Gun Review: Naroh Arms N1 9mm Sub-Compact Pistol

Naroh N1 (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

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I’m always on the lookout for a sub-compact 9mm that I like.  I like the Naroh N1.

I’m a big fan of little guns. It’s a miracle of the modern age of how much potential power and utility such a small object can have, and I’m a bit in awe of them. You aren’t under-gunned with a little gun.

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I’ve always had a sub-compact for discreet carry, as a backup, or when my clothes simply won’t permit a full-sized gun. Those guns have ranged from my long time friend, the J-Frame Airweight in 38 Special, to a Kahr PM9, to a GLOCK G43, to my current G42.

When I heard about the Naroh N1, I wasn’t expecting it to be as small as it was. Note the photo above. That’s my GLOCK 42 in .380 ACP on top of the Naroh N1 9X19. I swapped my G43 with the G42 because the G43 was just a little too big to boot carry.  I can boot-carry the N1.

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The Naroh N1 is an entirely US-made sub-compact handgun. And I mean all of it, right down to the polymer case it comes in. How is that possible for a budget sub-compact from a new manufacturer?

Although the N1 is Naroh’s first 100% in-house-designed firearm, the same folks have been wholesale suppliers for other people’s gun parts for years now. They already have the machine capability, the in-house design team, and several patents.

Complete firearms may be new to the company, but firearms manufacturing itself isn’t.

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The N1 is just as notable for what it isn’t as for what it actually is. It’s not just another striker-fired polymer framed pistol. Most obviously, it’s not striker fired. In a break from the modern trend, Naroh decided to go with a hammer fired pistol. The hammer is unseen during use, except for the back end.

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You can see it move slightly as you work the trigger. Pulling the gun apart, you’ll see the hammer rises just above the internal frame. Although this is a hammer-fired pistol, it’s not double strike capable. The slide must reciprocate each time in order for the hammer to move and drop.

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Although it looks like it, this is not a true polymer-framed gun. Look closely and you’ll see the serialized internal frame sits inside the polymer grip. That internal frame system is the familiar hard-coat anodized 7075 aluminum and includes the full length bottom rails.

The polymer portion of the gun is the grip itself.  The slide itself is a nitride-coated 416 stainless steel. The barrel is 4140, also nitride-coated.

Naroh described the N1 as a “metal gun with a polymer interface”. I bristled when I first heard that, but in comparing it to guns like the GLOCKs, that description is pretty spot-on.

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The most eye-catching thing on the N1 is that bright red 7075 aluminum trigger. The long double action trigger has a tiny bit of grit to it, and breaks at just over 6 lbs. In his first look, Jeremy noted there is a slight stutter step in the reset. If he hadn’t said so, I wouldn’t have noticed it, but it’s definitely there.

There is no manual safety. There is no uncomfortable “safety blade” on the N1s trigger either. The complete cycle of the trigger removes the internal drop safety and the gun won’t fire unless the trigger is fully depressed.

If I wanted to get picky — and you know I do — I don’t particularly like the shape of the trigger. That forward angle at the bottom rubbed on my firing finger and left it a bit red and sore.

Of course, that’s after putting a very high number of rounds through the gun in a very short period of time, more than most folks would shoot even in a tactical pistol course. If I had to complain about something on the N1, that’s about all I got.

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The N1 has quite a few well thought-out features that we see on some other guns, but rarely all together. First, takedown is incredibly simple, and doesn’t require the user to squeeze the trigger. Simply lock the slide back and rotate the release lever above the trigger of the gun, and push the slide forward.

You should always read the manual, but field stripping and cleaning this pistol is as straightforward as it gets.

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Take a close look near the muzzle. There’s a two-slot 1913 Picatinny rail. I was unable to try lots of different lights, as I run the same light on all my pistols, but the same Streamlight TLR1 that fits on those guns fits on the N1 as well. It does, however, look a little ridiculous.

