Skinny Medic Takes on the Grand Power X-Calibur

Nathan S
by Nathan S

The Grand Power is a handgun not seen often here in the US, but it has some intriguing features. Arrives with a double-single action trigger (supposedly pretty good), completely ambidextrous and mirrored controls and a rotating barrel supposedly helps with accuracy and recoil all while keeping familiar 1911 style thumb safety.

Skinny Medic, not normally one to review pistols, reviews the X-Calibur and finds it an excellent option. The single-action trigger is reported to be top-notch.

Color me curious to request one of the handguns for myself to review and see if the Slovakian wonder is up to TFB’s task!

Nathan S
Nathan S

One of TFB's resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR's, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.

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  • Tothe Tothe on Oct 03, 2015

    Some of the pistols on the manufacturer's site are listed as "caliber 10x28T." What is this? It's not 10mm Auto.

    • Bramos Bramos on Oct 03, 2015

      @Tothe 10x28T is a rubber ball round. It's a less than lethal option for self-defense in countries like Russia.

  • Redsr Redsr on Oct 27, 2015

    I'm personally way more into the Grand Powers than the Arsenals. My only real gripes are 1) the polymer trigger, 2) mags don't always positively lock in my gun, and 3) for the size, I'd really like more than 15 round mags... Reassembly is odd and a little challenging the first few times too.

    Not a gripes for me, but sure will be for others
    - the slide lock/release is relatively thin stamped steel (release by pulling slide back and not w/ the release and you won't have an issue)
    -1911 style safety -- no decocker, so if carrying live you either have to pull trigger and manually lower hammer, or carry cocked and locked (I prefer a decocker, but with mag issue I haven't really looked into, I don't use beyond range, so nonissue now)
    -When safety is raised/engaged, the ball bearing/detent you see on SM's gun is surrounded by a red circle (in the US that usually means an unsafe condition). However, SM's gun doesn't have that.

    All of the above is regarding the Mk7 version of the Century imported K100 that I picked up from J&G for something like $300. It's the pull down on trigger guard to disassemble version, but still a beauty.

    The gun's a natural pointer and fits the hand superbly. Lines are CZ75ish but trigger reminds me of a Sig SRT after a thousand or two pulls (but the GP is there right out of the box). Grand Powers have a much lower bore axis however so less recoil even though polymer. Felt recoil and muzzle jump is something like .380 ACP out of my Cz83 -- that gun's definitely much heavier. And though polymer, the frame is one-piece steel, just polymer encased. As a major polymer skeptic, that the gun still resides in my safe says something.

    About the guns:

    From here -- basically it's whos who of weapon manufacture: http://www.practicalhandgun...
    "The slide is manufactured from chrome-nickel molybdenum steel by Belgian supplier Fabrique Nationale Herstal. The 108mm long barrel is made of 51CrV4 steel manufactured by CZ-UB according to Grand Power’s requirements. The magazines are made inItalyby Mec-Gar, who now manufactures magazines for various firearm companies’ pistols."

    "Used by the Slovakia military = where there is no shortage of quality locally made sidearms from the former Czechoslovakia - Grand Power pistols were put through, and passed with flying colors, incredible torture tests that other internationally famous brands failed miserably. Such as 100,000 rounds without any changes in critical dimensions. 20,000 consecutive rounds without any feeding failures. And a silicone dust, wind chamber test (think desert sandstorm) that ground the competition to a halt - literally. Attractive, tough, comfortable to use and light weight to carry, Grand Power makes a pistol that you will be proud to own for years to come. Whether it's the full size K100 Mk7, or the compact P1 MK7,Grand Power makes a pistol that's just right for you!"