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The Pistol Kompressor

One thing that differentiates us from many others in the gun world is that we never think something is "good enough". rather, we look at something and study if it can be made better and then attempt to do so.

We have been studying this concept for some time now. The idea of a compensated carry weapon is not a new one and dates back to the mid 1980s and early 1990s. The most prolific of the so-called "Carry Comps" were those by Paul Liebenberg. He had done quite a few for the S&W Custom Shop as I recall and some well funded officers carried them on duty for many years. Later Wilson Combat adopted the concept and still makes them to this day.

The compensated pistol was despised by Cooper and his disciples, much in the same way that red dot Glocks are seen as some sort of alien satanic cult by the iron sight tribe today. But technology cannot be suppressed...specially not today.

So first, what is the "Comp" intended to fix?

It's not so much "recoil", but rather the feel of that recoil and its effects on the shooter in regards to follow up shots. No matter how strong you are, the pistol's muzzle is going to move sharply off target when the shot is fired. This is often termed as "muzzle flip". The recovery time between shots is increased the more muzzle flip that there is. So muzzle flip is something that is detrimental to repeated hits on a given target as well as the ability to hit several targets in quick succession. As well, with muzzle flip in evidence, it is difficult for most people to stay on their sights during a firing string. That the world champion can do it with his 100,000 rounds per year is cold comfort to the working man who might be able to get 100 rounds per week. This is where technology can overcome, and the Comp does that.

Results? At the last session, our shooting members ran several cases of ammo through the weapon pictured above. The Pistol Kompressor does in fact reduce muzzle flip to almost imperceptible levels. It allows faster follow up shots with carry ammo than is possible without it. It allows a constant tracking of the sights/dot without any gaps during a firing string. And it does all of those things without affecting reliability in any way.

This is not a production weapon, simply a testing project. The study will continue for some time, but as this update indicates...it's an interesting development.