Just Because it’s in the Magazine Doesn’t Mean it’s the Right One For You

If you’ve followed us for any length of time you might have noticed that we cover a lot of guns and products that aren’t what you see in the grocery-store magazine.  We do this for a couple of reasons.  First, those bore me; if I can go to three gun shops and see the same firearm at the same price, or se the same firearm covered in more than one magazine it simply doesn’t excite me.  I’ve handled a lot of firearms over the years, and the arsenal at home has several dozen.  What all this means is that with each new firearms it has to try harder to interest me.  It also means that it has to be less and less expensive; not more.  As we’ve proven with firearms like the Taurus 709 Slim it doesn’t take much to offer a lot of features for relatively little money and still accomplish the same thing as a gun costing ten times as much.  Don’t get me wrong, the 709 Slim is far from a favorite of mine, but it does offer a lot of features and function for about a third the cost of others with comparable size.

We recently had a comment on the channel by user Tom Johnson who said,

“You have the largest collections of guns that nobody has ever heard about nor wants”.

I took that as a compliment that we are doing our job and actually bringing 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.  That would be the Grand Power Xcalibur that we’ve reviewed.  Neither the cheapest nor the most conventional handgun, but an incredible machine of undeniable performance.

Beautiful Barrel
Fluted bull barrel of the Xcalibur

Grand Power Xcalibur Review

Another that surprised me pleasantly was the MC14 made by Girsan and imported by Zenith.  At under $400 some would skip over it assuming it’s cheap, but if you were to just happen upon it on display I’d bet you’d think it costs a lot more!

Girsan MC14

Girsan MC 14 Review


This beautiful little piece is a double-action/single-action with an external safety and each of the THREE included magazines holds 14 rounds of Browning’s mini-banger the .380 ACP.  A few years back when guns started getting small the .380 was all the rage because it was compact and could be used in blow-back designs.  Defensive ammunition makers got on board and as early as 2012 the NRA proved that Browning’s 78% scaled miniaturization of his venerable .45 ACP was….wait for it….78% as effective!  Sure that’s not 100%, but for the weight and space savings it’s impressive, and those who believe the .45 ACP is more than enough can’t deny that makes the .380 ACP definitely adequate, and for some it’s not entirely about the power.

Ironically those least comfortable with firearms are probably those most likely to need one.  Elderly or smaller hands and weaker arms, easily startled by loud noises, intimidated by recoil, these add up to the personification of easy prey for the wicked and thereby also more in need of a defensive tool to level the playing field.  I once heard a quote along the lines of “God created man, Samuel Colt made them equal,” and believe it applies quite well, or in this case John Browning.  The best caliber is the one you carry and the worst is the one you leave at home.  The Girsan MC-14 offers a very pleasant-to-shoot and well-made firearm with a lot of features at an affordable price and in a rather-complete package.  What’s not to like about that?

So just because it’s not in a magazine, or isn’t all the rage at the gun shop doesn’t mean it’s not the right gun for you.  That’s why we seek out firearms like the Xcalibur and MC-14, because there are incredible values out there quietly awaiting recognition.  And if it’s recognition you’re looking for trying taking one of these to the range and just wait for the barrage of questions and faces as other realize that you found a better firearm for less money than they did.


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