20 Jan 2020
2020 SHOT Show, Las Vegas, NV
Today was “Range Day” at the Boulder Gun Club Range Facility in Boulder City, NV
At Range Day, we get to shoot all the new guns!
Walther’s 380Auto small carry pistol in called the CCP. Nice size!
It has a manual safety-lever instead of a tabbed trigger. However, it has a magazine safety, which is a deal-buster for me!
Walther’s flagship, full-sized carry/service pistol is the PPQ. The PPQ is a double-column 9mm, striker-fired, polymer-frame pistol. I’ve carried it, and it is very acceptable. It has a trigger-tab safety, no manual safety, and no magazine safety!
Walther also makes an all-steel version of the PPQ. Nice to shoot, but too heavy to carry!
I shot the Springfield Armory Hellcat Pistol today. It’s a 14-shooter, compact carry gun. Small, flat, with tabbed-trigger, no manual safety, and no grip-safety!
Magazine is not quite “double-column,” more like a “column-and-a-half,” like the SIG 365.
Rear sight is a Cirillo-style “U” Front sight is big and illuminated (night sight)
As a small, serious, carry-pistol the Hellcat represents an excellent choice. I like it!
H&K’s VP9 is another excellent, double-column, full-size carry pistol. H&K has redesigned the VP9’s magazine follower and floor-plate, so that it now holds two more rounds, making it a 20-shooter!
H&K’s VP9SK is the flat, single-column version, It’s an 11-shooter.
I also shot the Glock 44 today!
It’s a G19 in 22LR caliber. Everything is the same except the weight. I was fully prepared to dismiss this pistol as irrelevant, but I was compelled to soften my opinion after shooting it!
The G44 is nearly weightless! The frame is polymer, of course, but the slide is mostly polymer too!
I think this pistol will be useful in training new shooters. They can get used to the trigger, do a lot of shooting without a lot of noise and recoil, and of course eventually move-on to a serious caliber.
The “G44-to-G19 Progression” may represent the best way to accelerate aspiring Operators’ mastery of serious pistol skills!
I shot several of the above-named pistols equipped with Aimpoint’s ACRO compact red-dot system. Of all the currently-available red-dots small enough to go on pistols, the ACRO is probably the most durable.
I’ve been trying to get a copy of the ACRO since last year’s SHOT Show, but they’ve been very popular.
Maybe this time!
The Show starts tomorrow at the Sands Convention Forum here in Las Vegas!