Top 5 Underrated Guns

As a followup to our video on the top 5 overrated guns, we thought we might make a counter-video regarding firearms we believe to be underrated. This list features some great firearms that for whatever reason just have not gotten the credit they deserve. So, what’s on the list?

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– [Voiceover] Hey guys, it’s Alex C. with TFB TV.

I recently did a video on five firearms I believe are overrated that was well-received by all but the fanboys of the weapons in question.

That said, as a follow up, I thought I might make a video on five firearms that I believe are underrated.

For the purpose of this video, underrated can mean any firearm that, by a combination of being overlooked, under-marketed or misunderstood, qualifies.

Number one, the Steyr AUG.

The Steyr AUG, or A-U-G, depending on which of these two pronunciations makes you feel better, is a spectacular rifle.

While there were a number of bullpups before it, this was the one that certainly made the nations of the west take a look at the bullpup as a concept.

Whether you are a bullpup guy or not, they offer some wonderful and distinct advantages over conventionally set up rifles.

First and foremost, their compact size is a huge plus.

While there certainly is a large camp that proudly flies the bullpups suck flag, and I certainly understand that there are compromises inherent to the design, the AUG is probably the most refined and tested military bullpup of all time.

Design started in the 60’s and was completed in the 1970’s, when it was adopted as the STG 77 in the Austrian military.

Since then, several militaries have taken to the AUG, including Ireland and Australia.

And I would argue that without the AUG, the bullpup concept would not have evolved to the point where it is at now.

So, why is it underrated? Well, when it was released on the civilian market, it actually sold well.

They were priced a little higher than the competition, but that didn’t stop a good amount of A1 rifles from being sold in the US.

To draw a comparison to today, a Tavor rifle is priced higher than a Colt 6920, but the Tavor is selling quite well in spite of this.

Sales of the AUG were crippled with the 1989 import ban, a ban that we have discussed in our video on the top five banned guns, and then made almost impossible by the 1994 assault weapons ban.

However, in 1997, a new model to comply with US law was introduced called the USR, and it was pretty damn ugly.

What killed the USR was when then president Bill Clinton drafted an executive order that strengthened the 1989 import ban to basically include any firearm that could accept a magazine holding more than ten rounds of ammunition.

I’m oversimplifying a little, but what can and cannot be imported, and the reasons why, are incredibly confusing parts of US firearms law.

So, fast forward to 2013, and the AUG was back, and properly branded, “Steyr.” There had been clones, but they were of questionable quality.

So, why is the AUG a blip on the radar despite being arguably the most refined bullpup? Well, I chalk it up to a severe lack of marketing.

For every Steyr ad I see, I see ten for the Tavor.

The AUG is also a much better gun with a quick change barrel, a short stroke piston system, adjustable gas, better balance and ergonomics, and when suppressed, it doesn’t sand blast your face off.

So, the AUG is almost certainly underrated these days, and that’s a real shame.

Next up, we have the Czech VZ58 rifles.

These rifles are tremendously popular in Canada due to their non-restricted status, but are coveted in the US only among gun geeks, like yours truly.

In fact, nine out of ten people who see me shooting mine generally ask, “What kind of AK is that?” The gun looks similar to a Kalashnikov at a cursory glance, and in a video I made a long time ago, entitled, “The Top Five Best AK Variants”, many commenters even asked, “What about the VZ58?” The VZ58 and the AK have no parts interchangeability that I am aware of, but they do fire 762 by 39.

The VZ, even though it uses a milled receiver, is almost a pound lighter than a stamped AKM.

Magazines are lighter, can be reloaded with stripper clips, and the VZ is just a great shooting rifle.

In fact, for an article I did for TFB proper in 2013, I fired a can of 700 rounds through one without a single stoppage.

I’ll put a link in the description for those interested.

So, as to why the VZ58 is underrated, I think it’s because the kits used by lower-end manufacturers to build them have run dry, and the high-end imports from Czechpoint are almost invariably out of stock.

