• Handgun Accuracy

    INTRODUCTION

    While going through posts about different handgun, I always thought that in many cases, our opinions are biased about the handguns that we own or we have used. There is nothing wrong about it; it is but natural. However, at times the whole exercise of knowing about a weapon goes for a fix when someone doesn't like a comment or view on one of his favourite handgun. This ignites a futile discussion and the biggest sufferers are less experienced members who log on to this site for knowing authentic facts about the handguns they want to buy or use. The main reason for this is that most of us do not follow an objective method of reviewing a handgun and do not quantify our opinion. Comparative data is mostly not available and in the absence of objective facts and comparative data, the review mostly takes the shape of a personal opinion.

    Now how to judge a weapon objectively. I have always believed that the final test of a weapon is its firing accuracy and reliability. If a weapon cant put the bullets at intended place and is prone to stoppages or is not rugged enough to bear the field conditions, its no good a weapon no matter what the brand or price. I AM SURE ALL WOULD APPRECIATE THAT ONE SHOULD NEVER COMPROMISE ON RELIABILITY. ON ACCURACY, ONE SHOULD AGAIN NEVER COMPROMISE UNLESS IT IS INTENDED TO KEEP A CONCEAL CARRY GUN. Even while buying a CC gun, one should keep in mind that it must meet 100% reliability and bare minimum accuracy requirements. Hence this thread.

    In this thread, I would request everyone to post firing results of different handguns that we own or use. However, unless there are standard parameters to quantify the results, there is no use of such an exercise. I would therefore suggest a standard method which I have been following myself to check the accuracy of various handguns. This, by no means is a comprehensive method but a quick and economical one.. Any suggestions to improve this method (while still keeping it economical) would be most welcome. MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER IS THAT THIS IS THE TEST OF THE GUN AND NOT OF THE FIRER.

    THE METHOD:

    1. In order to minimise firer's error, handgun should preferably be fired from a bench. If a proper firing bench is not available, firer may rest his elbows on a table while himself sitting on a chair.

    2. A standard target with 1 inch radius bull (10 points) 2 inch radius 9 ring, 3 inch radius 8 ring, 4 inch radius 7 ring and so on, be used for firing.

    3. One round of test fire should consist of 15 bullets, 5 fired from 10 M, another 5 from 20 M and another five from 30 M. The procedure should preferably be repeated twice, ie, total of 30 bullets. Two warmer rounds should be fired from the gun before starting test fire. This will make a total of 32 bullets for one handgun.

    4. Ammo should not be changed during the test. Moreover, magazine should be filled to max capacity, in order to check the performance of magazine and chances of failure to feed.

    5. Aiming point should be the center of the bull and must not be changed throughout the test even if a firer can clearly note bias of bullets on a particular side. ie, no adjustments should be done throughout the test. If guns has adjustable sights, they should be zeroed before the test but during the test, sights should not be adjusted.

    6. Photos be taken after each test.

    7. As the number of bullets fired in one go is 15, the test will have 150 points. Add 150 points of the second test and take and average / percentage. I suggest following grading;

    - Exceptionally Accurate....................95% and above
    - Extremely Accurate........................90% - 94.9%
    - Very Accurate.................................85% to 89.9%
    - Accurate.........................................8 0% to 84.9%
    - Fairly Accurate................................75% to 79.9%
    - Moderately Accurate........................ 70% to 74.9%
    - Average..........................................6 0% to 69.9%
    - Just acceptable...............................50% to 59.9%
    - Inaccurate, should preferably not be bought.......45% to 49.9%
    - Junk, Dont buy it.............................44.9% and below


    I always thought that the scoring system of this accuracy test should not be just based on points scored on precision shooting target. The groups formed by the pistol should also be taken into account and should be added to overall score. I have therefore tried to give values to groups formed from 10, 20 and 30 M tests. I am going to amend all the previous results and add the points scored through the groups. It was pointed out by few senior members as well that group formed by a particular handgun should also have some waitage. For standardisation sake, I will be using following values:

    Group from 10 M
    - 1.5 inches or less............50 points
    - 1.6 to 2 inches...............45
    - 2.1 to 2.5 inches............40
    - 2.6 to 3 inches..............35
    - 3.1 to 3.5 inches............30
    - 3.6 to 4 inches...............25
    - 4.1 to 4.5 inches............20
    - 4.6 to 5 inches...............15
    - 5.1 to 5.5 inches............10
    - 5.6 to 6 inces................5
    - Over 6 inches................0

