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Don’t Underestimate the FN Five-SeveN Pistol

February 25, 2015 Leave a comment

One of the fundamental tenets of the concealed carry community is to expect the unexpected. To anticipate the worst case scenario and have a plan. In the event of an emergency, the one thing concealed carry holders don’t want to worry about is weapon reliability. A misfire or jam when a life is on the line is unacceptable.five seven

Enter the FNH-USA 5.7x28mm Five-seveN, an under-the-radar pistol with an impressive resume, including zero misfires, jams, or other firing malfunctions.

This is a reliable carry piece. It’s also deceptively rugged.  At first glance, the body appears to be encased in polymer, but closer inspection reveals a steel slide with a polymer protective cover.

This covering gives the Five-seveN a slick overall appearance while maintaining a combat-ready weapon.

Ballistics testing on the Five-seveN is comparable to a Winchester Ranger 9mm round. During a field test with a “Bullet Test Tube,” the Five-seveN 5.7x28mm bullet actually penetrated a half-inch deeper than the 9mm, giving the Five-seveN respectable stopping power not only at close range, but with distant targets as well.

Author Scott W. Wagner describes the distance capabilities of the Five-seveN in his article “FN’s Five-seveN Pistol: Excellence in Self-Defense” at USConcealedCarry.com:

“What distinguishes the Five-seveN from any other sidearm is its long-range capability.       It thrives at extended ranges — 100 yards and further. Its high velocity, low recoil and excellent trigger (about 4 pounds weight or less) keep the flat shooting round right on target.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)

The design and engineering of the Five-SeveN seems to be customized to the needs of every shooter. The grip is molded for universal comfort and the push-release magazine holds an amazing 20 rounds, made possible by slim profile cartridges.

A safety on the magazine will prevent the pistol from firing when the magazine hasn’t been inserted, allowing for an easy disabling of the weapon if necessary in a close struggle. A frame accessory rail is attached to the front of the frame in the event the owner wants to attach a laser or white light and there’s a loaded chamber indicator button located on the left side of the ejection port. The rear sight on the gun is adjustable, while the front ramp-type sight sits slightly higher than average.

The Five-SeveN performed well in every category during field testing. This highly accurate weapon has the ability to make poor shooters look average and average shooters look professional. Although the MSRP for this firearm is a steep $1200, its durability, versatility, and accuracy make it a good investment in self-defense.

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New Glock 42: A Concealed Carry Dream

February 25, 2015 Leave a comment

For fans of the .380 ACP and the mini Glock 26, the new Glock 42 .380 is a welcome, long-awaited addition to Glock’s line of lightweight, compact pistols. The Glock 42 combines the best features of the .380 ACP and Glock mini 26 into a pocket dynamo with a punch.glock 42

The Glock 42 .380 is a single-stack gun, which allows for a thinner design — always a consideration for CCW.

It’s a locked breech system designed to operate exactly like the larger Glock 26, thus providing an easy learning curve for Glock 42 owners.

The locked breech allows for a lighter gun, but limits caliber size.

The Glock 42 barrel is a mere 3.25 inches long and the frame itself is less than an inch wide at .94 inches.

Author and policeman Scott W. Wagner describes his excitement at USConcealedCarry.com when he first learned of the Glock 42 introduction:

“I thought that Glock would simply produce the European mini-Glock 28 on American shores and let it go at that. Was I ever wrong. Glock has developed an all-new pistol that makes more effective use of the compact and mild-mannered .380 cartridge.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)

During field tests, the Glock 42 experienced no problems with the tester in various firing positions. The ammo used was Winchester “white box” .380 with 95-grain FMJ truncated cone bullets. The gun performed without malfunction repeatedly through seven rounds.

However at the police range where the testing took place, at least one officer reported problems with the cycling and feeding mechanisms of the gun. After a period of trial and error, it was determined that the Glock 42 needs a firmer than normal grip when firing.

The narrow design of the gun allows a more natural feel to the grip, which may cause a tendency for the shooter to relax more while firing, causing what is known as “limp wristing.”

Limp wristing occurs when the shooter does not provide a stable foundation for the slide to move backward while allowing the muzzle to lift at the same time, thereby decreasing the backward force. This can easily cause cycling issues.

While a firm grip is recommended when firing any pistol, it’s especially crucial for the diminutive Glock 42.  Its 13.7 ounce weight combined with decent power is a recipe for unwanted random motion when pulling the trigger if a strong, steady grip is not maintained.

The Glock 42’s are in high demand and difficult to find. If you’re in the market for an excellent concealed carry weapon, pick one up if you see one.  It may be awhile before you get another chance.

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