A small aftermarket is also to blame, along with the proliferation of cheaper, and the more ubiquitous AK rifles chambered in the same 762 by 39 round.

I certainly wish these guns were more abundant because they are a truly wonderful design.

Third, we have a gun that is incredibly affordable and very handy, the Kel-Tec PLR-16, or SU series of rifles.

You can find PLR-16’s for under $500, and if you throw another $200 at it, then you have a rifle that is mind-blowingly light.

These little guns use a long stroke piston, and a multi lug rotating bolt that looks like one from a Stoner-Johnson design.

Liberal uses of polymer can be seen, and while simple, the guns are very charming.

The SU series uses the same action, but is more conventionally set up and is a semiautomatic rifle as opposed to the PLR, which is a pistol, and some models have an integral 4N that functions as a bipod, and a hinge stock that allows them to fold up.

Kel-Tec sure has some interesting tricks up their sleeves when they toss conventional layouts to the wayside, and these rifles and pistols are also reliable and accurate to boot.

As for the PLR-16, with the price point of $500, you’re getting a lot for the money.

With standard AR-15 mags, you get 30 rounds of 5.56 on tap, and ready to ring steel or nail a coyote.

So, why is it underrated? Well, for a couple of reasons.

While affordable, they fill a weird niche.

Kel-Tec is also one of those brands that, due to the inexpensive price of their smaller pistols, people tend to write off as a low-end manufacturer.

I personally have had good experiences with their products, and the PLR is certainly no exception.

In fact, I may buy a SU-16 rifle in the near future.

Fourth, we have the Beretta CX4.

The CX4 is a truly wonderful little pistol caliber carbine that is offered in nine millimeter, nine by 21, 40 Smith & Wesson and 45 ACP.

These simple blowback carbines take Beretta pistol magazines and are noteworthy for their stone cold reliability, user friendliness and handiness.

They are lightweight as well, which is a huge plus to me.

The model you see here is a nine millimeter version that accepts Beretta 92 magazines.

Also, you can utilize 30 rounds magazines that are available for about $35.

The CX4 is not a feature-ridden gun, and what you see is pretty much what you get.

That is, a reliable, accurate, comfortable, and very shootable carbine that you can plink with all day for a reasonable amount of money.

A day of shooting nine millimeter pistol ammunition is much easier on the pocketbook than most rifles calibers, and of course, the low recoil allows your shoulder to get home unharmed.

Yet again, a place where the CX4 is appreciated greatly is in Canada.

The carbines are non-restricted, and the common loophole that our neighbors to the north often exploit is to grab ten round magazines used for 92 series pistols, and use them in the carbines, which would otherwise be capped at five rounds.

So, why is the CX4 overlooked in the US? Well, I found that the price for the one like I have here is about $700 these days, which is actually somewhat cheaper than guns like the SIG MPX or MP5 variance.

The gun seems to have gotten a fair amount of marketing too, but I have not seen much lately.

In this case, I think it’s that most people are hesitant to shell out seven or $800 on a blowback nine millimeter carbine, and, well, let’s be honest, it’s pretty aesthetically unappealing.

For the same money, you can now get a Scorpion EVO, but I personally would take the Storm every time.

Regardless, the CX4 is a great well-made and quality product from Beretta.

Lastly, we have a pistol, and a very good pistol, at that.

In many ways, it’s like a Glock, but it’s actually good.

Yes, that was a joke to rile up the Glock fanboys, so settle down before that vein on your forehead swells up and prevents you from snugging up that team Glock hat.

Anyways, the Steyr 9 pistols are one of the best-kept secrets in the world of self-loading polymer handguns.

These are in production, priced under $500, and were even designed by a former Glock employee.

With a very comfortable grip and a capacity of 17 rounds, you could shoot a Steyr M9 all day, and very comfortably.

However, my favorite part is the sights.

The rear sight has the unique trapezoidal basket arrangement that you rest the front sight, which is a triangle, inside, rather than the ubiquitous three dot or notch and post system.