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Textures abound. There’s no reason to take a soldering iron to this gun. The grip is textured on all four sides, the there’s a bit of texturing just forward of the trigger well where your support thumb lies. Finally, the slide is aggressively textured both fore and aft, making slide manipulation easy even with sweaty hands.

As far as holster options, I tried Kydex holsters for the G42/43, the SIG P365, and the Bersa Thunder Carry. Of course none of them fit, but I had to try. Soft-sided holsters for the G42 fit fine, but I wouldn’t carry a round in the chamber like that as it is still possible to manipulate the trigger.

In an email response to a question on holsters, Naroh staff told me “currently we have partnerships with CrossBreed, ProTEQ Custom Gear, Sticky Holsters, Tuxton Tactical, Henry Holsters, & LAS Concealment, with multiple others in the process of developing holsters for the N1 now.”

If that’s the case, there will be many carry options available.

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The N1 includes two 7-round 9mm magazines. One is flush fit, the other has a pinky grip extension. Like all pistols of its size, you will likely have to change your grip to get the magazine to drop when using the flush fit magazine. The grip is just so short that the magazine bottom will likely dig into the meat of your palm, as it did mine.

Naroh says there are working on a +2 magazine extension. The proprietary magazines are $29.25 for either style on their website, although at the time of this writing it says they are currently out of stock.

The magazine release on the tiny N1 is not round, but square and textured. For folks with big hands and fat thumbs, the magazine release may be a little difficult to depress. There were a few times where I had to roll my thump forward a bit to get the magazine release to engage, otherwise I was just pushing over the whole area and not applying pressure directly to the magazine release.

Again, this is pretty picky. The surface could be a little larger, but if it stuck out any more there would be a danger of inadvertently hitting it in the holster or on the draw.

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Naroh ships the N1 with a standard 3-dot set of sights. I found a lot of blank space on either side of the front sight when aligning the sights. This is not ideal for precision work, but for a purely defensive gun, being able to see a lot of your target around your sights is an advantage.

The N1 doesn’t have any other sight options from Naroh. However, if you want different sights, I can confirm that any of the GLOCK 42/43 footprint sights will fit right in. There are many different options to choose from there, and I’d certainly put a tritium front sight on this pistol if it was my carry or backup gun.

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The Naroh N1 includes a lifetime warranty for defects in materials and workmanship. That “lifetime” is the lifetime of the gun, not the owner.

So how does it shoot? By the end of my first 50 rounds through the gun I was pretty impressed. Both Jeremy and Dan had previously mentioned that this gun didn’t feel particularly snappy for a 9mm of its size. I have to agree, and I really can’t explain it.

The gun doesn’t seem to have an unusually low bore axis, and like the much larger Sig P320, it’s quite top heavy. That is, the slide is heavy when compared to the lower half of the gun.

Maybe that’s it, combined with a comfortable grip angle, or how the gun cycles on full length rails. Maybe it’s the fact that the trigger pull actually fit my hand.

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I don’t know, but I definitely noticed over hours of shooting the gun that my hands didn’t fatigue the way they do with some of my other sub compacts. Even single-handed, the gun fires easy and recoils well.

Of course, like any sub-compact 9mm, there’s going to be some snappyness to it, but the N1 just seems to have a bit less snap than a lot of others. Setting a target at 7 yards, putting 14 rounds into an 8″ circle in 14 seconds, including the magazine change, was not very challenging.

The gun cycled everything I put through it, in any manner I fired it. Considering what I shot, this is impressive for such small format weapon. I treat every new-to-the-market manufacturer like it’s their first time at Fight Club. They’re HAVE to fight.

I put 460 rounds through this gun in the first 24 hours alone. There were several hundred rounds of 115gr Fiocci and Armscor FMJs. Then I upped the ante quite a bit with my “box o’ random loosies.”

Whenever I have loose rounds, I throw them all in a plastic container and save them for reviews just like this. Then I just load them all, mixed manufacturers, standard and Plus P, different weights, different bullet types, everything into the magazines and fire the gun.

