Each year the gun industry churns out a bevy of cool designs and unique innovations. Often, it’s hard to keep track of all the new firearms that land on dealer shelves; but, no worries, Guns.com is here to help. We’ve pulled together, in no particular order, what we think are some of the most interesting guns 2019 has to offer.
1) Walther Q5 Match SF
Though Walther’s Q5 Match is nothing new, the SF – or steel frame construction – revamps the Q5 series. Chambered in 9mm, the Q5 Match SF brings a barrel length of 5-inches to an overall length measuring 8.7-inches. Designed for serious shooters, the pistol is precision machined from solid steel billet adding a wrap-around grip panel, extended beavertail, full-length Picatinny rail and recessed slide release for extra measure.
The Q5 Match SF comes ported and optics-ready, with LPA iron sights. Sporting a 15+1 capacity, the Q5 Match SF reduces recoil with its heavier 41.6-ounce design, providing a quality pistol for competition shooters. The Walther Q5 Match SF retails for $1,499.
2) Colt King Cobra
Colt breathed new life into its lineup in 2017 with the launch of the Colt Cobra, continuing its revolver revival in 2019 with the release of the King Cobra. Packing six rounds of .357 Magnum, Colt’s King Cobra offers a 3-inch barrel on a heavy-duty frame weighing in at 28-ounces. The double-action wheelgun comes outfitted with Hogue overmolded grips for comfort and a user-replaceable brass bead front sight.
Opting for the same Linear Leaf spring trigger as its sibling Cobra models, the King Cobra melds that Colt name to the timelessness that is revolvers. The Colt King Cobra offers an MSRP of $899.
3) Springfield Armory HellCat
A competitor to Sig Sauer’s game-changing P365, Springfield Armory made a splash late in 2019 with the Hellcat pistol. Chambered in 9mm, the micro-compact semi-auto pistol opts for a 3-inch hammer-forged barrel and capacity of 11+1 with the flush-fit magazine. 12 rounds not enough for your misadventures? Well, Springfield Armory also offers a 13-round extended mag bumping up that round count. Offered in standard and optics ready models, the Hellcat boasts serrations, an accessory rail, flat nickel boron coated trigger and reversible mag release for lefties.
Will the Hellcat take a top spot as concealed carrier’s new favorite CCW? Only time will tell but, in the meantime, the Hellcat offers purchasers two mags in the box and an MSRP starting at $599 for the standard model.
4) Taurus TX22
Taurus USA’s TX22 offers a unique take on the .22LR platform, merging the rimfire round with a striker-fired duty pistol design. The full-sized handgun offers an overall length of 7.06-inches using a 4.10-inch barrel. Tipping scales at 17.3-ounces, the TX22 delivers a 16+1 capacity. The TX22 comes equipped with an adjustable white-dot rear sight and fixed front sight along with front and rear slide serrations. Topping the design off, the TX22 offers a suppressor-ready design with 1/2x28TPI threads.
Those .22LR fans wanting a more modern and duty-centric look and feel to the rimfire construction will find the Taurus TX22 a worthy pistol. The TX22 retails for a modest $349.
5) IWI Masada
IWI fans have long awaited the arrival of the Masada and in 2019 lovers of the Israeli manufacturer finally got what they wanted. The Masada finally made its debut on dealer shelves, bringing a 9mm striker-fired design packed with features. Delivering a 4.1-inch barrel on a 7.4-inch frame, the Masada serves up ambidextrous controls, multiple interchangeable backstraps, and an optics ready design – complete with interchangeable mounting plates for the Trijicon RMR, Leupold Delta Point, Sig Sauer Romeo 01 and Vortex Venom.
Weighing in at 23-ounces, the semi-auto handgun brings a 10- or 17-round magazine to the table, depending on your state’s restrictions. What sets the Masada apart from other full-size pistols is its serialized chassis which allows it to be swapped out into a different frame. Gun owners seeking a duty-esque gun without a Glock label will find the Masada a worthy alternative – and at $100 cheaper than the G17, the Masada is a winner for the wallet. The Masada retails for $480.
