The list consists of 6 pistols: Smith & Wesson M & P9 2.0, Springfield Armory XD (M), Glock 19, Heckler & Koch VP9, Sig Sauer P320, Ruger SR9c. It can be noted that the presence of Glock in such ratings, tops and lists is already becoming a kind of tradition, although to be objective, in terms of the totality of parameters and the price / quality ratio, other more advanced pistols have long appeared. Let's try to get to know at least superficially what was chosen as the best weapon of 2018
Pistol Smith & Wesson M & P9 2.0
Two letters in the name of the pistol - M and P stand for Military and Police, that is, the pistol was designed as a service weapon. Despite this, the combination of characteristics and well-thought-out ergonomics made the line of these pistols quite popular in the USA as a weapon for self-defense. For the first time these pistols with the designation M & P appeared in 2005. The designers of Smith & Wesson set themselves the task of creating a lightweight, compact, but at the same time convenient for carrying and using a pistol, and if we pay attention to the number of units sold pistols in different modifications and calibers, the designers coped with the task.
More recently, in 2016, the line of pistols has been updated, as indicated by the prefix in the name of the 2.0 weapon. In addition to cosmetic changes, the weapon received a new reinforced frame, the anti-corrosion coating on the cover-gate has changed. The gun received an 4 interchangeable lining on the handle, instead of three in the previous version of the weapon, which made it possible to more precisely adjust the weapon to the size of the hand of an arrow. In addition to this change touched the trigger and sights.
At the moment, this weapon is recommended as a personal by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, in addition, the M&P series pistols are used as service weapons in 16 countries around the world, which allows us to conclude that the weapon really deserves attention, and is not on the list for advertising purposes.
Ergonomics and external pistol M&P M2.0
Despite the fact that beauty is a subjective concept, one cannot but agree that the gun has its own particular charm. Especially striking long grooves on the casing-bolt, making the weapon similar to all known Desert Eagle, which, although it is a very specific gun, but quite recognizable and "untwisted." But it’s not by the beauty of one that bribes these weapons.
As already mentioned above, the gun has 4 interchangeable pads installed on the back side of the handle, which allows you to fit the weapon to the size of the palm of the owner. Such an opportunity would be useful when using a pistol in winter gloves. Many are not satisfied with the lack of a normal surface for grip in the front of the casing-bolt, and although nominally there is a notch, for those who are used to pushing the casing-bolt holding it just for the front part, you will have to either change habits or find another model of weapon. Saying something about the weapons control bodies would be clearly superfluous, since they are all familiar, bilateral, and in their places.
Much more questions are caused by the procedure for servicing a pistol, which should be described as good in the device of a weapon, but since it causes certain inconveniences to the owner, we will describe it here. The fact is that the disassembly begins quite familiarly, with the extraction of the store and the setting of the shutter for the bolt delay. Turns the lever locking the barrel of the weapon and then miracles begin. Using a screwdriver or, as recommended by the manufacturer, a removable overlay on the handle must be reached through the window to eject the spent cartridges and squeeze the part called the sear deactivator. And only after that you can remove the cover-bolt with the barrel. As I understand it, if you do not make this small procedure, then making efforts to remove the cover-bolt can damage the trigger mechanism of the weapon. Why does the pistol have such a feature, which clearly does not add extra points to it in the evaluation, let’s analyze the description of the device.
M&P M2.0 pistol device
The above feature of the gun is explained by the presence of one of the automatic fuses, which does not allow firing when the store is removed. Increased safety in handling weapons is certainly an absolute plus, but what to do when most people break things first and then try to find in the instructions the moment in which they did something wrong?
In addition to an automatic safety device that excludes a shot when the magazine is removed, there are two other solutions to a similar problem in the design of the weapon. There is an automatic trigger fuse, which prevents a shot if it accidentally clings to foreign objects or clothing, as well as an automatic firing pin fuse. In addition, a separate weapon option is an offshoot of the M&P M2.0 pistol line, which has a standard safety switch located on the plastic frame of the weapon.
The trigger mechanism of a pistol pistol with a dovzvodom drummer when you press the trigger. It should be borne in mind that in the rare case of misfire, re-pressing the trigger will not lead to absolutely nothing. That is, by retracting the cover-bolt, it will be necessary to remove the misfired ammunition from the weapon;
The automatic system of the pistol is built according to the scheme with a short stroke of the barrel, the interaction of the bolt and the barrel of the weapon is carried out thanks to the figured tide under the breech and the axis of the lever for fixing the barrel of the weapon. The barrel is locked when the tide enters the chamber in the window to eject spent cartridges.
