In addition to plenty of new options for concealed carry, red-dot ready handguns and other new handguns, plenty of full-size pistols were released in 2020. Whether you're looking for a competition pistol, prefer a full-size handgun or are looking for a pistol for home defense, lots of new, full-size handguns were released for 2020.
Alchemy Custom Weaponry | Classic Carry Reflecting vintage styling cues combined with modern firearm performance enhanced by state-of-the-art ergonomics, the Classic Carry is a 1911 build available with either traditional bluing or a hard-chrome finish. Additional chamberings include 9 mm and .38 Super.
▶Ring hammer ▶Tritium front sight ▶Frontstrap and MSH Custom bordered checkering ▶Hand beveled edges
Alchemy Custom Weaponry | Prime Charcoal Blue The newest member of the Prime 1911 family, the Charcoal Blue adds a heritage-level finish, Nitre blue small parts and American Holly grips. It is also available in 9 mm and .38 Super.
▶High grip ergonomics ▶Flush cut and crowned barrel
Alchemy Custom Weaponry | Prime Color Case Hardened Another collector-grade custom 1911, the Prime Color Case Hardened features Doug Turnbull’s Color Case Hardened Classic finish of the lower as well as satin polished flats and ball radius cuts and a gold-dot front sight. Caliber options also include 9 mm and .38 Super. ▶Smooth ebony grip
Cabot Guns | Nero With features including 13-degree front and rear cocking serrations, a high undercut trigger guard, integrated frame rail and Black Diamond checkering, the Nero is one fancy firearm. Two barrel lengths are available, as well as a 9 mm option.
▶Flat, serrated trigger ▶Billet thumb safety and beavertail grip safety ▶Extended mag well ▶Fiber-optic front and ACW Ledge rear sight Caliber:.45 ACP Magazine Capacity:8 rounds Barrel Length:4.25 inches Overall Length:7.75 inches Weight:36.5 ounces MSRP:$4,500 (724) 524-1002 cabotguns.com
Cabot Guns | Rebellion Designed to increase reliability and speed up the slide cycle, the Cabot Rebellion is a significant leap forward in the design and function of the 1911. It contains three innovative mechanical changes to the 1911 platform: a re-imagined internal extractor, a new rail design with a lower friction coefficient and a novel lugless bull barrel. ▶Front, top and rear slide serrations
CZ | 45th Anniversary Limited Edition The flagship model of CZ’s line, the company is celebrating the Model 75’s 45th anniversary this year with a special, limited edition (1,000 units).
▶Engraved slide and grips ▶Glossy, silver controls ▶All-steel construction ▶Slide-in-frame design ▶Three-dot sights Caliber:9 mm Magazine Capacity:16 rounds Barrel Length:4.6 inches Overall Length:8.1 inches Weight:35 ounces MSRP:$1,720 (800) 955-4486 cz-usa.com
Dan Wesson | DWX Compact Combining the single-action operation of a 1911 with the ergonomics and capacity of a CZ 75 frame, the new Dan Wesson is a compact, capacious and comfortable carry gun that’s also relatively light weight.
EAA | Regard MC Sport Gen 4 While it may resemble another certain Italian SA/DA pistol originally created for military use, the latest iteration of the Regard MC was designed with competitive shooting in mind.
Glock | G44 Glock’s first foray into the rimfire market is ingeniously sized like the company’s most popular centerfire pistol, the 9 mm G19. G19 owners can now purchase the G44 as a low-cost trainer that fits the gear they already own. Newbies who purchase a G44 to learn to shoot can naturally upgrade to the G19 when it’s time to move up in power.
Iver Johnson | Eagle XL CC The all-steel Eagle XL CC offers enhanced sight radius and velocity, but limited muzzle rise, thanks to its 6-inch ported barrel. Its striking case-coloring makes it distinct and attractive. It’s also available in .45 ACP.
IWI US | Masada Ergonomic, adaptable and affordable, the Masada is an excellent all-around handgun that’s loaded with features once limited to pistols twice its price. Our review in the April 2020 issue gave it high marks across the board.
▶Interchangeable wraparound backstraps ▶Ships with four different optic-mounting plates ▶Low bore axis ▶Ambidextrous controls Caliber:9 mm Magazine Capacity:17 rounds Barrel Length:4.1 inches Overall Length:7.5 inches Weight:23.5 ounces MSRP:$480 (717) 695-2081 iwi.us
Kimber | Rapide (Black Ice) Truly unique, this 1911 with striking two-tone Kimpro finish and DLC coated barrel offers a variety of features and comes in two other chamberings including 9 mm and 10 mm.
Les Baer | 1911 Gunsite Pistol Honoring the superior firearm training at Gunsite Academy, this 1911 is designed and built with real-world defensive features for personal protection and is designed for daily carry.
