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Comparative Test compact self-loading pistols 9 mm Luger

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Among hunters very popular are compact pistols in the caliber 9 mm Luger (formerly Para). The pistol cartridge, which is used all over the world, performs well even with short run lengths. Jagdpraxis has competed against four compact pistols in the 9 mm Luger caliber in a comprehensive comparison test. (Test report from Jagdpraxis 1/2013)
The hunting use of handguns is controversial and should be well considered. In the dark with the flashlight in one hand and the revolver in the other hand of a welded sow in the thicket to follow, is not very recommendable. Will, as it should be searched the next day with the welding dog, anyway gives the dog handler the Fangschuss. From this point of view, therefore, handguns would be recommended only for sweat-dog guides. Nevertheless, many hunters have a short weapon on the man, if it applies to the sows. It could well be that the bombarded piece is still alive when you enter, and besides, you read so much about raids on hunters. As calmed down a pistol in the coat pocket already tremendously.

If a short weapon is already in use, then in a usable caliber and as a model that works safely. The second aspect is the size and weight of the firearm. If the gun is too heavy and unwieldy, it will soon be in the vault. Since it makes little good when it matters.

The four test weapons Synonymous with compact pistols is the Austrian manufacturer Glock, its model 26 is the smallest of them. Meanwhile, the 4th Generation of fire-strong small arms is available. Walther is also known for high-quality pocket pistols. For a long time, PP and PPK models were the pocket pistols par excellence. Today they are short because of their weak caliber 7.65 Browning and 9 mm but rather something for collectors and hardly in serious use. With the PPS (police pistol narrow) Walther but has a 9 mm Luger in the program, the dimensions of which are barely above those of the PPK.

Heckler & Koch is known for high-quality and very reliable pistols. Many authorities lead the P 2000 as a service weapon. With the SK features H & K but also about a model with the technology of the P 2000, but much more compact.
The fourth pistol in the JP test comes from the Italian manufacturer Beretta. The Storm Compact is the small version of the modern holster pistol
Beretta Storm with turn-lock closure. First, let us introduce the pistols and their technical features in detail.

Glock 26 Gen 4

Glock pistols have been continuously improved, now the fourth generation is already on the market. When the first generation was introduced to the Austrian army in 1982, the Glock had a smooth polymer grip without a lanyard hole – not ideal. Already in 1988 came the second generation with grippy all-round texture and lug hole on the handle back. The third generation 10 years later had finger grooves, an even better roughening, recesses on the side surfaces for thumb and forefinger and finally at the front under the frame a rail for receiving a lamp or a laser targeting device.

In order to make the Glock tasty for users with small hands as well, an optional short frame grip with 2 mm less distance came from the trigger to the handle back. Thus, the Glock was good, but not quite at the height of the market, because the competition had long replaceable handle backs with their polymer guns, which allowed an even better adaptation to the size of the hand. Glock has now caught up with Generation 4.Glock uses a modified Browning system for locking. The front edge of the locking block on the barrel rests in the ejection window and, together with the carriage, returns a short distance when the weapon is fired. Then the barrel is pulled down over the control surface and the beveled hook piece and thus separated from the carriage, which can now run back unchecked a proven and very reliable locking system that many other manufacturers use, even if it is not particularly due to the loose bearing precise applies. It is inexpensive to manufacture and very robust.

The peculiarity and genuine novelty of their market introduction was the trigger system of the Glock. It has a teilvorgespanntes firing pin lock and a so-called.

“Safe Action Trigger” with always the same trigger weight. This technique eliminates the need for manually operated fuses (as with revolvers) because the firing pin is not fully tensioned when the weapon is being guided; the energy of the partially tensioned firing pin lock is insufficient to ignite a cartridge. When pulling off, a narrow tongue is first pressed in the trigger, which deactivates the trigger guard (the trigger cannot be unintentionally moved backward). Only when the tongue is pressed in, the trigger can even move. As the trigger pulls on, tensioning of the firing pin takes place. This requires about 6 mm extraction travel and a good kilo of weight. The trigger bar is now located on the control spring and releases further when pulling the trigger through a sloping control surface the firing pin. For this, another 3 mm extraction travel and just under two kilograms of force are required. Depending on the setting of the trigger, the total trigger travel is thus about 8-9 mm, with a trigger weight of 2.5 – 3 kg.

