Arguably the most dramatic change in the world of pistols over the last few years has been the proliferation of optics-ready pistols. Optics companies such as Trijicon, Leupold, Vortex and more have advanced red dot optics, creating a class of durable sighting systems that excel atop pistols. Competition shooting, both Pistol and 3-Gun, have helped create demand, and now the movement has swelled in conceal carry ranks as well, creating an interesting mix of purpose-built and hybrid models on the market today. Built for carry, built for competition, or marketed for both, there’s more optics-ready pistols on the market today than ever before.
Any foray into competition guns begins with STI clearly reigning supreme as the dominant force in the 2011 market. The DVC Open, then, is the company’s version of a double-stack 9 mm/.38 Super, built on a 2011 frame, featuring a red dot optic for Unlimited/Open competition.
Featuring a C-More 6MOA Dot Sight, the DVC Open is hard chrome finished and incorporates a 5.40-inch TX2 Comp barrel. A Dawson Tool-less Guide Rod, Titanium Nitride finish on the barrel and compensator and all the accompanying slide cuts round out an elite competition package with a retail price around $4K.
For more information, visit STI.
Walther’s newest PPQ, the M2 Q4 TAC, is both optics and suppressor ready, delivering a lot of capability in a polymer-framed package. The optics-ready slide features an LBA fiber-optic front sight and competition rear sight, along with the same mounting plate system used on the Walther Q5 Match. The mounting system accommodates various Trijicon, Leupold and Doctor optics.
“The Q5 Match has been very popular and we have had a lot of interest in a 4-inch, more tactical version. We are excited to combine a suppressor-ready and optics-ready pistol into a best-of-both-worlds platform,” said Luke Thorkildsen, Vice President of Marketing & Product Development, Walther Arms.
Available in 9 mm, with a threaded 4.6-inch barrel, the PPQ M2 Q4 TAC retails for $799. Visit Walther Arms for more information.
Buzz is continuing to build around Century Arms’ newest brand, the Canik line of polymer-framed, striker-fired pistols. And it’s quite simple why-you get a lot of gun for the money.
The TP9SFx not only answers the call for an optics-ready pistol, but delivers with an included Vortex Viper Red Dot.
“Canik is proud to have partnered with Vortex Optics for this project,” said Jason Karvois, Century Arms Director of Sales. “We feel that the quality, value, and lifetime warranty of the Viper Red Dot are an excellent fit with the TP9SFx pistol.”
Featuring a 5.2-inch barrel, two magazines with extended baseplates and 20-round capacity, and more, the $729.99 retail price represents an incredible value.
For more information, visit Century Arms.
If the STI is an example of the high-water mark for the competition variant, then Nighthawk’s Shadow Hawk Government is in a class by itself, as it comprises nothing, including the price. As a single-stack 9 mm, this gun won’t win a lot of championships on the firing line, and as a full size 1911 with an optic, it wouldn’t necessarily be the best carry choice for most.
But what this gun lacks in pure utilitarian description, it more than makes up for with pure awesomeness, from the included Trijicon RMR, to the black nitride finish, to the exquisite attention to detail in serrations, checkering and slide cuts, the Shadow Hawk delivers a true high-end 1911. And with a price tag starting at $4,895, it should leave nothing to be desired. At first glance, Nighthawk delivers.
For more information, visit Nighthawk Custom.