Jon Wayne Taylor awarded the Bond Arms Bullpup TTAG’s highest accolade: five stars. “It’s the end result of innovation, improvement and attention to detail,” our resident war hero wrote. “Mouse gun size, compact pistol velocity and handling.” Yes but — a bit too mousy for some. Enter the XR9-L . . .
We can’t review this gun yet; it’s a Bond Arms prototype. But we did shoot the sh*t out of it and it’s just as good as its baby brother — only longer! And that means . . .
A longer sight radius for more accurate shooting over distance. And greater [as yet unmeasured] bullet velocity for more “stopping power.”
One thing the XR9-L didn’t do: stop. We fed the Bond — Gordon Bond — pistol a steady diet of Hornady and IMI JHPs and some loose FMJs. The ass-backwards design performed without any hesitation, deviation and plenty of repetition.
And it felt gooood. The XR9-L boasts that most excellent trigger and better ergos, especially for large-handed Texans (who make the XR9-L look small).
We’ll give the Bond Arms Bullpup XR9-L a full test as and when. But this is the compact gun Jon wants to carry. What does that tell you?