Glock pistols are valued by authorities and military around the world for their robustness and easy disassembly.
The trigger weight is the same for every shot; well adjusted Glock trigger can be used smoothly and smoothly. As a special feature, the trigger cannot simply be pulled through again in the event of a misfire failure, as is the case with double-action pistols, which often leads to the ignition of the cartridge. After triggering the lock, the trigger pulls the trigger in the back position – you must load the gun before the trigger returns to the forward position. Not much has changed in the Compact version 26 of the typical Glock design, as well as the trigger and shutter technology. But different is the interpretation of the closing spring.

Here, a whole spring system of two coil springs was installed, which are stored in each other. Necessary this effort makes the extremely short length of the gun. Only 56 mm are available for the clock spring. For a single strong spring too little space, because compressed thick springs take up a lot of space. Two different diameter springs, which are separated by a sleeve, take up much less space.

Although both springs have the same axis but are separated by a sleeve on which the thicker sits. As a result, they are simultaneously stressed during the shot and act like a much thicker spring – without the need for their space.
The only 88 mm long barrel has the special Glock inner profile with six flat trains and fields. The runs of the Glock Generation 4 are now gas nitride. This surface hardening process increases the wear resistance and makes the barrels less susceptible to corrosion.

The white-framed rectangle can be fine adjusted both in height and in the side and harmonizes well with the 4-mm beam grain. This high-contrast visor is easily recognizable even in a bad light.

The double-row plastic magazine for 10 cartridges is very compact. Accordingly short the handle falls out, for the little finger is no longer on the handle. Only remains to place it under the magazine floor.

However, Glock offers a slip-on shoe that extends the grip and increases the magazine capacity by two shots. The hand position is greatly improved. The size, of course, so that this magazine rather for the shooting range offers.

Replaceable handle back

What the old version still lacked was an interchangeable back of the handle, which allows an even better fit to the hand size. There were Walther, SIG, Heckler & Koch, Beretta, Ruger, CZ or Smith Wesson with its polymer pistols with exchangeable handle backs much faster.

With the Generation 4 Glock has now unlocked and made some meaningful improvements. Each weapon comes with two backs, which can be mounted in a few seconds and increase the distance deduction/grip back by 2 mm, which makes up a lot in the hand position. The assembly takes place by removing and installing the control block cross pin with an enclosed tool. The new frame also has a new surface that is nice to grip, without biting your fingers sharply or ruining the lining of the jacket. Another improvement of the 4th generation is the much larger holding button, which facilitates the fast magazine change significantly. In addition, it can be rebuilt from left to right, which also left-handers are considered.
The Glock 26 Gen 4 is a very compact and very safe gun due to the safe-action trigger, which eliminates the need for manual backups.

Walther PPS

It took a long time for Walther to introduce the successor to the legendary PPK. The small, handy police pistol was also very popular with hunters because of its operational safety – only the caliber 7.65 Browning and 9 mm short was not the first choices for the shot.

With the new PPS you have the choice between the 9 mm Luger and the .40 S & amp; W, where the dimensions are barely above those of the PPK. Especially in width, the PPS sets standards with only 23 mm. As a government model her small dimensions and magazine capacity (depending on the magazine 5 to 7 rounds) but the fatal, because the specifications of the police also dictate a magazine content of at least 12 shots. Hunter does not mind that much; they are more interested in handy dimensions than in firepower.

The extremely flat pistol is only 160.5 mm long and 112 mm high. Everything is beautifully rounded, protruding parts are sought in vain. With the PPS, the PPK has received a truly worthy successor in terms of wearing properties. Worn in the holster, it hardly wears on; even in the inner pocket of the hunting jacket can be easy thanks to the polymer grip only 550 g light weapon.

