July 01, 2019
By Joel J. Hutchcroft
Handgunners have plenty of interesting new models and variations to whet their appetites this year. With everything from new bolt-action centerfire pistols through .22 LR rimfire semiautomatics to big-bore single-action revolvers and AR-style pistols, there’s something for just about everyone, including new double-action snubnose revolvers and plenty of new Model 1911s in .380 ACP, 9mm Luger, and 10mm Auto. Here’s a quick look at over two dozen new models.
Auto-Ordnance I Stand 1911
The new I Stand 1911 from Auto-Ordnance honors all who have sacrificed their lives in service to our country. The pistol features a 5.0-inch barrel, GI-pattern sights, and custom American Flag grips. The words “I Stand” are engraved on the right-hand side of the slide, “Freedom Is Not Free” on the left-hand side of the slide, and “All Gave Some, Some Gave All” on the dustcover. The pistol is chambered for .45 ACP, and magazine capacity is seven rounds. The finish is a worn Cerakote black and gray.
Les Baer Custom Kenai Special 1911
Les Baer Custom’s new Kenai Special 1911 is a 5.0-inch-barreled Premier II 1911 chambered for 10mm Auto. Named for the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, the pistol is built to withstand the rigors of hard field use and has a hard chrome finish. It features a low-mount fully adjustable rear sight and a green fiber-optic front sight (a red fiber-optic front sight is optional). Magazine capacity is nine rounds.
Beretta 92G Elite LTT
New from Beretta is the 92G Elite LTT pistol that is a combined effort of Beretta and Langdon Tactical. This 9mm semiautomatic features an exclusive radiused trigger guard, a beveled magazine well, VZ/LTT G10 grips, a 4.7-inch stainless-steel barrel, a drift-adjustable rear sight, and a dovetailed red fiber-optic front sight.
Ed Brown KC9 9mm
The newest member of the Ed Brown Evolution series is the stainless-steel 9mm KC9. This understated Model 1911 pistol features the Bobtail frame that Ed Brown Products made famous, the company’s exclusive Snakeskin frontstrap texturing, a slimmed-down slide, a 4.0-inch bull barrel, a newly redesigned Heinie Ledge rear sight, and an orange HD XR front sight. Magazine capacity is nine rounds.
Browning Black Label 1911-380
Browning has a new high-grade version of the scaled-down .380 ACP Black Label 1911-380. The new variant features complete-coverage engraving on the slide’s flats, white pearl grip panels with matching engraving, and combat white-dot sights. The frame is black composite, and the alloy trigger is matte black. Barrel length is 4.25 inches; overall length is 7.5 inches. Magazine capacity is eight rounds.
Colt King Cobra DA Revolver
Colt has reintroduced the classic King Cobra double-action revolver. The new King Cobra is chambered for .357 Magnum and has a 3.0-inch barrel. The stainless-steel revolver comes with a fixed rear sight, a dovetailed brass-bead front sight, and black Hogue OverMolded rubber grips. The cylinder holds six rounds.
The CZ-USA P-10 is now optics ready. Available in full-size (F), compact (C), and subcompact (S) versions, each optics-ready P-10 pistol comes with a filler plate and mounting plates for Trijicon RMR and Leupold DeltaPoint Pro reflex-type optics. These pistols come with factory-installed combat sights and are chambered for 9mm Luger. Barrel lengths (3.5 inches to 4.5 inches) and magazine capacities (10 rounds to 19 rounds) depend on the version.
MSRP: $577 to $590
FN 509 Midsize
The new striker-fired double-action FN 509 Midsize has a 4.0-inch barrel, a polymer grip frame, interchangeable backstraps, and fully ambidextrous controls. Overall length is 7.5 inches, and weight is 26.5 ounces. The 9mm pistol comes with two magazines with a capacity of 10 or 15 rounds. Dovetailed three-dot luminescent sights are standard.
Glock G48 9mm
The new 9mm Glock G48 is best described as a slimmed-down G19. It has a 4.17-inch barrel and a slimmer, single-stack grip frame. Magazine capacity is 10 rounds. The sights are Glock’s standard white-outline rear and white-dot front. The G48 weighs 20.7 ounces, and the slide is finished with silver nPVD.
