Picked this up as an impulse buy at the funshop the other day. Since Charles Daly (or rather KBI and CD by extension) has gone belly up, seems that the remaining inventory has been sold off for cheap and this means that there are some potential good deals to be had.
At first I thought it was a Walther P99 when i glanced at it through the glass and was immediately interested since i've been looking for a old style AS P99 for some time. Low and behold it was a Charles Daly. I remember reading about these pistols in one of the gun rags coverage of last years SHOT shows and i had been interested but kind of forgot about it over time.
The price tag was very inviting so i asked to look at it. Felt good in the hand and i had some money burning a hole in my pocket so it followed me home. Now that i've had some time to look over it more closely i wanted to share my feelings on the good and the bad.
The Good: Looks like a P99 and feels like a P99. Interchangable backstraps. Steel magazines that seem to be of a fairly robust design. Novak style sights. Nice large trigger guard for gloved hands (standard issue around here nov-may
The Bad: White dots on sights are covered in glow paint making them kind of a dull white. Sights are plastic on the front and some type of alloy on the rear (i think). Proprietary magazine (AFAIK). Slide rattles a bit (but this looseness might enhance reliability, its no worse than some 1911's ive seen). Front sight is kind of pyramid shaped but i don't think that will affect "combat accuracy".
The Indifferent: Works like a Glock and suffers from the same issue (IMO) of being slighty undersprung from the factory, IE when the striker is cocked it takes little effort to push the slide backward and begin the unlocking action. This of course can be fixed with slightly stronger recoil spring (anyone want to measure a G17 guide rod for me ? I think it might fit). Only comes with two magazines.
Other Thoughts: The polymer used in the frame seems to be like the harder old HK style thats more like synthetic stock material than what you would see in newer poly pistols though i doubt this matters much. The finish is a type of baked on enamel that reminds me of the finish we had on our air force M9 pistols (only time will tell how durable it will be). Made in Turkey.
I haven't had time to get out to the range and see how it runs but it seems to be nicely machined (some tool marks) and quite well put together. Turkish arms manufacture has come a long way in the last few years and i've had good luck with some of the shotguns made over there. In all unless it turns out to be a total turd when it comes to shooting, i'm pretty happy.
Oh and total cost was $330 out the door with 100 rounds of 9mm. I'll update this thread when i get a proper range test as well.