At SHOT Show 2018, we saw the launch of all kinds of new handguns. Many handguns are extensions of existing product lines or slight modifications of previous models, but there are some noteworthy introduction that stand out from the crowd. Here's a glimpse of just some of the great new models the firearm industry has to offer for the upcoming year.
The Glock 19x is a mix between the Glock G17 and the Glock G19. It gives you the grip length of the Glock G17, so you get full-size capacity and a full-length grip – a big advantage for those of you with hands that are a bit too big and hang over the bottom edge of a compact grip. The slide, however, is the slightly shorter Glock G19 which can be both easier and more comfortable to conceal.
The Hudson H9 took SHOT Show by a storm last year because of its innovative engineering. Not content to rest on their laurels, company engineers developed an aluminum-frame version to be released later this year. It retains the steel chassis, but drops the weight by about eight ounces while maintaining the flat shooting characteristics of the original gun.
This new micro-compact has generated a lot of buzz. It’s a tiny handgun packing 10 rounds with innovative flush-fit magazines that stagger rounds to fit almost twice as many rounds as we normally see in guns this size. And it’s comfortable to grip and shoot, especially (but not only for) for smaller hands.
The Springfield XD line is familiar as a family of striker-fired guns with both standard double-stack guns and slim single-stack guns aimed at the concealed carry market. The XD-E shares only the diminutive footprint of the XD-S concealed carry line with the trademark XD texturing and ergonomics but one important distinction: it’s a hammer-fired pistol. It has a generously-sized safety so you can carry it loaded in single-action mode, or it can be manually decocked as a double-action, single-action option.
Caliber: 9 mm Trigger: Double Action/Single Action Capacity: 8 rounds Barrel Length: 3.3 inches Overall Length: 6.75 inches Overall Width: 1 inch Height: 5 inches Weight: 25 oz MSRP: $525.00
A tiny addition to the PPQ family was born this year in the form of the PPQ Subcompact. It’s exactly the same as every other PPQ M2 except that it’s got a shorter grip and slide. That means that controls are the same, the trigger is the same, and you can use any PPQ magazine in the gun, and with magazine sleeves you can have essentially a full-size grip.