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Bulgarian Made Arcus 98DA Two-Tone Semi-Auto 9mm Pistol

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Product Specs
  • 9mm
  • Blue and Brushed Chrome finish
  • Comes with a spare 15 rd mag
  • Barrel: 4.66”
  • Overall: 7.99”
  • Weight: 33.5 oz.
  • Condition: New
  • Not available for sale in CA; DC; HI; MA; Cook County, IL or where prohibited by law.
Caliber 9mm
Gauge Other
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Bulgarian Made Arcus 98DA Two-Tone Semi-Auto 9mm Pistol

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Arcus 9mm Semi Auto Pistol with Two Tone Blue and Brushed Chrome Finish... New w/ 2 Mags. New Read More
Bulgarian Made Arcus 98DA Two-Tone Semi-Auto 9mm Pistol Arcus 9mm Semi Auto Pistol with Two Tone Blue and Brushed Chrome Finish... New w/ 2 Mags. New
299.99
$299.99
$299.99

Brutus' Description

The Arcus Model 98 Series pistol is widely used in Europe and has been chosen as the official sidearm of the new Iraqi Army and Police. Designed to meet the tough as nails standards of military and law enforcement agencies, with the added bonus of working in single or double action, the Arcus is based on the classic high power pistol 98 Series and is a dependable firearm you can count on. An ergonomic design and three-dot combat style sights make the Arcus 98 a perfect choice for home defense. Ships complete with 2 mags. Arcus pistols come with a one year manufacturers warranty.

Click here to read review by Doug Laron in Combat Handguns March 2012!

Click here to watch review by writer Mike Beliveau.

Click here to view as seen on Tactical Tech TV, 2011.

Manufacturer's Description

One of the biggest names in Europe The Bulgarian made Arcus is a highly reliable and extremely accurate traditional Double Action ( Single or Double ) 15 + 1 capacity , 9mm pistol . Blue finish. Comes with a spare 15 rd. mag. Barrel: 4.66”, Overall: 7.99”, Weight: 33.5 oz.

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Product Specs
  • 9mm
  • Blue and Brushed Chrome finish
  • Comes with a spare 15 rd mag
  • Barrel: 4.66”
  • Overall: 7.99”
  • Weight: 33.5 oz.
  • Condition: New
  • Not available for sale in CA; DC; HI; MA; Cook County, IL or where prohibited by law.
Caliber 9mm
Gauge Other
Free Shipping Yes

