Lads, I’m suffering from an acute case of New Gun Itch. It’s unbearable. It’s come down to one of three options.
This is the IWI ACE. It’s an evolution of the AK-47, through the Israeli Galil family tree. A gun shop just south of me has one at a reason price. The ACE’s are expensive, but there’s really nothing quite like it on the market. It’s probably the best AK type rifle on the planet, though it’s so evolved, it’s not really accurate to even refer to it as an AK type rifle anymore. I’ve played with one a bit and it’s very very good. I really like it. The only thing about it though that I don’t like – is that it’s a Quad Rail gun with Rail Covers. And I hate that. Seriously, that alone could mean it’s disqualification from consideration… but everything else about it is just so dang good. Bonus, it can use most common AK mag types. Which is good, because I’ve more than a few.
The CZ Bren 805 Pistol. The rifle would be fine, but I’d want this as an SBR eventually so I’d take this and put a Pistol Brace on it. The Bren is for those guys that want a SCAR, but want it for a Thousand Dollars Less. And yes, I’m that kinda guy. But also I want an SBR… so this meets and greets those desires perfectly. I’m also a huge fan of CZ, more than I can say… I truly am. I admire CZ a great deal. There is really no other Firearms company like them. The Downside to the Bren is that it’s 5.56mm and I already have a shorty 556 gun that I quite like, and it’s about to get even better. So this would be slightly redundant, but I could see this taking over as primary rifle.
Then there’s the Evo. Another CZ that I really quite like. The carbine version is rather long-ish. But it’s super light and balances very well. I dig everything about it. Its’ a 9mm though, and that makes it a Good/Bad thing. But the Good does outweight the bad. And considering that I’m thinking about another short weapon firing a rifle cartridge, giving up ballistic advantages for not using rifle cartridge is really a non-issue. The Evo’s mags are pretty easy to find for 20 to 22 bucks… It’s not really an issue either.
I guess one could say that it comes down to caliber… but really it’s more of a Rock Paper Scissors deal here. Any one of these three would be a winning a choice. I really like them all. I think I’m leaning to the Bren.
But then there is the Wild Card option. A PTR-91 PDW.
Which of course, is just another SBR Vehicle. Once the paperwork came back on that one, I’d but an HK Collapsable stock on it.
So… 4… Four options.
December’s Carry Gun is a SIG 1911 Scorpion in .45. I was lent it the other day and have enjoyed it so far.
I like the subdued earth tones of the Scorpion series. I don’t know if it is Flat Dark Earth or if it’s Coyote Tan, or if it’s Cream of Wheat. I don’t know the difference in Hues. But I do know that I’ve never seen any earth this color other than sand. Most dirt is Flat-Darker. But I guess Potting Soil isn’t a color OPERATORS would want on their guns. But SAND looks better for a serious shooter. Even if they live in the Pacific Northwest where Desert Colors just don’t happen all that much compared to Woodland or Jungle. But Jungle has gone out of Style… everything is Shitty Desert now. Anyways, the colors do work well in my area of Utah, which is Desert south of me and High Desert north of me.
SIG’s quality control in these 1911’s is fantastic. They’ve been the best sellers for the store for a few years now, and I don’t remember having any of them giving us a problem. I only remember sending 1 SIG 1911 back to the factory for a guy that was having problem with the slide not locking back… because it couldn’t possibly have been his thumb hitting the slide stop during recoil. Even if that SIG did have a problem mechanically that wasn’t Magazine or User Related – This represents the best track record of any brand for the 1911 Industry. Absolutely smokes the hell out of Kimber and Smith & Wesson. When SIG’s compact gun can out-shoot my full sized Kimber, that is saying something. And what it is saying is not complementary of Kimber.
The Scorpion has a nice set of Micarta scales with a matching Mag-Well. I like that. Packing it, well, a full sized grip with a Mag Well does make it rather long. While I am not sure if it’s longer than the Beretta 92’s, it feels longer. I don’t have a very good holster for packing this railed commander… I’ve never carried a Railed Commander before. Huh.
The nightsights on this Scorpion are very bright and clear.
The trigger is excellent.
I’m not sure if I’m liking the DK style trigger… straight, no curve to it. Compared to my Springer GI’s short trigger… I do prefer the GI’s. But does the Short or the DK trigger help me put rounds into the target better. I don’t know. I’ve only fired relatively few rounds through the Scorpion so far. And the Scorpion is indeed one seriously accurate pistol.