The optics-ready pistol is going to be the standard moving forward

When the M17 was adopted by the Army, I thought it was neat when talking to Sig that a production requirement was that the gun have a removable top plate to accept Leupold Deltapoint Pro reflex sights (red dots optics) as standard. Since then, it seems like handguns that incorporate such slide mods are factory standard– likely in large part due to the fact that almost every big name pistol maker in the world at one time or another tried to compete for the M17 contract, so they already both (a) saw the writing on the wall, and (b) had done the engineering for it.

It should make no surprise then that this week two different manufacturers have entered the factory-standard optics-ready game.

CZ-USA announced their new Kansas City-made P-10S subcompact, P-10C compact and P-10F full-size variants.

Each ship with a blank filler plate with plates for both the Trijicon RMR and the DeltaPoint Pro available with an option to co-witness the iron sights. With that being said, they still incorporate irons in the form of a single tritium lamp in the front with a large orange surround and a serrated black combat rear. All are in 9mm.

Idaho-based Nemo Arms has branched out from the upper shelf AR business to bring a new 9mm handgun platform to market. The new feature-rich Monark was teased extensively by Nemo on social media over the last couple weeks and shown off at the recent 2018 NASGW Expo in Pittsburgh. The all-metal pistol series spans four different models, all in 9mm with 5-inch barrels complete with a mini red dot sight adapter plate system.

Featuring a billet aluminum frame with checkering and a lightened stainless steel slide with fore and aft cocking serrations, the striker-fired handguns weigh in at 31.5 ounces while eschewing polymer. Other features standard across the line are interchangeable grips, a single action billet trigger, a dustcover-mounted accessory rail, ambi slide catches, and a right or left-hand magazine release.

More on both in my column at

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Let me introduce myself. I am a bit of a conflict junkie. I am fascinated by war and warfare, assassination, personal protection and weaponry ranging from spud guns and flame throwers to thermonuclear bombs and Soviet-trained Ebola monkeys. In short, if it’s violent or a tool to create violence it is kind of my thing. I have written a few thousand articles on the dry encyclopedia side for such websites as, University of Guns, Outdoor Hub, Tac-44, History Times, Big Game Hunter, Glock Forum, Firearms, and Combat Forums; as well as for print publications like England Expects, and Strike First Strike Fast. Several magazines such as Sea Classics, Military Historian and Collector, Mississippi Sportsman and Warship International have carried my pieces. Additionally I am on staff as a naval consultant and writer for Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine. Currently I am working on several book projects including an alternative history novel about the US-German War of 1916, and a biography of Southern gadfly and soldier of fortune Bennett Doty. My first novel, about the coming zombie apocalypse was released in 2012 by Necro Publications and can be found at as was the prequel, Chimera-44. I am currently working on book two of that series: "Pirates of the Zombie Coast." In my day job I am a contractor for the U.S. federal government in what could best be described as the ‘Force Protection’ field. In this I am an NRA-certified firearms, and less-than-lethal combat instructor.

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