Nomad Defense Nomad 9-
I did something again. In the continual quest to be a better
shooter I found a new shiny object that drew me in. Welcome home the Nomad
Defense Nomad 9 frame compatible with all of Mack’s favorite Gen 4 tupperware
parts. Before we start, yes, the best way to improve is to practice and not go
buy new ‘wonder’ gadgets. But as I’ve stated many times and will continue to do
so, the Austrian ‘perfection’ just doesn’t fit my hand that well. Because of
this, I built my NAG and SPACENAG that many of you have already read about. I
really like the P80 frames and have been extremely happy with mine over the
past 2 years but when I saw the Nomad Defense frame, I saw another option in
the expanding market that might fit me just a hair better. In the world of
self-defense and competition (self-defense is its own competition to live) I
want to squeeze out every bit of advantage that I can.
Nomad frame as it comes in the box. Completed handgun.
Initial thoughts on this frame are amazing. It is a 100%
completed and serialized frame made for those trying to improve their Gen 4
blasters. The variances between the Nomad frame and a regular tupperware frame
may not seem huge but they do make a huge difference. The more notable changes
are removed finger grooves, an enlarged trigger guard, a beavertail, more
natural grip angle for those of us who grew up on real steel, and changeable backstraps.
The more subtle additions include forward gas-peddle like thumb ledges, a
beveled internal magazine well, and moving to the two-pin design. The slides I have
tested on it both Gen 3 and Gen 4 have cycled smoothly and flawlessly.
The changes from a standard Glock and the Polymer80s, which
I do really like, are why I wanted to test this frame out and see if it could
live up to its marketing hype. So far, I’d say it definitely does. I really
like the beavertail. It keeps me from getting railroad tracks dug into my hands
and they also combined it with a nice contour that allows for very possibly the
highest grip on the market. The stippling is not quite as grippy as some but it
seems to remain locked in place and doesn’t move around. (Being not quite as
rough is also nicer on my skin while carrying concealed.) The thumb ledges give
you a very nice index point and can help mitigate some muzzle flip. The only downside
(which also creates benefits) of this frame is the enlarged trigger guard. I only
call it a downside as it is just enough different that it can limit some of
your holster options. To me it isn’t a big deal because I run a light and all
my light bearing holsters work with it. Some non-light bearing holsters will
work as well but it can hinder some options.
Trigger guard differences. Backstrap differences. Overall comparison to P80.
To this point, I’ve only gotten to run a few hundred rounds
through it but am very optimistic that this frame will see some good use as
long as ammo gets to be more available again. I still really like my Polymer80
frame and will continue to use it but for now this will take over as my hard
use/every day gun. If you are looking for a great upgrade or want to build a
more perfected Gen 4 then I certainly recommend taking a look at Nomad Defense.