Handguns are some of the hottest-selling firearms in today's market, with concealed-carry guns leading the way as more citizens arm themselves against potential threats. However, micro-sized pistols aren't the only new releases out for this year. Manufacturers have added dozens of new guns of many styles and designs, all built for different purposes. Is your next buy on our comprehensive list? See all the new handguns released in 2018:
Alchemy Custom Weaponry Brimstone Combining an Officer’s-size compact frame with a Commander-length barrel and slide make the Brimstone a CCO—and ideal for concealed carry. Despite its compactness and quick handling, the Brimstone nonetheless comes with an accuracy guarantee of 1.5 inches at 25 yards.
American Tactical FXH Hybrid Mating a polymer frame with a steel slide, the FXH Hybrid offers a lighter-weight version of the 1911 platform. Unique styling and suppressor-height sights contribute to a one-of-a-kind pistol suitable for range time or concealed carry.
Arex Rex Zero 1 Tactical Compact Tricked-out for tactical use from the factory, this variant of the popular Rex Zero 1 DA/SA handgun also features optics-mounting capability and ships with four adapter plates to fit a variety of micro red dots.
Bersa TPR9C A compact, full-featured pistol with traditional DA/SA operation, the TPR9C is made for concealed carry. It’s a reduced-size version of the already successful TPR9. It uses an aluminum-alloy frame matched to a steel slide, polygonal rifling and a three-dot sight sytem. A 13-round extended magazine is included.
Cabot Guns Gentleman’s Carry Cabot’s Gentleman’s Carry optimizes the 1911 for concealed or open carry. Its Commander-length barrel is mated to a bobtail frame for a pistol that won’t “print” under clothing and which clears leather fast on the draw. However, as a Cabot, functionality teams with luxury as can be seen in every detail. The pistol is also available in .45 ACP.
Cabot Guns Icon Government Model Crafted from a single block of stainless steel, the Icon exemplifies the potential for perfection possible through simplicity. The elegant, meticulously refined pistol is available in a 5-inch Government Model or the 4.25-inch Commander, in either .45 ACP or 9 mm. Both versions come with an accuracy guarantee of 1.5 inches at 25 yards.
Canik TP9SA Mod. 2 The latest version of the TP9SA boasts improvements requested by military and law enforcement users, including a flattop slide for easier sight acquisition, a top-slide-mounted disassembly button and an aggressively stippled grip for added purchase.
Century International Arms C39v2 Pistol with Shockwave Brace Now available from the factory with the Shockwave Blade arm brace, this 100-percent American-made AK sports a side-rail scope mount that has a return-to-zero capability.
Caliber:7.62x39 mm Magazine Capacity:30 rounds Barrel Length:10.6 inches Overall Length:28.75 to 31.25 inches Weight:121.6 ounces MSRP:$949.99 (800) 527-1252 centuryarms.com
Century International Arms Draco NAK9 An AK-style pistol that takes Glock magazines? That’s the new Draco NAK9. This Romanian-made handgun is also compatible with AKM furniture, making replacing the handguards or grip easy.
Charles Daly 1911 Superior Grade Charles Daly entered the 1911 market with this full-size model that incorporates all of the essentials in an affordably priced variant of one of the world’s most recognizable handguns.
Charter Arms Bulldog pistol The Bulldog line gets another big-bore option with the .45 Colt variant. In addition to the .44 Spl. offering Charter has maintained for decades, the historical .45 Colt now has a home in the company’s Bulldog revolvers.
Charter Arms Chic Lady Magenta Featuring an attractive color combination of magenta-anodized aluminum and polished-stainless steel barrel, cylinder, trigger and cylinder release, the Chic Lady Magenta brings peace of mind in a stylish package amenable to concealed carry.
Charter Arms Undercover Charter’s mainstay concealed-carry revolver, the Undercover, gets some swanky upgrades with a high-polish stainless finish and attractive wood grips. Everything you’d expect in a carry revolver is present—five shots, short barrel and fixed sights—but this one looks nice.
Chiappa Firearms Rhino 30DS OD Green Now offered with an olive-drab green finish, this unique revolver is designed to reduce recoil with its innovative firing system that ignites rounds at the bottom of the cylinder.