These pistols are striker-fired, short recoil tilting barrel guns, and the bore axis is wonderfully low.

The Steyr’s come in nine by 21, 357 SIG, and 40 as well, but when it comes to plastic pistols, I have a tendency to stick to plain old nine by 19.

So, why is it underrated? Well, you would think that the favorable price point, sights, and ergonomics would make it a well-known and popular offering, but it seems like its best selling point is that it isn’t a Glock, kind of the same reason people buy GMC Sierra’s over Chevy Silverado’s, I guess.

Also, I never see any marketing material for these pistols, like, seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one piece.

It seems like word of mouth is the only way people discover these, and I know that there was a period of time when importation actually stopped completely.

So, like the AUG, Steyr doesn’t seem to have any clue as to how modern marketing works.

Hell, at this point, I’m convinced that they may not even have a marketing department at all, but rather one guy somewhere going door to door who also sells Kirby vacuums.

Anyways, I hope you all enjoy this episode of TFB TV.

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We sincerely hope to see you next time.

 



Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


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  • Bub

    Kinda always wanted a Beretta cx4 carbine. Almost pulled the trigger on one couple times, but passed. Real compact little guns. Not being offered in US by Beretta at this time which is a shame. Beretta rep sighted price point competition problems for weak demand in US and for their decision. With new USPSA PCC decision really wish I had bought.

    However trigger seemed a little heavy on the models I handled, but other than that seemed to handle and balance well. Alex right about one thing they not the best looking gun in the world by far.

    • codfilet

      I should have read these comments first. I asked a local gun shop if they could order me a CX-4 saturday. It sounds like the answer will be “no”.

  • Ernie

    Always wanted to try out the Cx4 Storm ever since I saw it used all the time on tv show Battlestar Galactica!

    • Ernie

      Surprised how much rail space is on it for such a small weapon too.

    • Mike Lashewitz

      Yeah but nothin can beat the P90s that shot hundreds of rounds while running away like they did in StarGate SG1

  • Malthrak

    I have both a CX4 and Cz Scorpion. I really like them both, but they were designed with different purposes in mind.

    The Scorpion was designed as a compact and close quarters bullet hose. As a semi auto it works great as a truck gun, but has some ergo issues.

    The CX4 was designed to be a police carbine to interchange with theit sidearm as much as possible, with a little bit of range in mind (its sights suck bad for anything close, the “short range” aperture being, at best, the size of the smallest aperture on the Evo while the LR aperture is absurdly tiny).

    The CX4 feels like a rifle (albeit with pistol controls), the CZ like a classic submachinegun.

    The problem with the CX is that Beretta’s importation is wonky. They havent brought any into the states for months and arent expected to until later this year or 2017 so they can fulfill military contracts. They do this every two or three years seemingly. When they get brought in they can be had for as little as ~$550, but try finding one in 9mm at all right now, much less for under $800 and I’d be shocked.

    I really do enjoy both guns however quite a bit.

    • The CX4 was never designed as a Police carbine; Beretta marketed it as such because they didn’t had/have anything better in their inventory. The CX4 is conceived for European IPSC mini-rifle shooters.

  • Damocles

    I would consider purchasing a Steyr M9 if I ever came across one. Most of the people I’ve seen in videos tend to really like them. However a CZ75 is further up on my list.

    • Sulaco

      Had a CZ75, great pistol. Large and all steel but the real problem for me was you had better have LONGGGG fingers to make the trigger reach.

      • DrewN

        The flat trigger is a lifesaver for the small handed.

    • Brian Fulmer

      Just get the CZ first, I have one in a caliber I loathe and I still really like it (40 S&W). Both of my sons tried to claim it until I picked up a CZ97, then that was the hot thing. Them having to reload all the 45 ACP they shoot in it has been educational for them.

      Were it not for stupid CA rules, I’d have an M357, but for now I’m just on the lookout for a consignment sale of an unobtanium pistol.

  • ozzallos .

    Extar 556. Lighter than the keltec, costs less than the keltec, better availability than, well most things keltec.

