Underappreciated Beauty – The Grand Power DA/SA Handguns

    As a gun scribe, I have been blessed with exposure to a large portion of the market. With various shooting events conducted on a regular basis, my itchy trigger finger gets quite the scratching, but often enough its shooting the same platforms with little tweaks. While I enjoy watching and being a part of the inexorable march of progress and product improvement, often enough the larger domestic brands and larger international brands overshadow various platforms.

    To me, one of the most underrated (or perhaps highly rated, just not highly purchased) is the Grand Power series of handguns. Manufactured by Grand Power in tradition-steeped Slovakia, the DA/SA platform is to me is near perfection in a handgun, functionally speaking.

    To me, Grand Power included 100% ambidextrous and mirrored controls well before they are becoming the market requirement today. From there, the Grand Power ditches the common Browning tilting block action opting instead for a rotating bolt architecture – which has its own benefits. Further, and mentioned at least twice so far in this article its double-single action – a trend that is lamentably decreasing as modern offerings move to striker-fired.

    For anyone who counts themselves a gun guy, I would encourage you to take a look at the platform. If you’re at the NRA show, there is nothing better – its basically the largest gun shop in the world and you can directly compare the platform to your favorites.

    What do you think? Am I off my rocker or onto something?


    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.