Pros and cons of the M&P M2.0 pistol
As the owners of M & P M2.0 pistols note, the main advantage of this weapon is its ergonomics. Thanks to the low-set barrel and high grip on the handle, the recoil is felt more pleasant, and the pistol itself takes away less from the line of sight, which allows you to fire aiming at a higher rate. Often this pistol is compared to the Glock precisely in terms of the comfort of the recoil feeling and accuracy, but such comparisons are still not worth believing, since the owners of Glocks pull the blanket over themselves, and the owners of S&W claim that their pistol is more perfect. For the sake of fairness, it should be noted that the M&P M2.0 firing mechanism has a sharp dip during the trigger after stripping the striker, which in theory should not have a positive effect on the accuracy of firing, but we are not talking about a sniper rifle now, but about pistol.
An important advantage is the relative safety of weapons even when worn with a cartridge in the chamber, which, in turn, leads to the fact that the weapon is always ready for use, and this is a clear plus for both the service pistol and the self-defense pistol. Various pistol variants, which include not only a selection of ammunition, but also a choice of weapon dimensions, make it possible to select a compact pistol for concealed carrying within one ruler, and a full-fledged pistol for use as a service weapon.
The disadvantages can be attributed to the nuances of disassembling weapons, as well as the inability to re-commit a cap on a misfire. And although both minuses relate to the features of the design and are present in other models of modern pistols, they can not close their eyes, as they are.
The presence of the M&P M2.0 pistol in the list of 6 best pistols of 2018 is fully justified, if only for the reason that this pistol was recognized both in the civilian market and in law enforcement agencies and armies of different countries, which, at least, indicates a reasonable ratio for the price and product quality.
Pistol Springfield Armory XD
The next gun on the list is Springfield Armory XD. And this gun is not a novelty on the market, but from this it never ceases to be very interesting. It is interesting first of all because, despite the American manufacturer, we have a weapon developed in Croatia, where it has the designation HS2000. As the name implies, this gun appeared in the 2000 year, and to be more precise, in the 1999 year it was adopted by the Croatian army, where it was before, let's say, not the most successful gun model, but from 2001, this weapon started to be exported. At first, the weapons company Springfield Armory took up the export and later the production of a pistol in the United States, and later, thanks to the efforts of this company, the weapon was slightly modernized to meet the wishes of specialists from the army and law enforcement agencies. In general, the emergence and spread of this weapon can be considered either a small weapon miracle, or the thoughtful work of the Croatian designer Marko Vukovic, who took into account all modern requirements for this class of weapon and was able to implement them using the latest developments and ideas from the arms world.
This gun has already proven itself in the civilian market in the United States, has gained acceptance in the army and police of many countries, but, as always, there is nothing perfect, and the design of this weapon also has its own nuances.
Appearance and ergonomics gun Springfield Armory XD
Despite the fact that the gun Springfield Armory XD give a fairly high score in terms of ergonomics, some questions all have a place to be. First of all, attention is attracted by the automatic safety key on the back side of the weapon. For many, it seems completely uncomfortable and even unnecessary, subject to the availability of the same automatic fuse on the trigger. The presence of a key on the back of the handle limited the ability to fit the weapon to a specific size of the hand arrow. Despite the fact that there are interchangeable pads, they do not overlap the upper part of the handle, which means that its thickness remains unchanged. In principle, there are no more complaints about the usability of this gun. But there are nuances in the device weapons.
The design of the gun Springfield Armory XD
Unlike most modern pistols, the Springfield Armory XD trigger mechanism, although shock, but without pre-tail, only has a single action. This implies easier and smoother descent, as well as doubts about the safety of the weapon with a cartridge in the chamber, although two automatic fuses must completely eliminate the accidental shot. Back you should pay attention to the inability to attempt re-pricking the capsule in the event of a misfire. But this is an inherent feature of the absolute majority of modern pistols, and when using high-quality ammunition that was stored in proper conditions, the problem ceases to be a problem.
The basis for the weapon again became the automation system with a short stroke of the barrel and locking tide over the chamber for the window to eject spent cartridges. There are no particular nuances in the process of servicing or using a weapon.
Pros and cons of the gun Springfield Armory XD
The main advantage of the design can be considered that it allows you to use all common types of ammunition, in addition, the line of pistols Springfield Armory XD includes weapons with a variety of dimensions, which allows you to block all the niches of short-barreled weapons. Recently, there was even a version of a pistol with an elongated barrel and thread at the muzzle, which allows the use of silent firing devices.
