Review: Grand Power K100 MK12

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The Grand Power pistols have flown under the radar for some time but recently they came to my attention as a result of Polenar Tactical’s visit to the Grand Power factory in Slovakia that I have posted below. I started doing quite a bit of reading and settled on the standard K100 MK12 pistol. A few emails between Phil, Grand Power, and Eagle Imports I had a tracking number. Time to see if this unheard of to me polymer pistol lives up to the hype I had been running across.

 

As usual take a look at the specs off the Grand Power website:

K100

Caliber: 9mm Luger 

Trigger mechanism: SA / DA

Trigger pull weight: 20-25N / 35-40N

Overall length: 202.5mm

Height without magazine: 133.5mm

Width: 36mm

Barrel length: 108mm

Weight w/o magazine: 740g

Weight w empty magazine: 820g

Standard magazine capacity: 15

The K100 with an SA/DA trigger mechanism is a result of incorporating the most strict requirements imposed on universal guns with its ergonomics suitable for shooters of practical disciplines as well as for special units of military forces. The front part of the frame is fitted with universal tactical Picatinny rail MIL STD 1913. The K100 Mk12 is the upgrade of the well-known Mk6 and Mk7 models; it comes with 4 removable hand-grips. Easy-to-remove hand-grips make the gun an ideal choice for multi-user shooting practice. The enhanced ergonomic design increases hand-grip while shooting, keeping both the hand and the mind of the shooter focused firmly on their target

When the Grand Power arrived I was excited to get it out of my hands and familiarize myself with it but as soon as I pulled it out of the supplied (and cheaply made) hard case I found it to be slathered in oil. Guess I gotta clean it up before I get too hands on, it felt like I was holding a gun made from soap!

After I got the Grand Power K100 cleaned up I got out to the range to put it through it’s paces. The K100 is nestled inside a rather cheap case with the interchangeable back straps, the gun, and a spare mag. I really wish they included another mag as a result of them being crazy expensive. P1030655

The contents all laid out I started with the process of deciding what back strap I felt was most conducive to my shooting style. A quick note on the mags, they are not shared with any other pistol I am familiar with making magazine availability a bit of a concern. As of now they are only imported by Eagle Imports and are priced at a princely $55 per 15 round magazine or $88 for a 20 rounder. Ouch. P1030659

Changing the grips is rather challenging, there is no mention of it in the manual, nor is there a tool supplied to pry the grip out of the little dimples. I found the best way was to use a small flat head screw driver, but I ended up marring the pistol just a touch. P1030676

Taking the pistol down is a bit of a challenge and describing the process I felt would be equally difficult. As a result of the operating mechanism you have to pull the slide off the rear very similar to a Walter P22. While taking it apart is a bit hard, putting it back together is harder. Hunting for the sweet spot to get the slide back onto the rails is a heck of a task.

Anyhow,  the photos below should give you a good indication of how the take down process goes. P1030679P1030680P1030682P1030684

Once you get the gun apart you are met with some rather nicely machined parts laid out in a very strange way. I expected this gun to look a lot like the Beretta PX4 and was rather surprised that it was nothing like it. P1030662

The barrel is precisely machined so that the rotating locking system works without issue. I would put the machining work on par with the Sphinx pistols or the Strike One I reviewed recently. It definitely is machined much nicer than you would expect out of a $500 pistol.P1030664

The cutout in the barrel that provides the rotating motion rides on top of a roller bearing, you can also see the flat portion that allows the barrel to disengage from the slide. The barrel would be in the unlocked position in this photo. P1030665

Just to the left of the barrel is the roller bearing that I was talking about. P1030668

Putting the gun back together make sure that you don’t have the barrel in the locked position like most short recoil tilting barrel actions like the Glock. It has to be fully forward to reassemble.  P1030678

On to shooting. I mentioned the K100 was a rotating barrel gun so I felt I should try to get that on camera somehow. You can kinda get a sense of it’s operation. I think.     P1030695 P1030698 P1030702 P1030705

I started with some double taps on a AR500 silhouette. I found the double action to be a very manageable 10 pounds 8 ounces. While that might sound like a lot the impressively smooth and predictable double action pull made it feel like a 7-8 pound trigger. The single action was a pleasant 4 pound 6 ounces with a clean break and very little over travel. The take up was no where near what I expect with a DA/SA pistol. Grand Power really put together a stellar trigger on the K100 MK12.

