The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) offered gun enthusiasts a sneak peek at some powerful new handguns at its recent annual meeting.
Held in San Antonio, TX, in October, the firearm organization also presented awards with the help of the Professional Outdoor Media Association, choosing the best new gun-related products. The categories ranged from Best New Accessory to Best New Handgun.
These are some of the hot new handguns for your holster.
SIG Sauer P320 X-Carry
This SIG Sauer took Best New Handgun honors at the expo, and has been touted as a major success story. The weapon is reportedly on track to become the service pistol of the U.S. Armed Forces, and is already widely used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Range testing has shown the gun to be reliable and the grip has garnered considerable praise. The X-Carry model departs from its P320 predecessors by providing more hand-grip depth. It weighs in at a modest 2 pounds, 2.3 ounces with the 17-round mag fully loaded. It ranks as an easy conceal 9mm that may emerge as law enforcement’s new darling across the board.
Texas Ranger Commemorative Revolver
This classic 45 caliber Colt is a wonderful throwback piece that honors the 1873 Army revolver. It sports a 4.75-inch barrel and features the “One Riot – One Ranger” inscription and simulates the once prominent ivory handle. Manufactured by Pietta, this tribute firearm makes a wonderful show piece as well as a forceful handgun.
EMP Concealed Carry Contour
This Springfield Armory 9mm handgun was also under award consideration at the San Antonio expo. It features a throwback 1911 grip that can be bobtailed as a custom feature. This well-balanced pistol enjoys a lightweight aluminum frame, left-right safety and skeleton trigger. The 7.5-inch, 31-ounce firearm houses 9+1 rounds. It’s a diligently designed handgun that fits the concealed-carry lifestyle.
The Remington Outdoor Company submitted this mid-sized weapon for consideration, and it appears to be one of the more actionable weapons hitting gun stores. The double-stack 9mm hand cannon holds 18+1 rounds, one more than the Glock, but weighs in at a slender 26.4 ounces with a 4.5-inch barrel. It’s not a large weapon, it just packs a big-league punch. The grip trends toward the lean side, but that’s a plus for smaller hands. Featuring front and rear serrations, the slide is easy to work, and the trigger pull comes in under 6 pounds. The RP9 retails under $500, which will catch the eyes of gun enthusiasts interested in serious self-defense without breaking the budget.
Grand Power Q100
This relative upstart handgun put its first prototype out in 1998 and has been growing. Americans get this firearm via Eagle Imports and the Q100, 9mm model has gone completely ambidextrous and hammerless. It runs at 15+1 capacity with a 4.3-inch barrel and 8 inches max length. The design incorporates steel, front plastic and a polymer grip and weighs only 26 ounces. Although Grand Power isn’t a household name, this handgun is a riser due to its fluid, low-recoil and smooth action.
~ Firearm Daily