There are a ton of new pistols and revolvers that will be showcased at SHOT Show 2020 this week and Guns.com will be bringing you the details.
Here are some of the more interesting announcements in the past few weeks that are sure to be front and center at the largest firearms industry trade show in Las Vegas, in no particular order.
Heckler & Koch recently announced they finally read the letters to Santa and are introducing as close as they can get to a consumer MP5.
Dubbed the SP5, the semi-auto 9mm pistol closely matches the look and feel of the legendary MP5 submachine gun. How closely? It has an 8.86-inch Navy type barrel with threaded tri-lug adaptor, paddle magazine release, fluted chamber, and a chrome-lined bore. Further, it uses the same roller-delayed blowback operating system that has been HK’s hallmark for generations.
Sig Sauer M18
Sig Sauer is the latest company to divvy up military-inspired goods, launching a commercial version of its M18 pistol, aptly named the P320-M18.
Built on the P320 platform, the 9mm chambered P320-M18 opts for a 3.9-inch barrel nestled in a compact slide. The gun also boasts a carry length grip module, we’d assume to make it a more viable option for those that want to slip this in a holster incognito.
The P320-M18 is nearly identical to its military counterpart featuring black controls, coyote-tan coloring, and ambidextrous manual safety. Weighing in at 28.1-ounces, the gun sits 5.5-inches in height with an overall length of 7.2-inches.
S&W M&P Shield EZ in 9mm
Smith & Wesson’s M&P EZ Shield is going 9mm with the company announcing a new model in the series centered around the popular handgun cartridge.
The M&P EZ Shield 9mm version joins the .380 ACP variant, offering an easy to load and easy to rack design. Featuring a capacity of 8+1 rounds, the 9mm model boasts a 3.675-inch barrel, Picatinny-style rail, reversible magazine, tactile loaded chamber indicator, and one-piece, single-action trigger.
FN MRD 509 Compact
Billed as offering a “full-size punch in a compact package” the FN 509 Compact MRD 9mm pistol is optics ready and has a 12+1 capacity.
Using the same FN low-profile optics-mounting system as the rest of the MRD series, the Compact version accommodates most commercially available miniature red dots while featuring blackout iron sights that co-witness. Other features include a flat-face trigger, an accessory rail for compact lights, two additional backstraps to conform to different user grip sizes, and improved ambi surface controls.
Ruger GP100 Comp in 9mm
With an 8-round triple-locking PVD coated cylinder and target crowned 6-inch barrel, Ruger’s newest GP100 revolver is ready for serious 9mm Luger fans with competition on their minds.
Based on the Ruger Super Redhawk action, the GP100 series has long been the company’s go-to for competition and hunting wheel guns. Their newest model, which uses a cylinder and extractor cut for moon clips to speed up reloading, sports a 6-inch half-lug sleeved and shrouded barrel with an 11-degree target crown for “competitive-level” accuracy.
Ruger MK IV 22LR 10-incher
Ruger is stretching out their Mark IV Target .22LR pistols to include models that come standard with a 10-inch bull barrel.
Building on the company’s legacy of rimfire semi-auto target pistols, the new guns still use the standard Mark IV one-button takedown for quick and easy field-stripping with no tools. Coupled with a one-piece precision CNC-machined grip frame, the 10-inch barrel is near twice the length of the model’s typical 5.5-inch barrel variant. Even Ruger’s Mark IV Hunter and Competiton models only offer a 6.88-inch barrel.
Ruger LCP-II Lite Rack 22LR
A rimfire version of the company’s well-liked .380 ACP pocket pistol, the new Ruger Lite Rack LCP II is chambered in .22LR.
With the same profile as the more familiar .380, the Lite Rack gets its name from the fact that it has an easy to charge slide. Further, instead of the 6+1 capacity of the larger caliber LCP II, the .22LR version has a 10+1 single stack magazine capacity.
The full-sized and full-featured Ruger 57 handgun was announced just in time for the New Year and comes standard with a 20+1 capacity.
