One thing I’ve come to expect from Walther – Excellent Triggers. The PPQ, P99, PPX, and the original PPS all have triggers that go from Excellent to Fantastic. The PPQ is well known for being The Best out of the box trigger of any Striker – even better than the VP9.
Now the this gun here… the PPS M2… I was really looking forward to getting my hands on one. Because I am one of those weird guys that actually liked the original PPS. So I was hoping that this would be the same gun as the original, but with some ergonomic enhancements. This is not the case. This is a completely different gun. The new PPS looks great. This is a good looking gun. And for a Sub-Compact Single Stack – it even feels good. If you like a Shield, you’ll probably love the PPS M2.
And then I tried the trigger.
There’s a lot to be said about the new Ruger American Pistol. But let me start out by saying that it’s a great shooter. It’s a great looking gun too. Out of the box, it’s been 100% reliable. First shots with it – were exactly where I wanted the bullets to go. The trigger is great, and easily one of the best in the business. It’s up there with Walther PPQ and HK VP9.
The internal machining of the new Ruger shows that’s up there with SIG and FNH in terms of quality. That says a lot. Every part is done exceptionally well.
The feel of just the polymer frame is excellent. It doesn’t feel chinsy and hollow like say, a SIG 320 does. It feels like it’s quality. Because it really is.
The American Pistol departs from the normal “Like a Glock” pattern. This is a whole new mechanical system here, and the proof is in the feel of the trigger… Which is excellent.
I like how they beveled the leading edges of the frame rails. Which makes assembly easier than most autos. The rails are also much longer than normal Poly-Strikers, and they are polished. Thus giving the Ruger American Pistol a very smooth action.
Another nice thing about the Ruger American Pistol is that the steel sub-frame is machined out of one solid piece of steel. Giving the whole pistol a much more solid feel than other gun of this type.
And dare I say it? It’s one hell of a good looking pistol too. The lines, the proportions… it looks “right” and it feels just as good too.
The sights are standard Novaks, so finding and installing aftermarket sights should not be a problem. It you like Novak 3 Dot sights – you are in luck. If you like something different – the options are vast.
Take down and such is just like a S&W M&P or a SIG P320… Lock it back, push the lever down, pull the slide off the front.
Ruger has said that these pistols will not replace the SR series of pistols. But let’s be real – it will. Because to buy an SR pistol, you will have to look at this gun and say “No, I don’t want that”. Which is a statement you will not hear very often or ever.
Interchangeable backstraps are included with the gun. It comes with the Medium size installed, and you can opt for the Small or Large as you wish. The Medium size though, feels small as it is.
Ambi Slide lock lever and Mag Release. Works perfectly from either side. I love the angles on the gun. It looks fantastic. This is the best looking new gun to come out since the HK VP9 and M&P…. Both of those are sexy looking pistols too. But I really like the looks of this new Ruger.
Ruger has said that they have no interest in a Military Contract. And have in the past refused to even participate. Ruger looks to have changed their minds on that. In fact, they have mentioned the military requirements in the development of this pistol. And having shot this gun and the other possible contenders – Ruger actually has a dang good shot at a Military Contract for this gun. As well as contracts for LE Agencies across the globe.
Well done, Ruger. Well done indeed. I’ll be buying one soon enough. Speaking of buying them. They should be available for ordering as of Jan 1st from your local dealers. Initial supply is very limited, so patience will be required for some time. MSRP is 575, which means this should hit the streets at about 500. It’s easily on par with everything else on the market at that price – and better than most.
Ruger, you’ve come a long way, Baby. You have arrived.
Now make a Compact version for me.
I still can’t decide on what configurations to build with these two lovelies. I think one should be a pistol at least. They were both transfered as “pistols”, so maybe both into pistols. Light weight builds, but they don’t have to be airweights. Maybe one pistol and one light carbine? I want them to be unique.
Post links to images of suggested builds and the Parts I should buy for the builds. Help me out here.
I’m a 1911 guy. I became a 1911 guy when I was a teenager. My girlfriend’s father, Dave, instructed me on the ways of the Old Slab Sides. I think I was the only guy that dated his daughter that he liked. He was a cool guy too. But he introduced me to the gun and how it operated. Which is good. Because not very long later the US Government put a 1911 in my hand without any instruction. I really liked the 1911. Dave too. Looking back, I liked hanging out with Dave more than his daughter. I’ve had a lot of 1911’s since.
