A nicely written review - here's bit of constructive criticism.....
The author listed a number of advantages of a longer barrel pistol -
Springfield Armory XD 5" Tactical 9MM Review said:
The extra length gives you a distinct advantage in both defensive and sport shooting scenarios. The benefits include:
- Reduced muzzle rise for faster follow-up shots
- Less muzzle flash and noise
- Increased sight radius for improved accuracy and precision
- Increased bullet velocity for optimal penetration and expansion
Let's say that the second portion of the last is a bit too involved to test and show - I think that's a perfectly reasonable compromise, and am willing to let it go without data (although there's always been a debate in the community as to whether higher velocity actually guarantees better terminal performance - most recognize that it is virtually impossible to guaranty exactly what that additional velocity will do), as this is after all just a 6-minute quick-read review, and not a comprehensive examination of the gun. Besides, the author nicely charted some velocity data that does back up his assertions.
Why is there no split-time data to compare recoil mitigation? Given that velocity and accuracy (more on this in a second) data was obtained first-hand, why was this not objectively reviewed, particularly given that this was repeatedly asserted in the body text?
And in terms of "less muzzle flash and noise," again, I get that the latter is a bit more involved to actually data log, but the former certainly should -NOT- have been highlighted by this very picture, taken from the review itself:
While that picture certainly is a very cool snap, it really doesn't sell the review, does it?
Perhaps my biggest disappointment came in terms of the "improved accuracy and precision" claim. I was especially disappointed to see that this part of the testing was done at only 7 yards, and what's more, that at that distance, the performance was far from impressive.
We know from Tim Herron's excellent 7-yards-for-25-yards test that for a shooter to be able to print a 2.5 to 3-inch group at the 25 yard line, he or she really needs to be able to print that "one ragged hole" group (appx. 3/4-inch) at the 7 -
One of our goals is to bring to light great shooting tips, and our friend Tim Herron had a moment of brilliance. From Tim’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TimHerronShooting/?fref=nf I did a little bit of experimenting yesterday evening as the question of the day was asked...
^ and in video format -
OK, I know - I'm gonna get some good-natured ribbin' from my friends here who would say that I should look at the title of the thread/review, and remember that this is a "tactical" weapon, ostensibly for duty/defense and not geared for bullseye shooting. But let's remember that Larry Vickers' accuracy standard for handgun is 5-inches at 25 yards:
Accuracy As anyone who has taken one of my classes can attest, m y classes always stress a high degree of accuracy. That is because in a gunfight accuracy will almost always suffer. There are...
- which, in-actuality, is very doable for most proficient shooters. With the data logged in this review, I really don't see how this was in any way favorable.....
And really, bullseye shooting isn't realistic? What if your opponent wanted to bring back the gentleman's game of dueling? 😅