Century Arms C39v2 Blade 7.62x39mm Springfield Armory SAINT AR-15 Pistol 5.56mm
Just two issues ago, this little beast graced the cover of our magazine. Built to provide some high-speed end users with a lot of firepower in a very small package, it’s now available to civilians as a rifle-caliber pistol and won the ICA award in this new category. After no small amount of effort, SIG shrunk their MCX shortstroke piston-operated platform down to a 5.5-inch barreled, 300-BLK chambered bundle of fun. In pistol form, it comes with a three-position collapsible brace. The stubby M-LOK handguard provides a bit of real estate for your support hand, which you must religiously honor lest you reach too far forward and make a mistake that you (and your hand) won’t soon forget.
We concluded that the Rattler is well-engineered and a hoot to shoot, though it fills a specialized role, and it’s not for beginners. Evaluators couldn’t help but be drawn in by its undeniable badassery, highlighting its good looks and ergonomics, durability, and fit and finish. Like us, they complained about its gritty trigger, felt it needed a hand stop, and some thought it was rather heavy. Nevertheless, the consensus loved shooting it, noting it would make a great “quickly deployable truck or home-defense gun.”