CMMG Inc. Banshee The Banshee is equipped with the shortest barrel ever offered by CMMG on any platform, making it an ultra-compact arm for close-quarters maneuverability, whether for home defense or competition.
Colt Custom Competition Pistol Built one-at-a-time by the master gunsmiths in the Colt custom Shop, this pistol’s forgings and other components come from top manufacturers built specifically for Colt pistols. The adjustable rear sight is melted in with the hidden Bomar Cut, and ball-cut serrations span the top of the slide.
Colt Night Cobra For 2018, Colt’s latest iteration of its Cobra line of revolvers is the ideal companion for the concealed-carry licensee, thanks to its corrosion-resistant coating, tritium front sight and an elongated trigger guard allows use of gloves.
Coonan MOT 10 Compensated From the manufacturer known for bridging the gap between the .357 Mag. and America’s pistol, the 1911, the company’s latest offering pairs the powerhouse 10 mm with a compensator for those who want the terminal performance without the abusive recoil.
CZ-USA P-10C Urban Grey Suppressor-Ready New this year, CZ’s striker-fired P-10 comes in the combination of FDE and light grey that the company calls Urban Grey. The suppressor-ready barrel is threaded 1⁄2x28. Capacity is now 17 rounds, thanks to an extended base pad.
CZ-USA Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Pistol with Flash Can and Folding Brace By installing an SB Tactical brace at the factory, CZ-USA offers a complete braced-pistol package right off the shelf. The popular Scorpion pistol features an extended carbine handguard and flash can muzzle device.
Caliber:9 mm Magazine Capacity:20 rounds Barrel Length:7.72 inches Overall Length:21 to 29.4 inches Weight:104 ounces MSRP:$999 (800)-955-4486 cz-usa.com
Daniel Defense DDM4V7 P Daniel Defense’s latest pistol ships with SB Tactical’s SOB Stabilizing Brace and is also available in a variant sporting Law Tactical’s folding stock adapter for $1,942.
European American Armory Witness P Match Pro Though it was designed initially for competitve shooting, the P Match Pro’s ambidextrous fire controls, generous capacity and DA/SA configuration make it a winner no matter the mission. Other chamberings include .38 Super, .40 S&W, 10 mm and .45 ACP, too.
FN America FN 15 Pistol Checking a ton of boxes for popular features—from the .300 BLK chambering to the suppressor-ready muzzle device—this AR-style pistol also ships with the increasingly popular SB Tactical Pistol Stabilizing Brace, allowing for added versatility.
Glock G19X Glock loaded the G19X with a variety of improvements that has earned the gun plenty of attention. In addition to mating a G19 upper to a G17 lower, it has the factory’s first colored slide, a PVD-treated one in Coyote. Further, the pistol comes with two 17-round magazines as well as two “+2” 19-rounders. Moreover, the G19X includes all of Glock’s Gen5 enhancements.
GlockGen5 G26 More of the Glock lineup, including the G26, now incorporate the Gen5 improvements. Those improvements include the Glock Marksman barrel said to shoot sub-4-inch groups at 50 yards, a smoother trigger pull, flared magazine well, an nDLC finish on the slide and the absence of finger grooves.
Grand PowerQ1S The Grand Power Q1S is built for concealed carry. Though compact, the polymer-frame pistol incorporates a Picatinny rail, ambidextrous controls and 12 rounds of firepower. Internally, it uses a rotating-barrel system and is striker-fired.
Grand Power Stribog With dynamic blowback operation and a dual-mass bolt to mitigate felt recoil, the Stribog is a serious piece of ordnance. It utilizes an aluminum frame paired with a polymer grip, and includes an ambidextrous safety. The barrel is threaded to be suppressor ready.
Heckler & Koch VP9 with Crimson Trace Laserguard HK’s popular, full-size VP9 is now offered with a choice of Crimson Trace’s red-beam Laserguard or the more expensive green-beam model. Featuring an instinctive, front-activation button, the beam is fully adjustable for windage and elevation.
