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THE PAVONA
continued from p. 85

fine-tuned to allow for smoother function. The lighter mainspring allows
the shooter with lesser grip strength
(typically the Achilles heel for women
handling semi-automatics) to successfully cock the hammer and rack the
slide. Like the Witness, the Pavona's
slide rides inside the frame. And while
that makes for a lower-profile top end,
ironically, it comes with the penalty
of decreased purchase on the slide
while cycling it. EAA has addressed
that shortcoming by adding aggressive
serrations to the slide.
As with the Witness, the Pavona
features a white-dot fixed front sight
and windage-adjustable rear sight.
During range testing, the three-dot
system provided a good sight picture
that is instinctive for a novice shooter
to align, both in single-shot and
rapid-fire cycles. The pistol would be
better served with illuminated sights
in low light or in defensive situations.
The safety can be activated with the
hammer cocked or at rest, as it locks
the hammer from any movement when
activated. Even though it is a doubleaction, it can be carried "cocked-andlocked." Both the safety and slide lock/
release are blackened steel, enlarged
and easily activated.
Disassembly required no tools.
Takedown instructions were easy to
follow-simply line up the takedown
marks on the left rear of the slide
and frame, then push out the slide
lock pin. However, the slide lock
was initially somewhat difficult to
extract, and a hard surface (namely
my kitchen countertop) was helpful in
providing leverage to remove it from
the frame. Once disassembled, cleaning was easy, and reassembly required
no additional or trick steps. 
All three calibers of the Pavona
were tested, and all were found to be
natural shooters. The grip angle and
mass, along with integrated texture,
proved comfortable and promoted
consistent shooting.
The slide/frame design indeed
minimized purchase to grip and
manipulate the slide, but not so much
as to become a problem, and would not
be noticeable for a first-time shooter
unfamiliar with other makes/models.
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The blowback-operated .380 ACP's
frame was overall slightly smaller than
the 9 mm Luger and the .40 S&W (both
recoil-operated), giving it the edge in
terms of ideal size for a smaller-handed
shooter. While I am a fan of the 9 mm,
Luger, the .380 ACP Pavona's capacity,
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moves this .380 ACP out of the also-ran
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.40 S&W had the most felt recoil, but
was controllable on follow-up shots.
As with any double-column, singlefeed magazines, they were something
of a challenge to load to full capacity.
This could be a sore point for anyone
having lesser hand strength. Investing
in a loading tool early in the range
experience would be prudent.
The Pavona proved itself to be a
more flexible option than the default
2" snubby for use as a range gun
and self-defense firearm of choice
typically assigned to women. Its form
and function, ease of use, reliability,
choice of calibers, aesthetic flair and
ergonomic grip makes this a gun
that truly lends itself to a long-term
relationship. Ultimately, the Pavona
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