Whenever a new striker-fired pistol is released, it’s forced to live in Glock’s world. However, that’s not to say that a new striker-fired gun—like the IWI Masada—will never be as good as a Glock.
New guns often are just as good as Glocks, and frequently better in certain ways.
But, and this is a spoiler, none of the new striker-fired handguns (including the Masada) will be the new Glock. At least, not for a long time.
We’ll explain why shortly.
For now, let’s talk about why the IWI Masada is actually better than a Glock in many ways.
One thing to note before we start: the Masada is not as easily upgradeable as a Glock because there’s not as much aftermarket support, yet. But that’s not really a fair comparison point, since the Masada is far newer. So we’re not going to hold that against the Masada.
Onto the discussion.
It’s no secret: Glocks have a very particular grip shape. People typically either love it or hate it.
The Masada grip shape isn’t quite as unique as a Glock grip. But it will probably be more comfortable for more people, on average. Those who find the Glock grip to be the most comfortable thing ever will probably label the Masada as slightly less comfortable than a Glock.
However, the rest of us might prefer the Masada grip. The palm swell is fairly subtle and well placed. And the grip texture offers good traction without being too aggressive.
Also, the grip is a couple degrees more upright than a Glock. That’s not a bad thing. It’s a more natural angle, which is nice for those who want a plug-and-play type of gun. Also, the Masada is more versatile for those who shoot multiple handguns, since the grip angle is more consistent with other models.
There’s no way we’d get away with comparing anything to a Glock without mentioning the trigger.
Here’s the juice: the Masada’s trigger is better than a Glock trigger in almost every way.
The break is cleaner. The pull weight is more consistent with IWI’s stated weight. And it feels like there’s slightly less travel in the trigger press.
So where is the Glock trigger better? The reset, of course. Very few triggers reset as positively as a Glock trigger.
But the Masada’s trigger has a nice tactile and audible reset. It’s just that the reset is a bit long. It takes a bit of finesse to get really clean strings of rapid fire.
For accuracy, though, the Masada trigger is a step up from many striker-fired pistols, including Glocks.
The Masada comes with more creature comforts and practical upgrades than a bone stock Glock.
The most obvious is steel sights. Glock basically loses every stock sight comparison because they use plastic sights, which are a known issue during one-handed weapon manipulations.
But there’s more.
The Masada also comes with front cocking serrations.
It also comes standard with an RMR cut.
There’s a Picatinny rail.
And the grip is cut so that you can grab and strip magazines for malfunction clearance. It’s a subtle cut. But it’s better than the notch on the front of the Gen 5 Glocks or none at all.
One thing to consider
The Masada does have one fairly unique drawback that’s worth mentioning, even though we’re not here to bash on the Masada: the slide heats up fairly quickly.
If you’re wearing gloves, it’s not a huge issue until you’ve fired five or six magazines in quick succession.
But if you’re not wearing gloves, the slide can be a bit hot to handle after two or three magazines. It’s not dangerous. You’re not going to burn your flesh off or anything. However, the slide gets hot faster than most other handguns.
The Masada is a duty-sized gun. So they may have designed it with a lighter slide to enhance the performance, assuming that the ideal consumer would be armed professionals who usually wear gloves when they shoot.
It’s not a deal breaker. But it’s something to be aware of when you pick this gun up.
Answer: no, the IWI Masada is not the new Glock
Overall, the IWI Masada is a great gun. It’s very comfortable. It shoots well. It seems reliable based on what we’ve seen so far. And it retails for about $400, which is an excellent price.
If you purchased a Masada instead of a Glock, you’d be making a fine choice.
But here’s why the Masada is not the new Glock:
First, it only comes in one frame size. It’s similar to the Glock 19x. It’s impossible for a single, duty-sized gun to replace an entire line of guns that includes smaller, concealed carry options.
Could the Masada be the new Glock 19x? Maybe someday. But that’s not the question we asked.
Glock 19X with TALON Rubber-Black Grips
However, the real reason the IWI Masada is not the new Glock is because it’s better than a Glock in several ways. So it doesn’t really compete directly with Glock pistols.
Glock has become the baseline handgun. If a new gun does anything worse than a Glock—if it’s less reliable, if the trigger is worse, if it’s less comfortable, or anything else—that gun will probably be viewed pretty critically by the firearms market.
Being as good as a Glock is the minimum standard these days, not the gold standard.
The Masada is better than a Glock on multiple fronts. Given enough time, maybe the Masada will become the new measuring stick.
But right now, the Masada is an affordable handgun that’s a bit better than a Glock in a handful of aspects. And you’re wise if you’re considering buying the IWI Masada.
We’ve added 2 more ways for you to earn rewards points that can be used to get a discount on your orders.
We covered the new TALON Grips rewards system in an earlier blog post which you can read here to get caught up.
The process of earning rewards points through social media is simple. First, make sure you are logged into your account at TalonGunGrips.com then select the Rewards icon in the lower right of your screen.
When the popup opens select Ways to earn.
You will then see Follow on Instagram and Like on Facebook. Like and Follow us and you will get 100 points each.
That’s it! That’s pretty easy way to get 200 points which is equal to $2 dollars off your next order.
