August 24, 2021
Ed Brown EVO-KC9-VTX
New to the Ed Brown EVO-KC9 1911 family is the KC9-VTX, which has a milled slide for the installation of a Vortex red-dot reflex sight. The pistol has all the features of the handbuilt 9mm KC9, including an external extractor, an easy-to-change front sight, a 4.0-inch bull barrel, a flat wire recoil spring system, special front and rear slide grasping grooves, a recessed slide stop, and a nine-round magazine. In addition, it comes with the 6-MOA Vortex Venom reflex sight installed.
Browning Buck Mark Plus Vision Americana
Even though there was no 2021 SHOT Show, Browning, like in past years, has announced several “2021 SHOT Show Specials.” One of these special pistols is the .22 LR Buck Mark Plus Vision Americana This semiautomatic pistol features a lightweight, alloy-sleeved, steel “Vision” barrel; a top-mounted optics rail; a 5.9-inch, suppressor-ready threaded barrel with removable muzzle brake; UFX overmolded rubber grips; a fiber-optic front sight; and an adjustable rear sight with white outline. Honeycomb cuts on the barrel sleeve reduce weight and give the gun its distinctive look. The frame and barrel sleeve are anodized blue; the trigger is gold; and the slide, grips, top rail, sights, and muzzle brake are matte black. Magazine capacity is 10 rounds, and the pistol comes with a soft case.
Christensen Arms MPP
Looking like a short bolt-action rifle, Christensen Arms’s new MPP (Modern Precision Pistol) is actually a bolt-action chassis handgun with a carbon-fiber barrel and an arm brace. The MPP comes with a precision-machined action, a fluted bolt with oversize bolt knob, a 20-MOA optics rail, a five-round detachable AICS magazine, a TriggerTech flat trigger, and an AR-style pistol grip. Initially offered in four chamberings, barrel lengths range from 7.5 inches to 12 inches.
CZ-USA P-10 S OD Green
CZ has a new version of the compact P-10 S 9mm pistol, and it wears an OD Green frame. This polymer-frame striker-fired semiautomatic pistol comes with a 3.5-inch barrel and tritium sights. Magazine capacity is 12 rounds. The pistol weighs 24.4 ounces.
FN 509 Compact
FN says the new-for-2021 9mm FN 509 Compact “has been refined for deep concealment.” As such, the pistol features a low-profile, snag-free, rear black-out iron sight with a low-profile, high-visibility front sight. The pistol is offered in black or flat dark earth finishes and comes with 12- and 15-round magazines. It features interchangeable backstraps and advanced grip texturing. Barrel length is 3.7 inches, and weight is 25.5 ounces.
As we detailed in the May issue, Heritage Manufacturing has a new .22 rimfire single-action revolver called the Barkeep. Simulating the vintage Colt Sheriff’s Model and Storekeeper centerfire single actions, the six-shot Barkeep has a 2.68-inch barrel and no ejector rod. Cases are manually ejected with an included tool. The sights are a traditional fixed groove rear and a blade front. The new Barkeep is offered with a black oxide finish and gray pearl grips and a simulated casehardened finish with scrolled wood grips. The Barkeep has a manual thumb safety, and it weighs 27 ounces.
MSRP: $189.39 (Gray Pearl), $180.30 (Scrolled Wood)
Another unusual-looking new handgun for 2021 is the semiautomatic KelTec P50. Chambered for 5.7x28mm, the straight blowback-operated P50 has a 9.6-inch barrel. It comes with two 50-round double-stack magazines, and when in use, the magazine is positioned horizontally under the barrel and along the top of the grip frame. There are no sights, but there is a Picatinny rail on top. It also features a frame rail and QD mounts. Length is 15 inches, and weight is 3.2 pounds.