The drawbacks of a weapon include a single-action firing mechanism, but this is more likely a matter of developing weapon handling skills with its own characteristics than a critical drawback. It can also be noted that the automatic fuse button on the back side of the handle is like a relic of the past, but, in my opinion, there are few safety devices, and if they do not interfere with the use of weapons for their intended purpose, then they are in place.
Should we consider the gun Springfield Armory XD as a worthy model for the 2018 of the year - a moot point. On the one hand, the weapon has already proven itself and proven, but given the fact that it has been a little 20 for years to mention it in such a short top is more than strange. But we should not consider this mention as an overt advertisement either, the pistol is well-known and has already found its fans.
Pistol Heckler & Koch VP9
If you look at all modern pistols, you still have the feeling that the designers have forgotten that in their work at least sometimes you need to apply a creative approach. In fact, at the given stage of development, all short-barreled weapons are of the same type and are not fundamentally different from each other. The only ones who work in full force are the designers, trying to make products of the same type a little more diverse, at least externally.
Not spared the modern trends of the weapon fashion and the German company Heckler & Koch. So, in 2014, the Heckler & Koch VP9 pistol was developed, and already in 2015 it went on sale. In order to avoid confusion with a Swiss pistol of the same name, the European version of the weapon was dubbed SFP9, and the differences were not only related to the name. In the American version of the weapon, a more weighty breech casing is installed, which allows the use of more powerful 9x19 cartridges in the pistol than the standard ones. This led to the fact that the American version of the pistol is not friendly with cheap ammunition and the cartridge case is not thrown away when fired, remaining in the chamber.
Another significant nuance in evaluating this pistol can be considered the fact that this is by no means a new development, but, in fact, a VP30 pistol, in which the trigger firing mechanism was replaced with a hammer trigger. In favor of this and the external similarity of weapons, and the interchangeability of some parts. But consider this gun in more detail.
Ergonomics and appearance of Heckler & Koch VP9
As mentioned above, the gun is, in fact, a modernization of the VP30, respectively, and they look the same. As for ergonomics, the weapon receives only positive ratings. To adapt to the size of the palm arrow on the back of the handle can be replaced lining. There is a large notch on the side surfaces of the casing-shutter, which adds reliability in the grip, even if the gunner’s hands and arms are dirty with dirt. In addition to the large notches, there are two side stops additionally at the back of the casing, which, in turn, has a positive effect on the reliability of the grip when hands are protected with thick gloves.
Separately, it should be noted the possibility of replacing sights, and on sights from the manufacturer, which guarantees that they fit. Recently, the company has even launched the production of collimator sights for a pistol. The rest of the weapon is quite normal - the standard controls, the indicator of the presence of a cartridge in the chamber and the indicator of the cocked drummer. Which brings us to the description of the device gun.
Heckler & Koch VP9 pistol device
As is clear from the presence of the cocking indicator of the striker, the trigger mechanism of the pistol is without pre-cocking, namely single action. In this regard, the designers of the German company did not follow the lead of the weapon fashion. On the one hand, such a decision is not so critical, and this feature of the weapon should simply be taken into account. On the other hand, a simpler trigger mechanism was supposed to reduce the cost of the weapon, but against the background of other modern pistols, Heckler & Koch VP9 cannot boast of a low price. In some cases, the cost of a German pistol is one and a half to two times higher than its analogs, with the same characteristics and resource, which does not add to its popularity.
As it is not difficult to guess, the automatic pistol is built all along the same pattern with a short barrel stroke. Locking is carried out at the entry of the tide above the chamber in the window for ejection of spent cartridges. Movement of the breech breech is due to the interaction of figure cutout in the tide under the chuck and pin of the locking barrel.
Another feature of the gun is a polygonal rifled barrel.
Pros and cons of the Heckler & Koch VP9 pistol
The main advantage of the weapon is the availability of additional accessories for it from the manufacturer, as well as the interchangeability of individual parts with previous models of pistols. It would not be superfluous to mention the consistently high quality of the weapon.
The main drawback, all other things being equal, is the cost of a pistol. Such a feature as a single-action firing mechanism is also often referred to as a weapon flaw, but this is still a feature, not a flaw.
Summing up the above, we can conclude that the Heckler & Koch VP9 pistol is definitely an interesting weapon model that deserves attention. However, it does not stand out among others for its characteristics, but it costs much more. Plus, with cheap, weak cartridges, the weapon does not insert itself quite correctly, which does not add love from the consumer to the pistol. In other words, this pistol is hardly the best one in existence in 2018. Perhaps he is the best among the latest developments of the company, but by no means on the scale of the entire arms market as a whole.