Heckler & Koch
New for 2019, the HK 416 is available in a .22 LR AR pistol configuration. Made by Umarex, the HK 416 .22 LR pistol has an 8.5-inch barrel with threaded muzzle, aluminum receivers, Rail-Interface System M-LOK handguard, adjustable flip-up sights, and one magazine (capacity of 10 or 20 rounds). The pistol is compatible with most AR-style arm braces, and it has a last-round bolt hold-open function.
Kahr PM9 Thin Blue Line 9mm
Honoring the hundreds of thousands of American law enforcement professionals, Kahr’s new-for-2019 PM9 Thin Blue Line 9mm subcompact pistol has a 3.1-inch barrel and a compact grip frame; magazine capacity is six rounds, seven rounds with grip extension. The slide is finished in Armor Black Cerakote, and it has a blue line on both sides. The pistol comes with TruGlo night sights and three magazines.
The new Kel-Tec CP33 uses a patented quad-stack magazine that holds 33 rounds of .22 LR ammo. The semiautomatic pistol features a threaded, 5.5-inch heavy barrel; a full-length Picatinny optics rail; and fiber-optic sights. It weighs 24 ounces and is 10.6 inches long.
Kimber RAPIDE 1911
The RAPIDE 1911 features a 5.0-inch, TiN-coated, stainless-steel barrel; a stainless-steel frame and slide with black KimPro II finish; TruGlo TFX Pro day/night sights; gray/black G10 grips; and a V-cut aluminum trigger. The ported slide has distinctive stepped cocking grooves, and the grip frame has Stiplex texturing on the frontstrap. The pistol is chambered for .45 ACP and 10mm Auto.
MSRP: $1,490 (.45 ACP); $1,510 (10mm)
Magnum Research BFR SA Revolver
Magnum Research Inc. is chambering the powerful .500 Linebaugh cartridge in the heavy-duty BFR single-action revolver. Standard grip and Bisley-style grip versions with 5.5-inch and 7.5-inch barrels are offered. These all-stainless revolvers come with five-round cylinders. Weights range from 59 ounces to 77 ounces. The .500 Linebaugh cartridge pushes a 0.510-inch-diameter 525-grain bullet at a muzzle velocity of 1,100 fps, generating 1,410 ft-lbs of muzzle energy.
MSRP: $1,399 (standard grip); $1,482 (Bisley-style grip)
Mossberg has a brand-new striker-fired, polymer-frame, semiautomatic pistol called the MC1sc. Designed from the ground up and chambered for 9mm Luger, the subcompact MC1sc is intended for legal concealed carry. As such, the frame edges are beveled, the slide serrations are aggressive, and the three-dot sights are contoured so as not to hang up on clothing. The pistol features a 3.4-inch barrel, a flat trigger with integrated trigger safety, a flush-fitting six-round magazine, and an extended seven-round magazine. The pistol is 6.25 inches long and weighs 19 ounces. Uniquely, the striker mechanism is removed prior to disassembly.
Nighthawk Custom Firehawk Model 1911
The Firehawk Model 1911 has a 5.0-inch bull barrel with a single-port bull-nosed compensator, a full-length recoil guide rod with Commander-length spring, a modified slide, a one-piece magazine well/mainspring housing, a Heinie Slant Pro rear sight, a 14k solid gold bead front sight, and G10 or Agent 1 grips. The pistol is offered in 9mm and .45 ACP with black nitride or stainless finishes.
Nosler Model 48 NCH
The Model 48 Nosler Custom Handgun (NCH) is a precision bolt-action pistol featuring a one-piece, billet aluminum stock, a Shilen 416R stainless-steel barrel, and a Hogue OverMolded AR-15 grip. The NCH is available in six short-action calibers, from 22 Nosler through 6mm Creedmoor to .308 Winchester. Many options afford customization and allow the owner to make his NCH unique, including choices of Cerakote color, barrel length (15 inches is standard, but special-order lengths range from 12 to 18 inches in 1-inch increments), fluted or non-fluted, and with muzzle brake or without.
MSRP: $2,495 (15-inch barrel)
Remington Model 700 CP
Built on the Model 700 rifle action, the new bolt-action Model 700 CP pistol features a chassis system, 12.5- or 10.5-inch barrel, M-LOK handguard, Magpul pistol grip, X Mark Pro trigger, and 10-round detachable magazine. Calibers offered include .223 Remington, .300 AAC Blackout, and .308 Winchester.