6) Standard Manufacturing S333 Thunderstruck
Earning a spot on this list for looks alone, the S333 Thunderstruck by Standard Manufacturing turns heads. Ditching the traditional trigger guard, the S333 Thunderstruck opts for an open design. The double-action revolver doesn’t stop there when it comes to uniqueness, the S333 also sports a double-barrel design meaning that one pull of the trigger results in two rounds of .22 Win Mag leaving the barrel. In total, it takes four trigger pulls to yield a total of eight rounds all in under 3-seconds. That’s a lot of math for an 18-ounce wheelgun.
Boasting a 1.25-inch barrel and a fairly snag-free design, the S333 qualifies as an ultra-concealable handgun. Standard Manufacturing’s S333 Thunderstruck is priced at $429.
7) Daniel Defense Delta 5
Though bolt-action rifles are nothing new to the gun world, they are new to the Daniel Defense lineup with the Delta 5 marking the company’s first foray into the bolt-action arena. The Delta 5 brings .308 Win, 6.5mm Creedmoor, and 7mm-08 Rem to the modular bolt-action platform. Offering an array of features to DD fans, the Delta 5 is furnished with an adjustable single-stage Timney Elite Hunter trigger, user-interchangeable cold hammer-forged barrel with 5/8x24TPI threads, adjustable cheek risers and a stock with 11 M-LOK slots.
8) CZ Bren 2 Ms
The CZ Bren 2 Ms saw U.S. shores in 2019, bringing various models and multiple barrel lengths. Opting for an aluminum receiver and carbon fiber-reinforced polymer lower, the pistol tips scales at around 5-pounds – slimmer and trimmer than its predecessor. Available in 5.56 NATO or 7.62x39mm, barrel lengths sit at 11- and 14-inches respectively with smaller barrel options in the way of 8-inches and 9-inches on the table for those with prefer a more compact aesthetic. Each flavor comes with a single 3-round magazine as well as an ambi mag release and safety. If you’re dying to add a little “bougie” to your lifestyle, the CZ Bren 2 Ms will certainly make your range buddies jealous.
As with any CZ product, though, prepare thy wallet. Despite competitor offerings slipping in a lower price bracket, this bad boy maintains an MSRP of $1,799 – but keep in mind, competitors aren’t CZ.
9) Sig Sauer MCX Rattler Canebrake
Sig Sauer enters the list updating its MCX rifle series with the Rattler Canebrake for suppressed fire fans. The MCX Rattler Canebrake adopts the MCX design but tosses on a suppressor-ready handguard and inert training device that mimics the SIGSRD762 suppressor. This construction ensures that, without a suppressor, all muzzle flash moves past the shooter’s hand when grasping the handguard. Sporting a 5.5-inch barrel with an overall length of 29.25-inches, the .300 Blackout build comes loaded with other goodies like a 2-stage flat-blade match trigger, folding coyote-tan PCB, 30-round Magpul mag and Cerakote E190 finished upper and lower.
All in all, the Sig Sauer Rattler Canebrake caters to those in the tactical crowd who prefer a slick-looking rifle with suppressor capabilities. The Sig Sauer Rattler Canebrake retails for $2,899.
10) Maxim Defense PDX
Maxim Defense burst onto the radar in January 2019 with its all-new PDX, stealing the hearts of every tactically-minded gun owner. Developed from a 2017 SOCOM request for a compact personal defense weapon, the PDX excels in close quarters encounters with a slimmed-down overall length of 18.75-inches and a barrel length sitting at 5.5-inches. The build achieves its diminutive dimensions through the Maxim SCW stock system – a means of cutting down the length of the stock to just 4-inches. Rounding out the design, the PDX delivers a Maxim Hatebrake muzzle booster. Besides the aggressive name, the Hatebrake reduces recoil and decreases flash, all while pushing gas and concussion waves downrange.
The Maxim Defense PDX comes chambered in crowd favorites, 5.56 NATO and 7.62x39mm, perfect for personal and home defense gurus. The Maxim Defense PDX offers a price tag of $2,299.