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Solid Pistol, Great Value, Excellent Dealer
Review by FxdBlade on 9/6/14
Quality
First experience with Classic Firearms, and the Arcus DA was at my FFL and awaiting pick-up within four days. Excellent service and communication. Weapon in perfect condition. It is a solid, all steel pistol with a very tight, good feel and excellent balance. It shot straight and fired every time I pulled the trigger, regardless of the casing or grain of the ammo. The finish isn't quite a Kimber-level polish, but the gun was just under that $1400.00 figure of the Kimber at $299.00! I love the gun and look forward to using it as a fun range gun and to help my spouse get her CCL. I do not expect this to be a good carry gun due to weight, but it performs well enough to make that cut if you wish. I would put it up against any sub-$300 pistol. Classic was a great experience.
Another good buy from Classic tight gun and shoots great evev with Wolf ammo
Review by Don on 8/12/14
Quality
Good shooter 1 to 2 inch groups at 25 yds
Great value.
Review by Bruno on 8/5/14
Quality
I own a lot of guns mostly high end. For the price this is a great value. Functions as a double action Browning Hi-Power. May buy another. Very high quality.
Bargain shooter
Review by cs on 7/29/14
Quality
This is a good shooter even if it's not the prettiest thing on the market. Very solid pistol; once cleaned (it came packed in heavy grease) fired 100 rounds without a single malfunction. Accuracy was acceptable at tin can distances but didn't have a chance to do any benchwork, the single action trigger is adequate. I've seen better but also seen many worse triggers.
Finish is rough on both the slide and frame with many machine marks inside both. Fit appears to be OK, but the slide does jiggle a bit on the frame.
Two things that really impressed me- not much muzzle flip, allowing for quick target re-acquistion, and both magazines took all 15 rounds very easily without having to struggle with the last five or so rounds. I have never experienced magazines like this with any pistol I have ever bought (cheap through Sig 226) with the exception of my Ruger MK II.
All in all a very good shooter at a bargain price. Will probably buy the compact in all blue soon.
One of my favorite handguns
Review by john1791 on 7/26/14
Quality
I love my Arcus 98DA. I have several guns that are much more expensive, but this is one of my favorites. Great range gun. Great single action trigger. Double action is heavy, so I would choose to carry in a cocked and locked configuration. Nice three dot dovetail sights. Very accurate. Can't miss an 8" plate at 30 feet. I like the grip. Fits my hand like a glove. Wouldn't be my first choice for daily carry because of the size, but it's a great fun gun. The mags don’t slip into the mag wells as easily as I feel it should, so I dremmeled the edge of the mag well a little bit and now it is much better. I can't recommend it highly enough. I’m thinking of getting a second one. It's a great value gun.
Excellent gun for the money
Review by DMITRY on 5/16/14
Quality
Purchased this gun because I heard how good it is. Indeed it is good. Almost as good as my CZ75B. Almost. For half the price. The ONLY problem with this gun is that it only has 15 round magazines. However. I fired 150 rounds of TULA Ammo 9mm. NO FAILURES OF ANY KIND. That says a lot. buy with confidence.
great gun, problem with ejector
Review by Douglas on 5/3/14
Quality
I received the gun put rounds through it as I reviewed previously. I went to clean the gun today,. it came apart perfect, cleaned and oiled. The slide will not go all the way in. IT hits the ejector on the right side. I can not get the injector pin or ejector to move. It is sticking up a 1/16 of an inch and hitting the slide. Maybe SOMEONE CAN HELP? i SHOULD OF CLEANED THE GUN AFTER USING, i WOULD OF FOUND PROBLEM?
High Quality Pistol
Review by Michael on 4/19/14
Quality
Received this pistol last week and I had the first opportunity to shoot it yesterday. I ran about 50 hand loaded rounds through it with no issues. It is very accurate and hardly no discernible "muzzle flip" because of the all steel construction. I love the "hogue" type rubber grip which is very comfortable for my large hands. This firearm is an excellent value for the shooter on a budget..........quality at an affordable price!
Very Nice Gun
Review by Douglas on 4/17/14
Quality
I ordered on 4/11 which was a Friday and had it in my hands 4/16 Wed. The gun is all steel but is not heavy. I have a 9mm, Beretta, Ruger, Sig and a Taurus. The accuracy of this gun is better than 3 of them and equal to the other. I immediately went and fired 150 rds, before cleaning with cheap ammo, also fired 10 rds of Hornady hollow points. No FTF or FTI. Very liitle recoil and sites are dead on. This gun is made well and is a fantastic bargain.
Not Cheap
Review by Ronald on 4/14/14
Quality
Not a chaep gun, inexpensive well worth the price. And free shipping. Two days and 1500 rounds later, one missfire (my faulty reload). Just breaking in and getting smooth. Hit a 8x10 piece of paper with all but one shot ( my reload) @ 10 yards. Main purpose of purchase was home defense. Non reflective surfaces a plus, three dot white sights will have to prove themselves in low light. Over all, very happy. Service at Classic is #1
Best Shooter I've got
Review by der Fritz on 4/5/14
Quality
This pistol is an unsung hero at the range. It has minimal recoil, feels great in the hand and is the best shooter of my meager collection. And the hi cap mag is a plus!!! Did I mention it never malfunctions? Everyone who shoots it is impressed. I love this pistol.
Excellent Value, excellent gun
Review by TheBeef on 2/16/14
Quality
At this price point, with all the positive reviews, i took the chance. Wanted a full sized 9mm but not Beretta or Browning prices. Packaging is cheap, but adequate.Chrome finish is more like nickel or stainless, but smooth and consistent appearance. Wear? time will tell. Black finish on slide is more like anodizing than bluing, slightly rough surface that catches lint from cleaning patches and doesn't take a surface oil coat very well.Silicone cloth works better.
The pistol comes dirty and oily. Field strip and remove firing pin to clean up the gunk and excessive lubricant before shooting, dry lube the firing pin if you can clean out the channel well enough. Try pipe cleaners.