Also, the PPS has a partially tensioned firing pin lock, which is triggered by a safety trigger, which strongly reminds of Glock. Again, in the actual deduction, a small tongue is present, which ensures that the shot breaks only at the intended deduction trigger. The lock is always a bit tense, but the impact of energy is not enough to ignite a cartridge. An improvement to the Glock trigger is that the lock does not have to be relaxed over the trigger before disassembly. Here is the deduction really only pressed if you want to shoot. The spring sits on a guide rod and, like the Glock, is actually a spring system, because here two springs with different diameters run over each other. This is necessary to apply the required spring force at the small available space. Walther also uses a modified Browning lock.
Three magazines and two gripper ridges allow an optimal, individual adaptation.

A look at the slot in the ejection window is enough to see if a cartridge is in the barrel. The back of the handle can be easily pulled off the small button on the bottom of the handle and replaced with a handle back with other dimensions and adapted to your own hand size. The exchangeable handle back also serves as a safeguard against unauthorized use. If removed, the PPS will not be able to shoot. Walther calls this child safety device Quick Safe System – easy to handle without an additional key. The PPS is equipped with a three-point sight, made of steel and not (as is often the case today with weapons with a polymer grip piece) made of plastic. The rear sight can be adjusted laterally in the dovetail, the white target points are easy to recognize even at dusk and enable fast target acquisition.

Walther builds for the PPS three magazines with 5.6 or 7 shot capacity. With the 5-round magazine, the little finger no longer finds any space on the handle. With the 6er magazine, it gets a little better, for big hands, the weapon can only be kept really comfortable with the 7-round magazine which is further down.

The magazines are shaped at the bottom so that they really extend the grip and effectively improve the hand position. The magazine trigger is initially in vain. The usual button on the handle or lever at the bottom of the magazine shaft is not available. Here is the rear part of the trigger guard, which can be pushed down, as a magazine trigger – a very elegant solution. The PPS is also an extremely compact self-loading pistol, which, like the Glock, is very user-friendly.

Heckler & Chef P 2000 SK

Many authorities lead the P 2000 as a service weapon. Heckler Cook the civilian market, but also authorities that carry weapons.
The handle has been shortened so far that the double-row magazine still holds 10 cartridges, more than enough for the purpose of shooting. From the firepower, you could certainly further reduce, but then a reasonable handling would hardly be possible. A pistol grip needs a certain minimum length to be able to shoot and hit sensibly. If the height of the service pistol P 2000 is still 128 mm, the SK is only 117 mm high.

Also, the barrel was shortened and is only 83 mm long, exactly 10 mm shorter than in the big sister P 2000 in the SK. It sounds like very simple modifications that do not require much effort. Technically, this is not so easy if the gun should also remain reliable. Self-loading guns are much more demanding than revolvers, where barrel length does not matter for safe operation. This becomes clear when you disassemble the gun and take a look at the spring closing – where sits on the big P 2000 a simple big spring, the SK has the same as the Glock and the PPS telescopic closing spring system of two springs with different spring rate mesh.

Heckler & Koch offers the pistol either with Combat Defense (CDA) or conventional single-action / double-action trigger. The CDA print is a semi-double-action-only print, similar to Glock and the PPS. The CDA trigger has a relatively long journey and a deduction weight of over three kilograms. Normal hunters are certainly better served with the old SA / DA trigger, especially as H & amp; K offers an interesting feature – a relax button allows you to relax the weapon very easily at the touch of a button. This button is located on the left side of the carriage, when you press it, the cock snaps into the double-action mode, the lock is relaxed, and the weapon can be safely run with a cartridge in the barrel.

Before the shot simply cock is cocked and it can be easily shot with low trigger weight. All controls are on both sides, allowing left and right shooters comfortable handling.

A 10-round magazine is hardly needed as a hunter, but the overall length for better hand position already.
The P 2000 SK also has a modified Browning locking system with a tilting barrel. As with the Glock and the PPS, locking takes place via the cartridge bearing part that locks in the ejection window. Heckler & Cook at the height of time. As is common today with modern self-loading pistols, the SK also has a polymer grip piece, which can be adjusted via replaceable backs of the shooter’s hand. The delivery includes a curved and a flat handle back. To change a split pin at the bottom of the handle must be removed. After that, he just lets off.