Pistol Sig Sauer P320
Of course, the top best pistols 2018 of the year could not do without a winner in the competition for new weapons for the US Army. Obviously, if the gun was recognized as good enough to adopt, then it simply must be present in such a list. However, it should be borne in mind that weapons are far from always chosen by their characteristics, the price-quality ratio plays a much more significant role, as well as additional services for maintenance, repair and provision of spare ones. All this to some extent concerns the Sig Sauer P320 pistol, but this weapon shows more than good results, both in terms of reliability and accuracy of firing. The gun was quite simple to maintain and easy to use, which ensured him a victory not only in the competition for a new gun for the US Army, but also an enviable success in the civilian market.
Speaking of competition for a new gun. Maybe someone else did not notice, but the list of weapons in the Top-6 from Guns To Carry is very much like the list of participants in this very competition for a gun for the US Army. So "ay-ay-ay", it turns out that someone faked.
Ergonomics appearance of the gun Sig Sauer P320
No one has any particular complaints about the ergonomics of the pistol, and although the weapon seems to be too angular, and the desire to finish the trigger is irresistible, this gun lies in the hand as it should be. At least in a medium sized hand. People with large palms will have to be content with what they have, or else put rubber pads on the handle to increase its volume, as the design of the weapon does not provide for even rear removable liners. The weapon controls are minimal, consist of a slide-delay button duplicated on both sides, a lever for disassembling the weapon, and a trigger. Separately, it should be noted that the military version is equipped with a fuse switch, which is located on the frame of the weapon and also duplicated on both sides of the gun.
Thanks to the adoption of this gun by the US Army, a mass of additional devices have already been developed for it, starting from the banal small-sized flashlights with the mount under the barrel of a weapon, ending with a collimator sight mounted on the housing-bolt. The device for silent shooting, as well as a version of the pistol with an elongated barrel and thread at the muzzle incision is also present.
Gun Sig Sauer P320 device
The key point on which the emphasis was put on the designers of the company was modularity. But in fact, this modularity was very curtailed. So in a full-sized pistol and its compact version, the plastic frames are the same, the subcompact weapon version has already received a frame. Speaking frankly, we don’t have to talk about any modularity in this case, the use of the same framework in different weapon variants has long been an economically justified phenomenon and far from always speaks of it as something outstanding.
The basis for the gun Sig Sauer P320 has become all the same automation system with a short barrel stroke. The barrel is locked when the tide is above the chamber in the window for ejection of spent cartridges. Movement in the vertical plane of the breech breech is provided by the interaction of figure cutout in the tide under the chamber and the axis of the lever, locking the barrel of the weapon.
The trigger mechanism of a pistol pistol with a preliminary half-armature of a drummer and his dozvvodom, when you press the trigger. Back there is a feature of the inability to re-pin the cap in the event of a misfire.
As it is not difficult to guess, the weapon is designed on the basis of constant readiness for use, that is, it means the possibility of carrying a pistol with a cartridge in the chamber. To ensure the safety of handling weapons in the design of the gun, several automatic fuses are introduced. So the drummer is protected from accidental disruption, the gun can not shoot without a magazine in the handle, in addition to this, there is also an automatic trigger guard, but there are versions of the weapon and without it.
Pros and cons of the gun Sig Sauer P320
To be objective, in terms of safety, this gun is inferior even to the first three weapon models considered in this article. On the other hand, the Sig Sauer P320 pistol attracts with its low price, with fairly good combat performance and high reliability, which is an undeniable advantage for weapons.
The negative qualities of the pistol themselves suggest themselves, based on the foregoing. A weapon variant without a fuse switch is clearly not safe enough if the cartridge is already in the chamber. Well, since the gun is positioned as a weapon constantly ready for use, wearing with a cartridge in the chamber is meant as normal.
To be objective, and to close our eyes to the fact that the Sig Sauer P320 pistol was adopted by the US Army, then you can call it the best only with a very big stretch. Yes, the weapon is really good, but it requires special attention, more thorough than other modern pistols, which becomes obvious that even when compared with the samples described above. Yes, some nuances disappear in some versions of the gun, but in others they are present. In particular, the presence of a fuse switch on the military version can already be regarded as some recognition that the safety of automatic fuses is insufficient.
Is the addition of this gun to the top of the best advertising move? Obviously not, since the best advertising as the adoption of weapons for armament is difficult to come up with and that is what provided the mention of the Sig Sauer P320 in this and similar articles.
