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Honor Defense 9mm Pistol Review

Honor Defense Honor Guard 9mm Single Stack Pistol

The Honor Defense single stack 9mm pistol is a great subcompact pistol for CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon).  The Honor Defense pistols are 100% American made and allow you to custom create 900 variations to suit your needs and tastes.  We received this pistol as a test-and-evaluation unit ,and we will it to the factory once this review goes live.  We are also not your traditional pistol review authority.  I have had very little pistol training, I am not a gunsmith and I have shot far less than 10,000 rounds through a pistol in my lifetime.  I do, however, like to shoot pistols. In particular, I like shooting this pistol because of the size; it pairs well with Alien Gear holsters for concealed and open carry.

We got this pistol in standard black – no cool colors, awesome flag motives or any other variation was going to sway us. Besides, we know it makes no difference in how well this pistol shoots.  That said, we encourage each owner to select a pistol in the color and variation that pleases you and only you.  You will be the person who owns the pistol, and you should feel comfortable and proud of your purchase.  If you really like your pistol , you are more likely to shoot more often.  And more time at the range helps you become a better and safer shooter.

First and foremost is the grip on this pistol.  It fits well in your hand.  I have long fingers, and I am always in Cadet XL gloves.  I almost always gravitate to full size pistols, but they are not what I want to carry on a regular basis.  This subcompact pistol fits well which is not the case with most subcompacts. The frame and grip fit well and can easily be shot and shot well by folks with large hands as well as those with small hands like my wife.  I found the pistol to be highly accurate and had no issues with the pistol in regards to jamming.  I prefer the larger magazine with this pistol because of the size of my hands, and I felt in a concealed carry situation the extra length made very little difference to me.  The magazines are tight and well fit to the gun.  The new springs makes it hard to load the magazines, but this is probably true of most magazines until the springs get a little warn and eases up on the tension.

We found the pistol to be easy to rack even for older shooters, and we really like how well it pairs up with the holsters from Alien Gear.  We paired this up with an IWB (inside Waste Band) Holster as well as the Alien Gear Cloak Mod OWB (Outside the Waistband) Holster to have two options depending on what we were doing.  I like both of these holsters.  Most of the time, I use the OWB holster while hunting.  The quality of the holsters from Alien Gear are exceptional and fit well with the Honor Defense Subcompact 9mm.  Just like Honor Defense, the team at Alien Gear makes their holsters in the USA and back them with a strong warranty.

Just this year Honor Defense partnered up with Mossy Oak to create a lineup of pistols in Mossy Oak OVERWATCH, the official Camouflage pattern of the NRA. Gary Ramey, President of Honor Defense, says, “Honor Defense is thrilled to be part of the Mossy Oak family. Both Honor Defense and Mossy Oak were built and grown in America, and we both believe in Second Amendment rights. The Overwatch pattern is well-suited to our 100-percent American-made handguns and our Lifetime Warranty. The best patterns should always be on the best American handguns.”  We know the NRA as well as most of America likes knowing that Honor Defense pistols are 100% made in America and that they back them with a lifetime warranty.

We found the Honor Defense 9mm Subcompact Single Stack Pistol to be well suited to concealed carry use.  The Snag-Free factory sites are designed for one-handed operation and the 7.5-pound pull weight coupled with a short re-set is ideal for a concentrated first shot and quick follow up shots. This pistol is a well-built tool in the hands of dedicated shooters and at a price point that working class Americans can afford.  It’s no wonder that Honor Defense is growing and is garnering such great praise from the industry.  Check out Honor Defense and custom build your own pistol in one of the 900 possible variations.


  • No Trigger Pull or Tool needed for dis-assembly
  • Ambidextrous Magazine Release (perfect for left or right handed shooting)
  • Ambidextrous Slide Catch
  • Ambidextrous Manual Thumb Optional Safety
  • Stainless Steel Striker Block for Safety
  • Custom Grip with Texture for Pistol Control
  • Easy Pistol to Rack
  • Custom Serrations for Ease of Pistol Rack
  • Snag-Free Sights for Quick Draw
  • Two Magazines included (7 Round & 8 Round)
  • Two Backstraps available to custom fit.
  • Lifetime Warranty

Kevin Paulson

Kevin Paulson is the Founder and CEO of HuntingLife.com. His passion for Hunting began at the age of 5 hunting alongside of his father. Kevin has followed his dreams through outfitting, conservation work, videography and hunting trips around the world.

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