The BUL Storm Compact

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One of the guns that I always assumed was a bit of a unicorn was the BUL Storm Compact. According to some information I had read on a previous auction of one, only 300 were ever produced. However, as I posted on the blog, about a dozen of the guns went on sale on Gunbroker over a short time period last year, and I was lucky enough to snag one.

Unfortunately, my state of residence takes forever to put a gun on our handgun roster. And what’s worse, the Storm Compact that I bought had an undiscovered broken magazine release, so it had to take two trips through that process. So, despite having bought the gun quite a long time ago, I’ve only really had it in my hands for a month or so, and I wasn’t even able to get the magazine that came with it.

That’s been enough time for me to formulate some thoughts on the gun, though. Read on for more.

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The BUL Storm Compact is – surprise! – a compact form factor version of the BUL Storm. I’ve examined the BUL Storm in some detail previously, and you may assume the BUL Storm is just a smaller version of that gun. In particular, two areas were shortened: the grip, and the slide/barrel/dustcover.

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The slide/barrel/dustcover shortening is pretty standard fare. I still wish the Storm guns had a replaceable front sight, as I’m not a huge fan of the fixed factory front sight.

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The grip, however, was a bit of a surprise. It seems that compact Tanfoglio derivatives have a shorter grip than the CZ-75 Compact, so the CZ-75 Compact magazines stick out a bit. (Not to mention that normal Tanfo/CZ-75 mags stick out quite a lot.) I am told that the E-Lander Jericho Compact steel floorplate magazines are flush fit and work well, but I didn’t have any on hand to try. Worth noting is that the shorter grip does mean a lost round of capacity on flush magazines compared to the CZ-75 Compact (13rds vs 14rds). Whether this trade-off is worthwhile is an exercise left to the reader.

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Since I had both the Storm and the Storm Compact out, I decided to do a bit of parts compatibility testing. Long story made short, it seems like they’re 100% compatible. I swapped the Storm’s top end onto the Storm Compact’s frame to make a “Storm Compact Long”. You can also do a similar stunt and put the Storm Compact’s top end on a Storm Frame to make a “Storm K”.

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I verified that both of these configurations work using the LaserAmmo SureStrike cartridge that I have previously reviewed.

On the range, the gun performed as expected. Using IMI 115gr FMJ RN ammunition, I was able to land shots at 50ft very accurately, perhaps with slightly more concentration than usual due to the shortened sight radius. No failures were experienced. However, I must make it clear that I only used standard 16rd Tanfoglio magazines,as I did not have any compact magazines on-hand at the time.

In conclusion: it’s a compact Tanfo. It shoots well, but it’s obsolete and takes a bit of an oddball magazine. But I love a good unicorn in working condition, and the BUL Storm Compact fits that bill quite nicely.

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