For the N1, that means some magazines were loaded with seven different manufacturers’ rounds. I shot Winchester, Hornady, Armscor, IMI, Sinterfire, Wilson Combat, Remington, and more, in weights from 90 to 147 grains.

Nothing failed to load, fire, or eject. As the gun came to me already nicely lubed. I never lubed or cleaned it, or opened up the gun in any way during the entire firing sequence of the review.

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I intentionally limp-wristed the N1 with a two-handed grip. No issues. I limp-wristed the gun holding with my weak hand only. No issues. I laid on the ground and fired across my body with only two rounds in the gun. No issues.

I drove around with the gun unloaded and under my back seat, not in a holster, where it collected all sorts of lint and discarded bits of food from my children and dog. Then I drove to The Range at Austin and fired the gun. No issues. At no point did the little N1 fail to load, fire, eject, and chamber another round.

There were many times that the gun failed to lock back on an empty magazine, but in each case it was because my thumb was resting on the slide lock/magazine release. Those of you with size large hands, like me, may have the same issue.

I have this problem with every small format pistol as there’s only so much space on the gun for the controls. The slide lock is not ambidextrous, and the gun never failed to lock back on an empty magazine if I was shooting left-handed.

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When it comes to accuracy, the N1 scored right alongside other pistols of the same size. Shooting off a bag at 25 yards, the Armscor 115gr averaged 2 3/4″ five round groups over four shot strings. A great defensive round, the Winchester PDX1, scored a very consistent 3-inch group under the same conditions.

Most of the rounds I fired were right around the 3-inch mark. This is typical of the better groups I can get from other subcompacts, and has more to do with the short sight radius of these guns than anything else.

All around, the N1 performed admirably. I’m actually pretty smitten with the pistol, and like most new things, I was suspicious of it in the beginning. No, not particularly suspicious of its performance. After all, I had no claims to be suspicious of.

I hadn’t read any reviews of the gun before I shot it or anything Naroh had released. Heck, I didn’t even read an owner’s manual. (Always read the manual.)

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I was suspicious of why this gun should exist in the first place. I mean, it didn’t use to be this way, but there are several good options for subcompact 9mm pistols now. I asked Naroh just that: “Why did you build this gun now?” They replied:

Many of the firearms in this market space (subcompact 9mm “pocket guns) were too limited in our opinion, and many of the less expensive options are less than optimal in terms of fit, finish, and reliability. We set out to accomplish providing a slim, compact, high quality firearm, with many of the fine tuning options included, that could eat up ammo, and wasn’t locked into using only the sights it shipped with.

Naroh may actually have something here.

This is a hammer-fired, serialized metal internal frame gun with full-length rails and a glass reinforced polymer grip. Everything important is either nitrided stainless steel or hard coat anodized aluminum.

For such a small, lightweight gun, the N1 is very well built. The gun is entirely US made with a lifetime warranty. And all that for a gun with an MSRP of $399. That’s less than the retail price of its competitors.

At any price, this is solid, well performing sub-compact. At less than $400, it’s an exceptional value.  Naroh says they will be shipping to distributors the second week of July.  In the meantime, anyone interested in purchasing the N1 should contact their local dealer and request one.

Specifications: Naroh N1

Caliber: 9X19mm
Capacity: 7+1
Barrel length: 3 1/8″
Total length: 6.1″
Height: 4.2″
Width: .875″ at slide, .95 at grip
Weight: 16oz
MSRP: $399

Ratings (out of five stars):

Style and Appearance * * *
The flash of the trigger gives it a little bit of pop. The finish is durable, but nothing to special to look at.

Customization * * *
Making a brand new pistol that accepts other common aftermarket sights was good thinking. When additional magazine lengths come out, as are planned, this rating should go up.

Reliability * * * * *
All the stars and then some. This little gun eats everything and never fails. Ever.

Accuracy * * *
This gun scores right along with the better guns in this category.