  • Darrell

    I got a PLR-16 back when they first came out. The gun has proven to be reliable and quite accurate. I put a Phantom (IIRC) flash hider on it, as Kel-Tec’s muzzle brake was not yet available. It worked very well to quell the huge fireballs. I did wind up putting the Kel-Tec brake on it though–who doesn’t love huge fireballs? 😀 It is also L-O-U-D. K-T’s single point sling works well on the gun, too. I always thought the PLR was a good alternative to an AR “pistol”, without the damn buffer tube sticking out.
    Mine doesn’t seem to like PMags, only negative I can say about it.

  • Michael Lubrecht

    Nice writeup, Alex!

    I purchased a NIB AUG back in 1987 or so, with a dozen magazines, for $1300. It was a cool, space-aged looking bullpup. Handled great, hampered by a squishy trigger and sort of cumbersome manual of arms. I took an intensive carbine class with it, and it worked okay when it ran (quite reliably so). The problem is if it malfunctions, you can have a real problem on your hands – anything beyond a basic failure to eject turns into a “drop the primary and go to pistol” moment.

    Although I really enjoyed having the AUG, when prices when crazy a few years ago, I ended up selling it for around $4000, and don’t really miss it that badly.

    I also own a couple of the Steyr pistols – an M9 and an M357. Both are solid little pistols. I bought them both for under $300 each from CDNN several years ago, and for that price they are a great value. The M9 has seen a fair amount of range service as a loaner in classes that I’m either teaching or taking (I typically bring a backup for myself, and the Steyr as a loaner if a student’s gun goes down without an available spare.) It’s a soft-shooting gun with low bore axis and good ergonomics. The M357 is similar, but of course has considerable more oomph.

    • RickH

      Hey I did the same with my AUG. I picked up mine in late ’88 from my dealer/friend for 10% over cost which was a little over $800.00. It came with 5 mags, and I sold it in 1992 for $3800.00. I had shot it less than 100 rds, and thought it was interesting, but I was never really that enthusiastic about it.

  • Curmudgeon5462

    The CX4 I shot had an awful trigger. It’s butt-ugly too, not that aesthetics are a top consideration, but that thing is an abortion. It looks like a nerf gun.

  • kregano

    Count me as another guy who wanted a Cx4 because Battlestar Galactica gave them lots of love. I never bought one because I’ve always been in an either/or type situation – either spend the $700+ on a Cx4, or get a rifle/shotgun. Plus, IIRC, it costs a lot to get it to look like it did in BSG, and the length of pull might not have been great for me – it’s been years since I’ve held one.

    As for the AUG, while I held one and liked it, the lack of AUG A3s (which I think look the best of the available variants – see below) and different calibers made it a less appealing gun compared to the Tavor.

    The Steyr M9 pistol is a gun I have LITERALLY only seen in Slickguns listings until now. It looks super cool, but when there are tons of other designs that have a lot of positive attention from gun media, it’s inevitable that a gun like this would languish in obscurity. It’s kind of like the TEC-12 in that it may or may not be a great design, but since major gun media and third party acccessory makers don’t know/care about it, the general public doesn’t about it.

  • Jason Guhl

    AUG has better ergos than the Tavor? Ill take issue with that right away. The Tavor is closer to AR15 ergos than the AUG. The mag release is in a better spot and the release “seems” more convenient.

    I am not starting a Tavor vs AUG as they are both great but come on. I would agree that the AUG tends to be more accurate and is certainly a better looking firearm. When I bought my Tavor I was looking at all 3. ( FN, Steyr, IWI) You know what sold the Tavor for me? Ergos, last round bolt hold open and the ability to use ANY (at least all I have tried) AR15 style magazine. The FN can only use steel and aluminum GI mags. The AUG if you want the last round bolt hold open uses proprietary mags.

    I would love to have all 3, but I only had the budget for one. The Tavor.

    P.S. There are quirks I dont like about the Tavor as well.