Ruger SR9c Pistol
The Ruger SR9c pistol is distinguished by the fact that this weapon is presented in its compact version, and although there is a full-size version of this pistol, it has not found such high popularity as this small and convenient kid for hidden wearing. In this case, you can immediately run ahead to say that if you focus on consumer demand as an indicator of the popularity of weapons, then this gun rightly takes its place in this list. Compact enough and not having speakers far beyond the weapons of controls, this gun was ideal for concealed carrying, but this was reflected in the individual nuances of its operation.
Ergonomics Ruger SR9c pistol
Despite the fact that the gun was very convenient for permanent concealed carrying while it has sufficient dimensions for easy holding. However, not all with the ergonomics of this weapon is smooth. The fact is that, for the sake of comfortable wearing, the size of the weapon control elements had to be significantly reduced, and accordingly their switching became less convenient than we would like. So in particular, the fuse switch has a very small size and although its shape tries to compensate for this flaw as much as possible, its location is such that it is very problematic to turn it off with one hand, unless it is done beforehand, before the gun is held in the hand of an arrow.
Despite the compact size, the shutter lag button is very convenient, but you can not talk about the trigger and the store eject button.
The sights are quite large, which makes aiming easier, but what is more surprising is the availability of the possibility of making amendments entirely, vertically with the help of a screw, and horizontally by shifting relative to the housing-bolt.
In general, most people do not experience discomfort when operating this gun. However, the lack of the ability to adapt a weapon under the large arm of the shooter is an undeniable minus. In addition, consumers often point out the small size of the safety clip, which makes it difficult to use a weapon in thick gloves, as a disadvantage. However, in thick gloves the pistol and the safety catch will be difficult to remove, so, sadly, but it should be noted that the Ruger SR9c is not a gun for cold climates.
Ruger SR9c pistol device
As it is not difficult to guess, the basis of the weapon was the same automation system with a short barrel stroke and locking the barrel bore by entering the tide above the chamber in the window for ejection of spent cartridges. Shock trigger udnikovy, with dovzvodom when you press the trigger. It is noteworthy that there is an indicator of the position of the drummer.
The safety of the weapon is ensured not only by the switch of the fuse, but also by the automatic fuse, one of which can be clearly observed on the trigger. In addition, the gun will not be able to make a shot without a magazine inserted into the handle. Well, by itself, there is an automatic safety lock of the firing pin, which blocks this very firing pin until the trigger is fully squeezed. In other words, the weapon remains safe even with the fuse and cartridge in the chamber turned off, as it is difficult to imagine a situation when it all fails together.
Pros and cons of the gun Ruger SR9c
The undeniable advantage of the gun Ruger SR9c are its dimensions and flat shape without protruding elements. Also important is the safety of the weapon, provided by the presence of automatic fuses, which partially compensate for not the most convenient manual fuse switch. Not soviem usual for compact models of weapons sights, too, a clear plus a pistol.
Perhaps the most significant drawbacks can be attributed perhaps to the procedure for disassembling weapons, in which the pin holding the barrel will have to be completely removed. In my humble opinion, the fewer individual parts when fully disassembled, the better.
This gun deservedly takes place in this list as one of the compact and at the same time convenient and safe. In this case, you can safely believe the opinion of consumers of the US civilian market, who have already managed to study this weapon and test it in a variety of conditions.
Summarizing everything written above, you can see that the list of the best 2018 pistols of the year for some reason does not consist of the pistols presented in 2018 of the year. This can be explained by the fact that the novelties have not passed even the minimum test of time and it is too early to draw any definite conclusions. However, the presence of pistols with more than ten years history also looks very strange. Although this weapon was subjected to modifications, all changes were more likely cosmetic in nature and could in no way affect the combat characteristics of the pistols. Even despite the fact that a certain stagnation can be observed in the development of firearms at the moment, it’s hard to believe that during the 10 years not only nothing has changed, but no solutions have been found that even increase the service life of individual components.
The attentive reader noticed that the Glock 19 pistol is on the top list, while the article does not contain a description of this weapon. This is explained very simply. All existing modifications of the Austrian gun have been repeatedly described on the resource in more than detail. In addition, most likely, thanks to a lucky coincidence, the designer managed to create such a gun that other manufacturers are still equal to, mostly, of course, due to the fact that consumers want Glock, but Glock has become boring.
One way or another, but this top, in my opinion, is somewhat incorrect. And although there are quite decent weapon models in it, there are a number of questions to some of these pistols.