The US market is definitely the world's largest when it comes to handguns. Less restrictions than in most other Countries when it comes to pistol carry and personal defense create a large basin for sales and trade - but this is common knowledge, such as the fact that the American public is extremely receptive to whatever new is in this sector, for as little "new" as there may be. And in fact, much as for the rest of the show, the handguns sector shown little new aside for what was already announced at the end of 2012. A few new, interesting product highlighted the sector, but truth is that the demand for already-existing products is so high that many manufacturers simply didn't feel it was the right time to invest in research and development when shooters and professional operators alike are not allowing the request for the current models to go down. Almost all the top tier companies and manufacturers in the handgun market niche, as well as some small and growing but nonetheless dynamic companies, had new handgun products, however, that indeed made huge sensation with the local and international public. Aside from these considerations, the fact remains that a simple look at the handguns sector is enough to realize that, in its 35th year of existance, SHOT Show definitely confirms itself to be the main seasonal appointment when it comes to news in firearms and ammunition: if there's something new that's going to hit your local gun store in the next month, it was here on display to be seen first. So little, this year... and yet so good!
Arsenal Firearms makes its debut at the Shot Show with two handguns, the AF2011-A1 and the Strike One, an interesting and innovative semiautomatic pistol.
Arsenal Firearms' AF2011-A1 Second Century double barreled semiautomatic handgun in .45 ACP
The substantial hammer of the AF2011-A1 Second Century,that strike both firing pins simultaneously
The impressive muzzle end of the Second Century, with the specially designed bushings
The massive Second Century constitutes quite a deterrent in the hands of a determined individual
The Kahr Arms group has been owning Auto-Ordnance for a while, now, and making top-notch 1911 handgun derivatives. The Thompson Custom 1911, sporting a seven rounds magazine and a greatly practical layout, is set to become one of the main models for the company these days.
The pistol variant of the ARX-160/.22 semi-automatic rimfire sports shooting system is finally here. A purely leisure plinking variant of the newest Italian assault rifle, this firearm is extremely light for what it seems, and feeds through STANAG-lookalike .22 Long Rifle magazines capable of holding up to 30 rounds each. They should go for an incredibly low price, which would grant them a long-awaited and expected market success.
The UAE-based company launches a .40-Smith & Wesson version of its full-sized model. Sporting a 14-rounds capacity magazine, the CARACAL F in .40-caliber had been announced several times in the past, and now appears to be ready to roll!
Armi Chiappa revolutioned its products line in a matter of a few years to include more modern shooting, hunting and defensive tools.
With the "Airgun 92", Chiappa Firearms is scoring another important hit on the airguns market
The sights and other components of the "Airgun 92" replicate the main features of the Beretta 92 series of pistols
Much like most .177 caliber airguns, the Chiappa "Airgun 92" feeds through removable cylinders to be inserted in the top-break opening barrel
An airgun version of the Beretta 92 was previously manufactured by Valtro; now Chiappa picked up the production with their own twist
Only a 1911 can replace the 1911! Or so thinks the MEU-SOC, the U.S. Marine Corps' elite group of special operation warfighters that recently appointed Colt with a contract to supply this semi-automatic, .45 ACP single-action, single-stack magazine pistol with MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny railed frame and Cerakote finish to replace their currently-issued custom MEU-SOC handguns.
FNH USA launched their new line of semi-automatic full-size, hammer-fired .45-ACP double-stack pistols in late 2012. New for early 2013 is the "Tactical" version of the design, sporting a threaded barrel for sound suppressors. A non-threaded variant will be available for civilians as well.
At the SHOT Show, German Sport Guns showed three different versions of GSG 1911 .22 LR HV caliber: at left AD-OPS model with fauks silencer, for appearance only, in the centre Standard-Wood Model and to the right Standard Model. All of these have trigger poll of 1900/2500 g, 19/25 N.
Headquartered in Turkey, the GIRSAN company has been known for making decent quality products at a competitive price. The MC-14 is one of GIRSAN's latest offers; featuring a full-capacity magazine in semi-compact dimensions, the .380-ACP chambering makes it apt for concealed-carry self-defense uses as well as for those markets, mainly in South America, where "full" 9mm calibers - even the "Italian Nine" 9x21mm-IMI - are barred from civilian ownership by law.
A slimline Glock 36-style slide mates with a double-stack frame from the Glock 30 to allow shooters to carry an even more compact package, yet remaining capable to fit full-capacity Glock 21 magazines for maximum firepower.
Spawned out of the now-defunct U.S. Military JCP program, Heckler & Koch's HK-45T "Tactical" is the latest incarnation of the German company's line of semi-automatic pistols. Highly ergonomic, the HK-45T "Tactical" features a double-stack magazine and a threaded barrel for silencers.
It looks like an SMG... but it's not! And it's totally made in USA! The newly-established IWI-USA north-American branch of the Israeli Weapon Industries launches its new semi-automatic, civilian-legal 9mm variant of the Micro-UZI sub-machinegun, or to be more precise, of the newer UZI-PRO variant.
The .380-ACP caliber is returning increasingly popular as a backup and concealed carry option for personal defense. Kahr Arms now introduces its own commercial low-cost, simplified 8-rounds CW-380 autoloader for pocket protection!
