- Rob Pincus talks with Parallel Defense talks with about the PD10.
Rob Pincus spent some time at the Gideon Optics booth during SHOT Show 2024 and Parallel Defense stopped by to talk about the PD10.
One of the highlights of SHOT Show is interacting with the media representatives and content creators that visit. These interactions give manufacturers an opportunity to educator more people about their products. Rob Pincus is never afraid to get in front of a camera and always willing to explain the features of the PD10 Pistol. Smiley seemed to understand the concepts at work very well. In regard to the trend towards smaller and smaller carry guns, he had this to say,
“…they start getting harder to shoot… I want a better gun.”Smiley, Parallel Defense YouTube, Feb 2024
Rob believes that the very thin PD10 is a “better gun”, allowing for a full grip while still being easy to carry & conceal. This combination makes the pistol easier to shoot that micro-compacts for just about anyone.
- One of the Best Handguns at SHOT Show 2024!
We were both delighted and surprised to see the PD10 Pistol at the top of the page in Athlon Outdoor’s “Best Full-Size Handguns of SHOT Show 2024” article this week. Even if we do consider the our Flagship Pistol to be a “very thin mid-sized gun that you can get a full grip on”!
The PD10 is in some great “Best Handguns” company, and it was a great SHOT Show for Avidity Arms. There are a lot of people who seem to share the author’s thoughts on our new caliber offering.
“Finally, more guns for .30 Super Carry!”-Frank Melloni, Athlon Outdoors, Jan 2024
- SHOT Show 2024: Talking with Guns Magazine
SHOT Show 2024 provided an opportunity for Rob Pincus and Guns Magazine Editor Brent Wheat to catch up and talk about what’s going on at Avidity Arms. Rob and Brent go way back in the gun industry… over 20 years in fact! They both wrote for S.W.A.T. Magazine for many years. Brent had a regular segment on S.W.A.T. Magazine TV, which Rob produced for a few years over a decade ago.
Their chat started with a walk down memory lane, including some thoughts about some of the legends of the training industry they both got to work with. Eventually, they got to the big news at SHOT Show 2024 for Avidity Arms: The PD10 Pistol being offered in 30 SuperCarry.
- PD10 Pistol Review in Shooting News Weekly
A new PD10 Pistol Review has been written by John Petrolino. Shooting News Weekly published the article, which shares John’s experiences on the range, this morning!
Of course, the article contains John’s thoughts on the features and shooting performance of the PD10. John also shares the experiences of others who joined him during a couple of shooting sessions in 2023. It’s been a year since Avidity Arms started shipping the PD10 9mm Personal Defense Handgun. John has had one for the better part of that year and was really able to think about how the gun is designed and performs before writing his PD10 pistol review.
“My initial impressions of the PD10 are very positive. I think the team at Avidity did a great job putting together a pistol that’ll appeal to a wide variety of people as an everyday carry personal defense gun.”John Petrolino, 1/19/24
- 30 Super Carry Talk on Rapid Fire Radio
30 Super Carry was the topic of conversation on Rapid Fire Radio recently, with Chris Laack from Federal Ammunition and Rob Pincus from Avidity Arms. The two companies have just announced the result of some collaborative work. Avidity Arms is now offering the PD10 Pistol in 30 Super Carry!
This was the first media interview with representatives from both companies discussing the project. The 30 Super Carry was designed specifically for personal defense from the ground up. The same is true of the PD10 Pistol. Avidity’s offering is the first midsized striker fired pistol chambered in this new round, and only the fourth handgun on the market.
Chris Laack is the Product Manager for Handgun Ammunition at Federal/CCI/Speer. He has been following the PD10’s path to the market and has over 2000 rounds through his personal 9mm version. He’s had one chambered in 30SC for a couple of months now as well.
“I love the fact that what we were trying to accomplish with ammo aligns so well with what Rob and Avidity were trying to do with the gun.”-Chris Laack, Federal Ammunition
Rob Pincus spent a lot of time researching the ammunition’s performance and the feasibility of adding the option of 30SC to the PD10 Pistol before committing to the project.
“I failed to give the 30 Super Carry enough attention when it was first released. Honestly, it was complacency. Thankfully, I that was called out by a buddy of mine. Last summer, I got to understand the round and perform gel tests. I was also able to work through what would be involved in chambering the PD10 for 30SC with the engineering team at Avidity. Ultimately, it was really obvious that the gun and the ammo were a great pairing and it was definitely worth doing.”-Rob Pincus, Avidity Arms
- 30SC PD10 chat on Armed Citizen Podcast
30SC PD10 was the topic of conversation yesterday during this live episode of the Armed Citizen Podcast. Rob Pincus joined Ghost Tactical to explain how & why the PD10 Pistol came to be chambered in Federal’s 30 Super Carry caliber.
Ghost actually posted the very first Range Review of the production PD10 Pistol about a year ago and is very familiar with the “designed for defense” handgun.
- 30SC PD10: ConcealedCarry.com Comments
The first media coverage of our announcement of the 30SC PD10 is live at ConcealedCarry.com!
Not surprisingly, a website focused on concealed carry with a staff that understands the PD10 totally understands why the PD10 and 30 Super Carry fit well together. They also understand why it makes sense for Avidity Arms and Federal Premium to be working together.
Think of it this way–an ammunition company approaches a firearms company about a new cartridge project, after all they need guns to be on the market chambered in this new offering or there’s zero market for them to sell the ammunition. At the same time, the firearm manufacturer is a bit leery about producing a handgun chambered in this new cartridge unless there’s ammunition available for customers to buy.Riley T. Bowman, 1/11/24
ConcealedCarry.com has followed the Avidity Arms Story for many years, we appreciate them weighing in on the 30SC PD10!