    • Uhh… The new AUG can take all AR15 mags, has a last round bolt hold open, is more accurate (according to you), and has a quick change barrel… But is worse than the Tavor?

      That does not compute.

      • Jason Guhl

        Everything I have read, and I would like to think I do my research told me there were 2 versions of the AUG: One that could take all mags, but didn’t have last round bolt hold open and the other where it had proprietary mags but held the bolt open on the last shot. If I am wrong I am not above correction. I read that several places.

        When did I say the AUG was worse? I said it had worse ergos than the Tavor, but that was about it. I was just calling out your bold ergonomics statement.

        There is a slight lingering butthurt from your last video too :p. I still think your crazy

      • cwp

        I have to agree with him about quick change barrels, though. It’s a neat checklist item, for sure, and if I were looking for a selective-fire rifle it’d be a selling point, but for the average shooter it’s probably not a priority. A quick-change trigger pack and easy availability of one that isn’t utterly terrible would probably help more.

        • Budogunner

          If they offered .300 BLK barrels that would make this feature much more valuable as that is the only part you need to swap.

  • N E W T

    I gotta say, I shoot Glocks in competition so I’m biased. But I have a Steyr L40-A1 also, and the way that pistol is designed the recoil impulse is crazy controllable with the major power factor loads I run in my competition Glocks. The low bore axis is very apparent in recoil control. I’m very happy with the pistol no one wanted at the LGS (great deal).

  • Simcha M.

    All I really want is for Marlin to start up their Camp Carbine series but this time with machined aluminum receivers. A guy can dream, can’t he???

  • Bill

    Steyr has NEVER been strong at marketing which is a shame, as their handguns, the Steyr Scout, the AUG series and their precision rifles are supreme firearms.

  • therealgreenplease

    I’d just like to say that I’m very conflicted about the AUG. I own an A2. It’s very reliable and the ergonomics are generally good BUT the trigger pull is horrendous in almost every sense and that’s coming from someone who isn’t too picky about triggers. Also, the integrated VFG on mine has quite a bit of play which I don’t like (maybe I just go unlucky in that regard) and I’m also not a fan of the charging handle as it’s really easy to scrape your knuckles open when charging the weapon.

    The VZ-58 is a weapon that’s always interested me. It just seems well thought-out. I kind of wish they had made a 5.45 version of it but carrying 7.62×39 on stripper clips negates the ammo weight issue a bit.

    Great call on the Steyr M9. I shot one when handgun shopping. Frankly, it was the best pistol I shot (which is a personal statement IMO: the ergonomics and the sights worked very well *for me*). That said, I didn’t end up buying one because the ubiquity of Glock components makes it difficult for me to justify buying anything else.

    • Vitor Roma

      There is a cheap way to improve the Aug trigger, google “aug neu trigger”.

    • Al Wise

      Trigger Tamer is a cheap and awesome fix for the AUG trigger.

  • tropicalspeed

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  • BrandonAKsALot

    It take sucks Steyr is so terrible with marketing. Considering they are the father of modern hammer forging for barrels, you’d think they’d be a household name. The M9A1 is a phenomenon pistol and it feeds any ammo I give it.

  • Fred Billson

    I am no expert nor have I ever shot the AUG but a guy I know in the Australian reserves thinks they aren’t that good. Our SAS and Commandos use AR’s.

    • Rock or Something

      I imagine the average AUG in the Australian armed forces is very much worn down and beaten up. Kinda like how I didn’t really like my issued M16a2 in the Army, until I got my own AR-15.

  • Marcus D.

    Of all of these guns, I think the only one available in California was the VZ, probably through kit builds. There may have been a few AUGs sneak in before the assault weapons ban (which, unlike the Federal ban of 1994, has no sunset clause). Steyr does not sell any handguns here, so the only chance to buy one is a consignment sale by one of our badged “special people” WHO CAN BUY ANYTHING THEY WANT. I was told by a LGS that the only pistol caliber carbine that may legally be sold is one version of the Kel-Tec (that has a 16″ barrel). the others have “prohibited features” such as thumbhole stocks and no bullet buttons.