Heckler & Koch VP9SK in NATO Green The compact version of HK’s premium striker-fired pistol is now offered in a variety of frame colors, including NATO green. The pistol retains its excellent ergonomics and reliability, but it can now be had from the factory in Flat Dark Earth or grey, as well as standard black.
Honor Defense Captain America Honor Guard With its red, white and blue color scheme, the Captain America Honor Guard is quite patriotic. The compact, polymer-frame, double-action-only pistol relies on more than sentiment, though, with its stainless steel chassis and comfortable ergonomics.
Kahr ST9 First in the TIG series, the Kahr ST9 is a limited-edition pistol honoring John “TIG” Tiegen. Production will be held to 1,000 pistols. Each will feature a the TIG logo, TIG’s signature and the Beyond the Battlefield logo. A portion of every sale will be donated to the Beyond the Battlefield Foundation by Kahr’s parent company.
Kimber K6s CDP Putting the “C” in “CDP (Custom Defense Package) are upgrades like fancy stocks and a two-tone appearance, but don’t overlook the functional upgrades like night sights and a smooth, non-stacking trigger in the new CDP.
Kimber KHX Pro (OR) With “Optics Ready” (the “OR” in the name), obviously the new KHX has micro-red-dot optics in mind—it even features raised front and rear sights. The KHX family—including the Optics Ready version—includes a full-size and compact version.
Kimber Micro 9 Desert Night (DN) Bringing some style to the Micro 9 series is the Desert Night variant, presented in a desert tan finish with rounded edges. Upgraded sights, grip and frame all add to the Desert Night’s agility as a concealed-carry option.
Les Baer Thunder Ranch 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Commemorating the 25th anniversary of one of America’s most-respected firearm’s-training facilities, this offering of only 250 pistols will feature checkered grips with the Thunder Ranch logo and special serial numbers with a “TRXXV” (Thunder Ranch 25) prefix.
Magnum Research Mark XIX L5 Designated the DE50L5IMB, the lighter, more compact L5 configuration of the Desert Eagle is now available chambered in .50 AE. Its weight makes it New York State compliant in addition to being easier to carry and quicker handling. Premium features from the .44 Mag.-caliber L5 are retained in the new chambering.
MG Arms Wraithe 1911 Your choice of an aluminum or titanium frame combined with a meticulously hand-fitted/lapped slide and a match-grade barrel make MG Arms’ Wraithe the perfect candidate for everyday carry.
Nigthawk Custom Custom Agent 2 The result of a collaboration between Nighthawk Custom, Agency Arms, Railscales and Hillbilly 223, each Custom Agent 2 is nonetheless crafted by a single gunsmith. Whether in 9 mm or traditional .45 ACP, it explores the outer limits of the 1911 platform.
Nighthawk Custom Chairman Available in both 9 mm and .45 ACP, the long-slide Chairman is the first of Nighthawk Custom’s Boardroom series. The slide cuts keep weight down while highlighting the gold Titanium Nitride barrel. The greater barrel length results in increased sight radius, reduced felt recoil and enhanced velocity.
Nighthawk Custom Lady Hawk 2.0 The very popular Lady Hawk has been upgraded as the Lady Hawk 2.0. The slender, dehorned 1911 is now offered in polished-stainless steel or with a DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coating, with rose gold-colored TiCN appointments and unique Obsidian, Abalone and zinc grips.
PTR Industries 9CT While it may not be made in Germany, this semi-automatic clone of the iconic submachine gun ships with a hard case, a single-point sling and two 30-round magazines, getting a whole lot of 9 mm ready to send downrange.
Remington R1 1911 Ultralight Executive Pistol Remington launches a new line with the Ultralight Executive, featuring an aluminum frame for weight reduction and rounded frame for snag-free operation. Other custom features like an extended beavertail, bobtail frame and checkered frontstrap promote superior operation.
Remington RP45 Joining its 9 mm counterpart, the RP45 continues the trend of offering utilitarian pistols featuring excellent ammo capacity, ease of fit and affordability. The RP45 brings big-bore capability to Remington’s new polymer-frame, striker-fired line of pistols.
