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Pistol Reviews


The Pistol is widely defined as any type of firearm designed to be fired with one hand. This includes derringers, ancient "hand cannons", and novelty sorts such as a cubic puzzle that transforms into a working, muzzle-loaded gun. Pistol designs are as variable as the people that design them.

Here at Gun Review Spot we tend to focus on the types of pistols that people actually own, and use for personal and home defense, competition, and hunting while skipping over antique and "novelty" pistols that rarely get any use. After all, it's hard to competently write a review on a pistol that was handed down over the course of seven generations, all of which have never fired it.

Primarily, the information you'll find here will include cursory overviews of various guns that are well loved by their owners who happen to be willing to share a bit about them. These pistols tend to be still being made or have recently been removed from the production lines but are still being carries and used on a consistent basis for their intended purpose.

Pistols fall into a whole host of sub-categories. Some gun enthusiasts make a point to develop elaborate classification mechanisms that rival the library Dewey decimal system in complexity. We try to follow Einstein's advice to "Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler," and thus we have chosen to group all pistil reviews into a four distince sections:

Pistol Types

Types of Pistols

1) Service Pistols - this is by far the largest category of the bunch. Service pistols are traditionally adopted from designed produced for military and law enforcement agencies. They are usually "full size" in nature and feature a 4" to 5" barrel.

2) Compact Pistols - these handguns tend to be closely related to their service pistol brethren. Usually, the only difference between the two is that the compact variation has a shortened grip that allow the pistol to be concealed inside-the-waistband with ease. All other features, including barrel and slide length, remain the same.

3) Sub-Compact Pistols - if you love your service pistol, but need something very small for a backup gun, then the sub-compact is the choice for you. The action and safety systems of the service pistol are all incorporated, for the most part, into the the sub-compact variation of the gun. Problems can develop in the radical shortening of the slide, barrel, and frame however, and often a number of compensating design elements are integrated into these pistols to keep them operating properly on a consistent basis.

4) Pocket Pistols - the smallest members of the group, pocket pistols are purpose built to be easily concealed. Included in this group are small semi-auto pistols, small-frame revolvers, and single or double shot derringers. These guns are not considered to be an acceptable primary weapon by many due to the resulting lack of penetrating power allowed by the small cartridges that are necessary to produce a pistol that is functional but still fits in the pocket.

5) 1911 Pistols - without any doubt, John Moses Browning's legendary design adopted by the U.S. Military in 1911 is the most loved and most copied pistol of all time. The guns is a service pistol by nature, but as pretty much every gun company that makes pistol now has added a 1911 variant to it's lineup, we have decided to dedicate a separate category to this legendary firearm. After all, only Glock makes a G22, but any number of companies are currently making 1911 pistols.

The newest pistol reviews can be found below. Links to further sort them by the above five categories are provided at the top of each list.

Pistol Reviews


Springfield Armory XD-40 Tactical Pistol Springfield Armory XD-40 Tactical Pistol
Performance4.84.84.84.84.8
Durability4.64.64.64.64.6
Concealability2.82.82.82.82.8
Overall Value4.84.84.84.84.8

The XD-40 Tactical pistol is nearly identical to the service version of the gun with the exception of the lengthened slide, barrel, and guide rode/recoil spring assembly. In fact, the frame of the Tactical XD-40 is exactly the same as the frame on the 4” model. The gun is chambered in .40 S&W which is a cut-down version of the high-powered... [Read more of this review]


Kel-Tec PF-9 Sub-Compact Pistol Kel-Tec PF-9 Sub-Compact Pistol
Performance3.463.463.463.463.46
Durability3.623.623.623.623.62
Concealability55555
Overall Value3.853.853.853.853.85

The PF-9 is a sub-compact 9mm pistol which incorporates the best design features of the company's popular P-3AT pocket gun. After ten years of concealed carry shooters toting around heavy double-stack guns and all-steel single-stack 1911s, there was a demand for something both thinner and lighter. A few single-stack guns such as the Taurus Model 709... [Read more of this review]


Springfield Armory Range Officer 1911 Pistol Springfield Armory Range Officer 1911 Pistol
Performance4.944.944.944.944.94
Durability4.944.944.944.944.94
Concealability3.313.313.313.313.31
Overall Value4.754.754.754.754.75

The Springfield Armory Range Officer is a 1911 pistol specifically designed to meet the needs of shooters who want to have a highly tuned, match-grade pistol that sheds many of the goodies found on the “Loaded'' models which increase the overall cost of production. At first glance it may be difficult to see what the Range Officer lacks when compared... [Read more of this review]


Springfield Armory XD-45acp Pistol Springfield Armory XD-45acp Pistol
Performance55555
Durability55555
Concealability4.114.114.114.114.11
Overall Value4.784.784.784.784.78

While the 9mm may be the most popular pistol cartridge in the world, the .45 ACP holds a special place in the heart of American shooters because of the perennial popularity of the 1911 pistol. Eventually, Springfield Armory realized the necessity of producing a polymer gun for the cartridge and the result was the long-awaited XD-45acp. This gun, which... [Read more of this review]


Springfield Armory XDm-40 Pistol Springfield Armory XDm-40 Pistol
Performance55555
Durability55555
Concealability33333
Overall Value55555

The Springfield Armory XDm-40 is proof positive that if it ain't broke you can still fix it. Released at the same time as it's higher capacity XDm-9 twin, the .40 S&W version of the high-tech gun brings a lot of value to the table. Out of the gate the gun gets a 4.5” match grade barrel along with a matching slide and double-spring guide rod.... [Read more of this review]


Springfield Armory Loaded Micro Compact 1911 Pistol Springfield Armory Loaded Micro Compact 1911 Pistol
Performance44444
Durability4.334.334.334.334.33
Concealability4.334.334.334.334.33
Overall Value44444

For many years the Springfield Armory Ultra Compact with its 3.5” barrel was sufficient to meet the needs of the carrying public who wanted a small 1911 pistols which could be concealed in nearly every situation regardless of what you were wearing. Over time, however, the race to produce small and smaller guns created the environment which would... [Read more of this review]


Springfield Armory XD-9 Tactical Pistol Springfield Armory XD-9 Tactical Pistol
Performance55555
Durability55555
Concealability44444
Overall Value55555

The XD-9 Tactical pistol from Springfield Armory is nearly identical to the shorter barreled service model. The extra length works to increase the muzzle velocity of the bullet when it leaves the 5” barrel which provides an flatter shot trajectory and increased accuracy at longer distances. These factors combine to make the gun a superior performer... [Read more of this review]


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