The growing concealed-carry market continues to entice manufacturers to offer new options to today's armed citizens, and the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings saw the rollout of several new personal-defense pistols. Check out what we saw on the show floor of the Indiana Convention Center here:
Following on the launch of its double-stack carry guns in the form of the original APX, the APX Compact and the APX Centurion, Beretta added a subcompact, single-stack carry gun to the APX lineup in the form of the Carry model. This 9mm carry gun ships with a standard six-round, flush-fit magazine and an extended, eight-round magazine and also features the same serialized-chassis design as the company's larger, double-stack APX models. Other features include a reversible magazine catch, aggressive slide serrations and a DAO-style trigger that breaks at 6.5 pounds.
Built with all of the highlights of Glock's Gen 5 pistol system, the Glock G45 MOS is the latest handgun in the Glock lineup to have a slide milled to accept Glock's Modular Optic System slide plates. This milled recess just forward of the front-sight dovetail is compatible with most of today's popular slide-mounted reflex sights. This MOS-equipped Glock G45 features the full-size frame found on the G17 combined with the shortened, compact slide on the Glock G19 to produce a Commander-style personal-defense pistol. This combination saw huge consumer response in the form of the G19X, and the G45 provides the same package in an all-black finish, along with front and rear slide serrations.
Building off the same popular ergonomics and trigger system as its LCP II, Ruger unveiled its Security-9 as a duty-size, compact pistol with a similar height and length to the ubiquitous Glock G19. Now, the company rolled out its Compact model, which features a shortened slide and frame, reducing capacity from a 15-round magazine to a 10-round magazine. However, full-size 15-round magazines will still seat and feed in the Compact model, allowing users to have cross-compatibility with both guns, as well as an extended reload for the Compact model.
Design work on the Naroh Arms N1 began in 2017, and the company's longtime goal of providing an innovative, unique concealed-carry gun made in the USA at an affordable price came true with the NRA Show launch of the N1 in 2019. This compact pistol, chambered in 9mm, features a serialized chassis made from 7075-T6 aluminum that offers full-length frame rails for the slide. The gun uses a hammer-fired operating system that allows for easier racking of the slide, and a well-textured grip frame provides solid purchase for shooters. Other features include a seven-round magazine, red-anodized trigger shoe and Glock G43-compatible sight dovetails.
Winner of the Shooting Illustrated 2019 Golden Bullseye Award for Women's Innovation, the Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ was worked over by the Smith & Wesson Performance Center, adding some enhancements that eliminate the need for consumers to have their stock Shield EZs enhanced. The barrels are ported to reduce the already-minimal muzzle rise of the Shield EZ, and lightening cuts in the slide reduce weight. Other features include a Performance Center-tuned trigger, along with matching finishes on the trigger, grip safety and ported barrel available in either black, silver or gold colors. The slide is also topped with HI-VIZ Litewave H3 tritium-illuminated night sights.