Rock Island Armory TCM Rock Ultra Model 1911
The TCM Rock Ultra CCO Model 1911 combines an Officer’s-size grip aluminum frame with a Commander-length slide. The shorter, compact Officer’s-size grip aids concealed carry and minimizes the chance of printing under a cover garment. Built to drive original Armscor 22 TCM 9R cartridges, it features a 4.2-inch barrel, a single-stack eight-round magazine, a dovetailed fiber-optic front sight, and an adjustable rear sight. Other features include a skeletonized hammer, a skeletonized trigger with adjustable overtravel stop, G10 grips, and a Parkerized/anodized finish. It comes with a drop-in 9mm barrel.
Rock River Arms LAR-9
Rock River Arms has expanded its line of AR-style 9mm pistols with new handguards and tactical braces. Available with 7.0- and 10.5-inch barrels, the new LAR-9 pistols are fitted with SB Tactical braces and RRA lightweight aluminum free-float, M-LOK-compatible handguards. The pistols feature blowback-design bolt carrier groups and 9mm-specific trigger spring groups and ejectors. They come with Hogue grips, single-stage triggers, and Colt SMG-style magazines.
MSRP: $980 (7.0-inch barrel); $1,060 (10.5-inch barrel)
Ruger Mark IV 22/45 Lite
The popular Mark IV 22/45 Lite .22 LR semiautomatic pistol is being offered in new colors for 2019. One model features a gold anodized finish on the upper receiver and trigger and standard grips. Another new model features a black anodized finish upper with gold trigger and standard grips. And another new model features a Diamond Gray anodized color upper receiver, a black trigger, and target-style laminate grips.
MSRP: $559 (standard grips), $599 (laminate grips)
SIG Sauer Model P365 Micro-Compact
SIG Sauer’s striker-fired, high-capacity 9mm micro-compact Model P365 is now available with a manual safety. The new P365-MS comes with a 3.1-inch barrel, X-RAY3 night sights, and two 10-round magazines. It weighs 18 ounces and measures 5.8 inches long.
Smith & Wesson M & P Bodyguard 38 Revolver
The double-action-only M&P Bodyguard 38 revolver is chambered for .38 Special +P and has an aluminum-alloy upper frame, a PVD-covered stainless-steel cylinder that holds five rounds, an ambidextrous cylinder release, a stainless-steel 1.88-inch-long barrel, and a one-piece gray polymer grip. The low-profile black ramp front sight is pinned to the barrel. The revolver weighs 14.2 ounces.
Springfield Armory 911
Springfield Armory’s compact 911 is now chambered for 9mm. Five versions are offered. All have 3.0-inch barrels, tritium-dot front sights, and white-dot outlined tritium rear sights. All come with six- and seven-round magazines. Two versions have Viridian green lasergrips; one version has Hogue rubber grips; two versions have textured G10 grips. Finish options include black nitride and stainless.
MSRP: $639 to $849
Taurus’s new full-size .22 LR striker-fired polymer-frame TX22 looks and feels like a centerfire competition pistol. It has a 4.1-inch barrel, an adjustable white-dot rear sight, a white-dot front sight, and a 16-round magazine. It is adaptable for suppressor use, and it weighs 17.3 ounces.
Walther PPQ M2 Q5 Match Steel Frame
Walther’s new 9mm PPQ M2 Q5 Match Steel Frame pistol features a 5.0-inch barrel, a ported slide, Walther’s blue “quick defense” trigger, a fiber-optic front sight, and an adjustable target-style rear sight. As its name implies, this version has a steel frame. The pistol is optics ready via the removable optics-mounting plate, and it comes with 15- or 10-round magazines.
Dan Wesson Tactical Commander Pistol Model 1911
The Tactical Commander Pistol (TCP) Model 1911 is offered in 9mm and .45 ACP and is fitted with a 4.0-inch barrel and a brass front sight. The slide is stainless steel, and the frame is forged aluminum. The pistol is 7.64 inches long and weighs 32 ounces. The finish is Duty Black. Other features include a one-piece magwell, contoured G10 grips, and a flat K-style trigger.
MSRP: $1,725 (.45 ACP); $1,700 (9mm)