Another friend joined us so we had a couple more models to check out. I know my shopping buddy so knew budget was not a criterion – gotta love it when you’re spending somebody else’s money. As a matter of fact, that’s what he said after a couple of adult beverages and playing cards on Saturday night.
On the way there I explained the types of 9mm we would see today, striker fire, DA/SA, and SAO. Even though I don’t own a striker fire, I was kind of leading him that way because of the pick-it-up and pull the trigger and every trigger pull is the same mentality. I was trying not to overload with data, but provide enough info to ensure he understood a striker fire wouldn’t go off if the trigger was not pulled, even if dropped.
We get there, and even though I am not a Glock guy, I thought the G17 or G19 would definitely be in the running – no go. I was privately hoping he would like the Centry Arms/Canik because I have dry fired one and really wanted an opportunity to try one live fire – no go. Long story short, I made a little grimace when the lady handed him an STI Staccato in 9mm, but he really liked it and I couldn’t wait to try it out! He also liked the Sig P226, another one of my favorites, so he rented the STI and the Sig. They also had Nighthawks available, which if I was selfish, would have recommended so I could try, but pointed out they were probably beyond the normal budget.
Also available for him to try from what my other friend and I had brought were a Berretta 92FS, Sig P938 sub-compact, Springfield EMP4, Berretta PX4 Storm in 40 S&W, and an FNP in 40 S&W. So, seven models to sample.
He shot best with the STI and the Springfield 9mm 1911’s. Then he found out the prices! Lotus did not have an STI for sale nor would they commit to any future availability. They had a Springfield EMP4 available, but were basically at retail price.
So, after a trip to another local gun store, he is more strongly considering the Berretta 92FS, but looks like we may be forced to go back and rent a G17 or G19 for comparison. I’m still pulling for giving the the Canik a try.
Kudos to the RO on duty. He had 30+ years’ experience as a firearms instructor and contributed greatly to supporting the inputs I had given my friend. BTW, I shot the STI and got +/- ½” grouping at 5 yards in rapid fire – I need one!
(edited because emoticon’s did not post right)