▶30 lpi checkered frontstrap ▶National Match barrel ▶Gunsite raven logo on single diamond deluxe wooden grips and rear of slide ▶Front and rear cocking serrations Caliber:.45 ACP Magazine Capacity:8 rounds Barrel Length:5 inches Overall Length:8.5 inches Weight:37 ounces MSRP:$2,323 (563) 289-2126 lesbaer.com
Nighthawk Custom | Agent2 Commander Nighthawk Custom has teamed up with Agency Arms, adding the latter’s precision-machined, highly detailed slide to the former’s vaunted frame and internals, creating a distinctive, Commander-size 1911 for concealed carry. It’s also available in 9 mm.
▶Match bushing barrel ▶Faceted slide with side windows ▶Railscales G10 grips ▶Nighthawk/Agency custom trigger
Palmetto State Armory | PS9 Dagger It’s no secret that the PS9 Dagger is designed to look like, well, a certain Austrian model. With similar capacity, size and weight to another popular concealed-carry pistol, the PS9 differs primarily in the significantly lower price.
▶Metal sights ▶Red-dot-cut version available ▶Threaded barrel available ▶Accessory rail
Ruger | 57 From its short trigger reach to its reversible magazine release and generous slide stop, the new Ruger-57 has a lot going for it, but perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of it is its high-performance, low-recoiling and fun 5.7x28 mm chambering and equally impressive 20-round capacity.
SAR USA | SAR-9X Platinum At the top of the line for SAR9 pistols is the Platinum. It features a Cerakote finish and weight-reducing slide serrations/cuts. The striker-fired, semi-automatic also includes the ergonomic grip frame, good trigger and other niceties for which the SAR9 is known.
SIG Sauer | P320X Full RXP SIG Sauer’s P320 introduced the company’s first striker-fired in a modular grip frame. Now, the company improves upon its success by offering a model with a factory-installed SIG Romeo1Pro MRDS, so it’s ready to go right out of the box.
▶XRay3 night sights ▶Ambidextrous, extended slide-catch lever ▶Front and rear cocking serrations ▶Accessory rail
Smith & Wesson | M&P9 Shield EZ Another pistol building on the wild success of an award-winning sibling is the M&P9 Shield EZ, which brings a more powerful chambering to the EZ platform that won accolades last year. S&W read the market right on the need for easier to use pistols.
Smith & Wesson | Performance Center M&P9 M2.0 C.O.R.E. Finally! The M2.0 improvements Smith & Wesson brought to the M&P pistol in 2017 have made their way to the Performance Center line and optics-ready variant. The gun that gamers and red-dot fans alike have clamored for is finally available.
Springfield Armory | Ronin Operator Featuring a forged-steel slide and frame as well as a hammer-forged barrel, this 1911 pistol sports a two-tone finish as well as a salt-bluing treatment. A 9 mm option is also available.
Springfield Armory | XD-M Elite 3.8 With a hammer-forged barrel at a mere 3.8 inches and a matching compact slide, the little 9 mm combines amazing capacity with compact dimensions perfectly suitable for concealed carry.
▶U-Dot tactical rack rear sight and fiber-optic front ▶Loaded-chamber indicator ▶Interchangeable backstraps ▶Removable mag well
Stoeger | STR-9 Optics Ready Giving credence to the incredible popularity of pistol-mounted red-dot sights, Stoeger released an optics-ready version of the affordable STR-9 for 2020. Coming in at less than $400 and offering more than just standard equipment, the STR-9 with mounting plates is a smart choice.
▶Four optics-mounting plates ▶Three backstraps ▶Fiber-optic front sight ▶Magazine loader included
STD Manufacturing | Nickel Plated 1911 Not every pistol has to be utilitarian polymer. Standard Manufacturing took a page out of the Wayback machine and is offering a nickel-plated 1911 for fans of the 1911, zoot suits and Model A Fords. I mean, we are in the roaring ‘20s again, right?
▶Lowered and flared ejection port ▶Extended magazine release ▶Match-grade trigger ▶4140 Carbon steel frame
The Gun Company | TGC-GLK-LVL-1 Combat Duty Black Offered as a full build package, the Glock 19 LVL-1 comes with signature serrations with lightened barrel peep windows for extra weight reduction, slide manipulation and traction. Additionally, an included cover plate works for both the Trijicon RMR Type 2 or the Holosun 507c Reflex sight. ▶Anodized battle trigger
Wilson Combat ACP Compact Offering all of the precision, craftsmanship and quality consumers expect from the Wilson Combat brand in a lower price point, the ACP Compact offers features such as Eagle Claw grip and slide treatment along with other select customer-selected options.
▶G10 Eagle Claw grips with black medallions ▶Contoured magazine well ▶Battlesight with red fiber optic front sight ▶Eagle Claw frontstrap/mainspring housing treatment
Wilson Combat Experior Commander Double Stack Available in full-, commander-length or compact sizes, the Wilson Combat Experior is for those who desire a more capacious 1911 to meet their concealed-carry needs. Chamberings include 9 mm and .45 ACP.
Zev Technologies | O.Z9C Compact This compact version of the modular O.Z9 is built around a steel receiver, which is the serialized part. The new compact is ideal for concealed carry, and multiple variations are available—or you can select Zev parts and build one yourself.
▶Bronze match barrel ▶Slimmed PRO magazine well ▶Fiber-optic front sight ▶PRO Flat Face Trigger