It was no actual shock to any concerned within the 2022 F&S Handgun Test that the brand new SFX9 from Wilson Combat took the Editor’s Choose award. However, $2,995 is some huge cash to spend on a gun. In fact, shooters appear to assume nothing of dropping that sort of money on a precision long-range or semi-custom rifle. The first distinction is that the elemental goal of these rifles is leisure. The explanation for purchasing an SFX9 or any self-defense handgun could be to avoid wasting your life.
That’s a tough factor to worth. The query is, what must you count on from a self-defense handgun that prices practically three grand? Nicely, for starters, you’d count on reliability. You’ll additionally count on precision, and that the gun shoot to level of goal, proper out of the field. However shooter interface is simply as vital. And eventually, sturdiness and repair matter too. So, that can assist you perceive why the SFX9 was the highest-scoring handgun in our check, that’s how we’ll take a look at it.
Wilson Fight SFX9 Specs
- MSRP: $2,995.00 (Base Worth)
- Chambering: 9mm Luger
- Motion: Semi-Auto, Single-Motion
- Sights: Concealment Battlesight with Pink Fiber Optic Entrance Sight
- Barrel: 4-inch chrome steel Cone Barrel with reliability enhancing lockup and flush reverse-cut crown.
- Size: 7.4 inches
- Peak: 5.25 inches
- Width: 1.4 inches
- Weight: 29.3 ounces
- Body: Strong Physique Aluminum X-Body
- Slide: Stainless Metal Tri-Prime Slide with exterior extractor and DLC End
- Security: Guide thumb security
- Capability: 15+1 (Ships with 2, 15-round magazines)
- Equipment: Smooth-sided carry case
The SFX9 is an Extraordinarily Dependable Handgun
Torture testing firearms—taking pictures them with out cleansing or lubrication—is an Web pattern. In actuality, it’s not sensible. Would you check a brand new pickup truck with out periodical service and lubrication? Provided that you’re a idiot. Nonetheless, considerably negligently, that’s what we did with the SFX9. I’d carried out an intensive overview of the pattern pistol previous to our formalized check, to see if I appreciated it higher than my Wilson Fight EDC X9.
The SFX9 had 400 rounds by way of it and hadn’t been cleaned or lubed earlier than our check began. We skilled two failures at concerning the 450-round mark of the check. Which means the gun was failure-free for 800 rounds. We oiled the pistol a bit and pushed one other 200 rounds by way of it with out fail. Like all 1911-styled handguns, the SFX9 ought to obtain some lube and/or cleansing at concerning the 300 to 400 spherical mark.
How We Examined the SFX9 For Precision
From a sandbag-supported relaxation at 10 yards, we examined two masses within the SFX9. The primary was a 115-grain FMJ load and the second was the 124-grain Federal HST load. We fired three, five-shot teams with every load, and the common for all six teams was 1.27 inches. That’s loads of precision for a defensive handgun. The gun was outfitted with a fiber-optic entrance sight and a rear sight that’s solely drift-adjustable for windage. The purpose of goal/level of affect was good proper out of the field.
The SFX9 meshed very nicely with the numerous totally different shooters in our check. It has no sharp edges. The slide works with ease and unmatched smoothness. The guide thumb security and journal launch are optimum in measurement and simple to govern—but not really easy that they are often by accident engaged. And the set off is splendidly comfy, impeccably crisp, and has an uncommonly brief reset. There’s a good quantity of sunshine on either side of the entrance sight, and that appeared to make sight alignment intuitive and blisteringly quick. And at about 30 ounces, the pistol was extraordinarily soft-shooting; hammering targets was straightforward.
private safety pistol should carry comfortably and the SFX9 does this nicely, particularly for a 4-inch barreled, 15-shot handgun. It may simply be hid with an IWB holster and an untucked shirt. The grip isn’t so giant as to trigger printing, and whereas the X-Tac fashion texturing gives a sturdy grip within the hand, there’s no sharp checking to hold on clothes whereas the gun is holstered. Additionally, the SFX9 has an under-barrel accent rail.
What Units the SFX9 Aside
Sure, the SFX9 appears like a 1911 but it surely’s totally different. Like its predecessor—the EDC X9—the SFX9 doesn’t have a grip security. As an alternative, the back-strap—which on a 1911 is usually known as a mainspring housing—is one piece from the bottom all the way in which as much as and thru the tang. Like with the Browning HiPower, this vastly enhances the texture of the pistol in your hand. Additionally, the SFX9 doesn’t have detachable scales. The SF within the mannequin designation stands for “strong body.” In contrast to the EDC X9 and 1911 handguns, the grip on the SFX9 is strong, slab-sided, and feels very Glock-like.
Is It Definitely worth the Cash?
Efficiency is what you need to pay for. Might a lesser gun save your life? For certain. Might a lesser gun do it as nicely? Perhaps not. We examined 13 self-defense handguns and uncovered all of them to repetitive runs on the identical drills. None carried out in addition to the SFX9, interval. And the SFX9 was one of many first handguns we examined. (We acquired sooner and shot higher on the drills as we progressed by way of testing.)
However efficiency extends past the goal. With a gun that’s comfy to shoot, you’ll shoot extra. The extra you shoot, the more adept you’ll change into. By the identical token, a gun that carries nicely, is one you’ll carry extra, and a self-defense gun you don’t have with you is about as helpful as painted toenails on a chicken canine.
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Once you choose up this pistol you’ll assume it’s marvelous. Once you shoot it, you’ll know that your first impression was spot on. This gun will final you the remainder of your life and would possibly even reserve it. How a lot is that value?