Once a curiosity, the hybrid species known as the megapistol is becoming something of a staple in the collections of serious firearms enthusiasts. And it’s no wonder: Big, accurate and powerful, megapistols offer everyday handgunners SBR-style handling and firepower without the requisite hassle of one’s having to acquire a Class 3 ATF license.
While perhaps not as “practical” as a standard-sized pistol, especially if the idea is to carry concealed, a megapistol is unquestionably a serious home defender (if you like .45 ACP combat round, try .223 Remington). And with Sig Sauer’s introduction of the SB15 Pistol Brace (see our writeup of the Sig P516), megapistols are no longer quite so cumbersome to handle.
No, don’t ditch your standard-sized handgun; but, do consider giving at least one of the seven super-cool megapistols outlined ahead a serious look. Because, whatever else a megapistol might be, it is, without a doubt, a fun kind of gun to shoot.
CzechPoint SA Vz. 58 5.56mm
The CzechPoint SA Vz. 58 looks a great deal like an AK-47, but a look under the hood reveals important differences. Never wholly in agreement with their Moscow overlords, the Czechs took several liberties when designing and manufacturing their version of the Warsaw Pact’s standard-issue battle rifle, installing a two-piece gas piston/bolt carrier group whose bolt locks into battery via a camming block (rather than an AK’s locking lugs), and swapping out the AK’s hammer-and-firing-pin fire-control system with a striker. The result was a gun not necessarily more efficient or reliable than an AK-47 (which is perhaps the most reliable rifle ever designed), but one with a distinctly nationalized stamp—a beacon of independent thinking in a grim, totalitarian world.
With the SA Vz. 58 5.56mm, CzechPoint offers shooters a near exact facsimile of the Czechoslovakian battle, save for the fact that it’s chambered in 5.56mm (rather than 7.62mm), is semi-automatic, has a 12-inch barrel (rather than 16) and is shorn of a buttstock. Offering users 30+1 rounds of rifle-caliber firepower in pistol configuration, the SA Vz. 58, Combat Handguns reviewer Doug Larson writes, “is much easier to carry than a rifle or carbine, has more firepower than a pistol-caliber handgun and is more maneuverable than a long gun.”
It’s also highly accurate, delivering in Larson’s hands groups measuring 0.43 inches center to center from 25 yards. And like its AK-based forebears, it’s highly reliable, never once failing to feed during the entirety of Larson’s several-hundred-round range test.
To read everything Larson has to say about this unique, and uniquely powerful, AK-based pistol, pick up the May 2013 issue of Combat Handguns magazine.
For more on the CzechPoint SA Vz. 58, please visit CzechPoint-usa.com.
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