As for action, the gun cycled everything - 250 rds of cruddy old blazer ammo to 4 different reloads to win whitebox. No FTE or FTF. Ejects consistently to about 10 feet away in a surprisingly small pattern. made clean up for reloading extra easy. However the trigger is pretty rough. It has a shelf about halfway back where the pull eases until it breaks, and DA is stiff. Hopefully a few hundred more rounds will smooth it out.

Small stuff: The safety only works with hammer cocked, disassembly is simple, rubber overgrip is excellent, recoil is very mild, sights are dead nuts on, groups were tight and a better shooter could reduce them further. Rapid fire made for easy recovery and maintained tight groups. The gun points very naturally and feels like an extension of the index finger. Good ole JM Browning design with a pronounced beavertail means no hammer bite.

All things considered, the crummy trigger is only a problem in a target gun. For it's intended M&P use, this pistol is a serious bargain and you shouldn't hesitate to pick one up. The HighPower has a long history, and this is a darn good copy.
Big quality, little money
Review by Surfcityred on 2/15/14
Quality
This pistol is well made, accurate and does just what it is supposed to do. It shoots accurately to point of aim and has been 100% reliable with reloads and factory fodder. Thanks Classic.
Great pistol at a great price.
Review by surfcityred on 1/26/14
Quality
I read the other reviews and took a chance. I have to say that I am very, very pleased with this firearm. It has proven to be very, very accurate (outshoots my buddy's M&P every time) and 100% reliable. I easily shot the center bull out of the target today. It is also built like a truck and it should last forever. Don't hesitate on this one. Thanks Classic.
good gun
Review by gan on 12/6/13
Quality
i really like this gun have put 150 plus rounds through it no problems.pretty decent finish only reason i gave a 4 star is because it is not compatible with browning hi power magazines. plan on getting the compact version since it does . great gun great price
Best $300 you'll ever spend
Review by RICK on 10/23/13
Quality
Took my arcus da out yesterday to shoot for the first time. Highly accurate gun. My friends were jealous. I'm sure at this price point they will be ordering theirs soon.
Great Buy
Review by Shooty McGee on 10/5/13
Quality
I got this pistol in within a week of placing the order. Nothing but good things to say about Classic Firearms. Finally got the arcus out to the range today after cleaning it beforehand. 100 rounds of Tula steel case, 100 rounds of Federal FMJ, 50 of Winchester white box, and 20 Federal HST without any issues at all. Love the action and trigger. Actually shot better with this than my glock 35. For the money this pistol cannot be beat. Highly recommended.
Dark Horse Fantastic Pistol
Review by Ole Folky on 9/22/13
Quality
Wow! What a pleasant surprise this 9mm is! From first grab, it felt perfect in my hand and I really like the easy take-down and simplicity of the action. The manual safety suits me as well. Accuracy is excellent and the 15 rnd clips are great. While the finish is not superb, it is far from unattractive. Gee, I feel like an honorary Bulgarian owning this superb pistol.
Sweet Surprise
Review by LTennyson on 9/12/13
Quality
Of the 9mm pistols that I own the Arcus 98DA is the only full size one. This action is a smooth as butter and the breakdown and maintenance is even easier. The finish is not as flashy as with some of the bigger, better known players but the performance is nothing to balk at. A friend of mine who's a nuclear engineer told me that traditionally some of the best machine work has come out of Bulgaria. A solid full size 9mm pistol for just under $350 for everything is good deal.
Great value
Review by WILLIAM on 9/4/13
Quality
Flawless right out of the box.
Exellent value.
Enjoying this pistol purchase from Classic Firearms
Review by ALLEN on 8/12/13
Quality
Have fired 75 rounds through my 98DA. 45 before cleaning it. It was well packed in shipping grease. I did not clean it before firing it because I wanted to see how well it fired dirty. To that end I first ran 30 rounds of really dirty low power reloads lots of unspent powder and flash. I was happy to be rid of these. My first shot from 15yds was nearly dead center DA trigger. Very surprised. I had one failure to feed. Then 15 rounds of Hornady ammo without any failures and 3 to 4 inch accuracy for 5 shot groups at 15 yards. Which is good for me. Then cleaned and oiled it and ran 30 rounds of Federal 115 gr FMJ RN as quickly as I could no failures. Recoil is completely controllable even for a small shooter. I love the grip. There were two people hanging out at the dealer where I picked up my pistol. They both liked the look and feel of it and one wanted to know where he could get one too.