- Rob Pincus explains the PD10 in 30 Super Carry
Rob Pincus, President of Avidity Arms, posted this video to explain the decision to chamber his PD10 in 30 Super Carry. The PD10 Pistol was originally released in 9mm only. One of the basic design elements of the PD10 was that it was designed “exclusively” for the 9mm cartridge, so why the addition of a 30SC option? Well, Rob feels that’s just how good the new personal defense focused option from Federal Ammunition is. Chambering the PD10 in 30 Super Carry changes very little about the super slim mid sized pistol, but it does add capacity without sacrificing performance. In fact, Pincus’ own testing of 30SC hollow point rounds in gel showed that they can outperform comparable 9mm rounds!
PD10s in 30 Super Carry are expected to begin shipping to retailers in February. Avidity Arms will also make Conversion Kits available for those who already own 9mm PD10s!
30 Super Carry Ammunition is widely available from a variety of trusted brands in full metal jacket and hollow point designs. The bullets are generally lighter than 9mm options and move faster, delivering similar energy to the target. The smaller diameter bullets will often penetrate deeper than their 9mm counterparts in tests.
- Florida Marked PD10 Pistols will be Rare.
While the article is certainly a bit tongue-in-cheek, the fact is that the Florida Marked PD10 Pistols will eventually be firearms world collectibles. The history of the PD10 and Avidity Arms is pretty well documented, including our move to North Carolina in 2022, the reality of just how few PD10 Pistols there are with the “Saint Augustin, FL” markings there are is just setting in.
Due to some nuances of Firearms Manufacturing Regulations, when Avidity moved from Florida to North Carolina, the company needed to get a new Manufacturing License. We also needed to wait until we had that license before we could begin the process of changing the mold and serial number plates for the PD10s that would be sold under the new license. Of course, all of those PD10s are marked “Fletcher, NC”… as will all Avidity Arms firearms for the foreseeable future. That makes the pistols with Florida markings collectibles. From The Article:
-Guns & Gadgets Daily, 1/5/24
As of today, there are few early Florida Marked PD10s up for sale at GunsAmerica without any premium being asked. In fact, they are slightly under MSRP!
- Gun Funny #327: Rob Pincus Interview
Have you heard the Rob Pincus Interview on Gun Funny Podcast Episode #327 yet? Rob spent about an hour talking with show host Ava Flanell. Of course, they talked about Avidity Arms... but they also touched on a variety of other topics including:
- The ATF’s attack on Suppressor Kits
- The Importance of (and resistance to) Evolution in Training
- Doritos Infused Alchohol
- Smith & Wesson Pistols
- Personal Defense Network
The episode isn’t a typical “Rob Pincus Interview” in that it spends relatively little time on any one issue. Ava keeps the conversation jumping from one thing to another and get’s Rob’s thoughts on several pieces of gear throughout the show. In regard to Avidity, they talk about the company history, the first year on the market with the PD10, and the rational behind the PD10 Pistol’s specifications & features.
- YouTube PD10 Review from CloverTac!
Another review of our first pistol has been posted to YouTube, this time from CloverTac. Clover has been following the PD10 project for many years and is familiar with the principles behind the pistol. He took the pistol to the range and gave it a thorough test before producing & posting the video last month.
This YouTube PD10 Review gives complete overview of features and Clover’s thoughts on them. He shows a live twenty-five yard 5 Shot group test. Clover summarizes his review with the comment the PD10 “Checks all the boxes” for a concealed carry handgun.
Clover also talks about the subjective nature of what any individual might think makes a “perfect” defensive handgun. Importantly, his YouTube PD10 Review points out that this pistol’s design was driven by the observations of an instructor. One who has worked with thousands of students over a couple of decades, not just an individual shooter.
- Handguns Magazine PD10 Range Session
Handguns Magazine’s social media team recently posted about a PD10 Range Session they conducted. Their first impressions of the Avidity Arms pistol were very positive!
- Avidity Arms at the 2023 Ballistic Summit
A select group of Firearms Industry Media got a chance to learn more about Avidity Arms at the 2023 Ballistic Summit. The event took place at the NRA’s Whittington Center in New Mexico. From the article:
“The 5th annual Lucid Optics Ballistic Summit was held yet again at the NRA Whittington Center near Raton, New Mexico for 2023. Located in the mountains of northern of New Mexico the Whittington Center, September is a great time and offers a cooler climate. This event is intended to give the outdoor/shooting media a front row seat to current and next generation products in the firearms and shooting world with the opportunity to go hands on with some of these products.”Terry Nelson, Midsouth Shot Report 10/23
Terry is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement with police and sheriff agencies, including SWAT and sniper roles, and has served as a state game warden. He has attended multiple Ballistic Summits, which provides extensive hands-on time with new products and an opportunity for shooting industry media to interact with company representatives both on and off the range.
Avidity Arms at the 2023 Ballistic Summit was a new experience for the company. It was the first official event where production version of our pistols were a featured part of the attending media’s agenda. In regard to the PD10, Terry had this to say:
We ran this pistol hard at the Ballistic Summit and found that it can no doubt hold its own with bigger name brand name pistols and will offer a serious option for today’s concealed carry market.
- Avidity Arms Pistol Review at Alloutdoor.com!
Eve Flanigan has been following the development of the first Avidity Arms Pistol for many years. She first shot one in 2017 While attending a defensive shooting course taught by the pistol’s designer Rob Pincus. Eve is an experienced instructor herself and she has decades of experience shooting and training in the context of personal defense. She’s in a great position to evaluate our claim that the PD10 is “Designed for Defense“.
In this article, she talks about the features of the pistol and shares not only her experiences shooting the production model, but also her observations of others getting their first opportunity to shoot the Avidity Arms Pistol at the Lucid Optics Ballistic Summit and even during some of her classes.