No, I didn’t go to SHOT. And I really don’t think I missed out on much this year. Looking at all the new Products that came out at the 2015 SHOT Show – very little impressed me.
SIG’s new Electro-Optics – Very cool. But damn, the market really doesn’t need another 1200 ACOG Alternative. Granted – this Bravo 4, is nicer. Better glass, better field of view, yada yada yada… But it’s 1200 bucks. And then there is the Leupold D-EVO. Which is cool and different, but for hell’s sake it’s a 3 thousand dollar package.
What the Market really needs – are some new good, solid AR type Optics in the 200 to 400 dollar range that don’t suck and are not made in China. Is that too much to ask? Has the Gun Industry not realized that we’ve had a losing economy for the last decade?
You know what I’m sick of?
Teases. Companies that Show us something cool and here’s the next SHOT SHOW, and you are still pimping it – and still not taking orders because it’s Vapor Ware. Show us what we can order. I want to see what I can have. That being said – I’m also really sick of all that MILITARY LAW ENFORCEMENT ONLY crap. Stop making Fantasy Guns for Storm Troopers and make some Available Guns for the Sheepdogs. What can I buy that I can use to defend my Liberty with? So me THAT. That’s what I want to see. Something new and innovative and cool and not too expensive and something that I can place an actual damn order on. THAT’s what I want to see.
CORE MOS line is nice… Finally that Longslide 10mm we’ve been wanting. That’s cool. But not really cutting edge.
The SIG P220 10mm’s are awesome. We’ve only been asking for that for a Decade and a Half. FINALLY! That’s almost the coolest thing at SHOT… but we’re not there yet.
That Taurus Curve – Stupid. The TCP with Wings – Stupid. The View – Stupid. Taurus – instead of trying to come out with new stupid shit, how about you start making good, simple, solid guns? How about you try that?
CZ I think has nailed it with that new Scorpion Evo pistol. Make it a simple Carbine and it would be a real home run. CZ remains a steady climber in quality and consistency and making guns I would be willing to spend my own money on.
Speaking of spending money… Beretta’s 92 Centennial looks amazing. But it’s 3 grand. Make a regular Bruniton finished version that’s… oh… say… Not more than 1200 bucks… make it a regular production item… WINNER.
You know what – That frame mounted safety would sure go a hell of a long way to help silence a fuckton of critics. But it’s only on the Centennial and was on the Billenium. The A3 should have had that. That with a Vertec frame… Damn. I’d buy two. Seriously.
But you know what the coolest thing at SHOT show was? For me that is…
This. The Crye Precision Six12, with the Salvo Suppressor on it.
I want that Six12. That’s the coolest damn shotgun – but even then the thing came out last year. But that Gun Muffler packaged like that… Damn. That’s cool. So there’s that. The coolest thing at SHOT.
The #1 best thing I saw at the Ellott Brother’s show, was the Wilson Combat Beretta 92G Brigadier.
Wait, why would I say that? The 92 is old school! It’s out dated, it’s too big, it’s too heavy, blah blah blah… Son, you don’t understand quality and refinement. If this was a car, it would be a full sized luxury car from Mercedes, worked over by AMG and on the back of it would have the word “Kompressor”. That’s what the 92G from Wilson is like. The Trigger is as smooth as you can get, and much lighter than expected. It breaks in both modes of fire very crisp and clean. I have to say, it’s the best DA/SA pull I’ve felt on any handgun. The Wilson sights are beautifully clear and visible – even with my poor eyesight.
These are pistols are – and I don’t say this lightly – the most astute choice for a DA/SA Semi Automatic 9mm that you could make if you appreciate the finer things in life. A real working class gun, that cleaned up nice and is ready to go out to eat. I must have one.
This studd is Anothony, from Wilson Combat. Surprise, Anthony! Long time MadOgre.com reader. (Sorry about that) He’s also the guy that helped me get one of these fine pistols ordered. One for a customer of mine – and one will be ordered for myself. Because these handguns are exquisite.
He also had to show me another weakness of mine… 1911’s fit for EDC.
He had to put this little guy in my hand.
I’ve listed a Kidney on Craigslist. Yeah, so that’s two from Wilson Combat.
Now, if you already own a Beretta, I recommend this.
That’s a replacement spring that will improve your trigger pull. I took a large enough photo of it so you can see the part number and order the right one. It makes a huge difference. I felt it. By the time you’ve read this, I’ve already ordered one for my own use. I need a set of their grips too. Because they felt amazing.
I’ve always been a big fan of Wilson Combat. I don’t see that changing. They are still doing it right.
Myth: The Beretta 92FS is inaccurate.
Fact: No, you just can’t shoot.
Myth: The Beretta 92FS is unreliable.
Fact: No, it’s one of the most reliable… you need to stop reading Gun Forum Debates on the Internet.
Myth: The open slide allows dirt to get in.
Truth: It allows the dirt to get out too.
I don’t have a Vertec… But I do have a Blue Gun of the Beretta Vertec. The weight is completely wrong, but the shape is right on. I like it. In fact, I think I’d really like to get a Vertec. Unfortunately Beretta has long discontinued it.
This was a big mistake. Not as big as discontinuing the 90-Two instead of just re-naming it. Maybe bigger than the killing off the Cheetahs. Word is that Beretta is bringing back the Cheetah. The least of these three sins. Beretta, BRING BACK THE OTHER TWO!
