The concealed carry pistol market has exploded in the last few years. Single stack striker-fired 9mm handguns specifically designed for concealed carry are especially hot — GLOCK has the G43, S&W has the Shield… The list goes on. One new manufacturer in this market is Honor Defense, a small business that’s bringing out their very first handgun: the Honor Guard. It’s a mixture of a few of my favorite things, and one of the very first production models just landed on my desk . . .
I’ve shot it before and liked it a lot. Jeremy S. agrees, and said so in his earlier post about the gun. That’s a good start, but there’s a lot more under the surface for this handgun. The Honor Guard handgun is like the ungodly love child of a SIG SAUER P320 and S&W Shield. The overall design is very similar to the Shield; a svelte handgun that fits well in the hand and shoots just as nicely as it looks.
Under the hood it has a removable chassis system like the P320, an innovation that I’m legitimately surprised more manufacturers haven’t used in their designs. The ability to swap out the grip to exactly fit your hand and your mission is a huge benefit — especially when there’s some nifty options available.
One model of this gun that RF particularly likes features a protruding snout, something that Honor Defense calls their FIST or Firearm with Integrated Standoff. The idea is that at bad breath distance, you can press the muzzle directly into the bad guy and the firearm will continue to cycle, since the FIST keeps the barrel from directly contacting the target.
It’s a simple, slick idea and very practical in a gunfight, but I’m not sold on how comfortable that is to carry every day. Thankfully, with the interchangeable chassis system you aren’t stuck with your decision, since you can swap out the frame with the push of a couple buttons and add or remove the FIST as needed.
I’ll be taking it to the range this week to put it through its paces, but I already have a pretty good idea how well it shoots. The real question is whether it will stand up to the abuse of a heavy firing schedule, and how well it works as an everyday carry gun. Stay tuned.