Speaking of underrated guns, Slovakia’s Grand Power — at least in the U.S. of A. — is one seriously underrated brand. Don’t fret if you aren’t familiar; TTAG will be bringing you a few Grand Power reviews soon. Though they make pistols in 9mm, .40, .45, and even 10mm, I’m perhaps most excited to test out their .22 LR-chambered K22s.
Thanks to a kneejerk reaction from our government, we can no longer own .22 LR pistols in the UK; however, that has not stopped the rise of the long barrelled firearm. This is essentially a pistol with an extended barrel over 300mm long and an overall length of over 600mm thanks to an extension arm protecting off the bottom of the pistol grip. Some of these guns have the balance of a pistol and others do not. I have owned and shot a Long Barrelled Pistol (another name for LBFs) for seven years, even picking up the odd prize at Bisley with it. The Buckmark I have was the only LBP readily available for years and is massively front heavy.
There is more choice for UK shooters now, though, and the Caledonian Classic Arms Grand Power K22 is one of the few LBPs that feels like a pistol, you can even shoot it onehanded. They are so popular now we even have three in our small rimfire club. The centre of balance even in LBP UK legal mode is within the trigger guard. Grand Power pistols are used in law enforcement as well as competition shooting; an example of the Centre Fire version has fired over 100,000 rounds without any failures!