I couldn't be happier with my decision to purchase this Arcus 98DA from Classic Firearms. I ordered late in the day and they didn't have my FFL dealer on file. So I called on 8/5 and spoke a very helpful woman that took my order quickly and confirmed that my FFL dealer had faxed their license. I received 5 emails. 8/5 1. confirming my order and CC charges. 2. Order was picked and ready to ship. 8/6 3. order was shipped and tracking number 8/9 4. order was out for delivery 5. Delivery receipt
Looking good so far pt 2
Review by BIGMAC on 8/7/13
Quality
i just got back from the range with my pistol i put 75 rds through it and it worked flawlessly.
great gun
Review by Mike on 8/1/13
Quality
I have owned an Arcus 98 for three years with no problems . Nice all steel gun, real bargin. One of my 20 pistols that can hold its own with any of them.
looking good so far
Review by BIGMAC on 7/25/13
Quality
i ordered this fire arm on fri, on mon i got an email saying it was shipped and on wed it arrived so far everything seems to be working (i have not fired it yet due to lack of ammo) but everything seems to work just fine. this was my first purchase through classic and i will definitely come back with my future firearm purchases.
Looks better in pictures.
Review by trek988 on 7/23/13
Quality
I wasn't sure what to expect for $300. I read several different reviews and I was satisfied that the gun should be of reasonable quality. First impression was that the gun definitely looks better in pictures online than it does in person. My second impression was wow is this thing packed in a lot of oil. Makes me wonder if there is more of a rust concern with this than other guns.
I took it out to the gun range and I got to say I was mostly impressed. Firing the gun in single action its great. At 15 yards I was right on target. The double action trigger pull is rather rough and feels extremely long.
I ordered the gun because the idea of a non 1911 style gun that is designed to be carried cocked and locked intrigued me.
Bottom line for the price the gun preforms well, the fit and finish is what is to be expected at this price point. I do feel that there are better guns to be had by the time you factor in shipping and the FFL transfer.
Bought 2, should have bought more!
Review by Saigafan on 3/11/13
Quality
Bought 2 of these. Used one to qualify during a CHL Class. Awesome gun. Clean the extra oil off before shooting but other than that definitely worth the money.
Wow - Great shooter!!
Review by Will.I.Am on 3/7/13
Quality
I bought this from Classic Firearms and they were great to work with - Very easy transaction and great shipping. I got this home and broke it down to clean it up before I went to the range. Very hefty pistol, but feels very nice in the hand. Breaks down and cleans up easy. The recoil spring has some sharp edges to it and is shaped to fit to one side. Trigger is about a 7lb pull and has a 'medium' pull/travel to it. 3 dot sights are fine and line up accurately.
I've put about 300 rounds thru this and really like it a lot. For $300 - I fricken love it!
My brother shot it as well and was not really sure what to expect for a '$300 gun'. He was shocked and wants one for himself.
I would (and am) recommending this to friends and family.
Classic Arms - thank you very much!
Accurate, Good Looking, Solid Pistol
Review by Husker on 3/6/13
Quality
First, I am very happy that Classic made this pistol available. They are great to work with! The ARCUS 98DA is a very solid and accurate pistol. This is one of many pistols I own and I really enjoyed shooting it. It was accurate out of the box, cycled smoothly, and so far(200 rounds) I have had no performance issues of any kind. nice looking, heavy, durable pistol.

Thank you Classic Firearms!
best bang for buck
Review by rob on 2/15/13
Quality
This is an all over good gun. When I recieved the gun I stripped it down and cleaned it well. Then I took it out for a spin. Out of the box this gun had dead on accuracy and flawless function, feels great in my hand. This is a great gun, plan to buy the ARCUS 98dac when avalible.
Top-notch duty pistol!
Review by Issa Akhbar! on 10/25/12
Quality
I have two of these, the 98DA and 98DAC, and absolutely love them both. They eat anything I stuff in the mags, and are surprisingly accurate. Solid as a rock, all steel, feels just right in the hand.The price is no indicator of the quality here...inexpensive, but definitely NOT "cheap". Great pistols.
This is a great pistol
Review by Stevo on 7/23/12
Quality
I own a Cz75b, and couple Glocks,a new Caracal and I have to say that if i had to grab a gun to fight in a battle i would grab my Arcus 98 da ..it is that good.. and out of all my pistols It is the most accurate. I bought mine cleaned it and got some 600 grit sand paper and polished the slide and all the moving parts..it did not need it I just did it since the gun comes so tight..now it is a deadly weapon and my favorite pistol
Steven G
  • Description
  • Brutus' Description

