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The biggest questions that the team—or any potential customer—might have in-regards to any handgun have everything to do with how easy a pistol is to shoot and how reliable is it? This is especially true if you’re trying to get the most bang for your buck. For any kind of practical-use handgun, affordability only matters if reliability comes with it. While testing, the STR9-F functioned flawlessly with a wide variety of ammunition, from Federal Premium 115-grain range ammo to Hornady 124-grain and Nosler 147-grain defensive loads. The team like the grip angle and soft recoil cycle—one team member compared shooting it to the smooth-shooting Glock G34.
I believe the H&K VP9sk has some of the greatest ergonomics for a concealed carry pistol. One of the things I enjoy most about this weapon is that it comes with a variety of interchangeable grip panels. Now I can personalize the perfect grip for my hand. As we’re talking about CCW guns, I’ll admit the VP9sk is a little thicker than the Sig p365. Therefore, it is not the smallest option you can get and doesn’t ride as comfortably as an appendix carry. However, I still don’t feel as though the size of the VP9sk is that much of a deal-breaker, and it is still comfortable. I think the size is just right and coupled with the grips, I personally handle this model better than I do other smaller-sized CCW firearms.
Some shooters might be put off by the P210’s single-stack magazine that only holds eight rounds, but that didn’t bother us in the least. The pistol’s accuracy, speed on target, and overall shootability won us over. If you want an in-depth look at the evolution of the P210 and the P210 Carry, check out Sean Murphy’s Sig Sauer P210 review. One drawback that does limit the P210’s versatility is that it is configured for right-handed shooters. There’s no way to reverse any of the controls and manipulating them as a lefty is a chore. Despite this, the P210 rose to the top of the heap in the mid-sized pistol category earning an Editor’s Choice award. Combining elegance, utility and a good price it is a defensive carry gun with heirloom appeal.
The Mossberg MC2c sits in a unique zone. It’s slightly smaller than the G19-sized pistols and slightly larger than the sub- and micro-compact offerings from most manufacturers. Its ergonomic and stylized grip houses what is a product improved Glock operating system that does not require the trigger to be pulled to disassemble the pistol. It also utilizes metal 14- or 16-round magazines, giving it a noticeably slimmer and more comfortable grip than most of the other pistols in the category. If the pistol was any smaller, it would sacrifice shootability. But, as is, it’s a great size for most hands. A very good flat-faced trigger also helps new shooters wring the accuracy potential out of the pistol. The MC2c is a bit of a sleeper and is usually available optic-ready for around $500. The MC2c has survived numerous torture tests in the industry and represents a great combination of value, size and quality. Read extra information at Ballachy.