The back of the handle and the front are rough, the side surfaces feel relatively smooth. The compact version is also equipped with a mounting rail on the front of the handle for attaching a laser or a weapon light. Unfortunately, that does not help the hunter.

The visor was taken over by the big service pistol. The sight and grain are dovetail-milled and can easily be adjusted laterally or exchanged for height correction. Rear sight and grain provide white contrast points for a good contrast even in a bad light.

Thanks to the lightweight polymer handle and reduced dimensions, the SK only weighs 680 g, making it a really comfortable companion to wear.

Beretta Storm Compact

From the modified Browning system of the first three models, the Beretta differs significantly – it has a very rare turn-lock. Although Steyr has had the principle since about 1900, only a few developments (Cougar, Colt All American, Swiss TP 9) have been equipped with it. Compared to usually locked pistol buckles with a tilting barrel arms with locking latches in the shot should be quieter, because their course always remains in the horizontal. Whether that really makes itself felt was examined in detail during the shooting test. The handy pistol is only 174 mm long and 128 mm high. Everything is beautifully rounded, and protruding parts are also sought in vain. Despite the double-row magazine for 15 cartridges, the Storm Compact measures only 39.5 mm at the widest point. Although 770 g are not super light, you can still count on the Compact to the pocket pistols. She barely wears a holster, and even in the inside pocket of the hunting jacket, the pistol can be carried comfortably.

The Storm has a classic double-action lock. The first shot can be fired over the trigger if you need to go fast. The outside cock can also be tightened by hand, and so can be fired at the first shot with a significantly lower trigger weight. After the first shot, the cock is always automatically cocked. If the fuse is pressed, the weapon automatically relaxes. The Storm is consistently designed for left and right-handed people. Fuse and locking catch are on both sides, the magazine release can be changed. The spring sits on a guide rod, also here as a system with two springs of different diameters, which run over each other.

The handle back can be removed after removing a spring clip at the bottom of the handle and replace it with a handle back with other dimensions. This allows the handle to adapt to your own hand size. Mounted is the medium-grip back, the shooter with normal-sized hands fits well.

The three-point visor of the Storm provides a good, high-contrast target image. The rear sight can be laterally adjusted in the dovetail. The white target points are easy to see even at dusk and allow fast target shooting – an exemplary sighting for a quick shot. The carriage is equipped with the Brunition paint, which protects very well against corrosion and has been successfully used by Beretta for a long time. Unfortunately, the sheet steel magazine does not experience this treatment, it is only burnished to a high gloss. Although the Beretta Storm is the largest pistol in the test field, it also has the largest magazine.

With 15 shots, the Storm has a considerable firepower for a compact pistol.

The pistols in comparison, ineligibility

Before it went to the shooting range to examine precision, reliability, visor, trigger characteristics, and shooting behavior, the disassembly was first scrutinized for cleaning. A self-loading pistol needs to care if it is to function safely. During firing, combustion residues enter the mechanics, and bullet remains are deposited in the barrel. To clean a pistol, it must be disassembled into its main components – the carriage and grip must be separated, and the barrel and lock spring must be removed from the carriage.

This is sufficient for cleaning purposes completely, further disassembly, such as the trigger system, should be left to the gunsmith. This requires expertise and sometimes special tools. It should also be remembered that disassembly is usually much easier than reassembly! Disassembly for cleaning purposes should be as simple and simple as possible – if possible without tools. When evaluating and awarding points, therefore, a separate section is dedicated to simple disassembly, which can bring in a maximum of 10 points.

