GIRSAN REGARD
Recoil|September - October 2020
GIRSAN REGARD
It’s a Turkish Riff on a Beretta 92 That Looks Like it Came Straight Off the Set of Narcos
Tamara Keel
This review started out as a joke. We found it in the flood of press release emails that inundate the in-boxes of registered media in the run-up to the SHOT Show. In amongst the pressers touting everything from better bore cleaners, revolutionary holsters that look just like every other revolutionary holster, to USB-rechargeable duck calls and stinkier doe urine was one for an expansion of EAA’s line of Girsanautopistols.role expanding in the wake of fellow Turkish gunmaker Sarsilmaz having headed off to form its own U.S. importer under the SAR USA label, we were curious to see what they were offering.

What they were offering, in this email at least, was an expansion of the models offered under the Girsan Regard model line; the one that is, on the surface at least, a Beretta 92 copy.

Unless one is a devotee of a particular brand among the several that European American Armory keeps as captive imports, this wouldn’t necessarily cause much of an eyebrow raise before getting bulk deleted along with the rest of that morning’s batch of press releases. However, with Turkish arms manufacturer Girsan being fairly new to the EAA stable, its role expanding in the wake of fellow Turkish gunmaker Sarsilmaz having headed off to form its own U.S. importer under the SAR USA label, we were curious to see what they were offering.

What they were offering, in this email at least, was an expansion of the models offered under the Girsan Regard model line; the one that is, on the surface at least, a Beretta 92 copy.

ROOTS

Keep in mind that the Turkish firearms industry goes back a rather long way. It goes back farther than the nation of Turkey itself, to the early 15th century when the army of the nascent Ottoman Empire was one of the first in that corner of the world to make organized, systematic, and extensive use of gunpowder artillery.

Neither is bringing in outside designs a new thing for the Turkish firearms industry, either. That fine tradition goes back before even the 19th century, when the Ottomans were such a large customer of Mauser Werke that the Germans built an onion-domed residence in Oberndorf to help the Turkish delegation feel at home. It’s a tradition that goes clean back to Sultan Mehmed II’s hiring of a late-medieval private military contractor, Orban of Hungary. Orban was the cannon maker and artillerist enlisted by the Sultan to help turn Constantinople into Istanbul … but that’s nobody’s business but the Turks’.

Anyway, all this talk of the late medieval period and early Renaissance is appropriate because the particular Girsan Regard MC model featured in this email was the new “Deluxe,” which means it was engraved and plated with a gold-toned finish. If you were watching movies in the ’90s, this can only make you think of one thing, and that’s watching John Leguizamo’s sinister Tybalt trying to smoke-check Dash Mihok’s guileless Benvolio in the opening gas station scene of Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 Romeo + Juliet.

THE DELUXE

In light of this cosmetic flash, we’ll look at the things that differentiate the Deluxe from the regular Regard MC, before getting all technical and digging into the details of the blaster beneath the bling.

articleRead

You can read up to 3 premium stories before you subscribe to Magzter GOLD

Log in, if you are already a subscriber

GoldLogo

Get unlimited access to thousands of curated premium stories, newspapers and 5,000+ magazines

READ THE ENTIRE ISSUE

September - October 2020