The 9mm continues to be one of the nation's favorite guns, if current production data are to be thought. According to the BATF's Yearly Firearms Manufacturing and Export Report for 2001, 626,836 pistols were produced (the current year for which figures are readily available). Of that sum, 213,378 were in qualities above.380 to 9mm. That's practically 30,000 more for the next-largest quality section, guns above 9mm to.50 quality.
Absolutely, then, the 9mm continues to find wide favor amongst the basic shooting populace, and it continues to broaden its approval in niche areas of the market also. In the world of competitive shooting, particularly Action Handgun and Practical Shooting, the 9mm is being given a boost. The USPSA now allows the 9X19 case to be filled to major power consider its Open division. On both a nationwide and worldwide scale the Production divisions in Practical Shooting favor 9mm pistols in their scoring. At the NRA Bianchi Cup the switch is on from.38 Super to 9mm too.
Essential, Gun Tests readers continue to ask us for 9mm tests, and in this concern, we've responded with a three-way contrast of the SIGArms P226, $830; the CZ-like Desert Eagle from Magnum Research, $499; and Beretta's 92FS, $676.
These pistols have constantly delighted shooters with accuracy and lower recoil. However we felt if the 9mm pistol was going to stay up to date with the larger caliber weapons, more aggressive ammo might be required. Our test ammunition would not just include simple target rounds however also include broadening and fragmenting ammunition for self-defense usage. Here's what we discovered:
[PDFCAP( 1)] Taking into account its production as a military weapon (the M9), this handgun is among the largest selling sidearms in history. The 92FS and the other weapons are conventional double actions. The first shot is double action; subsequent shots are single action. The hammer can be decreased safely utilizing the decocking lever discovered on both the right and left side of the slide. This lever will then stay down and, functioning as a safety, detach the trigger. Raising the lever returns the weapon to double action.
At least 2 features make the Beretta 92 handguns distinct. One is that the slide exposes most of the barrel, and the other is that lockup is nearly completely achieved from beneath the chamber. A barrel-mounted falling locking block accomplishes lockup. This contributes to the simplicity of field-stripping. On the left side of the frame is a button that when pushed enables the catch on the other side of the frame to turn and release the slide. There is no slide stop to get rid of. When removed, the leading end breaks down to slide, barrel with locking block connected, and the recoil spring with the guide rod. The recoil spring is a single-filament coil, and the guide rod is polymer. This combination allows this handgun to be dependable with low slide mass and lowered recoil.
The energy used up to operate the locking block likewise contributes to a decrease of felt recoil, as does the full-sized frame, which contributes outstanding ergonomics. The frame is alloy, with Beretta's Bruniton surface. Both the Beretta and SIGArms handguns in this test weighed in at 34 ounces. The all-steel Magnum Research handgun, although similar in total size, weighed 6 ounces more.
To evaluate the performance of each of our handguns, we set up a test apart from our normal benchrest session. We fired pairs of shots from 7 backyards at a NRA D-1 target, which is used in Action Handgun (Bianchi Cup) and resembles its nickname, the tombstone. It is made from corrugated cardboard showing concentric circles beginning with a 4-inch X-ring. Next is an 8-inch ring, referred to as the 10-ring, and a 10-inch ring, which ratings 8 points. Targeting at the X-ring we started shooting double action, and followed as quickly and as precisely as we could with Beretta APX Carry for sale a 2nd shot single action. This was repeated 15 times. We utilized a Competitive Edge Characteristics timer to record the divides, or time between shots. This gadget ($134.50 from Brownells, 800-741-0015) sounds a start signal and then shows elapsed time each time its internal microphone hears a shot. Split times are also shown.