Les Baer, renowned pistolsmith and maker of fine 1911s has a new pistol out that will appeal to the IPSC and other competition shooters out there. It’s called the Les Baer HC 40 – a high capacity (19 round) .40 S&W pistol built on a Caspian frame. The features list from Les Baer Custom includes the following:
Caspian high capacity frame • Special beavertail grip safety •Ambidextrous thumb safety • LBC 5” 40 S&W slide fitted to frame • LBC 40 S&W match barrel with supported chamber fitted with match stainless steel barrel bushing • Double serrations on slide • LBC low mount adjustable rear sight with hidden rear leaf • LBC dovetail front sight • Lowered and flared ejection port • Tuned extractor • Baer extended ejector • Baer checkered slide stop • Match trigger fitted • Crisp 4 lb. trigger pull • Baer deluxe hammer, sear and disconnector • Flat mainspring housing • Integral mag well in frame • Polished feed ramp • Complete tactical package • Pistol tuned for total reliability • Bead blast blue finish on lower and polished sides on slide • Wood grips • (1) 18-round 40 S&W high capacity magazine
MSRP isn’t listed on Les Baer’s website, but according to my latest edition of American Rifleman, it’s $2960 – which according to my calculations equals 2 Glock 35s (at $500 each), 30 15 round magazines for the Glocks, a great holster from Blade-Tech, and still have 900 bucks left to spend on ammo so you can practice. The only reason I point out that is because a couple of guys named Sevigny and Vogel are doing everything in their power to prove that you don’t need a whizbang high dollar gun to win in USPSA.
In all seriousness though, Les Baer puts together great guns – if you’ve got the money and the inclination, you’re not going to go wrong buying the Les Baer HC 40 for self-defense, IPSC, or IDPA competition. It will be a top-notch blaster from the factory, and you will have the pride of ownership in a custom competition firearm.