    The Arcus Model 98 Series pistol is widely used in Europe and has been chosen as the official sidearm of the new Iraqi Army and Police. Designed to meet the tough as nails standards of military and law enforcement agencies, with the added bonus of working in single or double action, the Arcus is based on the classic high power pistol 98 Series and is a dependable firearm you can count on. An ergonomic design and three-dot combat style sights make the Arcus 98 a perfect choice for home defense. Ships complete with 2 mags. Arcus pistols come with a one year manufacturers warranty.

    Click here to read review by Doug Laron in Combat Handguns March 2012!

    Click here to watch review by writer Mike Beliveau.

    Click here to view as seen on Tactical Tech TV, 2011.

    Manufacturer's Description

    One of the biggest names in Europe The Bulgarian made Arcus is a highly reliable and extremely accurate traditional Double Action ( Single or Double ) 15 + 1 capacity , 9mm pistol . Blue finish. Comes with a spare 15 rd. mag. Barrel: 4.66”, Overall: 7.99”, Weight: 33.5 oz.
  • Specifications
  • Additional Information

    Product Specs
    • 9mm
    • Blue and Brushed Chrome finish
    • Comes with a spare 15 rd mag
    • Barrel: 4.66”
    • Overall: 7.99”
    • Weight: 33.5 oz.
    • Condition: New
    • Not available for sale in CA; DC; HI; MA; Cook County, IL or where prohibited by law.
    Caliber 9mm
    Gauge Other
    Free Shipping Yes
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  • Customer Reviews