  • Green Hell

    What more of the marketing AUG needs if for the last 20 years or so it literally shows up in every other action movie since Die Hard and most of the shooting videogames? Or you think guns are still purchaised based only on the Internet and magazine ads? I say, Tavor’s popularity is based on the fact that US market wants their guns as AR-15’ish as possible (starting with magazines), also the amount of attention IDF gets in the media and most importantly, because it’s NEW. Mark my worlds, the last reason is what will make Tavor sales go down onse MDR, MSBS and X95 will show up.

    • Green Hell

      Oh, and also, the only and obvious reason why that Steyr pistol is not selling is because of it’s almost Hi-Point level of aesthetics. No matter how good it shoots and grips, that is a painful objective truth.

      • KestrelBike

        That, and no gun ranges ever seem to have one to try out.

  • I’d replace the CX4 with the M1 carbine.

    • Renegade

      The M1 Carbine is not underrated. The ammo maybe, but certainly not the rifle.

    • Dave

      I have both. I like both! I got a Cx4 in 9mm back in 2003 when they first came out. These days, with the sheer cost of centerfire ammo, it is economical. I like that it comes apart into an “upper” and a “lower” for compact storage. I’ve taken defensive carbine courses where it is invariably the only pistol-caliber subcarbine, and very often the only non-AR.

      M1 carbine just might replace the Cx4 as my “road trip” car gun… But the ammo is invariably expensive. To the degree that I finally got handloading dies and so on for it!

      Steyr AUG underrated? By whom?

      VZ58–I really like these, both because they use stripper clips to load the magazines, and because I love the commie aesthetics what with the wood shavings and orange plastic stock furniture. I was *this close* to getting one, but in the end I couldn’t justify it since it really didn’t do anything at all that my two Chi-com Type 56 SKS carbines can do…

  • bee O bee

    I bought a Keltec PLR-16 about 3 or 4 years ago from a gun store in Pennsylvania. It is very lightweight, accurate as heck and is a real kick in the pants to shoot. I’m real glad I bought it.

  • Ken

    Love my .45 CX4. Handled one at SHOT just before they were introduced into the US and fell in love with its look. While I wouldn’t call it beautiful, elegant is more appropriate in my mind. Much like many of Beretta’s offerings. Trigger was crunchy/mushy but that was remedied by SierraPapa parts. While recoil on the .45 isn’t much it does provide quite a little sting to the cheek when the bolt smacks the buffer at the end of its travel. It’s still a keeper and I shoot it regularly. I’ve even started using it in the PCC class at my local USPSA matches. My AUG was one of those originals that came in-country but I obtained it after the ban at nearly triple the price from the original. It was one of the left-overs that the distributor still had on hand but were allowed to liquidate to LEO’s. I got it from a co-worker and he had purchased it with all 3 barrel options. Again, mushy trigger that was greatly improved by aftermarket parts. Another one that will be around until my estate sale.

  • Blake

    Great list, thanks.

    Steyr was already held pretty high in my esteem, & just went up a notch.

  • hikerguy

    A good choice for an over-rated list. The VZ58 was a sort of political statement in a way. Instead of adopting the AK series (Which the Soviets often pressured the Warsaw Pact Countries to do) They did their own thing. The Beretta CX4 was adopted in 9mm in full auto capability by the Pakistani Border police. I have oft thought it would be interesting in 5.7 x 28 with a shortened barrel as a PDW. i wouldn’t mind having a Keltec SU16 either. Enjoyed the video.

  • Daniel M. Ramos

    I have actually been looking to buy a set of 9mm pistols. I have thought about the Steyr L9 in the past. I am still shocked at how affordable they are for the quality you get. Does anybody know where to buy aftermarket accessories for the Steyr L9? It seems to be pretty dry out there.

    • StickShift

      That’s the extent of it – proper height night sights aren’t available.

      • Daniel M. Ramos

        Well, that is a real shame. Thanks for the info.