Overall * * * * 1/2
I can’t give this gun five stars because it wasn’t more precise than other subcompact nines. But dang, I wanted to. This little gun handled well and performed better than my expectations The closer I inspect it, the more impressed I get. And under $400? Too easy.

 

comments

  1. avatar former water walker says:

    Interesting for a gun I’ve never heard of. Quite similar in size to my 709Slim. I wish them well in an exceedingly crowded field…

    1. avatar Madcapp says:

      Does it take P365 mags?

      1. avatar ffg says:

        hahahahahahahaha NO

  2. avatar grumpster says:

    Interesting but going into a fiercely competitive segment of the market dominated by some big name players including Smith and Wesson, Walther, Springfield Armory, and Glock with the Shield and PPS that can usually be purchase well under $300 these days. We don’t here much about the Honor Guard these days anymore either. Future service and parts availability are always a question with these new start up firearm manufacturers. Good to have more choices though.

  3. avatar MikeJH121 says:

    Hopefully it does better than the R1, then Honor Defense, Kinda stealing ideas from the Shield, and the Ruger , hope it doesn’t go sub-machine pistol when dropped down the steps like the Sig.

    Could be a good little gun but I would wait until the kinks are worked out.

    1. avatar billy-bob says:

      That’s a feature, not a bug. You know, when you have a stairwell full of bad guys to take out.

      1. avatar Nikolay Shveshkeyev says:

        Ehh, I’m pretty sure you’re thinking of that fire-from-briefcase contraption MAC came up with for the M-10/M-11 way back when. You know: full auto, open bolt, no safety and the trigger is a giant metal lever sticking out of the bottom with no gaurd. IOW, practical perfection in negligent discharge design that has yet to be bested. 🙂

        1. avatar SkorpionFan says:

          No, more like the movie True Lies where Jaimie Lee Curtis’ character drops an Uzi on the stairs, and it fires full-auto as it bounces down the steps, shooting most of the terrorists in the room.

        2. avatar A. Daniels says:

          Actually, it’s an Ingram in True Lies that Jamie Lee Curtis drops down the stairs. Not an Uzi.

    2. avatar DH says:

      It’s hammer fired so it’ll never have accidental discharge issues like the SIG P365

  4. avatar D says:

    P365. 12 rounds that fit within your hand. Beat that or yawn.

    1. avatar Bre says:

      Taurus G2C/PT111 also. I know what will follow, “but it is a Taurus!”. Everyone I’ve talked to as well as the reviews here say its reliable and good, not to mention inexpensive. My experience with mine and hundreds of rounds is completely positive, and I carry it every day and that is while having my thin, albeit tall 5’10” female frame.

      To my point, is the 365 better? Maybe, but more than twice the price (204$ vs 520$ both new in my area) for nearly the same thing is in no way better from a utility standpoint. And Taurus beat Sig, and many other companies, to the market with a double stack compact, slim, lightweight pistol for general purpose use. In Sigs case with the 365 by nearly 20 years.

      Now in the articles handgun, I am interested. I’ve considered getting a small, super light handgun as I miss wearing skirts and with a small chest I’m kinda relegated to inner thigh carry. I’ll have to try it first but it’s likely too heavy, meanwhile the P32, PF9, or NAA mini will likely be bought for skirts/dresses and swimming days.

      C’mon gun manufacturers make a teeny-tiny, light, locked breach, double stack 32acp (best if it is double stack double feed mags for easy loading and slight increase in capacity) that can be fed a constant diet of hot buffalo bore without sacrificing cheap ammo reliability.
      Think about it a reliable TRUE pocket pistol with 10 to 12 rounds and if it has good weather resistance like the NAA mini I’d buy it immediately, and women are the fastest growing demographic. ;P

      1. avatar Ragnar Ragnarsson says:

        Bre–I like the way you think. 32 acp is an underrated cartridge for sure. It has similar ballistics to 380 but can usually carry more rounds in the same size gun. It is just not as popular or ubiquitous on your LGS shelf as 380. The other caveat is 32 acp is semi-rimmed meaning a true double stack mag would have to be carefully designed to avoid rimlock in a self defence situation. Thinking about all this brings the old Savage 1907 model to mind. It was chambered in 32acp with a 10 round staggered stack or 1.5 stack magazine. It was all steel, compact but the controls were wonky for me. Cool gun, but with my large hands I would always end up hitting the mag release when shooting. Like you, I would like to see more 32 acp offerings in the future.–RR

        1. avatar Bre says:

          I understand the rim issue but it can be done and has been done In firearms before, albeit generally with curved and forward mags, such as the VZ61, or simply partial staggering like the 1907. There is also the .32 Defender wildcat some guy on one of the handloader sites made, it’s a hot .32acp made with .30 carbine brass. Downside is that it would be proprietary, but a spare .32acp barrel and single stack magazine would suffice for training.

  5. avatar kevin says:

    JWT: Naroh N1 vs. P365. What say you?

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      That’s an easy one, the N1.
      I’m one of the large numbers of people who had issues with the first P365s. Then, when Sig was done beta testing on their customers, I was also one of the large number of people who still had problems with the massive amount of primer swipe in the Gen 2 pistols. I lost trust in those guns. Also, the P365 is larger in almost every dimension, save 3/10th of an inch in overall length.
      Plus, the MSRP on the P365 is considerably more, and it’s just not as well built as the N1.

  6. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    Good review, but no thanks. If I were inclined to that type of handgun it would have to be a Glock 43. Support system, accessories, etc. My old 442 just keeps on keeping on. When I’m not carrying a 1911.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      I’m a huge fan of the little Glock 43 and 42. And a big part of the reason is that KMFJ makes a holster for them. I don’t shoot those guns as well as I do some other sub-compacts, but the fact that the perfect holster exists for those guns, and not for the guns I shoot better, usually means I carry the Glocks, and not those others.
      Accessories mean a whole lot.

  7. avatar billy-bob says:

    Had to re-read that, thought it said booty carry.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      That’s an accident waiting to happen.

  8. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    JWT, you really didn’t mention anything about the quality or characteristics of the trigger pull.

    On a hammer gun, I’d hope that it is improved from the striker-fired guns. What say ye?

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      I like the trigger a lot more than most striker fired guns, but that is a low bar.
      It’s not like striker fired gun, but also nothing like a double action revolver. The trigger pull is pretty long, but not particularly heavy, at about 6lbs. There is definitely some grit to it right in the beginning, but no stack.
      As Jeremy noted, the reset is a little weird, in that there are two “clicks”. If you were going very, very slowly, you could mistake the first one for the reset. It’s not.
      I started shooting the gun allowing my finger to slide down the trigger, as I might an N frame, but it’s just not the same. First, the trigger pull is lighter, but also that more abrupt angle at the end is uncomfortable.
      This is a long trigger on a sub-compact. It helps that the trigger is fairly light, but still difficult to keep the muzzle still on such a short, lightweight gun with a long trigger. That said, the J frame I carried forever is a heck of a lot more challenging.

      1. avatar anaxis says:

        I got the same feeling from all 4 of the Taurus Spectrums I’ve shot; about a 6lb pull, and a very light click some distance before full reset.

        Again, it wouldn’t be noticable to most ppl, if I didn’t point it out, and I don’t think it’d be easily mistaken for a full reset.

        I’d hope the same goes for this pistol, it’s kinda right in my wheelhouse, which I didn’t know until recently, covered mouseguns.

      2. avatar Joel says:

        Quite a few of the ‘kel tec’ styled guns have that double reset. (Hammer fired, locked breach, guns that partially cock the hammer with the slide.) Some will also drop a half cocked hammer if you don’t let the trigger all the way out. Which isn’t good. I have pesonsnly checked a PF9, a LCp, a p3at, and a TCP. all of them had the double reset.

        I am a big fan of the way the triggers feel on most of them. A longish, but not overly heavy trigger pull is almost perfect in a self defense handgun. And I shot a lot of DA revolvers over the years and have never attempted to learn how to ride the reset, so I’ve never had any problems.