Loyal customers are a big part of our business so we developed a rewards program that will provide you credit based on the dollars spent at TalonGunGrips.com. The nuts and bolts of the program follow:
- You will get automatically signed up for the rewards program when you place an order.
- You get 4 points for every $1 spent. For instance, if you spend $25 you will accrue 100 points.
- For every 100 points you receive $1 off your order.
If you cannot sign into your account reset your password.
Redeeming Your Rewards Points
- Go to TalonGunGrips.com
- Make sure you are signed into your account. If you don’t remember your password Click Forgot Password, enter your email address and click RESET PASSWORD and an email will be sent to you to enter a new password.
- Add the products you want to purchase to the cart.
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Thank you loyal TALON Grips customers.
Most marketing gurus say a website should be redesigned every 2-3 years. We’ve gotten over 6 years of good performance out of our old website. So you can say our website has done a great job for us and we were in need of a new website… yes, a new website has been a long time coming!
On October 29th we shut down old faithful and moved forward with a shiny new website. Our team has put countless hours into the choosing a new website platform, designing the general layout, organizing the pages logically, writing new product descriptions, taking pictures, building the pages, and…you get the idea. We are happy with the result of our efforts and we hope you are as well.
What the new website means to you is a new rewards program and resetting your account password when you log into your account on the new website the first time.
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Offer good through November 16th, 2019
Resetting Your Account Password
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Feedback from our customers has been vital to our growth, we encourage you to share your thoughts on the new website.
The TALON Team
By Jay Chambers
Handguns are small and can be hidden under clothing, so they’re a great way to protect yourself in all situations. But, in order to make that possible, you need to know what the best handguns are.
Although there are many models out there and each one of them is good in its own way, not every handgun is suitable for every person. Whether you’re about to purchase your first handgun, add to your collection, or want to replace old reliable, it’s a good idea to know the best handguns of the year.
So, the following list is packed with some of the best handgun models of 2019.
Ruger Koenig Custom Shop 1911
Ruger did a good thing by teaming up with Doug Koenig, as they are now created an effective and beautiful handgun. The Custom Shop 1911 model is one of the most fun guns to shoot and it’s also easy to conceal.
The pistol is a 9mm one with a fiber-optic front sight, checkered front strap, and low recoil. In addition, it is very accurate. If you want to learn how to shoot and don’t mind dropping some $$$, this handgun will be of great help. A nice thing about this gun is that the ammo isn’t too pricey either.
It’s suitable to use during competitive shooting or for daily carry.
Colt King Cobra DA Revolver
This small pistol is very cute, while still holding the classic look it’s so loved for. The model has a 3.0-inch barrel and a chamber for .357 Magnum. It’s important to note that it’s a double-action revolver.
Besides, the rest of the handgun is made of stainless steel, while the front sight has a brass-bead. With a six round cylinder, this pistol is easy to conceal and is great for self-defense.
Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2
What’s good about this model is that while the design is a subcompact, it is also quite thin. So, it’s sure to be more comfortable when carrying it, making it an ideal concealed carry option.
Another advantage is the grip safety to ensure the model doesn’t discharge accidentally. This model has two OEM magazine versions available, 7-round and 9-round. It comes at a more affordable price as well, so if you need a new EDC pistol this is a great choice.
Nighthawk Custom Firehawk Model 1911
Having a beautiful, stainless finish, this handgun is truly a jewel. This Firehawk comes in either .45 ACP or 9mm. It has a modified slide and a full-length recoil guide rod with Commander-length spring. Meanwhile, the barrel is a 5.0-inch bull one.
You don’t need to worry if the barrel seems a little longer than expected – it can still be concealed properly. However, bear in mind that the price is high.
Because of Glock’s reputation, their products are expected to live up to expectations, which is why this model has made it to the list. Its trigger is smooth, and the recoil is reduced in comparison to the Glock 17.
The Glock 34 is a version of the Glock 17. The difference lies within its barrel – the barrel is longer, so it will help you shoot more accurately. It’s not too heavy and works great for competitions.
If you need a less expensive alternative while maintaining a high-quality build, look into the Glock 34.
Kimber EVO SP
It doesn’t matter whether you’re right or left-handed – the Kimber EVO SP is a wonderful concealed carry firearm.
It has an enclosed rear on the slide, making sure that no crud, dust or lint accumulates inside your firearm. As such, maintenance is a less burdensome thing to deal with, since there will be barely anything to clean on the inside.
FN 509 Midsize
Another pistol suitable for both left-handed and right-handed people is the FN 509 Midsize. It comes with ambidextrous controls to make sure no matter what hand you use, you will be able to access the amazing features and shoot with the same accuracy.
The firearm has a 4.0-inch barrel, with the full length being 7.4 inches and weighing 26.5 ounces. To make things better, it comes with interchangeable backstraps for all hand sizes and shooter preferences.
10 or 15 rounds can be used with this handgun depending on the magazine you use. It is a model that doesn’t only come for a decent price but also has an outstanding performance.
2019 has seen some amazing handguns so far and knowing some of them may help you purchase a model that suits you. Whether you settle for Glock, Colt, Springfield or any other brand present in the list above, you’ll hopefully find the handgun that suit your needs.