        • StickShift

          Supposedly the Canadian market L9-A1 can be ordered with night sights, so they do exist. It may be worth giving Steyr America a call to see if they sell a set, or know someone who carries them, but I had no luck finding them last year.

  • guest

    IMHO the two most underrated guns are Glock and AK, because people will avoid buying those two and instead buy almost identical or completely identical guns (performance-wise) because of personal taste and shall we say… a desire to feel “unique” by not having “boring, common guns”.
    This kinda reminds me of a brit that arranged loudspeakers/sound systems and what not for bands, and was once approached by Hi-Fi fanatics that were “amazed” by the sound quality and asked him what kind of cables he used since in their opinion something that gave off such sound probably had 1000$ per foot custom-made cables from some or other nonsense manufacturer. He then said because the original cables were somehow misplaced, he went to a local hardware store and bough completely plain, thick copper battery cables that would be otherwise used on cars.

    Same thing here, a spade is a spade, and Glock and AK are exactly that. Not catering to some absurd nonsense like aesthetics, complexity for the sake of complexity, overrated features and what not.

    • displacer

      You caught me! I don’t buy Glocks not because they have a blocky grip I hate that’s at an angle which usually leaves me pointing well above the target upon extension unless I really focus on bringing it down, or a greater chance of unsupported chamber issues compared to many other popular guns, or the tiny slide stop I hate compared to my CZs, or because they don’t have a DA hammer to give me a double-strike option in a self-defensive situation, or because even with upgrades their striker-fired system will never compare to the SA trigger on my Tanfo Elite Match for competition use, or etc etc etc. Of the dozens of models of handguns prolific in combat, competition, and law enforcement use Glocks are the only actual good pistols in the entire world and the only reason not to buy one is because you’re trying to act like whiny goth teenager who’s pretending you’re so special and different compared to everyone else.

      I got rid of most of my AKs and replaced them with ARs and Vz.58s not because they have crude controls and ergos and sights due to being designed in the 1940s with peasant suicide wave attacks in mind, spotty QC, a vastly overblown reputation for reliability and durability (especially with the civilian models) as many recent torture tests have shown, are heavier then the other alternatives with the steel mags weighing almost two pounds apiece loaded, have generally just okay accuracy compared to the other alternatives, are expensive to properly equip with features the other alternatives come with standard like optics rails and usable safeties and folding or adjustable stocks and drop-free mags and auto bolt hold opens and and and and AND. Nope, you’re right, I only don’t like AKs very much because I’m a fragile special snowflake who needs other models of guns aside from the obviously default choice of the AK in order to prop up my fragile ego. All the countries that have phased AKs out of their arsenals when either not being forced to use them by the USSR or later being able to afford something else are just starved for attention. Everyone that can choose their own personal rifle in say security contracting, or competitions like 3-gun where speed and accuracy is the difference between a cash prize and nothing, that doesn’t roll with an AK only does so because they’re just a bunch of worthless prima donnas

      • iksnilol

        I agree with the Glock part, not so much with the AK part.

        Eh, have an upovte, they don’t cost anything after all.

    • iksnilol

      Eh, Glocks suck. If you could get them for 200-300 dollars new then I’d say they were decent value guns. Considering they want as much for a G19 as for a CZ85B then they get a no go from me. I’d warm up to them a bit if the sights and trigger weren’t plastic

  • MrEllis

    Was that a DL-44?

  • Al Wise

    Great script. Certainly agree with your choices as well. Love my AUGa3 with NATO stock and Trigger Tamer- amazingly great mod.

  • Ranger Rick

    Back in the day I bought an AUG because quite frankly a Colt AR15 wasn’t worth the $700 plus asking price and definitely not when they went to $1,000 with the first ban under G.H.W. Bush. Back then (late 80’s) AR15 clobes weren’t worth a sh_t, I know because I was a professional user.

    Does the AR have better ergonomics? Yes it does, even for a weapon that predates the AUG. Is the AUG a fine carbine? Yes it is, never have had a malfunction with mine. Also the fastest carbine on target that I’ve ever used. Not to mention the pioneering of functional polymer magazines.