The Glock 26 can be disassembled without tools. First, the magazine is removed and pulled through the trigger, which remains in the rear position. Thereafter, the carriage must be pulled back about 3 mm and then pulled down before the trigger guard from the handle protruding ribbed locking slide. Now, when the carriage is pushed forward, it can be pushed completely by the guideways of the handle. The locking spring rests in a recess of the front running hook and can be removed by being slightly compressed. Then it is no problem to remove the barrel from the slide, which is no longer under a tension of the shutter spring. It is assembled in the reverse order – here it is sufficient to slide the carriage on the handle until it clicks into place. Once you know how far the slide has to be pulled back before the lock buttons are operated, disassembly is easy. A marker on the handle would be helpful, indicating how far the slide has to be pulled backward. Nevertheless, a simple system, but there are 8 out of 10 points.

The PPS can also be disassembled without tools and even with partially tensioned lock. The trigger does not need to be pressed as before with the Glock. To disassemble, only the two-sided disassembly lever on the handle must be pulled down, and the slide can be pulled back slightly and take off. After removing the spring, the barrel can be removed from the carriage and easily cleaned. This system appealed to our testers even better than the Glock’s because it eliminates pulling through the trigger and does not require a well-defined point to remove the slide. Even people who never had a PPS in their hands could, after a simple explanation, disassemble and reassemble the weapon. There are a full 10 points.

The Heckler & Cook is disassembled via the catch, which must be removed. After removing the magazine, the carriage is retracted until the catch recess coincides with the front end of the shutter catch lever. Then the axis of the locking lever must be pressed in from the right and the lever pulled out to the left. It is somewhat difficult to hold the carriage with one hand in the correct position since the second is indeed needed to remove the catch. Then it just goes on. The carriage is pulled forwards by the handle, and the lock spring and barrel can be removed. When assembling, make sure that the recess for the locking lever coincides with the axle hole. Only then can the catch lever be reinserted – again the problem of keeping the carriage in the correct position with only one hand. A dissection system that requires exercise and requires strong finger muscles. The woman in our test team already had a lot of difficulties, there are not more than 6 points.

The dismantling of the Beretta Storm Compact is very easy and does not cause problems for laymen. All you have to do is pull down the two-sided disassembly lever on the handle, and the slide can be pulled forward. After removing the spring, the barrel can be removed from the carriage and easily cleaned. The assembly is just as easy. Simply slide the slide with an inserted barrel and lock spring onto the handle until the disassembly lever engages. This system also gets a full 10 points.

Here are the magazines of the four compact pistols (from left to right): Beretta, Glock, Heckler & amp; Koch, Walther

On the Shooting Range

First, the function was tested, with each gun were fired 100 cartridges Fiocchi full coat. The Glock 26 made an ejection disturbance on the 56th shot, the empty sheath stuck in the ejection window and blocked the slide.
Walther PPS and Heckler & amp; Koch came up with two faults each – with the Walther a Klemmer and a not quite supplied cartridge, so that the slide did not reach the end position and no shot could be fired. The taillight was the Beretta with three not completely supplied cartridges. That means 9 points for the Glock, 8 points for the two German brands, and 7 points for Italy. In terms of handling security, no model showed any defects, so that each full 5 points were awarded here.

As part of the functional test, the operating elements and the design of the handle were examined at the same time. The Beretta Storm is consistently designed for left-handed and right-handed people. Fuse and locking catch are on both sides, the magazine release can be changed. The operating levers are easy to reach and easy to operate. The magazine falls freely from the shaft after the magazine release has been actuated. There is a full score. The handle is also well made. The handle back can be removed after removing a spring clip at the bottom of the handle and replace it with a handle back with other dimensions. This allows the handle to adapt to your own hand size. Mounted is the medium-grip back, the shooter with normal-sized hands fits well.

Due to the double-row magazine, the grip circumference is correspondingly large. The grip is just big enough to place even the little finger on the handle – at least until about glove size 10. The handle, however, is pretty smooth, so you have to grab tight, so that the weapon does not turn in fast series and a follow up is required. Here a roughened handle would be cheaper. There are 2 points of deduction. The rotation has no great influence on the behavior of the weapon in the shot. The high rate was not lower than the other models.