        I like the looks of the N1. Thanks for the review JWT

  9. avatar Specialist38 says:

    Nice review….thanks…TTAG needs more of these.

    Was really surprised when I realized it was Glock 42 overlaid on the Naroh.

    I also really like the hammer-fired feature. Like the Security9, PPX, and even the LCP – I prefer the DA-like pull.

    Dayum….I’m never gonna save any money. Looks like Florida is the mini-9 state now.

    1. avatar tdiinva says:

      Florida is one of the few States where tiny guns make sense for EDC — no open carry = no printing.

    2. avatar jwtaylor says:

      So I have actually converted my 42 to a 9X18 Makarov. I hand load it to an energy level that is almost 90% of a 9X19. I have shot less than a hundred rounds through the gun like this, but it shows no issues.
      This is not safe. Do not do this.

      1. avatar Specialist38 says:

        How does it compare to Buffalo Bore +P 380 JHP?

        They are pretty zippy in LCP.

        1. avatar jwtaylor says:

          I just had to look up that ammo, and man, that is pretty hot. Still, I’m generating 30ftlbs more. at least that’s what the math tells me.

        2. avatar Specialist38 says:

          Dayum…the BB runs about 1030fps out of the LCP. Are you using 90s or 95s?

        3. avatar jwtaylor says:

          S38, 95

      2. avatar anaxis says:

        Maybe save some time…. have you tried the Buffalo Bore 9×18 +P?

        I’ve switched from Hornady Critical Defense, to the BB in my Makarov, and haven’t looked back. I’ve even done crazy things like alternate every other round with standard ball, the Hornady, and Buffalo Bore in the same magazines, not a hitch.

        In any case, the only defensive rounds that’ve ever wanted to jump the feed ramp have been Hornady, and that’s only happened when really running it really fast.

        I’ll tell you though, them little BB +Ps pack a wallop, even with stout new springs. I shudder to think what they’d feel like in a Glock or similar.

  10. avatar strych9 says:

    So, question:

    Your comments on the front sight seem to indicate you think it’s a bit small and the picture kinda makes it look tiny but that might just be the photo, so, is it tiny? Too small, small and easy to pick up? Bit of an opinion I guess but without seeing it myself I’m gonna have to rely on you at this point.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      I don’t think the front sight is small, I think the rear sight is wide.

      1. avatar strych9 says:

        Ah. Thanks.

      2. avatar Specialist38 says:

        Like I like it……..so good for me.

  11. avatar JohnQ says:

    That is an LCP up-gunned to 9mm. Even the trigger works the same…

  12. avatar TheOtherDavid says:

    Interesting pistol. We’ll see how it does in a pretty crowded market segment.

    And JWT I’m glad to see the love for the Glock 42. I think it’s quite underrated Especially when one considers the ease of use, solid accuracy and reliability, and the generally good performance of modern self-defense ammunition.

    Interesting that I shoot the 42 and the 20 better than my other Glocks.

    There are some days when I have the 42 as primary, an LCP in my offside pocket, a few mags tucked away and in a very light total package I have two pistols and 38 rounds of Gold Dot HP.

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      Dayum! That’s a lotta juice.

  13. avatar mrvco says:

    They should have named it the “Naroh Arms Red Rocket”.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      Brilliant!

    2. avatar SkorpionFan says:

      Yes, cool name suggestion. More guns need names and not just model numbers.
      Let the “Yeet Cannon YC9” be a shining example on the resurgence of names.
      As exemplified by Schlock Mercenary’s “The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries”: Maxim 16. Your name is in the mouth of others: be sure it has teeth.

  14. avatar RabbitRun says:

    How can you have a double action trigger but no restrike capability?

    Also, if I’m reading this right, this gun has no safety at all – no manual safety, no (odious) trigger safety. An intriguing new pistol, but I’ll stick with my P938.

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      In the new world of guns…we have partially cocked pistols.

