It’s been quite a ride for Guns.com, 10 years ago we were a small blog dedicated to all news surrounding the Second Amendment. Today, we continue that tradition with leading news and reviews, along with supplying the freedom-loving American with all their firearms needs. One of our favorite topics to cover is new guns, especially if the guns are innovative or interesting.
To celebrate a decade of 2A dedication, we put together a list of the 10 most interesting guns released in the last 10 years. Now the criteria isn’t necessarily that these are the best guns – though some certainly are great – because some are too new to tell or sort of flopped after release. This is all about what is interesting. Without further ado, we give you the 10 most interesting guns of the last 10 years.
10. Hudson H9
The Hudson H9 was one of the most hyped-up guns just a few short years ago. Unfortunately, that hype kind of died down when the company filed for bankruptcy. Just because the gun is no longer in production doesn’t mean that the concept wasn’t solid. A striker-fired, 1911-patterned handgun that looked straight out of a sci-fi flick. What’s not to like? Let’s hope someone picks this design back up one day.
The Sig P365 took the concealed carry world by storm when it launched at SHOT Show in 2018. For over a year, it had every other manufacturer’s head spinning as they tried to catch up. Of course, the likes of the Springfield Hellcat, Ruger Max-9, and Taurus GX4, to name a few, have caught up and filled the gap. Still, the original Sig Sauer P365 is the trendsetter that set the concealed carry world on fire. It's combination of small size and large capacity has proven to be a winner.
Recently, Florida-based KelTec jumped onboard the growing 5.7mm NATO trend, adding their futuristic twist to a new pistol. The KelTec P50 features a horizontally loaded magazine along with Picatinny-style rails and QD mounts. It also takes the same mags as the PS90, which can be seen in many sci-fi movies. Whether you like cyberpunk or a day at the range pewpewing the easy to shoot 5.7, one thing is for certain, this is a fun gun to own.
Keeping with the theme of futuristic space guns, the SilencerCo Maxim 9 comes in at number seven. Adding to the futuristic look is the innovative integral suppressor, which makes the gun bigger and a bit quieter. While we’ve seen integrally suppressed pistols before, we’ve never seen anything quite like this. It might not have taken off like SilencerCo would have liked, but it’s still a very unique concept that begs to be shot.
6. Sig P320
This should really be the Sig P320 and company when it comes to the U.S. Military’s XM17 Modular Handgun System competition. Though the Sig P320, officially designated the Sig M17 and M18 for military use, was the winner, the trial produced many great guns. The Beretta APX series of handguns and the FN 509 Tactical were born from this competition as well. All three of these guns have gone on to great commercial success. The idea to serialize a trigger chassis so you can swap frames or calibers has proven to be a winner in both the civilian and military/LEO markets.
The idea of a takedown rifle or shotgun isn’t remotely new. But a collapsible pistol meant for self-defense? Now you’re talking interesting. The past decade has brought us many different unusual self-defense designs, everything from the Altor pistol to the Taurus Curve. But a collapsible pistol designed for self-defense, well that takes the cake.
Two of the notable folders are the Full Conceal M3 and the Trailblazer Firearms LifeCard. While the LifeCard fancied itself as more of a backup gun or last resort gun, the M3 was marketed as a primary EDC gun. Either way, it sure is an interesting idea, wouldn’t you say?
4. FK BRNO PSD Multi-Caliber Pistol
In 2018, the FK BRNO PSD Multi-Caliber Pistol started washing ashore in the U.S., and people were instantly interested. A multi-caliber pistol that touts itself as having “the firepower of a rifle with the size, weight, and handling of a pistol,” is going to turn some heads. The gun shoots .40 S&W, 10mm, and the patented 7.5 FK, which is said to be accurate to 100 meters with a devastating impact. A truly jaw-dropping hand cannon if there ever was one, stay tuned to Guns.com for more info and reviews on the FK BRNO PSD.
3. Empty Shell XM556
Let’s go from a hand cannon at number four to a gun that spits fire at number three, the Empty Shell XM556. People who saw the XM556 at 2017 SHOT Show were left drooling over its capabilities. The gun fires 5.56, hence the name, and has a rate of fire up to 6,000 rounds per minute. All that in a gun you could pack into a suitcase. Pair it with a 1,000-round backpack, and this was an instant classic for our audience.
2. Laugo Arms Alien
Laugo Arms was a niche and relatively unknown firearms manufacturer from the Czech Republic before making a huge splash at SHOT Show 2020 with their Alien pistol. The pistol was designed by famed firearms designer Jan Lucansky for competition use. The pistol sports an unusual design with the fixed barrel and internals, which are “flipped” in a sense. The gun has an extremely low bore axis due to this design and shoots very flat. This should all add up to competition success. Whether this becomes a big hit on the IPSC shooting circuit or not is yet to be seen, but it is one cool looking gun.
1. Cabot Firearms BIg Bang Meteorite 1911s
A pair of 1911 pistols carved out of meteorite? That’s out of this world! In keeping with the theme of guns you’ll never be able to touch, luxury firearms manufacturer Cabot Firearms rolled out the red carpet at NRAAM 2016. These fully functional 1911 pistols are made from 100-percent Gibeon meteorite. Everything from the barrel bushing to the trigger were at one point floating around in space. With a price tag of $4.5 million, you’ll need a lot more than a good trigger finger to get your hands on these guns, but they are nonetheless very interesting to look at.
Conclusion & Honorable Mentions
Of course, not every interesting gun could make it into the top ten, and there are surely going to be guns that we’ll get guff for not having on here. What do you think should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below! In the meantime, we rounded up a list of honorable mentions that could’ve easily been included on this list.
Boberg XR9s – A bullpup pistol? Not only did this pistol have a unique design, but it actually loaded the bullets backwards! The company went belly up, but Bond Arms purchased the patents. So we should be seeing a resurgence soon.
Polymer 80 – In the past decade, P80 has not only allowed people to build ARs at home, but it has also been shipping 80-percent pistol kits as well. Why? Because freedom, that’s why!
KelTec KSG – Just sneaking in under at 10 years old, the KSG gave us a large capacity defensive shotgun that also had a unique look.
Savage Impulse – The Impulse from Savage went way back to give us the first straight-pull bolt-action rifle that was made in American in a long time. It’s garnered a lot of attention because it’s been pretty much sold out since it was announced in 2021.
Kimber K6s – The Kimber K6s was released to the masses in 2016 and has been a best seller for the company ever since. Touted as the world’s lightest production 6-shot, .357 magnum revolver, this gun was destined for great things. This pistol showed there could still be wide appreciation for new revolvers. Just four years later, Colt rebooted their Python series of revolvers.