Resolver Pistol: Ideal partner for self-defense

Author: Ian Hogg


The Resolver pistol is an ideal partner in self-defense. Some people have to carry pistols for self-protection all day but are usually given something heavy, which eventually gets tired of carrying. So one day, they leave it behind, and that’s the day they need it.

Moreover, many of these people are not weapons experts; in an emergency, they do not want to have to remember to take off the safety, cock the weapon, take up the correct grip… they want to pull out the pistol, point it at the enemy and start shooting.


The Resolver pistol has been designed for these people. Finally, the Resolver pistol designer considered that there was no good reason for a large magazine capacity; if you haven’t disposed of the criminal in eight shots, you are unlikely to do so with 15, should you live that long.

Two models

There are two models. The basic M380 Resolver fires the .380 Auto cartridge (also called 9 mm short in Europe) and is a simple blowback automatic. There is no manual safety device, and the trigger mechanism is self-cocking. It is light and slim (only 0.65 inches thick) and can be carried all day without inconvenience, and when required, all that is necessary is to draw it and pull the trigger.

SITES M9 Resolver Pisotl was an ideal for self-defense
SITES M9 Resolver Pistol was ideal for self-defense (Photo: SITES)

For those countries where the law demands a safety catch, one can be provided; but there is, of course, no need to use it. Generally speaking, the 9 mm Short bullet is enough to deter the casual robber. Still, for those who feel that a more powerful cartridge may be needed, the M9 Resolver and M40 Resolver are available. This is a locked-breech pistol that can be had in 9 mm Parabellum or .40 S&W calibers.

Browning system

Breech locking is by the usual Browning tilting barrel system, but the dimensions have still been kept to the minimum, and this weapon is very little larger than the .380 blowback, being only 19.8 mm (less than three-quarters of an inch) wide. On request, it can be chambered for other cartridges, including the .38 Super Auto, 7.62 mm Tokarev, and .32 Auto.

Technical specifications: Resolver Pistol

Manufacturer: SITES SpA, Modulo Masterpiece, Turin, Italy
Type: blowback or short recoil (see below)
Caliber: .380 Auto, 9 mm Parabellum or .40 S&W
Barrel: 5.9 – 6.3 in (150-160 mm)
Weight (empty): 19-23 oz (550-650 grams)
Capacity: 8 or 9 rounds
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