Some guys are tired of the 9 vs 45 debate… and they don’t want Middle of the Road. They are looking at the 10mm. I’ve been getting a lot of emails about the 10mm. Which 10 you can get. My answer is simple, but to get there is a winding road.
So you say you are shopping for that 10mm pistol. You start looking at the 1911’s of course, because the 1911 is like the Harley Davidson of the Gun World. Wilson Combat and Nighthawk Custom, as well as other high end 1911 Builders are all doing a few of them. They are all very nice indeed… and expensive. You really want to invest in one like that and throw it in a combat holster and roll in some gravel with it? We’re looking for a defensive gun here. And if you are not willing to roll around in the gravel with your super expensive custom built piece of artwork on your side… then you are not looking for a 1911. Your really not. If you choose one of these, and you are willing, then great. 10mm 1911’s do tend to be a bit more reliable, and accuracy is great, and you can get that first shot off nice and precisely. But let’s say you don’t want to drop 2 Grand on this pistol. We have to look elsewhere. You want that feel of a solid steel gun. Feels good doesn’t it? Oh yeah.
So you look at the EAA Witness pistols. Classic CZ design. Double stacked so you have a good capacity. Their “Wonderfinish” looks good. The gun feels good. But dang, it’s heavy. Accuracy is pretty good, but that long Double Action pull is not as great as it should be. The Witness has some sharp edges here and there… and yeah… that weight issues is just too much for daily all day carry. Let’s keep looking.
S&W is making a cool revolver in 10mm. One of the Nightguard series. Old School Cool, now in 10mm. And you can shoot .40 cal as well. How cool is that? But you have to use Moon Clips. Moon Clips are a PITA. I don’t really care for them and you shouldn’t either. Besides, this Nightguard would be cooler in .44, wouldn’t it?
That leaves the Glocks. You have two options. 20 and 29. The 20 is the full sized and the 29 is called a Sub Compact. Either one is great and either one you can theoretically get with the “SF” frame. The Slim Frame. But they are hard to find. In the .45, you can find SF’s but the 10mm’s are tough. My choice is the 20. Full sized, accurate, controllable, great capacity… There you go. Now we are talking about something.
But I don’t like the Glock Trigger, you say. Okay. So change it. You can put in a trigger that feels just like how you want it. Easy to do. Have it your way, just like Burger King. But the gun feels blocky, you say. You can alter the grip frame as well. It’s plastic. It’s pretty easy if you take your time. But it’s ugly. Do you really care what your Parachute looks like? It’s a weapon. One that if you use in a defensive situation, you might not ever see again anyway. The Glock is the perfect fit for the job. Don’t cry about the Grip Angle. You get used to it pretty quickly if you decide you want to.
The main problem with the 10mm Cartridge is not the Cartridge its self. Its not that the ammo is more expensive than others… Because its not… It’s what, 2 bucks more than .45 Auto? The problem is that it’s been a Commercial Meh. Why is that? Too powerful? I find it just like .45 Auto… it’s not too much. The FBI dropped it, not because it’s too gun for their Accountants, Lawyers and sundry beancounters… It was because there was too much of the gun for them to get their hands around. The 1006 was a gun made for Non-Human hands. It didn’t fit all those little girly hands, so they were not able to shoot it very well.
What the 10mm needs is for the gun makers to put out the guns that people are already buying, and give them the 10mm Option for it. M&P, XDM, and the Storm are three of the most popular guns out there as far as our local sales go… and none are offered in the 10. This is the 10’s main issue in a nutshell… There are no 10mm options in the guns people are wanting to buy.
Guns that SHOULD be available in 10mm.
1. S&W M&P. In Full, Tactical, and Compact sizes.
2. SIG P220. In both Full and Compact.
3. Springfield XDM. In the Full, Tactical and Compact.
4. CZ 97B. The new style with the Decocker.
5. HK45. They have two sizes and neither are 10mm.
6. FNH FNP Tactical. This would turn a 10mm pistol into an offensive platform.