Bring back the 90-TWO. Bring Back The Vertec. Just do it.
Beretta, who loves ya, Baby….
You know I do… Your curves, your lines, you’re a full figured Italian Goddess…. You’re Beautiful…
Can you do something special for me? I’m wanting something a little different… some custom work. Let me explain – please listen to me…
I want this gun, right here. A 92FS Compact:
But with a Black finished Slide. Two toned finish. That’s the easy part. Here’s where it gets tricky.
The most accurate semi auto pistol I’ve ever fired was the CZ 97B, which has a threaded barrel bushing to center the barrel in the slide perfectly. That gun was telepathic. The 92 is very accurate, but there is more accuracy in there that can still be found.
The 92 series has a bit of play there in the barrel, that a screw in bushing would remedy. Not like how the AMU did it, with threading the barrel and putting a shaped nut on the barrel. I want the slide threaded and a bushing that threads into the slide like the CZ97B. I want this on my Beretta 92 Compact. Okay, now just for pure looks… I want a recessed target crown like on a Nighthawk Custom T3. Like this:
I want that on my Beretta 92 FS Compact INOX with a black slide.
Can you make this for me?
I’ll give you all my best lollipops…
DA/SA Service Grade Automatics. Who’s your favorite? Okay, we’re talking the Brand on the whole, considering all the related models and variations they make. Who’s your Top Brand and why?
The Traditional DA/SA auto seems to be in the gold years with more and more trainers and advocating striker fired guns with uniform trigger pulls from first to second shots. Glocks, M&P’s, an XDM’s being the Striker Triad. But I think that the DA/SA platform still has its place, and I still love them. Especially for Open Carry, Duty Service… They are big, menacing, sexy, and very stable and accurate. Outside of 1911’s I shoot them them best. A lot better than Safe actions or DAO guns.
I’m thinking the Holy Trinity for DA/SA’s is SIG, Beretta, and CZ. Across the board, I think the Beretta Brand takes the lead for consistent quality. From what I’ve seen and dealt with with 8+ years behind a Gun Counter and… ahem… a few more years of shooting… I’ve seen problems with all of them. I’ve seen far fewer though with Beretta. But that’s not just the thing. It’s also how good they’ve been. How smooth the triggers and slides were. How tight they locked up. I don’t think any brand for any type of auto is nearly as smooth as Berettas. SIG’s are second and CZ is 3rd overall for smoothness.
However, for an out of the box trigger – the very best DA/SA trigger I have ever felt was on a CZ 97B. Just incredible! But other CZ triggers left me disappointed. Same with SIG, overall very good, but not quiet as good overall as SIG’s I’ve fired. One SIG though, a 229 SAS…. Oh man. That was truly a great trigger. Flip side, the SIG’s have shown some triggers that were less than stellar.
Beretta though wins in the same way a Race Team wins the Championship overall without having actually taken first place.
My 92FS had a very good trigger to start out with. I swapped the main spring for the “D Spring” and it got a lot better. It’s not a GREAT trigger. This makes me wonder, why doesn’t Beretta just use the D Springs as standard? Because the difference was dramatic!
I love the 92. I love the SIG 220/226/228/229. I love the CZ P-01/SP-01. Overall though, I think that Beretta takes it.
What are your thoughts?
I know my Glock 23. I trust my Glock 23. I’ve put thousands and thousands of rounds through my Glock 23. I’m pretty dang accurate with my Glock 23. It really and truly is the optimum balance of Size, Weight, and Firepower in a package that makes it the ultimate Jack of All Trades.
Continue reading Firearms Confessional: My Glock bores me.
I know I’ve been packing a Glock 23 for years… but lately I’ve been doing that less and less. Really it’s been relegated to Car Gun Status now, so I always have it close when I’m out and about. But what I carry on my person – that’s changed.
More and more my Go To pistol has been my Beretta 92FS, and I’ve been carrying my 1911 a LOT more. As I type this post, it’s the 1911 that’s sitting by my left hand. Don’t laugh at my desk… I know it’s cluttered, but then again, so is my mind. So it all works out. That’s my beloved GI… which had a light issue with cracking grip panels. That was the worst thing that could have happened, because dang it… now I’m thinking about changing other parts. Like a Beaver Tail and a Commander style hammer… and if I am doing that – I might as well change the sear and trigger… You guys know the drill. The grips were the lid to a bloody Pandora’s Box of tweaks. Why? Why the hell did I do that? I could have got some double diamond checkered wood grips and have been fine. But no… I asked my friends for some regular old black plastics… thought I’d cheap out… not thinking about how they fecking changed the whole dynamic of the pistol and it’s in my head that I could change other things.
And now I’m looking at the Beretta 92FS and thinking… “You know, Wilson Combat is now making Beretta parts.” They have a slick short reach trigger… No… NO!
No… I’m not going to mess with my Beretta. That’s become the Go To Gun. My Almost EDC. I’m not doing that.
But the 1911… Well… that’s different.
I’m thinking why not have some fun with it? I can detail strip it blindfolded, and that sentimental GI memento cherry has been popped with the black grips. Why not?
But you know what I really want to do to it? Have a Color Case Hardened Finish done to it. Kinda like this:
Deep polished blued levers and safety, but the slide and frame – Color Cased. That is just sexy to me. I don’t know.
What do you guys think?