    Solid Pistol, Great Value, Excellent Dealer
    Review by FxdBlade on 9/6/14
    Quality
    First experience with Classic Firearms, and the Arcus DA was at my FFL and awaiting pick-up within four days. Excellent service and communication. Weapon in perfect condition. It is a solid, all steel pistol with a very tight, good feel and excellent balance. It shot straight and fired every time I pulled the trigger, regardless of the casing or grain of the ammo. The finish isn't quite a Kimber-level polish, but the gun was just under that $1400.00 figure of the Kimber at $299.00! I love the gun and look forward to using it as a fun range gun and to help my spouse get her CCL. I do not expect this to be a good carry gun due to weight, but it performs well enough to make that cut if you wish. I would put it up against any sub-$300 pistol. Classic was a great experience.
    Another good buy from Classic tight gun and shoots great evev with Wolf ammo
    Review by Don on 8/12/14
    Quality
    Good shooter 1 to 2 inch groups at 25 yds
    Great value.
    Review by Bruno on 8/5/14
    Quality
    I own a lot of guns mostly high end. For the price this is a great value. Functions as a double action Browning Hi-Power. May buy another. Very high quality.
    Bargain shooter
    Review by cs on 7/29/14
    Quality
    This is a good shooter even if it's not the prettiest thing on the market. Very solid pistol; once cleaned (it came packed in heavy grease) fired 100 rounds without a single malfunction. Accuracy was acceptable at tin can distances but didn't have a chance to do any benchwork, the single action trigger is adequate. I've seen better but also seen many worse triggers.
    Finish is rough on both the slide and frame with many machine marks inside both. Fit appears to be OK, but the slide does jiggle a bit on the frame.
    Two things that really impressed me- not much muzzle flip, allowing for quick target re-acquistion, and both magazines took all 15 rounds very easily without having to struggle with the last five or so rounds. I have never experienced magazines like this with any pistol I have ever bought (cheap through Sig 226) with the exception of my Ruger MK II.
    All in all a very good shooter at a bargain price. Will probably buy the compact in all blue soon.
    One of my favorite handguns
    Review by john1791 on 7/26/14
    Quality
    I love my Arcus 98DA. I have several guns that are much more expensive, but this is one of my favorites. Great range gun. Great single action trigger. Double action is heavy, so I would choose to carry in a cocked and locked configuration. Nice three dot dovetail sights. Very accurate. Can't miss an 8" plate at 30 feet. I like the grip. Fits my hand like a glove. Wouldn't be my first choice for daily carry because of the size, but it's a great fun gun. The mags don’t slip into the mag wells as easily as I feel it should, so I dremmeled the edge of the mag well a little bit and now it is much better. I can't recommend it highly enough. I’m thinking of getting a second one. It's a great value gun.
    Excellent gun for the money
    Review by DMITRY on 5/16/14
    Quality
    Purchased this gun because I heard how good it is. Indeed it is good. Almost as good as my CZ75B. Almost. For half the price. The ONLY problem with this gun is that it only has 15 round magazines. However. I fired 150 rounds of TULA Ammo 9mm. NO FAILURES OF ANY KIND. That says a lot. buy with confidence.
    great gun, problem with ejector
    Review by Douglas on 5/3/14
    Quality
    I received the gun put rounds through it as I reviewed previously. I went to clean the gun today,. it came apart perfect, cleaned and oiled. The slide will not go all the way in. IT hits the ejector on the right side. I can not get the injector pin or ejector to move. It is sticking up a 1/16 of an inch and hitting the slide. Maybe SOMEONE CAN HELP? i SHOULD OF CLEANED THE GUN AFTER USING, i WOULD OF FOUND PROBLEM?
    High Quality Pistol
    Review by Michael on 4/19/14
    Quality
    Received this pistol last week and I had the first opportunity to shoot it yesterday. I ran about 50 hand loaded rounds through it with no issues. It is very accurate and hardly no discernible "muzzle flip" because of the all steel construction. I love the "hogue" type rubber grip which is very comfortable for my large hands. This firearm is an excellent value for the shooter on a budget..........quality at an affordable price!
    Very Nice Gun
    Review by Douglas on 4/17/14
    Quality
    I ordered on 4/11 which was a Friday and had it in my hands 4/16 Wed. The gun is all steel but is not heavy. I have a 9mm, Beretta, Ruger, Sig and a Taurus. The accuracy of this gun is better than 3 of them and equal to the other. I immediately went and fired 150 rds, before cleaning with cheap ammo, also fired 10 rds of Hornady hollow points. No FTF or FTI. Very liitle recoil and sites are dead on. This gun is made well and is a fantastic bargain.
    Not Cheap
    Review by Ronald on 4/14/14
    Quality
    Not a chaep gun, inexpensive well worth the price. And free shipping. Two days and 1500 rounds later, one missfire (my faulty reload). Just breaking in and getting smooth. Hit a 8x10 piece of paper with all but one shot ( my reload) @ 10 yards. Main purpose of purchase was home defense. Non reflective surfaces a plus, three dot white sights will have to prove themselves in low light. Over all, very happy. Service at Classic is #1
    Best Shooter I've got
    Review by der Fritz on 4/5/14
    Quality
    This pistol is an unsung hero at the range. It has minimal recoil, feels great in the hand and is the best shooter of my meager collection. And the hi cap mag is a plus!!! Did I mention it never malfunctions? Everyone who shoots it is impressed. I love this pistol.
    Excellent Value, excellent gun
    Review by TheBeef on 2/16/14
    Quality
    At this price point, with all the positive reviews, i took the chance. Wanted a full sized 9mm but not Beretta or Browning prices. Packaging is cheap, but adequate.Chrome finish is more like nickel or stainless, but smooth and consistent appearance. Wear? time will tell. Black finish on slide is more like anodizing than bluing, slightly rough surface that catches lint from cleaning patches and doesn't take a surface oil coat very well.Silicone cloth works better.
    The pistol comes dirty and oily. Field strip and remove firing pin to clean up the gunk and excessive lubricant before shooting, dry lube the firing pin if you can clean out the channel well enough. Try pipe cleaners.

    As for action, the gun cycled everything - 250 rds of cruddy old blazer ammo to 4 different reloads to win whitebox. No FTE or FTF. Ejects consistently to about 10 feet away in a surprisingly small pattern. made clean up for reloading extra easy. However the trigger is pretty rough. It has a shelf about halfway back where the pull eases until it breaks, and DA is stiff. Hopefully a few hundred more rounds will smooth it out.

    Small stuff: The safety only works with hammer cocked, disassembly is simple, rubber overgrip is excellent, recoil is very mild, sights are dead nuts on, groups were tight and a better shooter could reduce them further. Rapid fire made for easy recovery and maintained tight groups. The gun points very naturally and feels like an extension of the index finger. Good ole JM Browning design with a pronounced beavertail means no hammer bite.