The Glock has not many controls, only magazine release and catch. Both are easy to reach and easy to operate. The magazine button can be moved to the left, the catch lever is only one-sided, which gives 1 point deduction in the controls. The Glock has a double-row magazine for 10 cartridges. Accordingly short the handle falls out. There is no room left for the little finger on the handle. However, Glock offers a slip-on shoe for the magazine, which not only extends the grip but also increases the magazine capacity by two shots. The hand position is greatly improved. During the test, the weapon was shot with the normal magazine, which is also used in hunting operations. The new generation 4 frame has a surface that is nice and handy so that the weapon is very non-slip in the hand. The handle design was rated 13 points by the testers.

For the slightly too short handle, 2 points were deducted.

At the Heckler & Koch P 2000 SK, all controls are available on both sides. Only the relaxation button sits at the back of the sled and can also be easily reached by left-handers. Placement and movement give no cause for criticism. This gives the P 2000 SK the full 10 points for the control lever.

The delivery includes a curved and a flat handle back. The back of the handle and the front are rough, the side surfaces feel relatively smooth. With wet hands, valiant access is required when shooting fast batches. The weapon turns slightly in the hand. The handle is long enough for a good hand position (medium-sized hands), for too smooth side surfaces 2 points are deducted so that the HK still gets 13 points for the handle design. The controls on the Walther PPS are well placed and easy to operate. The shutter release is only present on one side, which brings the small Walther 1 point deduction. The back of the handle can be easily pulled off the small button on the bottom of the handle and replaced with a handle back with other dimensions. The handle itself is very short. If the PPS equipped with the 5-round magazine, the little finger finds no more space on the handle. The handle is sufficiently rough to hold the gun safely in fast series when the shooter neatly tugs. For the grip, the testers gave the Walther PPS 13 points.

The runs of the test candidates (from left to right): Beretta, Glock, Heckler & Koch, and Walther.

Deduction characteristics

With the Glock, according to the manufacturer, it is possible to adjust the trigger by replacing the control springs from 2000 to 5000 g. The test weapon with the lightest spring available was measured at 2,800 g – a good value for a safe action trigger. The way was too long for some testers, even if the trigger can be pulled through softly. For the usual short shooting distances, which are the rule with such a pistol, a very good trigger. The scoring is done according to hunting practice criteria depending on the trigger system: If only the trigger weight would be rated, a safe action against a single action trigger would have no chance.

The Glock 8 receives 10 out of the possible points. The Walter PPS also has a safe action penalty. The trigger weight was 2.6 kg, the triggering path was pleasingly low. This deduction pleased all testers much better and received a full 10 points.

The Heckler & Koch has a conventional double-action trigger with an external tap, which allows it to cock the lock before the first shot. The single-action trigger weight was 1 800 g, the trigger was dry with a very small draft. This makes it possible to shoot very precisely. If subtracted in double-action mode, the trigger is very long. The trigger weight is then at 4 700 g already at the pain threshold for controlled precision shots. The Double-Action-Trigger is only usable on an absolute short distance if in emergency there is no time to cock the cock. Hopefully, this will never happen with a hunting handgun. With the cock cocked, the Heckler & Chef first class. However, in the case of a double-action trigger, the characteristic and the trigger weight of the tension trigger must also be assessed. The H & amp; K did not fully score, so in the end, 8 points were awarded for this deduction, although the single-action deduction of the 2000 SK was the best for all the testers.

Beretta’s Storm also has a classic double-action lock. The first shot can be fired over the trigger if you need to go fast. Then, in a fairly short way, 3,800 g must be overcome. If the external cock is cocked, the trigger weight is 2 200 g. The single-action trigger is not quite as dry as the H & K – at a significantly higher deduction weight. But their double-action deduction is better – almost a kilo lighter. Overall, the testers awarded 7 points.

All four pistols have a very high contrast sight with white twilight marks. The width of the Kimmenausschnittes is well matched to the grain width in all. There is nothing to complain about here. Also, all visors are sufficiently robust for hunting use. The situation is different with the adjustment options.

