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THE KEEFE REPORT

T

he gun on this month's cover,
Ruger's MAX-9 (p. 40), is the
latest in a wildly popular crop of
micro-compact carry pistols chambered
in 9 mm Luger and accepting at least
a 10-round magazine-a category that
one might assume was single-handedly
created by the SIG Sauer P365 or
Springfield Armory Hellcat.
In reality, such pistols have
been with us for some time, with
the leader being the humble and
affordable Kel-Tec P11 designed by
NRA Golden Bullseye Pioneer Award
recipient George Kellgren and dating
to about 1995. Taurus, under the
leadership of then-CEO Bob Morrison
(another Golden Bullseye Pioneer
Award winner), jumped into the category with its bargain-priced PT-111
Millennium, which was introduced
in 1997.
Offerings in the current generation are certainly less bulky and
more refined than the decades-old
Taurus, but it and the Kel-Tec set
the pattern for a new generation of
double-action-only or striker-fired
guns. The previous generation fell
out of vogue due to long, heavy
double-action trigger pulls, in stark
contrast to the far more manageable
trigger of the P365 or the blade-intrigger safeties on the striker-fired
Springfield and the new Ruger.
Also, at that time, there were
restrictions in place on magazine
capacity-until Bill Clinton's socalled " assault weapons " ban sunset
in 2004, thanks to the NRA-so 10
rounds were as many as you were
going to get in a new-production
handgun. That led to single-stack
guns such as the Kahr P9, Ruger
LC-9, Smith & Wesson Shield,
Springfield XD-S, Glock G43 and
others being top picks for 9 mm
carry guns. It seems those wanting
carryable 9 mm guns were willing
to live with magazine capacities of
eight rounds or fewer as most states
passed Right-To-Carry laws.
The trick for more recent
introductions has been getting a
double-column magazine as thin as
possible. Whether it's called a semidouble stack or makes its transition
APRIL 2021

high enough in the grip frame to
reduce bulk, they are not the fullwidth, double-column type such as
those found inside the brick-like
Glock G26.
The other feature to note is that
the MAX-9 comes out of the gate
" optics ready. " Essentially, nearly
every new handgun introduced this
year, save for single-action revolvers
and some M1911s, has the capacity to accept a micro red-dot (MRD)
sight onto its slide from the factory.
I have no doubt this trend will continue, and, in fact, we have plans
for future coverage intended to
demystify the complex landscape of
MRD sights and the pistols designed
to accept them. And it's not just on
high-end guns, as the EAA Girsan,
Stoeger STR-9, Taurus G3 T.O.R.O.
and SCCY CPX are available in opticsready versions.
As more and more guns come
offered packaged with a red-dot (the
easiest route to being optics-ready)
or at least able to accept them, we
are seeing companies that make or
import guns getting into the MRD
business for themselves. The Hex
Wasp MRD on top of the Ruger on
our cover is a case in point. This
is an optic imported by Springfield
Armory, and it is not only being fit
to the company's optics-ready guns
but is also being sold aftermarket
to consumers. Springfield saw how
many Shield MRDs it was selling as
packages and decided to bring in its
own device made to its specifications. Once an anomaly, optics-ready
is here to stay.
Sincerely,

AMERICAN RIFLEMAN


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