    All things considered, the crummy trigger is only a problem in a target gun. For it's intended M&P use, this pistol is a serious bargain and you shouldn't hesitate to pick one up. The HighPower has a long history, and this is a darn good copy.
    Big quality, little money
    Review by Surfcityred on 2/15/14
    Quality
    This pistol is well made, accurate and does just what it is supposed to do. It shoots accurately to point of aim and has been 100% reliable with reloads and factory fodder. Thanks Classic.
    Great pistol at a great price.
    Review by surfcityred on 1/26/14
    Quality
    I read the other reviews and took a chance. I have to say that I am very, very pleased with this firearm. It has proven to be very, very accurate (outshoots my buddy's M&P every time) and 100% reliable. I easily shot the center bull out of the target today. It is also built like a truck and it should last forever. Don't hesitate on this one. Thanks Classic.
    good gun
    Review by gan on 12/6/13
    Quality
    i really like this gun have put 150 plus rounds through it no problems.pretty decent finish only reason i gave a 4 star is because it is not compatible with browning hi power magazines. plan on getting the compact version since it does . great gun great price
    Best $300 you'll ever spend
    Review by RICK on 10/23/13
    Quality
    Took my arcus da out yesterday to shoot for the first time. Highly accurate gun. My friends were jealous. I'm sure at this price point they will be ordering theirs soon.
    Great Buy
    Review by Shooty McGee on 10/5/13
    Quality
    I got this pistol in within a week of placing the order. Nothing but good things to say about Classic Firearms. Finally got the arcus out to the range today after cleaning it beforehand. 100 rounds of Tula steel case, 100 rounds of Federal FMJ, 50 of Winchester white box, and 20 Federal HST without any issues at all. Love the action and trigger. Actually shot better with this than my glock 35. For the money this pistol cannot be beat. Highly recommended.
    Dark Horse Fantastic Pistol
    Review by Ole Folky on 9/22/13
    Quality
    Wow! What a pleasant surprise this 9mm is! From first grab, it felt perfect in my hand and I really like the easy take-down and simplicity of the action. The manual safety suits me as well. Accuracy is excellent and the 15 rnd clips are great. While the finish is not superb, it is far from unattractive. Gee, I feel like an honorary Bulgarian owning this superb pistol.
    Sweet Surprise
    Review by LTennyson on 9/12/13
    Quality
    Of the 9mm pistols that I own the Arcus 98DA is the only full size one. This action is a smooth as butter and the breakdown and maintenance is even easier. The finish is not as flashy as with some of the bigger, better known players but the performance is nothing to balk at. A friend of mine who's a nuclear engineer told me that traditionally some of the best machine work has come out of Bulgaria. A solid full size 9mm pistol for just under $350 for everything is good deal.
    Great value
    Review by WILLIAM on 9/4/13
    Quality
    Flawless right out of the box.
    Exellent value.
    Enjoying this pistol purchase from Classic Firearms
    Review by ALLEN on 8/12/13
    Quality
    Have fired 75 rounds through my 98DA. 45 before cleaning it. It was well packed in shipping grease. I did not clean it before firing it because I wanted to see how well it fired dirty. To that end I first ran 30 rounds of really dirty low power reloads lots of unspent powder and flash. I was happy to be rid of these. My first shot from 15yds was nearly dead center DA trigger. Very surprised. I had one failure to feed. Then 15 rounds of Hornady ammo without any failures and 3 to 4 inch accuracy for 5 shot groups at 15 yards. Which is good for me. Then cleaned and oiled it and ran 30 rounds of Federal 115 gr FMJ RN as quickly as I could no failures. Recoil is completely controllable even for a small shooter. I love the grip. There were two people hanging out at the dealer where I picked up my pistol. They both liked the look and feel of it and one wanted to know where he could get one too.