All Kimber Master Carry .45 ACP handguns feature a Crimson Trace Master Series laser aiming Lasergrips, stainless steel slides and barrels, dovetailed sights and carry-specific features. The series includes 3 models: the Custom, a full size round butt grip, SS frame with 5" barrel; the Ultra, a super compact with a short grip, aluminum frame and 3" barrel suited for full time concealed carry, and the Pro (pictured), a 4" barrel with aluminum frame and round butt, full grip.
Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. regained its well-deserved place as one of the best known names of the American gun market with some tasty treats for this year's SHOT Show.
The SR-45, a.45 ACP version of Ruger's new SR full-size polymer-frame, striker-fired semiauto pistols series, sporting a 10-rounds magazine, a magazine disconnector and manual safety
New for 2013 is the.22-WM variant of Ruger's six-shot LCR revolver, a great choice for extremely short-range defense and carry by women or other unexperienced shooters
Ruger's LCP pocket polymer-framed pistol line has a new variant for 2013 of the .380 ACP version, dubbed the LC-380. Just a bit larger than the .380 variant, the Ruger LC9 is six inches long, features a 3" barrel and sports an overall capacity of seven 9mm rounds
The full-size Ruger SR line has long replaced the classic P-line of pistols. The SR-40 sports a 15-rounds magazine and is just as thin as the SR9, thus resulting easy to handle daily for both concealed and open carry users
New products by the SIG SAUER - dynamic and vital as usual, the group had something for sportsmen, professional operators and defensive shooters.
A great gun: there is no other way to describe the SIG SAUER P-220 "Match Elite"
The SIG SAUER P-220 "Match Elite" employs micrometric adjustable sights and an ambidextrous frame safety
Available in an appealing bi-tone finish, the SIG SAUER P-220 "Match Elite" also features a railed frame for tactical accessories
The P-220 "Match Elite" may come with either wooden or synthetic grips, and embodies the SIG SAUER long-standing tradition in match pistols
Smith & Wesson had a pretty busy 2012 and intended to start 2013 with a blast at the SHOT Show, with some hot new products for us to see!
Smith & Wesson's M&P pistol gets a "Pro-Series" upheaval by the Performance Center for IPSC and other competition uses
Another Performance Center masterpiece, the SW-1911PC comes in different variants and calibers to compete in several IPSC categories
The pocket "Bodyguard" double action revolver, featuring a spurless hammer and Insight lasergrips, still represents one of the best options for defensive concealed carry
Those who seek a concealable, full-power semi-automatic pistol for self-defense, duty or backup should also definitely take a look at Smith & Wesson's M&P-40c
The new Sphinx SDP series of semi-automatic multicaliber pistols for law enforcement, professional and civilian applications grows up of two new members: a subcompact variant for concealed carry and a full-size version for "combat" uses and IPSC shooting.
Springfield Armory presents now XDs-9, a 9x19mm version of the popular compact XDs handguns caliber .45 ACP. Overall appearance is identical. It comes with a seven rounds magazine, Melonite coated barrel, fiber optic front bead and a steel dovetail rear sight, precision molded polymer frame. The semi single action trigger pull is between 5.5 and 7.7 pounds. This small handgun is 6.3" long, 4.4" tall and weighs 23 ounces, making it a perfect backup or concealed gun.
Building on the popularity of the 5.0 version, the STI Tactical 3.0 delivers the same high capacity, accuracy, and dependability in a more compact package with an aluminum frame to lighten the pistol even further. The STI Tactical 3.0 is well suited for multiple applications. The tactical rail milled into the dust cover of the frame accepts all industry standard light mounts.
Lighter, compact, and even more streamline. Taurus' PT111-G2 rehearses the "Millennium" myth with an easy to carry semi-automatic 9mm platform that's sleek, handy and reliable.
Uberti, owned by the Beretta group, has a long tradition in Western replicas. The company introduces new products every year, and the 2013 was no exception.
Uberti introduces this year a 12-shot .22 Long Rifle version of the famous 1873 "Cattleman" replica
The .22 Long Rifle "Cattleman" remains a single-action, exquisitely case-hardened replica for true connoisseurs
The barrel maintains the same diameter of the full-caliber variants, with a smaller bore of course, as well as the same front sight
The .22 Uberti 1873 "Cattleman" is a little bit heavier than its counterparts, but is otherwise identical to the previous models
This small, sleek, futuristic rimfire semi-automatic pistol is finally ready for distribution at a fairly low price! USFA's "ZiP.22" .22-LR plinker feeds through popular Ruger 10/22 magazines and, thanks to its polymer chassis, is extremely light. The unusual handling technique requires some mastering, but is nonetheless practical. Using adapter rails, the "ZiP.22" pistol will fit most optics and a stock - which makes it an SBR in the U.S. but will be legal to install elsewhere.
Walther's everlasting myth revives this year in a .22 Long Rifle variant that will be perfect for plinking and leisure shooting as well as training and even backup and personal defense. The feel of the original PPK/S is left unchanged, but the shooters will now be able to plink at a much lesser price!