A Look at a Multi-Caliber Czech Field Beast: The FK Brno PSD Pistol
With a "Blade Runner"/"RoboCop" futuristic aesthetic, the FK Brno PSD pistol can move seamlessly across four calibers, including the very compelling 7.5 FK.
FK Brno first appeared on the scene in the Czech Republic a decade ago, eventually bringing its Field Pistol to market by 2015. A sort of souped-up CZ 75 with lots of extra meat, the Field Pistol was designed around the potent new 7.5 FK cartridge – which we will get to in a minute, hold on – and made entirely by machining specialty high-strength alloys to create a beautiful gun complete with aluminum G10 grips.
On the downside, the FK Field Pistol has a $7,500 price tag, putting it out of reach for many gun owners. To put that into perspective, you can buy three new Desert Eagle Mark XIXs in .50 AE for the same price – and have a little change left over.
That's where the FK PSD comes in.
More recently introduced, the PSD has a slender polymer grip frame and keeps the same layout as the Field Pistol. While its price tag – MSRP of $1,650 – isn't cheap, it is still only a fraction of the cost of the Field Pistol and even comes in a good bit less than a new Deagle. It is not that much more expensive than some polymer-framed practical/tactical guns like the $1,500 FN 509 LS Edge.
Looking at the FK PSD
So, what do you get for $1,600 bucks?
The PSD has a 5.3-inch barrel and 9.05-inch overall length. We found that weight, with an empty magazine inserted, is 40.8 ounces, which is about a half-pound lighter than the published weight of the FK Field Pistol.
For those familiar with M1911s, all of this sounds very familiar.
The hallmark of the PSD is its easy barrel/caliber conversion, which can be accomplished within a minute while in the field without any tools. Our test gun came with the standard 7.5 FK barrel installed as well as two additional barrels: a 10 mm/.40 S&W pipe that uses the standard PSD magazine and a 9mm barrel with its dedicated mag.
Features, Features, Features
With the multi-caliber aspect covered, let us touch on some of the other features of the PSD.
How about the 7.5FK ammo?
Introduced alongside the company's Field Pistol a few years ago, the 7.5 FK is a beast on paper. Available from the company in two different loads – a JHP HTE and a copper-solid DSE – the cartridge carries a light 95 to 101-grain bullet to an advertised velocity of 1950 fps or greater. This imparts 850 ft/lbs of energy. To put that in perspective, that outclasses most 10mm and .357 Magnum loads and starts approaching into .44 Magnum territory.
While expensive – $75 a box of 50 – the beauty of the PSD is that you can always swap out to the 10mm/40S&W or 9mm barrel for range trips to save some money. FK says the barrel is rated for 20,000 rounds of 7.5 or 30,000 of the comparatively pipsqueak 10mm/.40.
So how does it shoot? Well, we are getting a feel for it after a few hundred rounds in four different calibers and will have a 500-round review completed in the coming days – to include some ballistic gel giggle – so stay tuned.