As you can see in the photos the recoil was extremely manageable allowing me to double tap the K100 fast enough for the shooter in the next bay to come over and ask “what the hell are you shooting?”.P1030734 P1030735 P1030736

Next up was the 6″ hostage swinger on my AR500 target. The bad guy swinger was hit squarely every time I did my part. P1030761 P1030762

It wouldn’t be a true test of a unknown action if I didn’t shoot like a Chicagoan. The pistol functioned flawlessly even though I felt like a complete idiot shooting like this. P1030776 P1030777 P1030778

I was curious if my weak hand could induce a malfunction and was presently surprised with a new bang every time I pulled the trigger. P1030797 P1030798 P1030799

Enough will all the messing around, time for an accuracy test at 10 yards. With the pleasant single action trigger that did a great job of surprising me I was able to shoot a pretty stellar group (for me).P1030690

In the below photo I want to draw your attention to the safety, I forgot to take a stand alone photo, sorry. I found it rather hard to disengage the safety while in a firing grip, I would have much rather Grand Power used this spot to use a decocker instead of a safety. P1030807

In conclusion I am really impressed with the Grand Power K100 MK12. For a pistol that has a price tag of $532 or so (I was not able to locate an official MSRP so I just found the most expensive retailer) I feel that there are a ton of great features packed into a unassuming looking pistol. It seems I have been adding a lot of the pistols I test recently to my collection and this will be no exception. It would be really hard for me to overlook the value in this Slovakian wonder nine.

I am so impressed with it that I will be replacing my Smith and Wesson M&P 40 nightstand gun with the Grand Power K100. If that isn’t a glowing enough endorsement I don’t know how else to put it. Maybe by plainly saying I really like this pistol, go shoot one, now.

You can learn more about the Grand Power K100 MK12 at the Eagle Imports site here or the Grand Power site here. I recommend the Eagle Imports page, the Grand Power site has about as much information on it as Colt has on theirs, near none.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Marc

    Also available in 10 mm.

    • Patrick R.

      They are available in several calibers.

    • Ryfyle

      SOLD!

    • Paul White

      where can I find it in 10mm? All I’ve seen are 9’s and 40s

    • FourString

      Ugh no wae

    • SteveK

      10mm! I want one!

  • I have to say, I really dislike shooting handguns but this one was great.

    • Giolli Joker

      We miss your wimpy wrist test on this one, though.

  • lukas

    I owned older model (Mk.6) for over 8 years. Trigger is really the best I seen on stock gun, excalibur model have iven better, but that is sport gun. Pistol is pretty reliable, reacoil is really managable and magazines are affordable here in slovakia (around 23$ a piece). It really fits my hand, even better than 1911, so this is my favorite handgun. Also a part of my EDC.

  • the $500 price range is quite competitive. Not sure I’d buy this one.

    • Patrick R.

      I imagine street price is pretty attractive.

  • Jim Lyons

    CZ 75 magazine bodies have the same dimensions as the grand power magazines. They lack the cutout for the ambi mag release which would need to be carefully cut to make it fit.

  • tony

    After all these years, I still prefer calling it Czechoslovakia

    • FourString

      Czecha..uh..czchechayoself!

    • iksnilol

      If you want to be correct you can just add an “Ex” in front of Chechoslovakia.

      Just like Ex-Yugoslavia.

  • thedonn007

    Patrick, do you like it better then your Spynx, CZ-75, and/or Arsenal strike one?

    • Patrick R.

