[SHOT 2016] Honor Defense Sub Compact Pistols

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Don’t be put off by the pictures just because this is another striker fired pistol. Honor Defense has actually done something a little different.

I have had the opportunity to run a number of sub compacts over the past couple of years, and I think this is one I would actually consider carrying (though I would certainly want to run one hard on the range first). Note I have not yet run a MP Shield, which a number of people have compared this pistol to (and which I would argue errantly).

The general design of this 100% U.S. made pistol (no really, everything is sourced and manufactured in the U.S. from true U.S. companies) was very simple and it was clear there was a lot of thought put into the ergonomics and design. The lines were very smooth and the controls were recessed. It is built to be friendly to both right and left handed shooters, coming with an ambidextrous magazine release and slide catch. There are two different back straps, a flat profile, and a more curved one.

The trigger is spec’d for 7 lbs (I felt it was a bit lighter—but without a trigger puller it is very subjective), and has a super short reset. The trigger itself was super smooth and did not have any gritty or mushy feel to it.  It shot very consistently (for the 50 or so rounds I put through it), and was accurate enough at the relatively short distances I fired it.

The three Honor Defense 9mm models.

The three Honor Defense 9mm models.

They had three models at the range: a basic model, one with a laser, and the one I found most interesting, their FIST model (Firearm with Integrated STandoff). The FIST is designed for a potential “extreme close quarters combat” shoot (or basically a contact shot). The standoff allows you to press the frame against the target without fear of the gun going out of battery.  Each pistol comes with two magazines, a 7 round (+1) and an extended 8 round (+1).

Honor Defense FIST

Honor Defense FIST

Honor Defense with Laser

Honor Defense with Laser

Front view with laser

Front view with laser

Honor Defense Basic

Honor Defense Basic

Front view basic

Front view basic

Standard and Extended magazines.

Standard and Extended magazines.

It sounds like we will be getting one in for review in the next few months, so keep your eyes peeled for the article (and hopefully I can do a brief comparison showing why it is not an MP clone).

For more information visit their website at: http://honordefense.com



Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • Yimmy

    I can’t wait to read about bad guys getting FISTed

    • Jack Griffin

      What, no big text engraved in the dust cover that boldly declared “FISTing ZONE” for all to see?

      Weak!

      #SpringfieldArmory’d!

      • MP

        Grip it and Fist it! They charge extra for that down by the river.

  • Joseph Smith

    “The standoff allows you to press the frame against the target without fear of the gun going out of battery.”

    Maybe, if the target doesn’t put his hand up and grab those convenient front serrations.

    If you have a round in the chamber (OOB is only a concern when loaded) and try to use your muzzle like a pointy thing you’ve already lost and probably shouldn’t be carrying a firearm. Just my .02.

    • Laserbait

      Methinks you misunderstand. It’s a standoff device, so the slide doesn’t go OOB if you have to press the muzzle against your attacker. It is not a “persuasion device”.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Is gun, make distance.

        • JSmath

          Sometimes you can’t.

          • Joseph Smith

            Then you have failed at life.

          • Laserbait

            Really? So you’re saying that old or invalid shouldn’t bother to try and save their own lives because they’ve already “failed at life”?

      • Joseph Smith

        Methinks you should read some reports on LE encounters. The Michael Brown case is a good example where Brown grabbed Wilson’s P229 with enough force to push it OOB and would not fire. P229 has a fairly stout recoil spring, even in 9MM.

        Thankfully DA/SA gave him double-strike and thus a happy ending was achieved.

        If truly intended for close quarters, how does this device prevent a bad guy from using his hands to interfere? It doesn’t. And here we have another piece of firearms gimmick fail that will convince the ignorant a problem has been solved that should have been solved with training and careful consideration of a very bad scenario.

        • Laserbait

          Methinks that you should remember that Citizens are not LE, and do not have the same encounters. If someone reaches for your gun, you pull the trigger.

          The FIST, in this case, is for when someone is on top of you, or pushed into a corner, or one of the myriad of other situations that citizens have been trapped by a bad guy.

          • Leigh Rich

            Like Zimmerman…that be good.

