TFB HANDS ON: The B&T USW-P Striker-Fired Pistol

TFB had a chance to shoot the first B&T USW-P striker-fired pistol during a recent visit to the B&T headquarters in Switzerland.  Military-inspired, this new striker-fired 9mm pistol is designed specifically for the civilian market.  I had a chance to shoot this pre-production pistol and talk with B&T AG staff about the pistol during our recent visit.  Here’s what I learned.

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New SAR9 Compact X Pistol from SAR USA

SAR USA has a new striker-fired pistol called the SAR9 Compact X. The SAR9 Compact X features a compact size for concealability, a polymer frame and a 4″ forged steel barrel and slide with lightening cuts. The “X package” features a Cerakoted slide with a matching color frame on some models. There is a choice of three insertable back straps to personalize the grip. The pistol also comes with a paddle holster, double mag pouch, magazine loader and a weapon light.

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R7 Mako Safety Recall Issued by Kimber Manufacturing

A safety recall has been issued by Kimber Manufacturing in regards to their striker-fired R7 Mako handgun. The R7 Mako safety recall was announced on February 23rd and applies to R7 models that were shipped between January 10th, 2022, and February 14th, 2022. The R7 Mako safety recall was issued after Kimber discovered a quality issue surrounding the firing pin safety block. Customers who own one of the affected models are entitled to a free examination by Kimber to fix the issue.

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BRG USA Introduces the BRG9 Elite Pistol

BRG USA has announced its latest offering to the US concealed carry market with the new BRG9 Elite pistol. For those of you heading to SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range this year, you’ll be able to stop in at lane SR6 to check out this new pistol or check it out at booth 12846 during the rest of the main show. The BRG9 Elite will come standard with Night Fision tritium night sights as well as ambidextrous controls.

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VIDEO: The NEW Rock Island Armory STK100 Striker Fired Handgun

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves meets with John of RIA to discuss the new Rock Island Armory STK100 striker-fired, aluminum-framed handgun. This gun is, essentially, an aluminum-framed Glock clone that has about 90% parts compatibility with the Glock 3rd gen handguns. However, the STK100 has a number of features that aren’t featured on other striker-fired guns in the same price point including optics cuts, lightening cuts in the slide, an aluminum frame, and more.

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TFB DEBATE CLUB: Striker-Fired Pistols Vs Hammer-Fired Pistols

Welcome to the TFB Debate Club, where two writers climb into their spider holes and trade volleys on two sides of a hot topic. Last time we met  Nick and I sparred off on shooting suppressed versus shooting unsuppressed – I argued against silencer use, a painful dissenting opinion for me. This week Adam and Matt E debate striker-fired pistols and hammer-fired pistols. Is there one correct answer? Let’s find out.

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[SHOT 2020] SCCY DVG1 Striker-Fired Handgun, Optics Capable

SCCY is introducing the company’s first striker-fired handgun, the DVG1 or David Versus Goliath-1. The handgun is very similar to their earlier double-action versions but in this case, it is striker-fired. Along with standard versions of the handgun there are also optic-mounted versions that customers can purchase right off the shelf and from the website. Another design feature that was changed was the slide serrations, curved inward to allow a better grip when racking the slide from either the front or the rear. Capacity is 10+1 in 9x19mm.

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If I Could Only Own One Handgun – My Choice

Over the last few months, I’ve been asking friends and other shooters a question over dinner or drinks at the bar. I always start out by setting a foundation explaining the concept. Let’s say you had to sell every handgun you own and had an unlimited budget to buy one handgun. I always tell people they have enough money to buy any pistol ever made but you’ll be stuck with that handgun for the rest of your life. I often ask this question to friends and family and surprisingly I have never gotten the same twice yet. When given the opportunity to own any handgun ever made, people tend to shy away from the generic Glock 19 and start thinking better.

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DA/SA vs Striker Fired – What's the best option for you?

Many people have a hard time deciding what they prefer when it comes to Double Action/ Single Action handguns or Striker Fired handguns. They are two very different systems that both have their advantages, but often DA/SA guns take more time to master over striker fired guns. The market is filled with both options and most companies are making variations of both.

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Century Arms Introduces the Canik TP9SA Mod.2 Pistol

Century Arms, the exclusive importer of Canik handguns and accessories, has released a new addition the Canik TP-series handgun line, the TP9SA Mod.2. The TP9SA Mod.2 contains several upgrades from the original TP9SA pistol inspired by the feedback of military, law enforcement, and recreational shooters.

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Tau Development Group's Glock Striker Control Device

I recently stumbled upon an interesting product called the Striker Control Device from a company called Tau Development Group. The SCD (Striker Control Device) is a device that replaces your Glock’s slide cover plate and adds another layer of safety when holstering your Glock.

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An M17 MHS of Your Own – SIG Will Offer the Army's New Pistol to Civilians

The US Army’s new sidearm, the SIG Sauer M17 Modular Handgun System, will soon be available for purchase on the civilian market. SIG’s Chief Marketing Officer Tom Taylor told Military.com about the decision, saying that about 5,000 of the full size M17 variant will be released to the civilian market sometime in early 2018:

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M17 Holster Unveiled as Safariland 7TS Variant

The first holster to be issued with the US Army’s new Modular Handgun System, including both the M17 and M18 pistols, will be a variant of the Safariland 7TS holster, featuring both ALS and SLS locking systems. The holster is the first of at least three holsters to be procured as part of the MHS program, to be followed by a variant that accommodates an aiming laser/light module, as well as a concealed holster for the M18 compact variant. The holster was procured through the tailored logistics program, and the vendor selected for its ability to meet MHS’s timeline, according to a Military.com article written by Matthew Cox.

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M17 MHS to Arm Soldiers Down to Team Leader Level

The US Army has announced a decision to field the M17 MHS as a sidearm to more soldiers than were previously issued M9 handguns. Where previously only senior leadership were authorized to carry handguns, with the new M17 and M18 Modular Handgun System squad and team leaders will be authorized. The move is intended to give those leaders greater flexibility in close quarters battle. Military.com reports:

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What Sets Glocks Apart – Is Your Gun REALLY Safe?

The recent controversy regarding the drop safety characteristics of SIG’s P320 handgun has some taking a closer look at their handguns. Drop safety is something that – in theory – is so mature in modern handguns that it should be a non-issue, but with so many different variations on the same theme ( that theme being “Glock”) in the market today, how do we know these guns are really as safe as they could be? With that in mind, it’s worth taking a closer look at what makes a modern striker-fired handgun drop safe, and that’s just what Tom Jones of Pistol-Training.com has given us in a recent forum post. Jones lays out what makes a Glock a “Glock”, in other words, the carefully designed safety features of the company’s handguns which make them as difficult to accidentally discharge as possible:

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