's apparent it will be very accurate. Basically you are looking down the top of the barrel when you are aiming.
4. Personally I don't like a solid black front blade type sight. I used a little pro sight paint and first put down a bright white layer, let it dry and then applied a bright orange layer. This creates a sort of glowing orange sight. The sight is now very visible. The rear sights are great but without alignment dots, getting a good sight picture is very difficult with a dark background. The front sight is now very visible but the back sight disappears when you are pointing at a dark background. Since the adjustable rear sights are so awesome, I'm going to a gun smith to have him precisely drill two dimples on the sight so I can paint them white.
5. This one is a biggy: The machining on this gun is beautiful but not very refined. The front edges of the slide (Black) and the front edges of the frame (SS) are the ones to watch out for. They are literally sharp enough to cut you if you run your hand or finger across an edge quickly, like when you rack the slide. Since the front end of the slide appears to be stainless with black anodizing there is nothing I could do about it. I would end up with the front edge of the slide having smooth silver colored edges. For the front of the frame, I just used a fine grain finishing file and carefully filed all the edges of the front of the frame paying most attention to the area next to the front cocking serrations. They will cut you while racking the slide from that position. They are nice and rounded now so the worst that could happen is a bruise from hitting the frame while racking the slide (see next comment). Wear Gloves!
6. THE SLIDE - If you look carefully at the picture, notice that the slide is quite short in height compared to the frame and compared to most guns. It requires a careful grip to grab it and rack it. If you have large hands like me, it is a bit of an issue but I always wear gloves so that will help. I am temped to see if a gunsmith can install a custom slide racker so I can grab it more quickly and with more confidence.
7. The magazine DOES NOT hold 18 rounds. My gun is not an 18 + 1 gun. The magazine is clearly marked 17 on the side holes and I use a LULA speed loader so it's not because I couldn't push the 18th round into the mag. It flat does not fit. This is not a big issue for me but it's being advertized as a 18 + 1 gun. Mine is not.
8. It came with a light coating of cosmoline which is still extremely stick and viscous. Cleaning the gun up was a bit of a chore but YOU MUST CLEAN THIS GUN PRIOR TO FIRST FIRE! There should be no exception to that.
The gun is very easy to to field trip. However, since the slide release lever is still new, it takes quite a push to pop it out when breaking the gun down. I used a layer of towel and tapped it with a hammer and it popped right out. The 2nd and 3rd breakdowns, I was able to pop it out with my thumb so it's loosening up a bit. Overall, this appears to be a great gun with the above exceptions. Everything is tight and with extremely precise machining. I could almost compared the precision to my Sig 1911 Traditional Match Eliite. Of course, Sig is much more refined in terms of the edges of their pistols, but this gun seems to have the precision machining of my Sig. The slide is very tight as well as everything else on this gun.
IMO, THIS IS NOT A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR CARRY AS THIS PISTOL IS HUGE AND HEAVY
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