Kimber Micro 9 Rapide (Black Ice)
Kimber’s new 9mm Micro 9 Rapide (Black Ice) has newly designed stepped cocking serrations, slide lightening cuts for quicker locktime, a distinctive V-shape-patterned trigger, and Kimber Stiplex texturing on the frontstrap. The 3.15-inch, stainless-steel, match-grade barrel is DLC coated, and the pistol wears a two-tone KimPro II finish. It comes with TRUGLO TFX Pro day/night sights and black G10 grips. Magazine capacity is seven rounds. The pistol is 6.1 inches long and weighs 15.6 ounces.
Magnum Research Baby Eagle III
The Magnum Research Baby Eagle is back in the form of the Baby Eagle III. Manufactured in Israel by BUL Transmark, the Baby Eagle III pistols feature steel or polymer frames, full-length dustcovers, smoother profiles, double-stack magazines, and three-dot fixed sights. The steel-frame guns are chambered for 9mm and .45 ACP, and the polymer-frame guns are offered in 9mm and .40 S&W. Both steel and polymer guns will be offered in the full and semi-compact sizes.
MSRP: $646 (polymer frame); $691 (steel frame)
Mossberg MC2c Compact
For 2021 Mossberg has expanded the MC2c Compact 9mm semiautomatic pistol line with 10-round and Massachusetts-Compliant versions. The MC2c Compact features a glass-reinforced polymer frame (with or without a crossbolt safety), a stainless-steel slide (natural or black DLC finish), a 3.9-inch barrel, three-dot drift-adjustable iron sights or TRUGLO Tritium Pro night sights, a reversible magazine release, and an oversize trigger guard. The MA-Compliant versions come with a loaded chamber view port and a manual safety.
MSRP: $505 (standard sights), $613 (TRUGLO sights)
Nighthawk Custom Korth Mongoose 2.75 Carry Special
One of several newly announced Nighthawk handguns is the Korth Mongoose 2.75 Carry Special. This double-action revolver is chambered for .357 Magnum and features a compact frame, a six-round cylinder, and a 2.75-inch barrel. According to the company, it is Korth’s most compact .357 Mag. The frame and all parts are machined from the finest billet steel, the trigger’s face is highly polished, and the standard finish is black DLC.
Ruger Jeff Quinn GP100
Ruger’s newest handgun is offered in a limited production of 500 and is a commemorative honoring the life and times of writer Jeff Quinn, the co-founder of Gun Blast.com, who passed away in 2020. The special GP100 is chambered in .44 Special and is a distributor exclusive through Lipsey’s. It features a 4.2-inch barrel, a fully adjustable white-outline rear sight with a gold bead front sight, and laser-etched Hogue walnut grips that bear Quinn’s likeness. The double-action revolver is finished in semi-gloss blue. Cylinder capacity is five rounds.
SCCY has added optics-ready models to the company’s CPX family of semiautomatic pistols. All of the CPX pistols are now offered with Crimson Trace red-dot reflex sights installed. The double-action-only 9mm CPX-1RD (shown) comes with the Crimson Trace CTS-1500 red-dot reflex sight with built-in back-up sight and 3.5-MOA dot, a billet aluminum frame, a heat-treated stainless-steel slide, a 3.1-inch barrel, and two 10-round magazines.
SIG SAUER M18 Commemorative
New for 2021, SIG SAUER is presenting an M18 pistol to commemorate the official U.S. military service pistol. The optics-ready 9mm commemorative M18 is finished in Coyote Tan, has a 3.9-inch threaded barrel and SIGLITE Night Sights, and comes with one 17-round magazine and two 21-round magazines. Each commemorative M18 carries a special serial number and the same markings as the military service pistol.
MSRP: Not available at presstime
Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P9 Shield Plus
Just announced is the new M&P Shield Plus 9mm striker-fired pistol. The new Shield Plus model comes from S&W’s Performance Center and features a 4.0-inch ported barrel and slide, a flat-face safety trigger, enhanced grip texturing, a red fiber-optic rear sight, a green fiber-optic front sight, one 13-round magazine, and one 10-round magazine. Additionally, the slide is milled for optics, and the new Shield Plus comes with a Crimson Trace 4-MOA red-dot reflex sight installed.
