This pistol is assembled by Armscor Philippines, based on assembly kits imported directly from Tanfoglio Italy. Corresponding model in Tanfoglio line of pistols is the Tanfoglio Force Police/Carry. It is a cross of Carry and Police 2011 lineup. Basically it is a Tanfoglio pistol assembled under the license by Armscor in Philippines. All parts are made in Italy in Tanfoglio Factory located in Gardone Val Trompia, a small town which is famous for firearm manufacturing facilities of Beretta, Tanfoglio and Pietta.
Price tag was PKR 48,000 only and I purchased it from National Traders in November 2010.
DAY 1 pictures:
This pistol is a compact semi-auto platform, hammer fired and polymer framed, yielding Browning short action recoil operation in tilt barrel configuration. Its locking operation is similar to 1911 design where ribs formed just ahead the chamber on the barrel, lock with the projections in the ceiling of the slide.
Tanfoglio pistols are CZ75 based design which is then based on 1911/Hi-Power design. Tanfoglios are more close to CZs as their slides ride inside the frame.
Sights are low profiled and snag free 3-dot system. Front sight is fixed and rear sight is LPA having two Allen screws, thus windage adjustment is allowed. Barrel is hard chromed externally only.
Recoil spring assembly is two-piece (un-captured) with a single spring and guide rod is made of steel.
Magazines are marked (T) on them which is Tanfoglio insignia and are 16-rounders.
Finish on the slide is Parkerized black and very smooth. Trigger is made of metal not plastic. Frame has picatinny rails for mounting accessories. Quality of machining is A-grade inside and outside nearly flawless.
After 1st cleaning:
Ergonomics & Safety:
Ergonomics are just great. Grip is fantastic, safety position is natural and, the trigger is a little creepy but, light enough to be enjoyed.
This pistol implements firing pin block safety to prevent accidental discharges. There is no decocker, safety is traditional style enabling weapon to be carried cocked and locked. Hammer can be downed by pulling trigger on a live round and lowering hammer with thumb carefully.
I really liked this design as it is an improvisation of CZ75B design first time with polymer frame (full size, 16-round high capacity grip) with shortened slide and barrel. This attribute gives the pistol high capacity and compact size at the same time. It is rather a hybrid platform having characteristics of full frame but yet a compact pistol.
After 1st shoot :
Natural pointability is so great. I tested it and here is how I tested. I let close both of my eyes and produced the pistol in my generic grip pattern thinking behind my mind that I was pointing my pistol on the enemy in a dark room. At this point, I let my eyes open and to my surprise I see all 3 white dots in 1-line automatically under my natural grip. It’s a point and shoot pistol in my opinion and that’s really great.
One thing is very noticeable and that is, the recoil is minimal. Compared to my polymer Taurus model 809, it significantly kicks less and while it does kick, the recoil perceived is soft and tamed.
I managed to fire 82 rounds today, with no malfunction of any kind at all. All bang bang story till the end. Good job.
15 Meter shooting results:
Ammo: POF 2Z
Stance: with both hands, standing
Mag. Capacity: 16 rounds
Barrel Length: 93 mm (3.66")
Overall Length: 190 mm (7.48")
Weight, empty: 830 g (1.83 lbs.)
Construction: Frame: Polymer; Slide: Nickel steel alloy
Inquiries from Armscor:
I inquired from Armscor customer services about some queries regarding this pistol. I received reply from their quality assurance manager Mely Cayabyab through their armorer Estanislao Rodelas, which I would quote below:
“Barrel life expectancy is over 50.000 rounds and it has an external hard chromed finishing.
MAPP1 can take +P ammunition.
All pistols leaving the factory are test fired with a minimum of 32 proof rounds.
Average accuracy is 3 inches Extreme spread at 25 yards in 5 shots.
Accuracy is randomly checked and the sights are pre-fitted when delivered to us from Italy.
Trigger pull single action is 4.5 lbs.
The pistol was assembled - Aug. 28, 2009 and inspected by W. Mayuyu.
No changes made on the pistol during the assembly process.”
Below pistols are licensed distributions of Tanfoglio line of pistols under a different Marketer’s name.
EAA Witness Polymer
EAA Witness Polymer Carry
Rock Island Armory (RIA) MAPP1
Armscor MAP1 & MAPP1
Tanfoglio Force Police
Tanfoglio Force Carry
Out of Battery Fire concerns in CZ based designs:
I as a curious buddy was once checking if this pistol would fire in out of battery condition. I was surprised to see that it would drop hammer on pressing trigger even when the slide was held a little bit retracted. It was an alarming situation indeed. Did some research and wrote an email to Armscor for the same.
YES! It is normal for a CZ design to fire/drop hammer when the slide is retracted less than .25 of an inch. In such cases the barrel is still not separated with the slide. However the barrel is in lock up but it has already moved backwards along with the slide in a connected state. This alarmed me at first but research showed it is normal.
If a CZ or CZ based design is still dropping hammer even if the slide was retracted to .25” and up (greater than 6mm), it has trigger/sear problem which needs to be checked otherwise, it would fire out of battery.