So the Laugo Alien, being imported and sold by Lancer Systems, is the best handgun I have ever shot. Unfortunately the first 500 Signature Edition guns are $5,000, so I’m pretty much crushed.
The Laugo Alien is the flattest, smoothest, fastest shooting 9mm out there. Machining, fit, finish, and ergonomics are top notch, and the trigger is great.
Weird, right? The fixed barrel is down under the slide there, hidden inside the dust cover back to just above the trigger guard.
There she is; the fixed barrel and the HK P7-esque gas delayed blowback system with the recoil spring off to the side. High-pressure combustion gas is ported into the cylinder above the barrel, and that pressure prevents the piston from moving rearwards into the cylinder, which therefore prevents the slide from moving rearwards.
When the bullet exits the muzzle and the gas pressure drops, the piston and slide can now cycle, with some pneumatic damping built in as the piston shoves the gas in the cylinder back out through a small port.
Holding everything together is a top rail that affixes at front and rear. Take-down and assembly is fast and tool-less. One very cool aspect of this design is that the iron sights or red dot do not reciprocate with the slide. On a flat shooting gun like this, that makes the sights that much easier to track.
Never losing sight of your sight picture makes for a dang fast-shooting pistol.
Did I mention the machining, fit, finish, and ergonomics are absolutely fantastic on this gun?
It’s beautifully made and it looks and feels like everything you’d hope for.
And the Lancer Laugo Alien shoots like it, too. Or better.
A short, crisp, awesome trigger completes the package. There is no other 9mm that shoots as flat, soft, and fast as this gun outside of something like a custom-tuned open class race gun with a compensator.
TTAG will be borrowing an Alien for full review as soon as one becomes available. I’m going to have a hard time sending it back. Unfortunately, at $5,000 its price tag is more outside of my budget than inside.
Even though the Signature Edition comes with two top rails (iron sights and optics-ready), a red dot sight, three magazines, a holster, and more, that’s still a lot of cash. The funny thing is, if I had it, I’d spend it on the Alien in a heartbeat.