Announced on New Year’s Eve by the firearms giant, the 5.7x28mm Ruger 57 uses a through-hardened, billet steel slide with lightening cuts coupled with a glass-filled nylon frame. When it comes to specs, the new pistol has a 5-inch barrel with an overall length of 8.65-inches and a weight of 24.5-ounces. Of note, that makes it almost a dead ringer for FN’s Five-seveN pistol, which was developed in the early 1990s for its eponymous cartridge.
Colt Python reboot
Colt earlier this month made it Facebook Offical: the vaunted Colt Python is back for 2020, available in two different stainless models.
Colt first introduced the full-lug six-shot heavy target style revolver in 1955 as something akin to the Cadillac of wheelguns. The big “I” frame .357 Magnum (although some .38 Special target models were made) was king of the block when it came to wheelguns for generations, which caused prices on used snake guns to skyrocket when the Python was put to pasture in 2005.
Now, after a 15-year hiatus, the Python is back in a 4.25-inch and 6-inch variant.
KRISS Vector…in 22LR
The rimfire KRISS Vector line includes both carbine (shown here) and braced pistol models in three different color options. (Photo: KRISS)
Virginia-based KRISS USA announced a rimfire expansion to their Vector series firearms with six new guns chambered in .22LR.
The new rimfire Vector will officially hit the market at SHOT Show in Las Vegas later this month but KRISS let the cat out of the bag early. The rimfire line will include three Vector CRB carbines with 16-inch barrels and an M4-style stock while the three braced pistol Vector SDP-SB models come standard with an SB Tactical stabilizing brace and 6.5-inch barrels. Each will be offered in black, flat dark earth, and alpine white color options.
Glock G44 in 22LR
Debuted last month after a cryptic build-up, the G44 features an innovative hybrid steel-polymer slide and the ability to adapt to any user’s hands via backstraps supplied with the pistol. Glock’s first rimfire handgun, it is designed to emulate the crowd-pleasing G19, using a 4.02-inch barrel which produces an overall length of 7.28-inches– the same as the popular 9mm mid-size. Likewise, they have the same 5.04-inch height, a factor which means most G19 holsters will work for the G44, should you want to carry the 22LR on the trail or around the ponderosa.
Springfield Armory XD-M Elite
The XD-M Elite series, a group of four new striker-fired pistols, takes the long-running XD line to a new level. Each comes standard with the company’s new Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly (META), a flat face trigger that SA contends “delivers the finest trigger pull available on a production polymer-framed pistol.”
Other features across the 9mm XD-M Elite offerings are match grade barrels as well as enhanced ergonomics such as an ambidextrous slide stop and redesigned slide serrations.
Springfield Armory Ronin Operator
Springfield Armory’s new Ronin Operator, a full-sized M1911A1, will be available in 9mm and .45 ACP variants. The two-toned pistol has a stainless steel forged frame and a forged slide of carbon steel with hot salt bluing. The company stresses their forged frames are much better than cast framed M1911s.
Sig Sauer P320 RXP
Sig Sauer jumps on the red dot pistol bandwagon, unveiling a new series of P320 pistols topped with its Romeo1Pro optic.
The P320 RXP series features four models — Full Size, Compact, XFull, and XCompact —chambered in 9mm. All models come with Sig’s Romeo1Pro Optic — a 6 MOA open reflex sight. The Romeo1Pro sports 12 brightness settings and TruHold Lockless Zeroing designed to handle recoil and return to zero. Boasting a 20,000-hour battery life, the optic is IPX-7 waterproof rated and is houses in aircraft-grade aluminum to prevent corrosion.
Mossberg is growing their handgun line with the introduction at SHOT Show of the new MC2c 13+1 9mm pistol platform.
An upgrade to the company’s MC1sc sub-compact launched in 2019, the new MC2c is still a 9mm with a slim profile but brings a double-stack magazine and slightly larger size to the game. Offered in five models that vary in finish and sight options, all come standard with a flush-fit 13-round magazine as well as an extended 15-round mag.
For all these and more breaking SHOT Show news, watch this space for continuous updates all week.