Springfield Armory Hellcat RDP
As reviewed in last month’s issue, Springfield’s new-for-2021 9mm Hellcat RDP is optics-ready. That means the rear of the slide is milled to accept red-dot reflex sights with a Micro footprint. The pistol comes with a tactical U-dot rear sight and a tritium front sight, and it also has a HEX Wasp red-dot sight already installed. Other unique features include the self-indexing compensator, textured areas on the grip as well as on the frame where the support thumb touches, and 11- and 13-round magazines. With its 3.8-inch barrel and compensator, the Hellcat RDP is 7.0 inches long and weighs 19.7 ounces. It is offered with and without an ambidextrous manual thumb safety.
Stoeger STR-9S Combat
The new full-size, full-featured STR-9S Combat pistol has a corrosion-resistant black nitride finish, three interchangeable backstraps, a 4.17-inch threaded barrel, and suppressor-height fiber-optic sights. The frame has an accessory rail, and the magazine release is reversible. The pistol also features four interchangeable plates for mounting the most popular aftermarket red-dot sights to the top of the slide. It comes with three magazines (either 20-rounders or 10-rounders for states with capacity regulations).
Taurus Raging Hunter 460
Taurus has added the .460 S&W Magnum chambering to its Raging Hunter large-frame double-action revolver. The Raging Hunter 460 comes with 5.13-, 6.75-, and 8.38- inch barrels and a five-round cylinder. Offered in two finishes, the gun comes with adjustable sights as well as an optics rail. Weights vary from 57.7 ounces to 65.6 ounces depending on barrel length and frame material.
MSRP: $968.18 (black), $983.33 (two-tone)
Uberti Hardin Revolver
Uberti has earned a great reputation for its reproduction Old West guns, and the company has added several new variations to the Outlaws & Lawmen Series. One of the most recent offerings is the Hardin revolver, which is a replica of the old Smith & Wesson No. 3 2nd Model top-break revolver. Named for the famous outlaw John Wesley Hardin, Uberti’s Hardin revolver is chambered for .45 Colt and is finished with a case-colored frame and a charcoal blue barrel and cylinder. The grips are simulated bison horn, and the barrel is 7 inches long. Weight is 41.6 ounces. Cylinder capacity is six rounds.
Walther’s new 9mm PDP (Performance Duty Pistol) is a striker-fired, optics-ready semiautomatic with a polymer frame, interchangeable backstraps, all-new texturing on the grip, and a brand-new PDT safety trigger. The PDP is offered with a 4.5-inch barrel or a 4.0-inch barrel. Magazine capacities are 18 rounds for the 4.5-inch gun and 15 rounds for the shorter, compact model. The polymer sights are a three-dot setup. The 4.5-inch-barreled PDP weighs in at 25.4 ounces.
Dan Wesson Heirloom
The 2021 edition of Dan Wesson’s Heirloom 1911 is the second installment in the company’s Heirloom series. The pistol is chambered in .45 ACP and has a full-size 5.0-inch barrel. It features tasteful engraving on the slide’s top and sides, and the stainless-steel frame and slide are lightly brushed. The sights are a tactical U-notch rear and a brass bead front. The grips are bison bone, the frontstrap is checkered, and the slide has GI-style grasping grooves at the rear.
Wilson Combat Supergrade Commander Special
Wilson Combat’s new-for-2021 Supergrade Commander Special Model 1911 pistol features a polished blue carbon-steel round-butt frame with 30-lines-per-inch checkering on the frontstrap; a contoured magazine well; and a bobbed, high-ride beavertail grip safety. The smooth grips are deluxe burl wood. The 4.25-inch match-grade barrel has a reverse muzzle crown. The rear sight is Wilson’s tactical Battlesight, and the front sight is a white-gold bead. The Supergrade Commander Special is offered in .38 Super, 9mm Luger, and .45 ACP, and the pistol comes with a 1.5-inch accuracy guarantee.
MSRP: Base price starts at $5,350