    I couldn't be happier with my decision to purchase this Arcus 98DA from Classic Firearms. I ordered late in the day and they didn't have my FFL dealer on file. So I called on 8/5 and spoke a very helpful woman that took my order quickly and confirmed that my FFL dealer had faxed their license. I received 5 emails. 8/5 1. confirming my order and CC charges. 2. Order was picked and ready to ship. 8/6 3. order was shipped and tracking number 8/9 4. order was out for delivery 5. Delivery receipt
    Looking good so far pt 2
    Review by BIGMAC on 8/7/13
    Quality
    i just got back from the range with my pistol i put 75 rds through it and it worked flawlessly.
    great gun
    Review by Mike on 8/1/13
    Quality
    I have owned an Arcus 98 for three years with no problems . Nice all steel gun, real bargin. One of my 20 pistols that can hold its own with any of them.
    looking good so far
    Review by BIGMAC on 7/25/13
    Quality
    i ordered this fire arm on fri, on mon i got an email saying it was shipped and on wed it arrived so far everything seems to be working (i have not fired it yet due to lack of ammo) but everything seems to work just fine. this was my first purchase through classic and i will definitely come back with my future firearm purchases.
    Looks better in pictures.
    Review by trek988 on 7/23/13
    Quality
    I wasn't sure what to expect for $300. I read several different reviews and I was satisfied that the gun should be of reasonable quality. First impression was that the gun definitely looks better in pictures online than it does in person. My second impression was wow is this thing packed in a lot of oil. Makes me wonder if there is more of a rust concern with this than other guns.
    I took it out to the gun range and I got to say I was mostly impressed. Firing the gun in single action its great. At 15 yards I was right on target. The double action trigger pull is rather rough and feels extremely long.
    I ordered the gun because the idea of a non 1911 style gun that is designed to be carried cocked and locked intrigued me.
    Bottom line for the price the gun preforms well, the fit and finish is what is to be expected at this price point. I do feel that there are better guns to be had by the time you factor in shipping and the FFL transfer.
    Bought 2, should have bought more!
    Review by Saigafan on 3/11/13
    Quality
    Bought 2 of these. Used one to qualify during a CHL Class. Awesome gun. Clean the extra oil off before shooting but other than that definitely worth the money.
    Wow - Great shooter!!
    Review by Will.I.Am on 3/7/13
    Quality
    I bought this from Classic Firearms and they were great to work with - Very easy transaction and great shipping. I got this home and broke it down to clean it up before I went to the range. Very hefty pistol, but feels very nice in the hand. Breaks down and cleans up easy. The recoil spring has some sharp edges to it and is shaped to fit to one side. Trigger is about a 7lb pull and has a 'medium' pull/travel to it. 3 dot sights are fine and line up accurately.
    I've put about 300 rounds thru this and really like it a lot. For $300 - I fricken love it!
    My brother shot it as well and was not really sure what to expect for a '$300 gun'. He was shocked and wants one for himself.
    I would (and am) recommending this to friends and family.
    Classic Arms - thank you very much!
    Accurate, Good Looking, Solid Pistol
    Review by Husker on 3/6/13
    Quality
    First, I am very happy that Classic made this pistol available. They are great to work with! The ARCUS 98DA is a very solid and accurate pistol. This is one of many pistols I own and I really enjoyed shooting it. It was accurate out of the box, cycled smoothly, and so far(200 rounds) I have had no performance issues of any kind. nice looking, heavy, durable pistol.

    Thank you Classic Firearms!
    best bang for buck
    Review by rob on 2/15/13
    Quality
    This is an all over good gun. When I recieved the gun I stripped it down and cleaned it well. Then I took it out for a spin. Out of the box this gun had dead on accuracy and flawless function, feels great in my hand. This is a great gun, plan to buy the ARCUS 98dac when avalible.
    Top-notch duty pistol!
    Review by Issa Akhbar! on 10/25/12
    Quality
    I have two of these, the 98DA and 98DAC, and absolutely love them both. They eat anything I stuff in the mags, and are surprisingly accurate. Solid as a rock, all steel, feels just right in the hand.The price is no indicator of the quality here...inexpensive, but definitely NOT "cheap". Great pistols.
    This is a great pistol
    Review by Stevo on 7/23/12
    Quality
    I own a Cz75b, and couple Glocks,a new Caracal and I have to say that if i had to grab a gun to fight in a battle i would grab my Arcus 98 da ..it is that good.. and out of all my pistols It is the most accurate. I bought mine cleaned it and got some 600 grit sand paper and polished the slide and all the moving parts..it did not need it I just did it since the gun comes so tight..now it is a deadly weapon and my favorite pistol
    Steven G