      The partial cocking facilitated by the racking of the slide.

      In a Glock, pulling trigger moves the striker back until it relases.

      In this pistol, pulling the trigger moves a hammer (separate from the firing pin) back until it falls on the firing pin.

      Since the hammer must be partially cocked ( on the Naroh), if it falls on a dud you must rack the slide.

      Makes the pistol more simple than a pistol, that would have restrike capability.

      1. avatar jwtaylor says:

        What should we call these triggers? Partially cocked Hammer fired just seems weird.

        1. avatar Specialist38 says:

          Striker-Like-Improved-Trigger …….. SLIT guns…..yeah I see that catching like wildfire.

        2. avatar jwtaylor says:

          Haza!

  15. avatar Sam I Am says:

    With my ordnance budget restricted to $300 annually (buy a gun, or buy ammo), this one is just laughing at me outside the window. Looks/sounds like a reasonable upgrade from .22LR. The commander of the quartermaster corps here is unmovable. Reckon depending on LGS to get one of these things to rent on the range is about the only place to get hands-on.

    Thanx for the review.

    1. avatar Someone says:

      Sam, how to say it nicely, your ordnance budget is seriously underfunded. Smart guy like you must have money to burn. This is America after all! 😃 (Of course I don’t know your particular situation and wouldn’t dream of giving any unsolicited advice.) Just to share my story.

      My wife and me have had some friction in the past about spending ‘too much’ on ammo, reloading tools, components and guns. Every time a parcel got delivered or a Cabela’s bag appeared. To keep everybody happy and my family’s budget balanced, I have proposed a solution – I will set aside 5% of my income (not the household income, just my own) to fund my hobbies. Now I could buy gun like this every month if I want with clean conscience and still have some dough left over for propellant and primers.

      1. avatar Sam I Am says:

        “(Of course I don’t know your particular situation and wouldn’t dream of giving any unsolicited advice.)”

        Understand….however;

        Quartermaster commander is a Colonel; I am not. Commander ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. My Neos .22 plinker cost $259. Considering taxes, I just squeaked under the $300 limit. Fortunately it was a Christmas present to myself, so right after New Year’s Day, I bought ammo. Then in June, I bought some more. I got a lotta ammo (funds don’t roll over at the end of the year (simpler to remain under DOD budget rules).

        So far, haven’t found anything else under $300 that I want to trade-up for (used guns would need a depot level inspection by a gunsmith, which would have to be delayed until the next fiscal year). Found a “baby” Luger once; .380 caliber. The best price I could negotiate was $320, complete and out the door. Colonel was with me, so there was no way to “fudge” the numbers.

        Maybe she is still mad because I had her rent a pink rifle at the range one day.

  16. avatar Mikial says:

    Hopefully it won’t be another company that goes out of business and leaves their customers high and dry.

    1. avatar Swarf says:

      I hope so too, but boy, there’s not a lot of room on the single stack, sub-compact 9mm boat.

      If they develop a staggered mag that fits in the same footprint (thus directly competing with the p365, but at a Sig…nificantly lower price point), they might have an edge.

      I’m still interested.

  17. avatar Frank says:

    Are the rails aluminum? Aluminum vs steel seems not a great idea.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      They are. Like millions of many of the most popular pistols in the world, it works just fine.

    2. avatar Tom T says:

      Ruger does this with their Security 9. It is hardened aluminum that (supposedly) holds up to friction well.

      This gun is basically a clone of the compact model Security 9.

      1. avatar Joel says:

        More like a massively improved PF9….

  18. avatar RingoMD says:

    Great review JWT (as per usual.) Sounds like a great carry option, especially with summer here in Texas. Not sure I’ll quit my boberg XR9-L for this but will probably buy one all the same (as per usual for guns you review positively.)