    Group from 20 M
    - 2 inches or less............50 points
    - 2.1 to 3 inches.............45
    - 3.1 to 4 inches.............40
    - 4.1 to 5 inches.............35
    - 5.1 to 6 inches.............30
    - 6.1 to 7 inches.............25
    - 7.1 to 8 inches.............20
    - 8.1 to 9 inches.............15
    - 9.1 to 10 inches...........10
    - 10.1 to 11 inces............5
    - Over 11 inches..............0

    Group from 30 M
    - 3 inches or less............50 points
    - 3.1 to 4 inches.............45
    - 4.1 to 5 inches.............40
    - 5.1 to 6 inches.............35
    - 6.1 to 7 inches.............30
    - 7.1 to 8 inches.............25
    - 8.1 to 9 inches.............20
    - 9.1 to 10 inches...........15
    - 10.1 to 11 inches..........10
    - 11.1 to 12 inces............5
    - Over 12 inches..............0

    8. MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER IS THAT THIS IS THE TEST OF THE GUN AND NOT OF THE FIRER. So please don't try to improve the result by making adjustmet. Just fire the gun as it is, adhering to standard parameters mentioned above.

    9. Post the pics in the thread and wait for the comments

    I will start the thread by posting the test fire results of a few handguns. I am sure others would also add their pics following the standard procedure. After some time, we will have a good number of pics concerning different guns and a new user will be able to compare the results and at least have some objective input about one of the very important aspects of any handgun.

    Thanks and regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilani
    S U M M A R Y OF R E S U L T S S O F A R : Updated on Sep 6th, 2010

    I was just wondering that the size of this thread has gone quite enormous and it may be difficult for the members to go through all the pages and see the results of all handguns, when they want to draw a comparison. I have therefore summarized the performance of all handguns tested so far in this post. I have also categorized them as per their size / use. The purpose of doing this is that though all handguns are being tested using the same procedure, their accuracy results do not carry equal values in my view. For example, a score of 65% by a sub-compact gun may be far better than a score of 70% by a large frame gun. Mathematical values are good as they describe the results in tangible form but in the end, members should carry out their own analysis keeping in mind their own peculiar requirements for a handgun. Hope it helps


    LARGE FRAME HANDGUNS

    1. Taurus PT99
    - Overall Score - 92.11%
    - Overall Rating - EXTREMELY ACCURATE

    2. CZ999 Scorpion
    - Overall Score - 87.11%
    - Overall Rating - VERY ACCURATE

    3. Beretta 92FS Centurion
    - Overall Score - 86.22%
    - Overall Rating - VERY ACCURATE

    4. Baikal MP446 Viking (#2)
    - Overall Score - 86.00%
    - Overall Rating - VERY ACCURATE

    5. Taurus PT92
    - Overall Score - 85.66%
    - Overall Rating - VERY ACCURATE

    6. Taurus 608 SS8 .357 Revolver
    - Overall Score - 85.66%
    - Overall Rating - VERY ACCURATE

    7. Canik55 Piranha
    - Overall Score - 85%
    - Overall Rating - VERY ACCURATE

    8. Norinco NP22 (#2)
    - Overall Score - 84.33 %
    - Overall Rating - ACCURATE

    9. Glock 17
    - Overall Score - 84%
    - Overall Rating - ACCURATE

    10. CF98 (#2)
    - Overall Score - 82.66%
    - Overall Rating - ACCURATE

    11. Baikal MP446 Viking #3
    - Overall Score - 82%
    - Overall Rating - ACCURATE

    12. Stoeger Cougar (#1)
    - Overall Score - 81.11%
    - Overall Rating - ACCURATE

    13. Zigana F (#2)
    - Overall Score - 80%
    - Overall Rating - ACCURATE

    14. Zigana F (#1)
    - Overall Score - 78.33%
    - Overall Rating - FAIRLY ACCURATE

    15. Taurus PT 909
    - Overall Score - 78%
    - Overall Rating - FAIRLY ACCURATE

    16. Baikal MP446 Viking (#1)
    - Overall Score - 77.11%
    - Overall Rating - FAIRLY ACCURATE

    17. CF98 (#1)
    - Overall Score - 76.88%
    - Overall Rating - FAIRLY ACCURATE

    18. Stoeger Cougar (#2)
    - Overall Score - 76.44%
    - Overall Rating - FAIRLY ACCURATE


    19. Taurus 24/7 OSS
    - Overall Score - 76.22%
    - Overall Rating - FAIRLY ACCURATE


    20. TT 33, Winamax
    - Overall Score - 75.33%
    - Overall Rating - FAIRLY ACCURATE


    21. Taurus 24/7 Pro
    - Overall Score - 71.33%
    - Overall Rating - MODERATELY ACCURATE


    22. Taurus 809E
    - Overall Score - 69.33%
    - Overall Rating - AVERAGE


    23. Beretta 92FS Local Clone
    - Overall Score - 64%
    - Overall Rating - AVERAGE


    24. Beretta 92FS Inox (This was a very heavily used Inox in 60% condition)
    - Overall Score - 63.44%
    - Overall Rating - AVERAGE