1911’s have developed a reputation for being less than reliable. This is because saying “1911” is like saying “Pickup Truck”. You can’t say all pickup trucks are unreliable. Make, Model, Condition, and Maintenance Records are all important, no? I’ve found 1911’s can be just as reliable as Glocks. Can. Not all. There’s one specific word though that when combined with “1911” that should always be avoided. That word is “Ultra”. Don’t get any “Ultra” 1911. Any 1911 that has the word “Ultra” on it, or even near it – just don’t do it. Also, any barrel length below 4″ is best to be avoided. This goes along the same lines as the word “Ultra”.
This is my Springfield Armory GI 1911. I’ve had this gun for some years now, kept it and enjoyed it as stock, refusing to modify it or change it in any way. Well, two things happened to while I was in Jacksonville, NC. The GI style wood grips cracked on me, and before I really “Discovered” Fireclean, it suffered form a corrosion attack on the slide. So I had to scrub the corrosion off it, and change the grips.
Well, once I had gone and done all that keeping it “stock” just isn’t the same anymore.
The gun shoots remarkable well for an old warhorse. I love the fact that even with the old nubbin sights, it’s still an accurate shooter. I fired 100 rounds of standard Winchester White Box 230 grains, and 50 rounds of Hornady JHP’s without a single failure. The gun got hot. So hot that it was really difficult to rack the slide… but it kept shooting as long as the mag had ammo in it. It showed no signs of slowing down either. That was probably due to the Slipstream lubrication, and a good old GI style 1911 working together in harmony.
Here’s the one problem I had though. Hammer Bite. Not bad enough to be painful, but it was irritating and distracting. So to solve that problem, I went ahead and ordered some parts from Brownells. A new Commander style Hammer, sear to match that, and a Commander style drop in beavertail safety. Wilson Combat parts of course. They should be here in 4 to 5 days. Can’t wait. Once those parts are in, my GI will no longer be a GI. This saddens me a bit.
I have handled the R1 Carry Commander again… This time taking a good hard critical look at it. Dang if I can’t find a fault in it. The action is super smooth, not too tight, not too loose – it’s totally Goldilocks. This is just about the most flawless Commander I’ve seen for production 1911’s. The finish inside was excellent. I’m impressed, Remington. Very impressed. This gun is a contender for the next 1911 I get. It really is. If you get a chance to look at one at your local gun seller – take a good look at it and tell me what you think.
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?
I was hanging out at a certain gun store the last couple days, and they have a .223 caliber pistol in stock. I had to examine this thing closely. I’ve avoided liking these because I fee the ATF will reverse it’s decision on these things and they well be deemed to be SBR’s at the flick of a Bic pen and then the ATF will ask for all the records of all those that bought these things. I felt like they were a potential trap.
I made the mistake of handling the bloody thing again and thinking “why not?” It might legally be a pistol, but it’s a little rifle in all reality. The fact that you can take this “pistol” and shoulder it and fire it as easily as any SBR, but without dealing with all the SBR red tape is very attractive to me. Now I’m wanting one. DANG IT.
I am quite tempted to get an AR-15 Pistol and but a “Arm Brace” on it. Because I love SBR’s but hate the red tape that goes will them. Here’s the thing though, and the reason I am hesitant about this… The ATF has changed it’s mind in the past about things and there is no reason that they couldn’t change their mind on this. This “Brace” thing looks too much like a stock, even if it isn’t. For some reason.
Because I look at these things… and the first thing that comes to mind is “Stock”. It just does. It has the profile of a stock and you can shoulder it like a stock, so realistically, what’s the difference? I’m afraid at some point in the future, the ATF is going to change their mind on these and all the sudden you are going have an illegal SBR on your hands. Or even worse, you can be well within the guide lines and yet some local Officer Captain America is going to see it and declare it to be an SBR and arrest you and confiscate the “pistol”. Because Cops in general, do not have the best track record of knowing all the ins and outs of Gun Laws. We would think that they do, and a lot of them really do… but some don’t. MAC talks about being That Guy, well, there is always That Cop. And you don’t want to be that guy that meets That Cop. Especially considering that these things could be legally reversed overnight.
What we need to do is just get rid of the Barrel Length restrictions on rifles and shotguns. Just do away with those line items in the NFA. And well, if we are doing away with those, let’s just toss out the NFA altogether because it’s a package of regulations that only serve to create infringements and stumbling blocks for things you can still get if you are willing to jump through the hoops. So they effectively do nothing but piss us off.
So I’m going to avoid a potential ATF trap with these Braces.