Only the Glock has an adjustable in height and side rear sight, while in the other the rear sight can only be moved laterally in the dovetail, for height correction, the grain must be replaced. This gives the Glock a full 10 points when rating the visor while subtracting one point each for missing height adjustment from the other three. Precision
Precision is not so important in compact pistols, because the shooting distances are short and you can not even implement the real precision of the weapon through the short sightline. The precision is determined with three different cartridge types, with each variety of two-shot images are fired. The best of the six shots will be scored. Shooting is 15 meters from the sandbag since weapons with polymer grip in the Ransom rest can not be stretched.
The best 5-shot shot of the Glock was 37 mm, which means 8 out of 10 possible points. The Walther PPS shot a little worse with 40 mm and collected 7 points.

Also, the Heckler & Koch got 7 points, although with 42 mm she delivered a slightly larger scattering circle. However, the scoring is done in 5mm increments, so these results were in the same category.
The Beretta Storm Compact delivered the best shot with 36 mm and got 8 points for it.

Shot with hollow-point ammunition from Hornady, Speer, and Remington. All four test weapons shoot excellent – probably more precise than most hunters can use the free-hand shot at all. As a purchase criterion, the precision test should, therefore, play a minor role. Although the performance of the four weapons with the test ammunition is not scored points, it is interesting to see how the respective runs implement the ammunition. Therefore, the muzzle velocity (metrologically the V3) of the test weapons was measured with a light barrier chronograph and from this, the muzzle energy (also E3) was calculated. The results are not directly comparable since the run lengths of the four models were not exactly identical. There were laboratory tests with 124 grs. Bullet weight used to compare the results better.

The Glock breaks the 500-joule mark with the Speer Gold Dot – amazing for such a small pistol. It also has the longest run and is superior in performance to the others. It is interesting that the Remington Golden Saber delivers the highest performance in the other three weapons, but is surpassed by the Gold Dot in the longer Glock run. Remington apparently uses a powder that is particularly well suited for short runs in this lab. Processing and anti-rust.

All four weapons are high-quality models of renowned manufacturers. The fits are consistently neat and give no cause for criticism. The slide game moves in the normal frame. Also with the corrosion protection, all weapons are exemplary. This should not be surprising since all manufacturers mainly manufacture pistols for official and military use, and there are strict requirements. Military pistols are even exposed to saltwater during the certification test before they are introduced. Glock protects the steel parts with an additional coating that gives a very hard (just below diamond hardness) and tough surface. As a result, a very good protection against corrosion is achieved. Walther generates the steel parts of the PPS and thus also achieves outstanding corrosion protection. In addition, the matt black surface looks very classy.

Also, the Heckler & Koch proved to be very corrosion and scratch-resistant.
Beretta uses a tinting paint for rust protection, which has been used successfully for some time now. In the category processing and corrosion protection, all models receive the full 10 points. Price-performance ratio
The Glock is with 689 € the cheapest weapon in the test and is delivered with two handles back, spare magazine and brush in a plastic box. There are a full 10 points.

The Walther PPS is only marginally more expensive with 719 € and also comes with good equipment. Here are even two different length reserve magazines and a handle back included. Everything is packed in a sturdy plastic case. Again, the full 10 points were awarded.
Heckler & Koch provides an additional grip back and a reserve magazine, the price of 925 € is much higher, but there are still 8 points. With 939 €, the Beretta is the most expensive weapon – and also the one with the lowest delivery, except plastic box and reserve magazine was nothing. Missing is especially another grip back. There were only 7 Punkte.

The winner on points is Walthers PPS with 91 points, closely followed by the Glock 26 with 90 points. These two models get the hunting practice rating very well (three loupes). The Beretta Storm Compact scored a very good 86 points, with less quality and shooting performance for a significant deduction made, but much more the bad price-performance ratio. The taillight is the Heckler & Koch P 2000 SK, who also got 84 points and so like the Beretta the assessment good (two magnifying glasses).

All four models are precise and powerful pocket pistols that are very well made.
Interestingly, Glock and Walther are not only the models with the most points but also the cheapest ones. Whether one prefers the Glock or the PPS, should be decided in a test shooting because it personal preferences in deduction and grip play a major role. The PPS is by far the lightest and flattest weapon but also has the lowest magazine capacity. This should not be a big issue with a firearm.

