Guns & Ammo just posted their Comparison of 10 Single-Stack 9MM Pistols and we have all the juicy details!
Last weekend, Guns & Ammo testers went through more than 8,000 rounds of Winchester‘s 147-grain Train & Defend loads during a shootout which tested 10 single-stack, polymer-frame 9mm carry pistols costing less than $600 with a similar barrel length that measured between 3 and 31/2 inches.
These two types of ammunition are performance matched, giving us a control by which to compare accuracy and reliability. The Train load features a full-metal-jacket (FMJ) bullet, and the Defend load carries a jacketed hollowpoint (JHP), so feeding both types of bullet-nose styles would aid in evaluating reliability.
Each pistol was tested using only the elements supplied by the manufacturer, just as one would purchase it new and was shot without being cleaned or lubricated at any time.
At the completion of their initial performance test, several pistols moved on to shoot more than 650 rounds. Treating it as a final elimination stage, they ran these pistols against the new Glock 43 to 1,000 rounds as long as there was no type of malfunction. This number is considered by many (particularly those in the law enforcement community) as the standard any duty gun must meet before they are willing to trust their lives to its reliability. Only three pistols made it: the Kahr CM-9, Taurus 709 Slim and Walther PPS. The CM-9 had an FTF on 763.
The Glock 43, Taurus Slim and Walther PPS continued to run with five-minute breaks between strings of 100 rounds. All three evaluators rotated and pushed these pistols through several rapid-fire sessions at near-80-degree temperatures. After the 1,000-round mark was met, Eric Poole decided to push all three pistols through one final program he calls the “typewriter test.” This drill draws from different loads and bullet weights staggered in each magazine — usually leftover ammunition from other tests. Though all loads were of Winchester’s manufacture, the audible report heard through ear muffs is akin to a typewriter smacking paper. Springs and small parts must instantly react to the changing pressures resulting from different loads.
These last 50 rounds did nothing to affect the performance of these pistols. The Glock 43, Taurus 709 Slim and Walther PPS all successfully pushed to 1,050 rounds fired.
In this Comparison of 10 Single-Stack 9MM Pistols, which one’s your favorite?
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