    Is the AUG as modifiable as the AR? No, but the ubiquitous changelability of the AR was not part of the original design; you can thank a whole host of others for that.

    So it’s almost a toss up, go with what you like, I do.

  • spike1984

    The US President who implemented the Assault Weapon Ban of 1989 was George Bush SR who also became the last Cold-War-era President until he was replaced in 1993 by Bill Clinton.

  • Cmex

    I can’t comment on the AUG, PLR, or Steyr. However, what I can comment on are the VZ58 and the CX4. I’ve had some trigger time on the VZ58, but I’ve owned the CX4. In my opinion, the VZ58 is possibly the greatest assault rifle the eastern bloc ever came up with and is the rifle that westerners wish the AK was. Thumb safety, BHO, more western magazine release, synthetic furniture, and a flash suppressor. Too bad the mags are rare and expensive and the rifles aren’t cheap anymore. People have wised up to these really well in the last few years. It’s been years since I’ve seen one at any gun show let alone shop. The CX4 is essentially a $600 carbine that’s perhaps marginally better than a Hi-Point carbine. Mine was a funky thing and had some fairly odd controls and frankly was a kinda uncomfortable shooter for something only firing a pistol round and weighed not too much less than some intermediate caliber rifles I’ve fired without issue. I also just wasn’t too comfortable shooting something with the mag and safety controls right next to the trigger, especially because they could all be reversed. For me, it just wasn’t worth it to pay that much money for what at the time cost and weighed about the same as an AR15 yet only delivered the performance of a Hi-Point.

  • RenHoek

    I’ve had a chance to play around with a friends CX-4, it is a really nice carbine. At the time I owned/was using a Sterling MK VI (also in 9mm), the light weight and accuracy of the Storm was very nice.

  • Trent DeRoc

    I thought the SU-16 was underrated too… until I bought one and it suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure on the second magazine, ejecting fragments of casing and burning propellant out the extraction port. Then I learned about their “Three Failures before a refund” rule. The QC just isn’t good enough and Kel-Tec doesn’t stand behind their firearms to the level I expect from a reputable manufacturer.

  • Steve_7

    The CX4 is only non-restricted in Canada if you put an 18.5″ barrel on it, which is an expensive proposition.
    Don’t agree on the Steyr pistols, I had an M9, wasn’t impressed.

    • StickShift

      I had an L9A1, and while it had great ergos, it wasn’t reliable. I also wasn’t a fan of the trapezoidal sights. Replacements are available for the M9, but none of the other slide lengths. Overall, I liked it but it needed some refinement.

  • Richard Lutz

    The VZ58 has fiddly parts you can readily lose when field stripping it, you cannot mount a red dot sight low enough to co-index the iron sights, and if you mount a telescopic sight it will likely get dinged by ejecting cases, some of which might bounce back into the ejection port and jam the gun. Don’t like their aluminum magazines either. Good luck finding spare parts, magazines or accessories for it where you live. The hideous styling makes me want to throw up – what self-respecting gun owner would be seen with it?

  • Core

    You had me at the AUG and lost me at the Keltec. While all of the guns are decent, I think you could have dug a bit deeper to really find the top 10 underrated guns.

  • AD

    Nice selection, I’ve been interested in all those weapons except the AUG (simply an aesthetics thing I think), so it’s nice to see them get a little attention. I would have liked to hear a little more about the Steyr pistol’s sights; I have a hard time imagining using them effectively.

    Just one thing though: were you serious when you said you don’t like how the Storm looks? Because it looks fantastic to me.

  • Daniel M. Ramos

    Oh my gosh, did y’all see Nutnfancy rip apart the latest version of the AUG in his latest video review? Wow, it makes me glad I never picked one up. I hope your AUG runs better Alex.

  • janklow

    own 60% of these and, as such, agree completely
    also, Vz58 likely gets props in places like… post-2013 Maryland