New PTAC USA and Apex Elite Combat Pistol

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We’re in the less-than-a-month countdown leading up to SHOT Show 2016 and as usual new products are being announced by various companies. Among those is a new gun from PTAC USA, the Elite Combat Pistol. The new pistol is being produced in a collaborative effort with Apex.

The Elite Combat Pistol is based on Smith and Wesson’s 9mm M&P. According to PTAC USA it features a number of upgrades and features from various outside companies including Apex, Trijicon, and 10-8 Performance. Among those features is the Apex Forward Set Sear and Trigger System. According to the company, that particular system is designed to give the striker-fired pistol a trigger pull that resembles that of a 1911. The system includes Apex’s Ultimate Striker Block and Forward Set Spring Kit.

Sights on the new pistol are Trijicon’s HD Night Sights which feature an orange front sight and black rear sight with Tritium inserts for night shooting. The gun’s frame is textured on all sides for a positive grip in a variety of situations. Other features are listed by PTAC USA as including the following:

“To insure consistent, durable performance under extreme conditions the slide of the ECP is machined with front cocking serrations, for easier slide manipulation, as well as top slide scales that further reduce any glare from the Matte Black Nitride finish of the slide. The rear of the slide is equipped with a serrated aluminum backplate that is Type 3 Hardcoat Anodized in Matte Black to help reduce glare the shooter might experience in bright conditions when looking down the sights.” (PTAC USA/Apex press release excerpt, spelling is theirs)

The Elite Compact Pistol, or ECP as the company is referring to it, is available now. Take a look at the company’s site for more information: http://ptacusa.com/product/ecp-elite-custom-pistol/

Features and Specifications: Apex Aluminum Forward Set Trigger & Sear System – Apex Failure Resistant Extractor – Apex 10-8 Performance Base Pads – Trijicon HD Night Sights – Machine Lightened Slide – Forward Cocking Serrations – Full Top Strap Serrations – Serrated Aluminum Back Plate – Black Nitride Matte Slide Finish – Aluminum Titanium Nitride Barrel Finish – Two 17-Round Magazines – Shipped In High Quality Shooting Bag – MSRP: $1,999.95



katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • Harrison Jones

    I heard Apex was collaborating on a gun but seeing this I’m disappointed. This is what I was expecting, but I’m still let down.

    While I do expect this to be higher quality than a modded smith and wesson it’s hard for me to justify buying this of an SSVI modded gun or one from another custom gun shops. On second look this might be just another modded SW and not a rebuild of the design. I’m very disappointed. I understand the economics of the price, but I’d rather get everything exactly the way I want it for 2k.

    I wish them the best of luck, but I don’t see this being a huge commercial success(probably not their goal).

    • Wesley John Blokker

      Some “tacti-cool tier 99 operator” will buy this like that one stolen valor kid on YouTube, He was rocking a Glock with every possible part of the slide serrated…
      It came to no surprise he was affiliated with James Yeager…Yeager attracts those stolen valor cats like that one dude who flunked out of the SEALs, Granted it’s extremely difficult to go through B.U.D.S. and all that crap but he shouldn’t have put Navy Seal on his Resume if he never got a Job as a SEAL…I think he did go through the course but never got a SEAL duty assignment…

      • Harrison Jones

        I have no doubt it’ll sell to APEX fans and people who don’t want to deal with waiting for a custom gun. It’s worth the money to some people. Just not me. There are benefits to all the features but it takes a very high level shooter to use them even then the return on investment is very low.

        The type you are mentioning don’t have the money to purchase a gun like this.

        • Bill

          “Return on investment” is absolutely correct. The M&P is a perfectly decent duty pistol out of the box. That money would be better spent on training and practice ammo.

          • Nashvone

            Training and practice ammo don’t have the curb appeal the mall ninjas are looking for.

          • Bill

            Right on – and chicks don’t dig guys with callused thumbs from loading magazines.

      • Seamus Bradley

        Your post has nothing whatsoever to do with this article. Clearly you have some sort of love/hate relationship with James Yeager that is not pertinent to this Article.

  • CTFish

    Wilson Combat and Beretta can put something on the market for $1200ish, how will this succeed at $2000?

    Serrations, recoat, stipple, trigger, drop in parts? Enough to warrant a 1500 premium over the base?

    • Harrison Jones

      Yeah for the extra 1500 I can part it out get all the same features and save a couple hundred. Plus choose whatever stippling I want. I’m trying to figure out why APEX didn’t just do it on their own or partner with Agency, SSVI, ATEI etc and do a signature gun.

  • sliversimpson

    For $1,000 – maybe.

    For $2,000 – absolutely not.

  • Kivaari

    I would rather have a bare bones Glock 17 at $500.

  • Jinx

    As long as there are suckers to buy $2000 striker fire polymer guns, this kind of BS will continue to be excreted.

  • iksnilol

    2k for a striker fired gun?

    Just no.

  • jinx

    As long as there are people willing to shell out $2K for a polymer striker fire pistol, BS like this will continue to be excreted….

  • Dougboffl

    $2k?
    Is it full auto?
    (wink, wink)

  • Seamus Bradley

    I try not to question the business acumen of others but this does really make me wonder. My question is if all the upgrades are simply drop in components why the $$1500 markup? I get that there was some CNC machine work done but seemingly not that much. $2000 is a hell of a lot for a rifle, let alone a pistol. IMHO most of these guns will be nothing more than safe queens.

  • Secundius

    @ TFB.

    Do you guy’s, “Go Out of Your Way” to find the Darkest Photograph of a Gun Related Product. Before Reviewing the Product…