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The Razorcat 2011 Pistol is a Unique Competition Gun
The Razorcat comes from Limcat Custom Products which specializes in custom building competition guns for use in USPSA, IPSC, Steel Challenge, and other shooting competitions. Johnny Lim is the founder of Limcat Custom Products and is both a highly experienced gunsmith and shooter. Some have described the guns coming out of Limcat as "shootable art". Some of them are definitely very unique guns, and the Razorcat pistol is no exception! In some ways, the Razorcat pistol looks more like a futuristic weapon that you might see in a science fiction movie. For those that prefer more conventional looking firearms, the Razorcat 2011 pistol might not appeal to them at first sight. Some of the machining is done for styling; however, many of the machined features are precisely positioned gas ports (compensator or muzzle brake) used for helping keep the gun on target during competition shooting. There is a LOT of custom gunsmith work that goes into each of these pistols, and that work comes at a price. This gun is made to serve a very specific purpose, and so it's not your typical handgun with the typical price tag. The Razorcat pistol has a price tag of around $8600! Because Limcat specializes in custom gun building, this price can vary depending on customer choices.
Limcat Razorcat 2011 Competition Handgun
The Razorcat pistol can be chambered for the 9mm Major or the 38 Super which are used in the Open class of competition shooting. In case you are unfamiliar with the 9mm "Major", it is essentially a 9mm round that is loaded to higher pressures. One way this can be done by taking a standard 9mm case and not seating the bullet down as far. This gives additional room for more powder within the case. The additional powder generates higher pressures to propel the bullets to higher velocities. The 38 Super round is sometimes also known as the .38 +P. This round was developed by Colt way back in the late 1920's, and it has become more popular in recent years in competition shooting because the larger case size makes it possible to load the round to Major power levels.
What does the term "Major" refer to? Major is short for "major power factor". A cartridge is considered to have a major power factor if it is greater than 165 (for certain categories of competition). To complicate things, for IPSC Open competition, 160 is considered Major power factor. For IPSC Standard & Revolver classes of competition, 170 is considered Major power factor. Then for USPSA competitions, 165 is considered Major power factor. All that leads to another question.... how is power factor calculated? Simply stated, the bullet weight (in grains) is multiplied by the muzzle velocity (feet per second) and all this is divided by 1000 to get the power factor. For example, lets say you have a 9mm bullet that weighs 124gr that is loaded so velocities of the bullet exiting the muzzle are 1400fps. You take 124 x 1400 = 173600 and then divide that by 1000 to get a power factor of 173.6. This power factor would be classified as Major in both the IPSC and USPSA shooting competitions. In any case, suffice it to say that competition guns like the Razorcat pistol are shooting ammunition that is loaded very hot and produce bullet velocities and energy levels much greater than typical factory loaded ammunition for those calibers.