          • Unlicensed Dremel

            Right, because LEOs are special whose world is completely different from everyone else. Criminals do things in their presence they’d never do to anyone else. Do you even listen to your own nonsense?

          • Laserbait

            Yes, LEO’s are special, and different from citizens:
            1: Citizens do not pull over cars.
            2: Citizens do not go out in search of criminals.
            3: How many LEO’s are in wheelchairs, and on active duty patrolling the streets?

  • A Fascist Corgi

    I like the look of the grip texture since I hate having to stipple my grips. However, I’m not impressed with the “FIST” mechanism since it sounds like a stupid gimmick.

  • Kjk

    These are actually pretty good looking guns. I’d consider one if it were widely available

    • itsmefool

      Yeah, and I think that’s the thing, K…as cool as the pistols are, I’d probably just stick to the competition (a la Shield) just because those guns and their accessories can be had practically everywhere.

  • john huscio

    P320-esque

    • itsmefool

      But without all that “German stuff is better” nonsense!

  • Vhyrus

    What would be considerably cooler is if the standoff was somehow spring loaded and could be deployed by pressing a button on the frame so you didn’t have this giant piece of plastic in front of your muzzle ruining the oal of your concealed carry gun.

    • Mark

      Like the mag bumpers on Christian Bale’s Berettas in Equilibrium?!?

      DO IT!!!

  • May

    Those are some good looking FISTs.

  • Kristoff

    Does it come in 40 S&W?

  • JSmath

    For not being a S&W Shield knockoff, that profile and those magazines look awfully identical.

  • Madcap_Magician

    Did they get rid of that Ruger-esque fugliness on the slide yet? You don’t show the other side of the gun.

    • Kefefs

      From other articles and the manufacturer’s website, they appear to still have the massive slide-long HONOR GUARD rollmark on the left side.

      • Madcap_Magician

        I dun get it. It’s a really fugly rollmark too. Why make everything else look like “M&P Shield… but BETTER” and then stamp that on there? Ugh.

  • Unlicensed Dremel

    Geez, would it kill you to give us a picture of the FIST one with slide closed?

    • Laserbait

      1st picture, at the top of the article.

    • Bryar83

      Yeah, the one on top. It just looks like the slide is back. Took me a couple of looks to figure it out.
      It kind of looks like an ugly dude with severe underbite.

  • Richard Lutz

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. How many people need anything other than a Glock 19? The US Navy SEALS recently adopted this Glock.

    • Bob61

      How many?
      Every one who likes something else better.

  • Charlie Rubenstein

    Show a picture of the other side of the pistol……does it still have that LARGE logo on it?

  • Hyok Kim

    Yawn

    • Bob61

      “Only boring people get bored.”


      Ruth Burke

      • Hyok Kim

        ……….then why do you even reply to someone you think is boring? You must be even more bored (..and therefore even more boring by your own reasoning), or maybe you’re just lonely.

        • Bob61

          Because I like to respond to the ignorant ones in that group.

          • Hyok Kim

            …..because you are lonely?

          • Bob61

            I have a family.
            You may end up there someday.
            You’ll find you’re never lonely when you have a teenage daughter.

          • Hyok Kim

            …….so you would rather spend time with ignorant ones when you could have used that time with your daughter and your family.

          • Bob61

            I spend time on the ‘net after bedtime.,though I have no reason to answer to you.
            But you sure are fleshing out our knowledge of the “ignorant ones”.
            Douche.

          • Hyok Kim

            “But you sure are fleshing out our knowledge of the “ignorant ones”

            Douche. – Bob61

            “Because I like to respond to the ignorant ones in that group.” – Bob61

            “I have a family.

            You’ll find you’re never lonely when you have a teenage daughter.” – Bob61

            “I spend time on the ‘net after bedtime.,though I have no reason to answer to you.” – Bob61

  • Bob61

    When did including the length of the chamber become standard in misrepresenting the length of the barrel?

  • MP

    Why no picatinny?

  • Michael Nussbaum

    Always fun reading the ignorant rants of people who know nothing about the product or real combat.