  19. avatar John Bryan says:

    Very interesting! Read about these on a different site but this is the first actual test I’ve seen. Still haven’t warmed up to the red trigger – hopefully Naroh offers black eventually though it wouldn’t stop me from buying an N1. Been thinking of making the change from .380ACP to 9mm or .40SW for EDC so here’s yet another seemingly good choice…

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      But red means it Fast!…….or it got hurt…

  20. avatar Tom T says:

    So…. it is a Ruger Security 9 Compact with a red trigger.

    1. avatar John Bryan says:

      Other than being smaller, lighter, no external safety, and not needing a tool for take down, yeah, they’re identical.

      1. avatar Specialist38 says:

        Made me snort!

      2. avatar Tom T says:

        Yeah, they came up with the internal hammer design all on their own. Totally coincidence. They probably never even heard of Ruger. And those grip serations on the slide are way different.

        Seems like a great little gun, but pretending it is original in any aspect is disingenuous.

        1. avatar Specialist38 says:

          Well Hell!….little new under the sun.

          Glocks are a maring of striker fired pistols from the early 1900s and those disc-shooter toy guns like I had in the 60s.

          Gaston did innovate in coming up with a frame design that fit no ones hand very well.

          I think his point was that pistol have little in common in the ergonomics and dimensions.

  21. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    If the gun’s really reliable then they’ll do well in my opinion. I think that’s something that’s been left out of a lot of the other flops we’ve seen in the last few years.

  22. avatar possum destroyer of arachnids says:

    That’s a cool gunm. PA-63

  23. avatar GS650G says:

    Not digging that red trigger. Otherwise a very promising gun.

  24. avatar Vlad Tepes says:

    With no manual safety and only a 6lb pull its an accident waiting to happen and happen it will guaranteed just as many Glock owners have found out the hard way.

    The real question is how in the hell does this gun actually work. I have done a search on the internet and all the other web sites have not actually tested this gun , they merely were repeating factory issued propaganda. I can only surmise that with only a 6 lb trigger pull this is not a TRUE double action in any sense of the word. More than likely it might be a hammer fired system that is partially cocked hence the 6lb trigger pull which again makes the gun unsafe as hell to handle or carry since it has no manual safety. And lets face facts a true double action pistol with a 6lb pull would not have enough hammer momentum to reliably fire the weapon each and every time. Also another dead give away that this is NOT a double action system is that there is no second strike capability, in other words its an admission that the slide is cocking the hammer not the trigger. Again its more like a single action gun and with no manual safety so take out lots of life insurance and liability insurance your probably going to need it.

    Notice the accuracy test was taken at only 7 yards, another dead giveaway the accuracy sucks on this pistol. Its only accurate pistols that get tested at 25 yards so the author can brag about how accurate it is.

    On the Vlad safety meter “Don’t be caught dead with one because if you carry one you will.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      You’re idiotic ramblings prove that not only do you know nothing about guns, constantly lie, but also that you have no reading comprehension skills.
      From the article, which even includes of photo with the range printed on it.
      “Shooting off a bag at 25 yards, the Armscor 115gr averaged 2 3/4″ five round groups over four shot strings.”

      1. avatar Dani in WA says:

        Not to mention rehashing together stuff already mentioned.

    2. avatar Someone says:

      Oh, Drac, dyslexia on top of terminal stupidity, I almost feel bad for you. Almost…

  25. avatar A. Daniels says:

    Hello, JWT, thank you for this interesting review. Also, because you wrote “[i]f I wanted to get picky — and you know I do,” I respectfully point out that the article’s text should be “discreet carry,” not “discrete carry.” 😉 See, e.g., https://www.vocabulary.com/articles/chooseyourwords/discreet-discrete/

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      Had no idea. Thanks.

  26. avatar James Ivy says:

    It looks like the same setup as the taurus tcp (action wise) I wonder how similar the actions really are? That’s not a bad thing I owned a TCP and was surprised it delivered what was asked of it which was alot of cast reloads and never failed

  27. avatar Leadsled says:

    Sounds like a mini Walther PPX. The trigger on the PPX is amazing.

    I live in the Austin area… Hit me up if you need help wringing out any guns….😝👍

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