I like to cover a lot of guns that aren’t seen in grocery-store magazines, and for a couple of reasons. First, common guns bore me. If I can go to three gun shops and see the same firearm at the same price, or covered in more than one magazine it simply doesn’t excite me. I’ve handled a lot of handguns over the years and have several dozen at home. Each new firearm has to try harder than the last to interest me.
A gun also needs to provide more for less money than its predecessor. Firearms like the Taurus 709 Slim have proven it doesn’t take much to offer a lot of features for relatively little money and still accomplish the same as guns costing more. Don’t get me wrong, the 709 Slim is far from a favorite of mine, but does offer a lot of features and function for about half the cost of others.
I took that as a compliment and actually you something different. I’m willing to bet there are plenty of drivers who have never heard of a Königsegg, but if given the chance they’d drive one. The handgun equivalent might be the Grand Power Xcalibur we reviewed. Neither the cheapest nor the most conventional handgun, but an incredible machine of undeniable performance. Hand-fitted and purpose-built.