Eagle Imports Grand Power P11 Caters to Lefties
Throughout history, being left-handed has had a negative connotation. Left-handed people were often considered unlucky to be around and in many cases, were thought to be evil. Many of these associations became cultural norms and were passed down through the generations and are still used in the modern vernacular. For instance, the Latin word sinister translates as “left or unlucky,” and the French word gauche not only translates as “left,” but clumsy or awkward as well.
So it should come as no surprise that there are very few firearms on the market that accommodate southpaw shooters and even fewer that are designed to be totally ambidextrous.
The Slovakian-manufactured Grand Power P11 9mm Compact from Eagle Imports is the exception with equal opportunity controls on the entire weapon.
For the Grand Power P11, Slovakian engineers used a combination of manufacturing materials to allow consumers to get the most bang for their buck. For starters, the CNC-machined steel body is enclosed by a futuristic polymer frame designed for shooting comfort.
The steel slide boasts a black finish with deep serrations at front and rear. A Picatinny rail is attached to the front of the frame for mounting accessories.
One of the most interesting features of the Grand Power P11 is its rotating barrel operating system instead of the standard Browning tilt-barrel action. Author Scott W. Wagner explains the advantages of the design in his article “Eagle Imports Grand Power P11: Totally Ambidextrous 9mm Combat Pistol” at USConcealedCarry.com:
“The rotating barrel design helps to mitigate recoil in the form of reducing muzzle rise. I found this reduction to be a reality, rather than just advertising hype, which is helpful in a pistol that weighs only 22.8 ounces.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
The firing system on the Grand Power P11 is standard Double-Action/Single-Action with an ambidextrous safety that allows the gun to be cocked with a round in the chamber. After firing the first round with its long 12-pound trigger pull, the slide will cock the hammer for the following rounds in single-action mode.
The Grand Power P11 was range-tested using a variety of ammo. The standard 3-dot sights on the gun made targeting easy by using a point of aim with 2-inch groupings easily achieved at 30 feet. At 100 yards from the two-hand standing position, the Grand Power P11 continued to exhibit precision accuracy with all rounds hitting the silhouette target and 80 percent hitting the center. Muzzle velocity averaged about 1071 fps compared to 1165 for a similar SIG model.
The Grand Power P11 is an excellent weapon for left-handed shooters, but its rotating barrel design, low recoil, light weight, contoured slide, and low profile also make it a superb concealed carry firearm option. The MSRP on the Grand Power P11 is about $530.