That’s how we counted
The weapons go through a fixed test program, a maximum of 100 points can be reached, which add up from the following individual tests:

Functional and handling safety (max 15 points)

The safe function and handling is crucial for firearms and is given high priority. Here are a maximum of 15 points achievable, 10 of which account for the trouble-free shot. For this purpose, 100 cartridges are fired from each weapon, each with the maximum magazine capacity in rapid-fire mode. One point is deducted for each feed or ejection failure, and the ammunition is changed in the event of an unusually high number of faults, but this is stated separately in the test report.

5 points are awarded for handling safety, it depends on whether there is the possibility of unwanted shot firing and the safety device fulfills its function. It can also be a point deduction, if the weapon is “overlocked”, so too many shots are necessary until the shot.

With such a photocell chronograph, the speed was measured three meters in front of the mouth.

Precision (max 10 points)

For compact pistols, the precision test is only weighted with a maximum of 10 points, because these weapons are intended for the short distance and not for precise shooting at further distances. The projectile is shot at 15 m, as models with a polymer grip can not be clamped in the ransom rest, so the sandbag overlay is tested for the comparability of all weapons. The distance between the center of the outer weft holes of a group of five is measured. The full score depends on the caliber and is determined with compact pistols from the triple caliber value. Caliber 9 mm thus up to 27 mm, .40 to 30 mm and .45 to 36 mm. Each 5 mm more scatter circle diameter cost 1 point deduction. The precision is determined with three different cartridge types, with each variety of two-shot images are fired. The best of the six-shot shots are scored.

Draw characteristic (max 10 points)

Not only the measured trigger weight plays a role, but also the perceived perception when pulling – is the trigger dry, does he prefer, does he hook, or does he fall through after the shot? The rating is based on the deduction system. In weight, a single is not comparable to a safe action deduction. Therefore, a low trigger weight is valued higher in the case of safe action deduction or a DAO deduction. The trigger is crucial in pistols to implement the precision also. He is therefore given appropriate importance.

Cleanability for cleaning (10 points max.)

The rating reflects the comfort a weapon provides after use. Can it be disassembled easily and without tools, the assembly is easy and without “finger exercises” possible, fall on small parts that can be lost, how long does the disassembly? The full score reaches a pistol, which can be quickly and easily disassembled and assembled without effort and without tools.

Vision (maximum 10 points)

If the sight and sight allow fast targeting, provide a high-contrast visor, if the sights are height and side adjustable, how robust is it, does it allow a quick targeting, does it provide a high-contrast sighting sight? A high-contrast, fully adjustable visor, which is insensitive to shocks and blows, receives the full 10 points. 2 points deduction bring a lack of contrast, no side or height adjustment (with interchangeable grain only 1 point), too narrow or too wide rear sight, in case of lack of robustness 3 points deducted. Design of the grip (max 15 points)

In the case of firearms, we attach great importance to the grip. Only with the right-hand position can you shoot quickly and accurately with a pistol. The full score gets a pistol whose handle is adaptable to different hand sizes, has a non-slip surface, is designed so that the weapon in the shot neither rotates nor has protruding edges or corners that cause painful pressure points during shooting – for each negative feature Deducted 3 points.Control elements (max 10 points)

All levers such as the trigger, safety device, release lever, slide catch lever and magazine release must be easily reachable with normal-sized hands and be easy to use, but not too light to operate. They should be placed in such a way that ergonomic operation is possible. With modern pistols, at least the most important operating elements (safety device, slide catch, magazine release) should be present on both sides. For each control that is not optimal and easy to use, 2 points deducted. If an operating lever (exception: disassembly lever) is only present on one side, 1 point is deducted for this. Processing (max. 10 points)

This evaluation is based on the quality of the materials used, the fit of the components and the finish. In addition, the protection against corrosion flows into the evaluation. Price-performance ratio (max 10 points)
Here it is judged whether processing, equipment, and performance correspond to the price. Also included accessories such as tools, spare magazines or cleaning supplies play a role.