Roberts Defense Rogue 1911 Micro-red-dot-equipped pistols are gaining in popularity, but few are as heavily customized as the new Rogue from Roberts Defense. With an impressive list of top-tier parts and upgrades, not to mention a Trijicon RMR, the Rogue helps define “top of the line.”
Rock River Arms 1911 Poly 4.25" Short for easy concealment but not on features, the Rock River Arms 1911 Poly 4.25” also offers the convenience of a lightweight polymer frame for enhanced comfort, all welcome features for an everyday carry pistol.
Ruger EC9s Less than 1 inch taller and 1 inch longer than Ruger’s popular LCP, the EC9s features all the comfort of an ultracompact striker-fired pistol, with redundant safety mechanisms for added peace of mind.
Ruger GP100 A shorter barrel isn’t all that the latest addition to Ruger’s popular GP100 line has to offer. Other practical concealed-carry-based options include a high-visibility front sight and an extra round of fight-stopping .357 Mag.
SAR USA SAR 9 In the SAR 9, SAR USA brings to the market a full-featured, polymer-frame, striker-fired pistol at an affordable price. In addition to its low bore axis to minimize felt recoil, the SAR 9 comes with steel sights, a customizable grip and single-stage Triad trigger.
SIG Sauer P226 Legion SAO RX Continuing to expand the Legion line, SIG now offers the P226 in a single-action-only, red-dot-equipped variant. With upgraded components throughout and a Romeo1 red-dot sight, the P226 Legion RX might just be the cure you’re looking for.
SIG Sauer P365 SIG’s new P365 took 2018 SHOT Show by storm, as many expected the pistol to be the company’s new single-stack competitor to the Shield or G43. Except, of course, that it wasn’t a single stack—even though the P365 is actually smaller than the competition.
Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ Surprising many for 2018, the M&P380 is a mid-size, hammer-fired offering that Smith & Wesson claims is easy to rack and fire for pretty much any shooter. This gun features eight-round capacity and a loaded-chamber indicator, as well as offering a full three-finger grip.
Smith & Wesson M&P9 Threaded Barrel For fans of quiet, Smith & Wesson now offer the M&P M2.0 series with a threaded barrel (a variant in .45 ACP is also available). All of the M2.0 upgrades are present, as are suppressor-height sights—all you need to add is the suppressor.
Springfield Armory 911 Springfield’s first .380 ACP continues the familiar 1911 feel in a pocket-size variant. With familiar operation and convenient size, the 911 fills the role of the gun to have at all times, easily.
Springfield Armory Saint Pistol The popular Saint line gets a pistol added for 2018, complete with an M-Lok-compatible fore-end and handstop. A proprietary muzzle device keeps the Saint Pistol on target while helping ensure proper operation.
Springfield Armory XD-E 45 Joining its extant sibling in 9 mm, the hammer-fired XD-E brings a DA/SA action to Springfield Armory’s .45 ACP offerings. One-inch width makes the XD-E in .45 ACP easy to carry and up to seven-round capacity proffers peace of mind.
Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2 Springfield Armory brings the Mod.2 updates to the XD-S line of pistols, starting with the XD-S Mod.2 in .45 ACP.Numerous updates will improve how the pistol is carried, charged and fired.
Taurus 692 Three calibers from one gun. That’s what the 692 offers. A simple swap of the included cylinders enables the user to switch from .38 Spl./.357 Mag. to 9 mm. It is also available with a stainless finish and/or a 6-inch barrel.
Caliber:.357 Mag. and 9 mm Capacity:7 rounds Barrel Length:3 inches Overall Length:8.2 inches Weight:35 ounces MSRP:$609 (800) 327-3776 taurususa.com
Taurus 856 Designed for everyday carry, the 856 is comfortable to shoot, thanks to its multi-textured grip, and affordable price. The simple, compact wheelgun is also offered in stainless steel.
Walther PPS M2 The slim, concealable PPS M2 is now offered with the Shield RMSc optic, which has an aluminum body and parallax-free polymer optic for toughness. The optic co-witnesses with the factory iron sights and its variable-intensity circuitry provides optimum dot visibility according to light levels at the target.