    25. Norinco NP22 (#1)
    - Overall Score - 58 %
    - Overall Rating - JUST ACCEPTABLE


    26. Kanuni S
    - Overall Score - 58%
    - Overall Rating - JUST ACCEPTABLE


    27. Walther P38
    - Overall Score - 54.44%
    - Overall Rating - JUST ACCEPTABLE


    28. TT-36, Chinese
    - Overall Score - 39.66%
    - Overall Rating - JUNK


    29. Beretta 92FS Local Clone
    - Overall Score - 34%
    - Overall Rating - JUNK


    30. Akdal Ghost TR2
    - Overall Score - 24.33
    - Overall Rating - JUNK





    COMPACT HANDGUNS

    1. Glock 19
    - Overall Score - 77.66%
    - Overall Rating - FAIRLY ACCURATE


    2. Steyer M9 A-1(Test conduct in bad light conditions in a standing position, off hand)
    - Overall Score - 75.66%
    Overall Rating - FAIRLY ACCURATE


    3. CZ75 Compact
    - Overall Score - 75.33%
    - Overall Rating - FAIRLY ACCURATE



    SUB - COMPACT HANDGUNS

    1. Makarov #2
    - Overall Score - 86.66%
    - Overall Rating - VERY ACCURATE

    2. Walther PP
    - Overall Score - 76.33%
    - Overall Rating - FAIRLY ACCURATE

    3. Makarov #1
    - Overall Score - 75%
    - Overall Rating - FAIRLY ACCURATE


    4. Taurus PT145 (#3)
    - Overall Score - 62.00%
    - Overall Rating - AVERAGE


    5. Taurus PT145 (#2)
    - Overall Score - 62.00%
    - Overall Rating - AVERAGE


    6. Taurus PT145 (#1)
    - Overall Score - 48.00%
    - Overall Rating - JUST ACCEPTABLE



    COMPETITION / MATCH HANDGUNS

    1. Ruger MK III Competition
    - Overall Score - 91.33%
    - Overall Rating - EXTREMELY ACCURATE


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    D I S C L A I M E R

    While compiling this summary, my purpose was to make it easy for all members to compare the results of different handguns. However, seeing its final form now, I realise that it has somewhat become a result card kind of thing which speaks good of certain handgun guns and also bad of certain handguns. Please keep in mind following aspects while going through this summary...................

    1. This by no means is a final result of some kind of ACCURACY COMPETITION held between these guns. Neither these tests are the perfect / most scientific tests for judging the accuracy nor this should be taken as the final performance of a particular brand of handgun.

    2. I realise that the results of those handguns which I have been firing more over the years or I own are better than few other guns. This is natural. So please don't get carried away too much with the mathematics. If Handgun A is scoring 77.11 and handgun B is scoring 74.34 than it does not necessarily mean that handgun A is better. Perhaps both are of same category . If PT99 and CZ999 are on top of the list than it does not mean that these are two most accurate pistols around and are better than say Glock 17 or few other because these have scored better percentage. However, it does mean that both of them are accurate handguns and can be trusted for accuracy

    3. Few handguns have performed really bad. This again does not mean that all specimens of this brand would perform the same way. May be the one I tested was a lemon or its sights were way out. But one thing is for sure; there is some serious problem somewhere. So please keep that handgun on your watch list and check it thoroughly before making a decision to buy it.

    4. Please do also understand my limitations as a human being. I will never be able to give a standard performance every time because it is humanly not possible; only machines can do it. Accordingly, the results may slightly vary for different handguns but not too much.

    5. This, by no means is a marketing campaign for a few handguns and a dumping campaign for the others. You may consult this as a reference but finally make your own decision while you are buying a handgun, keeping in mind your requirements and pocket.

    6. Therefore, these tests are not a most scientifically conducted final verdict on a particular handgun, however, they do provide a tangible basis for judging one of the most important characteristic of any handgun; its accuracy.



    Thanks and regards
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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Handgun Accuracy Thread started by Gilani View original post