      I would order them as follows:

      1.) Strike One
      2.) Sphinx
      3.) Grand Power
      4.) CZ-75

      The sphinx and grand power are damned close though.

      • Nicks87

        Patrick, I’m surprised you put the Strike One at number 1 over the Sphinx. Is it personal preference or do you think it’s the better pistol? I liked the strike as well. I haven’t bought one yet however I’m seriously considering it. Might even sell a Glock to help fund the purchase.

        • FourString

          “sell a Glock to help fund the purchase” gasp

        • Patrick R.

          I just shoot the Strike One better. I haven’t shot it enough to say it is a better pistol, just that I am more proficient with it.

  • Edeco

    Oooh they have a 380 with 15 round capacity… could be like “brrrappp”.

  • Ed

    Better to buy a Glock!

    • Patrick R.

      Ah yes, the more expensive and less interesting option. Good call sir.

      • mosinman

        But… It’s a Glock!!!!1!!!

        • Sgt. Stedenko

          The Toyota Corolla of the pistol world.
          Meh

          • TJbrena

            What’s the Crown Vic Police Interceptor of the pistol world?

            I need my car gun to match my car.

          • Marcus D.

            S&W Model 10 in .38. You can have it in .357 only if you are a highway patrol wannabe.

          • TJbrena

            “highway patrol wannabe”

            I didn’t even know that was a thing.

  • Riot

    I’ve been interested in their handguns for years, nice to see that you like it.

  • John

    That spelling and grammar was atrocious

    • Rick5555

      Try reading some of Miles material. Never saw so many grammatical errors and run on sentences.

    • FourString

      “Stream of consciousness” baha

    • Patrick R.

      You have to admit that Google translate did a wonderful job of translating from Klingon.

  • Dan

    I hope you were grabbing your crotch while going chicagoan

    • FourString

      i wana deep dish peezah

    • Patrick R.

      Of course!

  • Dave

    “As of now they are only imported by Eagle Imports and are priced at a princely $55 per 15 round magazine or $88 for a 20 rounder. Ouch.”

    Oh boo hoo, still cheaper than anywhere else in the world. Suck it up buttercup.

    • iksnilol

      Not really. That’s Norway prices, and Norway has a way higher median wage than the US.

      • Patrick R.

        I don’t know where you are getting Norway from, the prices quoted are US.

        • iksnilol

          I meant that 88 USD for a magazine is what you’d pay in Norway for a mag.

          Paying that in the US for a mag is very high price.

    • Patrick R.

      So I am wrong for not wanting to pay HK prices for modified CZ75 mags?

  • mechamaster

    PX4 Storm vs K100 comparison, hmm..
    Must be fun to do comparison between two rotating barrel semi auto pistol.

    Somehow my first look impression with K100 is like “CZ75 with rotating barrel mechanism”.

  • Mike

    They used to make 2 round burst and full auto versions of this pistol.
    How about a version in 7.62×25

  • A.WChuck

    I definitely do not want a defiantly machined barrel in my pistols!

    • Patrick R.

      Oops. Spell check isn’t fool proof.

  • Really great review, and you’re a much better shot with a handgun than I, Patrick!

    • Patrick R.

      It was just a good day for me on the range. The praise about the means a lot coming from you though, honestly.

  • You’re welcome Patrick, but remember what I said when you get that XCal in for review!

    • Patrick R.

      Eric, I only requested the K100 for review since I have been seeing them pop up for sale pretty regularly. The Xcal looked really nice though!

  • Doug73

    The Grand Powers really are a “sleeper” handgun that deserve more attention than they get. Very high quality, utterly reliable, accurate, and probably one of the best stock triggers to be found in a handgun. I bought my Mk7 version last year when J&G Sales was blowing them out for the ridiculous price of $299. Same pistol, but it has the “Makarov style” trigger guard, where you pull down the trigger guard to field strip the pistol. A lot of people dislike this. I love it. Oh, and just a few months ago J&G also had the factory mags for $20. It was a good time to stock up, which I did. Overall these are great, underrated pistols.